Jiabong, Samar

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Bungto han Jiabong
Giant Mussels infront of the Municipal Building in Jiabong represents the economic product of the locality.
Giant Mussels infront of the Municipal Building in Jiabong represents the economic product of the locality.
Map of Samar with Jiabong highlighted
Map of Samar with Jiabong highlighted
Jiabong is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°46′N 124°57′E / 11.767°N 124.950°E / 11.767; 124.950Coordinates: 11°46′N 124°57′E / 11.767°N 124.950°E / 11.767; 124.950
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Samar
Congr. district 2nd district of Samar
Barangays 34
 • Mayor Jocelyn U. De Jesus
 • Total 67.70 km2 (26.14 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 17,075
 • Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6701
Dialing code 55

Jiabong is a fifth class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 17,075 people.[3]

Jiabong was created in 1948 from the barrios of Jiabong, Jia-an, Malino, San Fernando, Casapa, Camorubo-an, Lulugayan, Macabitas Paglayogan, Dogongan, Bayog, and Malobago, formerly part of Catbalogan.[4]


In 1882, during the Spanish regime in the Philippines, Jiabong was made into a town or municipio. It was made as the cabeza de barangay, incorporating the barangays of Jia-an, San Fernando, Malino, Camarubo-an and the rest of the barangays that were founded later. During the Filipino-American war in 1900 to 1904, Catbalogan City, Samar, the capital town, was placed under military rule. Jiabong became a barrio of Catbalgan from 1905 until June 15, 1948

Jiabong became a separate municipality of Samar and got its independence from the Municipality of Catbalogan on October 22, 1948 when Congress approved House Bill No. 1812 into law. Under Republic Act. No. 269. On October 27, 1948 Jiabong was inaugurated as a municipality. President Elpidio Qurino appointed Domingo Jabinal as the Municipal Mayor and Eleuterio Bacarra as the Vice Mayor.

Legend History[edit]

The name Jiabong is a combination of the terms “Hiya-an” which means a “place of preparation before an attack” and “bong” which is actually “the sound of a canon gun”. According to the legend , during Spanish time, villagers from Motiong, Paranas and San Sebastian fled to Casandig (now Jiabong) to seek refuge from the invading pirates who killed, robbed and held them as captives.

To rescue the villagers, the Spanish soldiers and guardia civil camped at Casandig and mounted their preparations for an eventual pirate attack. The Spanish soldiers cried “Ensiqueda Fuego, Hia-bong!” as cannons were fired on the invaders. After this victorious fight, remained two words: Jia-bong.


Jiabong is politically subdivided into 34 barangays.[2]

  • Bawang
  • Bugho
  • Camarubo-an
  • Candayao
  • Cantongtong
  • Casapa
  • Catalina
  • Cristina
  • Dogongan
  • Garcia
  • Hinaga
  • Jia-an
  • Jidanao
  • Lulugayan
  • Macabetas
  • Malino
  • Malobago (Villalinda)
  • Mercedes
  • Nagbac
  • Parina
  • Barangay No. 1 (Pob.)
  • Barangay No. 2 (Pob.)
  • Barangay No. 3 (Pob.)
  • Barangay No. 4 (Pob.)
  • Barangay No. 5 (Pob.)
  • Barangay No. 6 (Pob.)
  • Barangay No. 7 (Pob.)
  • Barangay No. 8 (Pob.)
  • Salvacion
  • San Andres
  • San Fernando
  • San Miguel
  • Tagbayaon
  • Victory


Population census of Jiabong
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 12,751 —    
1995 15,484 +3.71%
2000 15,397 −0.12%
2007 15,968 +0.50%
2010 17,075 +2.47%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]


Jiabong has 27 public primary and elementary schools:


Jiabong also has three public high schools:


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 May 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 15 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Jiabong, province of Samar". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Province of Western Samar". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 

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