Oas, Albay

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Oas
Municipality
Oas Municipal Hall
Oas Municipal Hall
Map of Albay showing the location of Oas
Location within Albay province
Oas is located in Philippines
Oas
Oas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°15′32″N 123°29′43″E / 13.2589°N 123.4953°E / 13.2589; 123.4953Coordinates: 13°15′32″N 123°29′43″E / 13.2589°N 123.4953°E / 13.2589; 123.4953
Country Philippines
Region Bicol Region (Region V)
Province Albay
District 3rd district
Barangays 53 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Domingo Red Escoto Jr.
Area[2]
 • Total 263.61 km2 (101.78 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 67,960
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 35,027
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4504
IDD:area code +63 (0)52
Income class 1st class
PSGC 050512000
Website elgu2.ncc.gov.ph/oas/

Oas, officially the Municipality of Oas (Central Bikol: Banwaan kan Oas; Filipino: Bayan ng Oas), is a municipality in the province of Albay in the Bicol Region (Region V) of the Philippines. The population was 67,960 at the 2015 census.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 35,027 registered voters.[4]

History[edit]

Oas 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.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Geography[edit]

Oas is located at 13°15′32″N 123°29′43″E / 13.2589°N 123.4953°E / 13.2589; 123.4953.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 263.61 square kilometres (101.78 sq mi)[2] constituting 10.23% of the 2,575.77-square-kilometre- (994.51 sq mi) total area of Albay.

Barangays[edit]

Oas is politically subdivided into 53 barangays.[5]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[6]
050512001 Badbad 0.9% 602 583 0.61%
050512002 Badian 3.9% 2,681 2,348 2.56%
050512003 Bagsa 1.3% 862 764 2.32%
050512004 Bagumbayan 1.3% 879 1,018 −2.76%
050512005 Balogo 6.2% 4,236 3,897 1.60%
050512008 Banao 0.7% 470 562 −3.35%
050512009 Bangiawon 1.3% 910 785 2.85%
050512011 Bogtong 0.5% 367 351 0.85%
050512010 Bongoran 2.7% 1,816 1,741 0.81%
050512012 Busac 3.1% 2,079 1,939 1.34%
050512013 Cadawag 0.7% 485 427 2.45%
050512014 Cagmanaba 4.9% 3,305 3,039 1.61%
050512015 Calaguimit 1.3% 867 865 0.04%
050512016 Calpi 2.0% 1,335 1,224 1.67%
050512017 Calzada 1.3% 911 1,029 −2.29%
050512018 Camagong 1.7% 1,167 1,146 0.35%
050512019 Casinagan 0.9% 617 530 2.94%
050512020 Centro Poblacion 0.3% 225 277 −3.88%
050512021 Coliat 1.1% 723 717 0.16%
050512022 Del Rosario 1.1% 733 624 3.11%
050512023 Gumabao 1.2% 793 865 −1.64%
050512024 Ilaor Norte 2.2% 1,495 1,525 −0.38%
050512025 Ilaor Sur 3.2% 2,202 2,275 −0.62%
050512026 Iraya Norte 2.9% 1,982 1,909 0.72%
050512027 Iraya Sur 1.1% 774 711 1.63%
050512028 Manga 3.4% 2,322 2,146 1.51%
050512029 Maporong 1.7% 1,184 1,107 1.29%
050512030 Maramba 4.9% 3,301 3,114 1.12%
050512032 Matambo 0.7% 489 435 2.25%
050512033 Mayag 0.7% 452 507 −2.16%
050512034 Mayao 2.4% 1,618 1,514 1.27%
050512031 Moroponros 0.5% 357 283 4.52%
050512035 Nagas 2.4% 1,631 1,665 −0.39%
050512037 Obaliw-Rinas 2.2% 1,504 1,401 1.36%
050512038 Pistola 1.7% 1,135 1,101 0.58%
050512039 Ramay 1.1% 734 724 0.26%
050512040 Rizal 1.3% 864 892 −0.61%
050512041 Saban 2.8% 1,908 1,875 0.33%
050512042 San Agustin 1.9% 1,285 1,240 0.68%
050512043 San Antonio 1.4% 939 938 0.02%
050512044 San Isidro 2.2% 1,529 1,400 1.69%
050512045 San Jose 1.1% 744 759 −0.38%
050512046 San Juan 2.2% 1,503 1,390 1.50%
050512047 San Miguel 1.1% 772 792 −0.49%
050512036 San Pascual (Nale) 1.2% 841 743 2.39%
050512049 San Ramon 2.5% 1,710 1,657 0.60%
050512050 San Vicente (Suca) 1.4% 938 1,046 −2.05%
050512056 Tablon 1.4% 940 903 0.77%
050512051 Talisay 1.1% 779 693 2.25%
050512052 Talongog 1.8% 1,192 1,144 0.79%
050512053 Tapel 2.7% 1,813 1,371 5.46%
050512054 Tobgon 2.4% 1,648 1,517 1.59%
050512055 Tobog 1.9% 1,312 1,277 0.52%
Total 67,960 64,785 0.92%

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Oas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 11,393 —    
1918 16,488 +2.49%
1939 23,131 +1.63%
1948 27,824 +2.07%
1960 36,095 +2.19%
1970 47,952 +2.88%
1975 50,293 +0.96%
1980 52,269 +0.77%
1990 53,061 +0.15%
1995 56,536 +1.20%
2000 62,063 +2.02%
2007 63,888 +0.40%
2010 64,785 +0.51%
2015 67,960 +0.92%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]


In the 2015 census, Oas had a population of 67,960.[3] The population density was 260 inhabitants per square kilometre (670/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 35,027 registered voters.[4]

Government[edit]

Sangguniang Bayan
  • Renee R. Raro
  • Gader B. Rellama
  • Robert N. Arevalo
  • Cholita R. Redillas
  • Leopoldo R. Zaragoza
  • Gregorio P. Comboy
  • Delbert Butch R. Vicera
  • Raymundo T. Raquid
  • Jose Gregorio R. Ricarte (Liga of Barangay President)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Albay". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ "Municipal: Oas, Albay". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Province of Albay". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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