Bakun, Benguet

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Official seal of Bakun
Map of Benguet showing the location of Bakun
Map of Benguet showing the location of Bakun
Bakun is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°48′N 120°40′E / 16.800°N 120.667°E / 16.800; 120.667Coordinates: 16°48′N 120°40′E / 16.800°N 120.667°E / 16.800; 120.667
Country  Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Province Benguet
District Lone district of Benguet
Barangays 7
 • Mayor Fausto Talbino Labinio
 • Total 286.91 km2 (110.78 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 13,587
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2610
Dialing code 74
Income class 3rd class

Bakun is a third class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, Bakun has a population of 13,587 people.[2]


Bakun is bounded by Mankayan on the east, Buguias on the southeast, Kibungan on the south, Sugpon on the southwest, Alilem on the northwest, and Cervantes on the north.

The municipality is 336 kilometres (209 mi) away from Manila and 86 kilometres (53 mi) away from Baguio City.


The 7 barangays of the Municipality of Bakun[3]
Rank Barangay Population Rank Barangay Population
1 Gambang 3,705 5 Kayapa 1,527
2 Ampusongan 2,178 6 Sinacbat 1,323
3 Dalipey 2,164 7 Bagu 856
4 Poblacion (Central) 1,834 Bakun Total 13,587


During the Spanish Period, Bakun was a rancheria (towns) of the Commandancia Politico-Militar de Amburayan while Ampusongan (currently a barangay of Bakun) was a rancheria of the Commandancia Politico Militar de Tiagan, Distrito de Benguet. In 1900, when the United States took control of the Philippines, the American Congress (or Philippine Commission?)[citation needed] enacted Act No. 48, placing Bakun under the Province of Amburayan and Ampusongan under the province of Benguet. On August 13, 1908, the municipal districts of Bakun and Ampusongan became part of Benguet, a sub-province of Mountain Province (which was organized into several sub-provinces: Apayao, Kalinga, Bontoc, Ifugao, Benguet, Lepanto, and Amburayan), by virtue of Act No. 1876.

In 1917, the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes recommended that the western border of the Mountain Province be pushed eastward, such that the entire subprovince of Amburayan and large slices of Lepanto and Benguet would be made part of Ilocos Sur and La Union. In the early part of 1937, Ampusongan was merged with Bakun, the latter carrying the name of the township while the former became a barangay. Bakun existed until the enactment of Republic Act No. 4695 in 1966 when it was included in the newly created province of Benguet.


Population census of Bakun
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 10,817 —    
1995 12,836 +3.26%
2000 12,213 −1.06%
2007 12,137 −0.09%
2010 13,587 +4.19%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][4]


  1. ^ "Province: Benguet". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census of Population and Housing: Population Counts - Cordillera Administrative Region" (PDF). National Statistics Office (Philippines), April 4, 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Province of Benguet". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 

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