Tagum City

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City of Tagum
Official seal of City of Tagum
Map of Davao del Norte showing the location of Tagum City.
Map of Davao del Norte showing the location of Tagum City.
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao del Norte
District 1st District of Davao del Norte
Barangays 23
Income class: 1st class city
Mayor Mayor Rey T. Uy
Physical characteristics
Area 192.00 km²

     Total (2007)


Tagum City is a first-class city and capital of the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines. It is located north of Region XI capital Davao City and is considered strategically conducive for commerce and trade since it is intersected by three road network systems, which connects the city to different provinces, cities, and municipalities in Mindanao in all four directions. Based on the 2007 Philippine national census, Tagum has a total population of 215,967 inhabitants.



Tagum was originally called Magugpo, from the word mago (said to be a name of a tree) and ugpo (very high). It was once a vast wilderness inhabited by Mansakas, Manguangans, Mandayas, and Kalagans in coastal barangays.

Before Tagum became a component city, it was a municipality created by virtue of Executive Order (EO) 452 issued by Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon. It was classified as a first-class municipality in 1994 and was later converted into a city by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 8472. On 30 January 1998, then President Fidel V. Ramos signed the act into a law, which was ratified through plebiscite on 7 March 1998. [1] In 2006, the city was re-classified from third class to first class.


Tagum city has a total land area of 19,580 hectares, mostly agricultural lands used to grow crops like coconut, rice, Cavendish banana, fruit trees and other non-commercial agricultural products. It is connected to major cities by the Phil-Japan Friendship Highway, Davao-Mati, and Davao-Agusan Road. The Davao-Bukidnon Road will soon be finished.

Tagum is generally flat with hilly portions in the northern side and in the coastal parts toward the south. Two major rivers, namely, Hijo River and Tagum-Liboganon River, surround the city. [2]


The city is divided into 23 barangays, nine of which are categorized as urban barangays while 14 as rural barangays.


  • Apokon
  • Madaum
  • Magugpo Poblacion
  • Magugpo North
  • Magugpo South
  • Magugpo East
  • Magugpo West
  • Visayan Village
  • Mankilam


  • Bincungan
  • Busaon
  • Canocotan
  • Cuambogan
  • La Filipina
  • Liboganon
  • Magdum
  • New Balamban
  • Nueva Fuerza
  • Pagsabangan
  • Pandapan
  • San Agustin
  • San Isidro
  • San Miguel



  • Aces Tagum College
  • Arriesgado College Foundation
  • Liceo de Davao
  • North davao College – Tagum Foundation
  • Queen of Apostles College Seminary
  • St. Mary's College of Tagum
  • University of Mindanao – Tagum City
  • University of Southeastern Philippines



  • Tagum City National Comprehensive High School
  • Tagum City National High School – Laureta Annex
  • Jose Tuazon Jr. Memorial National High School
  • Jose Tuazon Jr. Memorial National High School – Bincungan Annex
  • La Filipina National High School
  • Tagum National Trade School
  • Tagum City National High School


  • University of Mindanao – Tagum City
  • St. Mary's College of Tagum
  • Assumpta School of Tagum
  • Letran de Davao
  • Maximo Mirafuentes Academy
  • St. Lorenzo Ruiz Academy

Elementary (Public)

  • Apokon Elementary School
  • Laureta Elementary School
  • Magugpo Pilot Imelda Elementary School
  • Magugpo Pilot Central Elementary School
  • Rizal I Elementary School
  • Rizal II Elementary School
  • Catalan Elementary School
  • Col. Saludares Elementary School
  • Dr. Briz Central Elementary School
  • La Filipina Elementary School
  • Mankilam Elementary School
  • New Balamban Elementary School
  • Liboganon Elementary School
  • Luis Lina Primary School
  • Madaum Elementary School
  • Mangga Elementary School
  • Odell Elementary School
  • San Isidro Elementary School
  • Visayan Village Central Elementary School
  • Nueva Fuerza Elementary School
  • Pagsabangan Elementary School
  • Pandapan Elementary School
  • San Agustin Elementary School
  • Suaybaguio Elementary School
  • Union Elementary School
  • Babanganan Primary School
  • Bincungan Elementary School
  • Busaon Elementary School
  • Cabugan Elementary School
  • Garinan Elementary School
  • Herculina Edig (Canocotan) Elementary School [3]


Tagum has a wide array of festivities for the entire year. Musikahan sa Tagum, held every February, is described as a distinct cultural event that celebrates the Filipino excellence in music composition, performance, and production. Its aim is to encourage the youth and provide them with more opportunities to excel in the music industry. Tagum City Sportsfest is celebrated in line with Earth Day, Ocean Month, and Environment Month through an eco-adventure and urban challenge that promotes care for the environment. Tagum also celebrates the Durian Festival in a month-long showcase of foods, particularly cakes and delicacies, made with durian.

The City Tourism Council came up with a week of “gay merriment” called Binuhat Festival where gay talent and artisrty are featured, with an advocacy to unify them and engender equality in the society.

Kaimonan Festival is a celebration of bountiful harvest in the month of October, where tribal songs, dances, games, crafts, and rituals are presented. Pakaradjan Festival is a gathering of Muslim tribes in Tagum City, the goal of which is to promote and preserve their beliefs and traditions. Fiesta Celebration, or Feast of Christ the King, is observed every November during the last Sunday of the Liturgical year as a thanksgiving for the year's blessings. Tagum City also has the Indayog Festival, where dance performers, choreographers, directors, and educators from across Mindanao get together to celebrate dance arts and culture, through competitions, performances, and lecture-demonstrations. [4]


  1. ^ "History of Tagum", tagumcity.50webs.com (accessed 3 February 2010).
  2. ^ "Tagum city profile", tagumcity.gov (accessed 3 February 2010).
  3. ^ "Tagum schools directory", tagumcity.gov.ph (accessed 3 April 2010)
  4. ^ "Visit Tagum city" (accessed 3 February 2010).



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