Iriga

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Iriga
Component City
City of Iriga
Mount Asog/Iriga
Mount Asog/Iriga
Official seal of Iriga
Seal
Map of Camarines Sur with Iriga highlighted
Map of Camarines Sur with Iriga highlighted
Iriga is located in Philippines
Iriga
Iriga
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°25′N 123°25′E / 13.42°N 123.42°E / 13.42; 123.42Coordinates: 13°25′N 123°25′E / 13.42°N 123.42°E / 13.42; 123.42
Country  Philippines
Region Bicol Region (Region V)
Province Camarines Sur
District 4th district
Founded 1578 (as a visita)
Founded 1683 (as a pueblo)
Cityhood September 3, 1968
Barangays 36 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Panlungsod
 • Mayor Madelaine Yorobe Alfelor
 • Vice Mayor Jose Villanueva Jr.
 • Electorate 55,792 voters (2016)
Area[2]
 • Total 137.35 km2 (53.03 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 111,757
 • Density 810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4431
PSGC 051716000
IDD:area code +63 (0)54
Climate type Tropical rainforest climate
Income class 4th city income class
Revenue (₱) 99,195,675.32472,025,392.29 (2016) [4]
Poverty incidence 23.01 (2012)[5]
Website www.iriga.gov.ph

Iriga, officially the City of Iriga, (Rinconada Bikol: Syudad ka Iriga; Central Bicolano: Syudad nin Iriga; Filipino: Lungsod ng Iriga), or known simply as Iriga City, is a 4th class city in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 111,757 people.[3]

It is located about 400 kilometres (250 mi) south-east of Manila, and about 33 kilometres (21 mi) south of the regional center Naga City.

According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 111,757 people.[3]

History[edit]

The city was chartered September 23, 1968.

Geography[edit]

Iriga is bounded by the town of Buhi in the east, by the municipalities of Baao, Nabua and Bato in the west, by the province of Albay in the south, and by the municipalities of Ocampo and Sangay in the north.

Barangays[edit]

Iriga City is politically subdivided into 36 barangays.[6]

  • Antipolo
  • Cristo Rey
  • Del Rosario (Banao)
  • Francia
  • La Anunciacion
  • La Medalla
  • La Purisima
  • La Trinidad
  • Niño Jesus
  • Perpetual Help
  • Sagrada
  • Salvacion
  • San Agustin
  • San Andres
  • San Antonio
  • San Francisco
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Juan
  • San Miguel
  • San Nicolas
  • San Pedro
  • San Rafael
  • San Ramon
  • San Roque
  • Santiago
  • San Vicente Norte
  • San Vicente Sur
  • Sta. Cruz Norte
  • Sta. Cruz Sur
  • Sta. Elena
  • Sta. Isabel
  • Sta. Maria
  • Sta. Teresita
  • Sto. Domingo
  • Sto. Niño

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Iriga
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 19,297—    
1918 24,145+1.51%
1939 31,005+1.20%
1948 42,049+3.44%
1960 75,439+4.99%
1970 77,382+0.25%
1975 75,885−0.39%
1980 66,113−2.72%
1990 74,269+1.17%
1995 82,482+1.98%
2000 88,893+1.62%
2007 97,983+1.35%
2010 105,919+2.87%
2015 111,757+1.03%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, the population of Iriga, was 111,757 people,[3] with a density of 810 inhabitants per square kilometre or 2,100 inhabitants per square mile.

Language[edit]

Irigueños or people of Iriga speak Rinconada Bikol language. Irigueños of Austronesian lineage are using Iriga variant while the indigenous and oboriginal groups of Agta or Negritos are using Agta variant of the language. Tagalog/Filipino and English languages are also understood and spoken. Bikol Central is also commonly understood and spoken in the Rinconada area.

Religion[edit]

The majority of the city residents are Roman Catholic, the Archdiocese of Nueva Caceres has several parishes and churches in the city. The biggest church can be found at the center of the city (Saint Anthony of Padua) and the Lourdes grotto symbolizes the long history of Catholicism in Iriga. Tinagba, a harvest festival can be seen a fusion of folk tradition and Catholic saint celebration.

Iglesia ni Cristo is the largest minority religion in the city. The INC's district office of ecclesiastical district of Camarines Southeast (CSE) is located in Barangay San Nicolas, the office oversees the church members in Rinconada and Partido areas in Camarines Sur, and Burias island in Masbate. Thus, a large number of INC members can be found in the city, at present, Iglesia Ni Cristo has four local congregations and two extensions in Iriga.

Islam is a new religion in the city and most of its members are immigrants from Mindanao island. LDS Church members are also numerous, as well as Jehovah's Witnesses. Baptist adherents are also active in the city.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Iriga City, Camarines Sur
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 33
(91)
32
(90)
35
(95)
37
(99)
37
(99)
36
(97)
35
(95)
33
(91)
35
(95)
34
(93)
33
(91)
32
(90)
34
(94)
Average low °C (°F) 26
(79)
26
(79)
28
(82)
30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(88)
29
(84)
28
(82)
29
(84)
28
(82)
28
(82)
27
(81)
28
(83)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 51.03
(2.0091)
78.13
(3.076)
55.3
(2.177)
83.07
(3.2705)
159.34
(6.2732)
239.88
(9.4441)
385.8
(15.189)
391.75
(15.4232)
293.65
(11.561)
401.33
(15.8004)
108.2
(4.26)
334.9
(13.185)
2,582.38
(101.6685)
Average rainy days 21 24 19 20 25 29 31 29 29 29 27 30 313
Source: World Weather Online[10]

Economy[edit]

Iriga City Central Terminal

Iriga City Public Market is one of the busiest in the region which makes the city as the center of commerce in Rinconada district, the old Public Market was redesigned and reconstructed in 2010 and now hosts LCC supermarket, many local shops and several national chain restaurants. Sold at the new public market are locally grown and harvested organic produce such as tilapia harvested from nearby Lake Buhi and Lake Bato. Salt water fresh and dried fish from neighboring Balatan coast are sold in abundance in the market. Gift shops offering locally manufactured products made from local hemp, pili nut, bamboo and coconut are offered to local and foreign tourists.

The city is home to three major commercial complexes namely the LCC Mall Iriga, which was the second LCC Mall in the district, the UNP Town Mall near the University of Northeastern Philippines, and the largest and newest Regent Central Commercial Complex. National chain restaurants like Mang Inasal, Chow King, Jollibee, Biggs and Shakey's opened branches in the city. Many other fastfood and specialty restaurants are planning to open branches in the future. A new convention center was built in front of the Catholic Grotto hosts important events in the city.[11]

Attractions[edit]

Iriga Plaza Hotel

Found at the downtown Iriga is the City Park which is located near the cathedral and across the old City Hall, it is a well landscaped, Japanese-themed park with a huge spurting fountain at the center but was later replaced with a skating rink. Acacia trees are lit with colored lights during Christmas season. Surrounding the park are business establishments and landmarks such as the Lourdes Grotto which offers a great view of the downtown.

There is a number of waterfalls and springs found in the city. Several resorts and hotels were built to accommodate growing tourist arrivals, the old Ibalon Hotel was renovated and renamed as Iriga City Plaza Hotel. Local cuisine offering meat and vegetarian dishes with coconut milk and red chili peppers.

Infrastructure[edit]

A small central bus terminal was constructed in the city center to accommodate buses, shuttles and jeepneys going to Manila and neighboring cities. Philippine National Railways and Philippine Transportation Company (PHILTRANCO) maintain stations in Iriga City. Several hospitals operate in the city. A catholic-convent run Sta. Maria Josefa Hospital is well- equipped and among the best in the region.

Energy[edit]

Electrification of far villages in the mountain and river districts was completed and now, the city is 100% electrified.

Telecommunications[edit]

Iriga City is served with several nationally operating telecom companies namely Digitel, Bayantel, PLDT, Smart, Globe and Sun cellular which offer telephone and internet services, these companies maintain major operations in the city. Iriga City is also the regional base of operations of TV and radio network RPN (Radio Philippines Network) Channel 9, since 1968, its radio station RPN DZKI-AM (Radyo Ronda Iriga) and television station RPN DWKI-TV 10 (currently airing CNN Philippines) which has been operating from the city has dominated the airwaves. There are a few local cable TV operators that dominate the cable TV market, including GMA TV 13 Iriga (affiliated to DZAL of Rinconada Broadcasting Corp.) ABS-CBN Corporation has proposed to construct a relay station in the city, probably on a UHF Channel, while TV5 planned to set up a 10 KW UHF relay station here. DZIJ-RJTV Channel 21 is set to open in the city.

Education[edit]

The city is home to two universities, several colleges and trade schools, the University of Saint Anthony, University of Northeastern Philippines, La Consolacion College, STI College, AMA Computer Learning Center and many others are located right within the city proper. These schools have students from the city and nearby towns, the city is host to a big number of student migrants from the region.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Camarines Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Camarines Sur : Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index". Makati City, Philippines: National Competitiveness Council (Philippines). Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "PSA Releases the 2012 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Archived from the original on 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  6. ^ http://www.iriga.gov.ph/barangays.asp
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO. 
  9. ^ "Province of Camarines Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Iriga City, Camarines Sur: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". World Weather Online. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  11. ^ ph.wowcity.com

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