Carmen, Agusan del Norte

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Municipality of Carmen
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
Official seal of Carmen
Nickname(s): Mango Capital of Caraga
Map of Agusan del Norte with Carmen highlighted
Map of Agusan del Norte with Carmen highlighted
Carmen is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°59′N 125°18′E / 8.983°N 125.300°E / 8.983; 125.300Coordinates: 08°59′N 125°18′E / 8.983°N 125.300°E / 8.983; 125.300
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Agusan del Norte
District 2nd district of Agusan del Norte
Founded July 1, 1949
Barangays 8
 • Mayor Ramon M. Calo
 • Total 311.02 km2 (120.09 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 19,781
 • Density 64/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8603
Dialing code 85
Income class 4th

Carmen is a fourth class municipality in the province of Agusan del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 19,781 people.[3]


The municipality of Carmen is the first town of Agusan del Norte that is strategically located in the Western Agusan Corridor. It is bounded on the north by the Butuan Bay, on the south by the municipality of Buenavista, on the east by the municipality of Nasipit and on the west by the province of Misamis Oriental.

Carmen has a total land area of 21,142 hectares. Its rolling hills are planted with different kinds of orchard, where some 500 hectares are devoted solely to mango plantations. About half of these are fully developed and are already producing sweet mango fruits which are being sold in volume in Cebu and Manila and to neighboring municipalities and Butuan City.


Carmen is politically subdivided into 8 barangays.[2]

Barangay Land Area (km2) Barangay Captain
Baltazar, Jimlan
Pepito, Danilo
Cabatingan, Alfreda
Samaco, Gilda
Lauro, Ricardo
San Agustin
Cabiltes, Ernesto
Coñado, Anabelle
Calo, Elizabeth Marie


Formerly, Carmen was called Kabayawa by the Manobo natives. Carmen got its present name from the miraculous image of the Virgin of Mount Carmen, believed to have been instrumental in killing the leader of the bandits who used to inhabit the place.

A Spanish Soldier named Juan Cardoniga was supposed to have fired his rifle at the leader of the outlaws who possessed an amulet of some source. Since his rifle did not work, Cardoniga got the image of the virgin from his necklace and place it inside the hole of the barrel after which he succeeded in firing the rifle and in killing the outlaw chief.

It was Rev. Saturnino Urios, the famous Jesuit priest of Agusan, who suggested that the name Kabayawa be changed to Carmen in honor of the secret image.

In 1949 the barrios of Carmen, Tagcatong, Cahayagan and San Agustin, formerly part of the municipality of Nasipit, became the town of Carmen by virtue of Republic Act No. 380 which was approved on June 15, 1949.[4] This law was sponsored by Congressman Marcos M. Calo. The town came into being on July 1, 1949.


Population census of Carmen
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 15,503 —    
1995 15,967 +0.55%
2000 17,307 +1.74%
2007 18,116 +0.63%
2010 19,781 +3.25%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Local government[edit]

Elected government officials of Carmen for the term of 2013-2016:[1]

  • Mayor: Ramon "Monching RMC" M. Calo
  • Vice-Mayor: Wilfredo T. Taglucop
  • Sangguniang Bayan:
    • Erma R. Estoque
    • Maria R. P. Ledesma
    • Diosdado R. Palang-at
    • Marites Y. Mercado
    • Gilda A. Samaco
    • Raul M. Aparecio Sr.
    • Francisco C. Lopez
    • Leobel Tomas S. Luis
  • SB Secretary
    • Felomino Palisan

List of Municipal Mayors[edit]

Mayor Years of Service
Honculada, Nicanor O. 1949–1951
De Guzman, Arturo 1952–1955
Malimit, Jose 1956–1960,

1964 - 1967

Degamo, Esteban 1960–1963
Calo, Tranquilino Jr. 1968–1969,

1972 - 1985, 1988 - 1993

Campos, Ernesto 1969–1971
Pacon, Dionesio 1986–1987
Aparecio, Joaquin 1987
Battad, Arnulfo 1987 - 1988 (until January only)
Luneta, Eliseo 1993–1995
(*)Calo, Ramon 1996–2004, 2007 - present
Calo, Jovitte 2004–2007
Calo, Jesus  ?


(*) - Incumbent

? - Currently unknown


Bolihon Beach
Punta Diwata Cave
Punta Diwat Reef, Carmen
Park on the side of the Municipal Hall
  • Carmen Municipal Hall: Carmen has its new municipal hall which has a glamorous palace-like architectural design. Officially opened on July 1, 2011.
  • Plaza Beach Resort: It is a beach covered with white sands in its coast located at Sitio Bulihon, Barangay Tagcatong.
  • Mount Carmel View Park: A park commonly called by Carmenanons as "Marcos Park", located at San Isidro, Barangay Tagcatong. In this, you can view the whole Carmen and its nearby municipalities, and the island province of Camiguin.
  • Punta Diwata Cave: It is one of the popular destinations in Carmen which consists of 43 caves. The awesome caves,the friendly people around them and the spectacular view of the sea in which you can also see the nearby Camiguin Island are more than enough to make tourists visit the place again and again. It is located in Barangay Vinapor.
  • Balite Beach Resort: Located in Barangay Vinapor.
  • Vinapor Blue Waters: Located in near in the Cliffs of Barangay Vinapor, this resort which consist of carved stones formed into a dinosaurs, that's why it is commonly known as Jurassic Park. Its picturesque view of the blue waters of the sea makes tourists attracted and relaxed. It has facilities that would suit to your relaxation needs like restaurant, open cottages, air-conditioned cottages, air-conditioned dormitory, sea pool, etc..
  • Veranda I and II Resorts: A beach resort, hotel and convention venues which is located at Barangay Tagcatong and Barangay Rojales. It has air-conditioned rooms and suites, air conditioned cabañas and other facilities like cottages fronting beachfront, seafood and Chinese restaurants, mini bar, convention hall and swimming pool.
  • Scuba Diving Sites: Carmen is known for its adventurous dive sites along the Punta Diwata Reefs and Balete Wall. It has six dive sites. Diving in Carmen is an excellent 80 ft. of visibility. Reef life is rich with soft and hard corals plus abundant reef and pelagic fishes. Profile ranges from sloping wall to cliffs with depths from 40 ft. to over a hundred, with generally sandy floors. Prime sites are located in Brgys Vinapor, Tagcatong & Poblacion. These sites makes divers explore these reefs because of its beautiful coral reefs and abundance in marine wildlife like sea turtles, coral reefs, etc..
  • Cabatuan Beach
  • Kibanlag Falls



  • Carmen central Elementary School
  • Antonio Quiamjot ES
  • Rojales ES
  • Elpidio Salas ES
  • Manoligao ES
  • Tagcatong ES
  • San Isidro ES
  • Doña Josefa ES
  • Cahayagan ES
  • San Agustin ES
  • Gosoon ES
  • Cervantina ES


  • Carmen National High School
  • Our Lady of Carmen Academy of Caraga, Inc.
  • Manoligao High School
  • Cahayagan High School
  • Vinapor National High School


  1. ^ a b "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: AGUSAN DEL NORTE". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Act creating the municipality of Carmen in the province of Agusan". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 

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