Capoocan, Leyte

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Municipality of Capoocan
Map of Leyte with Capoocan highlighted
Map of Leyte with Capoocan highlighted
Capoocan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°17′N 124°39′E / 11.28°N 124.65°E / 11.28; 124.65Coordinates: 11°17′N 124°39′E / 11.28°N 124.65°E / 11.28; 124.65
Country Philippines
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
District2nd district of Leyte
Barangays21 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorFe Claire P. Carolino-Paragatos
 • Vice MayorFederico H. Carolino Sr.
 • CongressmanLolita T. Javier
 • Electorate19,727 voters (2016)
 • Total185.40 km2 (71.58 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total33,617
 • Density180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)53
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)89.1 million  (2016)
Native languagesWaray

Capoocan, officially the Municipality of Capoocan, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 33,617 people.[3]


The name Capoocan comes from the dialect term "mapu-uk" which means obstructed or "obstaculizado" in Spanish. It lies along the shores of Carigara Bay - its people drawing sustenance both from the waters which give an abundant harvest of fish that find their way in the markets of Tacloban and Carigara, as well as in the fertile lands that end at the foot of Mount Minoro.

Expansion efforts have been limited by the presence of Mount Minoro. The mountain obstructs and contains the town in its present site - forbidding further growth but protecting the town from the strong typhoons that have battered neighboring towns.

In 1904, the town earned its independence from its mother municipality, Carigara. Apparently too young for such a difficult undertaking, Capoocan willingly returned to barrio status after a few years of determined but unsuccessful attempts at independence.

On January 1, 1928, when it finally gathered strength and gained experience, Capoocan was granted municipal status again. It was ranked as a fifth class municipality at first but later on ascended to fourth class category.

Its first town executive was Brigido Merelos. In 1931, Jose Pagar was elected President but his term was short since he was appointed municipal judge of Pastrana. It was Perfecto Pilapil who succeeded him to serve the un-expired term.

In 1935, Solos M. Hernandez was elected Mayor. He was re-elected in 1939 but he died at the outbreak of World War II.

From 1867 when Capoocan was a "visita" of Carigara, the town has shown remarkable increase in population. After 38 years on its own as a town, Capoocan has grown into its present site - 17 barrios stretching to as far as 30 kilometers from the town proper and a "poblacion" that shows promise.

Its children are making history for the town. The true Capoocan families are the Misagals, the Pingals, Nicolasuras, Melgars, Petilos, Pamanians, and the Merelos. Their children form the professionals of Capoocan, the lawyers, accountants and engineers who are building the town both in prestige as well as progress.[4]


Capoocan is politically subdivided into 21 barangays.[2]

  • Balucanad
  • Balud
  • Balugo
  • Cabul-an
  • Gayad
  • Culasian
  • Guinadiongan
  • Lemon
  • Libertad
  • Manloy
  • Nauguisan
  • Pinamopoan
  • Poblacion Zone I
  • Poblacion Zone II
  • Potot
  • San Joaquin
  • Santo Niño
  • Talairan
  • Talisay
  • Tolibao
  • Visares


There are a total of 20 Elementary Schools and 4 secondary Schools in Capoocan[5]

Grade School/ Elementary School[edit]

  • Balucanad Elementary School
  • Balud Elementary School
  • Balugo Primary School
  • Cabul-an Elementary School
  • Capoocan CS
  • Culasian Elementary School
  • Gayad Elementary School
  • Guinadiongan Elementary School
  • Lemon Elementary School
  • Lemon-San Joaquin Elementary School
  • Libertad Elementary School
  • Manloy Elementary School
  • Nauguisan Primary School
  • Pinamopoan Elementary School
  • Potot Elementary School
  • Sto. Nino Elementary School
  • Talairan Elementary School
  • Talisay Elementary School
  • Tolibao Elementary School
  • Visares Elementary School

Secondary/ High School[edit]

  • Balucanad Elementary School
  • Balud Elementary School
  • Balugo Primary School
  • Cabul-an Elementary School


Population census of Capoocan
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,106—    
1918 4,772+2.90%
1939 8,907+3.02%
1948 11,753+3.13%
1960 14,948+2.02%
1970 17,077+1.34%
1975 20,783+4.02%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 20,726−0.05%
1990 23,687+1.34%
1995 26,384+2.04%
2000 27,593+0.97%
2007 28,388+0.39%
2010 29,834+1.82%
2015 33,617+2.30%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][6][7][8]

In the 2015 census, the population of Capoocan, Leyte, was 33,617 people,[3] with a density of 180 inhabitants per square kilometre or 470 inhabitants per square mile.

Notable People[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Leyte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Philippines Tacloban Mission Alumni | Welcome". Mission Net. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  5. ^ . School Torkis Directory Retrieved October 30, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of Leyte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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