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Bunawan, officially the Municipality of Bunawan, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Bunawan; Tagalog: Bayan ng Bunawan), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 45,151 people.[3]

Municipality of Bunawan
Sunset in Bunawan
Sunset in Bunawan
Official seal of Bunawan
Map of Agusan del Sur with Bunawan highlighted
Map of Agusan del Sur with Bunawan highlighted
Bunawan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 8°11′N 125°59′E / 8.18°N 125.99°E / 8.18; 125.99Coordinates: 8°11′N 125°59′E / 8.18°N 125.99°E / 8.18; 125.99
Country Philippines
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceAgusan del Sur
District2nd District
FoundedJanuary 26, 1959
Barangays10 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorSylvia B. Elorde
 • Vice MayorGilbert G. Elorde
 • CongressmanAdolph Edward G. Plaza
 • Electorate21,060 voters (2016)
 • Total512.16 km2 (197.75 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total45,151
 • Density88/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)85
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)198.7 million  (2016)
Native languagesAgusan language

Bunawan was created on June 21, 1959, through Republic Act No. 2517.[4] The world's largest crocodile, Lolong, was captured in the town on September 2011.[5]


Bunawan is located at 8°11′N 125°59′E / 8.18°N 125.99°E / 8.18; 125.99.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 512.16 square kilometres (197.75 sq mi)[2] constituting 5.13% of the 9,989.52-square-kilometre- (3,856.98 sq mi) total area of Agusan del Sur.


Bunawan is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.[6]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[7]
160302001 Bunawan Brook 11.7% 5,283 5,063 0.81%
160302002 Consuelo 21.1% 9,528 5,863 9.69%
160302008 Imelda 3.7% 1,672 1,179 6.88%
160302003 Libertad 14.6% 6,583 6,018 1.72%
160302004 Mambalili 6.7% 3,008 2,355 4.77%
160302009 Nueva Era 3.0% 1,375 1,139 3.65%
160302005 Poblacion 11.9% 5,379 4,683 2.67%
160302006 San Andres 7.4% 3,336 3,043 1.77%
160302007 San Marcos 2.7% 1,212 896 5.92%
160302010 San Teodoro 17.2% 7,775 7,243 1.36%
Total 45,151 37,482 3.61%


YearPop.±% p.a.
1918 2,648—    
1939 4,743+2.81%
1948 6,384+3.36%
1960 11,423+4.97%
1970 8,646−2.74%
1975 9,603+2.13%
1980 12,719+5.78%
1990 21,105+5.20%
1995 24,615+2.92%
2000 26,704+1.76%
2007 35,757+4.11%
2010 37,482+1.73%
2015 45,151+3.61%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, Bunawan had a population of 45,151.[3] The population density was 88 inhabitants per square kilometre (230/sq mi).


Primary and elementaryEdit

Central elementary schools
Name Barangay
East Bunawan Central Elementary School San Teodoro
West Bunawan Central Elementary School Poblacion

High schoolsEdit

There are three high schools in the municipality.

School Barangay
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.

Crocodile LolongEdit

crocodile Lolong

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.[5]

On November 9, 2011, the National Geographic Team confirmed that Lolong was the world's biggest crocodile.[10] 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.[5]

The crocodile was declared dead a few hours after flipping over in a pond with a bloated stomach on February 10, 2013.[11] 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.[5]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Agusan del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Republic Act No. 2517 - An Act Creating the Municipality of Bunawan, Province of Agusan". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 21 June 1959. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines". Yahoo! News. Manila, Philippines. Associated Press. 5 September 2011. Archived from the original on 8 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Municipal: Bunawan". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Caraga". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. ^ "Province of Agusan del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ "NatGeo team confirms Lolong the croc is world's biggest". GMA News Online. 10 November 2011. Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  11. ^ Shears, Richard (10 February 2013). "Villagers in tears as world's largest crocodile dies in Philippines (Just don't ask what killed him... )". The Daily Mail Online. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2016.

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