Murcia, Negros Occidental

Murcia, officially the Municipality of Murcia, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 81,286 people.[3]

Municipality of Murcia
Lake in Mambukal

Map of Negros Occidental with Murcia highlighted
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°36′N 123°02′E
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
ProvinceNegros Occidental
District3rd district of Negros Occidental
Barangays23 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorVictor Gerardo M. Rojas
  Vice MayorJohnny P. Reosura
  CongressmanJose Francisco B. Benitez
  Electorate52,924 voters (2019)
  Total279.14 km2 (107.78 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density290/km2 (750/sq mi)
  Income class1st municipal income class
  Poverty incidence21.61% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)183,416,218.50 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)34
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesHiligaynon


Murcia is politically subdivided into 23 barangays ("Pob." means poblacion).

  • Abo-abo
  • Alegria
  • Amayco
  • Zone I (Poblacion)
  • Zone II (Poblacion)
  • Zone III (Poblacion)
  • Zone IV (Poblacion)
  • Zone V (Poblacion)
  • Blumentritt
  • Buenavista
  • Caliban
  • Canlandog
  • Cansilayan
  • Damsite
  • Iglau-an
  • Lopez Jaena
  • Minoyan
  • Pandanon (Silos)
  • San Miguel
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Rosa
  • Salvacion
  • Talotog


Population census of Murcia
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 4,227    
1918 10,058+5.95%
1939 18,948+3.06%
1948 28,243+4.53%
1960 23,482−1.53%
1970 32,176+3.20%
1975 38,668+3.75%
1980 45,162+3.15%
1990 50,996+1.22%
1995 55,128+1.47%
2000 59,358+1.60%
2007 71,289+2.56%
2010 75,207+1.97%
2015 68,254−1.83%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

Economy and tourism

The Mambukal Resort in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental has bats as tourist attraction. There resort has 3 species of bats – the Philippine Flying Fox (Philippine Giant Fruit Bat), the Philippine bare-backed fruit bat, and the Little Golden-mantled Flying Fox, which is already endangered. They produce a nitrogen-rich organic fertilizer called guano. Bats are included in the list of animals protected by Republic Act 9147 (Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act).[8] The provincial government-owned Mambukal Resort inaugurated its "Butterfly Garden," on December, 2007. Live predators of butterflies like tarantula, wild geckos, scorpions, millipedes and centipedes were displayed.[9]

Aside from the Mambukal Mountain Resort, Murcia is also famous for its Pandanon River Resort situated in the Murcia-Don Salvador Benedicto municipality border. A golf and country club is situated in Barangay Blumentritt. The newly built Kahulihoha Herbal Garden and Serenity Park can be found in Barangay Alegria.

Twin cities


  1. "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. "Province:". 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. Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. 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.
  7. "Province of". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  8. ", Bats are tourist attractions in Negros Occidental". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  9., Butterfly garden in Mambukal Resort opens
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