Naga, Cebu

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Component city
Naga City's Bonifacio Park
Naga City's Bonifacio Park
Motto: Usa ka ugma,usa ka buwan,usa ka tuig
Map of Cebu with Naga highlighted
Map of Cebu with Naga highlighted
Naga is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°13′N 123°45′E / 10.217°N 123.750°E / 10.217; 123.750Coordinates: 10°13′N 123°45′E / 10.217°N 123.750°E / 10.217; 123.750
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 1st district of Cebu
Barangay 28 (see § Barangays)
 • Mayor Valdemar M. Chiong
 • Total 101.97 km2 (39.37 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 101,571
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Demonym Nagueño
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Income class 3rd class city
PSGC 072234000

Naga is a third class city in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 101,571.[3]

The town accommodates a large power station, situated on a 30-hectare (74-acre) site, a cement factory at Tinaan, and a small-to-medium enterprise industrial park in Cantao-an.

Naga is within Metro Cebu area.


Naga comprises 28 barangays.

  • Alpaco
  • Bairan
  • Balirong
  • Cabungahan
  • Cantao-an
  • Central Poblacion
  • Cogon
  • Colon
  • East Poblacion
  • Inoburan
  • Inayagan
  • Jaguimit
  • Lanas
  • Langtad
  • Lutac
  • Mainit
  • Mayana
  • Naalad
  • North Poblacion
  • Pangdan
  • Patag
  • South Poblacion
  • Tagjaguimit
  • Tangke
  • Tinaan
  • Tuyan
  • Uling
  • West Poblacion


Naga became a city on July 15, 2007, by virtue of Republic Act No. 9491, which was ratified in a plebiscite on September 2, 2007.[4]

Lamp posts located at the streets of the city

In November 2008, Naga lost its cityhood, along with 15 other cities, 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 9491) which allowed the town to acquire its city status, unconstitutional. The said cities, the court ruled, did not meet the requirements for cityhood.[5]

On December 10, 2008, Naga 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 law/s, effectively decreased the already codified indicators."[6] As such, the cityhood status of Naga was effectively restored.

On August 27, 2010, Naga City reverted to a municipality again. It shared its fate with 15 other cities, after the Supreme Court reinstated a 2008 decision declaring as “unconstitutional" the cityhood laws converting 16 municipalities into cities.[7] A previous law required towns aspiring to become cities to earn at least P100 million annually, which none of the 16 did. 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 September 5, 2010, despite the demotion, the city still celebrated its 3rd Charter day.

On February 15, 2011, the supreme court upheld for the 3rd time the cityhood of Naga and 15 other towns in the Philippines.[8]


Population census of Naga
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 60,425 —    
1995 69,010 +2.52%
2000 80,189 +3.27%
2007 95,163 +2.39%
2010 101,571 +2.40%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 April 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 8 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cityhood: the Making of the City of Naga". City of Naga. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Napallacan, Jhunex (2008-11-21). "Cities’ demotion worries DepEd execs". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  6. ^ SC reverses self, upholds creation of 16 cities
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