Dauin, officially the Municipality of Dauin, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Dauin; Tagalog: Bayan ng Dauin)is a 4th class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 27,786 people.[3]

Municipality of Dauin
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
Map of Negros Oriental with Dauin highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with Dauin highlighted
Dauin is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°12′N 123°16′E / 9.2°N 123.27°E / 9.2; 123.27Coordinates: 9°12′N 123°16′E / 9.2°N 123.27°E / 9.2; 123.27
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Visayas (Region VII)
ProvinceNegros Oriental
District3rd district
Barangays23 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorGalicano A. Truita
 • Vice MayorNeil B. Credo
 • CongressmanArnolfo A. Teves Jr.
 • Electorate20,447 voters (2019)
 • Total114.10 km2 (44.05 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total27,786
 • Density240/km2 (630/sq mi)
 • Income class4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence34.71% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)95,899,421.58 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)35
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesCebuano

It is bordered on the north by Bacong and Valencia, on the south by Zamboanguita, and on the west a mountain range separates it from Santa Catalina. The municipality is a coastal town, the Bohol Sea forming its eastern border.


Dauin beach

Origin of the NameEdit

There are three versions, the first two being interrelated; first, there was a majestic tree that towered over all trees that the Spaniards asked for its name, which was Calawin.[citation needed] Second, the natives believed that the Calawin was the home of the supernatural beings, called “Dawinde”, who gave help to those in need but could be seen only in such situations.[citation needed] The third, natives used to cultivate the lands into banana plantations. The bananas were sold not by bunch or by fingers but by hands, which were locally called “Lawing”.[citation needed]

Contemporary TimesEdit

Scuba diving is a principle industry in Dauin. Several marine reserves and dive sites are situated along the coast. Apo Island, which is included in the territory of Dauin, is a 72-hectare volcanic outcrop several kilometers off the coast that attracts large numbers of scuba and snorkel enthusiasts.

Some of the provinces's most popular resorts are situated along Dauin's beaches. Most are focused on diving with regular excursions to Dauin’s marine reserves and Apo Island.

Mt Talinis Geothermal Reserve is also included within the territory of Dauin. This reserve includes Mag-Aso and the Malungcay Hot Springs.

Dauin's San Nicolas church is the oldest in the province. In front of the church and along the beach are the ruins of two dome-shaped watchtowers said to have been used to warn against pirates.[5]


Dauin is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.

  • Apo Island
  • Anhawan
  • Bagacay
  • Baslay
  • Batuhon Dacu
  • Boloc-boloc
  • Bulak
  • Bunga
  • Casile
  • Libjo
  • Lipayo
  • Maayongtubig
  • Mag-aso
  • Magsaysay
  • Malongcay Dacu
  • Masaplod Norte
  • Masaplod Sur
  • Panubtuban
  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion II
  • Poblacion III
  • Tugawe
  • Tunga-tunga


YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 9,224—    
1918 10,356+0.77%
1939 12,234+0.80%
1948 11,208−0.97%
1960 13,175+1.36%
1970 13,533+0.27%
1975 14,971+2.05%
1980 14,992+0.03%
1990 17,513+1.57%
1995 19,609+2.14%
2000 21,077+1.56%
2007 23,681+1.62%
2010 25,239+2.35%
2015 27,786+1.85%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]


Apo Island

Dauin hosts several popular beach resorts with both local and foreign tourists. The coast of Dauin offers scuba dive sites with both coral reef and muck dive opportunities. The municipality has established several sanctuaries, within which fishing and boating is absolutely prohibited. This includes sites such as Mainit sanctuary, Luca sanctuary, Dauin sanctuary and Masaplod sanctuary. These sites are well preserved and offer a huge variety and quantity of life forms.

Dauin also offers Muck diving, which on a point of view of biodiversity can be compared to the dives in Lembeh Strait in Indonesia. Greater blueringed octopus, Wonderpus, Mimic octopus, Poison ocellate octopus, Ambon scorpionfishes, Flamboyant cuttlefishes, bluespotted stingrays, nudibranchs, and many species of frogfish (most amazing critters in the world) are frequent sights on the sandy shores of the municipality.[9][10]

Apo Island is part of the jurisdiction of the municipality of Dauin. The island is also a popular site for scuba diving. As it is completely surrounded by coral reefs, the whole island is a dive site. Popular dive sites include Coconut Point, Mamsa, Cogon, Rockpoint and Chapel. Bigeyed Jacks, turtles, bumphead parrotfish and sea snakes are inhabiting the reefs of the island. It is accessible by boat, 30 minutes from the mainland.[11][12]

Another tourist attraction of Dauin is the Baslay Hot Spring. The hot spring is located in Barangay Baslay. The water from the hot spring contains natural sulphur which is known to have health benefits.


Public High Schools[13]Edit

School Name Location School Head Senior HS Offerings
Antonio B. Alejado MNHS (Mag-aso High School) Mag-aso Dauin Negros Oriental Roland S. Parol, Ph.D. Cookery/Bread and Pastry/Food and Beverages
Apo Island High School Apo Island Mervenna Lou Aranguez, Ed.D. ABM
Dauin National High School Poblacion II Joelou M. Aguirre, CESO III
Dauin Science High School Bulak Christian A. Tubog, M.D. Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
Froilan A. Alanano Memorial High School Bunga Lou A. Rubio, ME,Ph.D. GAS, Cookery
MalongcayDacu High School MalongcayDacu Rosemarie A. Aldanese, Ed.D. Horticulture
Apolinar B. Macias Memorial High School (Casile National High School) Casile Procora C.Verzano, Ph.D. COMP PROGRAMMING AND HARDWARE SERVICING

Elementary Schools[13]Edit

  • Apo Elementary School
  • Bagacay Elementary School
  • Baslay Elementary School
  • Bulak Elementary School
  • Casile Elementary School
  • Dauin Central Elementary School
  • Maayongtubig Elementary School
  • Mag-aso Elementary School
  • Magsaysay Elementary School
  • ONE International School (www.oneinternationalschool.edu.ph)
  • Malongcay Elementary School
  • Masaplod Elementary School
  • Panubtuban Elementary School
  • Tugawe Elementary School


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province:". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ "About | Cities & Towns", Negros Oriental Tourism Office. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ http://liquiddumaguete.com/liquid/liquid-dive/dive-center/ Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine Dauin dive sites
  10. ^ http://divebongo.com/fun-diving/
  11. ^ http://divebongo.com/padi-courses/
  12. ^ http://mikes-beachresort.com/diving/
  13. ^ a b "dumaguete.com".

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