Pugalo, Cebu

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Pugalo is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°44′15″N 123°29′35″E / 9.7375°N 123.4931°E / 9.7375; 123.4931Coordinates: 9°44′15″N 123°29′35″E / 9.7375°N 123.4931°E / 9.7375; 123.4931
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
Municipality Alcoy
District 2nd District of Cebu
 • Total 4.82 km2 (1.86 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)
 • Total 2,606
Patron Saint Joseph

Pugalo is a barangay in Alcoy, Cebu, Philippines. It is known for its large deposit of dolomite mineral. With a size of 571 hectares of mining claims and an estimated balance of deposits at 220 million metric tons, since the extraction began in 1981, it is currently the biggest dolomite mining found in Asia.


Pugalo has an area of 482 hectares (1,190 acres) comprising three sitios with a total population of 2,606 at the 2015 census. Most of the population are native inhabitants who have developed their own distinct dialect and speech timbre.

Pugalo is a progressive barangay whose major income comes from dolomite mining. Aside from mining, there is subsistence farming, fishing, and to a lesser extent, retailing and services. Although tourism is not yet an income-generating industry, the barangay has a few interesting natural wonders especially its rich marine resources. It has a barrier reef running parallel to the contour of the barangay's shoreline. Its coral reefs are among the most diverse in this part of the country.

Pugalo is the northernmost barangay of Alcoy bounded to the north by Dalaguete, to the south by barangay Pasol, to the east by Cebu Strait, and to the west by Nug-as. Its distance is almost three kilometers from the centre of poblacion.

Its patron saint is St. Joseph and its annual feast day is the last Sunday of March.