Garchitorena, Camarines Sur

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Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Garchitorena
Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Garchitorena
Garchitorena is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°53′N 123°42′E / 13.883°N 123.700°E / 13.883; 123.700Coordinates: 13°53′N 123°42′E / 13.883°N 123.700°E / 13.883; 123.700
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Camarines Sur
District 3rd district
Barangays 23
 • Mayor Solon O. Demetriou Jr.
 • Total 243.80 km2 (94.13 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 25,204
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4428
Dialing code 54
Income class 4th class; partially urban

Garchitorena is a fourth class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 25,204 people.[3] Its territory includes the islands of Quinalasag, Lamit, and Malabungot, also known as Mahad.


Garchitorena is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.[2]

  • Ason (Anson)
  • Bahi
  • Binagasbasan
  • Burabod
  • Cagamutan
  • Cagnipa
  • Canlong
  • Dangla
  • Del Pilar
  • Denrica
  • Harrison
  • Mansangat
  • Pambuhan
  • Barangay I (Pob.)
  • Barangay II (Pob.)
  • Barangay III (Pob.)
  • Barangay IV (Pob.)
  • Sagrada
  • Salvacion
  • San Vicente
  • Sumaoy
  • Tamiawon
  • Toytoy


The original location of Garchitorena is said to be found at the mouth of the Pambuhan River but it was later transferred to Binanwahan primarily because of frequent attacks of the Moros.

Soon, a rich man by the name of Don Andres Garchitorena, who hailed from Tigaon town and owned in this place a vast portion of the land area, persuaded the townspeople to plant abaca. He later established an abaca processing plant which started the establishment of this coastal settlement.

The municipality was established on March 4, 1949 through Executive Order No. 205 signed by President Elpidio Quirino. It was originally named the municipality of Anderson.[4] The municipality was then renamed after its founder and discoverer, Don Andres Garchitorena. He came from Tigaon. He was a member of Emilio Aguinaldo's Hong Kong Junta during the Spanish–American War. He became the governor of then Ambos Camarines in 1919. He is the father of Don Mariano Garchitorena, Secretary of Agriculture and Commerce and also Governor of Camarines Sur.


Population census of Garchitorena
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 19,439 —    
1995 19,481 +0.04%
2000 23,021 +3.64%
2007 24,825 +1.05%
2010 25,204 +0.55%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

Bikol is the predominant language spoken.


Local agricultural products include:

  • Abaca
  • Coconut
  • Palay

Electrical power is supplied by CASURECO (Camarines Sur Electrical Company).


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: CAMARINES SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Executive Order No. 205, s. 1949". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Province of Camarines Sur". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 

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