Gamu, Isabela

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Gamu
Municipality of Gamu
Santa Rosa de Lima Church
Santa Rosa de Lima Church
Official seal of Gamu
Seal
Nicknames: 
Gateway to Mallig Plains
Mother Town of the 2nd District
Oldest Town of Mallig Plains
Map of Isabela with Gamu highlighted
Map of Isabela with Gamu highlighted
Gamu is located in Philippines
Gamu
Gamu
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°03′N 121°50′E / 17.05°N 121.83°E / 17.05; 121.83Coordinates: 17°03′N 121°50′E / 17.05°N 121.83°E / 17.05; 121.83
Country Philippines
RegionCagayan Valley (Region II)
ProvinceIsabela
District2nd District of Isabela
Barangays16 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorNestor Malasig Uy
 • Vice MayorNestor Lacerna
 • Electorate17,338 voters (2016)
Area
[2]
 • Total129.40 km2 (49.96 sq mi)
Population
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total29,904
 • Density230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
3301
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)78
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)92,008,460.47 (2016)
Poverty incidence16.19 (2012)[4]
Native languagesIlocano
Tagalog
Websitewww.gamu-isabela.gov.ph

Gamu, officially the Municipality of Gamu, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 29,904 people.[3]

While not a commercially thriving town, it lies near Ilagan City and Cauayan, communities with banks, hospitals, and places of entertainment.

The municipality is the site of the 5th Infantry Division of Philippine Army as its infantry unit in Northern Luzon. The Infantry is located in Barangay Upi.

The town itself is famous for its baroque church, which has pointed towers at its facade.

Geography[edit]

Gamu is located in the central part of the province of Isabela. It is approximately 10 kilometers away from the provincial capitol of Isabela and about 395 kilometers from the country's capital, Manila.

It is bounded on the north by the city of Ilagan, or the north-west by the municipality of Quirino, on the south by the municipality of Reina Mercedes and on the south-west by the municipality of Burgos, and on the Southeast by the municipality of Naguilian.

Gamu has a total land area of 129.40 square kilometers with 16 barangays, 3 of which are classified as urban barangays, District I, II and III, and the rests are considered rural barangays.[5]

Barangays[edit]

Gamu is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.[2] District I, II, and III are considered as urban barangays while the rest are rural.[5]

Barangay Population
(as of August 1, 2015)
Economic
Class
Punong Barangay
(Term 2013-2016)
Barcolan 940 Rural Ireneo S. Calumpit
Buenavista 999 Rural Ferdinand A. Jacob
Dammao 623 Rural Rosalinda S. Dabo
District I (Poblacion) 969 Urban Manuel M. Lampero
District II (Poblacion) 1,984 Urban Alfredo P. Burkley
District III (Poblacion) 2,704 Urban Jesus V. Villareal
Furao 2,522 Rural Timoteo M. Galanza
Guibang 2,802 Rural Manuel A. Calega
Lenzon 1,001 Rural Roderick P. Lora
Linglingay 1,345 Rural Roger G. Lumilan
Mabini 4,608 Rural Glimerson L. Laverinto
Pintor 1,366 Rural Norberto T. Labayog
RIzal 366 Rural Roy B. Amigo
Songsong 1,514 Rural Marcelino C. Tumacder
Union 1,065 Rural Renato A. Agcaoili
Upi 5,096 Rural George E. Gatering

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Gamu, 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[6]

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Gamu
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,581—    
1918 6,096+3.61%
1939 18,201+5.35%
1948 11,744−4.75%
1960 18,762+3.98%
1970 12,586−3.91%
1975 13,635+1.62%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 16,922+4.41%
1990 19,141+1.24%
1995 22,765+3.30%
2000 25,901+2.81%
2007 27,479+0.82%
2010 28,657+1.54%
2015 29,904+0.81%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, the population of Gamu, Isabela, was 29,904 people,[3] with a density of 230 inhabitants per square kilometre or 600 inhabitants per square mile.

Festival[edit]

The town celebrated the Kuliglig Festival on August 23, 2013 following an executive order issued by the municipal government to officially proclaim it as the official festivity of the town.

Tourism[edit]

The town of Gamu is notable for having the most number of Roman Catholic churches in the entire province of Isabela. These churches are often visited by pilgrims and frequented by travellers all over the country to pay homage to each of the respective Roman Catholic icons to whom each of the churches were dedicated and named after.

  • The Poor Clare Monastery in Barangay Guibang is a church and monastery that was built and dedicated to Saint Clare of Assisi. It was established in 1991 by the Poor Clare nuns from Cabuyao in the province of Laguna through the assistance of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ilagan and help from civic-minded benefactors.
  • The Saint Rose of Lima Church is a Baroque-style 18th century structure dedicated to the town's patron saint, Saint Rose of Lima. It is notably the oldest church in the town and one of the only remaining churches of its kind in the province of Isabela.

Local government[edit]

Mayor
Nestor M. Uy
Vice Mayor
Nestor Lacerna
Municipal Councilors
Noel Laverinto Abaya
Estela Burkley
Dante Martinez
Narciso Jr. Ordo Vercida
Jesus Ramirez Lora
Joey Paulo Dela Cruz
Jose Dimagiba Lora
Flordeliza Caro
Gil Daggao Molano

—Commission on Elections[10]

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. ^ a b "Facts and Figures of Gamu, Isabela". Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Gamu, Isabela: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". World Weather Online. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Province of Isabela". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ Commission on Elections "Gamu, Isabela - Election Results 2013" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 11 July 2014.

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