Bunawan, Agusan del Sur
Bunawan, officially the Municipality of Bunawan (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Bunawan; Filipino: Bayan ng Bunawan), is a municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur in the Caraga (Region XIII) of the Philippines. The population was 45,151 at the 2015 census. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 21,060 registered voters. Bunawan was created on June 21, 1959, through Republic Act No. 2517. The world's largest crocodile, Lolong, was captured in the town on September 2011.
Sunset in Bunawan
Location within Agusan del Sur province
|Region||Caraga (Region XIII)|
|Province||Agusan del Sur|
|District||2nd district of Agusan del Sur|
|Founded||January 26, 1959|
|Barangays||10 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Edwin G. Elorde|
|• Total||512.16 km2 (197.75 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||88/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||21,060|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)85|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Electorate||21,060 voters as of 2016|
Bunawan is located at.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 512.16 square kilometres (197.75 sq mi)  constituting 5.13% of the 9,989.52-square-kilometre- (3,856.98 sq mi) total area of Agusan del Sur.
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Bunawan had a population of 45,151. The population density was 88 inhabitants per square kilometre (230/sq mi).
In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 21,060 registered voters.
|East Bunawan Central Elementary School||San Teodoro|
|West Bunawan Central Elementary School||Poblacion|
There are three high schools in the municipality.
|Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology||San Teodoro|
|Bunawan National High School||San Teodoro|
|Libertad National High School||Libertad|
Bunawan has 1 college, the Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology.
In early September 2011, local residents and veteran crocodile hunters caught a 6.17-metre-long (20.2 ft) saltwater crocodile weighing 1,075 kilograms (2,370 lb) in a local creek. The municipality planned to make the giant beast the centerpiece of an ecotourism park for species found in the marshlands.
On November 9, 2011, the National Geographic Team confirmed that Lolong was the world's biggest crocodile. The crocodile was transferred at the Bunawan Eco-Park and Research Center in Barangay Consuelo.
Villagers had witnessed the crocodile attack and kill a water buffalo, and they suspected it also killed a fisherman who went missing that summer. Experts from an area crocodile farm were called in to capture the wild animal, which destroyed four traps before a stronger one caught it. A hundred villagers were needed to drag the crocodile to a truck before a crane was used to put it in a truck. From there it was taken to a special cage where it was expected to be held until the ecotourism park was built around it.
The crocodile was declared dead a few hours after flipping over in a pond with a bloated stomach on February 10, 2013. The crocodile, despite being responsible for many deadly attacks, was be mourned by residents of the town, as it was the only tourist attraction that kept the town from sulking in obscurity. Its remains is preserved to allow the municipality to keep its fame.
Several other crocodiles roam the marshy areas on the outskirts of town, and villagers have been told to avoid the marshes at night.
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