Pamplona, Camarines Sur

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Pamplona Municipal Hall
Pamplona Municipal Hall
Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Pamplona
Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Pamplona
Pamplona is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°36′N 123°05′E / 13.6°N 123.08°E / 13.6; 123.08Coordinates: 13°36′N 123°05′E / 13.6°N 123.08°E / 13.6; 123.08
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Camarines Sur
District 2nd district
Founded May 5, 1885
Barangays 17
 • Mayor Augustus Caesar M. Cruz III
 • Total 80.6 km2 (31.1 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 36,390
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4416
IDD:area code +63 (0)54
Income class 3rd class; partially urban

Pamplona is a third class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 36,390 people.[3]


The beginnings of this town can be traced back from the date it was made a visita of Milaor.The town of Pamplona was founded in 1817.[4] It first started as a settlement in Western area of the Bicol River, then it grew to become a Sitio called Patong. The name was changed to Pamplona by a Retired Spanish Military Officer who resided in the place and named it after his native city in Spain - Pamplona, capital of Basque, Province of Navarro.[5]

Historical references concluded that most Spaniards inhabiting the place came from the province of Pamplona in Spain and thus decided to name their settlement also as "Pamplona".

Pamplona officially became a parish on May 8, 1885, which coincided with the date of the town's celebration honoring their patron saint, St. Michael Archangel.


Pamplona is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.[2]

  • Batang
  • Burabod
  • Cagbibi
  • Cagbunga
  • Calawat
  • Del Rosario
  • Patong
  • Poblacion
  • Salvacion
  • San Gabriel
  • San Isidro
  • San Rafael
  • San Ramon
  • San Vicente
  • Veneracion (Taguilid)
  • Tambo
  • Tampadong


As part of the Bicol Region, the municipality has a tropical climate favorable to agriculture. The fields remain lush-green throughout the year, even through a long drought period. Generally, there are only two distinct seasons, namely: dry and wet season. The dry season starts from about the middle or later part of January up to April and the wet season starts from May to December.


Population census of Pamplona
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 3,993 —    
1918 3,477 −0.92%
1939 7,402 +3.66%
1948 9,439 +2.74%
1960 13,028 +2.72%
1970 15,922 +2.02%
1975 18,350 +2.89%
1980 19,651 +1.38%
1990 24,097 +2.06%
1995 26,176 +1.56%
2000 29,177 +2.35%
2007 31,895 +1.24%
2010 34,471 +2.87%
2015 36,390 +1.04%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

In the 2015 census, the population of Pamplona, Camarines Sur, was 36,390 people,[3] with a density of 450 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,200 inhabitants per square mile.


Farming is considered to be the main source of livelihood and basically agriculture is the primary source where most households derive their income. The agricultural products includes coconuts, upland crops and rice. Agricultural workers outnumbering the ones who are employed in non-agricultural occupations. As of 1997, 66.2% are engaged in agricultural works while 33.8% make up the non-agricultural labor force.

Industries include cottage industries and bamboo furniture industry with agricultural equipment manufacturer found in Barangay San Gabriel, making portable hand tractors, palay treshers, and portable wind blowers.

The rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads was started to link the barangays to the trade and commerce industry. This will facilitate the transport of farm products and farm inputs.

The town has four barangay high school in San Vicente, San Isidro, Poblacion and Veneracion. It also has 11 barangay elementary school and two primary schools.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: CAMARINES SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ History of Pamplona (May 17, 2013) Retrieved from
  5. ^ Brief History of Pamplona (May 17, 2013) Retrieved from
  6. ^ 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 Camarines Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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