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Loreto, Agusan del Sur

Loreto, officially the Municipality of Loreto, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Loreto; Tagalog: Bayan ng Loreto), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 42,501 people.[3]

Loreto
Municipality of Loreto
Map of Agusan del Sur with Loreto highlighted
Map of Agusan del Sur with Loreto highlighted
Loreto is located in Philippines
Loreto
Loreto
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 8°11′N 125°51′E / 8.19°N 125.85°E / 8.19; 125.85Coordinates: 8°11′N 125°51′E / 8.19°N 125.85°E / 8.19; 125.85
Country Philippines
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceAgusan del Sur
District2nd District
FoundedMarch 30, 1965
Barangays17 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorEdgar Azarcon
 • Electorate20,898 voters (2016)
Area
[2]
 • Total1,462.74 km2 (564.77 sq mi)
Population
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total42,501
 • Density29/km2 (75/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
8507
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)85
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)256,405,187.05 (2016)
Native languagesAgusan language
Butuanon
Cebuano
Higaonon
Tagalog

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HistoryEdit

It was in the year 1600 (please check this date, Fr. Urios came to Agusan in 1880's) when the Spaniards first came to the upper reaches of Agusan and discover the Manobos. In convincing the Manobos to organized themselves and lived in a settlement/community, the settlement was given the name of "Loreto" in remembrance of Fr. Urios town in Spain on March 30, 1965.[citation needed]

Rain of fishEdit

On a rainy morning in January 13, 2012, Loreto became nationally notable when it became the site of a rain of fish. Seventy-two small fish were recovered and placed in an aquarium. They were about 3 in (7.6 cm) long and had small spots, but the species remains unknown. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources attributes the phenomenon to a waterspout.[4][5][6]

GeographyEdit

Loreto is located at 8°11′N 125°51′E / 8.19°N 125.85°E / 8.19; 125.85.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 1,462.74 square kilometres (564.77 sq mi)[2] constituting 14.64% of the 9,989.52-square-kilometre- (3,856.98 sq mi) total area of Agusan del Sur.

Loreto is a river town situated south-west of Agusan del Sur. It is bounded on the north by La Paz, north-east by Bunawan, and southeast by Veruela. The provinces of Bukidnon and Davao del Norte bound its Western and Southern portions.

Loreto is a strategically situated as a junction point to various destination within Agusan del Sur and nearby provinces. The accessibility of Loreto to Provincial Center, Patin-ay in Prosperidad has three main routes: the Loreto-Santa Josefa-Trento route of 118.36 kilometres (73.55 mi), the Loreto-La Paz Talacogon route of 85.53 kilometres (53.15 mi), and the Loreto-Bunawan route of 87.52 kilometres (54.38 mi) with two hours of Pump boat cruising the Agusan River.

BarangaysEdit

Loreto is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.[7]


PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[8]
160305001 Binucayan 6.5% 2,781 3,605 −4.82%
160305002 Johnson 3.4% 1,433 1,547 −1.45%
160305013 Kasapa 4.1% 1,738 3,122 −10.55%
160305014 Katipunan 1.2% 525 677 −4.73%
160305015 Kauswagan 5.8% 2,445 2,182 2.19%
160305003 Magaud 7.8% 3,314 2,303 7.18%
160305004 Nueva Gracia 5.3% 2,270 1,928 3.16%
160305005 Poblacion 15.0% 6,384 6,456 −0.21%
160305017 Sabud 10.3% 4,367 779 38.85%
160305006 San Isidro 3.8% 1,601 1,532 0.84%
160305007 San Mariano 5.7% 2,411 2,709 −2.19%
160305008 San Vicente 5.1% 2,163 2,227 −0.55%
160305009 Santa Teresa 5.5% 2,325 2,324 0.01%
160305016 Santo Niño 2.6% 1,088 1,221 −2.17%
160305010 Santo Tomas 9.1% 3,859 3,674 0.94%
160305011 Violanta 3.4% 1,439 1,174 3.95%
160305012 Waloe 5.5% 2,358 2,014 3.05%
Total 42,501 39,474 1.42%

DemographicsEdit

YearPop.±% p.a.
1918 2,447—    
1939 4,395+2.83%
1948 4,125−0.70%
1960 6,248+3.52%
1970 13,057+7.64%
1975 16,264+4.50%
1980 18,781+2.92%
1990 21,133+1.19%
1995 24,022+2.43%
2000 31,365+5.88%
2007 34,549+1.34%
2010 39,474+4.97%
2015 42,501+1.42%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8][9][10]

In the 2015 census, Loreto had a population of 42,501.[3] The population density was 29 inhabitants per square kilometre (75/sq mi).


ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Jereco O. Paloma (January 15, 2012). "Agusan's 'rain of fish' natural although unusual". SunStar Davao. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Lani Nami Buan (January 15, 2012). "'Fish rain' puzzles residents in Agusan Sur's Loreto town". GMA News. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  6. ^ Charmane Awitan (January 13, 2012). "Fish rain down on Agusan del Sur town". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "Municipal: Loreto, Agusan del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  8. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Caraga". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  10. ^ "Province of Agusan del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.