Biri, Northern Samar

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Map of Northern Samar showing the location of Biri
Map of Northern Samar showing the location of Biri
Biri is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°40′N 124°23′E / 12.667°N 124.383°E / 12.667; 124.383Coordinates: 12°40′N 124°23′E / 12.667°N 124.383°E / 12.667; 124.383
Country  Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Northern Samar
Barangays 15
 • Mayor Antonio B. Delos Reyes, Jr.
 • Vice Mayor Warren Borcelo
 • Total 24.62 km2 (9.51 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 11,767
 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6410
IDD:area code 55
Income class 5th Class

Biri is a fifth class municipality in the province of Northern Samar, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 11,767 people.[3] The municipality is facing Pacific Ocean to the east and San Bernardino Strait to the west. It consists of several islands off the northern coast of Samar Island, the largest of which is Biri Island. Other larger islands are Talisay, Magasang, and Cagnipa. Biri Island is notable for a large number of unusual rock formations along the northern shore, facing the Philippine Sea. It is included in the marine protected area known as Biri Larosa Protected Landscape and Seascape.


Biri is politically subdivided into 8 barangays.

  • Poblacion (Biri)
  • MacArthur
  • Kauswagan (Basud)
  • Pio Del Pilar
  • Progress or Talisay
  • San Antonio
  • San Pedro
  • Santo Niño (Palhugan)


Population census of Biri
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1970 5,577 —    
1975 6,517 +3.17%
1980 7,437 +2.68%
1990 7,467 +0.04%
1995 8,866 +3.27%
2000 8,700 −0.40%
2007 10,649 +2.83%
2010 10,987 +1.14%
2015 11,767 +1.31%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[4][5][6][7]

Mangrove reforestation[edit]

In 2007, the Community-Based Mangrove Protection and Management project was implemented in Biri, funded by the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF). The project aimed to contribute to the regeneration of the mangrove ecosystem by establishing a community-based mangrove management system. The project covered protection of 546 hectares and enhancement planting in 39 hectares. As of 2013, it has been expanded to all eight barangays in Biri.[8]

Biri Initiative Org.[edit]

In 2012, a non-profit organization, Biri Initiative Org., was registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission. Its main objectives are to restore areas of coral reef damaged by illegal fishing methods, promote sustainable and environment-friendly methods of fishing, and encourage opportunities for alternative livelihoods, particularly for women.[9]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Northern Samar". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 20 July 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Province of Northern Samar". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Biri Initiative". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 

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