The 47th anniversary of the subdivision of Davao province into three separate local government units will be marked this coming July 1, Tuesday.
The day is a public holiday for residents of Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Davao del Norte.
This is mandated by Republic Act 6380, which came into effect during the term of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Read the full text of RA 6380 in this link.
Previously united as a single province, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Davao del Norte came into being in 1967 courtesy of RA 4867. This particular law now serves as the provincial charter for the three provinces.
The three Davao provinces are in Region XI, located at the extreme southwestern portion of the country.
Curiously, there will be a fourth Davao province by 2016. The new province will be called Davao Occidental. The country’s newest province was created through RA 10360.
The new province will be composed of the following municipalities (mostly carved out from Davao del Sur): Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos, Santa Maria, Sarangani, and Malita, which will serve as the seat of power.
According to RA 10360, residents of the new province will have the chance to pick its own set of elected officials during the 2016 national and local elections.