Loreto, Agusan del Sur
|Municipality of Loreto|
Map of Agusan del Sur with Loreto highlighted
|Region||Caraga (Region XIII)|
|Province||Agusan del Sur|
|Founded||March 30, 1965|
|Barangays||17 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Edgar Azarcon|
|• Electorate||20,898 voters (2016)|
|• Total||1,462.74 km2 (564.77 sq mi)|
|• Density||29/km2 (75/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)85|
|Climate type||Tropical rainforest climate|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||256.4 million (2016)|
|Native languages||Agusan language|
Loreto, officially the Municipality of Loreto, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Loreto; Tagalog: Bayan ng Loreto), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 42,501 people.
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.
Rain of fish
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.
Loreto is located at.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 1,462.74 square kilometres (564.77 sq mi)  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.
|Population census of Loreto|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Loreto had a population of 42,501. The population density was 29 inhabitants per square kilometre (75/sq mi).
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