Dauis, Bohol

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Aerial view of Dauis, Panglao Island
Aerial view of Dauis, Panglao Island
Map of Bohol with Dauis highlighted
Map of Bohol with Dauis highlighted
Dauis is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°37′N 123°51′E / 9.62°N 123.85°E / 9.62; 123.85Coordinates: 9°37′N 123°51′E / 9.62°N 123.85°E / 9.62; 123.85
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 1st district of Bohol
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Miriam Sumaylo (LP)
 • Vice mayor Lulu Bongalos
 • Town Council
 • Representative Rene Relampagos
 • Total 43.33 km2 (16.73 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 45,663
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 26,470
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6339
IDD:area code +63 (0)38
Income class 4th class
PSGC 071219000

Dauis is a 4th municipal income class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines.[2] According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 45,663.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 26,470 registered voters.[4] It is one of two municipalities located on Panglao Island.


A deep well was constructed in Upper Songculan in 1900 by a Spaniard leader. The locals provided the labor. The well depth is more or less 30 fathoms (55 m; 180 ft) and the diameter is more or less three metres (9.8 ft). Information revealed that the well was constructed through manual digging using bolos, crowbars, pulleys, and rope for digging into the soil stones, which contains limestone rock.

The first bridge between poblacion of Dauis and Mansasa, Tagbilaran was constructed by Spaniards during their reign, possibly in the 18th century. The bridge is still there and in place, used as a connection between the two islands. The other bridge was constructed near the old City Hall of Tagbilaran City, crossing towards Totolan. That bridge is known as 'the causeway' and leads as far as Panglao Beach resort about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Tagbilaran.


Dauis comprises 12 barangays:

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[5]
071219001 Biking 7.5% 3,428 3,334 0.53%     
071219002 Bingag 9.7% 4,436 3,877 2.60%     
071219004 Catarman 10.4% 4,749 4,373 1.58%     
071219005 Dao 3.3% 1,514 1,331 2.48%     
071219012 Mariveles 8.0% 3,664 3,216 2.51%     
071219006 Mayacabac 8.6% 3,934 3,469 2.42%     
071219007 Poblacion 6.7% 3,074 2,672 2.70%     
071219003 San Isidro (Canlongon) 2.9% 1,330 1,238 1.37%     
071219008 Songculan 9.6% 4,375 3,870 2.36%     
071219009 Tabalong 11.8% 5,375 4,410 3.84%     
071219010 Tinago 6.0% 2,753 2,169 4.64%     
071219011 Totolan 15.4% 7,031 5,479 4.86%     
Total 45,663 39,448 2.82%
Totolan: 7,031 (15.4%) Tabalong: 5,375 (11.8%) Catarman: 4,749 (10.4%) Bingag: 4,436 (9.7%) Songculan: 4,375 (9.6%) Mayacabac: 3,934 (8.6%) Mariveles: 3,664 (8.0%) Biking: 3,428 (7.5%) Poblacion: 3,074 (6.7%) Tinago: 2,753 (6.0%) Dao: 1,514 (3.3%) San Isidro (Canlongon): 1,330 (2.9%)Circle frame.svg


Population census of Dauis
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 23,601 —    
1995 24,041 +0.35%
2000 26,415 +2.04%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 36,525 +4.57%
2010 39,448 +2.84%
2015 45,663 +2.82%
Source: Philippine Statistics Office[3][5][6]

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 26,470 registered voters, meaning that 58% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]


The town's 18th-century church, is dedicated to La Señora de la Asuncion or Our Lady of the Assumption. The church is believed to have been built of light materials by the first Spanish missionaries in 1697. Since then, the church has gone through several changes.

The image of the La Señora de la Asuncio is famed to be miraculous. Faithfuls come from near and far to hike the distance from the city to the site to invoke special petitions or mainly to honor the Patroness. In addition, at the foot of the altar of the church is a well also believed to have healing power. The water tastes fresh, despite the well's proximity to the seashore.

15 August

The town and all devotees of the La Señora de la Asuncion attend the Patroness' feast day every 15 August. Stories abound of the Patroness' sojourn and blessings. One of the stories tells of a man who found a camiseta (blouse) in his fishing boat after a lady passenger disembarked. On several occasions, devotees found the Patroness' camiseta full of amorseco. Many believe the Patroness must, on occasions, get down from her pedestal to visit them in their homes and farms. To this day, devotees continue to venerate and pay homage as manifestation of gratitude and appreciation after being healed of their ailments through the camiseta.

Last Sunday of January

Another fiesta is celebrated last Sunday of January, to commemorate a miracle that happened many years back. It is said that many young girls have seen the lady waving her hands as if bidding them to come near.


Dauis's major tourist attractions are Our Lady of Assumption Church and Hinagdanan Cave. Our Lady of Assumption Church is locally known as Señora de la Asunción. The church was built by the Spaniards and is constructed of solid rocks or stones and has paintings on the walls. There is a tower with a bell, outside the church another tower and also a small well. The front face of the church collapsed during the earthquake of 2013.



  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipal: Dauis, Bohol". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 

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