In a land area of 8,129.8 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers the entire civil Provinces of Davao del Norte (except the Island Garden City of Samal, the southern portion of the Lasang River, a small portion of Davao City north of the Lasang River) and of Compostela Valley.
Davao del Norte, once known simply as Davao, is a province of the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Tagum City. It borders the province of Agusan del Sur to the north, Bukidnon to the west, Compostela Valley to the east, and the city of Davao to the south. Davao also includes Samal Island to the south in the Davao Gulf. The province of Compostela Valley used to be part of Davao until it was made into an independent province in 1998. Before 1967, the four provinces-Davao, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Compostela Valley-were once a single province named Davao. The Davao Region covers this historic province.
Davao del Norte is subdivided into 8 municipalities and 3 cities. The Island Garden City of Samal is the only municipality or city of Davao del Norte that is not on Mindanao island. This city covers the whole of Samal Island and Talikud Island in the Davao Gulf.
Davao Del Norte has two political districts and 223 barangays.
As of end of year 2017, the total population of the diocese is 1,751,935 of which 85.80 percent are Catholics or 1,503,040.
The majority of the population descended from Visayan migrants. As a result, Cebuano is the most widely spoken language.
Other prominent migrant groups are the Ilonggos.
Among the indigenous ethnic groups in the province are the Mandaya, Mansaka, and Ata-Talaingod.
Predominant language used by its people are Cebuano, Dabaweño, Tagalog and other minor dialects such as Chavacano, Ilongo, Ilocano, Boholano, Waray, Maranao, and Manobo. However, most people can also speak and understand English.
DIOCESE OF TAGUM
Suffragan of Davao
Created Prelature: Jan. 13, 1962
Erected: April 5, 1962
Elevated to diocese: Oct. 11, 1980
Comprises: The entire civil Provinces of Davao del Norte (except the Island Garden City of Samal, the southern portion of the Lasang River, a small portion of Davao City north of the Lasang River) and of Compostela Valley.
The Diocese of Tagum is a suffragan diocese of Davao Metropolitan. It was canonically erected as Prelature Nullius on Jan. 13, 1962 by Pope John XXIII, with Reverend Joseph William Regan, MM as its local ordinary. It was elevated to the status of a diocese on Oct. 11, 1980 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, who appointed the Most Reverend Pedro R. Dean as its first Filipino bishop ordinary, and the Reverend Ramon Villena as the auxiliary bishop.
The diocese of Tagum has always made a record especially when it comes to the number of clergy ordained yearly as compared to other dioceses in Davao, Digos, Tagum and Mati (DADITAMA) ecclesial sub-region.
Davao del Norte was originally a part of what was then collectively known as the province of Davao. On May 8, 1967, the late Congressman Lorenzo S. Sarmiento, Sr. authored a bill, which was later passed into law - RA 4867 - that divided Davao into three provinces, namely, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental. On June 17, 1972, the name Davao del Norte was changed to Davao under RA 6430. All three provinces celebrate their anniversary every 1st of July.
When it was created, Davao del Norte was made up of 13 municipalities: Asuncion, Babak, Compostela, Kapalong, Mabini, Mawab, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Panabo, Pantukan, Samal, Sto. Tomas, and Tagum. On May 6, 1970, six additional municipalities were created, and these were Carmen, Kaputian, Maco, Montevista, New Bataan, and New Corella. By 1996, the province had a total of 22 municipalities, with the creation of Laak in 1979, Maragusan in 1988, and Talaingod in 1990.
On Jan. 30, 1998, former President Fidel V. Ramos signed RA 8470 creating the province of Compostela Valley out of Davao province. This paved the way for the conversion of the municipality of Tagum into a city (RA 8472), the merging of the three island municipalities of Babak, Samal, and Kaputian to form the Island Garden City of Samal (RA 8471), and the creation of the municipality of B.E. Dujali (RA 8473). With the creation of Compostela Valley, the province of Davao reverted back to its old name of Davao del Norte.
A Philippine province is headed by a Governor. A Provincial Council (Sangguniang Panlalawigan) is composed of a Vice Governor (Presiding Officer) and Provincial Board Members. A Philippine city or municipality is headed by a Mayor. A City Council (Sangguniang Panlungsod) or Municipal Council (Sangguniang Bayan) is composed of a Vice Mayor (Presiding Officer) and City or Municipal Councilors. A barangay is headed by a Barangay Captain, who is also the presiding officer of the barangay council. The Barangay Council is composed of seven (7) Barangay Kagawads. A similar unit called a Youth Council (Sangguniang Kabataan) is headed by an SK Chairperson with a similar rank to a Barangay Captain. The council is composed of SK Members.
The annual per capita income (in Philippines Pesos) (excludes Tagum) was 17,137 (or USD389 as of September 2010).
Tagum has three (3) telephone companies and two (2) telecommunication service providers operating in Tagum City namely; CRUZTELCO in collaboration with the PLDT, DATELCO in collaboration with the PHILCOM, ITALTEL which is under the management of Department of Telecommunication. Wireless telecommunications service providers are SMART and GLOBE.
Tagum has three (3) local radio stations, Radio Natin (FM Band), Pure (FM Band) and DXDN (AM Band). However, Tagum can also receive 30 FM and 15 AM radio station signals based in Davao City and Metro Manila. Moreover, there are eight (8) channels received for television and more than forty (40) channels for the local cable network provided by the Filipino Cable Corporation which caters Skycable and Suncable and also a wireless network by Home Channel.
The land is generally rugged, mountainous and has moderate steep sloping areas on the western part and wide plains on the central lowland area.
Literacy rate (simple literacy) in the diocesan territory is 92.39 percent.