Carmen, Agusan del Norte

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Municipal hall
Municipal hall
Official seal of Carmen
Map of Agusan del Norte with Carmen highlighted
Location within Agusan del Norte province
Carmen is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°00′N 125°16′E / 9°N 125.26°E / 9; 125.26Coordinates: 9°00′N 125°16′E / 9°N 125.26°E / 9; 125.26
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Agusan del Norte
District 2nd district of Agusan del Norte
Founded July 1, 1949
Barangays 8 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Ramon M. Calo
 • Total 311.02 km2 (120.09 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 20,839
 • Density 67/km2 (170/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 12,492
Demonym(s) carmense, carmelita
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8603
IDD:area code +63 (0)85
Income class 4th municipal income class
PSGC 160204000
Electorate 12,492 voters as of 2016

Carmen, officially the Municipality of Carmen (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Carmen; Filipino: Bayan ng Carmen), is a municipality in the province of Agusan del Norte in the Caraga (Region XIII) of the Philippines. The population was 20,839 at the 2015 census.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 12,492 registered voters.[4]


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.

Carmen was created into a municipality in 1949, when the barrios of Carmen, Tagcatong, Cahayagan and San Agustin were separated from the municipality of Nasipit and constituted into the newly created town, by virtue of Republic Act No. 380 which was approved on June 15, 1949.[5] This law was sponsored by Congressman Marcos M. Calo. The town came into being on July 1, 1949.


Carmen is located at 9°00′N 125°16′E / 9°N 125.26°E / 9; 125.26.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 311.02 square kilometres (120.09 sq mi)[2] constituting 11.39% of the 2,730.24-square-kilometre- (1,054.15 sq mi) total area of Agusan del Norte.

Carmen is strategically located in the Western Agusan Corridor. It is bounded on the north by the Butuan Bay, south by Buenavista, east by Nasipit and west by Misamis Oriental. Its rolling hills are planted with different kinds of orchard, where some 500 hectares (1,200 acres) 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.[6]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[7]
160204001 Cahayagan 11.5% 2,395 2,380 0.12%
160204002 Gosoon 8.7% 1,806 1,772 0.36%
160204004 Manoligao 6.5% 1,356 1,513 −2.06%
160204009 Poblacion (Carmen) 28.7% 5,988 5,507 1.61%
160204010 Rojales 12.2% 2,542 2,083 3.86%
160204011 San Agustin 5.7% 1,183 1,117 1.10%
160204012 Tagcatong 16.6% 3,462 3,382 0.45%
160204014 Vinapor 10.1% 2,107 2,027 0.74%
Total 20,839 19,781 1.00%


Population census of Carmen
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1960 9,593 —    
1970 12,851 +2.96%
1975 13,882 +1.56%
1980 14,595 +1.01%
1990 15,503 +0.61%
1995 15,967 +0.55%
2000 17,307 +1.74%
2007 18,116 +0.63%
2010 19,781 +3.25%
2015 20,839 +1.00%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, Carmen had a population of 20,839.[3] The population density was 67 inhabitants per square kilometre (170/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 12,492 registered voters.[4]

Local government[edit]

Former mayors
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

Elected government officials of Carmen for the term of 2016-2019:[4]

  • Mayor: Ramon "Monching RMC" M. Calo
  • Vice Mayor: Wilfredo T. Taglucop
  • Sangguniang Bayan:
    • Eva D. Palarca
    • Maria Riza P. Ledesma
    • Diosdado R. Palang-at
    • Gilda A. Samaco
    • Abraham Dela Cruz Jr.
    • Julius Tamayo
    • Corazon Alpuerto
    • Jan Ledesma
  • SB Secretary:
    • Felomino Palisan


Bolihon Beach
Punta Diwata Cave
Punta Diwata Reef
  • Carmen Municipal Hall: new municipal hall officially opened on July 1, 2011.
  • Plaza Beach Resort: beach covered with white sands in its coast located at Sitio Bulihon, Barangay Tagcatong.
  • Mount Carmel View Park: park commonly called by Carmenanons as "Marcos Park", located at San Isidro, Barangay Tagcatong. From here, one can view the entire Carmen and nearby municipalities, and the island province of Camiguin.
  • Punta Diwata Cave: one of the popular destinations in Carmen consisting of 43 caves, located in Barangay Vinapor.
  • Balite Beach Resort: located in Barangay Vinapor.
  • Vinapor Blue Waters: located near the Cliffs of Barangay Vinapor, this resort features carved stones formed into a dinosaurs, a reason for it to be commonly called "Jurassic Park".
  • Veranda I and II Resorts: a beach resort, hotel and convention venue located at Barangays Tagcatong and 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. Reef life includes 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 barangays Vinapor, Tagcatong & Poblacion.
  • Cabatuan Beach
  • Kibanlag Falls


  • Antonio Quiamjot ES
  • Cahayagan ES
  • Carmen Central Elementary School
  • Cervantina ES
  • Doña Josefa ES
  • Elpidio Salas ES
  • Gosoon ES
  • Manoligao ES
  • Rojales ES
  • San Agustin ES
  • San Isidro ES
  • Tagcatong ES
  • Cahayagan High School
  • Carmen National High School
  • Manoligao High School
  • Our Lady of Carmen Academy of Caraga, Inc.
  • Vinapor National High School


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Agusan del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ "Republic Act No. 380 - Act Creating the Municipality of Carmen in the Province of Agusan". 15 June 1949. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Municipal: Carmen, Agusan del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Province of Agusan del Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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