The Municipality of Matano is a second-class municipality in the Province of Davao Del Sur. Matanao was founded on June 17, 1957 when 30 barrios previously under the Municipality of Bansalan were grouped together to form the Municipality of Matanao. The Municipality was created by virtue of Republic Act 1902, otherwise known as “An Act Creating the Municipality of Matanao, Province of Davao” approved in June 1957. As of the latest 2020 census, Matanao has a population of 60,493 people.
Matanao literally means “a place to see” or a “vantage point” from the translation of the name to Cebuano.
The total land area of Matano is 20,240 hectares. The whole municipality is divided into 33 barangays, with Barangay Poblacion being the center of the municipality. Matanao is predominantly a rice farming municipality, with a portion of the area cultivating banana.