Friday, February 6, 2015

Discovering Davao Occidental

My husband and I went on a photo shooting tour of the countryside of what we thought at first as Davao del Sur. It turned out that we cruised through the coastline of Davao Occidental.

Davao Occidental? Yes, folks, there is now a Davao Occidental Province. It is the 5th province of Davao Region next to Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao Oriental. It is the 27th province of Mindanao and the 81st province of the Philippines.

The province is the newest in the country, carved out from the southern part of Davao del Sur, by virtue of Republic Act 10360 enacted on July 23, 2013. The Act was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on November 28, 2012, and December 5, 2012, respectively, and signed by President Benigno Aquino III on January 14, 2013. A plebiscite was held on October 28, 2013 along with the Barangay elections and the majority of votes cast were “Yes”, ratifying the province. But the election of its

The motive to create the province was to boost the economic condition and social progress of the municipalities. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who sponsored the creation of Davao Occidental, said that the distances of Digos City, Davao del Sur’s provincial capital, to other municipalities in the second Congressional District are far-off that impairs the effective delivery of basic services, as well as the access to government offices. (Source: NEDA)

An article by MindaNews stated that RA 10360 provides that the incumbent representatives of the present Davao del Sur “shall continue to represent their respective legislative districts until the expiration of their term of office.” Elections for local officials will be held in 2016. 

Davao Occidental is composed of the towns of Malita, the capital town, Sta. Maria, San Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos and Sarangani town.

These photos will show how picturesque this coastal province is. For those who want to get away from the bustle and noise of the city, this quiet place is perfect.

We were able to go to the town of Sta. Maria when in an earlier outing when it was still part of Davao del Sur and dropped by the resort called “Little Boracay” which we discovered to be a gateway to a paradise island untouched by commercialism. We were not able to go until Jose Abad Santos because of bad roads. It was a good thing the highway was being paved at that time because in the past the only way that town can be reached is by the sea.

The view upon entering Sta. Maria. This reminds me of the sleeping dinosaur in Mati City.

Still coasting along on to Sta. Maria town.

Little Boracay Beach Resort, Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental

Little Boracay Beach Resort, Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental

Crossing the waters from Little Boracay to a hideaway called "Paradise Island"

Rolling hills on the way to Malita.

Municipal Hall of Malita, capital town of Davao Occidental.

Coast of Malita.

Coast of Malita.

Coast of Malita.

More views along the way en route to San Marcelino town. The highway goes up and down giving sweeping views of mountains and seas.

We had a relaxing time with that shoot. Why don’t you go there, too?

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