Facts and Figures
Catbalogan City is a 5th class city in the province of Samar, Philippines. It is the capital city of Samar.
According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 84,180 people in 16,100 households.
The capital city of Catbalogan is located in the western seacoast of the Province of Samar. It is bounded on the north by the municipalities of Tarangnan and San Jorge, on the east by the municipality of Jiabong, and on the west by Maqueda Bay. The Pan-Philippine Highway traverses the city from Barangay San Vicente in the north through the poblacion to Barangay Lagundi in the south. It is about 800 kilometers south of Manila.
The total land area of Catbalogan City is 274.22 km². Its city proper covers an area of 1.30 skm².
There are 57 barangays in the entire city, twenty-one of which are situated in the poblacion. Another twenty-one barangays are located in the coastal areas and fifteen are in the interior or upland areas.
The topography of Catbalogan City is rough and its mountains are relatively high. Approximately 2% of the land area are plain and mostly found along the seacoast while 43% are rolling hills and 55% is mountainous.
The coastline of Catbalogan City is irregular with bays bordering the poblacion and other barangays. It has a total of ten (10) miles in length.
Climate and rainfall
The climate is classified as 4th type (mild) wherein rainfall is more or less distributed throughout the year.
In Catbalogan City there is hardly a month without rainfall. The driest month is April. Generally, there is no distinct dry season but the months of February, March, April and May comprise the shortest dry season. Rainfall is more or less uniform throughout the year and heaviest during the months of November and December.
Typhoons are very frequent during the months of August, September, October, November and December. Although Samar (Catbalogan City) has been popularly known as a typhoon-prone area, the truth is, the island of Samar is only being used as a reference point by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA.)
The soils of Catbalogan City are of two types, namely, the Catbalogan clay loam and faraon clay. The clay loam, which is the predominant one, is the primary soil developed from shales and sandstones. The faraon clay, on the other hand, is a residual from Caroline limestone and is fair with organic matter contents. Limestone rocks are sometimes found on the surface. The clay loam is a type of soil suited for agriculture particularly for rootcrops.
How to reach Catbalogan City? You can reach Catbalogan City from Manila or Tacloban City by land, air or sea.
Currently, no commercial flights to Catbalogan City are available. However, the Catbalogan City airport on Buri Island is accessible to private and charter jets from Manila and elsewhere.
The Port of Catbalogan (Piers I and II) is classified as a national port that can handle passengers and cargoes to and from Manila, Cebu and other places.
Bus transit is the dominant public land transport to Catbalogan City from Manila or Tacloban City passing through the Pan-Philippine Highway (Maharlika Highway.) The public mode of transportation within the city is by tricycles or pedicabs.
Source: Department of Tourism and city website