Throwback to March 31, 2001, the thriving town of Panabo became a city through a referendum participated by dynamic Panaboans that signifies our vision to become a progressive settlement in the province of Davao del Norte. It was the first among its many milestones as a city, and since then, Panabo exponentially boomed as an Agri-Industrial Gateway in Mindanao.
Half a decade after, Panabo established its Mariculture Park on March 30, 2006. It is a joint project of the city with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte to accelerate the city’s food production and economic growth, and provide alternative livelihood opportunities to local fisherfolks along the coastal waters of San Pedro, Cagangohan, and J.P. Laurel.
Panabo City today is not only famed as a primary exporter of Cavendish bananas to Asia, Russia, and the Middle East. This multi-million peso project has already reached the global market throughout its 10-year operation and has made Panabo City a large producer of bangus in the country.
Moreover, Panabo has reaped several awards since its inception as a component city in the province. Among these are the Seal of Good Housekeeping in 2012 and the Seal of Good Local Governance in 2016 awarded by the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Both awards were recognition of the local government unit’s good performance in financial housekeeping, transparency and accountability, and other areas that directly benefit the people such as the implementation of investment and employment opportunities, responsiveness to the needs of the marginalized sector in the society, safeguarding the environment, and disaster preparedness.
Today, Panabo City continues to prosper. A growing number of various businesses sprouted like mushroom – from food production, manufacturing, restaurant service, leisure establishments, retail, to banking services. Panabo City has truly become a center for investment.
Furthermore, the development of Agriya, a mixed-use real-estate project with agri-tourism and institutional component, and the establishment of the world-class Industrial Estate particularly the Davao International Container Terminal (DICT), duly licensed by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, is expected to spur economic growth in the city.
Even with these distinctions and present developments, Panabo will continue to take on greater challenges, build and improve more infrastructures to completely realize the vision of a progressive Panabo that we have started 16 years ago.
And as we celebrate the 16th year of Panabo City on March 31, we are inviting Panaboans to join us in the festivity. The 2-week celebration will kick-off on March 17 at Panabo Gym with the official opening of “Taboan sa Panabo”, an exhibit of wide-array of local products and services.
A series of exciting and entertaining activities are lined up during the celebration, ending it with a culmination program on March 31, 2017 featuring PNP Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa to laud the city for conforming to President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate against illegal drugs.
The program will be followed by a Fire Works Display and a free LIVE concert presenting 6CycleMind.
To know more about the 16th Araw ng Panabo Celebration, the latest details are posted on the Facebook page of City Info Panabo.
Panabo City is Located along Daang Maharlika (Pan-Philippines Highway) and is situated between two major cities, Davao City and Tagum City.
By LAND, you can reach Panabo City from Davao City via Davao-Butuan, Davao-Mati, and Davao –Tagum bus routes. Other public vehicles such jeepneys, vans and metered taxicabs are also available. It is 32 kilometers or approximately 45 minutes away from Davao City and 28 kilometers or 30 minutes away from Tagum City.
By AIR, The Davao International Airport has numerous local and international airlinrs flying into Davao. From the airport, you can either take a metered cab, van or jeepney going to Panabo City or via Tagum City or Mati City.
By SEA,Panabo City is accessible through the Sasa port of Davao City. From Davao City you can choose among the numerous public vehicles to bring you to Panabo City.