Carrascal, Surigao del Sur

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Map of Surigao del Sur with Carrascal highlighted
Map of Surigao del Sur with Carrascal highlighted
Carrascal is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°22′N 125°56′E / 9.367°N 125.933°E / 9.367; 125.933Coordinates: 09°22′N 125°56′E / 9.367°N 125.933°E / 9.367; 125.933
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Surigao del Sur
District 1st district of Surigao del Sur
Barangays 14
 • Mayor Vicente H. Pimentel III
 • Total 265.80 km2 (102.63 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 22,479
 • Density 85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8318
IDD:area code +63 (0)86
Income class 4th municipal income class
PSGC 166807000
Electorate 14,169 voters as of 2016

Carrascal is a fourth class municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 22,479 people.[3]

Unique physical features of Carrascal are the uneven distribution of its lowlands and rolling hills.[4] Carrascal is the boundary town of Surigao del Sur with Surigao del Norte.


Carrascal is politically subdivided into 14 barangays. Babuyan, Dahican and Caglayag were converted into a barrio in 1956.[5]

  • Adlay
  • Babuyan
  • Bacolod
  • Baybay (Pob.)
  • Bon-ot
  • Caglayag
  • Dahican
  • Doyos (Pob.)
  • Embarcadero (Pob.)
  • Gamuton
  • Panikian
  • Pantukan
  • Saca (Pob.)
  • Tag-Anito


Population census of Carrascal
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 2,489 —    
1939 5,557 +2.26%
1948 5,988 +0.83%
1960 7,898 +2.33%
1970 8,240 +0.42%
1975 9,230 +2.30%
1980 12,810 +6.77%
1990 12,693 −0.09%
1995 12,018 −1.02%
2000 13,157 +1.96%
2007 14,283 +1.14%
2010 16,529 +5.46%
2015 22,479 +6.03%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

Mining industry[edit]

Carrascal, known for its mining economy, is home to a number of large-scale mining firms. In February 2017, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ordered the closure of two mining firms located in the town namely the CTP Construction and Mining Corporation and Carrascal Nickel Corporation, and one located in the boundary of Carrascal and Cantilan, the Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation, after the department found probable cause to stop the operations of the three companies as a result of their 2016 mining audit. CTP and Carrascal Nickel operate near coastal areas while Marcventures operates in a watershed which violates the department's policy.[9]

Special areas of economic considerations[edit]

The ideal candidate site of proposed wind power projects is located approximately 300 meter masl in the mining area near Carrascal. It is accessible from a highway under perpetual reconstruction and further made accessible by exploration roads constructed by mining companies. The terrain is mostly flat, with minimal vegetation, causing minimal turbulence to wind flow in the area. It overlooks the Philippine Sea from the southeast and the north-west directions. Some permanent deformations of small trees indicate that the wind typically comes from the north-east direction. Ground measurements yielded wind speeds of 8–11 m/s, which, by industry standards has excellent wind power potential. However, further validation studies of at least one year of wind data gathered from the site is nonexistent. Transmission lines of the local cooperative pass through this wind power candidate site, making it more attractive for wind and/ solar energy development to alleviate badly needed energy infrastructure to sustain large scale industrialization and its lofty bid to become the northernmost "city" of Surigao del Sur.[10]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: SURIGAO DEL SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
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  5. ^ "An Act Converting into Barrios Certain Sitios in the Province of Surigao, and Dividing the Barrio of Macalaya into Two Barrios, Municipality of Placer, in the Same Province". Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Province of Surigao del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
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