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The city is divided into three congressional districts, which are subdivided into 11 administrative districts with a total of 182 barangays.

Davao City is constantly described by its residents and the national media as arguably among one of the safest cities in the Philippines, however this has been met with criticism, especially by the people from Metro Manila.

The region's name is derived from its Bagobo origins.

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The aboriginal Obos, who inhabit the hinterlands of the region, called the river Davah (with a gentle vowel ending, although later pronunciation is with a hard v or b); the Clatta (or Giangan/Diangan) called it Dawaw, and the Tagabawas called it Dabo.

To the Obos, davah also means "a place beyond the high grounds" (alluding to settlements at the mouth of the river surrounded by high, rolling hills).

When asked where they were going, the usual reply was davah (pointing towards the town).

) is a highly urbanized city on Mindanao, Philippines.

As of the 2015 census, it had a population of 1,632,991 people, making it the third-most-populous city in the Philippines and the most populous in Mindanao.

It is the center of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines (as of 2015 census with a population of 2.5 million, after Metro Manila's 12.8 million and Metro Cebu's 2.8 million).With a total land area of 2,444 square kilometers, the city is the largest in the country in terms of land area.The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the regional center of Davao Region.Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.Davao is also known as the "Durian Capital" of the Philippines.For geographical and statistical purposes, Davao City is grouped with the province of Davao del Sur but is governed independently from it.