Davao Occidental

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Davao Occidental
Island groupMindanao
RegionDavao Region (Region XI)
Marine waterbodiesPhilippine Sea, Celebes Sea
Area (2007)2,163.45 km2 (835.31 sq mi)
Population (2015)316,342
Density (2015)146 / km2 (379 / sq mi)

Davao Occidental is a province in the Philippines situated in the Davao Region occupying the southeastern section of Mindanao. Its capital is the Municipality of Malita.

The province has a land area of 2,163.45 square kilometers or 835.31 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 316,342. This represented 6.46% of the total population of the Davao Region, 1.31% of the overall population of the Mindanao island group, or 0.31% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 146 inhabitants per square kilometer or 379 inhabitants per square mile.


Davao Occidental is bordered, clockwise from the East, by Davao Gulf, Philippine Sea, Celebes Sea, Sarangani, and Davao del Sur.

Map of the Philippines with Davao Occidental highlighted in redMap of Davao Occidental showing its component municipalitiesDon MarcelinoJose Abad SantosMalitaSanta MariaSarangani

Local government units

Davao Occidental has 5 municipalities. The total number of barangays in the province is 105.

NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)Brgy count
Don Marcelinomunicipality44,55441,9421.16%407.30 km2 (157.26 sq mi)109 / km2 (283 / sq mi)15
Jose Abad Santosmunicipality76,33269,6311.76%600.06 km2 (231.68 sq mi)127 / km2 (329 / sq mi)26
Malitamunicipality, capital117,746109,5681.38%883.37 km2 (341.07 sq mi)133 / km2 (345 / sq mi)30
Santa Mariamunicipality53,67149,3491.61%175.00 km2 (67.57 sq mi)307 / km2 (794 / sq mi)22
Saranganimunicipality24,03923,2900.60%97.72 km2 (37.73 sq mi)246 / km2 (637 / sq mi)12
Davao Occidental Total316,342293,7801.42%2,163.45 km2 (835.31 sq mi)146 / km2 (379 / sq mi)105

Historical population

The population of Davao Occidental grew from 48,704 in 1960 to 316,342 in 2015, an increase of 267,638 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.42%, or an increase of 22,562 people, from the previous population of 293,780 in 2010.

Census datePopulationGrowth rate

National roads

As of December 2016, the National Roads in Davao Occidental as classified by the Department of Public Works and Highways are:

Secondary Roads

  • Davao-Sarangani Coastal Road (Malalag-Malita-JAS-G)

Tertiary Roads

  • Demoloc-Little Baguio-Alabel Road
  • Highway Junction Mana-Ticulon-Lagumit-Little Baguio Road
  • Pangian-Pinalpalan-Demolok Road

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 316,342, ranked 65 out of 81
  • Land area (2007): 835.31 square kilometers, ranked 60 out of 81
  • Population density (2015): 146 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 55 out of 81
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.42%, ranked 30 out of 81


  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Maps utilize OpenStreetMap data available under the Open Data Commons Open Database License.
  3. Data on National Roads is from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
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