Motiong, Samar

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Municipality of Motiong
Sadukan Festival
Sadukan Festival
Etymology: Mutya
Map of Samar with Motiong highlighted
Map of Samar with Motiong highlighted
Motiong is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°47′N 125°00′E / 11.78°N 125°E / 11.78; 125Coordinates: 11°47′N 125°00′E / 11.78°N 125°E / 11.78; 125
Country Philippines
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
District2nd district of Samar
Barangays29 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorRenato T. Cabael
 • Vice MayorImelda U. Bacay
 • CongressmanSharee Ann T. Tan
 • Electorate10,844 voters (2019)
 • Total174.40 km2 (67.34 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total15,156
 • Density87/km2 (230/sq mi)
 • Income class4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence48.46% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)68,914,411.52 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)55
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Native languagesWaray

Motiong, officially the Municipality of Motiong, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 15,156 people.[3]


Motiong is politically subdivided into 30 barangays namely as follows:

  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion I-A
  • Angyap
  • Barayong
  • Bayog
  • Beri
  • Bonga
  • Calantawan
  • Calapi
  • Caluyahan
  • Canatuan
  • Candomacol
  • Canvais
  • Capaysagan
  • Caranas
  • Caulayanan
  • Hinica-an
  • Inalad
  • Linonoban
  • Malobago
  • Malonoy
  • Mararangsi
  • Maypange
  • New Minarog
  • Oyandic
  • Pamamasan
  • San Andres
  • Santo Niño
  • Sarao
  • Pusongan


Long before the coming of the Americans, there were already local folks inhabited in Motiong, wherein the place was unnamed at that time.

Some of these people went on sea diving to gather oyster for their daily consumption and the rest barter goods such as rice, corn, cassava, taro, yam tubers, sea foods and abaca fibers to other neighboring barrios and municipalities. There were only few local caravans who are traveling in groups aided in defense against bandits as well as helped to improve economies of scale in trade although, only few people have the means to buy commodities.

One man tried to open one oyster and with great astonishment, he found a lustrous pearl where he called “Mutya”. Believing that the place was full of treasure, the settlers started to name the place “Mutya” which to means “Land of Treasure”.

Mariano Sapetin, Valentin Conge, Simon Tingzon Sr., Claudio Tingzon and Antonio Abalos were few people who persuaded to make Motiong an independent town. The reward of their effort was the House Bill No. 1844 by Congressman Tito V. Tizon which was approved as Republic Act No. 290 on June 16, 1948. It separated into another town the barrios of Motiong, Bayog, Uyandic, Calantawan, Sinampigan, Calape, Bonga, Hinicaan, Caluyahan, Malolobog, and Maypangi, formerly part of the town of Wright.[5] Mariano Sapetin and Antonio Uy were appointed as first mayor and vice mayor respectively.


Population census of Motiong
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,352—    
1948 4,480+0.65%
1960 6,757+3.48%
1970 9,343+3.29%
1975 9,448+0.22%
1980 10,035+1.21%
1990 12,115+1.90%
1995 13,177+1.59%
2000 13,147−0.05%
2007 13,549+0.42%
2010 14,829+3.34%
2015 15,156+0.42%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Motiong, province of Samar". Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of Samar (Western Samar)". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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