Sulop, Davao del Sur

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Municipality of Sulop
Downtown area
Downtown area
Map of Davao del Sur with Sulop highlighted
Map of Davao del Sur with Sulop highlighted
Sulop is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°36′N 125°21′E / 6.6°N 125.35°E / 6.6; 125.35Coordinates: 6°36′N 125°21′E / 6.6°N 125.35°E / 6.6; 125.35
Country  Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao del Sur
District 2nd District
Barangays 25 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Jimmy Sagarino
 • Electorate 20,750 voters (2016)
 • Total 155.26 km2 (59.95 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 33,613
 • Density 220/km2 (560/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 8009
PSGC 112414000
IDD:area code +63 (0)82
Climate type Tropical rainforest climate
Income class 3rd municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 100,460,170.39 (2016)
Native languages Davawenyo
Kalagan language
Ata Manobo

Sulop, officially the Municipality of Sulop, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Davao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 33,613 people.[3]

Sulop is about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Digos City, the seat of the provincial government of Davao del Sur. The municipality is located halfway between two major growth centers of Mindanao, namely, Davao City of Region XI and General Santos City of Region XII.


Municipal Hall of Sulop

Sulop is politically subdivided into 25 barangays.

  • Balasinon
  • Buguis
  • Carre
  • Clib
  • Harada Butai
  • Katipunan
  • Kiblagon
  • Labon
  • Laperas
  • Lapla
  • Litos
  • Luparan
  • Mckinley
  • New Cebu
  • Osmeña
  • Palili
  • Parame
  • Poblacion
  • Roxas
  • Solongvale
  • Tagolilong
  • Tala-o
  • Talas
  • Tanwalang
  • Waterfall


In the early part of the 19th century, a wave of immigrants from the Visayas Region, mostly from Cebu, came to Sulop which was still a barangays under the Municipality of Padada, Davao del Sur. Settlers from Leyte, Iloilo and Bohol also arrived during the century. They acquired lands from the natives known as Tagacaolo, B’laans and Bagobos who were the early inhabitants of the place.

The name Sulop was derived from its natives which means swampy place surrounded by second growth forest and habitat of wild pigs. Settlers, then converted the place into settlement sites and production areas of agricultural crops.

By virtue of Executive Order No. 295 issued on April 24, 1958, President Carlos P. Garcia converted barangays Sulop and its adjacent barangays into an independent Municipality of Sulop of the Province of Davao del Sur. The development of the municipality underwent eight changes of political leadership up to the present Administration.

President Carlos P Garcia appointed Nestorio Comabig as the first mayor of the Municipality of Sulop. Mayor Nestorio Comabig’s achievement was the assignment of residential lots to interested parties consistent to the town site development plan. However, Mayor Nestorio Comabig resigned from office after six years he assumed the office.

The then Vice Mayor Antonio Go Pace assumed the vacated mayorship position and facilitated the construction of the first municipality’s Town Hall.

Entering the Municipality of Sulop

Vice Mayor Sebastian Mondejar, Sr. succeeded the mayorship of Antonio Go Pace when the latter died and the former facilitated the coming of Cocoa Investors, Incorporated (CII), a multi-million peso corporation engaged in cacao beans production;

Vice Mayor Perfecto O. Sagarino Sr. succeeded as mayor when Mayor Sebastian Mondejar Sr. was killed in an ambush on December 3, 1982, during the height of insurgency. Mayor Perfecto Sagarino Sr.'s greatest achievement was the construction of Sulop Public Market Buildings. He relinquished his position after the EDSA Revolution (People Power Revolution) in 1986;

Atty. Leopoldo C. Diones, Jr. was then installed as OIC-Mayor who retained his position by winning the 1987 and 1992 elections.

Atty. Jose Jimmy S. Sagarino, son of former mayor Perfecto O. Sagarino emerged the winner in the mayoralty race in 1995 and stayed on for 3 terms. The construction of the new Municipal Government Center of Sulop was made during his incumbency.

On June 30, 2004, local leadership was then steered by Mayor Restituto Ornales. In his quest to sustain the obtaining momentum of development, he placed agricultural productivity as the center piece of his development thrust and initiated the construction of Labon – Clib Steel Bridge.

The latest change in leadership took place on June 30, 2007, when the newly elect-mayor assumed post at 12:00 noon which marked the returned of undefeated 3-termer Mayor Jose Jimmy S. Sagarino who in his new term celebrated the Golden Founding Anniversary of the Municipality of Sulop.


Population census of Sulop
YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 28,385—    
1970 22,762−2.18%
1975 22,014−0.67%
1980 23,094+0.96%
1990 24,513+0.60%
1995 25,968+1.09%
2000 27,340+1.11%
2007 29,082+0.86%
2010 32,163+3.73%
2015 33,613+0.84%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Davao del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Davao del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

College Educational Institution[edit]

Southern Philippines Agri-business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) Sulop Extension

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