Candijay, Bohol

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Map of Bohol with Candijay highlighted
Map of Bohol with Candijay highlighted
Candijay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°49′N 124°30′E / 9.817°N 124.500°E / 9.817; 124.500Coordinates: 09°49′N 124°30′E / 9.817°N 124.500°E / 9.817; 124.500
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 3rd district of Bohol
Founded 1879
Barangays 21
 • Mayor Christopher B. Tutor
 • Total 103.26 km2 (39.87 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 29,043
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6312
Dialing code 38
Income class 4th class

Candijay is a fourth class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 29,043 people.[3]

Candijay is home to the Central Visayas State College of Agriculture, Forestry and Technology (CVSCAFT) School of Fisheries offering college courses related to modern fishing methods and fish preservation. It also has educational facilities for elementary and secondary levels in almost all barangays of the municipality.


The municipality of Candijay is located at the eastern side of Bohol about 92 kilometres (57 mi) from Tagbilaran City, a two-hour ride away. The town occupies an area of 8,687 hectares.

The town faces Cogtong Bay which has the most diverse mangrove ecosystem in Bohol. The bay is home to 32 of the Philippines’ 47 species of mangroves and associates. Yet due to illegal fishing and mismanagement of the mangroves, the mangroves and marine life in the area dwindled. To rectify the damage done, the municipal government is now into a coastal resource management program: the planting of mangroves, though the control and eventual abolition of illegal fishing is yet to be addressed.


Candijay is politically subdivided into 21 barangays.[2]

  • Abihilan
  • Anoling
  • Boyo-an
  • Cadapdapan
  • Cambane
  • Can-olin
  • Canawa
  • Cogtong
  • La Union
  • Luan
  • Lungsoda-an
  • Mahangin
  • Pagahat
  • Panadtaran
  • Panas
  • Poblacion
  • San Isidro
  • Tambongan
  • Tawid
  • Tugas
  • Tubod (Tres Rosas)


The name of the town is said to have come from the words “Kang Dihay” meaning belonging to Dihay, a strong man with many followers. The name was eventually changed to Candijay and was organized during the Spanish regime and was then one of the 34 towns in the province in 1879 with a population of 5,030.

The municipality of Candijay was established in 1879 and so was its establishment as a parish. The people were eventually converted to the Roman Catholic religion by the Spaniards. Slowly and through the years, the people adopted themselves to the Catholic faith where most of their activities revolved around their church. The parochial church of Candijay is advocated to Saint Joseph and celebrates with much fanfare its feast day every 19 May.


Candijay Town Hall
Population census of Candijay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 26,102 —    
1995 25,729 −0.27%
2000 30,389 +3.63%
2007 31,183 +0.36%
2010 29,043 −2.55%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


Roman Catholic Church, Candijay

Candijay has several natural resources. One is the Can-umantad Falls which is not developed and the more accessible Canawa Spring, in barangay Canawa.

Another is the Tunigongan Rice Terraces and the Candijay Mangrove Forests in Panadtaran. The community-based Panadtaran Mangrove Association (PAMAS), which seeks to preserve Panadtaran’s mangroves and other natural resources in the area and promote them for eco-tourism pursuits, has now established the Candijay Mangrove Adventure Tour.

Candijay also boast of a man-made lake, verdant and lush vegetation up Paradise Hill, the tallest peak found in the barangay of Panadtaran. Rice fields carpet the lowland areas interspersed with coconut and banana groves and an emerald-colored river that winds its way through a thick mangrove forest and nipa palm grove.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: BOHOL". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 October 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 9 October 2013. 
  4. ^ National Statistics Office - Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality: Central Visayas: 1995, 2000 and 2007


School in Candijay: Elementary

  • Abihilan Elementary School
  • Anoling Elementary School
  • Boy-oan Elementary School
  • Cadapdapan Elementary School
  • Cambane Elementary School
  • Candijay Central Elementary School
  • La-Union Elementary School
  • Panas Elementary School
  • Pangpang Elementary School
  • Tawid Elementary School
  • San Isidro Elementary School


  • Saint Joseph Academy
  • Candijay National High School

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