Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

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Lake Sebu
Sbù
Municipality of Lake Sebu
The eponymous Lake Sebu
The eponymous Lake Sebu
Flag of Lake Sebu
Official seal of Lake Sebu
Nickname(s): 
  • Home of the T'nalak Weavers(ing)
  • Philippines' Natural Wonder
  • Summer Capital of Southern Mindanao
  • Bowl of Forest and Mountains
Map of South Cotabato with Lake Sebu highlighted
Map of South Cotabato with Lake Sebu highlighted
OpenStreetMap
Lake Sebu is located in Philippines
Lake Sebu
Lake Sebu
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°13′N 124°42′E / 6.22°N 124.7°E / 6.22; 124.7Coordinates: 6°13′N 124°42′E / 6.22°N 124.7°E / 6.22; 124.7
CountryPhilippines
RegionSoccsksargen
ProvinceSouth Cotabato
District 2nd district
Barangays19 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorFloro S. Gandam
 • Vice MayorRemie M. Unggol
 • RepresentativeFerdinand L. Hernandez
 • Municipal Council
Members
 • Electorate40,126 voters (2019)
Area
 • Total702.00 km2 (271.04 sq mi)
Elevation
781 m (2,562 ft)
Highest elevation
1,570 m (5,150 ft)
Lowest elevation
364 m (1,194 ft)
Population
 (2020 census) [3]
 • Total81,221
 • Density120/km2 (300/sq mi)
 • Households
18,513
Economy
 • Income class1st municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence64.00% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue₱376,714,076.09 (2020)
 • Assets₱528,533,454.81 (2020)
 • Expenditure₱354,731,299.67 (2020)
 • Liabilities₱138,038,782.15 (2020)
Service provider
 • ElectricitySouth Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative (SOCOTECO 1)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
9506
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)83
Native languagesTboli
Hiligaynon
Cebuano
Blaan
Tagalog
Websitelakesebuscot.gov.ph

Lake Sebu, officially the Municipality of Lake Sebu (Tboli: Benwu Sbù,[5] /sbuʔ/; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Sëbu /səˈbuʔ/; Tagalog: Bayan ng Sëbu), is a 1st class municipality in the province of South Cotabato, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 81,221 people. [3]

The bestselling Lonely Planet described Lake Sebu as a place located in a “bowl of forests and mountains.” The 42,450-hectare landscape consisting the domains of the Allah Valley is recognized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a cultural landscape in Mindanao.[6]

Geography[edit]

Lake Sebu

The placid lake of Lake Sebu can be found in Allah Valley near the municipality of Surallah, South Cotabato. Surrounded by rolling hills and mountains covered with thick rain forest, the lake has an area of 354 hectares (870 acres), with an elevation of approximately 1,000 metres (3,300 ft).

Barangays[edit]

Alternate flag of Lake Sebu

Lake Sebu is politically subdivided into 19 barangays.

  • Bacdulong
  • Denlag
  • Halilan
  • Hanoon
  • Klubi
  • Lake Lahit
  • Lamcade
  • Lamdalag
  • Lamfugon
  • Lamlahak
  • Lower Maculan
  • Luhib
  • Ned
  • Poblacion
  • Siloton
  • Lake Seloton
  • Talisay
  • Takunel
  • Upper Maculan
  • Tasiman

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
26
(79)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
Average low °C (°F) 19
(66)
19
(66)
20
(68)
20
(68)
21
(70)
21
(70)
20
(68)
20
(68)
20
(68)
21
(70)
20
(68)
20
(68)
20
(68)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 146
(5.7)
121
(4.8)
164
(6.5)
212
(8.3)
347
(13.7)
397
(15.6)
364
(14.3)
366
(14.4)
302
(11.9)
308
(12.1)
280
(11.0)
192
(7.6)
3,199
(125.9)
Average rainy days 16.7 15.5 19.4 22.7 29.0 28.9 27.9 27.5 26.5 28.1 27.2 22.6 292
Source: Meteoblue [7]

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Lake Sebu
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 34,350—    
1995 47,617+6.31%
2000 54,142+2.79%
2007 60,401+1.52%
2010 76,170+8.81%
2015 87,442+2.66%
2020 81,221−1.44%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[8][9][10][11]

The lake's shores and the surrounding rainforest are home to the indigenous T'bolis, Tirurays, Ubos and Manobos. One of the major tribes, the T'bolis are known for their weaving skills and brassware production as well as fishing skills. The rest of the population are made of Ilonggos, Bicolanos and Ilocanos.

Economy[edit]

The economy is based on aquaculture of Tilapia grown in large fish cages floating in the lake. More than one half of the land around the lake is cultivated for agriculture. The Philippine government is also trying to promote ecotourism in the area. The finishing of a concrete road cut the travel time from 4 hours to less than 30 minutes greatly improving trade and commerce.

Wildlife[edit]

Wild boars and Philippine Deer which are considered endangered live around the lake. The lake and the surrounding rainforest are natural habitat to egrets, kingfishers, swallows, herons, Philippine cockatoos and kites.

Environmental conservation[edit]

The Philippine government proclaimed a 924.5 square kilometres (357.0 sq mi) area as a protected landscape. On the south-eastern watershed of the lake, a bamboo plantation was established.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Municipality of Lake Sebu | (DILG)
  2. ^ "2015 Census of Population, Report No. 3 – Population, Land Area, and Population Density" (PDF). Philippine Statistics Authority. Quezon City, Philippines. August 2016. ISSN 0117-1453. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 25, 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Census of Population (2020). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  4. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/City%20and%20Municipal-level%20Small%20Area%20Poverty%20Estimates_%202009%2C%202012%20and%202015_0.xlsx; publication date: 10 July 2019; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  5. ^ "Tboli Dictionary » Search Results » sbu".
  6. ^ "9 spectacular places to visit in Mindanao".
  7. ^ "Lake Sebu: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  8. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  9. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  10. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  11. ^ "Province of South Cotabato". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Poverty incidence (PI):". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  13. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/NSCB_LocalPovertyPhilippines_0.pdf; publication date: 29 November 2005; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  14. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2003%20SAE%20of%20poverty%20%28Full%20Report%29_1.pdf; publication date: 23 March 2009; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  15. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2006%20and%202009%20City%20and%20Municipal%20Level%20Poverty%20Estimates_0_1.pdf; publication date: 3 August 2012; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  16. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2012%20Municipal%20and%20City%20Level%20Poverty%20Estima7tes%20Publication%20%281%29.pdf; publication date: 31 May 2016; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  17. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/City%20and%20Municipal-level%20Small%20Area%20Poverty%20Estimates_%202009%2C%202012%20and%202015_0.xlsx; publication date: 10 July 2019; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.

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