Barobo, Surigao del Sur

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Municipality of Barobo
Official seal of Barobo
Map of Surigao del Sur with Barobo highlighted
Map of Surigao del Sur with Barobo highlighted
Barobo is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 8°33′N 126°12′E / 8.55°N 126.2°E / 8.55; 126.2Coordinates: 8°33′N 126°12′E / 8.55°N 126.2°E / 8.55; 126.2
Country Philippines
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceSurigao del Sur
District2nd District
FoundedOctober 24, 1960
Barangays21 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorFelixberto S. Urbiztondo
 • Electorate27,145 voters (2016)
 • Total242.50 km2 (93.63 sq mi)
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total49,730
 • Density210/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)86
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class3rd municipal income class
Revenue (₱)127,072,164.91 (2016)
Native languagesSurigaonon
Agusan language

Barobo, officially the Municipality of Barobo, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 49,730 people.[3]


Barobo lies in the central part of the province of Surigao del Sur. It is located between 8'34'00" and 8'25'00" latitude and 125'59"00 and 126'22'4" longitude. It is bounded on the north by Lianga Bay and the municipality of Lianga, on the south by the municipality of Tagbina, on the southeast by the municipality of Hinatuan, on the east by the Pacific Ocean, and on the west by the municipality of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

It has total land area of 24,250 hectares (59,900 acres). It is linked by a national road to the provincial capital of Tandag, Surigao del Sur, of 103 kilometers and the gateway to the regional center of the Caraga Region in Butuan City of 107 kilometers.

15,000 hectares of its total land is used for the tourism industry with declared tourist destinations namely, Turtle Island, Kabgan Island, Vanishing Islet, Pongpong Resort, Pagbutuanan Cave, Bogac Spring, Bito Lagoon, and Dapdap Beach Resorts.


Barobo is politically subdivided into 22 barangays.

  • Amaga
  • Bahi
  • Cabacungan
  • Cambagang
  • Causwagan
  • Dapdap
  • Dughan
  • Gamut
  • Javier
  • Kinayan
  • Mamis
  • Poblacion
  • Guinhalinan
  • Rizal
  • San Jose
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
  • Sua
  • Sudlon
  • Tambis
  • Unidad
  • Wakat


Legend has it that the Manobo tribesmen first inhabited the area in the central part of Surigao del Sur. Sometime in the 1930s, five families who were engaged in fishing landed in the up-end of the river, and settled in the area for easy access to the fishing grounds. The area became known for its bountiful fish catch, and therefore more people from neighboring areas also came and settled. The distinctive visual quality of the area was an endemic species of tree known as "barobo" (diplodiscus paniculatus), which was plentiful on the site of the settlement. Subsequently, the place became popularly known as Barobo.

Barobo subsequently became a barrio under the municipality of Lianga. The creation of the province of Surigao del Sur under R.A. No. 2786, series of June 1960, created the municipality of Barobo on October 24, 1960, by virtue of Executive Order No. 407 issued by President Carlos P. Garcia. Thus the Municipality of Barobo was carved out (in a shape resembling that of a cigar pipe) from its mother municipality, Lianga.


Population census of Barobo
YearPop.±% p.a.
1970 16,717—    
1975 21,090+4.77%
1980 23,346+2.05%
1990 32,991+3.52%
1995 32,226−0.44%
2000 34,558+1.51%
2007 40,933+2.36%
2010 43,663+2.38%
2015 49,730+2.51%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]


A native Barobohanon speaks Kamayo, a minor language spoken in the area of Barobo and also in Bislig City, San Agustin and Marihatag, Surigao del Sur province in the southern Philippines. It has 7,565 speakers (2000, WCD). The dialect known as "Kamayo" varies from one municipality to another — Lingiganons are quite different from other municipalities on the way they speak the Kamayo language.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Surigao del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Caraga". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Surigao del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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