Basco, Batanes

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Basco
Municipality
Basco Lighthouse
Basco Lighthouse
Official seal of Basco
Seal
Map of Batanes showing the location of Basco
Location within Batanes province
Basco is located in Philippines
Basco
Basco
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 20°27′N 121°58′E / 20.45°N 121.97°E / 20.45; 121.97Coordinates: 20°27′N 121°58′E / 20.45°N 121.97°E / 20.45; 121.97
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Batanes
District Lone District
Barangays 6 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Demetrius Paul C. Narag
Area[2]
 • Total 49.46 km2 (19.10 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 8,579
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 4,954
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3900
IDD:area code +63 (0)78
Income class 5th class
PSGC 020901000

Basco, officially the Municipality of Basco (Filipino: Bayan ng Basco; Ilocano: Ili ti Basco), is a municipality in the province of Batanes in the Cagayan Valley (Region II) of the Philippines, serving as the provincial capital. The population was 8,579 at the 2015 census.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 4,954 registered voters.[4]

Basco is located on Batan Island, the second largest among the Batanes Islands, the northernmost islands of the Philippines. The town has a domestic airport, Basco Airport, serving flights from Manila and Baguio.[citation needed]

The town is named after Capitán General José Basco, who led the Philippines to freedom from the control of New Spain, which is today Mexico.

The Basco Lighthouse is one of the landmarks.

Geography[edit]

Basco is located at 20°27′N 121°58′E / 20.45°N 121.97°E / 20.45; 121.97.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 49.46 square kilometres (19.10 sq mi)[2] constituting 22.58% of the 219.01-square-kilometre- (84.56 sq mi) total area of Batanes.

Climate[edit]

Basco has a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen climate classification Af), with slightly cooler temperatures especially during the winter months due to its northerly location compared to other cities down south such as Laoag or Manila. Unlike these two cities whose hottest months are April and May, Basco experiences its warmest temperature during the months of June and July, similar to Taiwan.

Climate data for Basco, Philippines (1961-1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 24.9
(76.8)
25.9
(78.6)
27.6
(81.7)
29.6
(85.3)
31.3
(88.3)
31.7
(89.1)
31.9
(89.4)
31.2
(88.2)
31.2
(88.2)
29.8
(85.6)
27.7
(81.9)
25.6
(78.1)
29.0
(84.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.0
(71.6)
22.9
(73.2)
24.4
(75.9)
26.5
(79.7)
28.1
(82.6)
28.5
(83.3)
28.5
(83.3)
28.1
(82.6)
27.9
(82.2)
26.7
(80.1)
24.9
(76.8)
22.9
(73.2)
26.0
(78.8)
Average low °C (°F) 19.2
(66.6)
19.8
(67.6)
21.2
(70.2)
23.3
(73.9)
24.8
(76.6)
25.3
(77.5)
25.2
(77.4)
24.9
(76.8)
24.5
(76.1)
23.6
(74.5)
22.2
(72)
20.1
(68.2)
22.8
(73)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 178.0
(7.008)
122.7
(4.831)
91.4
(3.598)
70.3
(2.768)
169.7
(6.681)
258.4
(10.173)
279.4
(11)
419.6
(16.52)
380.4
(14.976)
328.1
(12.917)
296.9
(11.689)
253.0
(9.961)
2,847.9
(112.122)
Average rainy days 18 14 10 8 10 14 15 20 18 18 19 19 183
Source: Hong Kong Observatory[5]

Barangays[edit]

Basco is politically subdivided into 6 barangays.[6]

The sitio of Diptan was converted into a barrio, known as San Antonio, in 1955.[7] Also in the same year, the sitios of Coral, Hago, Tuva, Diojango, Canalaan, Honaan and Dimnalamay were converted into the barrio of San Joaquin.[8]


PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[9]
020901005 Chanarian 4.2% 360 334 1.44%
020901001 Ihubok II (Kayvaluganan) 27.3% 2,344 2,103 2.09%
020901002 Ihubok I (Kaychanarianan) 21.2% 1,822 1,665 1.73%
020901006 Kayhuvokan 19.8% 1,700 1,641 0.67%
020901003 San Antonio 23.0% 1,969 1,772 2.03%
020901004 San Joaquin 4.5% 384 392 −0.39%
Total 8,579 7,907 1.57%

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Basco
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 5,729 —    
1995 5,772 +0.14%
2000 6,717 +3.30%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 7,517 +1.56%
2010 7,907 +1.86%
2015 8,579 +1.57%

In the 2015 census, Basco had a population of 8,579.[3] The population density was 170 inhabitants per square kilometre (440/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 4,954 registered voters.[4]

Transportation[edit]

Basco is accessible by air from Manila via Basco Airport. It is served by PAL Express and SKYJET, and via Tuguegarao in Cagayan by Regional Airlines like NorthSky Air and Air Republiq (as of January 2013).[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Schools

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Batanes". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ "Climatological Information for Basco, Philippines". Hong Kong Observatory. Archived from the original on 17 December 2002. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Municipal: Basco, Batanes". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Republic Act No. 1332; An Act to Convert the Sitio of Diptan in the Municipality of Basco, Province of Batanes, into a Barrio to Be Known As the Barrio of San Antonio De Padua of Said Municipality". LawPH.com. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Republic Act No. 1334; An Act to Convert the Sitios of Coral, Hago, Tuva, Diojango, Canalaan, Honaan and Dimnalamay, into a Barrio to Be Known As the Barrio of San Joaquin, in the Municipality of Basco, Province of Batanes". LawPH.com. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Province of Batanes". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 

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