Lawaan, Eastern Samar

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Map of Northern Samar with Lawaan highlighted
Map of Northern Samar with Lawaan highlighted
Lawaan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°09′N 125°18′E / 11.15°N 125.3°E / 11.15; 125.3Coordinates: 11°09′N 125°18′E / 11.15°N 125.3°E / 11.15; 125.3
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Eastern Samar
Congr. district Lone district of E. Samar
Barangays 16
 • Mayor Hon. Florencio A. Almeda, Jr.
 • Total 162.56 km2 (62.76 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 12,742
 • Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6813
Dialing code +63 (0)55

Lawaan is a fifth class municipality in the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 12,742 people.[3]


The town is strategically located in the central part of southern Samar Island. It is sandwiched between the town of Balangiga in the east and Marabut, Samar in the west. Barangay Bolusao, the town's largest settlement located right at the east-west Samar boundary, serves as the premier barangay of Eastern Samar for those people coming from Tacloban City or Province of Samar traversing Samar Circumferencial Road. Hence, being dubbed as 'The Gateway to Eastern Samar'.


Lawaan is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.[2]

  • Betaog
  • Bolusao (largest by population and area)
  • Guinob-an
  • Maslog
  • Barangay Poblacion 1
  • Barangay Poblacion 2
  • Barangay Poblacion 3
  • Barangay Poblacion 4
  • Barangay Poblacion 5
  • Barangay Poblacion 6
  • Barangay Poblacion 7
  • Barangay Poblacion 8
  • Barangay Poblacion 9
  • Barangay Poblacion 10
  • San Isidro
  • Taguite


Population census of Lawaan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 7,792 —    
1995 9,725 +4.24%
2000 9,855 +0.29%
2007 10,645 +1.07%
2010 11,612 +3.21%
2015 12,742 +1.78%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5]

The population of Lawaan in the 2015 census was 12,742 people,[3] with a density of 78 inhabitants per square kilometre or 200 inhabitants per square mile.


Lawaan's main product is copra. Many families rely on coastal and deep-sea fishing as well as lowland and upland farming as means of livelihood. Others have spouses, children, parents or other relatives working in Tacloban City, Metro Manila or in other places within the Philippines or abroad either as professionals, contract workers or domestic helpers who regularly remit part of their earnings to their families back home. The single biggest employer of its local populace is the government.


Lawaan is known for its spectacular waterfalls and thriving wildlife. Being a coastal town, it features an unobstructed amazing view of Leyte Gulf in its southern shores.

Amandaraga, Pangi, Amajuray and Ban-awan water falls are some of the best known eco-tourism sites of Lawaan. These water falls also serve as hydroelectric energy source that supply the power needs of Lawaan and neighboring towns.

Notable Lawaaños[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Eastern Samar". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d PSA; Census of Population (2015), "Region VIII (EASTERN VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 20 June 2016 
  4. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Province of Eastern Samar". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 

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