Opol, Misamis Oriental

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Opol
Municipality
Opol, Misamis Oriental waterfront.JPG
Map of Misamis Oriental with Opol highlighted
Map of Misamis Oriental with Opol highlighted
Opol is located in Philippines
Opol
Opol
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°31′N 124°34′E / 8.517°N 124.567°E / 8.517; 124.567Coordinates: 08°31′N 124°34′E / 8.517°N 124.567°E / 8.517; 124.567
Country Philippines
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Misamis Oriental
District 2nd district of Misamis Oriental
Founded June 15, 1950
Barangays 14
Government[1]
 • Mayor Maximino B. Seno
Area[2]
 • Total 175.13 km2 (67.62 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 61,503
 • Density 350/km2 (910/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 9016
IDD:area code +63 (0)88
Income class 2nd municipal income class
PSGC 104321000
Electorate 31,152 voters as of 2016
Website www.opolmisor.gov.ph

Opol is a second class municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 61,503 people.[3]

Opol was created from the barrios of Opol, Igpit, and Lower Iponan, formerly part of Cagayan de Oro, by virtue of Republic Act No. 524, approved June 15, 1950.[4]

The municipality is gradually becoming more urbanized, as a result of local population growth and the expansion of nearby Cagayan de Oro City. Historically, Opol was a more rural area focused on agriculture and fishing. The subdivision of rural land for new residential housing is a matter of some controversy amongst locals. The current Mayor, Dexter Q. Yasay (younger brother of the previous mayor), has held office in Opol since 2010.

Barangays[edit]

Opol is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.[2]

  • Awang
  • Bagocboc
  • Barra
  • Bonbon
  • Cauyonan
  • Igpit
  • Limonda
  • Luyong bonbon
  • Malanang
  • Nangcaon
  • Patag
  • Poblacion
  • Taboc
  • Tingalan

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Opol
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 20,473 —    
1995 23,958 +2.99%
2000 36,389 +9.37%
2007 47,187 +3.65%
2010 52,108 +3.68%
2015 61,503 +3.21%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6]

Economy[edit]

Key economic activities in Opol include commercial fishing, farming, tourism/hospitality, and light industry. Notable economic infrastructure includes the San Miguel/Coca Cola bottling plant, Lechem Food Marketing, and fishing port at Luyong-Bonbon as well as the municipal market building, located adjacent to the Opol municipal centre.

The Cagayan de Oro - Iligan highway passes through Opol, alongside the coast. The highway is a key inter-regional transport route and comprises an integral part of the Cagayan de Oro - Iligan Corridor Special Development Project. This is a major infrastructure development initiative which is likely to result in significant economic growth for Opol, Misamis Oriental and the adjoining province of Lanao del Norte in coming years.

Attractions[edit]

  • Philippine Ostrich & Crocodile Farm is the first combined ostrich and crocodile farm in the Philippines. The farm is home to several hundred ostrich and several dozen crocodiles, with both species being cultivated for leather and meat. The farm is open to the public for supervised tours.
  • Apple Tree Beach Resort (formerly called Lauremar Beach Resort, after being under new management) is a popular tourist resort located on the main beach in central Opol.
  • Opol Aviary and Mini Zoo features a wide variety of native birds and animals (Closed as of 2014).
  • San Pedro Beach Resort is the first beach resort in Misamis Oriental. With big halls and cottages that could cater to seminars, weddings and other large gatherings. It also has medium to small size open air cottages for cozy and more private family or friends gathering. It also has affordable air-conditioned rooms with own bathroom and TV.
  • D. Yasay Beach Resort is an affordable party place for family/barkada gimik and company events. With clean open air cottages, social hall and air-conditioned rooms to choose from, guests are sure to find one that is just right for their budget.
  • Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort is an upcoming resort about to be finished building near Barra. It provides resort entertainment such as long and big slides, pirate ships, and more.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: MISAMIS ORIENTAL". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Opol, province of Misamis Oriental". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 

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