El Salvador, Misamis Oriental
Dakbayan sa El Salvador
Lungsod ng El Salvador
|Nickname(s): "The City of Mercy" or "City of The Saviour"|
|Misamis Oriental showing the location of El Salvador.|
|Region||Northern Mindanao (Region X)|
|Incorporated (Town)||June 15, 1948|
|Incorporated (City)||June 27, 2007|
|• Mayor||Atty. Alfredo Q. Tan (LP)|
|• Vice Mayor||Engr. Edgar S. Lignes (LP)|
|• Total||106.15 km2 (40.98 sq mi)|
|• Density||394.77/km2 (1,022.4/sq mi)|
|• Languages||Cebuano, Tagalog, English|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
El Salvador (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa El Salvador; Filipino (Tagalog): Lungsod ng El Salvador) is a city in the province of Misamis Oriental on the Mindanao island, southern part of the Philippines. According to the 2007 Philippine census, it has a population of about 41,905 people and records 7,290 households in the 2000 Philippine census. The city serves as a pilgrimage site for the Divine Mercy devotees, that is why it is also called "The City of Mercy" or "City of The Saviour".
El Salvador was created from the barrios of El Salvador and Molugan with their sitios known as Sala, Sambulawan, Sinaloc, Lagtang, Talaba, Kalabaylabay and Hinigdaan, formerly part of Cagayan de Misamis, Misamis Oriental, in 1948.
Recently, El Salvador lost its cityhood, along with 15 other cities in the Philippines, 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 9435 which allowed the town to acquire its city status, unconstitutional. The said cities, the court ruled, did not meet the requirements for cityhood. On December 10, 2008, El Salvador and the other 15 cities affected filed a motion for reconsideration with the Supreme Court.
More than a year later, on December 22, 2009, acting on said appeal, the 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 laws, effectively decreased the already codified indicators." As such, the cityhood status of El Salvador is effectively restored.
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.
On February 15, 2011, the supreme court upheld for the 3rd time the cityhood of El Salvador and 15 other towns in the Philippines.
El Salvador is located in the Province of Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao (Region X). It is bordered by the Municipality of Alubijid to the west, Opol to the east and Manticao and Naawan to the south. On the north, lies Macajalar Bay in the Bohol Sea.
Administratively the Component City of El Salvador City is subdivided into 15 barangays. One forms the center of the city (Poblacion) whereas the other 14 are in the outlying areas. Some of them are even several kilometers away from the center of the Component City.
- Pedro Sa. Baculio (Bolo-Bolo)
- San Francisco de Asis (Calongonan)
Banking, transportation and communication
El Salvador city can be reached in an hour via plane from Manila to Laguindingan International Airport, then about less than 10 minutes bus ride east. Like any other place the national highway snakes through it. Visitors and Locals can go around the city by just hailing a "sikad-sikad" or motorboat, "jeepneys" or motorcycles to the far-flung barangays.
PLDT and MISORTEL are among the major phone lines, also transmitters or "cell sites" for all major "telecom" providers like Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular are serviceable in this city. Internet access is also available. Internet cafes can be found in various places in within the city. Broadband service is also available.
With regards to financial matters. Rural Bank of El Salvador and lending institutions such as FICCO, Oro Coop, M Lhuillier and others are accessible at office hours in this place.
It is also home of different gasoline station such as Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc and Shell Station
El Salvador hosts several companies, plants and factories west of Misamis Oriental. These are Asia Brewery, Tanduay Rhum, Virgin Cola Bottling Plant (Visayas and Mindanao region distributor), Highland Fresh Daily Products, Monark Equipment, The Aoso, Zest-O Corporation, WL Foods Corporation, Universal Robina Corporation and Union Plywood Corporation.
- Divine Mercy Shrine (Misamis Oriental), located in the Divine Mercy Hills, PSB-Ulaliman which is overlooking Macajalar Bay. The shrine has a 50-foot statue of the Divine Mercy Christ, the biggest in Asia. It serves as a pilgrimage site for the Divine Mercy devotees. As a pilgrimage and sacred site, visitors are not allowed to wear shorts and other revealing clothing. Those who do so will be forced to cover themselves with a blue cloth provided by the shrine administrators.
- Burias Island, located just a few kilometers off the coast of Molugan or about 3 km west of the town of Opol.
- El Salvador Night Café and Market, is set up on Friday night at Barangay Poblacion. Tagnipa-ons and visitors gather to have barbecue,enjoy the live band music, beer, and also the great bargains from the nearby Night Market
- Our Lady of Snows Parish Church, newly constructed church and located within the city.
- Abaga Falls, Located in barangay San Francisco de Asis.
- Tuburan Spring, Located in both barangays Taytay and Poblacion .
- St. Joseph Academy of El Salvador
- Miraculous Medal Academy
- The New El Salvador Colleges
- Stellulae Mariae School
- El Salvador City Central School
- Amoros Elementary School
- Bolisong Elementary School
- Pedro Sa. Baculio Elementary School
- San Francisco de Asis Elementary School
- Cogon Elementary School
- Himaya Elementary School
- Hinigdaan Elementary School
- Kalabaylabay Elementary School
- Molugan Central School
- Kibonbon Elementary School
- Sambulawan Elementary School
- Sinaloc Elementary School
- Taytay Elementary School
- Ulaliman Elementary School
- Cogon National High School
- Hinigdaan National High School
- Molugan National High School
- August 5 (Our Lady of Snows)
- August 16 (Saint Roch (aka San Roque))
- June 27
- Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) -located in Poblacion, El Salvador City.
- Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-2nd DEO Mis. Or. -located in Tabulig Street, Poblacion, El Salvador City.
- Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration(PAG-ASA) -located in Molugan, El Salvador City.
- Magallanes Restaurant
- Titing's Kitchenette
- Ysabel's Kitchenette
- Traveler's Inn and Restaurant
- Macajalar Bay
- Misamis Oriental
- Northern Mindanao, designated as Region X of the Philippines.
- Cagayan de Oro
- Official website of the City Government of El Salvador
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information
- Local Governance Performance Management System