Loreto, Dinagat Islands

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Nickname(s): Mindanao's Last Frontier
Map of Dinagat Islands with Loreto highlighted
Map of Dinagat Islands with Loreto highlighted
Loreto is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°21′N 125°37′E / 10.350°N 125.617°E / 10.350; 125.617Coordinates: 10°21′N 125°37′E / 10.350°N 125.617°E / 10.350; 125.617
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Dinagat Islands
Congr. district Lone district of Dinagat Islands
Established January 1, 1919
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Nena I. Ladaga-Quijano
 • Total 255.87 km2 (98.79 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 8,920
 • Density 35/km2 (90/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8415
Dialing code 86

Loreto is a municipality in the province of Dinagat Islands, Philippines. Its official population count as of the 2010 Census is 8,920.[3]


The town became a part of the province of Dinagat Islands in October 2, 2006 when the province was created from Surigao del Norte by Republic Act No. 9355. However, in February 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional, as the necessary requirements for provincial land area and population were not met. The town reverted to Surigao del Norte.[4] On October 24, 2012, however, the Supreme Court reversed its ruling from the previous year, and upheld the constitutionality of RA 9355 and the creation of Dinagat Islands as a province.[5]

In 1956, the sitio of Roxas was converted into a barrio.[6]


Loreto is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.[2]

  • Carmen (Pob.)
  • Esperanza
  • Ferdinand
  • Helen
  • Liberty
  • Magsaysay
  • Panamaon
  • San Juan (Pob.)
  • Santa Cruz (Pob.)
  • Santiago (Pob.)


Population census of Loreto
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 7,340 —    
1995 8,048 +1.74%
2000 8,751 +1.81%
2007 9,030 +0.43%
2010 8,920 −0.45%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


The town is endowed with rich mineral resources like aluminous laterite ore, chromite, gold, niceliferous laterite, sand and gravel, guano, rock phosphate, limestone, and siliceous sand. It is also considered as an excellent fishing ground.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Dinagat Islands". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Tetch Torres (2010-02-11). "Dinagat Islands province back to being a town". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "IRA Shares for LGUs Jump by 37.5% in 2013". Office of the President of the Philippines. January 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "An Act Converting into Barrios Certain Sitios in the Province of Surigao, and Dividing the Barrio of Macalaya into two barangays, Municipality of Placer, in the Same Province". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 

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