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About El Salvador City

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El Salvador (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa El Salvador; Filipino (Tagalog): Lungsod ng El Salvador) is a city in the province of Misamis Oriental on the Mindanao island, southern part of the Philippines. The city serves as a pilgrimage site for the Divine Mercy devotees, that is why it is also famous as “The City of Mercy” or direct translation of El Salvador -City of “The Saviour”.

El Salvador was a former barrio of the municipality of Cagayan de Oro. On June 15, 1948, Republic Act 268 created El Salvador as a municipality and functioned officially on August 2, 1948. Then, on June 27, 2007, by virtue of Republic Act 9435, otherwise known as the Charter of the City of El Salvador, converted the municipality into a component city of the Province of Misamis Oriental. From the original 7 barangays, it is now comprised of 15 barangays of which 8 are urban/urbanizing and 7 are rural. The fight on the legal aspect of becoming a city was extended  and very challenging. After almost 4 years of heartrending  court battle, the finality of the cityhood was entered in the book of judgment  on June 28, 2011.

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Demography

Municipality of El Salvador

DCF Year: 2010 – LGPMS04

Basic Profile

Coordinates 8°34′0″N 124°31′0″E
Time Zone PST (UTC+8)
Country Philippines
Island Mindanao
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Misamis Oriental
Zip Code 9017
LGU Type City
Income Class 3rd
Population 41,905
Density 394.77/km2 (1,022.4/sq mi)
Languages Cebuano, Tagalog, English
Total Land Area (in has) 14,265.25
No. of Barangays 15
No. of Households 8,351
Legislative district 2nd District of Misamis Oriental
Incorporated (Town) June 15, 1948
Incorporated (City) June 27, 2007
 Mayor Atty. Alfredo Q. Tan (LP)
 Vice Mayor Engr. Edgar S. Lignes (LP)
Demonym Salvadoreños, Salbadorenyos
Area code(s) 88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Historical Background

020_244_scroll_paper_text_old_log_history_manuscript-512Cityhood – the Struggle

In 2008, El Salvador lost its cityhood, along with 15 other cities in the Philippines, after the Supreme Court of the Philippines granted a petitionfiled by the League of Cities of the Philippines, and declared the Cityhood Law RA 9435 which allowed the town to acquire its city status, unconstitutional. The said cities, the court ruled, did not meet the requirements for cityhood. On December 10, 2008, El Salvador and the other 15 cities affected filed a motion for reconsideration with the Supreme Court.

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