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)[2]
 • Total 2,606
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+08:00)
ZIP code 6023
PSGC 072202007
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Climate type tropical rainforest climate
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 (1,411 acres) 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. The mining company, Philippine Mining Service Corporation, is a private company wholly owned by JFE Mineral Company, part of JFE Steel Corporation of Japan.[4]

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.

For Pugalo the 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 Obong (Dalaguete), to the south by Pasol, to the east by Cebu Strait, and to the west by Nug‑as. Its distance is about 3 12 kilometres (2 14 mi) from the centre of poblacion.

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


  1. ^ "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Project of Precincts for the 2013 Barangay Elections
  4. ^ "Cebu dolomite".