About Iligan City

Aerial shot of Iligan City

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Aerial shot of Iligan City

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Iligan City is located on the northwest coast of Mindanao facing Iligan Bay, about 795 km southeast of Manila. It is bounded by Iligan Bay and the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

Iligan City has a limited flat land along the coastline and the topography is rolling and mountainous in the hinterlands.

The city encompasses a total land area of 775.76 sq. km., of which 57.5 percent are used for agriculture, 29.9 percent are vegetated with forest, 4.96 are for industrial and commercial use while 7.64 percent for land use. It has a Type C climate, characterized by a three-month dry season and a rainfall average of 109 mm per month. It is located outside the typhoon belt and is relatively free from earthquakes and floods. Soil type is mostly clay and sandy loam.

Iligan City has a total population of 273,004 as of the 1995 census (1998 projection -303,211), of which 31 percent reside within the urban center. The male to female ratio is almost equal -- 50.13 percent male and 48.87 percent female.


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Iligan at a Glance

Land Area 81,337 hectares
Soil Type Bolinao clay and Isabela sandy loam
Climate Type C with short dry season for three months; rainfall evenly distributed throughout the year. The city enjoys good and steady weather condition being outside the typhoon belt.
Population 273,004 (1995 census)
303,211 (1998 projection)
Number of Barangays 44
Cebuano 92.27 %
Maranao   3.39%
Tagalog/Hiligaynon   1.00%
Others   3.34%
Christian 93.61%
Others   6.61%
City Classification Highly Urbanized
Literacy Rate 95.41%
Annual Economic Growth Rate 10.7%
1998 City Government's Total Revenue P622.4 million
Total Number 27
Total Deposits P3.0 billion
Total Loans P1.9 billion
Employment Rate 83.5 %
Health Facilities 8 Hospitals (7 private, 1 public), 42 barangay health centers, 76 day-care centers
Housing 42 private residential subdivisions
Police Statistics
     1997 Crime Cases Reported
     No. of Cases Solved
     Crime Solution Efficiency
     Ave. Monthly Crime Rate

10.27 per 100,000 population
Roads and Bridges 325.798 kms roads; 1,340 linear meter bridges
Seaports 1 public, 9 private, 1 fishing port
Water Source 8 developed springs supply the city with potable water (Class AAA) at an average of 54 million liters daily