Loreto, Dinagat Islands
|Municipality of Loreto|
Last Frontier of Dinagat
Map of Dinagat Islands with Loreto highlighted
|Coordinates: 10°21′31″N 125°34′54″E|
|Region||Caraga (Region XIII)|
|Founded||January 1, 1919|
|Barangays||10 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Doandre Bill A. Ladaga|
|• Vice Mayor||Richard C. Tan|
|• Congressman||Alan 1 B. Ecleo|
|• Electorate||8,024 voters (2019)|
|• Total||255.87 km2 (98.79 sq mi)|
|• Density||36/km2 (94/sq mi)|
|• Income class||4th municipal income class|
|• Poverty incidence||36.63% (2015)|
|• Revenue (₱)||101,288,410.76 (2016)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)86|
|Climate type||tropical monsoon climate|
The town became a part of the province of Dinagat Islands in October 2, 2006 when the province was created from Surigao del Norte by Republic Act No. 9355. However, in February 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional, as the necessary requirements for provincial land area and population were not met. The town reverted to Surigao del Norte. On October 24, 2012, however, the Supreme Court reversed its ruling from the previous year, and upheld the constitutionality of RA 9355 and the creation of Dinagat Islands as a province.
Loreto is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.
|Population census of Loreto|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
The town is endowed with rich mineral resources like aluminous laterite ore, chromite, gold, niceliferous laterite, sand and gravel, guano, rock phosphate, limestone, and siliceous sand. It is also considered as an excellent fishing ground.
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