Mercedes, Province of Eastern Samar

Summary data
Typemunicipality
Island groupVisayas
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
ProvinceEastern Samar
Barangay count16
Postal code6808
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesLeyte Gulf [Philippine Sea]
Philippine major island(s)Samar
Area (2007)23.32 km2 (9.00 sq mi)
Population (2015)6,070
Density (2015)260 / km2 (674 / sq mi)
Coordinates11° 6' North, 125° 43' East (11.0986, 125.7103)
Estimated elevation above sea level18.5 meters (60.8 feet)

Mercedes is a coastal municipality in the province of Eastern Samar.

The municipality has a land area of 23.32 square kilometers or 9.00 square miles which constitutes 0.50% of Eastern Samar's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 6,070. This represented 1.30% of the total population of Eastern Samar province, or 0.14% of the overall population of the Eastern Visayas region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 260 inhabitants per square kilometer or 674 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Mercedes has 16 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)
Anuron13.41%81473710.45%1.91%
Banuyo6.92%4203917.42%1.37%
Barangay 1 Poblacion4.66%283288-1.74%-0.33%
Barangay 2 Poblacion4.09%2482422.48%0.47%
Barangay 3 Poblacion3.26%1981942.06%0.39%
Barangay 4 Poblacion6.29%38232716.82%3.00%
Bobon4.65%28221928.77%4.93%
Busay6.26%3803761.06%0.20%
Buyayawon6.41%38934512.75%2.31%
Cabunga‑an4.23%25719134.55%5.81%
Cambante4.70%28524317.28%3.08%
Palamrag9.01%54745919.17%3.40%
Port Kennedy3.99%2422295.68%1.06%
San Jose6.36%38633116.62%2.97%
San Roque7.25%44037617.02%3.04%
Sung‑an8.52%51742122.80%3.99%
Mercedes Total6,0705,36913.06%2.36%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Mercedes for the fiscal year of 2016 was 35,570,659.55.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
200920,507,760.02
201021,643,784.685.54%
201123,553,864.198.83%
201222,676,347.30-3.73%
201325,357,115.3411.82%
201428,402,370.8612.01%
201532,452,729.7114.26%
201635,570,659.559.61%

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 Mercedes is 15 to 19, with 697 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 75 to 79, with 86 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 1115
1 to 4449
5 to 9632
10 to 14624
15 to 19697
20 to 24623
25 to 29468
30 to 34411
35 to 39319
40 to 44287
45 to 49296
50 to 54295
55 to 59205
60 to 64175
65 to 69167
70 to 74116
75 to 7986
80 and over105
Total6,070

Historical population

The population of Mercedes fell from 6,424 in 1960 to 6,070 in 2015, a decrease of 354 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 2.36%, or an increase of 701 people, from the previous population of 5,369 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
6,424
4,605-3.20%
3,846-3.55%
4,8484.74%
4,505-0.73%
5,4733.71%
4,857-2.53%
5,0410.51%
5,3692.32%
6,0702.36%

Location

The municipal center of Mercedes is situated at approximately 11° 6' North, 125° 43' East, in the island of Samar. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 18.5 meters or 60.8 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 Mercedes are Borongan, Tacloban, Baybay, Catbalogan, Ormoc, and Maasin. The nearest municipalities are Guiuan, Salcedo, Quinapondan, General MacArthur, Hernani, and Giporlos. Its distance from the national capital is 642.51 kilometers (399.24 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

Nearest cities

  • Borongan, Eastern Samar, 64.30 kilometers (39.95 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N28°W)
  • Tacloban, 78.34 kilometers (48.68 miles) to the West‑Northwest (N78°W)
  • Baybay, Leyte, 110.20 kilometers (68.47 miles) to the West‑Southwest (S65°W)
  • Catbalogan, Samar, 117.28 kilometers (72.88 miles) to the Northwest (N50°W)
  • Ormoc, Leyte, 120.95 kilometers (75.16 miles) to the West (S85°W)
  • Maasin, Southern Leyte, 142.62 kilometers (88.62 miles) to the Southwest (S41°W)

Distance from Manila: 642.51 kilometers (399.24 miles) to the Northwest (N52°W)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 6,070, ranked 1,575 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 9.00 square kilometers, ranked 1,566 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 260 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 774 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 2.36%, ranked 510 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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