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Municipal Profile



LOON
is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 42,441 people. The town has an old church dating from the 1850's.

  • Class of municipality: Second
  • Average Gross Annual Income: P59.7 million
  • Number of barangays: 67 (the highest number in Bohol)
  • Land Area: 116.2 km2 or 11,884.89 hectares
Demographics
  • Population: 42,441 (NSO, 2007)
  • Number of males: 18,258 or 49.78% (PDMS*, 2007)
  • Number of females: 18,418 or 50.22% (PDMS, 2007)
  • Number of registered voters: 25,089 (COMELEC, 2007)
  • Population density: 365 per km2 (NSO, 2007)
  • Population growth rate: -3.14 percent (NSO, 2007)
  • Number of households: 8,487 (PDMS, 2007)
  • Average household size: 4.32 (PDMS, 2007)
  • Average number of babies born per month: 56
  • Birth rate per month: 2.04 percent
  • Mortality rate: 5.56 percent (RHU 1 & RHU 2)
Economy
  • Land Use:
·         Agricultural - 11,754.5 hectares
·         Institutional - 100.84 hectares
·         Residential - 23.25 hectares
·         Park and Open Spaces - 4.32 hectares
·         Commercial - 1.97 hectares
·         Timberland - 2,500.58 hectares (21.04%)
·         Alienable and Disposable - 9,384.31 hectares (78.96%)
  • Major industries: agriculture, fishery, cottage (ready-to-wear clothes, mats, baskets), transportation, trading, tourism
  • Major resources: potable water for households and industries; municipal waters, one of Bohol’s rich fishing grounds; land, underutilized due to the locals’ propensity to find employment elsewhere; human resources: high literacy rate (91.5%), 7th largest population in Bohol
  • Ports: one provincial secondary port; six fishing ports
  • Public markets: two main public markets; five barangay/feeder markets
  • Communication facilities: one landline telephone system, two public calling offices, four internet cafés, cellsites of four telecommunications network, inter-barangay handheld radio system, one cable television network, municipal hall with internet connection, one solar-powered internet café on Cabilao Island (the first and only in the Philippines), Philippine Postal Corporation (local post office), Bohol Law Enforcement Communication System (BLECS)
  • More than 800 business establishments and entrepreneurs: more than 300 retail stores; 91 fish vendors; 50 recreation facilities and multi-service shops; 38 garments manufacturers, peddlers and other retailers; more than 25 vegetable vendors and food handlers; 24 food and beverage establishments and distributors; 17 general merchandise, pharmacies, hardware and appliance stores, and motor vehicle distributors; 11 bakeshops; 10 construction materials suppliers; 7 pawnshops, lending institutions and insurance agents; 6 chainsaw operators; 5 rice and corn mills; 3 water refilling stations; 4 beach resorts and dive shops; 3 private banks; 3 gas stations; 2 lodging accommodations
Education
  • Public educational institutions: Loon North District - 12 elementary schools; 8 primary schools; 3 secondary schools - Cabilao National High School, Sandingan High School and Cantaongon High School
  • Public educational institutions: Loon South District - 10 elementary schools; 9 primary schools; 1 secondary school, Loon South High School
  • Private secondary schools: University of Bohol - Loon, Sacred Heart Academy, Saint Teresa Academy
  • Preparatory schools: 64 public preparatory schools (day-care centers); University of Bohol - Loon Learning Center; Trinitas Learning Center; Saint Teresa Academy Kindergarten School; Catechetical Learning Center (Cuasi)
Health and safety
  • Health services: one provincial district hospital (Cong. Natalio P. Castillo Memorial Hospital); two Rural Health Units; 12 Barangay Health Stations; one private dental clinic; two private medical clinics; one LGU emergency response unit ("Alagad" Center)
  • Public security: one PNP station; 704th Regional Mobile Group (Catagbacan Norte)
  • Potable water supply: LGU-managed Loon Waterworks System serving more than 3,000 subscribers in 42 barangays; three strategically located Level II water systems serving the upland barangay.
Transportation
Loon is accessible by public utility buses, jeepneys and vans-for-hire that frequently ply the north-south route. A provincial road also connects the eastern town of Antequera to the national highway in Catagbacan where a secondary pier is operational for the daily traffic of cargo and passengers enroute to and from Argao, Cebu. It is worth noting that a number of local businessmen are operators of buses, jeepneys and vans-for-hire with provincewide franchises.
Inter-barangay accessibility is facilitated by a good network of barangay roads traversed daily by a number of tricycles and “habal-habal” (motorcycles). Also, there is a daily schedule of jeepneys and buses going to and from Sandingan Island through the Tajang causeway. At the Mocpoc wharf in Sandingan motorized outrigger boats ferry passengers to the tourism island of Cabilao in only ten minutes.
  • Road network:
·         National - 24 kilometers (15 mi)
·         Provincial - 12.8 kilometers (8 mi)
·         Municipal - 7.995 kilometers (4.968 mi)
·         Barangay - 144.94 kilometers (90.06 mi)
  • Public transportation providers: more than 10 operators of PUBs and PUJs; about 20 operators of vans-for-hire; 126 registered tricycles, ‘habal-habal’ and motorized boat operators
Topography
Loon is composed of land mass, coastlines and natural waters and has a relatively rolling topography consisting of moderate hills, rolling plains, sparse plateaus interspersed with valleys, and some ravines.