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Official seal of Cabadbaran
Map of Agusan del Norte showing the location of Cabadbaran City
Map of Agusan del Norte showing the location of Cabadbaran City
Cabadbaran is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°07′N 125°32′E / 9.117°N 125.533°E / 9.117; 125.533Coordinates: 09°07′N 125°32′E / 9.117°N 125.533°E / 9.117; 125.533
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Agusan del Norte
District 2nd District of Agusan del Norte
Incorporated 1894 (town)
Cityhood 2007
Barangays 31
 • Mayor Dale B. Corvera (Lakas-Kampi CMD)
 • Total 214.44 km2 (82.80 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 69,241
 • Density 320/km2 (840/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8605
Dialing code 85
Income class 6th class

Cabadbaran is a sixth class city and the provincial capital of Agusan del Norte, Philippines. It has a population of 69,241 according to the 2010 census.[3] Founded in 1894, the city rose from its Spanish period beginnings to become the premier town of Agusan del Norte. Its rich cultural heritage is evident in its preserved colonial period houses and its archaeological collections. Following its recent declaration as a city, it is also the officially designated capital of the province per Republic Act 8811.[4]


Cabadbaran lies 9 degrees north latitude and 125 degrees and 30 minutes east longitude in the northeastern part of Mindanao. Its boundaries are Tubay to the north, Butuan Bay to the west, Magallanes to the south, Madrid (Surigao del Sur) to the east. It is 29 kilometres (18 mi) from Butuan City. It is generally flat with rolling hills and swamplands in its western part. The highest of all mountains in the Caraga Region, Mount Hilong-Hilong (with an altitude of 2,012 metres (6,601 ft) above sea level), rises in this city.


The city belongs to the Second Climatic Type of the Corona Classification. No definite dry season in the place and maximum rainfall occurs from October to January. The average rainfall is 171.29 millimetres (6.744 in) per month, average annual temperature 27.5 °C (81.5 °F).


Cabadbaran is politically subdivided into 31 barangays.[2]

  • Antonio Luna
  • Bay-ang
  • Bayabas
  • Caasinan
  • Cabinet
  • Calamba
  • Calibunan
  • Comagascas
  • Concepcion
  • Del Pilar
  • Katugasan
  • Kauswagan
  • La Union
  • Mabini
  • Mahaba
  • Poblacion 1 -Jose Rizal
  • Poblacion 2 -Sampaguita
  • Poblacion 3
  • Poblacion 4 -Perpetual Succor
  • Poblacion 5 -A. Bonifacio
  • Poblacion 6
  • Poblacion 7
  • Poblacion 8 -Cadena de Amor
  • Poblacion 9
  • Poblacion 10 -Mango
  • Poblacion 11
  • Poblacion 12 -Sunflower
  • Puting Bato
  • Sanghan
  • Soriano
  • Tolosa



Recently Cabadbaran lost its cityhood, along with 15 other cities, after the Supreme Court of the Philippines granted a petition filed by the League of Cities of the Philippines, and declared the cityhood law (RA 9434) which allowed the town to acquire its city status, unconstitutional. The said cities, the court ruled, did not meet the requirements for cityhood. More than a year later, on December 22, 2009, acting on the appeal of the so-called "League of 16 Cities" (of which Cabadbaran is a part of), the Supreme Court reversed its earlier ruling as it ruled that "at the end of the day, the passage of the amendatory law (regarding the criteria for cityhood as set by Congress) is no different from the enactment of a law, i.e., the cityhood laws specifically exempting a particular political subdivision from the criteria earlier mentioned. Congress, in enacting the exempting law/s, effectively decreased the already codified indicators."[5] As such, the cityhood status of Cabadbaran is effectively restored.

But on August 24, 2010, in a 16-page resolution, the Supreme Court reinstated its November 18, 2008 decision striking down the Cityhood laws[6] making Cabadbaran a municipality again.

A previous law required towns aspiring to become cities to earn at least P100 million annually, which none of the 16 did.

Voting 7-6, with two justices not taking part, the SC reinstated its Nov. 18, 2008 decision declaring as unconstitutional the Republic Acts (RAs) converting 16 municipalities into cities again.

On February 15, 2011, the supreme court upheld for the 3rd time the cityhood of Cabadbaran and 15 other towns in the Philippines. Cabadbaran is a city again.[7]


Population census of Cabadbaran
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 46,370 —    
1995 51,905 +2.14%
2000 55,006 +1.25%
2007 61,564 +1.57%
2010 69,241 +4.37%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][8]


The city has a booming economy based on agro industry, commerce and trade, source of several export and industrial products; it has also varied ecotourism destinations ranging from Caraga's highest peak, mile long tunnels to adventure tourism sites.

Easily accessible from the cities of Surigao and Butuan, the city has modern transport, communications, banking and accommodation facilities.

Festivals and celebrations

  • Charter Day Celebration - held annually every July 28 to commemorate the cityhood of Cabadbaran.
  • Dagkot Festival - It is the sole important event during the fiesta celebration of Cabadbaran City. The weeklong festivity features socio-civic activities, sporting events, trade fairs and capped by a grand street dancing parade and competition to celebrate the historic past and the bright future that awaits the city also in honor of Nuestra Seniora de Candelaria.

Provincial Seat of Government

After the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte attain the reclassification of their land conducted by the Dept. of Agriculture (DA) in Brgy. Sanghan, Cabadbaran City where the new Capitol building will be constructed, the land conversion by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will soon follow. It will feature a modern design, including an employees village at the back of the new building intended for the provincial employees.


By Land

Cabadbaran city is accessible by bus from Bachelor Express or Surigao Bus via Butuan-Surigao routes or vice versa. There are also Vans, Jeep and multi-cabs that have routes coming also from both Surigao and Butuan City.

By Air and Sea

Currently the city has no sea and airports. Cabadbaran can be reached by air from Manila and Cebu via Butuan City which is 30 kilometers away. From the Visayas, it can be accessed via the Nasipit International Sea Port in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte (60 km) or via the Lipata Port in Surigao del Norte (79 km) through the Maharlika Highway

Sister cities


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: AGUSAN DEL NORTE". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 4 April 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 4 April 2014. 
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  5. ^ SC reverses self, upholds creation of 16 cities
  6. ^ SC Reinstates 2008 Decision Voiding 16 Cityhood Laws
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  8. ^ "Province of Agusan Del Norte". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 

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