Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte

Santo Tomas is a 1st class municipality in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines famous for its sweetest Bananas and home to a diverse mix of cultures with Mandaya and Ata Manobo. The population is mainly Cebuano.

The municipality covers an area of ​​221.80 square kilometers or 85.64 square miles, which is 6.48% of the total area of ​​Davao del Norte. The household population of Santo Tomas in the 2020 Census was 128,667 broken down into 30,750 households. The age group with the highest population in Santo Tomas is 5 to 9 and the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over.

Combining age groups together, those aged 14 and below, consisting of the young dependent population which includes infants/babies, children, and young adolescents/teenagers, make up an aggregate of 32.31%.  Those aged 15 up to 64, roughly 63.81%, the economically active population and actual or potential members of the workforce

The calculated age-dependent ratio means that there are 51 young dependents for every 100 people of working age in the population of Santo Tomas. The average age of 24 indicates that half of the total population of Santo Tomas is under 24 years of age and the other half is over 24 years of age.

BRIEF HISTORY

What's now Santo Tomas, originally called Tibal-on, was formerly part of the governance of the near city of Kapalong. According to the city's pioneering residents, the area of what's now Kapalong( in which what's now Santo Tomas was still part of) and Panabo City were planted for abaca during the war times. 

Santo Tomas was officially established as a megacity on August 14, 1959, when Administrative OrderNo. 352 stipulating the creation of the megacity sculpted out of several barangays of Kapalong including Tibal-on and four( 4) barangays of Panabo was inked by President Carlos Garcia. Ganade served as the first tagged mayor of Santo Tomas after compactly governing the megacity of Kapalong.

ECONOMY

Significant to the economic improvement of Santo Tomas are some multi-countrywide companies and cooperatives engaged in banana primarily based totally industrial manufacturing effectively working withinside the municipality. Rice manufacturing additionally contributes to the monetary improvement of the municipality. Santo Tomas became a part of the lists for the pinnacle 15 richest municipalities in the Davao Region which became indexed as second place.

Location

Santo Tomas is located on the ring road in the province of Davao del Norte. It is about 30 kilometers or about an hour's ride from Tagum City - the Provincial capital of Davao del Norte.  The tow is accessible by a variety of utility jeepneys and Bus routes on the Kinamayan route and on the Carmen route. 

Davao City is approximately 63 kilometers, more or less a 2-hour ride by public transportation or by any vehicle. The downtown is equipped with tricycles serving a variety of routes. Most tricycles are covered in red that can accommodate 6 passengers.

Fiesta Celebration

Araw ng Santo Tomas (Santo Tomas Day) is a holiday celebrated on August 14 every year. Events include drum and lyre competitions. parades, fireworks, and parties. 

TOURIST SPOTS

Are you curious about the possible sightseeing spots and facts in Santo Tomas, here are some Tourist Spots in Town? Click this link

List of Barangays

  • Balagunan
  • Bobongon
  • Casig-Ang
  • Esperanza
  • Kimamon
  • Kinamayan
  • La Libertad
  • Lungaog
  • Magwawa
  • New Katipunan
  • New Visayas
  • Pantaron
  • Salvacion
  • San Jose
  • San Miguel
  • San Vicente
  • Talomo
  • Tibal-og
  • Tulalian

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