Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro

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Map of Occidental Mindoro showing the location of Magsaysay
Map of Occidental Mindoro showing the location of Magsaysay
Magsaysay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°20′N 121°09′E / 12.333°N 121.150°E / 12.333; 121.150Coordinates: 12°20′N 121°09′E / 12.333°N 121.150°E / 12.333; 121.150
Country Philippines
Region MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
Province Occidental Mindoro
District Lone District of Occidental Mindoro
Barangays 12
 • Mayor Eleonor Barrera Fajardo
 • Total 296.70 km2 (114.56 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 36,016
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5101
Dialing code 43
Income class 3rd class municipality

Magsaysay is a third class municipality in the province of Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 36,016 people.[3]


A small settlement in Magsaysay, away from the town center.

Magsaysay, one of the eleven municipalities in the Province of Occidental Mindoro, lies on the southernmost part of Mindoro Island, and is adjacent to the municipality of San Jose on the north; on the east separated by chain of valleys and mountains in the municipality of Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro; on the south, by Garza Island; and on the west by Iling Island. It is facing the China Sea, with vast plains and valleys. It is characterized by rugged terrain with plain areas. Slope ranges from level to very steep sloping areas. The highest point of elevation is 543 feet above sea level.

The municipality has a total land area of 29,670 hectares (73,300 acres) with a land density of 91.0 per square kilometer. Magsaysay is characterized by rugged terrain with plain areas located at Barangays Calawag, Gapasan, Laste, Nicolas, Purnaga and Sibalat. Slope of 3-8 percent are observed in the surroundings of Barangays Alibog, Lourdes, Paclolo, Poblacion and Sta. Teresa. It is drained by the Caguray River.

Slope ranges from level to very steeply sloping land. The highest point of elevation at 543 feet above sea level located at the north-east portion of Barangay Purnaga, which has slopes of 18 percent and above. Majority or 97.14 percent of the total land area falls below 18 percent slope, which is based on the Forestry Code can be classified Alienable and Disposable or areas that can be owned. This manifests minimal limitation in terms of land development for land falling above 18 percent or land classified as forests have minimal share of only 2.86 percent.

The municipality has abundant water resource for domestic consumption and irrigation supply. Ground water serves as a main source of potable water supply including natural springs. Various river systems also traverse the locality, which is being utilized for irrigation such as Caguray River. In the same manner, it also serves as a natural drainage system in the locality.


Magsaysay is politically subdivided into 12 barangays,[2] one of which is classified urban and the rest are rural. Five barangays of the municipality are coastal barangays.

Barangay Land Area (ha.) Population (2015)[3]
Alibog 2,480 2,802
Caguray 3,150 3,143
Calawag 1,580 1,055
Gapasan 1,755 2,038
Laste 2,320 1,699
Lourdes 2,230 1,921
Nicolas (Bulo) 2,540 3,277
Paclolo 2,630 2,857
Poblacion 3,670 8,987
Purnaga 3,325 4,226
Santa Teresa 2,160 2,307
Sibalat 1,830 1,704


Population census of Magsaysay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1970 11,475 —    
1975 13,132 +2.73%
1980 17,560 +5.98%
1985 19,778 +2.41%
1990 21,580 +1.76%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1995 26,947 +4.54%
2000 28,740 +1.30%
2007 30,459 +0.83%
2010 31,969 +1.63%
2015 36,016 +2.41%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Since 1970, total population has been continuously increasing with fluctuating growth rate. The highest growth rate of 5.98 percent was noted between 1975 and 1980 while the least growth rate of 1.76 percent was recorded between 1985-1990.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: OCCIDENTAL MINDORO". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of August 1, 2015 (Region IV-B)". Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population. Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 

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