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Cagwait, Surigao del Sur

Seashore at a beach located in Cagwait
Seashore at a beach located in Cagwait
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
District 1st district of Surigao del Sur
Founded 1782
Barangays 11
 • Mayor Lilian Y. Lozada
 • Total 214.10 km2 (82.66 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 18,899
 • Density 88/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Income class 4th

Cagwait is a fourth class municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 18,899 people.[3]

Cagwait is about 32 kilometres (20 mi) southeast of Tandag, the capital town of Surigao del Sur. It is bounded by the towns of Bayabas on the north, Marihatag on the south, the Diwata mountains on the west and the Pacific Ocean in the east. It has a total land area of 21,410 hectares (52,900 acres).[2]


  • Barangays 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Economy 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Cagwait is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.[2]

  • Aras-asan
  • Bacolod
  • Bitaugan East
  • Bitaugan West
  • La Purisima (Palhe)
  • Lactudan
  • Mat-e
  • Poblacion
  • Tawagan
  • Tubo-tubo
  • Unidad



Cagwait has an all-weather port at Barangay Bitaugan West (named Aras-asan Port by the Philippine Ports Authority) secured by the natural protection of Arangasa Islands. It has also an abandoned aerodome made and used by the private planes of Aras-asan Timber Company, Inc. (ARTIMCO) during its peak of timber operation in the late 1970s.

Barangay Poblacion is the seat of governance while the center of trade of the municipality is in Barangay Aras-asan. It houses three (3) rural banks, two (2) pawnshops, three (3) bakeshops, a radio station, a public terminal and public market. Telecommunication is at par with other neighboring municipalities using cellular phones, internet via GPRS, and cable television are available. There are also good tourist inns, beach resorts and homestay (bread and breakfast). Motorized tricycles, jeepneys, and buses ply its roads and concrete highways.

Cagwait is the home of the now defunct company ARTIMCO, Inc., which happened to be one of the largest suppliers of timber in the country. Its concession is a sanctuary of the Philippine Eagle as validated by Charles Lindbergh during his wildlife campaign visit that made him also discovered the beautiful white-sand beach cove of Cagwait which he called similar to that of Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: SURIGAO DEL SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
  • Local Governance Performance Management System
  • Official website of the consolidation center and tourist haven of Surigao del Sur
  • Cagwait Community LGU
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