Laak, Compostela Valley

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Municipality of Laak
The Valley's Last Frontier
Map of Compostela Valley with Laak highlighted
Map of Compostela Valley with Laak highlighted
Laak is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°50′N 125°49′E / 7.83°N 125.82°E / 7.83; 125.82Coordinates: 7°50′N 125°49′E / 7.83°N 125.82°E / 7.83; 125.82
Country Philippines
RegionDavao Region (Region XI)
ProvinceCompostela Valley
District2nd District
Barangays40 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorAntonio Ay-Eng Libuangan (PDP-Laban)
 • Vice MayorMilagros Y. Camile (PDP-Laban)
 • Electorate43,492 voters (2016)
 • Total768.00 km2 (296.53 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total73,874
 • Density96/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)87
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)230.3 million  (2016)
Native languagesDavawenyo
Kalagan language
Ata Manobo

Laak, officially the Municipality of Laak, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Compostela Valley, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 73,874 people.[3]


The town of Laak was founded in April 4, 1979 as San Vicente from several barangays of Monkayo, Montevista and Asuncion. Laak was created into a municipality by virtue of Batas Pambansa Bilang 23,[4] it was made part of the newly made Compostela Valley province in 1998.[5] The original name that the pioneer residents used to call this place even before the very formation of its nucleus in 1965 is no other than the native name Laak, derived from the name of a small thorn less bamboo, it is similar to but smaller than the bamboo called Lunas by the Bisayan tribes.

The name Laak, however, was not adopted when this place was created into a municipality; the name San Vicente was instantly coined just to insure the passage of the law creating this place into a town. The term San was attached to the name Vicente after the name of the father of then First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos. Coincidentally, the law creating this town was approved on the eve of the feast day of Sr. San Vicente Ferrer.

As the town residents found no meaning in calling this place San Vicente, they unanimously approved during the plebiscite called for the purpose on May 28, 1994 the adoption of the name Laak. Mayor Reynaldo B. Navarro, and the Sangguniang Bayan Members at that time led the move for the change of the name pursuant to the desire of the people.

Proposed Lorenzo S. Sarmiento municipality[edit]


Laak, although it has an overall population of 70,856 in per census of 2010,[6] is very isolated from other populated towns in its vicinity such as Monkayo and Nabunturan; the main cause of this is of its being a predominantly agricultural town; there are also some factors which contribute to its isolation such as its huge land area of 947.06 km2.(94, 706 hectares) and its heavily forested geographical features.

The municipality borders Municipality of Kapalong, Davao del Norte, to the west; Province of Agusan del Sur to the north; Municipality of Montevista and Monkayo, Compostela Valley, to the southeast; and Municipality of San Isidro, Davao del Norte, to the south-west.


Laak is politically subdivided into 40 barangays.[2]

  • Aguinaldo
  • Amorcruz
  • Ampawid
  • Andap
  • Anitap
  • Bagong Silang
  • Banbanon
  • Belmonte
  • Binasbas
  • Bollukan
  • Ceboleda
  • Concepcion
  • Datu Ampunan
  • Datu Davao
  • Doña Josefa
  • El Katipunan
  • Il Papa
  • Imelda
  • Inakayan
  • Kaligutan
  • Kapatagan
  • Kidawa
  • Kilagding
  • Kiokmay
  • Laak (Poblacion)
  • Langtud
  • Longanapan
  • Mabuhay
  • Makopa
  • Malinao
  • Mangloy
  • Melale
  • Naga
  • New Bethlehem
  • Panamoren
  • Sabud
  • San Antonio
  • Sta Emilia
  • Sto Niño
  • Sisimon


Population census of Laak
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 31,581—    
1990 35,895+1.29%
1995 51,073+6.83%
2000 59,450+3.31%
2007 66,607+1.58%
2010 70,856+2.28%
2015 73,874+0.80%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

In the 2015 census, the population of Laak, Compostela Valley, was 73,874 people,[3] with a density of 96 inhabitants per square kilometre or 250 inhabitants per square mile.


Laak’s economy is primarily driven by agriculture, with almost 65% of its income coming from agricultural sector (it includes agro-forestry, inland fishery and livestock raising) and business enterprises contribute only 35% of the municipality’s income.


The town of Laak is accessible by bus, passenger jeeps, and habal-habal motorcycles from both Tagum City and Trento, Agusan del Sur. Most passenger vehicles going to Laak had to pass the Tagum-Asuncion-San Isidro-Laak road since this road is one of the only two transportation accesses to the town, the other one being Loreto-Veruela-Trento road; the town does not have roads connecting to other towns of Compostela Valley, such as Nabunturan and Monkayo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Compostela Valley". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Batas Pambansa Blg. 23; An Act Creating the Municipality of San Vicente in the Province of Davao del Norte". The Corpus Juris. 4 April 1979. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Republic Act No. 8470 - An Act Creating the Province of Compostela Valley from the Province of Davao del Norte, and for Other Purposes". Republic Acts. Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  6. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of Compostela Valley". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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