Pontevedra, Negros Occidental

Pontevedra, officially the Municipality of Pontevedra, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 51,866 people.[3]


Municipality of Pontevedra
Map of Negros Occidental with Pontevedra highlighted
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°22′N 122°53′E
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
ProvinceNegros Occidental
District4th district
Barangays20 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorJose Maria A. Alonso
  Vice MayorJimmy C. Gavan
  CongresswomanJuliet Marie "Yoyet" D. Ferrer
  Electorate30,559 voters (2019)
  Total112.50 km2 (43.44 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
  Income class3rd municipal income class
  Poverty incidence16.59% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)102,504,519.88 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)34
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesHiligaynon

Also called Marayo, Pontevedra's center or poblacion area is marked by the newly renovated St. Michael the Archangel Parish, with the Saint Michael Academy, beside it. To the east is the Public Market, ending up with Barangay Antipolo, notable place of some of prominent families "Hacienderos" as well as political clan of the town. The western side offers scenic views of the Panay Gulf as well as Islands of Guimaras and Panay.

At the northern end of this town is Barangay San Juan, which is named in honor of Saint John the Baptist and offers much turnip "singkamas" which is common in the area. Its southern part is Barangay Miranda, forming the boundary of Pontevedra and Hinigaran, where most people make their means of living through fishing.

Former actress Rio Diaz served as vice mayor of Pontevedra from 1998 to 2004.


Pontevedra is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.

  • Antipolo
  • Barangay I (Poblacion)
  • Barangay II (Poblacion)
  • Barangay III (Poblacion)
  • Buenavista Gibong
  • Buenavista Rizal
  • Burgos
  • Cambarus
  • Canroma
  • Don Salvador Benedicto
  • General Malvar
  • Gomez
  • M. H. Del Pilar
  • Mabini
  • Miranda
  • Pandan
  • Recreo
  • San Isidro
  • San Juan
  • Zamora


Population census of Pontevedra
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 9,538    
1918 10,817+0.84%
1939 20,495+3.09%
1948 18,060−1.40%
1960 22,751+1.94%
1970 27,007+1.73%
1975 30,575+2.52%
1980 33,258+1.70%
1990 40,094+1.89%
1995 42,443+1.07%
2000 42,089−0.18%
2007 46,768+1.46%
2010 47,945+0.91%
2015 51,866+1.51%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]


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  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.
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