Basay, Negros Oriental

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Basay
Municipality
Twin Lagoons, Barangay Maglinao, Basay
Twin Lagoons, Barangay Maglinao, Basay
Map of Negros Oriental with Basay highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with Basay highlighted
Basay is located in Philippines
Basay
Basay
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°25′N 122°38′E / 9.417°N 122.633°E / 9.417; 122.633Coordinates: 09°25′N 122°38′E / 9.417°N 122.633°E / 9.417; 122.633
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Negros Oriental
Congr. district 3rd district of Negros Oriental
Barangays 10
Government[1]
 • Mayor Dandilgust M. Abrio
Area[2]
 • Total 162.00 km2 (62.55 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 24,913
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6222
Dialing code 35

Basay is a fourth class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 24,913 people.[3]

History[edit]

Upon its separation from Bayawan in 1971, Basay became Oriental Negros’ westernmost town, with Negros Occidental at its rear. Diocesan chronicles reveal that it was already a far-flung outpost in the nineteenth century. It perked up in the 70s when CDCP and INKO arrived to mine its copper and iron magnetite.

Basay is agricultural, with sugar cane, rice, corn and copra as major crops. Fringing its shoreline is the Mindanao Sea, considered the richest fishing waters in the country.

Three major rivers running parallel from north to south traverse the town. Balatong Point, also known as Punta Tambongon, was the landing site of a submarine bearing the biggest shipment of WWII ammunition for the Oriental Negros Oriental. The party was headed by Col Jesus Villamor, acting on the personal direction of Gen Douglas McArthur who was then in Australia.

The coves and shallow caves on the shoreline of Nagbo-alao are said to be enchanted. The Negros cave frog is endemic to Basay. Its Pagatban River is home to the alligator. Bal-os and Cabcaban springs are important sources of potable water as well as sunny picnic sites. Yardahan is a fishing village with fine swimming areas and game-fishing activities.

Basay is approximately a two-hour-and-a-half drive from Dumaguete City.[4]

Barangays[edit]

Basay is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.[2]

  • Actin
  • Bal-os
  • Bongalonan
  • Cabalayongan
  • Cabatuanan
  • Linantayan
  • Maglinao
  • Nagbo-alao
  • Olandao
  • Poblacion

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Basay
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 17,736 —    
1995 18,500 +0.85%
2000 21,366 +2.92%
2007 22,713 +0.88%
2010 24,913 +3.13%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Negros Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ 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 15 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "About | Cities & Towns", Negros Oriental Tourism Office. Retrieved 2013-05-28.

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