Tubigon, Bohol

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Aerial view of Tubigon
Aerial view of Tubigon
Map of Bohol showing the location of Tubigon
Map of Bohol showing the location of Tubigon
Tubigon is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°57′N 123°58′E / 9.950°N 123.967°E / 9.950; 123.967Coordinates: 9°57′N 123°58′E / 9.950°N 123.967°E / 9.950; 123.967
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 1st district
Founded 1819
Barangay 34 (see § Barangays)
 • Mayor Marlon R. Amila
 • Representative Rene Relampagos
 • Land 81.87 km2 (31.61 sq mi)
Highest elevation[1] 554 m (1,818 ft)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 44,902
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code 6329
IDD:area code +63 (0)38
Income class 1st class
Website www.tubigon.gov.ph

Tubigon is a first class municipality and seaport in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 44,902.[2]

Tubigon is well known for its "lambay" crabs. It is the nearest seaport in Bohol to Cebu, providing many daily ferry round-trips to Cebu City. It has recently expanded its seaport to accommodate additional sea traffic.


Tubigon is politically subdivided into 34 barangays.

  • Bagongbanwa
  • Bunacan
  • Banlasan
  • Batasan (Batasan Island)
  • Bilangbilangan
  • Bosongon
  • Buenos Aires
  • Cabulijan
  • Cahayag
  • Cawayanan
  • Centro (Pob.)
  • Genonocan
  • Guiwanon
  • Ilijan Norte
  • Ilijan Sur
  • Libertad
  • Macaas
  • Mocaboc Island
  • Matabao
  • Panadtaran
  • Panaytayon
  • Pandan
  • Pangapasan (Pangapasan Island)
  • Pinayagan Norte
  • Pinayagan Sur
  • Pooc Occidental (Pob.)
  • Pooc Oriental (Pob.)
  • Potohan
  • Talenceras
  • Tan-awan
  • Tinangnan
  • Ubay Island
  • Ubojan
  • Villanueva


The first settlers in Tubigon settled along the shores of the river that flows through the community. Their exact origins are unknown but they are thought to be early Malays from Southeast Asian countries, migrating to the Philippines in small bangkas. Seasonal overflowing of the river flooded the community and led the place to be called "Tubigan" (meaning "place having water" or "watery"), which later morphed into "Tubigon" (meaning "place bounding in water"). The first record of the town of Tubigon dates from the early part of the 17th century.[3][4]

In 1816, the community organized itself under a recognized headman, Yguiz Hutora, who was succeeded by Teniente Mijares and by Teninete Matong in 1818. A chapel was built on an elevated site of the settlement but had no officiating priest. A coadjutor of the Spanish friars from the Calape parish would perform the religious ceremonies.[3]

In 1819, by authority of the Spanish Governor of Cebu, Tubigon was formally organized into an independent town by separating from the town of Calape, with Capitan Teniente Matong becoming the first governardorcillo.[3]

Starting in 1852, the exact boundaries of the municipality were defined. On March 8 of that year, sitio Bacane was made the boundary between Tubigon and Inabanga. In 1856, the boundary with Calape was fixed at Mandaug. On June 19, 1865, the boundary between Tubigon and Catigbian was set at the Sampilangon River and on September 14, 1913, the boundary with Antequera (currently San Isidro) was fixed at sitio Tubod.[3]

On January 31, 1919, Tubigon lost five barrios when Clarin was formed by virtue of proclamation by Governor Yeater.[3][5]

In October 2013, Bohol was struck by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Tubigon was among the worst affected towns, suffering 11 fatalities and damage to some 7,300 homes, as well as total destruction of its town hall and church.[6]


Population census of Tubigon
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 34,302 —    
1995 34,578 +0.15%
2000 40,385 +3.38%
2007 44,434 +1.33%
2010 44,902 +0.38%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][7]



The main National Road is paved and provides easy access to neighboring coastal communities, with travel time to Tagbilaran about one hour. There are inland roads to Catigbian and San Isidro, mostly unpaved and in various stages of upgrading.

Public utility buses are available daily on routes to any point within the province of Bohol. Trips to the capital city of Tagbilaran are on a 30 minute interval. Cars and vans are available for rent or charter any time.

Boat and ferry

Tubigon's municipal port is the second largest and busiest port in the province of Bohol. It is served by 6 conventional vessels and 2 modern fastcraft with a total of 20 trips daily to Cebu City. A roll-on/roll-off ferry is also operational making two trips daily.[8]

There is no scheduled ferry service to smaller outlying islands, but outrigger canoes may be chartered anytime.


Agriculture and fishing are the primary industries. 60% of the total land area of the municipality is used by agriculture and other related industries. The main agricultural produce includes rice, corn, coconut, bananas and different variety of vegetables.[8]

Telephone services for both domestic and international calls are provided by the Philippine Long Distance Company (PLDT), Sun Cellular, Globelines, and CRUZTELCO. Smart and Globe Cellular Sites are also established in the municipality.[8]

Electric power is supplied by the Bohol Electric Cooperative I (BOHECO I). Its new administrative building is located in Tubigon along the National Road.



  1. ^ a b Quick Facts on Tubigon
  2. ^ a b c "Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City, and Municipality - Region VII - Central Visayas: 1990, 2000, and 2010". National Statistics Office. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Historical Background of Tubigon". Welcome to Tubigon, Bohol, Philippines. 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Municipality of Tubigon". Provincial Government of Bohol. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  5. ^ "Municipality of Clarin". Provincial Government of Bohol. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  6. ^ "SitRep No. 35 re Effects of Magnitude 7.2 Sagbayan, Bohol Earthquake". National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. November 3, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ National Statistics Office - Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality: Central Visayas: 1995, 2000 and 2007
  8. ^ a b c "Municipal Profile". Welcome to Tubigon, Bohol, Philippines. 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 

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