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Philippine Standard Time: 18 May 2024, 09:24 AM
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Municipal Profile

Asturias is a third class municipality, one of the six (6) component towns and one (1) City which are part of the third congressional district of the Province of Cebu. It has an annual Revenue of Php 42,806,300.00 and an Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of Php 40,422,387.00.’ Twenty-seven barangays compose the municipality; seven of which are coastal while 20 are land-locked.

Economic Activities

The main sources of livelihood of the people of Asturias are agricultural crops, livestock and fishing.

CROPS. Records from the office of the Municipal Agricultural Office show that the total area devoted to major agricultural crops is 7,805.- 4 hectares, repre- senting 54. 11% of the total land area of the town. About 2.0% of this, or some 156 hectares, are planted to irrigated rice and rain-fed rice; 2,057.3 hectares to corn; 4,158. 29 hectares to coconut; 375 hectares to mango; 85 hectares to bamboo, and 986 hectares to banana.

Irrigated lands are classified into two in terms of irrigation systems, namely: government irrigation, with 108.3 hectares, and private irrigation, with 35.25 hect- ares. Rain-fed rice areas comprise 12.0 hectares. Barangays with irrigated rice-fields are in San Isidro, Poblacion, Owak, Bago, Sta. Rita and Lunas. The water sources of the irrigation system are Buswang Lake and Lusaran River. Buswang Lake is a 5-hectare inland body of water (with a two-hectare island in the middle) situated in barangays Bago and Sta. Rita. Its irrigation system serves barangays Bago, Lunas and Sta. Rita. The irrigation system sourced from Lusaran river serves barangays Tag-amakan, San Isidro, Poblacion and Owak. In practically all the barangays maintaining irrigated rice, corn is planted in the dry or non-irrigated portions, and in barangays with flat and semi-flat areas Other crops that are raised in Asturias are coconut, mango, banana, bamboo, and vegetables (eggplant, tomato, squash, ampalaya, string beans, alugbati, malunggay, ubi, gabi, camote, etc.) Asturias belongs to the top five in the province of Cebu in terms of the number of coconut trees. Plantations are observed throughout the town, whether in the plains or in the mountain areas. Outside the city of Cebu, Asturias is one of the top-ranking mango-growing towns.

LIVESTOCK. Backyard swine raising (1 – 10 heads) is done in most barangays. The town is also the site of a large commercial swine-raising farm. The Asturias Farms, owned by the Chiongbian family, raises, on the average, 20,000 to 30,000 heads at any one time. There is no commercial poultry farm in Asturias. Backyard poultry raising using native chicken upgraded with the kabir breed, or large meat type birds, exists. A number of fighting cock breeders using imported breeds also make a living in the town. Cattle fattening is another agricultural business venture engaged in by the Asturias folks. Again, upgraded native cattle are used, brought about through the local government’s effort to upgrade the cattle industry in the town by initiating the dispersal of better breed bulls. The introduction of artificial insemination in cattle has helped much in producing better breeds of cattle. A few farmers in the town engage in the raising of carabao, horses, goats, sheep, ducks, turkey, and so on.

FISHING. The municipal waters within Tañon Strait provide a good fishing ground for fishermen in Asturias. Records from the Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO)* show that there are, at present, 985 full-time and 110 part-time fishermen. Most of these fishermen are residents of the coastal barangays of Owak, Poblacion, Looc Norte, Langub, San Roque, Tubigagmanok, and Santa Lucia. With 117 fisherfolk, Barangay Poblacion has the most number of fishermen. Private fishpond operators farm a total of 12.8656 hectares situated in Owak, Poblacion, and Santa Lucia. These exclude the large-scale prawn farms of the Chiongbians and Sorianos, the latter now being operated by the Tanchan family. The approximately 15 hectares of Lake Buswang in barangays Bago and Sta Rita also provide a good inland fishing ground for the lakeshore community in Bago, Lunas, Sta. Rita and even the upland barangays of Banban and Lanao. The lake has been, in the past years, seeded with GIFT tilapia fingerlings, in the open waters of the lake or in the fish pens of the lakeshore folks. The fishing areas, both coastal and inland, register a total combined production of 9. 4 metric tons per year, with an estimated average catch of 3.0 kilograms per coastal fisherman per Day.5 Considering that there is quite a number of larger-scale fishermen from neighboring towns catching fish in the Asturias municipal waters, the claim of an average of 3.0 kilogram catch per coastal fisherman is misleading Marginal fishermen, who outnumber the larger-scale fishermen, indeed, catch a much lower average than 3.0 kilograms per day. This has been the real picture of the town’s fishing industry for years.


Geography One of the third congressional districts of Cebu Province, the municipality of Asturias, is located approximately seventy-two (72) kilometers away from the capital city of Cebu, Cebu City. There are three ways to access the municipality from Cebu City: (1) via the Naga –Uling Road (80 kilometers; (2) via the Lugo route in the North (129.5 kilometers); or (3) via the transcentral highway from Barangay Busay in Cebu City passing through the mountainous barangays of Balamban. It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of Danao; and on the West by the Tanon Strait; The Municipality of Asturias is situated at approximately 10° 34′ North, 123° 43′ East, in the island of Cebu. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 0.6 meters or 1.9 feet above mean sea level.

Barangays of Asturias

  1. Agbanga
  2. Agtugop
  3. Bago
  4. Bairan
  5. Banban
  6. Baye
  7. Bog-o
  8. Kaluangan
  9. Lanao
  10. Langub
  11. Looc Norte
  12. Lunas
  13. Magcalape
  14. Manguiao
  15. New Bago
  16. Owak
  17. Poblacion
  18. Saksak
  19. San Isidro
  20. San Roque
  21. Santa Lucia
  22. Santa Rita
  23. Tag-amakan
  24. Tagbubonga
  25. Tubigagmanok
  26. Tubod
  27. Ubogon
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