Davao Occidental – The Newest Province

Republic Act 10360 created Davao Occidental. It is comprised of 5 municipalities which were taken out from the province of Davao del Sur. It was created in 2013, making it the newest province of the Philippines.


In one of my business trip to southern Mindanao, I was able to insert a day trip to the 81st province of the country. This visit enabled me to inch closer to achieving my #Project81 goal.

Barely 6 years old, Davao Occidental is still starting to lay its foundation for domestic tourism. Economic activities are centered at the capital town of Malita, a first-class municipality anchored by a coal-fired powered plant and other provincial government offices.


The municipality of Malita is the provincial capital and is one of the five towns that comprised Davao Occidental. They were taken from the 2nd district of Davao del Sur. Malita is the biggest of the 5 municipalities in terms of land area and population.

How to reach (Malita) Davao Occidental:

Malita is about 135 kilometers southwest of Davao City. Buses to Malita are available at the Ecoland Bus Terminal. A regular non-aircon bus fare is Php 168. Travel time is 3.5 hrs. There are also public transport vans or v-hire with terminals located near major malls in Davao City.

Buses stop near the public market and from there you have the option to take a tricycle (local tuktuk) to take you to various places of interest within the town center of Malita. The places I visited in Malita are the following: Malita Municipal Hall, Provincial Capitol of Davao Occidental and Shadole Park.


Malita Municipal Hall


The temporary provincial capitol of Davao Occidental

There is already a proposal for the Provincial Capitol – Government Business Center and Industrial Estates for Davao Occidental. We’ll just have to wait for the execution of the project.


The view from Shadole Park

This viewpoint is located a few kilometers before reaching the town proper of Malita. It provides an amazing view of the fishing village, the Lacaron River and the main campus of SPAMAST or the Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine Aquatic School of Technology.

Five towns comprised the province of Davao Occidental. Aside from Malita, the four other municipalities are: Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos, Sta. Maria and Sarangani.

In Don Marcelino, a must-visit spot is Kepiya Falls. Kioto Mountains are also near this town.  Jose Abad Santos has a long coastline offering wonderful beaches and uninterrupted sunrise views. The town of Sta. Maria boasts of its beaches, particularly their ‘Little Boracay’. And lastly,  the town of Sarangani is an island cluster at the southern part of the province. Popular islands to visit are  Balut Island and Olanivan Island.

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