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Loreto, Agusan del Sur

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Loreto
Municipality

Location within Agusan del Sur province

Loreto
Location within the Philippines

Coordinates:

811N 12551ECoordinates:

Country

Philippines

Region

Caraga (Region XIII)

811N 12551E

Province

Agusan del Sur

District

2nd district of Agusan del Sur

Founded

March 30, 1965

Barangays

17 (see Barangays)

Government[1]
Type

Sangguniang Bayan

Mayor

Romeo O. Magadan (acting)

Area[2]
Total

1,462.74 km2(564.77 sq mi)

Population (2015 census)[3]


Total

42,501

Density

29/km2 (75/sq mi)

Voter(2016)[4]

20,898

Time zone

PST (UTC+8)

ZIP code

8507

IDD:area code

+63(0)85

Income class

1st class

PSGC

160305000

Loreto, officially the Municipality of Loreto (Filipino: Bayan ng Loreto), is a municipality in


the province of Agusan del Sur in the Caraga (Region XIII) of the Philippines. The population was
42,501 at the 2015 census.[3]In the 2016 election, it had 20,898 registered voters.[4]
Contents
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1History
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1.1Rain of fish
2Geography

2.1Barangays

3Demographics

4References

History[edit]

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 fish[edit]
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.[5][6][7]

Geography[edit]
Loreto is located at 811N 12551E.
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.

Barangays[edit]
Loreto is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.[8]

PSGC

Barangay

Population
2015

% p.a.
2010

[3]

[9]

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%

PSGC

Barangay

Population
2015

% p.a.
2010

[3]

[9]

160305016

Santo Nio

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%

42,501

39,474

+1.42%

TOTAL

Demographics[edit]
Population census of Loreto
Year

Pop.

1990
1995
2000

21,133
24,022
31,365

% p.a.

Year

Pop.

% p.a.

2007
+2.43% 2010
+5.88% 2015

34,549
39,474
42,501

+1.34%
+4.97%
+1.42%

Source: PSA[3][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).
In the 2016 election, it had 20,898 registered voters.[4]

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