Daraga, Albay

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Municipality of Daraga
Daraga Church with Mayon Volcano in the background
Daraga Church with Mayon Volcano in the background
Map of Albay with Daraga highlighted
Map of Albay with Daraga highlighted
Daraga is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°09′43″N 123°41′38″E / 13.1619°N 123.6939°E / 13.1619; 123.6939Coordinates: 13°09′43″N 123°41′38″E / 13.1619°N 123.6939°E / 13.1619; 123.6939
Country  Philippines
Region Bicol Region (Region V)
Province Albay
District 2nd district
Founded June 12, 1772
Barangays 54 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Gerry R. Jaucian
 • Vice Mayor Carlwyn G. Baldo
 • Electorate 66,648 voters (2016)
 • Total 118.64 km2 (45.81 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 126,595
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Daragueño
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4501
PSGC 050503000
IDD:area code +63 (0)52
Climate type tropical rainforest climate
Income class 1st municipal income class
Website www.daraga.gov.ph

Daraga, officially the Municipality of Daraga, (Central Bikol: Banwaan kan Daraga; Filipino: Bayan ng Daraga), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 126,595 people.[3]

The town is home to the landmark Cagsawa Ruins.


The word daraga historically referred to a "maiden", and is the modern term for an "unmarried woman" in many of the Bikol languages. The original settlement of Daraga dates back to 12th century, but has changed location repeatedly due to the constant threats posed by Mayon Volcano. The town was previously named Budiao, Cagsawa, and Locsin.

Year Event
12th c. Early settlers were mostly traders. The name Daraga came from a type of tree that was abundant on the hill where a baroque Catholic church now stands.
1587 Franciscan missionaries arrive, and christen the place Budiao, later renaming it to Cagsawa.
1595 Cagsawa becomes a visita (satellite mission station) attached to the town of Camalig.
1772 Governor-General Simón de Anda renames Cagsawa to Salcedo, which is later renamed Daraga.
1814 Town is destroyed in the deadliest eruption of Mayon Volcano, killing 1,200 people that sought refuge inside the church.
1815 Government for Daraga is formally organized, with Venancio Espíritu Salomon as Barangay Captain.
1892 Under the Becerra Law, Daraga becomes a constituent of Legazpi City.
1922 Daraga regains its autonomy when the Philippine Assembly ordered the partition of Daraga from Albay, composed of Albay and Legazpi City.
1948 Under Republic Act 306, Daraga is again incorporated into Legazpi as one of its districts.[4]
1954 Republic Act 993 officially recreates the Municipality of Daraga.[5]
1959 Daraga renamed to Locsin, through Republic Act No. 2505.[6]
1967 Republic Act 4994 restores the name Daraga.[7]
1973 Under Presidential Decree 125, Daraga is again incorporated as part of Legazpi City;[8] implementation of decree was suspended.
1993 Daraga adjudged the 'cleanest and greenest' municipality in Bicol.
2001 Mayon Volcano erupts in June, blanketing the town with an inch of ash.
2002 Municipal government finishes construction of modern supermarket.
2006 Mudflows from Mayon Volcano, triggered by heavy rains from Typhoon Reming (international name: Durian) buried at least eight villages. More than 20,000 Individuals were evacuated, and thousands lost their homes.
2007 The National Museum declared the town's 400-year-old Our Lady of the Gate Parish Church a national cultural treasure.
2008 Daraga experiences economic boom with the opening of several national food chains and the opening of LCC Supermarket.
2010 The government of Daraga negotiates for the establishment of the Bicol International Airport in the town, with the proposed construction site in Barangay Alobo.
2012 Daraga holds first ever Cagsawa Festival in February.
2016 Daraga became the first applicant for cityhood in the 17th congress.[9]


Daraga is located at 13°09′43″N 123°41′38″E / 13.1619°N 123.6939°E / 13.1619; 123.6939, in the south-west portion of Albay province, along the Maharlika Highway, making it accessible from Manila, the Visayas, and the other municipalities of eastern Bicol Peninsula. It is roughly "boot-shaped", with the "tall" part ranging 13.05–13.25° north latitude and 123.66–123.73° east longitude and the "wide" part ranging 13.02–13.09° north latitude and 123.56–123.71° east longitude. It is bounded on the north and east by Legazpi City, south by Sorsogon (particularly the municipality of Pilar), and west by Camalig and Jovellar.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 118.64 square kilometres (45.81 sq mi)[2] constituting 4.61% of the 2,575.77-square-kilometre- (994.51 sq mi) total area of Albay. This municipal land area is distributed among the present 16 urban barangays and 42 rural barangays. The urban barangays total 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) (12.65%) and the rural barangays make up the remaining 10,360 hectares (25,600 acres) (87.35%) of the total municipal land area.[10]


Daraga has a generally wet climate characterized by a lack of dry season. Maximum rainfall is from November to January, and average monthly rainfall is 223.4 millimetres (8.80 in). Prevailing winds are generally from north-east to south-west. Average temperature is 27.0 °C (80.6 °F).[10]

But the climate change phenomenon has changed the past climate pattern. Dry spells are becoming more pronounced, as it is with the wet season. The phenomenon is felt all over the country as well.


67.3% of the total municipal land area has a predominantly low elevation of up to 100 metres (330 ft). The surface terrain is generally characterized by combination of level to nearly level areas, gentle to undulating areas and undulating to rolling areas.


The different soil types to be found within Daraga are the Mayon Gravelly Sandy Loam, Annam Clay Loam, Gravelly Sandy Loam, Legazpi Fine Sandy Loam (Stoney Phase), Sevilla Clay Loam and Sevilla Clay.

The underlying geology are made up of several types: Alluvium, Shale and Sandstone Limestone and Basalt and Andesite Series. The prevalent geologic type is the Shale and Sandstone Sequence and other equally significant geologic types such as alluvium. Recent Volcanic, Crystalline Limestone and Psyroclastine Limestone are found near the base of Mayon Volcano mostly in the urban barangays.

Minerals available within the municipality of Daraga are non-metallic consisting of Gravel, and Boulders. These minerals are abundant in Barangays Budiao, Busay, Bañadero and Matnog brought down from the slopes of Mayon Volcano during occurrences of volcanic eruptions and rains.


The surface drainage pattern of Daraga is largely affected by the water runoff coming from Mayon Volcano coupled with those from other directions. Major river systems which convey and act as natural drainage channels as well as water source include:

  1. Yawa River in Barangay Cullat, Malobago, Kilicao, Tagas, Binitayan & Bañag which connects to the Albay Gulf in Legazpi City
  2. Colabos Creek in Bañag, San Roque, Market Area, Sagpon, and Bagumbayan
  3. Quillarena River in Malabog & Budiao
  4. Gumacon Creek in Barangay Maroroy, Tagas
  5. Gulang-Gulang Creek in Barangay Pandan


Daraga is politically subdivided into 54 barangays.[11]


Population census of Daraga
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 18,695 —    
1939 29,484 +1.27%
1960 41,973 +1.70%
1970 58,335 +3.34%
1975 63,265 +1.64%
1980 73,224 +2.97%
1990 83,928 +1.37%
1995 91,829 +1.70%
2000 101,031 +2.07%
2007 110,625 +1.26%
2010 115,804 +1.68%
2015 126,595 +1.71%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][12][14][15]

In the 2015 census, Daraga had a population of 126,595.[3] The population density was 1,100 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,800/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 66,648 registered voters.[16]

In 2010, the 2010 municipal population of 115,804 was distributed among the urban and rural Barangays. The urban population was 48.54% while rural population completed the remaining 51.45%. The "built-up density" was 5,659 persons/km2. It had a literacy rate of 96.08% and a municipality growth rate of 1.3%.

In terms of employment and livelihood, farming ranks high at 33.53%, crafts and related workers as well as elementary occupations follow second with 17.71% and 21.89% respectively.


The languages spoken in Daraga include East Miraya (Daragueño), Bicol, Tagalog, and English.


The present (2014) town mayor is Gerry Jaucian.


The tower is what remains of the Cagsawa Church, which was buried by the 1814 eruption of Mayon Volcano.

Daraga's economy, originally agriculture-based, has rapidly transformed into an emerging urban system, benefiting from the economic opportunities of being located contiguously with the urban center of Legazpi. It draws trade relations with the island province of Masbate through the nearby Port of Pilar.

Daraga will be the site of the future Bicol International Airport which will further boost tourism in the region and will introduce more opportunities especially in this town. Local officials are now considering cityhood in the near future or upon the completion of the said international airport, if that so, Daraga would be the fourth city in Albay.

Daraga has the highest number of business establishments among towns in Albay. As of 2011 it has over 2,300 business establishments registered with the Permits and Licensing Office. The town is a center of handicraft manufacturing with several handicraft factories choosing their location in the municipality.



Each barangay in town has an elementary school.

High school
  • Anislag National High School
  • Anislag National High School - Bascaran HS Extension
  • Anislag National High School - San Vicente Grande HS Extension
  • Banadero National High School
  • Bicol College (BC) - High School Department.
  • Daraga National High School
  • Immaculate Concepcion College of Albay (ICCA) - High School Department
  • Kilicao High School
  • Lacag National High School
  • Malabog National High School
  • Mary's Child Science Oriented School (MCSOS) - High School Department
  • United Institute (U.I.) - High School Department
  • Bicol University – Daraga
  • Belen B. Francisco Foundation Inc.
  • Bicol College (BC)
  • Daraga Community College (DComC)
  • Immaculate Concepcion College of Albay (ICCA)


Daraga has a total Road Network of about 129.01 kilometres (80.16 mi). This is categorized either as National Roads, Provincial Roads, Municipal Roads and Barangay Roads. These barangay Roads comprised the bulk of the municipality road network system. About 24.97% are concrete paved while the remaining 75.03% remains in Asphalt, Gravel of Earth fill pavement conditions. These are about 25 bridges within the municipality and 66.22% of which are within barangay roads while the other bridges are part of national, provincial of barangay roads.

Our Lady of the Gate Parish or Daraga church


Daraga's existing tourist spots/attractions are the Cagsawa Ruins and Resort and Our Lady of the Gate Parish.

Cagsawa Ruins and Resort is located in Barangay Busay. Its prominent attraction is the Belfry of the Cagsawa Church which submerged in mudflow during the February 2, 1814 Mayon Volcano Eruption which killed 1,200 people.

The Our Lady of the Gate Parish was constructed in 1773 atop Santa Maria Hill in barangay San Roque and is uniquely known for its rich baroque architecture.


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  5. ^ "Chan Robles Virtual Law Library". Republic Act No. 993 - An Act Recreating the Municipalities of Legaspi and Daraga in the Province of Albay. 8 June 1954. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Republic Act No. 2505 - An Act Changing the Name of the Municipality of Daraga, Province of Albay, to Municipality of Locsin". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 21 June 1959. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
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