Itogon, Benguet

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Municipality of Itogon
Itogon municipal hall.gif
Official seal of Itogon
Map of Benguet with Itogon highlighted
Map of Benguet with Itogon highlighted
Itogon is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°22′N 120°41′E / 16.37°N 120.68°E / 16.37; 120.68Coordinates: 16°22′N 120°41′E / 16.37°N 120.68°E / 16.37; 120.68
Country Philippines
RegionCordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
DistrictLone District
Barangays9 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorVictorio Tongalog Palangdan
 • Electorate28,613 voters (2016)
 • Total449.73 km2 (173.64 sq mi)
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total59,820
 • Density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)74
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)247,027,611.96 (2016)
Native languagesKankanaey language

Itogon, officially the Municipality of Itogon, (Ilokano: Ili ti Itogon; Filipino: Bayan ng Itogon), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 59,820 people.[3]

The largest municipality in Benguet by land area, Itogon is a mining town, being the site of the first large-scale mining operations in the country.[4][5][6]

Itogon is also the site of Binga Dam.[7]


Spanish period[edit]

During the Spanish Regime, a native of the historic pueblo of Itogon (or Itokhon), named Codeng, was appointed by the Spanish authorities as capitan of another nearby village, Balingway (currently Itogon Central/Proper[8]).[5][6] Balingway was later established as a town site and renamed after Codeng's native place.[5]

American period[edit]

During the American rule, Itogon was established as one of the 19 townships of the province of Benguet, upon the issuance of Act No. 48 by the Philippine Commission on November 22, 1900.[5][9][10]

Mining operations started in Itogon in 1903, after Benguet Corporation, the Philippines' first mining firm, was established in the town under the name, Benguet Consolidated Mining Company (BCMC), by Americans Nelson Peterson and Harry Clyde.[4][11]

On August 13, 1908, Benguet was established as a sub-province of the newly created Mountain Province with the enactment of Act No. 1876. As a result, six townships of Benguet were abolished, but Itogon remained a constituent town of Benguet sub-province.[10]

Post-war era[edit]

In 1948, plans by the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) for a second dam construction along the Agno River in the province of Benguet started, after the Ambuklao Dam construction commenced in Bokod. Bulldozers started clearing the forested area of the Guissit Mountains in 1954 for the Binga Dam. Construction of the dam took 3 years and 9 months, from August 1956 until its formal operations opening in May 1960.[6][7]

On May 15, 1951, the town was converted into a regular municipality from the former municipal district of the same name, with the enactment of Republic Act No. 616.[12]

On June 18, 1966, the sub-province of Benguet was separated from the old Mountain Province and was converted into a regular province. Itogon remained to be a component municipality of the newly established province.[10][13]


Itogon is located at 16°22′N 120°41′E / 16.37°N 120.68°E / 16.37; 120.68, at the southeast end of the Benguet, forming a border with the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya (on the west) and Pangasinan (on the south). The town is bounded by Baguio City and the municipality of Tuba on the west, La Trinidad and Tublay on the north-west, Bokod on the north-east, Kayapa and Santa Fe on the southeast, San Manuel and San Nicolas on the south, and Sison on the south-west.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 449.73 square kilometres (173.64 sq mi)[2] constituting 16.24% of the 2,769.08-square-kilometre- (1,069.15 sq mi) total area of Benguet.

The Agno River traverses the municipality and is impounded at Binga (19 kilometres or 12 miles from the Ambuklao Dam in Bokod) forming the Binga Dam.[7]


Itogon is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.[14]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[15]
141106001 Ampucao 18.6% 11,118 10,450 1.19%
141106002 Dalupirip 5.1% 3,058 2,578 3.30%
141106003 Gumatdang 3.6% 2,163 1,895 2.55%
141106004 Loacan 12.9% 7,740 7,714 0.06%
141106005 Poblacion (Central) 6.1% 3,663 3,267 2.20%
141106006 Tinongdan 6.0% 3,596 4,216 −2.98%
141106007 Tuding 13.5% 8,082 7,703 0.92%
141106008 Ucab 15.7% 9,410 7,870 3.46%
141106009 Virac 18.4% 10,990 10,267 1.30%
Total 59,820 55,960 1.28%


Population census of Itogon
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 29—    
1918 3,167+36.74%
1939 35,179+12.15%
1948 16,970−7.78%
1960 32,742+5.63%
1970 39,834+1.98%
1975 41,081+0.62%
1980 47,605+2.99%
1990 61,773+2.64%
1995 47,781−4.70%
2000 46,705−0.49%
2007 48,778+0.60%
2010 55,960+5.13%
2015 59,820+1.28%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][15][16][17]

In the 2015 census, Itogon had a population of 59,820.[3] The population density was 130 inhabitants per square kilometre (340/sq mi).

Generally inhabited by 60 percent Ibalois, 40 percent Kankanaey, and other ethnicities such as the Ilocano, Itogon was the most populous municipality in the province, with a population of 61,773 in the 1990 census. Its population abruptly declined five years after as illustrated in the census of 1995.[17]


Itogon’s main source of livelihood is mining.[4] Secondary to mining is agriculture. Major mining companies which operate in the town include Benguet Corporation, Philex Mining Corporation, Atok Big Wedge Mining Company (now called Atok Gold Mining Company) and Itogon Suyoc Mines.[18]


Known tourist destination areas in Itogon include the Binga Dam in Tinongdan and Balatoc Mines Tours in Balatoc, Virac. Other tourist spots include the open pit mines in Loacan, hot spring in Dalupirip, Mount Ugo in Tinongdan, Level 1300 swimming pools in Poblacion with hot steams and bath and the mummies in Domolpos also in Tinongdan.[19][20]


Public schools[edit]

As of 2014, Itogon has 39 public elementary schools and 7 public secondary schools.[21][22][23]

Private schools[edit]



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