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Bayabas, officially the Municipality of Bayabas, is a 5th class municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 8,164 people.[3]

Municipality of Bayabas
Highway showing a bridge on the main road of Bayabas
Highway showing a bridge on the main road of Bayabas
Map of Surigao del Sur with Bayabas highlighted
Map of Surigao del Sur with Bayabas highlighted
Bayabas is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 8°58′N 126°16′E / 8.97°N 126.27°E / 8.97; 126.27Coordinates: 8°58′N 126°16′E / 8.97°N 126.27°E / 8.97; 126.27
Country Philippines
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceSurigao del Sur
District1st District
Barangays7 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorMaria Clarita Garcia-Limbaro
 • Vice MayorApolonio B. Lozada
 • CongressmanProspero A. Pichay Jr.
 • Electorate5,880 voters (2016)
 • Total117.84 km2 (45.50 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total8,164
 • Density69/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)86
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class5th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)51.8 million  (2016)
Native languagesSurigaonon
Agusan language

Bayabas is located between Tago and Cagwait. The Tago River separates the municipalities of Tago and Bayabas. Bayabas is consist of seven barangays mostly located in the coastlines. Though Bayabas is a small municipality, it is also abundant in natural resources especially seafoods. The town envisions to become the leading aquaculture producer in Surigao del Sur.

World War IIEdit

During 1943 and 1944 much of the east coast of Mindanao was occupied by the Japanese. Bayabas was not occupied, although at times Japanese navy ships anchored in the harbor off the coast of the town. As the Japanese occupied an increasing number of area coastal towns, refugees trickled into town. The prewar rector of San Nicolas School, in Surigao City, was one of a number of priests who sought refuge in Bayabas. Food supplies soon failed to reach town from the outside, since Japanese troops disrupted distribution.[4]


Bayabas seawall

Bayabas is politically subdivided into 7 barangays.


YearPop.±% p.a.
1970 4,810—    
1975 4,859+0.20%
1980 5,881+3.89%
1990 6,259+0.62%
1995 6,423+0.49%
2000 7,706+3.98%
2007 7,439−0.49%
2010 7,779+1.64%
2015 8,164+0.92%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Surigao del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Virginia Hansen Holmes, Guerrilla Daughter (Kent, Ohio: Kent State U. Press, 2009), pp. 141-1, 166, 205.
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Caraga". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of Surigao del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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