Bakun, Benguet

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Official seal of Bakun
Location in the province of Benguet
Location in the province of Benguet
Bakun is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°48′N 120°40′E / 16.800°N 120.667°E / 16.800; 120.667Coordinates: 16°48′N 120°40′E / 16.800°N 120.667°E / 16.800; 120.667
Country  Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Province Benguet
District Lone district of Benguet
Barangays 7
 • Mayor Fausto Talbino Labinio
 • Total 286.91 km2 (110.78 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 13,587
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2610
Dialing code 74
Income class 3rd class

Bakun is a third class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, Bakun has a population of 13,587 people.[2]


Bakun is bounded by Mankayan on the east, Buguias on the southeast, Kibungan on the south, Sugpon on the southwest, Alilem on the northwest, and Cervantes on the north.

The municipality is 336 kilometres (209 mi) away from Manila and 86 kilometres (53 mi) away from Baguio City.


The 7 barangays of the Municipality of Bakun[3]
Rank Barangay Population Rank Barangay Population
1 Gambang 3,705 5 Kayapa 1,527
2 Ampusongan 2,178 6 Sinacbat 1,323
3 Dalipey 2,164 7 Bagu 856
4 Poblacion (Central) 1,834 Bakun Total 13,587

*Italicized names are former names


During the Spanish Period, Bakun was a rancheria of the Commandancia Politico-Militar de Amburayan. Ampusongan (currently a barangay of Bakun) was a rancheria of the Commandancia Politico Militar de Tiagan, Distrito de Benguet.[4]

When the United States took control of the Philippines, the American Congress issued Act No. 48 in November 1900, placing Bakun under the province of Amburayan, and Ampusongan under the province of Benguet.[5] On August 13, 1908, Benguet became a subprovince of the newly established Mountain Province with the enactment of Act No. 1876, and the municipal districts of Bakun and Ampusongan became part of the subprovince.[6]

In 1917, the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes recommended that the western border of the Mountain Province be pushed eastward, such that the entire subprovince of Amburayan and large slices of Lepanto and Benguet would be made part of Ilocos Sur and La Union. In early 1937, Ampusongan was merged with Bakun, the latter carrying the name of the township while the former became a barangay.[4] The issuance of Republic Act No. 4695 in 1966 included Bakun as a regular municipality in the newly created province of Benguet.[7]


Population census of Bakun
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 10,817 —    
1995 12,836 +3.26%
2000 12,213 −1.06%
2007 12,137 −0.09%
2010 13,587 +4.19%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][8]


Public schools[edit]

As of 2014, Bakun has 28 public elementary schools and 4 public secondary schools.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ "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" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census of Population and Housing: Population Counts - Cordillera Administrative Region" (PDF). National Statistics Office (Philippines), April 4, 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Municipality of Bakun, Benguet". Department of Interior and Local Government - Cordillera Administrative Region. DILG-CAR. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Benguet: History". Province of Benguet (official website). Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Act No. 1876". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Republic Act No. 4695 - An Act Creating the Provinces of Benguet, Mountain Province, Ifugao and Kalinga-Apayao". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Province of Benguet". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Masterlist of Public Elementary Schools for the School year 2012- 2013" (XLSX). Department of Education (Philippines), July 15, 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Masterlist of Secondary Schools (School Year 2013- 2014)" (XLSX). Department of Education (Philippines), July 4, 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Masterlist of Public Schools SY 2013-2014" (XLSX). Department of Education (Philippines), 22 October 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 

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