Wao, Lanao del Sur
Map of Lanao del Sur with Wao highlighted
|Region||Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)|
|Province||Lanao del Sur|
|Founded||January 19, 1954|
|• Mayor||Bobby Balicao|
|• Total||485.24 km2 (187.35 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||95/km2 (240/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)63|
|Income class||2nd municipal income class|
|Electorate||34,734 voters as of 2016|
Wao is a second class municipality in the province of Lanao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 45,862 people. It is the only municipality in the Philippines that begins with W.
Wao is also surrounded by Bumbaran in the north and west, Bukidnon in the east, and Cotabato to the south.
Wao is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.
- Cebuano Group
- Christian Village
- Eastern Wao
- Extension Poblacion
- Katutungan (Pob.)
- Kilikili East
- Kilikili West
- Manila Group
- Muslim Village
- Park Area (Pob.)
- Serran Village
- Western Wao (Pob.)
The LASEDECO resettle program of then-President Ramon Magsaysay made possible the foundation of Wao as a municipality in Lanao del Sur province in January 19, 1954. The first settlers in the area were sixty (60) families of various ethnicities from the then-undivided Cotabato province. Only one person (Elvino B. Balicao, Sr) among the 1st batch of settlers became one of the Municipal Mayors of Wao. Mr Balicao, along with members of the 1st batch of 60 settlers that included the late couple Aludio & Sofia Emborgo, were welcomed by the native Muslim inhabitants of Wao led by Sultan Mamaco Saripada (the municipality's first appointed and elected mayor), Datu Tao Pagul and Datu Maki Saripada. They were treated to a sit-down meal in the house of Sultan Mamaco Saripada.
Wao is a native place of Amai Mamco.
|Population census of Wao|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- Census of Population (2015). "ARMM - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- Tales of early life in Wao by Sofia Emborgo
- Census of Population and Housing (2010). "ARMM - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "ARMM - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011.
- "Sister Cities". Local Government of Quezon City. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Local Governance Performance Management System
- Philippine Census Information
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