Concepcion, Iloilo

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Municipality of Concepcion
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 / 11.2°N 123.1°E / 11.2; 123.1Coordinates: 11°12′N 123°06′E / 11.2°N 123.1°E / 11.2; 123.1
Country  Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Iloilo
District 5th district of Iloilo
Barangays 25 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Milliard S. Villanueva
 • Electorate 22,682 voters (2016)
 • Total 86.12 km2 (33.25 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 43,159
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 5013
PSGC 063015000
IDD:area code +63 (0)33
Climate type Tropical climate
Income class 3rd municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 112,289,550.51 (2016)

Concepcion, officially the Municipality of Concepcion, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 43,159 people.[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]

Concepcion is 97 kilometres (60 mi) from Iloilo City.

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
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 4,565—    
1939 8,446+1.72%
1948 9,184+0.94%
1960 11,183+1.65%
1970 15,743+3.47%
1975 18,554+3.35%
1980 21,121+2.62%
1990 28,355+2.99%
1995 30,111+1.13%
2000 34,240+2.79%
2007 36,881+1.03%
2010 39,617+2.64%
2015 43,159+1.64%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

In the 2015 census, the population of Concepcion, Iloilo, was 43,159 people,[3] with a density of 500 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,300 inhabitants per square mile.


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.[9] 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.[10] 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]


Concepcion is a host to beautiful islands with white sand beaches and sandbars. Among them are Bulobadiangan Island, Agho Island, and Pan de Azucar.[11]


The annual Tampisaw Festival, held the fourth week of April[12] on four of the islands, attracts tourism.[10]

Concepcion Power Station[edit]

The Concepcion Power Station is a 270-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant located by the coast of Barangay Nipa, Concepcion, Iloilo. The plant is sponsored by the Palm Concepcion Power Corporation (PCPC), a subsidiary of real estate company A Brown Company. Currently Unit 1 of the station has begun operating since August 2016 while Unit 2 is planned for 2019.[13]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Iloilo". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Latoza, Jigger S. (2009) "KALAHI-CIDSS Institutional Mapping in Concepcion, Iloilo: Salient Findings"[permanent dead link] 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. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO. 
  8. ^ "Province of Iloilo". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Philippine Statistics Authority statistics, 2007
  10. ^ a b Staff (2006) "Eradicating Poverty Completely by 2020 - Concepcion, Iloilo" Archived 2010-02-19 at the Wayback Machine. Galing Pook Foundation, last accessed 12 October 2010
  11. ^ "Concepcion Travel Guide: Stunning Island Wonders of Iloilo | Freedom Wall". Freedom Wall. 2017-03-04. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  12. ^ "Tampisaw Festival" Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine. Official Website of the Province of Iloilo
  13. ^ Concepcion Power Station. Sourcewatch. Retrieved February 7, 2017

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