Dapa, Surigao del Norte

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Municipality of Dapa
Dapa from the Philippine Sea
Dapa from the Philippine Sea
Official seal of Dapa
Map of Surigao del Norte with Dapa highlighted
Map of Surigao del Norte with Dapa highlighted
Dapa is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°46′N 126°03′E / 9.77°N 126.05°E / 9.77; 126.05Coordinates: 9°46′N 126°03′E / 9.77°N 126.05°E / 9.77; 126.05
Country Philippines
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceSurigao del Norte
District1st District
Barangays29 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorYulie Yangson Ruaya
 • Vice MayorFrancisco Matugas Gonzales
 • Electorate16,799 voters (2016)
 • Total91.90 km2 (35.48 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total23,787
 • Density260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)86
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)79 million  (2016)
Native languagesSurigaonon
Agusan language

Dapa, officially the Municipality of Dapa, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 23,787 people.[3]

Most of the municipality is situated on Siargao Island, but Middle Bucas Grande and East Bucas Grande Islands are also within its jurisdiction. It is known as the "Growth Center of the beautiful islands of Siargao".


Dapa is politically subdivided into 29 barangays.

Barangays 1 through 13 constitute Dapa's poblacion. Barangay Don Paulino is synonymous with the village of Giwan. Barangay Union is synonymous with the village of Union.


Population census of Dapa
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,590—    
1918 15,769+10.37%
1939 11,313−1.57%
1948 14,492+2.79%
1960 13,878−0.36%
1970 13,309−0.42%
1975 14,628+1.91%
1980 16,481+2.41%
1990 17,396+0.54%
1995 16,435−1.06%
2000 19,508+3.74%
2007 22,184+1.79%
2010 23,492+2.11%
2015 23,787+0.24%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

Surigaonon is the common local language, while Cebuano, Filipino, and English are also spoken.


Siargao Sports Complex under construction

The Siargao Sports Complex is a sports complex with a cost of PP300 million, and expected to be finished by 2017 or early 2018. Once completed, Siargao Sports Complex will host the regional games, which will mark its first hosting rights in the history of Caraga Region.[7]


Dapa is considered as the center of education in the island. The newly established Siargao National Science High School is the home of scholar students who are gifted in the field of science and mathematics. It may as well develop a strong science culture among high schools in the island.


High schools:

  • Dapa National High School
  • Consolacion National High School
  • Union National High School
  • Dagohoy National High School
  • Siargao National Science High School
  • San Nicolas School


  • Choice FM Radio station


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Surigao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Caraga". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Surigao del Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Siargao Sports Complex". Mindanao Economic Boom on Facebook. Retrieved 12 Mar 2018.

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