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Lamitan, officially the City of Lamitan, (Chavacano: Ciudad de Lamitan; Yakan: Suidad Lamitanin; Tausūg: Dāira sin Lamitan), or simply known as Lamitan City, is a 6th class city and the capital of the province of Basilan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 74,782 people.[3]

Lamitan
City of Lamitan
Datu Kalun (Pedro Cuevas) Shrine in Lamitan City, founder of Lamitan
Datu Kalun (Pedro Cuevas) Shrine in Lamitan City, founder of Lamitan
Official seal of Lamitan
Seal
Motto(s): 
Lamitan Kong Mahal (Lamitan, My Love)
Map of Basilan with Lamitan highlighted
Map of Basilan with Lamitan highlighted
Lamitan is located in Philippines
Lamitan
Lamitan
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°39′N 122°08′E / 6.65°N 122.13°E / 6.65; 122.13Coordinates: 6°39′N 122°08′E / 6.65°N 122.13°E / 6.65; 122.13
Country Philippines
RegionBangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)
ProvinceBasilan
DistrictLone District
Founded1886
CityhoodJune 8, 2007
Barangays45 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
 • MayorRosita U. Furigay
 • Vice MayorRoderick H. Furigay
 • CongressmanMujiv S. Hataman
 • Electorate51,623 voters (2019)
Area
[2]
 • Total354.45 km2 (136.85 sq mi)
Population
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total74,782
 • Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Economy
 • Income class6th city income class
 • Poverty incidence37.55% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)444,888,558.34 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
7302
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)62
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesChavacano
Yakan
Tagalog
Websitelamitancity.gov.ph

The city is bounded on the east by the municipality of Tuburan, on the south by Tipo-Tipo, on the west by Isabela City and on the north by Basilan Strait.

On July 2016, the Basilan provincial government broke ground for the construction of the new provincial capitol inside the defunct 4,000-hectare University of the Philippines (UP) Land Grant in Barangay Santa Clara.[5][6]

BarangaysEdit

Lamitan is politically subdivided into 45 barangays.

  • Arco
  • Ba-as
  • Baimbing
  • Balagtasan
  • Balas
  • Balobo
  • Bato
  • Boheyakan
  • Buahan
  • Boheibu
  • Bohesapa
  • Bulingan
  • Cabobo
  • Campo Uno
  • Colonia
  • Calugusan
  • Kulay Bato
  • Limo-ok
  • Lo-ok
  • Lumuton
  • Luksumbang
  • Malo-ong Canal
  • Malo-ong San Jose
  • Parangbasak
  • Santa Clara
  • Tandong Ahas
  • Tumakid
  • Ubit
  • Bohebessey
  • Baungos
  • Danit-Puntocan
  • Sabong
  • Sengal
  • Ulame
  • Bohenange
  • Boheyawas
  • Bulanting
  • Lebbuh
  • Maganda (Poblacion)
  • Malakas (Poblacion)
  • Maligaya (Poblacion)
  • Malinis (Poblacion)
  • Matatag (Poblacion)
  • Matibay (Poblacion)
  • Simbangon

DemographicsEdit

YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 35,160—    
1970 37,423+0.62%
1975 39,703+1.19%
1980 45,223+2.64%
1990 47,859+0.57%
1995 54,433+2.44%
2000 58,709+1.63%
2007 82,074+4.73%
2010 68,996−6.12%
2015 74,782+1.55%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

GeographyEdit

 
Bulingan Falls

The terrain is relatively plain along the coastal areas and hilly in some areas. The urban area is 2.5 meters above sea level and gently sloping to 300 meters toward the hinterlands.

ClimateEdit

The climatic condition is the same with other areas in the entire Basilan Island. It has a "D" type of climate and rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year.

Climate data for Lamitan City, Basilan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
Average low °C (°F) 27
(81)
26
(79)
27
(81)
27
(81)
28
(82)
28
(82)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 106
(4.2)
77
(3.0)
91
(3.6)
104
(4.1)
236
(9.3)
321
(12.6)
325
(12.8)
306
(12.0)
227
(8.9)
271
(10.7)
204
(8.0)
115
(4.5)
2,383
(93.7)
Average rainy days 15.3 13.8 17.7 15.5 23.1 24.5 24.3 24.6 21.1 22.9 20.1 16.6 239.5
Source: Meteoblue [10]

HistoryEdit

CityhoodEdit

On June 18, 2007 voters in Lamitan ratified Republic Act 9393. 26,636 voted "yes" while only 177 voted against.

Historical sitesEdit

 
Lami-Lamihan Festival

Datu Kalun Shrine – Built as a tribute to a famous Yakan leader and founder of Lamitan. His descendants are the Antonio-Cuevas-Pamaran clan.

Museum of Lamitan – Showcases the color and highlights of the Lami-lamihan festival. It also serves as the information center for the development of this town.

EducationEdit

TertiaryEdit

Lamitan is home to one (1) state college and three (3) private colleges. The Basilan State College is an extension college of the main SUC in Isabela City. The three HEIs are the Mindanao Autonomous College, the Mariam School of Nursing and Furigay Colleges, Inc. (FCI).

The Mariam School of Nursing was established in 2004 as part of its Chairwoman's educational outreach program and was named Mariam or Mother Mary - a unifying and guiding figure among the Christians and Muslims. Also offers 11 Tesda Qualifications for National Certificates.

SecondaryEdit

Lamitan City has Seven Secondary Schools: one Private Secondary School; the Claret School of Lamitan,one Laboratory School of Basilan State College and five National High Schools i.e. Lamitan National High School, Look National High School,Colony National High School,Ubit National High School and Parangbasak National High School.

ElementaryEdit

There are five districts that composed of thirty nine elementary schools namely; Lamitan East District, South District,Central District, West I District and West II District. There are four private elementary schools.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "City". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Basilan". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "ARMM – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao". 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. ^ http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/02/28/1557698/armm-put-new-basilan-capitol
  6. ^ http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/02/28/1557698/armm-put-new-basilan-capitol
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "ARMM – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "ARMM – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. ^ "Province of Basilan". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Lamitan City, Basilan : Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 29 January 2019.

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