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History of Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office (DNPPO)

DAVAO DEL NORTE PROVINCE

ON DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILES

The original mother Province of Davao was divided into three (3) provinces, namely: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental by virtue of the bill authored by then Congressman. Hon. Lorenzo S. Sarmiento, Sr., which bill was passed into law and became known as R.A. 4867 dated 8 May 1967. The three provinces simultaneously celebrate their anniversary every 1st of July.

When it was created, Davao del Norte was composed of thirteen (13) municipalities, namely: Asuncion, Babak, Compostela, Kapalong, Mabini, Mawab, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Panabo, Pantukan, Samal, Sto. Tomas and Tagum. Six (6) additional municipalities were created as of May 6, 1970. These were Carmen, Kaputian, Maco, Montevista, New Bataan and New Corella. As of 1996, the province already has a total of twenty-two (22) municipalities with the creation of San Vicente (now Laak) in 1979, Maragusan in 1988 and Talaingod in 1990.

On January 30, 1998, President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act No.8470 creating the Province of Compostela Valley out of Davao Province. Other historical events that transpired in Davao del Norte together with the creation of Compostela Valley were: the enactment of Republic Act No. 8471, creating the Island Garden City of Samal comprising the former municipalities of Babak, Samal and Kaputian; Republic Act No. 8472 converting Tagum municipality into Tagum City, the seat of the provincial government of Davao del Norte Province; and Republic Act 8473 creating the municipality of Braulio E. Dujali from the municipalities of Carmen and Panabo are components of Davao del Norte province. With the creation of Compostela Valley, the Province of Davao reverted back to its old name of Davao del Norte and at present has (8) eight municipalities and three component cities.As of 1998 the province now had eight municipalities and two cities with 223 barangays.


Land Area

Sq. Km.

No.of Barangays

Tagum City

192.00

23

Asuncion

201.83

19

San Isidro

289.84

13

New Corella

321.48

20

Sto. Tomas

320.41

19

Kapalong

932.86

15

Talaingod

454.96

3

Panabo City

259.72

40

Carmen

275.16

20

Braulio E Dujali

91.00

5

Island Garden City of Samal

301.30

46

TOTAL

3,640.56

223

Davao del Norte is a growing province in terms of population before and after its division into two provinces. It had an annual growth rate of 3.83 percent between 1980 and 1990, 2.44 percent between 1990 and 1995, and in 1995 with the division of the province to consider, it is growing at an annual rate of 2.62 percent.

The following are the past and present Governors of Davao del Norte province:

PAST & PRESENT GOVERNORS

TERM OF OFFICE

Hon. Verulo C. Boiser

July 1, 1967 to July 7, 1977

Hon. Gregorio R. Dujali

July 7, 1977 to March 31, 1986

Hon. Prospero S. Amatong

April 4, 1986 to November 30, 1987

Atty. Jesus T. Albacite (OIC)

November 30, 1987 to January 6, 1988

Hon. Cecilia de la Paz

January 6, 1988 to February 3, 1988

Hon. Prospero S. Amatong

February 3, 1988 to March 26, 1998

Hon. Anecito M. Solis (Acting)

April 1 to June 30, 1998

Hon. Rodolfo P. del Rosario

1998 to 2004

Hon. Gelacio P. Gementiza

2004-2007

Hon. Rodolfo P. del Rosario

2007 to date

Hereunder is the political subdivision of Davao del Norte province with the corresponding incumbent elected officials.

Congressman 1st District

HON. ARREL OLANO

Congressman 2n District

HON. ANTONIO LAGDAMEO JR

Provincial Governor

HON. RODOLFO P. DEL ROSARIO

Vice Governor

HON. VICTORIO R. SUAYBAGUIO

District I

Mayors

Tagum City

HON. REY T. UY

New Corella

HON. NESTOR L. ALCORAN

Asuncion

HON. JOSEPH NILO F. PARREÑAS

Kapalong

HON. EDGARDO I. TIMBOL

San Isidro

HON. TOMAS R. ABELITA JR

Talaingod

HON. PILAR A LIBAYAO

District II

Mayors

Panabo City

HON. JOSE D. SILVOSA

IGCS

HON. ANIANO P. ANTALAN

Sto Tomas

HON. MAXIMO M. ESTELA

Carmen

HON. MARCELINO A. FERANDOS

BE Dujali

HON. LOLITA A. MORAL

History of Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office (DNPPO)

The enactment of Republic Act. 4867 dated 08 May 1967, which created the Province of Davao del Norte paved the activation of Davao Norte Constabulary Command. MAJOR FRANCISCO SARROSA PC was the first Provincial Commander of the then newly activated Provincial Constabulary Command from 01 July 1967 to 18 February 1968.

Davao Norte lies in the Southern section of Mindanao with its territories bounded on the north by Agusan del Sur, on the west by Bukidnon, on the south by Davao del Sur and on the east by Davao Oriental.

With the passage of Presidential Decree Nr 765 dated 08 August 1975 which constituted the Integrated National Police forces as components of the Philippine Constabulary being the nucleus of the police integration, it led to the organization of Davao Norte Constabulary Integrated National Police Command of which LTC AGERICO N KAGAOAN was credited as the first Provincial Commander/Police Superintendent. Another major historic development was the passage/enactment of RA 6975, otherwise known as the PNP Law of 1991 which changed the Command’s heading or name of Davao Norte PNP Command and LTC RICARDO F DE LEON became the first Provincial Director. With the re-organization of the PNP Provincial Commands dated 22 June 1994 as authorized by the Chief PNP, the Commands heading or name was changed to Davao Norte Provincial Police Command with P/SUPT JOSELITO UY TAN as the then Provincial Director from 26 July 1993- 05 April 1995 and followed by P/SUPT ALEJANDRO M GUTIERREZ from 06 April 1995 to 21 August 1996.

Resolution No. 92-36 dated October 15, 1992, the National Police Commission approved the revised organizational structure of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The word “Command” and other designation with military connotations shall cease to be used. In the case of the line units, the word “Command” shall henceforth be replaced by the term “Police Office” and now the Davao Norte Police command was finally changed to Davao Norte Police Provincial Office with P/SUPT WILFREDO V GARCIA as the present Provincial Director.

Davao Norte Police Provincial Office has one (1) operating unit namely: 1101st PMG being strategically located in the province with the principal task on Internal Security Operation aside from the eleven (11) Municipal Police Stations which take charge of the anti-criminality operations.

On January 31, 1998, President Fidel V Ramos signed Republic Act No. 8470 creating Province of Compostela Valley out of Davao Province.

Davao del Norte Province became a part of Region 11 that composed of three (3) component Cities, eight (8) municipalities with the total of two hundred twenty three (223) barangays populated by approximately 848,202 inhabitants. It has a total land area of 3,910.82 square kilometer and divided into two (2) congressional districts.

Presently, Davao Norte Police Provincial Office, the home of citizen friendly policemen is composed of a Provincial Office, one (1) Provincial Mobile Group, three (3) City Police Stations and eight (8) Municipal Police Stations and two (2) Police Precincts. The present Provincial Director is PSSUPT BENILITO A BIANZON (DSC).

Logo of DNPPO

11 stars represent on the 11 cities/municipalities of Davao del Norte province consisting the cities of IGACOS,PANABO, and TAGUM, municipalities of ASUNCION, B.E DUJALI, CARMEN, KAPALONG,NEW CORELLA, SAN ISIDRO, STO.TOMAS and TALAINGOD.

SUN & LAPULAPU – LAPULAPU represents the great Filipino hero of Mactan, the prototype of the best and most noble in Filipino manhood who is the symbol and embodiment of all the genuine attributes of leadership, courage, nationalism, self-reliance and a people-based and people powered community defense. The benevolent and heroic warrior who derived added strength from a cohesive, determined and loyal people is today a fitting symbol and a prototype as well of people power to preserve our values, customs, traditions, way of life and the rule of law thru a solidly community-based police system. Lapu-Lapu also personifies for us today civilian constitutional authority.

The SUN symbolize the flowering, maturing and ultimate realization of the glorious evolution of the PC/INP into a National Police Organization - “national in scope and civilian in character” - as enshrined in the 1986 Constitution. The Traditional light rays which represents the fightingest provinces whose ideals of courage and patriotism the members of the National Police must possess.

Represents the DNPPO is under the NAPOLCOM & DILG

Represents the economic profiles of Davao Norte province as the banana growing province.

Represents the Davao Norte as tourist destination

Functions and Symbolisms of DNPPO logo

In the Philippines, the Philippine National Police is national in scope and civilian in character. It was created on January 1, 1991 by Republic Act Number 6975l entitled, the Department of the Interior and Local Government. The enactment of Republic Act. 4867 dated on May 8, 1967 which created the Province of Davao del Norte gives rise to its logo that emblazoned the distinct characteristics and patterns of internal and external environments of the province. The upper tuft of DNPPO emblem represents the Philippine National Police, Department of Interior and Local Government and National Police Commission logos that embodies each composition, duties, functions and aggregation of responsibilities and services in pursuit to peace and order, safety and tranquility of the community. The PNP is not in direct control by the DILG. The PNP is under the supervision and control by the NAPOLCOM, an agency created by the same law not as a line bureau of DILG but as a coordinative agency to supervise and control the PNP. In other words, the Napolcom was established just to make legal and constitutional the placing of the PNP as line bureau of the DILG.

On the other hand, the lower parts of the emblem embossed farming and agricultural profile of the Davao del Norte province among others are the so-called “Luntian” or rice field particularly in municipality of Kapalong as well as banana growing that generates and sustains livelihood of the people. Similarly, it has etched the watershed and coastal resources that pave the way the employment opportunities of various sectors in the province. Apart from that, some portions of the gulf forge the tourism and investment that promotes the province as wholesome tourist destination and as viable place for investments of which continue to anchor livelihood activities on the natural strength of the province economy and that of the communities. At the base, symbolizes eleven (11) stars, 3 large and 8 small, stands for the cities of Tagum, Panabo, and Island Garden City of Samal and municipalities of Sto. Tomas, New Corella, Carmen, Dujali, San Isidro, Asuncion, Talaingod and Kapalong which representing all the province governance and undertakings that will assume the principal responsibilities in providing basic services especially to maintain peace and order and to take a fundamental obligation to ensure the peace and security of every citizen of the community and putting in place an environment conducive for the economy to grow at a pace and magnitude most beneficial to the people as stakeholders of the Davao del Norte province.


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