Basey, officially the Municipality of Basey (Waray: Bungto han Basey; Tagalog: Bayan ng Basey), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 56,685 people. [3]

Basey
Municipality of Basey
Aerial view from Guintolian Hill
Aerial view from Guintolian Hill
Official seal of Basey
Map of Samar with Basey highlighted
Map of Samar with Basey highlighted
OpenStreetMap
Basey is located in Philippines
Basey
Basey
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°16′54″N 125°04′06″E / 11.28167°N 125.06833°E / 11.28167; 125.06833Coordinates: 11°16′54″N 125°04′06″E / 11.28167°N 125.06833°E / 11.28167; 125.06833
CountryPhilippines
RegionEastern Visayas
ProvinceSamar
District 2nd district
Founded1591
Barangays51 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorLuz C. Ponferrada
 • Vice MayorHonesto M. Zeta
 • RepresentativeReynolds Michael Tan
 • Councilors
List
 • Electorate36,243 voters (2019)
Area
 • Total513.01 km2 (198.07 sq mi)
Elevation
4.0 m (13.1 ft)
Highest elevation
81 m (266 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Population
 (2020 census) [3]
 • Total56,685
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
 • Households
12,623
Economy
 • Income class1st municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence26.87% (2018)[4]
 • Revenue₱261,517,286.62 (2020)
 • Assets₱784,240,164.90 (2020)
 • Expenditure₱186,156,201.14 (2020)
 • Liabilities₱179,745,550.66 (2020)
Service provider
 • ElectricitySamar 2 Electric Cooperative (SAMELCO 2)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
6720
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)55
Native languagesWaray
Tagalog

On 8 November 2013, Basey was one of the places heavily devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, leaving more than 200 people dead.

EtymologyEdit

The town's name is pronounced "Basai" or "Basay", not "basÉY". This mispronunciation was propagated by American soldiers in the early days of the American colonial period. There is no "ey" sound in the Waray-Waray language. Basay is from the Waray word mabaysay, meaning "beautiful".

GeographyEdit

BarangaysEdit

Basey is politically subdivided into 51 barangays. In 1957, the sitio of Cancoral was converted into the barrio of Roxas.[5]

  • Amandayehan
  • Anglit
  • Bacubac
  • Baloog
  • Basiao
  • Buenavista
  • Burgos
  • Cambayan
  • Can-abay
  • Cancaiyas
  • Canmanila
  • Catadman
  • Cogon
  • Dolongan
  • Guintigui-an
  • Guirang
  • Balante
  • Iba
  • Inuntan
  • Loog
  • Mabini
  • Magallanes
  • Manlilinab
  • Del Pilar
  • May-it
  • Mongabong
  • New San Agustin
  • Nouvelas Occidental
  • Old San Agustin
  • Panugmonon
  • Pelit
  • Baybay (Poblacion)
  • Buscada (Poblacion)
  • Lawa-an (Poblacion)
  • Loyo (Poblacion)
  • Mercado (Poblacion)
  • Palaypay (Poblacion)
  • Sulod (Poblacion)
  • Roxas
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio
  • San Fernando
  • Sawa
  • Serum
  • Sugca
  • Sugponon
  • Tinaogan
  • Tingib
  • Villa Aurora
  • Binongtu-an
  • Bulao

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Basey, Samar
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28
(82)
28
(82)
29
(84)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
28
(82)
29
(84)
Average low °C (°F) 22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(74)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 90
(3.5)
67
(2.6)
82
(3.2)
70
(2.8)
97
(3.8)
145
(5.7)
142
(5.6)
127
(5.0)
132
(5.2)
152
(6.0)
169
(6.7)
144
(5.7)
1,417
(55.8)
Average rainy days 17.0 13.5 16.0 16.5 20.6 24.3 26.0 25.4 25.2 26.4 23.0 21.0 254.9
Source: Meteoblue[6]

DemographicsEdit

Population census of Basey
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 13,504—    
1918 18,100+1.97%
1939 28,296+2.15%
1948 35,523+2.56%
1960 29,680−1.49%
1970 35,165+1.71%
1975 37,890+1.51%
1980 36,760−0.60%
1990 39,137+0.63%
1995 40,114+0.46%
2000 43,809+1.91%
2007 48,389+1.38%
2010 50,423+1.51%
2015 55,480+1.84%
2020 56,685+0.42%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[7][8][9][10]

EconomyEdit


TourismEdit

The town of Basey is famous for its beautiful Sohoton Caves, whose inner chamber features stalactites, stalagmites, and an underground river.[18] The town is also known for artistically woven decorative mats called Banig. Tourists buy these mats as souvenir items.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipality of Basey | (DILG)
  2. ^ "2015 Census of Population, Report No. 3 – Population, Land Area, and Population Density" (PDF). Philippine Statistics Authority. Quezon City, Philippines. August 2016. ISSN 0117-1453. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 25, 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Census of Population (2020). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  4. ^ "PSA Releases the 2018 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Philippine Statistics Authority. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  5. ^ "An Act Converting the Sitio of Cancoral in the Municipality of Basey, Province of Samar, into Barrio of Roxas". LawPH.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  6. ^ "Basey: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  7. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  8. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  10. ^ "Province of Samar (Western Samar)". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Poverty incidence (PI):". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  12. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/NSCB_LocalPovertyPhilippines_0.pdf; publication date: 29 November 2005; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  13. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2003%20SAE%20of%20poverty%20%28Full%20Report%29_1.pdf; publication date: 23 March 2009; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  14. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2006%20and%202009%20City%20and%20Municipal%20Level%20Poverty%20Estimates_0_1.pdf; publication date: 3 August 2012; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  15. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2012%20Municipal%20and%20City%20Level%20Poverty%20Estima7tes%20Publication%20%281%29.pdf; publication date: 31 May 2016; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  16. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/City%20and%20Municipal-level%20Small%20Area%20Poverty%20Estimates_%202009%2C%202012%20and%202015_0.xlsx; publication date: 10 July 2019; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  17. ^ "PSA Releases the 2018 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Philippine Statistics Authority. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  18. ^ "Sohoton Caves, Basey, Samar". gerryruiz photoblog. Retrieved 22 August 2013.

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