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San Isidro, officially the Municipality of San Isidro, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 36,032 people.[3]

San Isidro
Municipality of San Isidro
Official seal of San Isidro
Map of Davao Oriental with San Isidro highlighted
Map of Davao Oriental with San Isidro highlighted
San Isidro is located in Philippines
San Isidro
San Isidro
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°49′28″N 126°04′59″E / 6.8244°N 126.083°E / 6.8244; 126.083Coordinates: 6°49′28″N 126°04′59″E / 6.8244°N 126.083°E / 6.8244; 126.083
Country Philippines
RegionDavao Region (Region XI)
ProvinceDavao Oriental
District2nd District
FoundedJune 18, 1966
Barangays16 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorJustina Buenviaje Yu
 • Electorate19,657 voters (2016)
 • Total220.44 km2 (85.11 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total36,032
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)87
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)104.8 million  (2016)
Native languagesDavawenyo
Kalagan language

San Isidro is one the "gulf towns" of Davao Oriental whose shorelines stretch along Davao Gulf. Other gulf towns are Banaybanay, Lupon and Governor Generoso.



San Isidro is politically subdivided into 16 barangays. Seven barangays are along the coastlines while the other nine are in the interior areas.

  • Baon
  • Bitaogan
  • Cambaleon
  • Dugmanon
  • Iba
  • La Union
  • Lapu-lapu
  • Maag
  • Manikling
  • Maputi
  • Batobato (Poblacion)
  • San Miguel
  • San Roque
  • Santo Rosario
  • Sudlon
  • Talisay


The town of San Isidro was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 4744 enacted by the Philippine Congress on June 18, 1966. It started operating as a local government unit on January 1968. Its founder and the first mayor was Vicente Yu, Sr.


YearPop.±% p.a.
1970 24,270—    
1975 28,360+3.17%
1980 28,955+0.42%
1990 28,936−0.01%
1995 30,279+0.85%
2000 31,705+0.99%
2007 32,139+0.19%
2010 32,424+0.32%
2015 26,651−3.66%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

Around 30% of the population belong to the indigenous Mandaya and Kalagan communities.


San Isidro is largely planted with coconut, with much of its agricultural industry focuses on the production of copra. There are currently efforts to further diversify the output of the municipality's coconut-based industry from copra to other value-added coconut products such as coco-oil (which can be used as a fuel additive) and coco-coir. In 1992, a Crop Diversification Program of the local government unit (LGU) was implemented with mango as "export winner". In 1998, the town commenced its first Mango Festival as an indicator of the prominence of this high yielding fruit. Farmers are also engaged in growing the popular banana (cardava). Despite this, farmers still experience difficulties in increasing their income due to lack of agricultural technology specially those farming in the upland areas.

The aggressive anti-illegal fishing efforts of the LGU decreased dynamite fishing and able to establish fish sanctuaries in San Isidro waters. Most of the fishermen in this town used paddle-boat than motorized boat in fishing.


The municipality's seascape offers potential marine-based recreational industries on the as yet virtually undisturbed Tinaytay and Burias reefs a few kilometers offshore. In addition, its scenic nature spots include beaches untouched by urban development; the cascading Cawa-cawa Stepped Falls, and the 12 km² Pygmy or Bonsai forests in the thickly forested highlands of the municipality.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Davao Oriental". 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. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Province of Davao Oriental". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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