Kananga, Leyte

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Map of Leyte with Kananga highlighted
Map of Leyte with Kananga highlighted
Kananga is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°11′N 124°34′E / 11.18°N 124.57°E / 11.18; 124.57Coordinates: 11°11′N 124°34′E / 11.18°N 124.57°E / 11.18; 124.57
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Leyte
District 4th district of Leyte
Barangays 23
 • Mayor Weng Codilla
 • Total 144.20 km2 (55.68 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 56,575
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6531
IDD:area code +63 (0)53
Income class 1st municipal income class
PSGC 083726000
Electorate 33,197 voters (2016)
Website www.kananga-leyte.gov.ph

Kananga or Kanaŋga is a 1st class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 56,575 people.[3]

Majority of Kananga's economic activity has historically been concentrated in agriculture. Some are engaged in commerce and trade since the town is geographically close to commercially progressive nearby city, Ormoc City and coastal town of Palompon, Leyte. The town's main crops are coconut (niyog) and rice (palay).

Kananga was created in 1950 from the barrios of Lonoy, Kananga, Rizal, Tugbong, Montebello, Aguiting, Agayayan, Montealegre, Libungao, Naghalin, and Masarayag which all used to be part of Ormoc City.[4]

On November 8, 2013, the town and all parts of Leyte was ravagedly hit by deadliest Typhoon Haiyan or Typhoon Yolanda as locally named, destroying town's infrastructure, houses and means of livelihood which are mostly related to agriculture of rice and coconut and small-scale pig farming.


Kananga is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.[2]

  • Aguiting
  • Cacao
  • Kawayan
  • Hiluctogan
  • Libertad
  • Libongao
  • Lim-ao
  • Lonoy
  • Mahawan
  • Masarayao
  • Monte Alegre
  • Monte Bello
  • Naghalin
  • Natubgan
  • Poblacion
  • Rizal
  • San Ignacio
  • San Isidro
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Niño
  • Tagaytay
  • Tongonan
  • Tugbong


Population census of Kananga
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1960 18,318 —    
1970 22,218 +1.95%
1975 24,897 +2.31%
1980 28,426 +2.69%
1990 36,288 +2.47%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1995 39,795 +1.74%
2000 42,866 +1.61%
2007 46,373 +1.09%
2010 48,027 +1.28%
2015 56,575 +3.17%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Kananga, Leyte, was 56,575 people,[3] with a density of 390 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,000 inhabitants per square mile.


Kananga is home to two different secondary schools, Kananga National High School (KNHS) and National Heroes Institute (NHI) as well as Kananga National High School- Kawayan Annex (Grade 7-10 in newly introduced K-12 program education in the Philippines situated on top of the picturesque view of the mountain in Sitio Estrada, where can easily walk through a newly cemented road by about a mile away from the main highway of Barangay Kawayan, which caters neighboring poor students from inland villages of San Isidro and Monteaglegre; and Kananga National High School - Libertad Annex, located in Barangay Libertad, which also caters neighboring students from inland villages. Another public high schools were open in Barangays Rizal and Montebello for the same purpose.

Jose Navarro Polytechnic College has small campus in Naghalin, Kananga Leyte that awards trade certificates and diplomas to students.


Kananga is a bustling town, located along the highway, in close proximity to Ormoc City in the south.The town also shares a home to Energy Development Corporation's Tongonan Geothermal Powerplant, one of the largest geothermal powerplants in the Philippines.

Several bus companies including Philtranco and DLTBCo operate a bus depot in Manila and in Ormoc City, a few miles from Kananga. There are also quite few small jeepneys, van and buses route from and to Ormoc City and Tacloban City.

Kananga Leyte and neighboring towns and cities in Leyte are served by two commercial airports namely Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport located in Tacloban City, about 52 miles east of the town and local Ormoc Airport in neighboring Ormoc City, which has a connecting Cebu Pacific commercial flights to and from Cebu via Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Kananga can also be reached by sea through Ormoc City's major port where passenger ships and ferries such as Supercat Fast Ferry and OceanJet dock to and from Cebu City and Manila.

Kananga has remained relatively free of the chain stores franchises and strip-mall developments that are common in other towns of similar size, which lends to a distinct township.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Leyte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Kananga in the province of Leyte". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Province of Leyte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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