Davao City is located in southeastern Mindanao Island, Philippines. It is the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area. The city of Davao has a population of 1,632,991 people based on the 2015 census. This figure also makes it the third-most-populous city in the Philippines and the most populous in Mindanao.
The city of Davao is the major regional centre for southeastern Mindanao. Davao encompasses about 50 small ports in its commercial sphere. The ports handle interisland passenger traffic and shipment of copra, corn (maize), and rice.
Above all, in Mindanao, the city plays an important role as the main trade and commerce. Davao serves as the industry hub of Mindanao and the regional center of Davao Region. Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, serves as one of the top spots in this place. Furthermore, they call Davao as the “Durian Capital of the Philippines”.
Law and Order in the City of Davao
The Philippine National Police and a special military group, Task Force (TF) Davao maintain the law and order. In addition, TF Davao protects the city from terrorist attacks and other crimes.
The City of Davao enforces a curfew on minors. Everyone in the City must abide some of the orders, as follows:
- no selling of alcoholic drinks at 1:00 am
- all motorcyclists should put their helmets on
- and motorists must have functional lights all the time
- no smoking throughout the city, except in a few designated areas.
Indeed, national media reports that Davao City is on of the world’s safest cities.
In fact, a majority of Davao City’s inhabitants are Roman Catholic with 80% of the population. Other Christian groups for around 18 %, such as the Miracle Crusade, Kingdom of Jesus Christ and Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ. Seventh-day Adventists, Philippine Independent Church, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and Baptists are the other Christian denominations. Then, the remaining two percent belong to non-Christian faiths, mainly Islam. Some of the other faiths are Animism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and the non-religious.
Generally, Davaoeño Cebuano, a sub-variant of Mindanao Cebuano, is the most widely spoken language in the city. English is the medium of instruction in schools and widely understood by residents.
Particularly, Davao has a tropical rainforest climate, with little seasonal variation in temperature. Average monthly temperatures are always above 26 °C. And, an average monthly rainfall is above 77 millimetres (3.03 in). This gives the city of Davao a tropical climate, without a true dry season. On the other hand, there is significant rainfall in winter. The largest rainfall occurs during the summer months.