Kibungan, Benguet

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Kibungan
Municipality
Official seal of Kibungan
Seal
Map of Benguet showing the location of Kibungan
Map of Benguet showing the location of Kibungan
Kibungan is located in Philippines
Kibungan
Kibungan
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°42′N 120°40′E / 16.700°N 120.667°E / 16.700; 120.667Coordinates: 16°42′N 120°40′E / 16.700°N 120.667°E / 16.700; 120.667
Country  Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Province Benguet
District Lone district of Benguet
Barangays 7
Government
 • Mayor Benito Delmas Siadto
Area[1]
 • Total 254.86 km2 (98.40 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 16,850
 • Density 66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2611
Dialing code 74
Income class 4th class

Kibungan is a fourth class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 16,850 people.[2]

The municipality is located 62 kilometres (39 mi) north of Baguio City.

Geography[edit]

Kibungan is well known in the province of Benguet as the town with unique grand mountains often mistaken to resemble those of Switzerland. Deep ravines and cliffs separate and isolate many sitios and some barangays. Although some plateaus, hills and small valleys can be seen in the locality, Kibungan is dominantly mountainous.

The municipality is within a cool highland mountainous zone with elevations at more than 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) above sea level. During its coolest months of December to January, Barangay Madaymen experiences chilling temperature of 0 °C (32 °F), causing the famous Frost of Madaymen.

Barangays[edit]

Kibungan is politically subdivided into 7 barangays.[1]

  • Badeo
  • Lubo
  • Madaymen
  • Palina
  • Poblacion
  • Sagpat
  • Tacadang

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Kibungan
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 12,753 —    
1995 14,148 +2.10%
2000 15,036 +1.22%
2007 15,700 +0.62%
2010 16,850 +2.38%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][3]

Points of interest and tourism[edit]

Les-eng Rice Terraces
These magnificent terraces can be reached after 6-hour hike through lush pine forests in Barangay Tacadang.
Mayos River
Located at the northeastern part of Barangay Poblacion. It is approximately 2.5 kilometers in length and is about 3 kilometers away from Poblacion Proper. The river originates from ridges of nearby Barangays Madaymen, Palina and Tacadang; and supplies water to rice paddies and vegetable farms along the vicinity.
Palina Rice Terraces
In Barangay Palina at the foot of Mt. Kilkili believed to be a former volcano because of its conical shape. Constructed following a century-old system of rice terraces built with stone walls and neatly arranged one after the other. The rice terraces are at their best in December and June when the rice paddies turn golden yellow, near harvest time. The Palina rice terraces is known as the municipality’s rice granary.
A road network links the area to the town proper and other barangays but public transport vehicles are limited.

In order to promote the uniqueness of the municipality's ecotourism, the people want the tag "Switzerland of Benguet" removed as of 2007. The tag was created in good faith as the municipality is a mountainous region and has a cool climate that is associated with Switzerland. However, this gives the wrong impression that the municipality has snow-covered peaks for skiing.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Province: Benguet". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ 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 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Province of Benguet". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Cariño, Delmar (2007-11-04). "Benguet town drops Switzerland brand". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 

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