Barangay Panansalan is located in the easternmost part of the Municipality. It is
bounded in the north by the Municipality of Monkayo. In the west by Barangay Mangayon,
Tamia, Ngan and San Miguel. Its south neighbor is the Municipality of New Bataan.
Panansalan’s absolute coordinate is 7°40’33.15” N 126°14’05.58” E. It is approximately 48.489
kilometers from Barangay Poblacion, Municipality of Compostela.

The named Panansalan was derived from Pansayanan a place where sayanan or palm
wine was commonly produced. In early age, MANDAYA’S are the first aboriginal settlers in the barangay namely: Melio, Edlay, Mapando, Bonifacio, Jacinto and Toledan families. According to
Manuel B. Ompang the word “MANDAYA” means “the first people upstream” derived from the
term “man” meaning “first”, and “daya” meaning “upstream” or “upper portion of the river” in
other words, they are “inhabitants of the Uplands”. They have their own sets of beliefs and
practices handed down by their ancestors. Such as Mandaya’s believed in Spirits (Diwata) and
Baylan (Healer) who usually possessed by Diwata in performing healing rituals in curing the ill.
The family being the smallest unit of the community is managed by the family elders. They are
the decision makers and managers over property. They also conduct marriage and settle
conflicts within the family. The community is headed by a tribal chieftain called
gimangkatadungan together with the council of elders or the mangkatadong. Mandaya people
survived through farming and hunting using dagger, spear, bow, arrows and hunting dogs.

Subsequently, the life of the Mandaya people in Panansalan start to evolved, developed and
adopted to change.

In year 1938, the first appointed Tenyente del barrio was Bonifacio Melio under Mayor
Pio Galenzoga administration. He followed by Selverio Edlay, then Cosme Mapando then by
Veloso Jacinto.

In 1993, Diosdado Toledan elected as Barangay Captain followed by Alfredo Tolendan
under Mayor Senen Suarez administration.

Sote Matibay elected as Barangay Captain since 2013 under Mayor Jessie S. Bolo
administration. Since then the development of Panansalan is remarkable with the support of the
Local Government Unit and different National Agencies.

Its population as determined by the 2020 Census was 1,081. This represented 1.20% of the total population of Compostela.



The household population of Panansalan in the 2015 Census was 972 broken down into 208 households or an average of 4.67 members per household.

Census date Household population Number of households Average household size
264 52 5.08
430 90 4.78
575 102 5.64
906 199 4.55
906 165 5.49
972 208 4.67
Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in Panansalan is 5 to 9, with 164 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 65 to 69, with 3 individuals.


Combining age groups together, those aged 14 and below, consisting of the young dependent population which include infants/babies, children and young adolescents/teenagers, make up an aggregate of 43.21% (420). Those aged 15 up to 64, roughly, the economically active population and actual or potential members of the work force, constitute a total of 55.56% (540). Finally, old dependent population consisting of the senior citizens, those aged 65 and over, total NaN% (NaN) in all.

The computed Age Dependency Ratios mean that among the population of Panansalan, there are 78 youth dependents to every 100 of the working age population; there are 2 aged/senior citizens to every 100 of the working population; and overall, there are 80 dependents (young and old-age) to every 100 of the working population.

The median age of 18 indicates that half of the entire population of Panansalan are aged less than 18 and the other half are over the age of 18.

Age group Population (2015) Age group percentage
Under 1 15 1.54%
1 to 4 108 11.11%
5 to 9 164 16.87%
10 to 14 133 13.68%
15 to 19 102 10.49%
20 to 24 78 8.02%
25 to 29 90 9.26%
30 to 34 65 6.69%
35 to 39 58 5.97%
40 to 44 36 3.70%
45 to 49 36 3.70%
50 to 54 26 2.67%
55 to 59 32 3.29%
60 to 64 17 1.75%
65 to 69 3 0.31%
70 to 74 5 0.51%
75 to 79 4 0.41%
80 and over 0.00%
Total 972 100.00%
  • Youth Dependency Ratio: 77.78
  • Old Age Dependency Ratio: 2.22
  • Total Dependency Ratio: 80
  • Median Age: 18.24
Historical population

The population of Panansalan grew from 264 in 1990 to 1,081 in 2020, an increase of 817 people over the course of 30 years. The latest census figures in 2020 denote a positive growth rate of 2.26%, or an increase of 109 people, from the previous population of 972 in 2015.

Census date Population Growth rate
430 9.57%
575 6.43%
906 6.47%
906 0.00%
972 1.35%
1,081 2.26%

Panansalan is situated at approximately 7.7026, 126.2305, in the island of Mindanao. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 992.9 meters or 3,257.5 feet above mean sea level.

Panansalan shares a common border with the following barangay(s):

  • Banao, Baganga, Davao Oriental
  • Lucod, Baganga, Davao Oriental
  • San Miguel, Compostela, Davao de Oro
  • Pagsabangan, New Bataan, Davao de Oro
  • Ngan, Compostela, Davao de Oro
  • San Jose, Compostela, Davao de Oro
  • Mangayon, Compostela, Davao de Oro
  • Tamia, Compostela, Davao de Oro
  • San Vicente, Cateel, Davao Oriental