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Cadiz, Negros Occidental

Component city
Official seal of Cadiz
Cadiz is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
District 2nd district of Negros Occidental
Founded 1861
Cityhood July 4, 1967
Barangays 22
 • Mayor Patrick G. Escalante Jr
 • Vice-mayor Samson "Jongben" Mirhan
 • City 524.57 km2 (202.54 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • City 151,500
 • Density 290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
Income class 1st class city; partially urban

Cadiz, officially the City of Cadiz or simply Cadiz City, is a first class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 151,500 people.[3] The city is 65 kilometres (40 mi) north of Bacolod City.

Cadiz City is a gateway and a premier center of agro-fishery resources of Negros Island. The strategic location of the city with a wide and rich island and marine resources and vast fertile agricultural land, and the completion of the commercial port and the construction of fish port will open a new opportunity for economic growth and increase the level of competitiveness.

The city is a major sugar-producing area. This is in turn transported to nearby Victorias City for further refining. Another major source of livelihood is the harvest of seafood.

The Dinagsa Festival, a celebration which earned it the name as the Dinagsa Country in the north, is held annually the last week of January. Some three kilometers off the coast of Barangay Cadiz Viejo is a white sand island resort of Lakawon, a popular destination among the local population.

The current City Mayor is Dr. Patrick G. Escalante Jr. And the City Vice-Mayor is Samson "Jongben" Mirhan.

Typhoon Haiyan 2013 left the city with great amount of damages.

Office of the City Mayor of Cadiz City
This is the front view of the Cadiz City Public Library from Cabahug St., Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Philippines


Cadiz City is politically subdivided into 22 barangays ("Pob." means poblacion).[2]

  • Andres Bonifacio
  • Banquerohan
  • Barangay 1 Pob. (Zone 1)
  • Barangay 2 Pob. (Zone 2)
  • Barangay 3 Pob. (Zone 3)
  • Barangay 4 Pob. (Zone 4)
  • Barangay 5 Pob. (Zone 5)
  • Barangay 6 Pob. (Zone 6)
  • Burgos
  • Cabahug
  • Cadiz Viejo
  • Caduha-an
  • Celestino Villacin
  • Daga
  • V. F. Gustilo
  • Jerusalem
  • Luna
  • Mabini
  • Magsaysay
  • Sicaba
  • Tiglawigan
  • Tinampa-an


Cadiz traces its beginnings to the establishment of a traditional settlement in a place known as Cadiz Viejo, near the banks of Hitalon River. Historical records showed that in 1861, the Spaniards came and named the settlement Cadiz because of its northern location which reminded them of the seaport by the same name in Spain.

Cadiz became a municipality independent from Saravia (now E.B Magalona) in 1878. Its first appointed Gobernadorcillo was Antonio Cabahug, married to Capitana Francisca Cito. The outbreak of the Spanish–American War saw Cadiz taking part in the insurrection. Her sons and daughters headed by Francisco Abelarde, took up arms against their Spanish masters.

During the short-lived government of the cantonal state of the Federal Republica de Negros, Jose Lopez Vito was elected its president. At the onset of American rule, Cadiz was on its way to prosperity with the operation of two lumber companies in the area. The war years brought a stop to all these economic activities and much suffering to the people of Cadiz. The resistance movement put up the civil government in the mountains to deal with civilian affairs. In the post-war election of 1952, Joaquin Ledesma was elected mayor.

On July 1967, Cadiz was inaugurated as a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 4894 which was passed by Congress on June 17, 1967. The Act was authored by Congressman Armando Gustilo.


Cadiz City is located at the northern part of Negros Occidental, 65 km. away from the Provincial Capital of Bacolod City. The City is bounded to the north by the Visayan Sea, to the south by Silay City and Victorias City, to the east by Sagay City and to the west by the municipality of Manapla. It is located within the geographical coordinates of 10 degrees and 50 mins. Latitude NE and 125 degrees and 9 mins. Longitude E.

The total land area by land use is 52,457 hectares. An area of 7,354.59 hectares is classified as urban land, which includes residential, commercial, industrial and institutional and 45,102.45 hectares are rural.

This City has reclaimed an area of 38 hectares, 500 meters southeast of the City Hall. It is found alongside of Hitalon River and it is ideal for industrial activities.


The total annual income of the City for the year under review is P429,389,619. It is derived from the actual collections of local revenues and Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

The City has a total number of 4,965 business establishments, in which 4,750 of which are classified as commercial and 215 as industrial. It has 11 pawnshops, 16 lending corporation and five (5) banking Institutions which provide financial capital to businessmen.

The principal sources of livelihood are agriculture and fishing with employment and business as secondary source of income.

Cadiz has a total agricultural area of 36,475.7429 hectares. Sugarcane remains as the prime agricultural commodity with as large as 23,571.1445 hectares or 64.5242% of the total agricultural area.

Fish supply is more than what the City needs. Being rich in natural resources and considered as one of the few fishing centers of Negros Occidental, Cadiz, rich in marine resources is envisioned to be the seafood center of Negros and alternative tourist destination. In Barangay Daga and Barangay Tiglawigan, for instance, dried fish processing and boat building are the major economic activities.

With respect to commerce and industry, the on-going construction of P37 Million Multi-purpose Seaport when completed, will encourage both fishing and commercial vessels to dock in and use the area for trade and industry. The nationally-funded Multi-purpose seaport would create more jobs or employment in the city.

So far four companies (San Miguel Corp., Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola and Jaz Cola) have established their distribution centers within the City.


The City of Cadiz has 76 educational schools that offer elementary, secondary and tertiary education. Of this number, 67 are public schools, Eight (8) are private, and a state-owned university. Out of the 67 public schools, 51 offer elementary education and 16 offer secondary education. Out of eight (8) private schools, four (4) offer elementary education, one offers secondary and elementary, one offers secondary, one offers business education and vocational courses, and one offers computer technology course. The state-owned university offers elementary, secondary and tertiary (BS in Elementary Education, BS in Secondary Education and Masters Degree in Education).

There are also nine (9) private preparatory schools and five (5) public preparatory schools for children in the City. The private preparatory schools operating in the City are Cadiz Evangelical Church Kindergarten School, Northern Negros Private School, Alpha-Omega Christian School, Seventh Day Adventist Elementary School, PNU Early Childhood Education, Kiddie’s Joy Kinder School, Solid Ground Christian Academy, Cadiz Christian Learning Center and Creativity School. The five (5) public preparatory schools are the Cadiz East Elementary School 1 and 2, Cadiz West II Elementary School, Villacin Elementary School, and Caduhaan Elementary School.

Health and Nutrition

The government health facilities of the City consist of a District Hospital with a capacity of 50 beds, an Emergency Clinic with a capacity of 5 beds and 2 extension beds, City Health Clinic, 22 Barangay Health Centers, and 43 School Clinics. The City has also 5 private medical clinics, 3 private Family Planning Clinics and 2 private optical clinics. It has also 3 private-owned Clinical Laboratories aside from the City’s and the District’s Clinical Laboratories. A Government X-ray Clinic and a Government Dental Clinic further support the health facilities of the City. Seven drugstores are operating in the City, in which two (2) of these are open 24 hours everyday.

Protective Services

As of 2007, the City has 54 policemen that serve 150,750 number of population. The exististing policemen population ratio is 1:2,792 that is higher than the standard ration of 1:1,000 population. The City police force needs 97 more policemen.

The City has one headquarter located at Villa Cristina Subdivision and 6 Community Police Unit Precincts located at Barangay Daga, Barangay Banquerohan, Public Market, Fara-on Institute, Lacawon Island and Barangay Tiglawigan. The essential police equipments are 3 patrol vehicles and 3 motorcycles.

Considering that the police force ratio to the populace is not sufficient, the Civilian Volunteers Organization (CVO) was created to augment the necessary requirement of policemen. Today, there are 40 members of CVO serving hand in hand with the policemen of the City.

The City has also 62 Traffic Enforcers helping our policemen in directing and controlling the traffic flow. It is envisioned that by Year 2008 additional Traffic Enforcers will be hired.

There are 3 PA Detachments operating in the rural barangays with the main patrol base located at Had. Buenretiro, Barangay Burgos, I PA Special Detachment at Had. Bjormaine, Barangay Magsaysay and I PA Detachment at Had. Ladnon in Barangay Caduha-an.

As of 2007, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has 8 personnel and 126 inmates. It is located in Barangay Tinampaan

The Bureau of Fire Protection, as of 2007, has 2 fire trucks (serviceable). The number of firemen and personnel totaled to 24. Of the number, 11 are nationally funded, including the Inspector. The 13 are locally funded. The ratio is 1:6,226. It is higher compared with the standard 1 fireman per 2,000 population. Inferring from this, the City needs 50 more firemen and personnel. The development of the Busac-Busac Spring, the City has 23 serviceable fire hydrants located at different strategic locations.

Transportation and Communication

The existence of communication facilities in any area plays a vital role in economic development. These facilities lessen the cost of transportation and likewise shorten the time in transacting business. Cadiz City has a Bureau of Telecommunications and a Post Office located at the City Engineer’s Compound. Aside from the Post Office, there are also two (2) private companies doing mail delivery and an Air Cargo services in the City. These are the JRS and LBC. Unlike the post office, home mail delivery of these private companies reach the rural areas.

The Cadiz City Post Office has only two (2) mail carriers and seven (7) office personnel, including the postmaster. The recommended ratio between letter carriers and the population is 1:5,000. With the projected population of 161,393 in 2005, the current ratio between letter carriers and population is placed at 1:80,696. The City needs to hire 30 additional personnel to meet the requirement of 32 letter carriers. The population is estimated to 165,589 in 2006, hence, an additional of 31 letter carriers will be needed to meet the new requirement of 33 letter carriers.

There are two (2) telephone companies operating in the City, the Philippine Long Distance telephone Company (PLDT) located along Villena Street with a capacity of 1,500 lines and the Globe Fiber Optic Backbone Network (FOBN) support facility located along Cabahug Street. Cellular sites of Smart, Globe and Sun are also found in the City to cater for the wireless telephone system. The City has also 5 internet cafes.

Cadiz has one satellite cable station located at San Eusebio Subdivision, Barangay Zone 2. It caters to six (6) urban barangays, including parts of Barangay Daga and offers 45 channels to choose from. By using ordinary antennas, 3 television channels (12, 6 and 4) are being viewed and received.

The City has one FM (frequency modulation) radio station located at Villa Barbas, Barangay Zone 2, with a broadcast power of 104.5 kHz. Cadiz also receives broadcast from stations in Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod and other nearby provinces. The broadcast is either in English, Cebuano and Hiligaynon.

There are several newspaper available in the City, with a national circulation, like the Malaya Daily Express, Bulletin Today, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Time Journal, Tempo, The Philippine Star, Bandera and others. Local dailies include Negros Daily Bulletin, Sunstar and the Visayan Daily Star. The City Government of Cadiz has also Cadiz Bulletin and the Bulletin, a quarterly and monthly publication, respectively.



Hiligaynon is the major language of Cadiz city with difference to tone and accent from the hiligaynon used in Bacolod city. It was also mixed with Cebuano words.

Local government

Elected city officials (2010–2013):[5]

Office Name
City Mayor's Office Hon. Patrick G. Escalante
City Vice Mayor/ SP Office Hon. Samson C. Mirhan
  • Lilia O. Decolongon
  • Agustin Jesmar C. Desuyo
  • Wilfredo F. Cervantes
  • Sixto V. Guanzon, Jr.
  • Vicente William M. Tabanao
  • Marcelo C. Metuda, Sr.
  • Abiezer B. Bacomo, Sr.
  • Antonio U. Lacson, III
  • Denia Puey Hinolan
  • Juan P. Musa Jr.
  • Arthur N. Lamis
  • Jebmarie R. Becaro

List of former municipal captains, municipal presidents, town and city mayors

Year Mayor
1878-1879 Antonio Cabahug
1879-1880 Mamerto Vito
1880-1882 Luis Vito
1882-1884 Pedro de los Santos
1884-1885 Ceferino de los Santos
1885-1886 Procopio Abelarde
1887-188 Quintin Barilea
1889-1890 Carlos Lazaro
1890-1892 Gil Javier
1892-1894 Tomas Belmonte
1894-1895 Gil Lopez Villanueva
1896-1897 Mateo Lazaro
1898-1900 José Lopez Vito
1900-1901 Miguel Araullo
1902-1903 Francisco Abelarde
1904-1905 Amado Panes
1906-1907 Fermin Belmonte
1908-1911 Ildefonso Monfort
1912-1915 Catalino Delos Santos
1916-1918 Fermin Belmonte
1919-1921 Emilio Rodriguez
1922-1931 Carlos Magalona
1932-1935 Agustin Javier
1935-1942 Pedro Villena
1942-1945 Manuel Escalante
1945-1946 Pedro Villena
1947-1955 Joaquin Ledesma
1955-1975 Heracleo Villacin, Sr.
1975-1983 Pedro Ramos, Sr.
1983-1986 Prudencio Olvido
1986-1992 Rowena V. Guanzon
1992-1994 Vicente Tabanao
1994-2001 Eduardo Varela
2001-2010 Salvador Escalante, Jr.
2010–present Patrick Escalante

Typhoon Haiyan 2013

The city was heavily damaged by the typhoon. Around 20,000 homes were damaged. In the island of Lakawon, from 250 homes, 10 was left standing. No casualties were reported around the city.



High School


  • North Negros College
  • CEDAR College
  • Philippine Normal University


Cadiz City is a one hour drive from Bacolod City, the capital city of Negros Occidental, by private car and an hour and fifteen minutes ride by a passenger bus. The Vallacar Transit (Ceres), The largest bus company has a terminal in the city. Buses plying San Carlos, Dumaguete, and the nearby municipalities make short stop over in the city. Other services of transportations available are PUJ and van for hire vehicles. Cadiz City is also accessible to Cebu via the cities of San Carlos and Escalante. Passenger bus for Cebu also passed by at the bus terminal on scheduled trips.

By sea

There used to be two ferry boats of private company transporting cargoes and passengers to/from Bantayan Island.


External links

  • Official Cadiz City Tourism and Business Portal
  • Cadiz City Official Website
  • Official Cadiz City News and Info Site
  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
  • Local Governance Performance Management System
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