Taft, Eastern Samar

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St. James the Greater Parish Church during the Simbang Gabi 2016
St. James the Greater Parish Church during the Simbang Gabi 2016
Motto: Diri natumba, naluros nala
Map of Northern Samar with Taft highlighted
Map of Northern Samar with Taft highlighted
Taft is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°54′N 125°25′E / 11.9°N 125.42°E / 11.9; 125.42Coordinates: 11°54′N 125°25′E / 11.9°N 125.42°E / 11.9; 125.42
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Eastern Samar
Congr. district Lone district of E. Samar
Barangays 24
 • Mayor Marian June E. Libanan
 • Total 231.27 km2 (89.29 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 18,915
 • Density 82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6816
IDD:area code +63 (0)55
Website taft-esamar.gov.ph

Taft is a fourth class municipality in the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 18,915 people.[3]

It is bounded on the north by the town of Can-avid and on the south-southeast by the town of Sulat.


Taft is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.[2]

  • Batiawan
  • Beto
  • Binaloan
  • Bongdo
  • Dacul
  • Danao
  • Del Remedios
  • Gayam
  • Lomatud (Burak)
  • Mabuhay
  • Malinao
  • Mantang
  • Nato
  • Pangabutan
  • Poblacion Barangay 1
  • Poblacion Barangay 2
  • Poblacion Barangay 3
  • Poblacion Barangay 4
  • Poblacion Barangay 5
  • Poblacion Barangay 6 (Bliss)
  • Polangi
  • San Luis
  • San Pablo
  • San Rafael


Taft is one of the ancient pueblos in Samar situated in the eastern coast which was called Tubabao or Tubabaw in early times. This town was originally named after the river called Malinaw, but since the river causes heavy floods during rainy season, people began calling the place Tubig, which means water in Waray-Waray.[4]

2004 election controversy[edit]

In the 2004 elections, Diego Lim, a civil engineer, defeated incumbent mayor Francisco "Atsing" Adalim. His running mate, Nestor Cebreros likewise defeated incumbent vice mayor Cornelio Adel.

Adalim and Adel filed election protests at the Regional Trial Court. Judge Elvie Lim decided in favor of Adalim and Adel, invalidating several hundred votes such that Adalim and Adel won by 456 and 802 votes respectively. Judge Lim based his decision on the findings that most of the ballots counted in favor of Lim were tampered with.

On March 8, the Comelec denied Lim's petition for injunction, paving the way for Adalim's recognition by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Consequently, during the 14 May 2007 Election for National and Local offices, COMELEC placed Taft on the election watch list to closely monitor conduct at the polls and ensure a free and fair election.


Population census of Taft
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 13,449 —    
1995 16,613 +4.04%
2000 16,435 −0.23%
2007 16,362 −0.06%
2010 17,183 +1.80%
2015 18,915 +1.85%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6]

The population of Taft, Eastern Samar, in the 2015 census was 18,915 people,[3] with a density of 82 inhabitants per square kilometre or 210 inhabitants per square mile.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Eastern Samar". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Kobak, Cantius (2002). Historical Sketches of the Pueblos of Samar and Leyte: 1580-1900. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Unpublished. p. 724 - 760.
  5. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Province of Eastern Samar". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 

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