The Island Garden City of Samal, a coastal paradise, group of islands strategically situated at the heart of Davao Gulf in the Southern part of the Philippines. It is geographically separated from mainland Mindanao. It lies only 900 meters east of Davao City and 10 kilometers West of Comval Province. And it is also 10-15 minutes ride from Davao City via motor boat or ferry boat. A city with resources potential of becoming an integral tourist destination and economic player in the country.
Its strategic location makes it the flagship site of the Philippines Tourism Master Plan, proposed convention and financial center of amenities for Southern Mindanao Development Corridor.
IGaCoS being located in Davao Gulf , separated from mainland Mindanao by a body of water is accessible via a 15 minute motorboat ride to Babak port from km. ll , Sasa, Davao City , and a 45 minute ride to Peñaplata and Kaputian ports from Sta. Ana wharf, Davao City or board similar transports. Ferryboats also service motor vehicles between Barangay Caliclic and Km. 11.
The nearest distance from the island city to Davao city is between Barangay Caliclic and km. 10 Sasa, being only 900 meters apart. In Geographical terms, IGaCos is located between latitude 6º 54’00” and 7º 11’28” north, and between longitude 125º 39’30” and 125º 47’28” east.
There are two main Islands in IGacoS , Samal island and Talicud which is situated at the southern point. Other smaller islands namely Malipano , Big Ligid and Little Ligid are also part of the city. In terms of land area , IGaCoS has a total area of 30,130 which is generally classified as follows :
The island has an estimated length of 34 kms. and 15 kms. wide , which is characterized by mountain ranges at the east with an estimated elevation of 532 meters above sea level at Tayapoc, Puting Bato point. The flat terrain is found largely at Babak district. The gentle sloping areas are found mostly in the coastline , which is about 116 kms. The island also has three major rivers and lakes , namely ; Binoling River, Tagbaobo River and Bagsak Lake.
Based on the unofficial results of the year 2000 census, IGaCoS has a total number of 17,415 households and 82,707 population. The population Average Annual Growth Rate ( AAGR ) IS 2% while its population density is 258 persons per square kilometer. As to the vernacular being used, there are about 31 dialects being used with Cebuano as the dominant medium followed by Isama, Boholano and Tausug in that order.
IGaCoS enjoys an evenly distributed rainfall throughout the year and a typhoon free climate, which make it ideal for agricultural production. Copra, mango, corn , vegetables, citrus and fish are the major products of the island. Livestock production is also a major product with Davao City as the primary market. In addition , rice is also produced in the barangays of San Isidro in Babak and Aumbay in Peñaplata district. Although the city’s economy depends greatly in its agricultural production , it has the following potentials for investments:
Of the foregoing potentials ,water system , communications and real state development were considered as priority projects.