Tagum City, Davao Del Norte

Tagum City

“Music Capital of Mindanao”



The city’s former name was Magugpo.The place was just a vast wilderness where Mansakas, Manguangans, Mandayas and the Kalagans in the coastal barangays. Most of these people were gaining their food through hunting. The only recorded transformation of this vast wilderness was during October 1929 when a man named Sulpicio Quirante from Moalboal Cebu came and lived in the place. More people from neighboring places came and built habitation there. They also organized themselves into the Magugpo Homesteader’s Association. This organization bought the homestead of a native in Magugpo and subdivided it into lots of 750 square meters each. These lots were sold to the newcomers in the price of one peso and fifty centavo (P1.50). The accumulated amount from the buyers were also used as membership fee to the association. This association financed the construction of the first infrastructures in Magugpo like school building, teacher’s cottage, rest house and chapel.

From being a district of Davao City, Magugpo became a municipality and was called as Tagum on June 23, 1941. The economy and the physical structure of the municipality continued to flourish until it was converted into a chartered city on March 7, 1998 and it was continued to be called as City of Tagum.

Population/ Language/ Area


The total land area of the city reaches up to 195.00 km2 (75.29 sq mi). This place is predominantly occupied by lands used in agriculture purposes. The city is located 55 kilometers north of Davao City, an hour and a half minute travel.

The city has a total population of 242,801 as of 2010.

Tagum City is typhoon-free due to its location. The city enjoys a weather that remains balmy all year round. It is characterized by a uniform distribution of rainfall, temperature, humidity, and air pressure. It has no pronounced wet or dry season. Weather predictability makes it highly conducive to agricultural production. Temperature ranges from 20 to 32 degrees Celsius and average rainfall is up to 2,000 mm yearly.

Products and Services


Since much of the lands here are used for agriculture purposes, the main products of the city are coconut, rice, Cavendish banana, and other fruits.

Tourist Spots


  • Barret Beach Resort
  • Underwater Marine Park
  • Banana Plantation
  • Mangroove River Cruise
  • Fishing Village