Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte

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Saint Bernard
Saint Bernard South Leyte.jpg
Map of Southern Leyte with St Bernard highlighted
Map of Southern Leyte with St Bernard highlighted
Saint Bernard is located in Philippines
Saint Bernard
Saint Bernard
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°17′N 125°08′E / 10.283°N 125.133°E / 10.283; 125.133Coordinates: 10°17′N 125°08′E / 10.283°N 125.133°E / 10.283; 125.133
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Southern Leyte
District Lone district of Southern Leyte
Established December 9, 1954
Barangays 30
 • Mayor Napoleon Lim Cuaton
 • Total 100.20 km2 (38.69 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 28,395
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6613
IDD:area code +63 (0)53
Income class 4th municipal income class
PSGC 086412000
Electorate 16,407 voters as of 2016
Landslide at Barangay Guinsaugon

Saint Bernard is a 4th class municipality in the province of Southern Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 28,395 people.[3]

It is situated on the Pacific coast and the first town form the mountain road from the eastern side of Sogod Bay.


Saint Bernard is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.[2]

  • Atuyan
  • Ayahag
  • Bantawon
  • Bolodbolod
  • Nueva Esperanza (Cabac-an)
  • Cabagawan
  • Carnaga
  • Catmon
  • Guinsaugon
  • Himatagon (Pob.)
  • Himbangan
  • Himos-onan
  • Hinabian
  • Hindag-an
  • Kauswagan
  • Libas
  • Lipanto
  • Magatas
  • Magbagacay
  • Mahayag
  • Mahayahay
  • Malibago
  • Malinao
  • Panian
  • San Isidro
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sug-angon
  • Tabon-tabon
  • Tambis I
  • Tambis II


This town was formerly the largest barrio of San Juan, then known as "Himatagon". On December 9, 1954, President Ramon Magsaysay issued Executive Order No. 84, converting the barrio as a municipality of Saint Bernard. It was through the efforts of Leyte Governor Bernardo Torres that the conversion was made possible in response to the lingering clamour of the inhabitants for an independent and separate municipality from San Juan.[4]

On February 17, 2006, a tragic series of mudslides killed over 1100 residents in Barangay Guinsaugon. Affected families were treated by the Philippine government and other non-government organizations from all over the world. New houses were built, and the people chose New Guinsaugon as the name of their village located near the town proper.[5][6]


Population census of Saint Bernard
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1960 11,621 —    
1970 17,296 +4.05%
1975 19,255 +2.18%
1980 19,153 −0.11%
1990 20,760 +0.81%
1995 21,363 +0.54%
2000 23,089 +1.68%
2007 25,252 +1.24%
2010 25,169 −0.12%
2015 28,395 +2.32%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][7][8][9]


Saint Bernard economy are based in agriculture and marine culture. The municipality is considered among the fastest growing economy in the pacific area of Southern Leyte.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Hindag An Falls- Brgy. Hindag-an
  • Tinago Beach- Brgy. Magbagacay
  • Tinago Spring Falls- Brgy. Ayahag
  • Lipanto Marine Sanctuary- Brgy. Lipanto
  • Himbangan Bird Sanctuary- Brgy. Himbangan
  • Sangat Cave and Beach- Brgy. Hindag-an
  • Saub Beach- Brgy. Lipanto
  • Ground Zero Memorial Park & Lawigan River- Lawigan River, access at Brgy Tambis 1
  • Libas River- Brgy. Libas
  • Kissbone Cove and Resort- Brgy. Magbagacay
  • Sto. Nino Shrine - Sitio Cansi, Brgy. Himatagon
  • Mun. Disaster Management Office - LGU Compound, Municipal Building, Brgy. Himatagon


There are accessible Elementary Schools in every Barangay in the Municipality of Saint Bernard as of 2011 census. List of Secondary Schools in the Municipality of Saint Bernard.

  • Tambis National High School- Brgy. Tambis 1
  • Himbangan National High School- Brgy. Himbangan
  • Cristo Rey Regional High School- Brgy.Malibago
  • New Guinsaugon National High School - Relocation area of New Guinsaugon, Magbagacay


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Southern Leyte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Historical Background". Municipality of Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mud wipes out Philippines village". BBC News. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  6. ^ S. G. Evans; R. H. Guthrie; N. J. Roberts; N. F. Bishop (2007). "The disastrous 17 February 2006 rockslide-debris avalanche on Leyte Island, Philippines: a catastrophic landslide in tropical mountain terrain" (PDF). Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 7 (1). Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Province of Southern Leyte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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