Poro, Cebu

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Poro
Municipality
Municipality of Poro
Poro town hall
Poro town hall
Map of Cebu with Poro highlighted
Map of Cebu with Poro highlighted
Poro is located in Philippines
Poro
Poro
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°38′N 124°25′E / 10.63°N 124.42°E / 10.63; 124.42Coordinates: 10°38′N 124°25′E / 10.63°N 124.42°E / 10.63; 124.42
Country  Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 5th district of Cebu
Founded 17 December 1701
Barangays 17 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Luciano Rama
 • Vice Mayor Edgar Rama
 • Congressman Red Durano
 • Electorate 13,790 voters (2016)
Area[2]
 • Total 63.59 km2 (24.55 sq mi)
Elevation 26 m (85 ft)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 25,212
 • Density 400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 6049
PSGC 072238000
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Climate type Tropical climate
Income class 4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 74,621,570.91 (2016)

Poro, officially the Municipality of Poro, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Poro; Tagalog: Bayan ng Poro), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 25,212 people.[3]

Poro, along with the municipality of Tudela, is located on Poro Island of the Camotes Islands.

The patronal feast of Poro is celebrated on the third Friday of January, in honour of the Santo Niño de Cebu.

Barangays[edit]

Poro comprises 17 barangays:

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[4]
072238001 Adela 6.9% 1,737 1,339 5.08%
072238002 Altavista 3.8% 958 1,142 −3.29%
072238003 Cagcagan 12.4% 3,114 3,238 −0.74%
072238004 Cansabusab 2.3% 577 525 1.81%
072238005 Daan Paz 3.7% 922 888 0.72%
072238006 Eastern Poblacion 4.6% 1,158 886 5.23%
072238007 Esperanza 13.2% 3,324 3,131 1.15%
072238008 Libertad 5.2% 1,313 1,276 0.55%
072238010 Mabini 5.0% 1,259 1,254 0.08%
072238011 Mercedes 10.3% 2,585 2,294 2.30%
072238012 Pagsa 4.7% 1,183 672 11.37%
072238013 Paz 5.0% 1,252 1,206 0.72%
072238014 Rizal 3.5% 871 817 1.23%
072238015 San Jose 5.0% 1,255 1,136 1.91%
072238016 Santa Rita 2.8% 705 860 −3.71%
072238018 Teguis 5.5% 1,397 1,323 1.04%
072238019 Western Poblacion 6.4% 1,602 1,511 1.12%
Total 25,212 23,498 1.35%

Demographics[edit]

Population of Poro
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 4,991—    
1918 6,754+2.04%
1939 11,520+2.58%
1948 12,523+0.93%
1960 13,736+0.77%
1970 14,858+0.79%
1975 16,535+2.17%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 17,717+1.39%
1990 19,150+0.78%
1995 21,517+2.21%
2000 21,397−0.12%
2007 21,529+0.08%
2010 23,498+3.24%
2015 25,212+1.35%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5]

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 13,790 registered voters, meaning that 55% of the population are aged 18 and over.[6]

Etymology and languages[edit]

The town's name is derived from the Waray-Waray word puro meaning "island". This how Camotes Island is called by Warays and Leyteños. Before the first municipality to be established in Camotes, puro meant the name of all the islands.

Aside from Cebuano, Waray, Tagalog, and English, the townsfolk also speak the local Porohanon language. Also known as Camotes Visayan, the language is mutually intelligible with other Visayan languages (e.g. Cebuano) spoken in the rest of the Camotes Islands, Cebu, other parts of the Visayas, and Northern Mindanao.

The town is home to the Porohanon language, one of the most endangered languages in the Visayas. The language is only used in the Poro islands. The language is classified as distinct from Sebwano (Bisaya) by the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino and is vital to the culture and arts of the Porohanon people. Porohanon is distinguished by the way the locals substitute /j/ sounds with /ʒ/, for instance Cebuano maayong buntag ("good morning") vocalised as maazong buntag in Porohanon. (Possibly occasions too a handover from the yeísmo phenomenon in Spanish.) Other dialectical variations include the Porohanon ara dira instead of the standard Cebuano na-a diha.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO. 
  6. ^ "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 

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