Pilar, Sorsogon

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Pilar
Municipality of Pilar
Mayon Volcano as seen from Pilar
Mayon Volcano as seen from Pilar
Official seal of Pilar
Seal
Map of Sorsogon with Pilar highlighted
Map of Sorsogon with Pilar highlighted
Pilar is located in Philippines
Pilar
Pilar
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°56′N 123°41′E / 12.93°N 123.68°E / 12.93; 123.68Coordinates: 12°56′N 123°41′E / 12.93°N 123.68°E / 12.93; 123.68
Country Philippines
RegionBicol Region (Region V)
ProvinceSorsogon
District1st district of Sorsogon
Barangays49 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorCarolyn Sy-Reyes
 • Electorate36,501 voters (2016)
Area
[2]
 • Total248.00 km2 (95.75 sq mi)
Population
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total74,564
 • Density300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Pilarnon
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
4714
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)56
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)163 million  (2016)
Native languagesCentral Bikol
Sorsoganon
Tagalog
Websitewww.pilar-sorsogon.gov.ph

Pilar, officially the Municipality of Pilar, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Sorsogon, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 74,564 people.[3]Pilar's economy is mainly agricultural. Despite efforts on multiplicity, this town is still dependent on the monoculture of coconut.

Barangays[edit]

Pilar is subdivided into 49 barangays. In 1957 the sitios of Naspi and Calaguitan were separated from the barrio of Putiao and converted into the barrio of Naspi.[4]

  • Abas
  • Abucay
  • Bantayan
  • Banuyo (Poblacion)
  • Bayasong
  • Bayawas
  • Binanuahan (Poblacion)
  • Cabiguan
  • Cagdongon
  • Calongay
  • Calpi
  • Catamlangan
  • Comapo-capo
  • Danlog
  • Dao (Poblacion)
  • Dapdap
  • Del Rosario (Bual[5])
  • Esmerada
  • Esperanza
  • Guiron
  • Ginablan
  • Inang
  • Inapugan
  • Lubiano
  • Leona
  • Lipason
  • Lourdes
  • Lungib
  • Lumbang
  • Mabanate
  • Malbog
  • Marifosque (Poblacion)
  • Mercedes
  • Migabod
  • Naspi
  • Palanas
  • Pangpang
  • Pinagsalog
  • Pineda
  • Poctol
  • Pudo
  • Putiao
  • Sacnangan
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio (Millabas)
  • San Antonio (Sapa)
  • San Jose
  • San Rafael
  • Santa Fe

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Pilar
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 8,018—    
1918 11,845+2.64%
1939 20,654+2.68%
1948 25,600+2.41%
1960 29,756+1.26%
1970 37,461+2.33%
1975 42,320+2.48%
1980 45,579+1.49%
1990 46,268+0.15%
1995 51,318+1.96%
2000 57,898+2.62%
2007 63,539+1.29%
2010 68,245+2.63%
2015 74,564+1.70%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Pilar, Sorsogon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27
(81)
28
(82)
29
(84)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
28
(82)
29
(84)
Average low °C (°F) 22
(72)
21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(74)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 65
(2.6)
44
(1.7)
42
(1.7)
39
(1.5)
87
(3.4)
150
(5.9)
184
(7.2)
153
(6.0)
163
(6.4)
154
(6.1)
127
(5.0)
100
(3.9)
1,308
(51.4)
Average rainy days 13.9 9.2 11.0 12.5 19.6 24.3 26.5 25.0 25.5 24.4 19.4 15.1 226.4
Source: Meteoblue [9]


Attractions[edit]

Though whale sharks are more associated with the town of Donsol, whale sharks can also be seen in Pilar Bay near San Antonio. Interaction with the whale sharks is regulated by the local department office. With the help of WWF, strict guidelines were developed to protect the sharks. These include limiting the number of swimmers per boat, no scuba divers and staying further than three meters away from the sharks. In practice, this rule is almost never applied. As many as 14 boats at a time may 'mob' a shark, with up to 30 or 40 swimmers following the shark on the surface. In recent years the number of male sharks have out-numbered female sharks by 20:1. The females that are seen are generally large mature adults in the 7m ~ 9m range. Increasing numbers of sharks show propellor marks on their backs. Anecdotal evidence from local fishermen suggests that prop strikes are from fishing boats in the off-season, rather than from tourist boats in the main January–May tourist season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Sorsogon". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "An Act Creating the Barrio of Naspi in the Municipality of Pilar, Province of Sorsogon". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  5. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of Barrio Bual in the Municipality of Pilar, Province of Sorsogon, to Del Rosario". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  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. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of Sorsogon". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Pilar, Sorsogon : Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 29 December 2018.

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