Bunawan, Agusan del Sur

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Municipality of Bunawan
Official seal of Bunawan
Map of Agusan del Sur with Bunawan highlighted
Map of Agusan del Sur with Bunawan highlighted
Bunawan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°10′N 126°00′E / 8.167°N 126.000°E / 8.167; 126.000Coordinates: 08°10′N 126°00′E / 8.167°N 126.000°E / 8.167; 126.000
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Agusan del Sur
District 2nd district of Agusan del Sur
Founded January 26, 1959
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Edwin G. Elorde
 • Total 512.16 km2 (197.75 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 37,482
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8506
Dialing code 85
Income class 1st

Bunawan is a first class[2] municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur, Philippines. It has an area of 51,216 hectares. According to the 2010 Philippine census, it has a population of 37,482 people.[3] Bunawan was created on January 26, 1959 by virtue of Republic Act No. 2517.


Bunawan is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.[2]

  • Bunawan Brook
  • Consuelo
  • Libertad
  • Mambalili
  • Poblacion
  • San Andres
  • San Marcos
  • Imelda
  • Nueva Era
  • San Teodoro


Population census of Bunawan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 21,105 —    
1995 24,615 +2.92%
2000 26,704 +1.76%
2007 35,757 +4.11%
2010 37,482 +1.73%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


Primary and Elementary Schools[edit]

Central Elementary Schools

Name of School Barangay
East Bunawan Central Elementary School San Teodoro
West Bunawan Central Elementary School Poblacion

High Schools[edit]

There are three high schools in the municipality.

High School Address
Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology San Teodoro, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur
Bunawan National High School San Teodoro, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur
Libertad National High School Libertad, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur


This municipality has a college, the Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology.

Crocodile Lolong[edit]

Main article: Lolong
crocodile Lolong

In early September 2011, local residents and veteran crocodile hunters caught a 6.17-meter-long (20.3-foot-long) saltwater crocodile weighing 1,075 kilograms (2,370 pounds) in a local creek. The municipality planned to make the giant beast the centerpiece of an ecotourism park for species found in the marshlands.[4]

On November 9, 2011, the National Geographic Team confirmed that Lolong is the world's biggest crocodile.[5] The crocodile is put at the Bunawan Eco-Park and Research Center in Barangay Consuelo.

Villagers had witnessed the crocodile attack and kill a water buffalo, and they suspected it also killed a fisherman who went missing that summer. Experts from an area crocodile farm were called in to capture the wild animal, which destroyed four traps before a stronger one caught it. A hundred villagers were needed to drag the crocodile to a truck before a crane was used to put it in a truck. From there it was taken to a special cage where it was expected to be held until the ecotourism park was built around it.[4]

The crocodile was declared dead a few hours after flipping over in a pond with a bloated stomach on February 10, 2013. The crocodile, despite being responsible for many deadly attacks, will be mourned my residents of the town, as it was the only tourist attraction that kept the town from sulking in obscurity. Its remains will be preserved to allow the municipality to keep its fame.

Several other crocodiles roam the marshy areas on the outskirts of town, and villagers have been told to avoid the marshes at night.[4]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: AGUSAN DEL SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines" Associated Press report, September 4, 2011, as presented by "Yahoo! News", retrieved September 5, 2011
  5. ^ "NatGeo team confirms Lolong the croc is world's biggest", GMA News, November 10, 2011, as presented by "Yahoo! News", retrieved November 27, 2011

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