Jordan, Guimaras

Jordan, officially the Municipality of Jordan ([hɔ̝ɾdɐn]), is a 3rd class municipality and capital of the province of Guimaras, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 36,096 people, making it the second largest settlement in the province.[3]

Municipality of Jordan
Harbour and Processing Plant
Map of Guimaras with Jordan highlighted
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°36′N 122°36′E
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
DistrictLone district
Barangays14 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorRuben B. Corpuz
  Vice MayorMa. Sheila G. Gange
  CongressmanMa. Lucille L. Nava
  Electorate24,864 voters (2019)
  Total126.11 km2 (48.69 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density290/km2 (740/sq mi)
  Income class3rd municipal income class
  Poverty incidence19.34% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)104,210,189.68 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)33
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesHiligaynon

With a wharf closest to Iloilo City and a central location, Jordan is also the commercial center of the island.[5]

Jordan is bounded by the three municipalities of the province, Buenavista to the north, San Lorenzo to the east, and Sibunag to the south. Before founding of the five towns, the whole island of Guimaras was called "Himal-us". Across the Iloilo Strait from Jordan is Iloilo City on the island of Panay.


Jordan is subdivided into 14 barangays.[2]

  • Alaguisoc
  • Balcon Maravilla
  • Balcon Melliza
  • Bugnay
  • Buluangan
  • Espinosa
  • Hoskyn
  • Lawi
  • Morobuan
  • Poblacion
  • Rizal
  • San Miguel
  • Sinapsapan
  • Santa Teresa


The name of the town used to be Nagaba but was changed in 1902 to Jordan.[6] The name Jordán, the Spanish name for the Jordan River, was chosen by the residents in honor of John the Baptist, their patron saint.[5] According to local folklore, he saved the inhabitants from slaughter during the Moro raid in the Spanish era.

In 1918, the municipality was formed when it separated from Buenavista, with Valeriano Villanueva as the first appointed Presidente Municipal. After elections in 1919, Hugo Chávez became the next mayor, followed by Licerio Segovia (1921-1923), Alberto Gonzaga (1923-1925), Feliz Ronzales (1925-1928), Hilario Nava (1929-1932), again Hugo Chávez (1932-1938), and Leodegario Galarpe (1939-1941).[5]

Nueva Valencia was established as a separate municipality in 1941. In July 1995 San Lorenzo and Sibunag were created, leaving Jordan with only 14 barangays. Before these two towns was created, Jordan was composed of 33 barangays.


Population census of Jordan
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 7,475    
1918 15,323+4.90%
1939 23,053+1.96%
1948 15,677−4.19%
1960 20,575+2.29%
1970 27,016+2.76%
1975 32,474+3.76%
1980 36,014+2.09%
1990 45,852+2.44%
1995 25,321−10.53%
2000 28,745+2.76%
2007 32,524+1.72%
2010 34,791+2.48%
2015 36,096+0.70%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, the population of Jordan, Guimaras, was 36,096 people,[3] with a density of 290 inhabitants per square kilometre or 750 inhabitants per square mile.

In the 2000 census, in an area of 126 km2., it had a population of 28,745 people in 5,397 households, and in 2007, 32,525 people.[10] In the 2010 census, its population had increased to 34,791 persons.


  1. "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. "Province: Guimaras". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. Census of Population (2015). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". 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. "Jordan". Province of Guimaras. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  6. "Act No. 433, AN ACT changing the name of the municipality of Nagaba, in the Province of Iloilo, to that of Jordan". Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  7. Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. "Province of Guimaras". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. "Guimaras Quick Facts". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
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