Itogon, officially the Municipality of Itogon, (Ilokano: Ili ti Itogon; Tagalog: Bayan ng Itogon), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 59,820 people.
|Municipality of Itogon|
Map of Benguet with Itogon highlighted
|Region||Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)|
|Barangays||9 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Victorio T. Palangdan|
|• Vice Mayor||Adriano R. Carantes Jr.|
|• Congressman||Nestor B. Fongwan|
|• Electorate||28,613 voters (2016)|
|• Total||449.73 km2 (173.64 sq mi)|
|• Density||130/km2 (340/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)74|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||247 million (2016)|
|Native languages||Kankanaey language|
During the Spanish Regime, a native of the historic pueblo of Itogon (or Itokhon), named Codeng, was appointed by the Spanish authorities as capitan of another nearby village, Balingway (currently Itogon Central/Proper). Balingway was later established as a town site and renamed after Codeng's native place.
Mining operations started in Itogon in 1903, after Benguet Corporation, the Philippines' first mining firm, was established in the town under the name, Benguet Consolidated Mining Company (BCMC), by Americans Nelson Peterson and Harry Clyde.
On August 13, 1908, Benguet was established as a sub-province of the newly created Mountain Province with the enactment of Act No. 1876. As a result, six townships of Benguet were abolished, but Itogon remained a constituent town of Benguet sub-province.
In 1948, plans by the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) for a second dam construction along the Agno River in the province of Benguet started, after the Ambuklao Dam construction commenced in Bokod. Bulldozers started clearing the forested area of the Guissit Mountains in 1954 for the Binga Dam. Construction of the dam took 3 years and 9 months, from August 1956 until its formal operations opening in May 1960.
On June 18, 1966, the sub-province of Benguet was separated from the old Mountain Province and was converted into a regular province. Itogon remained to be a component municipality of the newly established province.
Itogon is located at Nueva Vizcaya (on the west) and Pangasinan (on the south). The town is bounded by Baguio City and the municipality of Tuba on the west, La Trinidad and Tublay on the north-west, Bokod on the north-east, Kayapa and Santa Fe on the southeast, San Manuel and San Nicolas on the south, and Sison on the south-west., at the southeast end of the Benguet, forming a border with the provinces of
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 449.73 square kilometres (173.64 sq mi)  constituting 16.24% of the 2,769.08-square-kilometre- (1,069.15 sq mi) total area of Benguet.
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Itogon had a population of 59,820. The population density was 130 inhabitants per square kilometre (340/sq mi).
Generally inhabited by 60 percent Ibalois, 40 percent Kankanaey, and other ethnicities such as the Ilocano, Itogon was the most populous municipality in the province, with a population of 61,773 in the 1990 census. Its population abruptly declined five years after as illustrated in the census of 1995.
Itogon’s main source of livelihood is mining. Secondary to mining is agriculture. Major mining companies which operate in the town include Benguet Corporation, Philex Mining Corporation, Atok Big Wedge Mining Company (now called Atok Gold Mining Company) and Itogon Suyoc Mines.
Known tourist destination areas in Itogon include the Binga Dam in Tinongdan and Balatoc Mines Tours in Balatoc, Virac. Other tourist spots include the open pit mines in Loacan, hot spring in Dalupirip, Mount Ugo in Tinongdan, Level 1300 swimming pools in Poblacion with hot steams and bath and the mummies in Domolpos also in Tinongdan.
- Sacred Heart High School of Itogon
- Saint Louis High School of Antamok
- Saint Louis High School of Balatoc
- Saint Louis High School of Philex
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