Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental

Jose Abad Santos, officially the Municipality of Jose Abad Santos, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Davao Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 76,332 people.[3]

Jose Abad Santos
Municipality of Jose Abad Santos
Map of Davao Occidental with Jose Abad Santos highlighted
Map of Davao Occidental with Jose Abad Santos highlighted
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Jose Abad Santos is located in Philippines
Jose Abad Santos
Jose Abad Santos
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 5°55′N 125°39′E / 5.92°N 125.65°E / 5.92; 125.65Coordinates: 5°55′N 125°39′E / 5.92°N 125.65°E / 5.92; 125.65
Country Philippines
RegionDavao Region (Region XI)
ProvinceDavao Occidental
DistrictLone District
FoundedAugust 1, 1948
Named forJosé Abad Santos
Barangays26 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorJason John A. Joyce
 • Vice MayorJames Y. Joyce
 • CongressmanLorna B. Bandigan
 • Electorate41,351 voters (2019)
Area
[2]
 • Total600.06 km2 (231.68 sq mi)
Population
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total76,332
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
 • Households
17,990
Economy
 • Income class1st municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence65.37% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)193,705,869.41 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
8014
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)82
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Native languagesDavawenyo
Cebuano
Sangirese
Blaauboschkraal stone ruins
Kalagan language
Tagalog
Websitewww.joseabadsantos.gov.ph

It is the southernmost municipality on the mainland of Mindanao island. The coastal town is the second largest municipality in Davao Occidental after Malita.

HistoryEdit

The Municipality of Jose Abad Santos was formerly a part of Malita town. It was later established as a separate town on August 1, 1948 and was originally named "Trinidad". The barrio of Caburan became its poblacion or town center. In 1954, the municipality was renamed by Republic Act no. 1206, in honor of José Abad Santos, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, who was executed by the Japanese invading forces during World War II.[5]

BarangaysEdit

Jose Abad Santos is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.

  • Balangonan
  • Buguis
  • Bukid
  • Butuan
  • Butulan
  • Caburan Big
  • Caburan Small (Poblacion)
  • Camalian
  • Carahayan
  • Cayaponga
  • Culaman
  • Kalbay
  • Kitayo
  • Magulibas
  • Malalan
  • Mangile
  • Marabatuan
  • Meybio
  • Molmol
  • Nuing
  • Patulang
  • Quiapo
  • San Isidro
  • Sugal
  • Tabayon
  • Tanuman

DemographicsEdit

YearPop.±% p.a.
1948 11,343—    
1960 20,476+5.04%
1970 29,576+3.74%
1975 33,952+2.81%
1980 38,232+2.40%
1990 44,504+1.53%
1995 47,833+1.36%
2000 57,147+3.89%
2007 62,513+1.25%
2010 69,631+4.00%
2015 76,332+1.76%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
24
(74)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 88
(3.5)
65
(2.6)
92
(3.6)
109
(4.3)
197
(7.8)
271
(10.7)
256
(10.1)
241
(9.5)
192
(7.6)
206
(8.1)
192
(7.6)
121
(4.8)
2,030
(80.2)
Average rainy days 14.3 12.2 15.1 18.1 26.0 27.3 26.1 25.0 23.4 26.1 25.4 20.5 259.5
Source: Meteoblue [9]

Local governmentEdit

Municipal officials 2013-2016:

  • Mayor: James Y. Joyce
  • Vice Mayor: Jason John A. Joyce
  • Councilors:
    • Frank William Galias
    • Maricelle Medel
    • Roger Castro
    • Louie Tayong
    • Maximo Guardados, Jr.
    • Joaquin Atay, Sr.
    • Dave Dullano
    • Jonathan Chua

EconomyEdit

Vast natural resources can be found, such as the wide stretch of mangroves of the municipality. Milkfish and tilapia breeding, as well as copra production, are the primary source of income for its people. The long stretch of beaches with brown, black and white sands, together with abundant marine life offshore are the primary natural attractions of Jose Abad Santos.

TransportationEdit

The municipality can be reached by public utility vehicles plying from Davao City and Digos City via the Pan-Philippine Highway. Past the town of Sulop is the junction with Davao del Sur Provincial Highway. Turning east at the junction, head south on the provincial highway to the town of Malita. And to the said municipality, habal-habal or passenger motorcycles ply to the adjacent town Don Marcelino.

Road conditionEdit

The road condition of the town is poor. Its road network is mostly unpaved, traversing through high-sloped hilly coastal and mountain roads with the danger of falling rocks from above. Most of the river crossings have no bridges, so drivers traversing the town have to consider if their vehicle is capable of crossing a shallow river. During rainy weather, travelers have to wait for the water level to subside before the river could become accessible again. A trip to the town is considered as either adventurous or dangerous by those who intend to visit depending on their experience, though part of the road heading to Don Marcelino town to the north is paved, made with concrete cement.

ControversyEdit

On August 20, 2013, former provincial representative Marc Douglas Cagas IV complained about the DPWH's complacency about the project involving the improving of roads going to the municipality. He attributed the complacency to the pork barrel scandal that was already happening in the country's politics since several days before the said complaint due to overspending of their budget for the said project.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Davao Occidental". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of the Municipality of Trinidad, Province of Davao, to Jose Abad Santos". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of Davao del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Jose Abad Santos: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  10. ^ http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/07/17/pork-mess-mere-cover-up-of-palace-corruption/

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