Concepcion, Iloilo

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The pier and fish market in Concepcion, Iloilo
The pier and fish market in Concepcion, Iloilo
Official seal of Concepcion
Map of Iloilo with Concepcion highlighted
Map of Iloilo with Concepcion highlighted
Concepcion is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°12′N 123°06′E / 11.200°N 123.100°E / 11.200; 123.100Coordinates: 11°12′N 123°06′E / 11.200°N 123.100°E / 11.200; 123.100
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Iloilo
Legislative district 5th district of Iloilo
Barangays 25
 • Mayor Milliard S. Villanueva
 • Total 86.12 km2 (33.25 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 39,617
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5013
Dialing code 33

The Municipality of Concepcion is a third class,[2] coastal municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. In 2010, it had a population of 39,617.[3] It was the capital of the Commandancia of Concepcion, a unit equivalent to a sub-province headed by a corregidor, before it was merged with the Province of Iloilo.


Concepcion is located on the north-eastern part of Panay Island (known as the mainland), together with some 16 other, smaller, associated islands. It is bounded on the north by the municipality of San Dionisio, in the south by the municipality of Ajuy, in the west by the municipality of Sara, and in the east by the Visayan Sea. It has a total land area of 9,702.04 hectares.[4]

The largest of the 16 Concepcion Islands is Pan de Azucar at 1,840 hectares (4,500 acres), which has the 573 metres (1,880 ft) high Mount Manaphag rising from its center.[5]


Concepcion is politically subdivided into twenty-five barangays, eleven of which are island barangays, and fourteen of which are on the mainland (Panay Island).


Population census of Concepcion
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 28,355 —    
1995 30,111 +1.13%
2000 34,240 +2.79%
2007 36,881 +1.03%
2010 39,617 +2.64%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][6]


The primary industry of the people of Concepcion is in fishing.[4] The Visayan Sea, where Concepcion is situated, is one of the most prolific in fish production and provides a significant proportion of fish in the region. In 2007, the number of registered fishermen stood at 7,957.[7] Fishing is followed second by farming, with much of it being subsistence farming. The principle cash crops are rice, corn and vegetables,[4] along with bamboo and coconuts. Poultry and livestock are raised for local consumption.[4]

Poverty incidence was extremely high in the early 21st century, with 87% of the population being below the government poverty line in 2000,[4] with a reduction to 47% in 2004.[8] A contributing factor was the rapidity of population growth in the municipality, with a growth rate of 2.76% in 2002, or four babies being born every day in the municipality.


There is one institution of higher learning in the municipality, Concepcion Polytechnic College, which offers bachelor's degrees in fisheries and agriculture, as well as a masters in public administration.[4]


The annual Tampisaw Festival, held the fourth week of April[9] on four of the islands, attracts tourism.[8]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Iloilo". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Latoza, Jigger S. (2009) "KALAHI-CIDSS Institutional Mapping in Concepcion, Iloilo: Salient Findings" Augustinian Journal 12: pp. 33–58, doi:10.3860/aug.v12i0.1228
  5. ^ (19 June 2010) "Island Hopping: Pan de Azucar Island, Iloilo", archived at Freezepage, 12 October 2010
  6. ^ "Province of Iloilo". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA). Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  7. ^ National Statistics Office statistics, 2007
  8. ^ a b Staff (2006) "Eradicating Poverty Completely by 2020 - Concepcion, Iloilo" Galing Pook Foundation, last accessed 12 October 2010
  9. ^ "Tampisaw Festival" Official Website of the Province of Iloilo

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