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Dumaguete City town information 3-12
Bacong information 13
Business local directory 16-20
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
The City of Dumaguete is a city in the Philippine province of Negros Oriental. It is the capital, principal seaport, and largest city of the province. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 116,392 people. A person from Dumaguete is called a "Dumagueteño". The city is nicknamed The City of Gentle People.
Dumaguete is referred to as a university town because of the presence of seven universities and colleges, where students of the province converge to enroll for tertiary education. The city is also a popular educational destination for students of surrounding provinces and cities inVisayas and Mindanao. The city is best known for Silliman University, the country's first Protestant university and the first American university in Asia. There are also 12 elementary schools and 9 high schools. The city's student population is estimated at 30,000.
The city attracts a considerable number of foreign tourists, particularly Europeans, because of easy ferry access from Cebu City, the availability of beach resorts and dive sites, and the attraction of dolphin and whale watching in nearby Bais Bay. It is also becoming one of the country's retirement hubs because of its quiet, rustic and laid-back atmosphere, numerous medical facilities and other urban amenities which are comparable to, if not better than, those found in the metropolitan areas.
Dumaguete is considered one of the fastest developing cities in the Philippines.
The Dumaguete Belfry is the city's most popular architectural landmark. It was built in 1760s and 1870s to warn townfolks of attacks by marauding pirates.
"Dumaguete" was coined from the Visayan word "daggit" which means "to snatch". Because of the frequent marauding attacks of the Muslim pirates on the coastal town, and the power to attract and keep her visitors for good, hence, the word "dumaguet", meaning "to swoop," was christened to the village of Dumaguete. However, Diego Lopez Povedanoin 1572, indicated the place as "Dananguet." But in 1734, Murillo Velarde referred to it using its present name of Dumaguete.
In 1890, the island-province of Negros was divided into two politico-military provinces, Occidental and Oriental. As earlier constituted, in 1898, Dumaguete was included in Negros Oriental. After the Philippine-American War, on May 1, 1901, a civil government was established by the Americans in the Province of Negros Oriental, including Dumaguete.
When World War II broke out, the city was occupied by the Japanese Imperial Forces onMay 26, 1942. It was liberated on April 26, 1945 by the combined forces of the United States, Filipino Soldiers and the Filipino guerrillas. On June 15, 1948 or three years later, Republic Act No. 327, created the City of Dumaguete. Later, on June 21, 1969, Republic Act No. 5797 was enacted, otherwise known as the Revised Charter of Dumaguete City.
Geography and climate
Provincial Capitol of Negros Oriental
The City has a land area of 34.26 km², situated on the plains of the southeastern coast ofNegros Island near the mouth of the Banica River. Of the province's 20 municipalities and 5 cities, Dumaguete is the smallest in terms of land area. It is bounded on the north by the municipality of Sibulan; on the south by the municipality of Bacong; and on the west by the municipality of Valencia. As a coastal city, it is bounded on the east by the Mindanao Sea and the Tañon Strait, serving as a natural border to the neighboring provinces of Cebu and Siquijor.
The city's topography is generally flat from two to six kilometers from the shoreline. It slopes gently upwards to the adjoining municipality of Valencia. The highest ground elevation is located at the boundary of the municipality of Valencia, about one hundred meters above mean sea level. About 93% of the land have slopes of less than 3%. The remaining areas have 3% to 5% slope.
Dumaguete is politically subdivided into 30 barangays, all classified as urban. The eight barangays in the city's downtown area are known primarily by number. The smallest barangay is Barangay 4 with an area of only 5.11 hectares, while the biggest barangay is Barangay Banilad with 362.71 hectares.
Dumaguete has two seasons, namely; the dry and the wet seasons. The wet season covers the period from June to November, and the dry season starts from December to May, the hottest being April and May. The average maximum temperature is 34.3 °C and the average minimum temperature is 22.9 °C for the past years. The relative humidity of the locality for the past years was 78¾% with the month of December registering the highest.
Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandra and a monument to José Rizal in Quezon Park.
As of the census of 2007, there are 116,392 people and 21,582 households residing in the city. It has also an average daylight population of 400,000 people, mostly shoppers and employees of establisments in the City coming from nearby municipalities and provinces such as Southern Cebu, Siquijor, Northern and Southern Negros. Dumaguete City is the most populous city in Negros Oriental, comprising 9.05% of the province's total population. Unlike the national profile, the male population dominates by 6% more than the female population.
Dumaguete has one of the lowest crime rates among Philippine Cities its size.
Dumaguete is best known for Silliman University.
Dumaguete has earned the distinction of being known as "the center of learning in the south," or a "university town" due to the presence of these universities that have made their mark nationally and abroad. The city has become a melting pot of students, professionals, artists, scholars and the literati coming from different parts of the country and the world.
Silliman University is the dominant institution of higher learning in Dumaguete, providing the city with a distinct university town atmosphere. It is the oldest Protestant university in the country and the oldest American-established university in Asia. The 610,000 m² campus is adjacent to and intermixed with the city's downtown district. It is the 4th top performing school in the Philippines, and 2nd if the University of the Philippines System is taken as one, according to a survey conducted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Other universities located in the city are Foundation University, Negros Oriental State University (also known as NORSU campus 1 and 2), and the first Saint Paul University in the Philippines. Back in 1904, on invitation from Reverend Frederick Rooker of the Diocese of Iloilo, seven Sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (SPC) from France traveled to Dumaguete with the intent of taking over a boarding school which at the time housed 26 girls.
There are also many colleges in the city, including a branch of AMA Computer College and AMA ACLC, a branch of the Asian College of Science and Technology (commonly known as ACSAT), a branch of STI College, the Maxino College, the Metro Dumaguete College and Colegio de Santa Catalina de Alejandria (popularly known as COSCA).
§ Colegio de Santa Catalina de Alejandria (COSCA)
§ Metro Dumaguete College
§ Maxino College
§ STI College
§ Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT)
§ Negros Maritime College Foundation Inc. (NMCFI)
§ Presbyterian Theological College
§ Institute of Ogabang
§ Polytechnic and Medical College
§ St. Louis School-Don Bosco
§ Catherina Cittadini (St. Louis) School
§ Royal Oaks International School
§ Holy Cross High School
§ Chunghua High School
§ SIMON (Negros Oriental Montessori International School)
§ ABC Learning Center
§ Little Village Foundation, Inc.
§ SouthDale Integrated School
Dumaguete is becoming one of the most economically vibrant cities in the country in recent years, thanks to the influence of various anchor industries which drive the City's and neighboring areas' economies. These industries include the business process outsourcing, retirement, retail, and a host of other industries.
TeleTech, one of the world's largest call center firms, and SPi, one of the world's leading BPO companies, are the two large ITES firms operating in Dumaguete. The US-basedStudentUniverse Corp. also operates its first overseas contact center in the city. Aside from these multinational BPO giants, there are other smaller BPO corporations and local outsourcing outfits operating in the city and nearby areas. Other giant multinational BPOs such as Convergys, as well as local corporations, are expected to establish their sites in Dumaguete soon.
Robinsons Land Corporation, a major mall operator in the Philippines, will open 2010 a new mall located on a 6-hectare lot in Calindagan, south of downtown Dumaguete and inside the Dumaguete Business and IT Park. The latter is a 21 hectare complex being developed in Brgy. Calindagan, masterplanned by the Palafox Associates. Now becoming the new center of commerce in Dumaguete, it is expected to soon overtake the present downtown area in terms of economic activities and prominence.
There is also an upsurge in the number of tourists arriving in the City of Dumaguete and nearby areas.
The City Planning and Development Office estimates that Dumaguete City has an unemployment rate of 14.5%, significantly higher than the national unemployment rate of 11.7%. Of those that are employed, 40% are in private businesses or are self employed.
The academe pumps in more than P2 billion of economic activity into the city annually.
Dumaguete Tricycle or Pedicab is most common mode of transportation in Dumaguete.
The most common type of transportation in Dumaguete is by tricycle, jeepneys, buses, and taxis. Ceres Liner of Vallacar Transit, Inc., is the most common Bus Liner in the province.
Sibulan Airport also known as Dumaguete Airport, is an airport serving the general area of Dumaguete City, located in the province of Negros Oriental in the Philippines. The airport is located in the municipality of Sibulan, near the border with Dumaguete City, and as such takes its name from its location.
The airport is classified as a trunkline airport, or a major commercial domestic airport, by the Air Transportation Office, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.
The Dumaguete Pier, located in Barangay Looc, is the second largest port in Central Visayas. It is the main port of trade for the city and the whole province of Negros Oriental. It is currently under a expansion project that reclaims a few hectares of sea to accommodate more container ships. A new Passenger terminal is also currently under construction.
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Map of Negros Oriental showing the location of Bacong
Bacong is politically subdivided into 22 barangays.
Dumaguete City Map
Negros Oriental Map
Business Local Directory