Echague

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Echague
Municipality of Echague
Official seal of Echague
Seal
Nickname(s): 
Queen Town of Isabela; Home of the Mengals
Map of Isabela with Echague highlighted
Map of Isabela with Echague highlighted
Echague is located in Philippines
Echague
Echague
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°42′N 121°39′E / 16.7°N 121.65°E / 16.7; 121.65Coordinates: 16°42′N 121°39′E / 16.7°N 121.65°E / 16.7; 121.65
Country Philippines
RegionCagayan Valley (Region II)
ProvinceIsabela
District6th District of Isabela
Barangays64 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorFrancis Faustino "Killer" A. Dy
 • Vice MayorAmador A. Gaffud, Jr.
 • SP Board memberNoel Ildefonso
 • Electorate46,702 voters (2016)
Area
[2]
 • Total680.80 km2 (262.86 sq mi)
Population
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total79,094
 • Density120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
3309
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)78
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)240,331,816.37 (2016)
Poverty incidence17.48 (2012)[4]
Native languagesYogad
Ilocano
Tagalog
Websitewww.echague-isabela.gov.ph

Echague, officially the Municipality of Echague, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 79,094 people.[3] The town is known for the indigenous and endangered Yogad language, which is spoken and conserved by its locals.

History[edit]

Prior to 1856, there were only two provinces in the Cagayan Valley Region: Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya. The Province of Cagayan at that time consisted of all towns from Tumauini to the north in Aparri and all other towns from Ilagan City southward to Aritao comprised the Province of Nueva Vizcaya. In order to facilitate the work of the missionaries in the evangelization of the Cagayan Valley, a royal decree was issued on May 1, 1856 that created the Province of Isabela consisting of the towns of Gamu, Angadanan, Bindang (now Roxas) and Camarag (now Echague), Carig (now Santiago City) and Palanan. The new province was named in honor of Queen Isabela II of Spain.

Fr. Pedro Salgado, the Dominican writer, in volume I of his "Cagayan Valley and Eastern Cordillera (1581-1898)," wrote that Echague town in Isabela used to be called Camarag, the name of a big tree then common in the place.

The city was founded in 1752 and ecclesiastically placed under the patronage of St. Joseph on May 12, 1753.

History says missionaries wanted to transfer the town from the banks of the Cagayan River to the Ganano River 10 kilometers away. The people rebelled because the soil was more fertile along the Cagayan River. But in 1776, they were forcibly transferred.

Some 72 years later, the people returned to Camarag, now named Echague after Rafael de Echagüe y Bermingham, Spanish governor-general at that time.

Barangays[edit]

Echague is politically subdivided into 64 barangays.[2]

  • Angoluan
  • Annafunan
  • Arabiat
  • Aromin
  • Babaran
  • Bacradal
  • Benguet
  • Buneg
  • Busilelao
  • Cabugao
  • Caniguing
  • Carulay
  • Castillo
  • Dammang East
  • Dammang West
  • Diasan
  • Dicaraoyan
  • Dugayong
  • Fugu
  • Garit Norte
  • Garit Sur
  • Gucab
  • Gumbauan
  • Ipil
  • Libertad
  • Mabbayad
  • Mabuhay
  • Madadamian
  • Magleticia
  • Malibago
  • Maligaya
  • Malitao
  • Narra
  • Nilumisu
  • Pag-asa
  • Pangal Norte
  • Pangal Sur
  • Rumang-ay
  • Salay
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio Ugad
  • San Antonio Minit
  • San Carlos
  • San Fabian
  • San Felipe
  • San Juan
  • San Manuel (formerly Atelan)[5]
  • San Miguel
  • San Salvador
  • Santa Ana
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Monica
  • Sto. Domingo
  • Silauan Sur (Poblacion)
  • Silauan Norte (Poblacion)
  • Sinabbaran
  • Soyung (Poblacion)
  • Taggappan (Poblacion)
  • Tuguegarao
  • Villa Campo
  • Villa Fermin
  • Villa Rey
  • Villa Victoria

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Echague
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 9,403—    
1918 17,104+4.07%
1939 16,249−0.24%
1948 16,311+0.04%
1960 28,919+4.89%
1970 36,180+2.26%
1975 36,834+0.36%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 41,390+2.36%
1990 51,916+2.29%
1995 56,119+1.47%
2000 61,101+1.84%
2007 67,553+1.39%
2010 74,680+3.72%
2015 79,094+1.10%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

In the 2015 census, the population of Echague, Isabela, was 79,094 people,[3] with a density of 120 inhabitants per square kilometre or 310 inhabitants per square mile.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Echague, Isabela
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
30
(86)
32
(90)
35
(95)
35
(95)
35
(95)
34
(93)
33
(91)
32
(90)
31
(88)
30
(86)
28
(82)
32
(90)
Average low °C (°F) 19
(66)
20
(68)
21
(70)
23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(75)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
22
(72)
21
(70)
20
(68)
22
(71)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 31.2
(1.23)
23
(0.9)
27.7
(1.09)
28.1
(1.11)
113.5
(4.47)
141.4
(5.57)
176.4
(6.94)
236.6
(9.31)
224.9
(8.85)
247.7
(9.75)
222.9
(8.78)
178
(7.0)
1,651.4
(65)
Average rainy days 10 6 5 5 13 12 15 15 15 17 16 15 144
Source: World Weather Online[9]

Local government[edit]

Elected government officials (2016–2019):

  • Mayor: Francis Faustino "Kiko" A. Dy, (NPC)
  • Vice Mayor: Amador A. Gaffud, Jr. (NPC)

Councilors:

  • Allan P. Tupong (NPC)
  • Nenita M. Agustin (NPC)
  • Marcos D. Baccay, Jr. (NPC)
  • Marcelina M. Alzate (NPC)
  • Marlon B. Lim (NPC)
  • Walter C. Uy (NPC)
  • Hector J. Domingo (NPC)
  • Nolito D. Panganiban (NPC)

Education[edit]

Universities:

Main secondary schools:

  • School of St. Joseph the Worker
  • Ugad High School
  • ISU Laboratory High School
  • Saint Dominic Human Development Center (SDHDC)
  • Echague National High School
  • Don Mariano Marcos National High School
  • Imelda R. Marcos High School - Main
  • Imelda R. Marcos High School - Annex
  • Doña Magdalena H. Gaffud High School
  • Highway Region National High School
  • Pangal Sur High School

Main elementary schools:

  • Echague East Central School
  • Echague West Central School
  • Echague South Central School
  • First Echague United Methodist School
  • St. Dominic Human Development Center
  • School of Saint Joseph the Worker
  • First Echague United Methodist School
  • InterActive Children Learning School (Pre-School and Grade School)
  • St. Joseph Vineyard Montessori School
  • Annafunan Elementary School
  • Buneg Elementary School
  • Sto. Domingo Elementary School
  • Carulay Elementary School
  • Dugayong Elementary School
  • Salay Elementary School
  • Soyung Elementary School

Forest Region elementary schools:

  • Narra Elementary School
  • Aromin Elementary School
  • Salvacion Elementary School
  • Pag-asa Elementary School
  • Villa Rey Elementary School
  • Villa Campo Elementary School
  • Diasan Elementary School
  • Mabbayad Elementary School
  • Madadamian Elementary School
  • Benguet Elementary School
  • San Miguel Elementary School
  • Dicaraoyan Elementary School
  • Dammang Malitao Elementary School
  • Dammang East Elementary School
  • Malitao Elementary School
  • Busilelao Elementary School
  • Rumang-ay Elementary School
  • Bacradal Elementary School
  • San Salvador Elementary School

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Isabela". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA Releases the 2012 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Archived from the original on 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  5. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of Barrio Atelan, in the Municipality of Echague, Province of Isabela, to San Miguel". LawPH.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of Isabela". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Echague, Isabela: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". World Weather Online. Retrieved 31 October 2015.

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