Sorsogon City

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Sorsogon City
Component City
City of Sorsogon
Official seal of Sorsogon City
Seal
Map of Sorsogon with Sorsogon City highlighted
Map of Sorsogon with Sorsogon City highlighted
Sorsogon City is located in Philippines
Sorsogon City
Sorsogon City
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°58′N 124°00′E / 12.97°N 124°E / 12.97; 124Coordinates: 12°58′N 124°00′E / 12.97°N 124°E / 12.97; 124
Country  Philippines
Region Bicol Region (Region V)
Province Sorsogon
District 1st district of Sorsogon
Founded February 28, 1895
Cityhood December 16, 2000
Barangays 64 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Panlungsod
 • Mayor Sally A. Lee
 • Vice Mayor Jonathan Balintong
 • Electorate 86,729 voters (2016)
Area[2]
 • Total 276.11 km2 (106.61 sq mi)
Elevation 38.45 m (126.15 ft)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 168,110
 • Density 610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sorsoganon
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 4700
PSGC 056216000
IDD:area code +63 (0)56
Climate type Tropical rainforest climate
Income class 3rd city income class
Revenue (₱) 635,602,765.08 (2016)
Native languages Bikol Sorsogonese (Central Sorsogon, Southern Sorsogon)
Major religions Christianity
Major Pan-Philippine Highway Route AH26 (N1) sign.svg
Minor/Alternative City Routes N643 (Philippines).svg N644 (Philippines).svg
Website sorsogoncity.gov.ph

Sorsogon City, officially the City of Sorsogon, (Central Bicolano: Ciudad nin Sorsogon; Filipino: Lungsod ng Sorsogon), is a 3rd class city and capital of the province of Sorsogon, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 168,110 people.[3]

The city was formed in the year 2000 by the merging of Bacon and Sorsogon towns.[citation needed] The city's total population spread across 64 barangays.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

Sorsogon City was created by virtue of Republic Act 8806[4] which was enacted on August 16, 2000, and ratified in December 2000.

Geography[edit]

Panoramic view of Sorsogon Bay

Sorsogon City covers a land area of 31,292 hectares (120.82 sq mi). It is at the southernmost tip of the Bicol Peninsula and of Luzon Island. The city is bounded by the municipality of Castilla in the West, the municipality of Manito in the Northwest, Albay Gulf in the North, the municipality of Prieto Diaz in the East, the municipality of Gubat in the Southeast, the municipality of Casiguran in the Southwest and by Sorsogon Bay in the South. Sorsogon is characterized by an irregular topography; mountain ranges on the north-west, sloping uplands on the central part of the city, plain areas south western and central north and southeast portion, and marshlands on the southeast deltas. It is also surrounded by water, with Sorsogon Bay to the west Albay Gulf to the north east, and Pacific Ocean in the east.

Sorsogon City is 581 kilometres (361 mi) southeast of Manila and 54 kilometres (34 mi) south of Legazpi City. The 2015 Census puts the city's population at 168,110 with an annual growth rate of 0.84%. Sorsogon City ranked as the 3rd largest city in terms of population in the Bicol region. The only city in the province of Sorsogon, Sorsogon City is the largest in terms of land area in the Bicol region.

The Pan-Philippine Highway which runs From Northwest to Southeast through the city, connects Sorsogon City to the municipalities of Castilla, Pilar, in the Northwest towards Daraga, Legazpi City, Naga City and the rest of Luzon. It also connects to the municipalities of Gubat, Casiguran and the rest of the second district municipalities of the province of Sorsogon in the South-east.

Climate[edit]

Sorsogon City features a tropical rainforest climate with copious amount of rainfall throughout the course of the year. There is no pronounced dry season, but it has very pronounced maximum rain from November to January with December as the wettest month of the year; experiencing 23 days of rain. Temperature is constant throughout the year. Sorsogon City's average yearly rainfall is just over 2,671 mm (105.2 in). April is the driest month of the year which only sees 12 rain days and 2,671 mm (105.2 in) of rainfall. Average High temperature is at 38.08 °C (100.5 °F) and its Average Low temperature is at 24.5 °C (76.1 °F). The coolest month is January with a daily mean of 25.5 °C (77.9 °F) and the hottest months are jointly April and May with a daily mean of 28 °C (82.4 °F).

Climate data for Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35
(95)
40
(104)
35
(95)
39
(102)
39
(102)
39
(102)
39
(102)
39
(102)
35
(95)
39
(102)
39
(102)
39
(102)
40
(104)
Average high °C (°F) 31
(88)
31
(88)
32
(90)
34
(93)
34
(93)
33
(91)
33
(91)
33
(91)
33
(91)
33
(91)
32
(90)
31
(88)
34
(93)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
26
(79)
25
(77)
24
(75)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
Record low °C (°F) 15
(59)
15
(59)
19
(66)
14
(57)
15
(59)
17
(63)
18
(64)
16
(61)
20
(68)
20
(68)
19
(66)
19
(66)
5
(41)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 293
(11.54)
227
(8.94)
209
(8.23)
166
(6.54)
189
(7.44)
203
(7.99)
231
(9.09)
196
(7.72)
271
(10.67)
295
(11.61)
387
(15.24)
539
(21.22)
3,206
(126.22)
Average rainy days 21 15 15 12 13 14 17 16 17 18 21 23 202
Source #1: http://www.myweather2.com/City-Town/Philippines/Sorsogon/climate-profile.aspx
Source #2: http://www.worldweatheronline.com/Sorsogon-weather-averages/Sorsogon/PH.aspx

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Bacon
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 14,536—    
1918 14,733+0.09%
1939 18,351+1.05%
1948 22,859+2.47%
1960 21,723−0.42%
1970 27,957+2.55%
1975 28,546+0.42%
1980 31,965+2.29%
1990 32,810+0.26%
1995 38,603+3.09%
2000 42,166+1.91%
Bacon ceased to exist as a separate municipality in 2000.
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]
Population census of Sorsogon City
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 13,511—    
1918 16,694+1.42%
1939 22,097+1.34%
1948 26,004+1.83%
1960 35,542+2.64%
1970 47,734+2.99%
1975 53,700+2.39%
1980 60,574+2.44%
1990 72,871+1.87%
1995 83,012+2.47%
2000 92,512+2.35%
2007 151,454+7.04%
2010 155,144+0.88%
2015 168,110+1.54%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

Demographic statistics:[8]

  • Annual Growth Rate 1.69% for the period 2000 – 2007
  • Population Growth Rate – 2.15% (1995–2000)
  • Population Density - 627 persons per square kilometer
  • Total Number of Households 30,290
  • Male Population - 77,117
  • Female Population - 74,337
  • Religion – 95% Roman Catholic
  • Labor Force – 56% of the total population, 1/4 of the over-15 years old is, at least, high-school graduate, 15% of the total workforce have college-level education
  • Student Population - 15,323
  • Voting Age Population - 83, 123

City government[edit]

The city's local government is headed by a mayor elected by popular vote. The Vice Mayor serves as the presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (city council), with 12 Councilors elected by popular vote as its members.[citation needed] The Sangguniang Panlungsod serves as the city's legislative body and its role is to enact ordinances, approve resolutions, appropriate funds for the general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.[citation needed] Both the council members and the mayor serve three-year terms; and eligible for re-election for two more three-year terms.[citation needed]

The 3 Districts of Sorsogon City shown in the picture: Marked in green is Bacon district, Yellow is the East District and in Blue, the West district.

Since the city's creation in 2000, only two serve as Mayor of the City namely Sally A. Lee who is the incumbent Mayor and also served as the first elected mayor of the city, and Leovic R. Dioneda who served from 2007 to 2013.

The list of mayors and Vice Mayors of Sorsogon City

Mayor Term
Sally A. Lee June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2007 (two three-year terms)
Leovic R. Dioneda June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2013 (two three-year terms)
Sally A. Lee June 30, 2013 – present
Vice Mayor Term
Edmundo Atutubo June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010 (three three-year terms)
Bobet Lee Rodrigueza June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013 (one three-year term)
Charo Dichoso- Logronio June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016 (one three-year term)
Athan Balintong June 30, 2016 – present (Incumbent)

Economy[edit]

Sorsogon City, as the capital town of the province of Sorsogon, is a hub of trade and commerce. Business is concentrated in the downtown area near the public market and major commercial establishments primarily geared towards retail and wholesale and the Bacon District is the secondary business district of the City.

As of 2012, Sorsogon City ranked third among the cities with most revenue in the Bicol region with an estimated annual income of P432,978,837,[9] only behind Naga City and Legazpi City. Despite being a city and its increasing annual income, agriculture and fisheries sector is still the driving force of its economy.[citation needed] The main agricultural products include rice, coconut, abaca, pili nuts, root crops and vegetables.[citation needed]

The Bay City Sorsogon, that is currently being built at the coast of Barangay Balogo will definitely have a huge impact on the economic growth of the city. It is a priority project of LKY Development Corporation, a privately owned real estate company. The Bay City Sorsogon includes a Commercial Complex, Five Star Hotel, Coliseum, Outdoor Dining Area, a Central Bus Terminal and a lot more. The excavation of this 16-hectare property just started during the last quarter of 2010 and the completion is expected by the 3rd quarter of 2011.[10][better source needed]

Proposed projects[edit]

A Sorsogon City Coastal Road is already underway. The construction of the coastal highway was pledged by Senator Francis Escudero and Sorsogon 1st District Representative Evelina Escudero. The 22-hectare coastal highway will help decongest the city traffic once completed and provide an additional space for a walkway.[11]

Radio Transmitters[edit]

DZPD (Relay DZME) 1593 kHz AM Transmitter will be constructed:DZPD-AM (1593 kHz Sorsogon) is an upcoming bicol language AM station owned by Audiovisual Communicators, Inc. The station's studio at Magsaysay street, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon

Notable people from Sorsogon City[edit]

  • Eddie Garcia – Film actor and director
  • Eugenia Apostol (sister of former Sorsogon Mayor Duran) – one of the founders of Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • Francis "Chiz" G. Escudero – former congressman, and now senator of the 15th Congress[12]
  • Jorge Barlin – First Filipino and Bikolano Bishop and was assigned parish priest and Vicar Forane of Sorsogon from 1887 to 1906[13]
  • Loida Nicolas-Lewis – Born and raised in Sorsogon. Lewis is the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of TLC Beatrice, LLC, the Lewis Family investment firm and is also Chairman and CEO of TLC Beatrice (China), Limited, a Cayman company which operates retail convenience stores in five major cities in China and TLC Beatrice Foods (Philippines) which operates a fresh meat processing plant.
  • Mary Walter – actress, whose career spanned through several decades. She was born in Bacon.[14]
  • Salvador Escudero Sr. – former Provincial Governor of Sorsogon and was a guerilla leader during the Japanese occupation. He was fondly called Gurang (old man in Bikol) by the local folks.[15] Sorsogon's PNP Provincial Office along Magsaysay St., Sorsogon City, is named after him.
  • Vicente L. Peralta – late congressman of Sorsogon City. A hospital in Castilla[16] was named after him.
  • Gerphil Geraldine Flores - A Filipino-German Classical Singer and Asia's Got Talent Season 1 (2nd runner up).
  • Aldin Ayo - Sorsogon City West District Councilor, and Coach of the De La Salle Green Archers.

Sister cities[edit]

Local[edit]

International[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Sorsogon". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  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. ^ "Republic Act No. 8806: An Act Creating the City of Sorsogon by Merging the Municipalities of Bacon and Sorsogon in the Province of Sorsogon and Appropriating Funds Therefor". The Corpus Juris. The Corpus Juris. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ a b 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. 
  7. ^ a b "Province of Sorsogon". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2003–2012, Summary (Briefing Material), Sectoral Consultation, Vicanta Hall, Sorsogon City, November 27, 2003
  9. ^ http://iskor.blgf.gov.ph/pages/luzon/region5/pdfFiles/SorsogonCity.pdf
  10. ^ "ECMP company profile 2009 rev3.pmd" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ 15th Congress http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen15th.asp
  13. ^ page 32, Tracing from Solsogon to Sorsogon, 2nd Edition (2007), ISBN 978-971-814-099-4
  14. ^ "Dont you know that Mary Walter & Lino Brocka are Sorsoganons?". September 5, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  15. ^ page 85, Tracing – from Solsogon to Sorsogon 2nd Ed., Reynaldo T. Jamoralin, Sorsogon City 2007
  16. ^ sorsogoncity (July 2, 2011). "Who is Vicente L. Peralta?". Retrieved January 4, 2017. 

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