Oas, Albay

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City of Oas
Oas Municipal Hall
Oas Municipal Hall
Map of Albay showing the location of Oas
Map of Albay showing the location of Oas
City of Oas is located in Philippines
City of Oas
City of Oas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°15′32″N 123°29′43″E / 13.25889°N 123.49528°E / 13.25889; 123.49528Coordinates: 13°15′32″N 123°29′43″E / 13.25889°N 123.49528°E / 13.25889; 123.49528
Country  Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Albay
District 3rd district
Barangays 53
 • Mayor Greggy R. Ricarte
 • Total 263.61 km2 (101.78 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 64,785
 • Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4505
Dialing code 52
Income class 1st class; rural

Oas (Oasnon Bicol: Banwaan nin Oas; Spanish: Ayuntamiento de Oas; English: Municipality of Oas; Filipino: Bayan ng Oas) is a municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines, classified as first-Class.[4] According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 64,785 people.[3]


The municipality was founded during the early Spanish colonization of the Bicol Peninsula. In 1605, Father Baltazar de los Reyes converted 12 leading natives of the area to Christianity in one day, forming the foundation of the community now known as Oas. Most family names in the town start with "R", like Roa, Ricarte,Raro,Ragas,Resaldo,Racal, Ricafort,Rebanal,Reniva and Reario.

There are three stories that tell the origin of the name of Oas:

  1. The existence of numerous lagoons or pools of water abounding it prompted early colonizers to give it the name of "Oasis". The natives soon called the place by this name and later abbreviated it to "Oas".
  2. There is a dam across the narrowest portion of a local river. This dam solely irrigates the vast fields of the place including those of the nearby town of Libon and results in a good harvest. People are wary of any cracks or leaks on the dam walls during months of heavy rains. A crier would shout "nawaswas" giving the call to the people (in times of this kind of emergency) for immediate action in groups. From then on, the natives coined this name to the place and later shortened it to present form.
  3. Early Spanish Colonizers reaching this particular section of the Bicol Peninsula asked the name of the place from the about 600 natives living there, "Como se llama este sitio?" with gesture of their hands. The natives mistakenly thought the question to be "Onan kading lugar kadi, maiwas?" (What place is this, it's very big?) in their native dialect. In response, the natives answered, "Si, señores. Labi nikading iwas. Labi nikading iwas." (Yes, sirs, this is grand and spacious). From then on the early Spanish colonizers adopted in their official census the existence of "a rich fertile valley with verdant fields of grain" which is the little town of Oas in Bicol.

Sangguniang Bayan[edit]

Presiding Officer Vice-Mayor

  • Efren Rito Baltazar

Members Councillor

  • Domingo Red Escoto Jr
  • Everth Raguero Vicera
  • Robert Banania Arevalo
  • Celso Nocus Rellama
  • Raul Remoto Sergio
  • Bong Retuerma Ibasco
  • Anacleto Copino Casimiro
  • Cholita Ricafort Redillas


Oas is politically subdivided into 53 barangays, listed here with each Barangay Captain.

  • Badbad - Jenny R. Biñan
  • Badian - Jonathan M. Lucañas
  • Bagsa - Orlando R. Republo
  • Bagumbayan - Susan Broca
  • Balogo - Allan R. Realubit
  • Banao - Wilson Rellama
  • Bangyawon - Claver R. Rellama
  • Bogtong - Frisco A. Tripuno Jr.
  • Bongoran - Rodel Realco
  • Busac - Lorna R. Sergio
  • Cadawag - Melchor B. Pontirez
  • Cagmanaba - Antonio P. Timog
  • Calaguinit - Estela P. Reambon
  • Calpi - Gregorio Comboy
  • Calzada - Herbert R. Retuerma
  • Camagong - Reynaldo R. Balde
  • Casinagan - Edgar N. Olaso
  • Centro Poblacion - Elmer R. Rastrullo
  • Coliat - Rodrigo B. Braga Sr.
  • Del Rosario - Celestino R. Raposon
  • Gumabao - Danilo Luis
  • Ilaor Norte - Lilia R. Rances
  • Ilaor Sur - Ricardo R. Salvo
  • Iraya Norte - Greggy R. Ricarte
  • Iraya Sur - William Sy
  • Manga - Alex Murillo
  • Maporong - Leopoldo R. Zaragosa
  • Maramba - Tomas B. Vasques Jr.
  • Matambo - Terencio N. Rico
  • Mayag - Cynthia Rellama
  • Mayao - Ma. Jessica Redrico
  • Moroponros - Desiderio Ramirez
  • Nagas - Bernardita Escoto
  • Obaliw-Rinas - Augusto Rañosa
  • Pistola - Carmelita R. Balde
  • Ramay - Ferdinand Q. Priagola
  • Rizal - Lilia R. Orido
  • Saban - Lourdes R. Ranara
  • San Agustin - Jovito C. Riberta
  • San Antonio - Margarito B. Matalipne
  • San Isidro - Joseph Rentosa
  • San Jose - Jeremias A. Biblianias
  • San Juan - Frederick C. Casimiro
  • San Miguel - Nestor Rañosa
  • San Pascual - Aquilino Recuyo
  • San Ramon - Jose R. Riñon
  • San Vicente - Ariel P. Reola
  • Tablon - Domingo Bobis
  • Talisay - Juan B. Reblando Jr.
  • Talongog - Leoncio Bustamante
  • Tapel - Bernardo P. Ablong Sr.
  • Tobgon - Antinogenes R. Regorgo
  • Tobog - Job Realosa Jr.


Population census of Oas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 53,061 —    
1995 56,536 +1.20%
2000 62,063 +2.02%
2007 63,888 +0.40%
2010 64,785 +0.51%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Albay". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 January 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 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Memorandum Circular No. 01-M (5) -08 issued by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) on November 14, 2008”, M
  5. ^ "Province of Albay". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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