Basay, Negros Oriental

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Municipality of Basay
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
Map of Negros Oriental with Basay highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with Basay highlighted
Basay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°25′N 122°38′E / 9.42°N 122.63°E / 9.42; 122.63Coordinates: 9°25′N 122°38′E / 9.42°N 122.63°E / 9.42; 122.63
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Visayas (Region VII)
ProvinceNegros Oriental
District3rd district
Barangays10 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorBeda L. Cañamaque
 • Vice MayorNelie M. Gabas
 • CongressmanArnolfo A. Teves Jr.
 • Electorate19,537 voters (2019)
 • Total162.00 km2 (62.55 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total26,566
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)35
Climate typeTropical climate
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)81,577,084.96 (2016)
Native languagesCebuano

Basay, officially the Municipality of Basay, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 26,566 people.[3]

The town is home to the highly significant Minagahat language, the indigenous language of Southern Negros as listed by the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino. The language is vital to the culture and arts of the people.


Man-made twin lagoons in Barangay Maglinao

Upon its separation from Bayawan in 1971, Basay became Oriental Negros’ westernmost town, with Negros Occidental at its rear. Diocesan chronicles reveal that it was already a far-flung outpost in the nineteenth century. It perked up in the 70s when CDCP and INKO arrived to mine its copper and iron magnetite.

Basay is agricultural, with sugar cane, rice, corn and copra as major crops. Fringing its shoreline is the Mindanao Sea, considered the richest fishing waters in the country.

Three major rivers running parallel from north to south traverse the town. Balatong Point, also known as Punta Tambongon, was the landing site of a submarine bearing the biggest shipment of WWII ammunition for Negros Oriental. The party was headed by Col Jesus Villamor, acting on the personal direction of Gen Douglas McArthur who was then in Australia.

The coves and shallow caves on the shoreline of Nagbo-alao are said to be enchanted. The Negros cave frog is endemic to Basay. Its Pagatban River is home to the alligator. Bal-os and Cabcaban springs are important sources of potable water as well as sunny picnic sites. Yardahan is a fishing village with fine swimming areas and game-fishing activities.

Basay is approximately a two-hour-and-a-half drive from Dumaguete City.[4]


Basay is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.

  • Actin
  • Bal-os
  • Bongalonan
  • Cabalayongan
  • Cabatuanan
  • Linantayan
  • Maglinao
  • Nagbo-alao
  • Olandao
  • Poblacion


Population census of Basay
YearPop.±% p.a.
1970 8,235—    
1975 13,974+11.19%
1980 21,637+9.13%
1990 17,736−1.97%
1995 18,500+0.79%
2000 21,366+3.14%
2007 22,713+0.85%
2010 24,913+3.42%
2015 26,566+1.23%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]


Public Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Basay Central Elementary School
  • Bongalonan Elementary School
  • Cabalayongan Elementary School
  • Cabatuanan Elementary School
  • Cabigti-an Elementary School
  • Cleomenes Consolacion Fortugaleza Memorial Elementary School (Actin ES)
  • Datag Elementary School
  • Don Pablo Carmen Blanco Utzurrum Memorial Elementary School
  • Maglinao Elementary School
  • Monsale Elementary School
  • Olandao Elementary School

Public High Schools[8][edit]

  • Actin National High School
  • Bal-os National High School
  • Basay National High School
  • Maglinao National High School


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province:". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "About | Cities & Towns", Negros Oriental Tourism Office. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  8. ^ "".

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