Loreto, Agusan del Sur

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Loreto
Municipality
Map of Agusan del Sur with Loreto highlighted
Location within Agusan del Sur province
Loreto is located in Philippines
Loreto
Loreto
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 8°11′N 125°51′E / 8.19°N 125.85°E / 8.19; 125.85Coordinates: 8°11′N 125°51′E / 8.19°N 125.85°E / 8.19; 125.85
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Agusan del Sur
District 2nd district of Agusan del Sur
Founded March 30, 1965
Barangays 17 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor LIGAYA LENTIJA-OTAZA
Area[2]
 • Total 1,462.74 km2 (564.77 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 42,501
 • Density 29/km2 (75/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 20,898
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8507
IDD:area code +63 (0)85
Income class 1st municipal income class
PSGC 160305000
Electorate 20,898 voters as of 2016

Loreto, officially the Municipality of Loreto (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Loreto; Filipino: Bayan ng Loreto), is a municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur in the Caraga (Region XIII) of the Philippines. The population was 42,501 at the 2015 census.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 20,898 registered voters.[4]

History[edit]

It was in the year 1600 (please check this date, Fr. Urios came to Agusan in 1880's) when the Spaniards first came to the upper reaches of Agusan and discover the Manobos. In convincing the Manobos to organized themselves and lived in a settlement/community, the settlement was given the name of "Loreto" in remembrance of Fr. Urios town in Spain on March 30, 1965.[citation needed]

Rain of fish[edit]

On a rainy morning in January 13, 2012, Loreto became nationally notable when it became the site of a rain of fish. Seventy-two small fish were recovered and placed in an aquarium. They were about 3 in (7.6 cm) long and had small spots, but the species remains unknown. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources attributes the phenomenon to a waterspout.[5][6][7]

Geography[edit]

Loreto is located at 8°11′N 125°51′E / 8.19°N 125.85°E / 8.19; 125.85.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 1,462.74 square kilometres (564.77 sq mi)[2] constituting 14.64% of the 9,989.52-square-kilometre- (3,856.98 sq mi) total area of Agusan del Sur.

Loreto is a river town situated south-west of Agusan del Sur. It is bounded on the north by La Paz, north-east by Bunawan, and southeast by Veruela. The provinces of Bukidnon and Davao del Norte bound its Western and Southern portions.

Loreto is a strategically situated as a junction point to various destination within Agusan del Sur and nearby provinces. The accessibility of Loreto to Provincial Center, Patin-ay in Prosperidad has three main routes: the Loreto-Santa Josefa-Trento route of 118.36 kilometres (73.55 mi), the Loreto-La Paz Talacogon route of 85.53 kilometres (53.15 mi), and the Loreto-Bunawan route of 87.52 kilometres (54.38 mi) with two hours of Pump boat cruising the Agusan River.

Barangays[edit]

Loreto is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.[8]


PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[9]
160305001 Binucayan 6.5% 2,781 3,605 −4.82%
160305002 Johnson 3.4% 1,433 1,547 −1.45%
160305013 Kasapa 4.1% 1,738 3,122 −10.55%
160305014 Katipunan 1.2% 525 677 −4.73%
160305015 Kauswagan 5.8% 2,445 2,182 2.19%
160305003 Magaud 7.8% 3,314 2,303 7.18%
160305004 Nueva Gracia 5.3% 2,270 1,928 3.16%
160305005 Poblacion 15.0% 6,384 6,456 −0.21%
160305017 Sabud 10.3% 4,367 779 38.85%
160305006 San Isidro 3.8% 1,601 1,532 0.84%
160305007 San Mariano 5.7% 2,411 2,709 −2.19%
160305008 San Vicente 5.1% 2,163 2,227 −0.55%
160305009 Santa Teresa 5.5% 2,325 2,324 0.01%
160305016 Santo Niño 2.6% 1,088 1,221 −2.17%
160305010 Santo Tomas 9.1% 3,859 3,674 0.94%
160305011 Violanta 3.4% 1,439 1,174 3.95%
160305012 Waloe 5.5% 2,358 2,014 3.05%
Total 42,501 39,474 1.42%

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Loreto
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 21,133 —    
1995 24,022 +2.43%
2000 31,365 +5.88%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 34,549 +1.34%
2010 39,474 +4.97%
2015 42,501 +1.42%

In the 2015 census, Loreto had a population of 42,501.[3] The population density was 29 inhabitants per square kilometre (75/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 20,898 registered voters.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Agusan del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Caraga". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ Jereco O. Paloma (January 15, 2012). "Agusan's 'rain of fish' natural although unusual". SunStar Davao. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Lani Nami Buan (January 15, 2012). "'Fish rain' puzzles residents in Agusan Sur's Loreto town". GMA News. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ Charmane Awitan (January 13, 2012). "Fish rain down on Agusan del Sur town". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Municipal: Loreto, Agusan del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Caraga". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Province of Agusan del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Caraga". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011.