Loreto, Dinagat Islands

Loreto, officially the Municipality of Loreto, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Dinagat Islands, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 9,309 people.[3]

Municipality of Loreto
Last Frontier of Dinagat
Map of Dinagat Islands with Loreto highlighted
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°21′31″N 125°34′54″E
Country Philippines
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceDinagat Islands
DistrictLone District
FoundedJanuary 1, 1919
Barangays10 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorDoandre Bill A. Ladaga
  Vice MayorRichard C. Tan
  CongressmanAlan 1 B. Ecleo
  Electorate8,024 voters (2019)
  Total255.87 km2 (98.79 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density36/km2 (94/sq mi)
  Income class4th municipal income class
  Poverty incidence36.63% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)101,288,410.76 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)86
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Native languagesSurigaonon


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.[5] 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.[6]

In 1956, the sitio of Roxas was converted into a barrio.[7]


Loreto is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.

  • Carmen (Poblacion)
  • Esperanza
  • Ferdinand
  • Helen (on Gibusong Island)
  • Liberty (on Gibusong Island)
  • Magsaysay (on Gibusong Island)
  • Panamaon
  • San Juan (Poblacion)
  • Santa Cruz (Poblacion)
  • Santiago (Poblacion)


Population census of Loreto
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 2,193    
1939 6,623+3.12%
1948 6,212−0.71%
1960 8,324+2.47%
1970 5,020−4.93%
1975 5,270+0.98%
1980 5,530+0.97%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 7,340+2.87%
1995 8,048+1.74%
2000 8,751+1.81%
2007 9,030+0.43%
2010 8,920−0.45%
2015 9,309+0.82%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8][9][10]


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.


  1. "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. "Province: Dinagat Islands". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". 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. Tetch Torres (2010-02-11). "Dinagat Islands province back to being a town". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  6. "IRA Shares for LGUs Jump by 37.5% in 2013". Office of the President of the Philippines. January 9, 2013. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014.
  7. "An Act Converting into Barrios Certain Sitios in the Province of Surigao, and Dividing the Barrio of Macalaya into two barangays, Municipality of Placer, in the Same Province". LawPH.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  8. Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Caraga". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  10. "Province of Dinagat Islands". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
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