SAMAL CITYis also known as the Island Garden City of Samal or IGaCoS and is a 5th class city in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines.
The early settlers of the island were indigenous people coming from the coasts of Davao province which is the descendants of the now known Sama tribe. Thus, the name was derived from the said tribe.
In 1948, the district of Samal Islands was established as a single municipality by virtue of Executive Order 151 by the late President Elpidio Quirino. Then on May 28, 1953 another municipality was created in Samal Islands as the municipality of Babak. A few years later in virtue of Republic Act 4745 by the late President E. Marcos, the municipality of Kaputian was also created in the southern portion of Samal Islands. However in the year 1998 through Republic Act No. 8741 the municipalities of Samal, Babak and Kaputian was merged into one local government unit and since then became the Island Garden City of Samal.
The Island of Samal has 301.40 square kilometer total land area in the heart of Davao Gulf which has been frequented by most local and international tourists all year round.
Currently, the Island has a population of 82,609 people in 17,388 households. The annual population growth rate is approximately 1.52%.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
The most important economic activities of IGaCoS is agriculture and tourism-related. And since the island is surrounded by water, fishing is also a source of income for most of its residents. However an inadequate road network, and with limited transport facilities the movement of goods and services are also limited. The city is still largely dependent on its IRA to finance its operations and developmental activities. This is why the local government pursues to find other sources of revenues and learn novel ways of more effective and efficient financial management.
Island Garden City of Samal offers products ranging from copra and mango production, marine products and livestock.
LIST OF “BARANGAYS” (or communities)
IGaCoS is subdivided into 46 communities:
Pangubatan (Talicod I)
San Isidro (Babak)
San Isidro (Kaputian)
San Jose (San Lapuz)
San Miguel (Magamono)
Santa Cruz (Talicod II)
The island has various white sand beaches such as the Pearl Farm where one can truly enjoy swimming, diving, fishing. Some of the Island resorts have complete luxurious facilities complete with a casino for all Island visitors
Samal City is just a kilometer away from Davao City. Take a Manila-Davao route via Philippine airlines on a daily basis.
One can take his own private vehicle going to Samal Island via ferry boat in Davao City which takes about 20 minutes ride. Another option is through small boats or bancas which most of the resorts in the Island offers for local and international tourists going to and from the resort.