Sapian

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Sapian
Municipality
Map of Capiz with Sapian highlighted
Map of Capiz with Sapian highlighted
Sapian is located in Philippines
Sapian
Sapian
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°30′N 122°36′E / 11.500°N 122.600°E / 11.500; 122.600Coordinates: 11°30′N 122°36′E / 11.500°N 122.600°E / 11.500; 122.600
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Capiz
Legislative district 2nd district of Capiz
Barangays 10
Government[1]
 • Mayor Atty. Arthur John H. Biñas
Area[2]
 • Total 105.24 km2 (40.63 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 24,779
 • Density 240/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5806
Dialing code 36

Sapian (sometimes spelled Sapi-an) is a fourth class municipality in the province of Capiz, Philippines. It belongs to the Second Congressional District of the Province of Capiz. At the 2010 census, Sapian has a total population of 24,779 people,[3] predominantly Catholic.

Sapian Bay which is situated in the northern part of the municipality is geographically joined with Capiz Bay. The 30 km² Sapian and Capiz shallow sea bays has extensive intertidal mudflats, sandy beaches, mangrove swamps, estuaries of several small rivers, and associated coastal lagoons and marshes.

Sapian Bay which opens up to the Sibuyan Sea is a source of livelihood for many Sapianons. Marine produce from Sapian Bay include green mussels "tahong", oyster "talaba", lobster and different species of fish,and clams. Many lands near sea water were developed into fishponds that produce milkfish (bangus), prawns and crabs.

Another source of livelihood is agriculture. Carpets of rice fields, trees and flowers can be seen as one travels through Sapian along the national road which connect Roxas City to Iloilo and Aklan. The ricefield along the national road are slowly disappearing to give way to housing developments. Sapian's main agricultural produce are rice and coconuts.

The town center[edit]

In the center of town (or poblacion) is a well-maintained park known simply as the plaza. It is the venue of many celebrations especially during the town fiesta. The people of Sapian show lavish cultural and religious celebrations from July 22 to 26 each year in honour of their patron saint Santa Ana.

Few meters away from the plaza is the municipal hall which holds local government offices. Next to it is the barangay hall and health clinic. Nearby is Sapian Elementary School, two big churches, the Catholic Church and the Aglipayan Church, and the public market.

About one kilometre from the town center is Sapian National High School and Capiz State University (CAPSU) Sapian Branch.

Barangays[edit]

Sapian is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.

  • Agsilab
  • Agtatacay Norte
  • Agtatacay Sur
  • Bilao
  • Damayan
  • Dapdapan
  • Lonoy
  • Majanlud
  • Maninang
  • Poblacion

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Sapian
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 22,011 —    
1995 22,534 +0.44%
2000 22,912 +0.36%
2007 23,552 +0.38%
2010 24,779 +1.87%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Capiz". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 February 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 15 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Capiz". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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