Loreto, Province of Dinagat Islands

Summary data
Typemunicipality
Island groupMindanao
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceDinagat Islands
Barangay count10
Postal code8415
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSurigao Strait, Philippine Sea
Philippine major island(s)Dinagat
Area (2007)255.87 km2 (98.79 sq mi)
Population (2015)9,309
Density (2015)36 / km2 (94 / sq mi)
Coordinates10° 22' North, 125° 35' East (10.3592, 125.5793)
Estimated elevation above sea level3.0 meters (10.0 feet)

Loreto is a coastal municipality in the island province of Dinagat Islands.

The municipality has a land area of 255.87 square kilometers or 98.79 square miles which constitutes 24.69% of Dinagat Islands's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 9,309. This represented 7.32% of the total population of Dinagat Islands province, or 0.36% of the overall population of the Caraga region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 36 inhabitants per square kilometer or 94 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Loreto has 10 barangays as shown in the following table.

Demographic profile of barangays
BarangayPopulation percentage (2015)Population (2015)Population (2010)Change (2010‑2015)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)
Carmen14.78%1,3761,2718.26%1.52%
Esperanza12.97%1,2071,1663.52%0.66%
Ferdinand2.20%2051936.22%1.16%
Helene2.99%278306-9.15%-1.81%
Liberty7.28%678699-3.00%-0.58%
Magsaysay3.17%295323-8.67%-1.71%
Panamaon14.31%1,3321,2417.33%1.36%
San Juan16.37%1,5241,4088.24%1.52%
Santa Cruz7.40%689715-3.64%-0.70%
Santiago18.53%1,7251,5987.95%1.47%
Loreto Total9,3098,9204.36%0.82%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Loreto for the fiscal year of 2016 was 101,288,410.76.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
200942,935,722.47
201049,154,009.5014.48%
201154,516,154.5510.91%
201255,716,737.022.20%
201374,338,172.5933.42%
201485,415,956.7314.90%
201584,201,331.97-1.42%
2016101,288,410.7620.29%

End notes:

  • Annual Regular Income = Locally Sourced Revenue + Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) Current Year + Other Shares from National Tax Collection
  • Locally Sourced Revenue = Real Property Tax (General Fund) + Tax on Business + Other Taxes + Regulatory Fees + Service/User Charges + Receipts from Economic Enterprises

Demographics

Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in Loreto is 5 to 9, with 1,115 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 107 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 1220
1 to 4855
5 to 91,115
10 to 141,054
15 to 19697
20 to 24583
25 to 29626
30 to 34619
35 to 39519
40 to 44583
45 to 49504
50 to 54438
55 to 59390
60 to 64339
65 to 69305
70 to 74210
75 to 79145
80 and over107
Total9,309

Historical population

The population of Loreto grew from 8,324 in 1960 to 9,309 in 2015, an increase of 985 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 0.82%, or an increase of 389 people, from the previous population of 8,920 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
8,324
5,020-4.83%
5,2700.98%
5,5300.97%
7,3402.87%
8,0481.74%
8,7511.81%
9,0300.43%
8,920-0.45%
9,3090.82%

Location

The municipal center of Loreto is situated at approximately 10° 22' North, 125° 35' East, in the island of Dinagat. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 3.0 meters or 10.0 feet above mean sea level.


Distances

Based on the great-circle distance (the shortest distance between two points over the surface of the Earth), the cities closest to Loreto are Surigao City, Maasin, Baybay, Tacloban, Ormoc, and Cabadbaran. The nearest municipalities are Tubajon, Libjo, Hinundayan, Anahawan, San Jose, and Basilisa. Its distance from the national capital is 684.82 kilometers (425.53 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 684.82 kilometers (425.53 miles) to the Northwest (N46°W)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 9,309, ranked 1,526 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 98.79 square kilometers, ranked 396 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 36 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 1,555 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 0.82%, ranked 260 out of 1,634

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Data on annual regular income is from the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Department of Finance
  3. Postal code information is from the Philippine Postal Corporation.
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