Cordova, Cebu

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Cordova
Municipality
A view along Day-As boardwalk
A view along Day-As boardwalk
Map of Cebu with Cordova highlighted
Map of Cebu with Cordova highlighted
Cordova is located in Philippines
Cordova
Cordova
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°15′N 123°57′E / 10.25°N 123.95°E / 10.25; 123.95Coordinates: 10°15′N 123°57′E / 10.25°N 123.95°E / 10.25; 123.95
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 6th district of Cebu
Founded 1960
Barangay 13 (see § Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Adelino Sitoy (LP)
 • Vice mayor Mary Cho
 • Town Council
Area[2]
 • Total 17.15 km2 (6.62 sq mi)
 • Land 7.90 km2 (3.05 sq mi)
Highest elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 50,353
 • Density 6,400/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
Demonym Cordovanhon
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6017
IDD: +63 (0)32
Income class 3rd class
PSGC 072220000
Website cordova.gov.ph

Cordova (also spelled Cordoba) is a third income class municipality located in Cebu province in the Philippines. Most of Cordova lies on separate islands off the southern coast of Mactan Island. It is connected to the main island of Mactan by three bridges.

According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 50,353.[3] Its territorial area comprises some 740.86 hectares (1,830.7 acres) and 48.75 hectares (120.5 acres) on the islets of Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Shell, Tongo and Lava.[clarification needed]

Geography, geology and climate[edit]

Geographically, Cordova is situated on an island, together with Lapu-Lapu, almost in the middle of Cebu Strait, and separated from Cebu Island by Cebu Channel. The two islets of Gilutongan and Nalusuan belong geographically to the Olango Island Group.

The surface of the town consists entirely of karstic limestone rock geologically associated with the Plio-Pleistocene Carcar Formation, dated to 2 12–3 million years ago. The topography of Cordova is flat land, the highest point being only 10 metres (33 ft) above sea level.

Cordova, Cebu
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Source: meoweather.com

The climate of Cordova is of Coronas type III, meaning the seasons are not very pronounced and are classified as hot and humid.

History[edit]

Cordova is not the original name of the territory it represents, and neither is it named for the city of Cordoba, Spain. On May 22, 1863, Governor General Rafael Echague created a new town comprising the barrios of Gabi, Day-as and Pilipul (formerly Pilipog), all of which are located on the southeastern tip of Mactan Island. He chose the name Cordoba which means "stark nakedness and bare".

Cordova became a municipality in 1864, and from 1913 up to the present, a total of 15 mayors governed the district.

Barangays[edit]

Cordova comprises 13 barangays:[2]

  • Alegria
  • Bangbang
  • Buagsong
  • Catarman
  • Cogon
  • Dapitan
  • Day-as
  • Gabi
  • Gilutongan (composed of Gilutongan and Nalusuan Islands)[4]
  • Ibabao
  • Pilipog
  • Poblacion
  • San Miguel

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Cordova
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 22,331 —    
1995 26,613 +3.34%
2000 34,032 +5.41%
2007 45,066 +3.95%
2010 50,353 +4.12%
Source: National Statistics Office<re[3][5]

Education[edit]

The children in Cordova are served by 14 day-care centers, eleven public elementary schools, two private elementary schools, one public high school, a private high school and the public college. Educational achievement is relatively high, with 75% of adults (i.e. 21 years old and above) having finished elementary and high school and 23% have attended university or received a degree. Around 2% of the population report not having received formal schooling.

Tourism[edit]

Floating motorized pumpboats within the Kamanpay Public Beach

Cordova has six hotels and resorts, while some tourist areas include:

  • Gilutongan Marine Sanctuary
  • Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary
  • Day-as Boardwalk and Marine Park
  • Kamampay Public Beach

A special attraction is the mangrove forest and swamp area. The best access to this area is the Day-as Boardwalk and Marine Park. The total mangrove plantation is estimated to cover more or less one hundred hectares (250 acres). Most of the mangrove forest is located in the barangays of Pilipog, Bangbang, San Miguel, Day-as and Catarman.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  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 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ One Ocean - Olango Island Profile Chapter 4
  5. ^ "Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality: Central Visayas: 1995, 2000 and 2007" (PDF). National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2011. 

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