About Us

DAP sa Mindanao (DsM) is one of the major operating centers of the Academy. It is considered as the implementing arm of the Academy for Mindanao-based programs and projects. Based in Davao City, it’s operations started in year 1976.

It was originally labeled as the academy’s Davao Coordinating Office. It is headed by OIC, Managing Director who sees to the overall implementation of its operations and functions. To carry on the Academy’s program thrusts, DsM presently operated through its:



Guided by our ideals of love of country, promotion of the common good, sustainable development, democratic governance, respect for environment, work ethics, and quality services, the Development Academy of the  Philippines sa Mindanao seeks to support individuals and organizations in their efforts to transform themselves and their communities in creating a self-reliant, productive, and prosperous Mindanao.

In attainment of effective governance, rational economic development and social transformation, DsM  pursues value-driven capability-building programs, technical assistance, action research, advocacy, and other interventions with social and behavioral dimensions. These, DsM undertakes in collaboration with its development partners.


We are a key development partner in Mindanao. We recognize and value local capacities for development. We work out of personal commitment and professional competence. We are driven by the pioneering spirit of pathfinders and innovators.

We continuously forge partnership and build linkages with other local and international development institutions.