Cordova, Cebu

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Cordova
Municipality
View along Day-As boardwalk
View along Day-As boardwalk
Map of Cebu with Cordova highlighted
Map of Cebu with Cordova highlighted
Cordova is located in Philippines
Cordova
Cordova
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°15′N 123°57′E / 10.25°N 123.95°E / 10.25; 123.95Coordinates: 10°15′N 123°57′E / 10.25°N 123.95°E / 10.25; 123.95
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 6th district of Cebu
Founded 1960
Barangay 13 (see § Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Adelino Sitoy (LP)
 • Vice mayor Mary Cho
 • Town Council
Area[2][3]
 • Total 17.15 km2 (6.62 sq mi)
 • Land 7.90 km2 (3.05 sq mi)
Highest elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2015 census)[4]
 • Total 59,712
 • Density 7,600/km2 (20,000/sq mi)
 • Voter (2016)[5] 34,273
Demonym(s) Cordovanhon
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6017
IDD : area code +63 (0)32
Income class 3rd class
PSGC 072220000
Website cordova.gov.ph

Cordova (also spelled Cordoba) is a third income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines.[2] Most of Cordova lies on separate islands off the southern coast of Mactan Island. It is connected to the main island of Mactan by three bridges.

According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 59,712.[4] In the 2016 election, it had 34,273 registered voters.[5]

Geography[edit]

Geographically, Cordova consists of a main island, bordering on and separated from Mactan Island by a narrow stream, as well as the islets of Gilutongan (also spelled Hilutungan), Nalusuan, Shell, Tongo and Lava. The two islets of Gilutongan and Nalusuan are part of the Olango Island Group in the middle of the Cebu Strait. Its land area is 789.6 hectares (1,951 acres), of which 740.85 hectares (1,830.7 acres) constitutes the main island and 48.75 hectares (120.5 acres) are outlying islets.[3]

The surface of the town consists entirely of karstic limestone rock geologically associated with the Plio-Pleistocene Carcar Formation, dated to 2½–3 million years ago. The topography of Cordova is flat land, the highest point being only 10 metres (33 ft) above sea level.[3]

Climate[edit]

Corbova
Average annual temperature in Corbova is 27·6°C
Humidity 75–85%

Climate chart (explanation)
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Source: Climate: Cordova

The climate of Cordova is of Coronas type III, meaning the seasons are not very pronounced and are classified as hot and humid.

Its temperature ranges from 18 to 35 °C (65 to 95 °F), with a mean high temperature of 31 °C (88 °F) and a mean low of 23 °C (74 °F).[3]

Barangays[edit]

Cordova comprises 13 barangays:[2]

  • Alegria
  • Bangbang
  • Buagsong
  • Catarman
  • Cogon
  • Dapitan
  • Day-as
  • Gabi
  • Gilutongan (composed of Gilutongan and Nalusuan Islands)[6]
  • Ibabao
  • Pilipog
  • Poblacion
  • San Miguel

History[edit]

Cordova is not the original name of the territory it represents, and neither is it named for the city of Cordoba, Spain. On May 22, 1863, Governor General Rafael Echague created a new town comprising the barrios of Gabi, Day-as and Pilipul (formerly Pilipog), all of which are located on the southeastern tip of Mactan Island. He chose the name Cordoba which means "stark nakedness and bare".

Cordova became a municipality in 1864, and from 1913 up to the present, a total of 15 mayors governed the district.

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Cordova
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1970 12,538 —    
1980 16,455 +2.76%
1990 22,331 +3.10%
1995 26,613 +3.34%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2000 34,032 +5.41%
2007 45,066 +3.95%
2010 50,353 +4.12%
Source: National Statistics Office[7][8][9]

In the 2016 election, it had 34,273 registered voters, meaning that 57% of the population are aged 18 and over.[5]

Tourism[edit]

Kamanpay Public Beach

Cordova has six hotels and resorts, while some tourist areas include:

  • Gilutongan Marine Sanctuary
  • Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary
  • Day-as Boardwalk and Marine Park
  • Kamampay Public Beach

A special attraction is the mangrove forest and swamp area. The best access to this area is the Day-as Boardwalk and Marine Park. The total mangrove plantation is estimated to cover more or less one hundred hectares (250 acres). Most of the mangrove forest is located in the barangays of Pilipog, Bangbang, San Miguel, Day-as and Catarman.

Education[edit]

The children in Cordova are served by 14 day-care centers, eleven public elementary schools, two private elementary schools, one public high school, a private high school and the public college. Educational achievement is relatively high, with 75% of adults (i.e. 21 years old and above) having finished elementary and high school and 23% have attended university or received a degree. Around 2% of the population report not having received formal schooling.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Municipal: Cordova, Cebu". PSA. Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Physical Profile". www.cordova.gov.ph. Municipality of Cordova. 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b PSA; Census of Population (2015), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 20 June 2016 
  5. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  6. ^ One Ocean - Olango Island Profile Chapter 4
  7. ^ PSA; Census of Population (2010), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 29 June 2016 
  8. ^ NSO; Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City and Municipality, archived from the original on 24 June 2011 
  9. ^ Gonzales 2004.

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