Bien Unido

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Bien Unido
Municipality of Bien Unido
Official seal of Bien Unido
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Map of Bohol with Bien Unido highlighted
Map of Bohol with Bien Unido highlighted
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Bien Unido is located in Philippines
Bien Unido
Bien Unido
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°08′N 124°23′E / 10.13°N 124.38°E / 10.13; 124.38Coordinates: 10°08′N 124°23′E / 10.13°N 124.38°E / 10.13; 124.38
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Visayas (Region VII)
ProvinceBohol
District2nd District
Founded1981
Barangays15 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorRene B. Borenaga
 • Vice MayorRamon R. Arcenal
 • CongressmanErico Aristotle C. Aumentado
 • Electorate18,170 voters (2019)
Area
[2]
 • Total27.39 km2 (10.58 sq mi)
Population
 (2015 census) [3]
 • Total27,115
 • Density990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
 • Households
5,604
Economy
 • Income class4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence50.38% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue₱67,518,671.70 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
6326
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)38
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Native languagesBoholano dialect
Cebuano
Tagalog
Websitewww.bienunido.gov.ph

Bien Unido, officially the Municipality of Bien Unido (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Bien Unido; Tagalog: Bayan ng Bien Unido), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 27,115 people. [3]

Bien Unido is the youngest municipality in Bohol being founded in 1981 after it was carved out and separated from the municipalities of Trinidad and Talibon.[5] Among the principal industries in Bien Unido are rice farming, seaweed farming, livestock raising, algaculture, fishing, and mat weaving. The town gained the nickname as the de facto Seaweeds Capital of the Visayas.[6]

Bien Unido is 108 kilometres (67 mi) (2 hours or more) from Tagbilaran by road. Cebu City is approximately over 4 hours via the Cebu–Talibon and Cebu–Tubigon RORO routes, while it takes 3 hours via the Cebu–Tubigon ferry. Moreover, it takes approximately 2 or 3 hours to reach Bien Unido via the Cebu–Getafe ferry or motor boat. Bien Unido can also be reached directly from Cebu City through Pasil fish port via pump boat in more than 3 hours.

The "Bien Unido Double Barrier Reef Marine Park" is the first underwater pilgrimage in Asia, established in 2012. It is situated along the Danajon Bank.[7]

The town of Bien Unido, Bohol celebrates its feast on December 28, to honor the town patron, the Holy Child.[8]

History[edit]

"Bien Unido" is a Spanish phrase translating to "well united" in English.

On December 24, 1980, Batas Pambansa Blg. 93 was passed, providing for the creation of the municipality of Bien Unido comprising the barangay of Bien Unido and certain surrounding barangays in the municipalities of Talibon and Trinidad.[9] The creation of the municipality was approved by the majority of voters in a plebiscite on April 7, 1981.

On June 7, 2017, Gisela Bendong-Boniel, mayor of Bien Unido at that time, was kidnapped and killed, allegedly masterminded by her husband, Board Member Niño Rey Boniel, who was the former mayor of the town. Her body was dumped between the waters of Olango Island Group and Lapu-Lapu. Her body has never been found.[10][11]

Barangays[edit]

Bien Unido comprises 15 barangays. Of these, only Bilangbilangan Diot and Hingotanan East are classified as rural and the rest are urban.

Map of Bien Unido showing barangays and islands
PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[12]
071248001 Bilangbilangan Dako 7.2% 1,960 1,920 0.39%  
071248002 Bilangbilangan Diot 3.0% 818 845 −0.62%  
071248003 Hingotanan East 7.9% 2,143 2,283 −1.20%  
071248004 Hingotanan West 7.3% 1,986 1,665 3.41%  
071248005 Liberty 3.7% 998 843 3.27%  
071248006 Malingin 6.2% 1,691 1,997 −3.12%  
071248007 Mandawa 8.8% 2,385 2,328 0.46%  
071248008 Maomawan 6.2% 1,671 1,475 2.40%  
071248009 Nueva Esperanza 8.1% 2,205 2,527 −2.56%  
071248010 Nueva Estrella 6.0% 1,638 1,576 0.74%  
071248011 Pinamgo 8.6% 2,344 2,177 1.42%  
071248012 Poblacion (Bien Unido Proper) 12.1% 3,273 3,082 1.15%  
071248013 Puerto San Pedro (Lawis) 4.2% 1,144 1,137 0.12%  
071248014 Sagasa 5.5% 1,483 1,308 2.42%  
071248015 Tuboran 3.9% 1,054 955 1.90%  
Total 27,115 25,796 0.95%
Poblacion: 3,273 (12.1%)Mandawa: 2,385 (8.8%)Hingotanan East: 2,143 (7.9%)Nueva Esperanza: 2,527 (9.3%)Pinamgo: 2,344 (8.6%)Malingin: 1,691 (6.2%)Bilangbilangan Dako: 1,960 (7.2%)Hingotanan West: 1,986 (7.3%)Nueva Estrella: 1,638 (6.0%)Maomawan: 1,671 (6.2%)Sagasa: 1,483 (5.5%)Puerto San Pedro: 1,144 (4.2%)Tuboran: 1,054 (3.9%)Bilangbilangan Diot: 818 (3.0%)Liberty: 998 (3.7%)Circle frame.svg

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Bien Unido, Bohol
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28
(82)
28
(82)
29
(84)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
28
(82)
29
(85)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
24
(74)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 98
(3.9)
82
(3.2)
96
(3.8)
71
(2.8)
104
(4.1)
129
(5.1)
101
(4.0)
94
(3.7)
99
(3.9)
135
(5.3)
174
(6.9)
143
(5.6)
1,326
(52.3)
Average rainy days 18.0 14.1 17.1 16.8 23.7 25.7 25.8 23.3 24.2 25.9 24.0 20.6 259.2
Source: Meteoblue [13]

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Bien Unido
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 19,047—    
1995 19,185+0.14%
2000 22,176+3.15%
2007 23,412+0.75%
2010 25,796+3.59%
2015 27,115+0.95%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][12][14][15]

The people in the municipality speak Cebuano and the Boholano dialect. Filipino and English are generally understood.

Education[edit]

Secondary and High schools[16][17]
  • Bien Unido Academy Inc.
  • Holy Child Academy of Bien Unido, Bohol Inc.
  • Hingotanan National High School
  • Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Tech Voc School of Fisheries and Arts
Elementary schools[18]
  • Bien Unido Central Elementary School
  • Bilangbilangan Daku Elementary School
  • Hingotanan Elementary School
  • Malingin Elementary School
  • Mandawa Elementary School
  • Maomawan Elementary School
  • Montessori Educational Learning Center of Ubay, Bien Unido Branch[16]
  • Nueva Esperanza Elementary School
  • Nueva Estrella Elementary School
  • Pinamgo Elementary School
  • Sagasa Elementary School

References[edit]

  1. ^ Municipality of Bien Unido | Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
  2. ^ "Province: Bohol". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ History of Bien Unido – Bohol-Philippines.com.
  6. ^ http://www.philstar.com/region/2015/12/22/1535307/bien-unido-town-celebrates-34th-year-mass-wedding
  7. ^ Only in the Philippines: An Underwater Grotto in a Double-Barrier Reef! – ChoosePhilippines. January 2015
  8. ^ "Bien Unido". "www.bohol-philippines.com". Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  9. ^ "Batas Pambansa Blg. 93, December 24, 1980". Supreme Court E-Library. Supreme Court of the Philippines. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Witness narrates how Bohol town mayor was killed". SunStar. SunStar Publishing Inc. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  11. ^ Rosalie Abatayo (10 October 2019). "Two suspects in alleged kidnap-slay of Bien Unido Mayor enter not guilty plea". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  12. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Bien Unido: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Province of Bohol". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  16. ^ a b "List and Status Of Private Schools" (PDF). DepEd – Region VII. 22 January 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Catholic Educational Institutions". Roman Catholic Diocese of Talibon. 1 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-02-04. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  18. ^ "List of Elementary Schools". DepEd – Bohol. 1 January 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015.

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