Placer, Surigao del Norte

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Map of Surigao del Norte with Placer highlighted
Map of Surigao del Norte with Placer highlighted
Placer is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°39′N 125°36′E / 9.650°N 125.600°E / 9.650; 125.600Coordinates: 09°39′N 125°36′E / 9.650°N 125.600°E / 9.650; 125.600
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Surigao del Norte
District 2nd district of Surigao del Norte
Established 1850
Barangays 20
 • Mayor Michael Jose Patiño
 • Total 61.29 km2 (23.66 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 27,094
 • Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8405
Dialing code +63 (0)86
Income class 4th municipal income class
PSGC 166717000
Electorate 19,350 voters as of 2016

Placer is a fourth class municipality in the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 27,094 people.[3]

World War II[edit]

After the Japanese obtained the surrender of American and Filipino troops on Mindanao in May and June 1942, Placer, along with much of Mindanao, remained free of Japanese occupation. In late September 1943 Japanese troops landed and occupied Placer. Their goals seemed to be to fill drums with oil from a storage tank there for their use and to search for lumber. About 300 to 400 Japanese troops were in town. Some began moving south toward Claver. On October 10 guerrillas under American leadership attacked with 135 men from both the north and south to dislodge the Japanese from Placer. This attack failed, leaving the town in Japanese hands.[4]


Placer is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.[2] In 1956, the sitios of Sta. Cruz, Anislagan, Alangalang, Soyoc, and Pananay-an were converted into barrios, while barrio Macalaya was divided into Upper and Lower Macalaya.[5]

  • Amoslog
  • Anislagan
  • Bad-as [contains the intersection of the Pan-Philippine Highway (or National Highway) & the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road]
  • Boyongan
  • Bugas-bugas
  • Central (Población)
  • Ellaperal (Nonok)
  • Ipil (Pob.)
  • Lakandula
  • Mabini
  • Macalaya
  • Magsaysay (Población)
  • Magupange
  • Pananay-an
  • Panhutongan
  • San Isidro
  • Sani-sani
  • Santa Cruz
  • Suyoc
  • Tagbongabong


Population census of Placer
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 18,478 —    
1995 20,712 +2.16%
2000 21,542 +0.85%
2007 22,743 +0.75%
2010 24,600 +2.90%
2015 27,094 +1.86%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Surigao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Caraga". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Virginia Hansen Holmes, Guerrilla Daughter (Kent, Ohio: Kent State U. Press, 2009), pp. 108-9.
  5. ^ "An Act Converting into Barrios Certain Sitios in the Province of Surigao, and Dividing the Barrio of Macalaya into Two Barrios, Municipality of Placer, in the Same Province". Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Caraga". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Caraga". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. 

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