Mina, Iloilo

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Map of Iloilo with Mina highlighted
Map of Iloilo with Mina highlighted
Mina is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°56′N 122°35′E / 10.93°N 122.58°E / 10.93; 122.58Coordinates: 10°56′N 122°35′E / 10.93°N 122.58°E / 10.93; 122.58
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Iloilo
Legislative district 3rd district of Iloilo
Established 1968
Barangays 22
 • Mayor Lydia E. Grabato
 • Total 43.40 km2 (16.76 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 23,546
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5032
IDD:area code +63 (0)33
Website www.mina.gov.ph

Mina is a third class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 23,546 people.[3]


Mina has a land area of 4,340 hectares (10,700 acres) which is dominantly used for agriculture. It is located 38 kilometres (24 mi) north of Iloilo City, passing through the national highway, and consists of 22 barangays, 2 of which are in the poblacion. It is sandwiched by the municipalities of Pototan and Janiuay.


Mina is politically subdivided into 22 barangays.[2]

  • Abat
  • Agmanaphao
  • Amiroy
  • Badiangan
  • Bangac
  • Cabalabaguan
  • Capul-an
  • Dala
  • Guibuangan
  • Janipa-an West
  • Janipa-an East
  • Mina East (Pob.)
  • Mina West (Pob.)
  • Nasirum
  • Naumuan
  • Singay
  • Talibong Grande
  • Talibong Pequeño
  • Tipolo
  • Tolarucan
  • Tumay
  • Yugot


Before 1870, what is today known as the Municipality of Mina was then Barrio Montogawe. It got its name from a Montogawe Hill located at the Suague River, that had the appearance of the face of a man. The word Montogawe was derived from the Spanish word “Monte” meaning, mountain, and “Gawe” a vernacular word meaning, face of a man. Old folks claimed that such hill was an enchanted one, because no matter how high the flood was, it never submerged. Thus, the place was significantly called Montogawe.

A Civil Decree issued by General La Torre in 1870 lawfully created the civil town of Montogawe, provided that the residents of the area of the newly founded town should build a church, a municipal building and a school house.

Montogawe was elevated to a parish in 1872, but no Parish Priest was assigned. The Spanish Government had forgotten or overlooked the conditions of the 1870 Civil Decree of General La Torre so, on July 30, 1873, it issued another decree declaring Montogawe a parish. A dispute on the jurisdiction over Tolarucan (presently, a barangay in this municipality) lodged by both municipalities of Pototan and Janiuay, brought about the change in the name of Barrio Montogawe. A certain Capitan Placido wanted jurisdiction over Tolarucan but Capitan Roa objected. He alleged that the survey of Montogawe included Tolarucan. The controversy lasted for several years and was elevated to the court in Manila for final judgment. Capitan Roa brought the case to the attention of the Bishop of Jaro, Iloilo, and impressed upon him the importance of the case to the church. He pointed out, that if he losses the case, it was not he who would lose, but, the church. The Bishop appointed ten (10) priests to handle the case. The priests retained the services of a Spanish lawyer named Mina. Atty. Mina won the case and Montogawe gained jurisdiction over Tolarucan. It can not be fully ascertained but some sources say that Atty. Mina refused to accept monetary remuneration. Because of his gallant act, the town was named in his honor, thus Montogawe became Mina.


Population census of Mina
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 15,808 —    
1995 16,419 +0.71%
2000 18,096 +2.11%
2007 19,809 +1.26%
2010 21,785 +3.52%
2015 23,546 +1.49%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5]

In the 2015 census, the population of Mina, Iloilo, was 23,546 people,[3] with a density of 540 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,400 inhabitants per square mile.


Major source of income of the residents is rice farming. Some are engaged in livelihood projects such as hog raising/fattening, poultry and small business enterprises.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Iloilo". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Province of Iloilo". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 

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