About Tacloban — City Profile

About Tacloban — City Profile

Tacloban is a highly urbanized city situated in the northeastern part of Leyte and serves as the gateway to Eastern Visayas Region (Region VIII). PHOTO: Rejixiv, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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About Tacloban 

Tacloban, official name: The City of Tacloban, is a first-class, highly urbanized city located in the northeastern part of Leyte Island. It is bounded on the east by the San Juanico Strait and the bays of Cancabato and San Pedro.  

It is geographically located in the Eastern Visayas Region (Region VIII) and is one of its main cities. Tacloban provides a gateway to various parts of the region, hence achieving its nickname: Gateway to Eastern Visayas. It was officially declared as a highly urbanized city on December 18, 2008. 

Subdivided into 138 barangays, Tacloban is part of the Legislative 1st District of Leyte, alongside seven other municipalities: Alangalang, Babatngon, Palo, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Tanauan, and Tolosa. The city is under the direct supervision of the national government after becoming a HUC in 2008. Although autonomous from the province of Leyte, Tacloban serves as its provincial capital.

After its massive devastation on November 8, 2013, due to Supertyphoon Haiyan, Tacloban was declared a start-up city which means it will start again from scratch. Currently, the city is experiencing rapid development and economic recovery and is seen as an emerging digital city by the national ICT department.


In the 2015 Census, Tacloban had a total population of 242,089 while its household population reached 240,513. The population density was 1,200 persons per square kilometer. The annual population growth rate was 1.73 % which means that for every 100 persons, about two (2) persons are added on the average every year from 2010 to 2015. 

Tacloban’s primary language is Waray-Waray or Winaray, but most Taclobanon can also speak Tagalog as their second language.

Land Area

Tacloban has a total land area of  201.72 square kilometers or 20172 hectares as per data from the Land Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR). Tacloban’s elevation is 40 meters or 130 feet, while its highest is 574 meters or 1,883 feet. 

Tacloban has areas on high ground suitable for urban development and other productive uses such as agriculture and agro-industrial, especially in the northern part of the city.

Economy and role in Eastern Visayas Region

Tacloban’s economy is primarily focused on agriculture, commerce, and tourism. Due to the city’s strategic location, it is the premier city and economic center of the Eastern Visayas Region (Region VIII) — and acts as its gateway since it is the region’s center of trade, industry, commerce, education, healthcare, communication, and technology. 

The city’s population expands to around 1.2 million during the day due to the influx of tourists, locals from nearby municipalities in Leyte and Samar, or students studying in the multiple educational institutions located in the city.

In the past years, Tacloban continued to emerge as one of the fastest-growing cities in the Philippines. Demand for permanent housing in the city has increased due to its convenient location where people can easily trade and avail utilities or services.

Due to the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, also known as Tacloban City airport, the city is a key regional transportation hub. As of 2017, Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport is ranked as the eighth-busiest and the third-fastest growing airport by passenger volume out of the 45 commercial airports in the Philippines. 

Tacloban was able to yield the highest contribution of tourist arrivals in 2015 to 472,300. It comprises 44.87% of the total regional tourist influx, contributing the highest tourist receipts that amount to PHP 4.05 billion. Among the must-see tourist destinations in Tacloban are the San Juanico Bridge, the Santo Niño Shrine, and the nearby MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park.

Aside from being a tourism hub, the city is also the regional center for education. It is the home of the three most prominent state universities (SUCs) in Eastern Visayas, namely, the Eastern Visayas University (EVSU), Leyte Normal University (LNU), and the University of the Philippines - Visayas Tacloban Campus (UPVTC). 

Tacloban also has well-established educational institutions such as the Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation, the Asian Development Foundation College, and ICT schools: Datamex, AMA, and ACLC. TESDA’s regional training center for vocational and technical courses is located within the city.

As a regional healthcare hub, Tacloban City has six major hospitals, including government-run  Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, Tacloban City Hospital, and privately owned Divine Word Hospital.

In addition to being a regional hub for education and health care, Tacloban also serves as a banking and financial capital in the Region. It is where you can find much concentration of bank and financial establishments where you cannot find elsewhere in the Region. In 2011 alone, cash deposits in Tacloban reached the PHP 42 billion mark, pushing the Central Bank of the Philippines to erect their regional office in San Jose, Tacloban City.

As a premier shopping destination in Eastern Visayas, Tacloban boasts shopping malls such as Robinsons Place Marasbaras, Robinsons Tacloban North, Savemore SM Tacloban, and Metro Gaisano Tacloban. The city also brags luxury hotels such as Summit Hotel, Ironwood Hotel, Hotel XYZ, and Leyte Park Hotel and Resort. 

Tacloban, as a regional commercial center, provides all the needed establishments and facilities in the region. It is Eastern Visayas’ convergence and the region’s melting pot wherein anyone must pass through the city if they wish to visit other areas in the said region.

Political Subdivision

Tacloban is subdivided into 138 barangays, each having its own council. The largest among the barangays is Barangay 107 Sta. Elena with an estimated area of 9.425 square kilometers, while the smallest is Barangay 51, with an estimated area of 0.006460 square kilometers. 

Below are the lists of Barangays in Tacloban City:

Name Population (Census:2015)
Barangay 2 546
Barangay 5 331
Barangay 6 1,161
Barangay 7 265
Barangay 8 252
Barangay 100 (San Roque) 2,965
Barangay 101 (New Kawayan) 1,717
Barangay 102 (Old Kawayan) 497
Barangay 103 (Palanog) 4,198
Barangay 103-A (San Paglaum) 333
Barangay 104 (Salvacion) 2,308
Barangay 105 (Suhi) 2,411
Barangay 106 (Santo Niño) 4,409
Barangay 107 (Santa Elena) 1,115
Barangay 108 (Tagpuro) 1,268
Barangay 109 (V & G Subd.) 5,538
Barangay 109-A 8,206
Barangay 110(Utap) 5,554
Barangay 12 (Palanog Resettlement) 2,065
Barangay 13 63
Barangay 14 252
Barangay 15 81
Barangay 16 379
Barangay 17 137
Barangay 18 198
Barangay 19 155
Barangay 20 495
Barangay 21 245
Barangay 21-A 198
Barangay 22 198
Barangay 23 500
Barangay 23-A 433
Barangay 24 268
Barangay 25 1,798
Barangay 26 144
Barangay 27 234
Barangay 28 253
Barangay 29 143
Barangay 30 124
Barangay 31 491
Barangay 32 137
Barangay 33 189
Barangay 34 230
Barangay 35 187
Barangay 35-A 600
Barangay 36 1,300
Barangay 36-A 786
Barangay 37 3,407
Barangay 37-A 1,225
Barangay 38 284
Barangay 39 2,957
Barangay 40 237
Barangay 41 201
Barangay 42 848
Barangay 42-A 1,718
Barangay 43 356
Barangay 43-A 1,019
Barangay 43-B 1,102
Barangay 44 432
Barangay 44-A 189
Barangay 45 351
Barangay 46 464
Barangay 47 653
Barangay 48 424
Barangay 48-A 417
Barangay 48-B 556
Barangay 49 1,927
Barangay 50 257
Barangay 50-A 675
Barangay 50-B 829
Barangay 51 534
Barangay 51-A 205
Barangay 52 1,171
Barangay 53 567
Barangay 54 645
Barangay 54-A 751
Barangay 56 1,222
Barangay 56-A 582
Barangay 57 1,110
Barangay 58 886
Barangay 59 3,398
Barangay 59-A 3,378
Barangay 59-B 738
Barangay 5-A 340
Barangay 60 1,207
Barangay 60-A 923
Barangay 61 973
Barangay 62 1,546
Barangay 62-A 5,627
Barangay 62-B 4,266
Barangay 63 2,645
Barangay 64 2,252
Barangay 65 1,278
Barangay 66 1,415
Barangay 66-A 1,265
Barangay 67 1,277
Barangay 68 2,169
Barangay 69 2,436
Barangay 6-A 1,453
Barangay 70 992
Barangay 71 5,487
Barangay 72 670
Barangay 73 316
Barangay 74 8,518
Barangay 75 805
Barangay 76 849
Barangay 77 3,498
Barangay 78 (Marasbaras) 2,269
Barangay 79 (Marasbaras) 1,793
Barangay 80 (Marasbaras) 1,332
Barangay 81 (Marasbaras) 892
Barangay 82 (Marasbaras) 1,229
Barangay 83 (San Jose) 3,105
Barangay 83-A (San Jose) 1,492
Barangay 83-B 2,978
Barangay 83-C (San Jose) 3,904
Barangay 84 (San Jose) 6,847
Barangay 85 (San Jose) 1,512
Barangay 86 1,210
Barangay 87 3,366
Barangay 88 5,880
Barangay 89 4,528
Barangay 8-A 150
Barangay 90 (San Jose) 61
Barangay 91 (Abucay) 9,361
Barangay 92 (Apitong) 4,946
Barangay 93 (Bagacay) 4,584
Barangay 94 (Tigbao) 2,978
Barangay 94-A 1,560
Barangay 95 (Caibaan) 6,623
Barangay 95-A (Caibaan) 7,113
Barangay 96 (Calanipawan) 3,417
Barangay 97 (Cabalawan) 1,391
Barangay 98 (Camansinay) 5,478
Barangay 99 (Diit) 746
Libertad (Barangays 1 & 4) 1,056
Nula-Tula (Bgys. 3 & 3A) 2,946
Tacloban City 242,089

You may view here the list of elected barangay officials in Tacloban City and their contact details (if available): List of Barangays in Tacloban City and Elected Barangay Chairman.

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