Kananga, Leyte

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Map of Leyte with Kananga highlighted
Map of Leyte with Kananga highlighted
Kananga is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°11′N 124°34′E / 11.183°N 124.567°E / 11.183; 124.567Coordinates: 11°11′N 124°34′E / 11.183°N 124.567°E / 11.183; 124.567
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Leyte
Congr. district 4th district of Leyte
Barangays 23
 • Mayor Elmer C. Codilla
 • Total 144.20 km2 (55.68 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 48,027
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6531
Dialing code 53

Kananga is a first class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 48,027 people.[3] Majority of Kananga's economic activity has historically been concentrated in agriculture. Some are engaged in commerce and trade since the town is geographically close to commercially progressive nearby city, Ormoc City and coastal town of Palompon, Leyte. The town's main crops are coconut (niyog) and rice (palay).

Kananga was created in 1950 from the barrios of Lonoy, Kananga, Rizal, Tugbong, Montebello, Aguiting, Agayayan, Montealegre, Libungao, Naghalin, and Masarayag which all used to be part of Ormoc City.[4]

On November 8, 2013, the town and all parts of Leyte was ravagedly hit by deadliest Typhoon Haiyan or Typhoon Yolanda as locally named, destroying houses and means of livelihood which is agriculture.


Kananga is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.[2]

  • Aguiting
  • Cacao
  • Kawayan
  • Hiluctogan
  • Libertad
  • Libongao
  • Lim-ao
  • Lonoy
  • Mahawan
  • Masarayao
  • Monte Alegre
  • Monte Bello
  • Naghalin
  • Natubgan
  • Poblacion
  • Rizal
  • San Ignacio
  • San Isidro
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Niño
  • Tagaytay
  • Tongonan
  • Tugbong


Population census of Kananga
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 36,288 —    
1995 39,795 +1.74%
2000 42,866 +1.61%
2007 46,373 +1.09%
2010 48,027 +1.28%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


Kananga is home to two different secondary schools, Kananga National High School (KNHS) and National Heroes Institute (NHI) as well as Kananga National High School- Kawayan Annex, located in Sitio Estrada, about a mile away from the cemented main highway of Barangay Kawayan, which caters neighboring poor students from inland villages of San Isidro and Monteaglegre; and Kananga National High School - Libertad Annex, located in Barangay Libertad, which also caters neighboring students from inland villages. Another public high schools were open in Barangays Rizal and Montebello for the same purpose.

Jose Navarro Polytechnic College has small campus in Naghalin, Kananga Leyte that awards trade certificates and diplomas to students.


Kananga is a bustling town, located along the highway, in close proximity to Ormoc City in the south.The town also shares a home to Energy Development Corporation's Tongonan Geothermal Powerplant, one of the largest geothermal powerplants in the Philippines.

Several bus companies including Philtranco operate a bus depot in Manila and in Ormoc City, a few miles from Kananga. There are also quite few jeepneys and small buses route from and to Ormoc City and Tacloban City.

The only commercial airport that serves Kananga Leyte and neighboring towns and cities in Leyte is Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport located in Tacloban City, about 52 miles north of the town. Kananga can also be reached by sea through Ormoc City's major port where passenger ships and ferries such as Supercat Fast Ferry dock to and from Cebu City and Manila.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Leyte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 19 June 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 19 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Kananga in the province of Leyte". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 

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