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Odiongan
Odiongan
is a first-class,[4][5] partially urban municipality in the province of Romblon, Philippines.It is a major port, commercial center and the largest municipality of Romblon
Romblon
in terms of population and income.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early history 1.2 Modern history 1.3 Former names and territorial changes

2 Geography

2.1 Barangays

3 Demographics 4 Local government 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Early history[edit]

Poctoy Pier

Legend has it, that the inhabitants found an "odiong" (local term for "arrow") struck to a tree; thus, the place was called Inodiongan, meaning "struck by an arrow", which later metamorphosed to Odiongan.[6] Historically, Odiongan, as of most of Tablas Island, was first settled by migrant Negrito
Negrito
and Mangyan
Mangyan
tribes from the Panay
Panay
Island to south and Mindoro
Mindoro
Island respectively. This was followed shortly by Onhan-speaking settlers from Panay. Around 1810, a group of Bantoanon-speaking people settled in the area in search of a place more suitable for agriculture. However, the settlement founded by these Bantoanons were destroyed and pillaged by Muslim
Muslim
pirates. In 1840, another attempt was made by a different group of Bantoanons; this time, they constructed a fort or "cota" which protected the settlement from attacks and natural calamities. In 1855, the settlement was officially designated by the Spanish colonial authorities as a "pueblo" or town. When the Philippine Revolution broke out in 1896, the town joined the cause of the revolutionaries led by Tomas Fiedacan. Modern history[edit] During the American colonial period in the Philippines, Odiongan
Odiongan
faced a number of catastrophes: a cholera epidemic in 1902 killed much of the town's population, a strong typhoon lashed the town in 1908, and famine struck the town in 1914. However, the perseverance and determination of the townsfolk led to the town's continuous existence. In 1940, the town became the seat of the special municipality of Tablas, created by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 581 (authored by Congressman Leonardo Festin), which covered the entire island. It remained so throughout the Japanese occupation of the Philippines
Philippines
from 1941-1945. During that time, Odiongan
Odiongan
was chosen as the headquarters of the resistance movement in the province, under the leadership of Lt. Col. Enrique Jurado. On 4 September 1943, a Japanese gunboat shelled the town to force the guerrillas out of hiding. This was followed the following month by a landing of Japanese forces from Panay, which massacred people in the various towns of Tablas, Romblon, and Sibuyan, including Odiongan. On 1 October 1946,[7] the special municipality of Tablas was abolished by Republic Act No. 38. The following year, Odiongan
Odiongan
was restored to its original jurisdiction as municipality in the province of Romblon.[8] Former names and territorial changes[edit]

From Village/Barrio Town/Municipality/Pueblo Province

1847*

Odiongan

Banton

Capiz

9 March 1853**

Romblon

1855***

Odiongan

11 January 1868****

16 March 1901*****

15 July 1907

Capiz

10 March 1917

Romblon

8 June 1940

Odiongan

Tablas

31 August 1942

Capiz

1 October 1946

Odiongan

Romblon

Odiongan
Odiongan
was founded as a settlement under the Pueblo
Pueblo
of Banton* Romblon
Romblon
became a separate district from Capiz** The settlement of Odiongan
Odiongan
was officially designated by the Spanish colonial authorities as a "pueblo" or town.*** Romblon
Romblon
became fully pledged politico-military province**** Province established by US civilian government***** Geography[edit] Odiongan
Odiongan
is located in the mid-western part of Tablas Island. It is bounded by San Andres and San Agustin to the north, by Santa Maria to the east, by Looc and Alcantara to the south, and by Ferrol and Tablas Strait to the west. Odiongan
Odiongan
has a total land area of 18,567 hectares (45,880 acres). Much of the town lies in the low-lying plains along the coast, with rolling hills and mountainous forest area at the interior. It has a good anchorage in Barangay
Barangay
Poctoy which serves as link between the islands of Mindoro
Mindoro
and Panay. Barangays[edit] Odiongan
Odiongan
is politically subdivided into 25 barangays. Budiong was formerly a sitio of Canduyong; it became a barrio in 1954.[9]

Amatong Anahao Bangon Batiano Budiong Canduyong Dapawan (Poblacion) Gabawan Libertad Ligaya (Poblacion) Liwanag (Poblacion) Liwayway (Poblacion) Malilico Mayha Panique Pato-o Poctoy Progreso Este Progreso Weste Rizal Tabing Dagat (Poblacion) Tabobo-an Tuburan Tumingad Tulay

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Odiongan

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1995 35,527 —    

2000 39,069 +2.06%

2007 42,062 +1.02%

2010 43,676 +1.38%

2015 45,367 +0.73%

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 45,367 people, making it the most populous municipality in the province. Asi language is the native language of majority of the municipality's inhabitants, while Onhan
Onhan
is the medium of communication in southern barangays bordering Ferrol and Looc municipalities respectively. Most of the town's inhabitants are devout Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
and Philippine Independent Church
Philippine Independent Church
(Independent Catholic) with a small population of Protestants, including Baptists, Iglesia ni Cristo, Foursquare Gospel, Assemblies of God, Seventh-day Adventists, and Jehovah's Witnesses. Local government[edit] Main article: Philippine municipality Main article: Mayor
Mayor
of Odiongan, Romblon Pursuant to Chapter II, Title II, Book III of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991,[10] the municipal government is composed of a mayor (alkalde), a vice mayor (bise alkalde) and members (kagawad) of the legislative branch Sangguniang Bayan
Sangguniang Bayan
alongside a secretary to the said legislature, all of which are elected to a three-year term and are eligible to run for three consecutive terms. The incumbent mayor of Odiongan
Odiongan
is Trina Alejandra Fabic y Firmalo y Que. References[edit]

^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.  ^ "Province: Romblon". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 9 May 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.  ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. Philippine Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013.  ^ "Province: Romblon". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority
Philippine Statistics Authority
- National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 January 2016.  ^ "LGU Profile; Municipality of Odiongan
Odiongan
(2012)". Local Governance Performance Management System. Department of the Interior and Local Government. 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2016.  ^ Profile: Odiongan
Odiongan
Romblon
Romblon
Travel Guide. Retrieved on 2012-04-16 ^ http://laws.chanrobles.com/republicacts/1_republicacts.php?id=38 ^ History of Odiongan
Odiongan
The Traveller's Blog. Retrieved on 2012-04-16 ^ "An Act Creating the Barrio of Budiong, Municipality of Odiongan, Province of Romblon". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-11.  ^ "An Act Providing for a Local Government Code of 1991". 8th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 

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Places adjacent to Odiongan

San Andres San Agustin

Tablas Strait

Odiongan

Santa Maria

Ferrol / Looc Alcantara

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Province of Romblon

Romblon
Romblon
(capital)

Municipalities

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