Toboso, Negros Occidental

Toboso, officially the Municipality of Toboso, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 42,114 people.[3]

Municipality of Toboso
Map of Negros Occidental with Toboso highlighted
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°43′N 123°31′E
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
ProvinceNegros Occidental
District1st district of Negros Occidental
Barangays9 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorRichard M. Jaojoco
  Vice MayorEdgar V. Bartolome
  CongressmanGerardo P. Valmayor Jr.
  Electorate29,366 voters (2019)
  Total117.33 km2 (45.30 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density360/km2 (930/sq mi)
  Income class3rd municipal income class
  Poverty incidence26.59% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)104,245,474.48 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)34
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesHiligaynon


The word "Toboso" was mentioned by Spanish Explorer to be a group of early American Indians living in Texas and Monterey, Mexico. Probably, Spanish Colonizer in the Philippines named this Town. Philippine history books also mentioned Spanish Colonizers naming Filipinos as "Indio" (East Indies, Indies, or Indians).


Economic progress in Toboso is very slow due to the limited number of business establishments. It is commonly called "the municipality with the highest poverty incidence" in Negros Occidental. Since its municipality recognition on July 1, 1948, the town struggled to be at par with its neighboring cities like Escalante, Sagay, San Carlos and the town of Calatrava.[5]

Economy depends on sugarcane plantation, farming (livestocks and poultry/game fowl) and fishing. Inhabitants often find work in neighboring provinces (engage in shipbuilding). Others worked as Overseas Filipino Workers, others engage in handicraft business. Some choose food preparations and forming of local, small businesses.


The town is generally peaceful with friendly inhabitants. A townhouse is situated in barangay Poblacion and is accessible by land and smaller boats for sea travel.

The inhabitants speak two languages: Cebuano followed by Ilonggo and of course, Filipino and English which were taught in schools.

The prominent families who have ruled this town are the Bedonia, De la Cruz, Baynosa and Valencia. The current mayor is Richard M. Jaojoco.


Toboso is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.

  • Bandila
  • Bug-ang
  • General Luna
  • Magticol
  • Poblacion
  • Salamanca
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • Tabun-ac


Population census of Toboso
YearPop.±% p.a.
1948 29,278    
1960 36,378+1.83%
1970 28,358−2.46%
1975 35,737+4.75%
1980 36,415+0.38%
1990 34,621−0.50%
1995 38,623+2.07%
2000 40,712+1.14%
2007 41,358+0.22%
2010 41,658+0.26%
2015 42,114+0.21%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]


  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. Philippine Philippine Statistics Authority
  6. Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. 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.
  8. "Province of". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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