Laoang is a 2nd class coastal municipality of Northern Samar Province in Eastern Visayas Region, Philippines.
Profile of Laoang Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Eastern Part of Northern Samar (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Palapag (east), Catubig (south) and Pambujan (west)
* Laoang is bounded on the north by the Philippine Sea which merges with the Pacific Ocean
* Batag island is a territory of Laoang municipality.
Area –> 246.94 km2 (95.34 sq mi)
Population –> 61,359 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Coastal Plain with rolling hills and mountains in the south
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Coconut, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Waray, Bicolano, Tagalog, English
Barangays –> 52
Revenue (2016) –> 140,791,218.01
Legislative District –> 2nd
Congressman –> Jose Ong Jr.
Mayor –> Harris Christopher Ongchuan
Vice Mayor –> Miguel L. Sarmiento
History of Laoang
Before the coming of the Spaniards, Laoang was called Makarato and rule by Datu Karagrag. In 1605, the Spanish missionaries built a mission post in the area now called Lawang. the mission post was an extension of the main missionary center of Catubig which was run by the Jesuits.
Economy of Laoang
Agriculture is the chief economic activity in Laoang. Rice and coconut are the main products but many farmers also raise vegetables, root crops, chicken and egg.
Laoang is the economic center of the eastern part of Northern Samar. Wholesalers based in the town supply goods not only the neighboring towns of the province but also the northern towns of Eastern Samar Province.
The local government is trying to promote tourism as a viable alternative source of livelihood.
Tourist Spots in Laoang
Batag Island Lighthouse
St. Michael the Archangel Parish
Festivals in Laoang
Laoang Patronal Feast (St. Michael the Archangel)
Map of Laoang Municipality in Northern Samar