Kibungan, Benguet

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Official seal of Kibungan
Map of Benguet showing the location of Kibungan
Location within Benguet province
Kibungan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°57′16″N 120°39′56″E / 16.95435°N 120.66559°E / 16.95435; 120.66559Coordinates: 16°57′16″N 120°39′56″E / 16.95435°N 120.66559°E / 16.95435; 120.66559
Country Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Province Benguet
District Lone district of Benguet
Barangays 7 (see Barangays)
 • Mayor Cesar Molitas
 • Total 254.86 km2 (98.40 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[2]
 • Total 17,292
 • Density 68/km2 (180/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[3] 8,679
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2611
IDD:area code +63 (0)74
Income class 4th class
PSGC 141109000

Kibungan, officially the Municipality of Kibungan (Ilocano: Ili ti Kibungan; Filipino: Bayan ng Kibungan), is a municipality in the province of Benguet in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) of the Philippines. The population was 17,292 at the 2015 census.[2] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 8,679 registered voters.[3]


Kibungan is located at 16°57′16″N 120°39′56″E / 16.95435°N 120.66559°E / 16.95435; 120.66559, at the northwestern section of Benguet. It is bounded by Bakun on the north, Buguias on the mid-east, Kabayan on the southeast, Atok and Kapangan on the south, and Sugpon on the mid-west.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 254.86 square kilometres (98.40 sq mi)[1] constituting 9.20% of the 2,769.08-square-kilometre- (1,069.15 sq mi) total area of Benguet.

Kibungan is known in the province of Benguet as the town with unique mountains often mistaken to resemble those of Switzerland. Deep ravines and cliffs separate and isolate many sitios and some barangays. Although some plateaus, hills and small valleys can be seen in the locality, Kibungan is dominantly mountainous.

The municipality is within a cool highland mountainous zone with elevations at more than 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) above sea level. During its coolest months of December to January, Barangay Madaymen experiences chilling temperature of 0 °C (32 °F), causing the famous Frost of Madaymen.

The municipality is located 62 kilometres (39 mi) north of Baguio.


Kibungan is politically subdivided into 7 barangays.[4]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[2] 2010[5]
141109001 Badeo 5.2% 894 840 1.19%
141109002 Lubo 7.1% 1,230 1,235 −0.08%
141109003 Madaymen 33.2% 5,738 5,875 −0.45%
141109004 Palina 7.9% 1,363 1,387 −0.33%
141109005 Poblacion 14.5% 2,504 2,532 −0.21%
141109006 Sagpat 20.3% 3,502 3,101 2.34%
141109007 Tacadang 11.9% 2,061 1,880 1.77%
Total 17,292 16,850 0.49%


Population census of Kibungan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 12,753 —    
1995 14,148 +1.96%
2000 15,036 +1.31%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 15,700 +0.60%
2010 16,850 +2.61%
2015 17,292 +0.49%

In the 2015 census, Kibungan had a population of 17,292.[2] The population density was 68 inhabitants per square kilometre (180/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 8,679 registered voters.[3]


  • Les-eng Rice Terraces: These terraces can be reached after 6-hour hike through lush pine forests in Barangay Tacadang.
  • Mayos River: located at the north-eastern part of Barangay Poblacion. It is approximately 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) in length and is about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) away from Poblacion Proper. The river originates from ridges of nearby Barangays Madaymen, Palina and Tacadang; and supplies water to rice paddies and vegetable farms along the vicinity.
  • Palina Rice Terraces: In Barangay Palina at the foot of Mount Kilkili, believed to be a former volcano because of its conical shape. It was constructed following a century-old system of rice terraces built with stone walls and neatly arranged one after the other. The rice terraces are at their best in December and June when the rice paddies turn golden yellow, near harvest time. The Palina rice terraces is known as the municipality’s rice granary.
  • A road network links the area to the town proper and other barangays but public transport vehicles are limited.

In order to promote the uniqueness of the municipality's ecotourism, the people want the tag "Switzerland of Benguet" removed as of 2007. The tag was created in good faith as the municipality is a mountainous region and has a cool climate that is associated with Switzerland. However, this gives the wrong impression that the municipality has snow-covered peaks for skiing.[8]


Public schools[edit]

As of 2014, Kibungan has 24 public elementary schools and 3 public secondary schools.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ a b "Province: Benguet". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  4. ^ "Municipal: Kibungan, Benguet". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Province of Benguet". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Cariño, Delmar (2007-11-04). "Benguet town drops Switzerland brand". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 17 February 2008. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  9. ^ "Masterlist of Public Elementary Schools for the School year 2012- 2013" (XLSX). Department of Education (Philippines), July 15, 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Masterlist of Secondary Schools (School Year 2013- 2014)" (XLSX). Department of Education (Philippines), July 4, 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Masterlist of Public Schools SY 2013-2014" (XLSX). Department of Education (Philippines), 22 October 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.