Basco, Batanes

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Basco
Municipality
Basco Lighthouse
Basco Lighthouse
Map of Batanes showing the location of Basco
Map of Batanes showing the location of Basco
Basco is located in Philippines
Basco
Basco
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 20°27′N 121°58′E / 20.450°N 121.967°E / 20.450; 121.967Coordinates: 20°27′N 121°58′E / 20.450°N 121.967°E / 20.450; 121.967
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Batanes
District Lone District
Barangays 6
Government[1]
 • Mayor Demetrius Paul C. Narag
Area[2]
 • Total 49.46 km2 (19.10 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 7,907
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3900
Dialing code 78
Income class 5th class

Basco (also known as Santo Domingo de Basco) is a fifth class municipality in the Batanes Province, Philippines. It is the capital municipality of Batanes. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 7,907 people.[3]

Basco is located on Batan Island, the second largest island among the Batanes Islands which comprises the province, and are the northernmost islands of the Philippines. Basco has a domestic airport, Basco Airport, serving flights from Manila and Baguio.

The town is named after Capitán General José Basco, who led the Philippines to freedom from the control of New Spain, which is today Mexico.

The Basco Lighthouse is one of the landmarks.

Barangays[edit]

Basco is politically subdivided into 6 barangays.[2] The sitio of Diptan was converted into a barrio, known as San Antonio, in 1955.[4] Also in the same year, the sitios of Coral, Hago, Tuva, Diojango, Canalaan, Honaan and Dimnalamay were converted into the barrio of San Joaquin.[5]

  • Ihuvok II (Kayvaluganan)
  • Ihuvok I (Kaychanarianan)
  • San Antonio
  • San Joaquin
  • Chanarian
  • Kayhuvokan

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Basco
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 5,729 —    
1995 5,772 +0.14%
2000 6,717 +3.30%
2007 7,517 +1.56%
2010 7,907 +1.86%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Transportation[edit]

Basco is accessible by air from Manila via Basco Airport. It is served by PAL Express and SkyJet, and via Tuguegarao, Cagayan by Regional Airlines like NorthSky Air and Air Republic. (As of January 2013)

Climate[edit]

Basco has a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen climate classification Af), with slightly cooler temperatures especially during the winter months due to its northerly location compared to other cities down south such as Laoag or Manila. Unlike these two cities whose hottest months are April and May, Basco experiences its warmest temperature during the months of June and July, similar to Taiwan.

Climate data for Basco, Philippines (1961-1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 24.9
(76.8)
25.9
(78.6)
27.6
(81.7)
29.6
(85.3)
31.3
(88.3)
31.7
(89.1)
31.9
(89.4)
31.2
(88.2)
31.2
(88.2)
29.8
(85.6)
27.7
(81.9)
25.6
(78.1)
29.0
(84.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.0
(71.6)
22.9
(73.2)
24.4
(75.9)
26.5
(79.7)
28.1
(82.6)
28.5
(83.3)
28.5
(83.3)
28.1
(82.6)
27.9
(82.2)
26.7
(80.1)
24.9
(76.8)
22.9
(73.2)
26.0
(78.8)
Average low °C (°F) 19.2
(66.6)
19.8
(67.6)
21.2
(70.2)
23.3
(73.9)
24.8
(76.6)
25.3
(77.5)
25.2
(77.4)
24.9
(76.8)
24.5
(76.1)
23.6
(74.5)
22.2
(72)
20.1
(68.2)
22.8
(73)
Rainfall mm (inches) 178.0
(7.008)
122.7
(4.831)
91.4
(3.598)
70.3
(2.768)
169.7
(6.681)
258.4
(10.173)
279.4
(11)
419.6
(16.52)
380.4
(14.976)
328.1
(12.917)
296.9
(11.689)
253.0
(9.961)
2,847.9
(112.122)
Avg. rainy days 18 14 10 8 10 14 15 20 18 18 19 19 183
Source: Hong Kong Observatory [6]

Schools[edit]

  • Basco Central School
  • Diptan Elementary School
  • Batanes National Science High School
  • Saint Dominic College
  • Batanes State College
  • Valugan Barrio School
  • Tukon Barrio School
  • Chanarian Barrio School

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: BATANES". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  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 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "An Act to Convert the Sitio of Diptan in the Municipality of Basco, Province of Batanes, into a Barrio to Be Known As the Barrio of San Antonio De Padua of Said Municipality". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  5. ^ "An Act to Convert the Sitios of Coral, Hago, Tuva, Diojango, Canalaan, Honaan and Dimnalamay, into a Barrio to Be Known As the Barrio of San Joaquin, in the Municipality of Basco, Province of Batanes". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Climatological Information for Basco, Philippines". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 

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