Danao, officially the City of Danao, (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Danao; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Danao), or simply known as Danao City, is a 3rd class city in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 136,471 people.
|City of Danao|
Aerial view of Danao
Map of Cebu with Danao highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||5th district of Cebu|
|Cityhood||7 June 1961|
|Barangays||42 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Panlungsod|
|• Mayor||Ramon D. Durano III|
|• Vice Mayor||Thomas Mark H. Durano|
|• Congressman||Vincent Franco D. Frasco|
|• Electorate||93,088 voters (2019)|
|• Total||107.30 km2 (41.43 sq mi)|
|Elevation||40 m (130 ft)|
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Climate type||tropical climate|
|Income class||3rd city income class|
|Revenue (₱)||535,357,539.82 (2016)|
The area of what is now Danao used to be a part of the Cebuano Kingdom of Nahalin, ruled by Sri Ukob, one of the sons of Sri Lumay, the ruler and founder of the Rajahnate of Cebu, before the conquest of Cebu by the Spanish starting in 1565. In 1570, it became an ecomienda or a farmland controlled by certain Spanish officials, only to be abolished in the 18th century as abuses to the native workers became apparent. Danao was made a parish by the Recollects in 1609, and in 1773 it officially became a municipality.
Much physical changes occurred in Danao as it went and passed through the 20th century. Mining, cement making and gun making industries made the once sleepy town of Danao so prosperous that in 1961 a national charter was passed to convert it into a city.
Danao City comprises 42 barangays:
|PSGC||Barangay||Population||±% p.a.||Area||PD 2015|
In the 2016 electoral roll it had 86,085 registered voters, meaning that 63% of the population are aged 18 and over.
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
The railway ran from its northern end at Danao to its southern end at Argao in southern Cebu. During World War II, the bridges, tracks and Central Station were all struck by bombs with damage so extensively that the railway never recovered, and it closed in 1942. After that, whatever was left after the war was dug up to become the Cebu North Road.
Only now is there interest to make a new light railway.
The old system of milling sugar cane used to produce sugar, called "intosan". Although the railway was originally to move coal, it was soon used too to move sugar cane to the docks.
Danao City was well known for its gun industry. The industry started around 1905–1906. When World War II came, the Danao gunsmiths went underground, joined the guerrilla movement or were inducted into the USAFFE. Their main task was to re-chamber the Japanese Arisaka rifles to fit the US .30 caliber round or to keep the original Japanese rifle in good service.
The industry went on, still underground. In the 1960s, the term paltik was given to the homemade (and illegal) guns. In the early 1990s the industry was legalized by the government, with the creation of two organizations of local gunsmiths. The organization now left with proper permit is Workers League of Danao Multi-purpose Cooperative (World MPC), in Dungguan, Danao City.
World MPC was incorporated on October 1994 with twenty-five initial members. In November 1996 it was given license to manufacture handguns from caliber .22 to .45 by the Philippine National Police (PNP). The organization had been a potent group in working for the legalization of gun-making industry in the country with the aim to upgrade the technology and skills of gun makers, to provide job security and additional revenue for the government. The gun-making industry in Danao was pioneered using brass or copper as materials. The Chairman of World MPC was in charge of the compliance of the requirements of the Firearms Explosives Security Service Agency and Guards Supervisory Section (FESSAGES) until his death in 2010 after which World MPC itself was then shutdown for non-compliance of FESSAGES policies.
Tourism in the area is still in its infancy. All along the eastern seaboard of Cebu there are plenty of family-owned resorts. Some may not have adequate facilities and the quality of the water for swimming may be different in each resort.
There are a few good resorts, such as El Salvador in Sabang, which are large enough to hold conferences during the week, weddings at the weekend. They can bring in large amounts of income into the local economy.
In Sabang, Mitsumi is one of the largest employers in northern Cebu.
Metro Cebu ExpresswayEdit
"Work for the ₱50 billion, 74-kilometre (46 mi) Metro Cebu Expressway, will start next year (2018). It will connect Naga City in the south to Danao City in the north."
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