Burgos

 

 

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

    On the northeastern portion of Siargao Island, facing the vast Pacific Ocean, lies the small town of Burgos. It has six barangays such as Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Bitaug, Matin-ao and San Mateo. The total land area is 1,904.5385 hectares with a population of 3,943 based on the 2000 census.

    The pioneers of Burgos were the families coming from Mainland Mindanao, Bohol, Leyte and Sapao now Sta. Monica. These were the families of Cagas, Salvation, Dumanjog, Espanto, Macaldo,Malinao, Nogaliza, Domiňos and Virtudaso. They settled at the opposite side for fear of moro pirates attack. This place was called Sipan, near the mouth of Matin-ao River. Those dwelling in the coastal areas were in Kapun-an surrounded by huge big trees and rocks sometimes called Pook.

    When the Spaniards came, they lived in Unidad, a Sitio. Afterwards, it was renamed Barangay Burgos in 1925 during the American regime with the seat of Municipal Government in Numancia now Del Carmen.

    As Sapao became a district town in 1995, Burgos applied for a township status with the assistance of Congressman Reynaldo P. Honrado who requested President Diosdado Macapagal to approve it. His Excellency issued Executive Order No. 293. dated November 29, 1965, converting and declaring Barangay Burgos into a municipality.

    Unfortunately, a Supreme Court injunction was filed by former Senator Emmanuel Pelaez, regarding the 77 newly created town in the whole country. It was terminated as a town on February 17, 1966, lasting for only two and half months.

    The dream and sacrifices of the residents were finally redeemed when President Ferdinand E. Marcos, through the efforts of the dynamic and political kindpin, Congressman Constantino H. Navarro Sr, signed into law RA 5093 on June 17, 1967 which created Burgos into a seventh class municipality.

 

POCKET PROFILE

    Area : 1,904.5385 Ha
    Population : 3,043 as of 2000 census
    No. of Barangays : 6
    Classification : 6th class municipality

 

GEOGRAPHY

    The municipality is situated in the northeastern part of Siargao Island, facing the vast Pacific Ocean. Approximately, it is located 9 degrees and 58 minutes to 10 degree and 3 second north latitude and 126 degree 3 minute and 30 second to 126 degree 5 minute and 20 second east longitude. It is bounded in the north and east by the Pacific Ocean, west by Sta. Monica and south by San Isidro. It is the farthest town of Surigao del Norte.It is composed of six barangays, two urban barangays in the poblacion area and four in the rural areas. Barangay Pob. I, Barangay Pob. II, Barangay Baybay, Baranagay Bitaug are along the shoreline while Barangay Matin-ao and Barangay San Mateo are in the hinterlands but are accessible by land transportation.

 

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

SITE ATTRACTIONS

SUNRISE BEACH RESORT

    The resort is an ideal place for picnics, and outings. It features a diving board, picnic huts, cottages and lodging house. It’s the place for scuba diving, wind surfing and other sea sports activities. From Surigao City one can take a fast going ferry to Dapa. Get off at Dapa, take a PUJ going to Burgos. Travel time is approximately 4 hours. Another route is, from Surigao City take a motor vessel going to Sta. Monica. Get off at Sta. Monica, take a PUJ or habal-habal motorcycle going to Burgos. Travel time is approximately 4 hours.

DUHAY PUERTA CAVE

    This place is just a few meters away from Sunrise Beach. This double entranced cave has rock formations and configurations that are beautifully sculptured by mother nature. It is located in the mountainous portion of the coastal area overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean. It can be reached by a boat during high tide and by foot during low tide. From Surigao City take a fast craft going to Dapa, take a PUJ going to Burgos. Travel time is approximately 4 hours. Another route is from Surigao City take a motor vessel going to Sta. Monica. Get off at Sta. Monica, Take a PUJ or habal-habal motorcycle going to Burgos. Travel time is approximately 4 hours.

FRESH AND COOL SPRING

    A fresh and cool spring flows out from the sea and is located 50 meters from the shoreline. It can only be seen during low tide. Residents in the nearby area. Use the water from this spring for drinking, cooking and washing. From Surigao City take a fast craft going to Dapa. Get off at Dapa, Take a PUJ going to Burgos, Get off at Barangay Baybay. Travel time is approximately 3 hours.

SURFING AREA

    The strong waves from the Pacific Ocean is one of the unique features of the town. Surfing enthusiasts call it “Cloud 69”. The area is located in Barangay Poblacion 2. From Surigao City take a fast craft going to Dapa. Get off at Dapa, take a PUJ going to Burgos. Travel time is approximately 4 hours. Another route is, take a motor vessel going to Sta. Monica. Get off at Sta. Monica take a PUJ or habal-habal motorcycle going to Burgos. Travel time is approximately 4 hours.

 

FESTIVALS

    The municipality of Burgos is celebrating its annual fiesta every 25th & 26th day of July in honor of its Patron Saint, Sra. Sta. Ana. This is a very colorful celebration. There are parlor games, cockfights, dances and otheractivities.

 

TRANSPORTATION

    PUJ from Burgos going to Sta. Monica – Trip is 3:00 A.M. to catch up the motor vessel going to Surigao City. 1:00 P.M. from Burgos going back to Sta. Monica to fetch passenger coming from Surigao City .

PUJ from Burgos going to Dapa

  • First trip - 3:00 a.m.
  • Second trip - 6:00 a.m.
  • Third trip - 7:00 a.m.
  • Fourth trip - 11:00 a.m.
  • Fifth trip - 12:00 p.m.

    Habal-habal Motorcycle for hire to any point of Siargao Island.

 

SUPPORT SERVICES

HEALTH FACILITIES:

    Municipal Rural Health Unit
    Open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

COMMUNICATION FACILITIES:

  • Two Philcom Services – Domestic and International call
  • Smart Telephone Services – Domestic and International call
  • Post Office – Open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

CHURCH SERVICES:

    A public calling station, Philcom, serves the public from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily. This telecommunication office can receive and contact both international and domestic calls. The existing SMART cell site also provides telecommunication access to the residents of the town.

BANK SERVICES:

    The Green Bank of Caraga located at Barangay Poblacion along the national highway is open to serve its clients from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM from Monday to Friday.

CHURCH SERVICES:

There are 3 denominations serving the residents

  • Roman Catholic
  • Iglesia Filipina Independencia
  • Pentecostal

SECURITY SERVICES:

    Police Station is located in the Municipal building.

 

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