Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte

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Gigaquit
Municipality
Map of Surigao del Norte with Gigaquit highlighted
Map of Surigao del Norte with Gigaquit highlighted
Gigaquit is located in Philippines
Gigaquit
Gigaquit
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°35′N 125°42′E / 9.583°N 125.700°E / 9.583; 125.700Coordinates: 09°35′N 125°42′E / 9.583°N 125.700°E / 9.583; 125.700
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Surigao del Norte
District 2nd district of Surigao del Norte
Established 1850
Barangays 13
Government[1]
 • Mayor Carlos Manongas Egay
Area[2]
 • Total 138.11 km2 (53.32 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 20,864
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8409
IDD:area code +63 (0)86
Income class 4th municipal income class
PSGC 166711000
Electorate 11,499 voters as of 2016
Website www.gigaquit.gov.ph

Gigaquit is a fourth class municipality in the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 20,864 people.[3]

The name is derived from the words gigad (meaning "shore") and gakit (meaning "bamboo raft") and refers to the means of transportation that the early settlers used to travel from the inland to the shore.[4]

Barangays[edit]

Gigaquit is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[2]

  • Alambique (Pob.)
  • Anibongan
  • Cam-boayon
  • Camam-onan
  • Ipil (Pob.)
  • Lahi
  • Mahanub
  • Poniente
  • San Antonio (Bonot)
  • San Isidro (Parang)
  • Sico-sico
  • Villaflor
  • Villafranca

History[edit]

Gigaquit was established in 1850 by Cero, a native who fortified the place to make it safe from Moro raiders. During this period, the local population was Christianized by priests from religious orders who made Saint Augustine their patron saint.[4]

Bacuag and Claver, which had been part of Gigaquit, became separate municipalities in 1918 and 1955 under Executive Order Nos. 61 and 126 respectively.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Gigaquit
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 13,715 —    
1995 15,261 +2.02%
2000 16,155 +1.23%
2007 18,870 +2.17%
2010 18,784 −0.17%
2015 20,864 +2.02%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Surigao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Historical Background". Gigaquit. Province of Surigao Del Norte. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. 

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