Quick Facts about the Municipality of Claver
Below presents the basic statistical facts and figures about Claver, Surigao del Norte. This data are gathered from various offices and concerned agencies.
PROVINCE : SURIGAO DEL NORTE
DATE OF CREATION : September 13, 1955
ANNUAL TOWN FIESTA : September 9
LAND AREA : 33,692.13 (CLUP 2014)
POPULATION : 32,198 (CBMS 2016)
GROWTH RATE : 53.43% (2009-2016)
POVERTY INCIDENCE : 40.4% (CBMS 2016)
NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS : 8,020 (CBMS 2016)
AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE : 4
POPULATION DENSITY : 954 per sq. km (2016)
SEX RATIO : 108
INCOME CLASSIFICATION : 2nd CLASS MUNICIPALITY
CLIMATE : TYPE II; NO DEFINITE DRY SEASON AND WITH PRONOUNCED MAXIMUM RAINFALL FROM NOVEMBER TO JANUARY
PREFERRED AREAS OF INVESTMENTS : MINING & MINERAL PROCESSING
MAIN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS : PALAY AND COCONUT
PRIMARY INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY : MINING, FISHERIES AND TOURISM
BARANGAY HEALTH STATIONS : 10
BIRTHING FACILITIES : 3
SCHOOLS – ELEMENTARY : 16 PUBLIC
PRIMARY : 1 PUBLIC , 1 PRIVATE
SECONDARY : 2 PUBLIC
PREPARATORY SCHOOLS : 19 DAY CARE CENTERS ,2 PRIVATE
ROAD SURFACE LENGTH
MUNICIPAL ROADS – CONCRETE : 7.26 kms
GRAVEL : 4.59 kms.
BARANGAY ROADS – CONCRETE : 10.57 kms
GRAVEL : 15.85 kms
FMR/PROVINCIAL – CONCRETE : 2.72 kms
GRAVEL : 36.10kms.
MINING ROADS- EARTH : 62.84 kms.
ASPHALT : 1.24 kms
BRIDGES : 118 l.m.
NO. OF SEAPORTS : 1
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
NO. OF PENSION HOUSES AND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS : 7
BANKS : 3
PAWNSHOPS ANDMONEY CHANGERS : 5
FINANCING INSTITUTIONS : 4
DRUGSTORES AND DIST. OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES : 5
RESTAURANTS & REFRESHMENTS : 19
CATERING SERVICES : 6
RICE AND CORN RETAILER & WHOLESALE : 7
APPLIANCE STORES : 3
HARDWARE/LUMBER : 7
GASOLINE STATION & LPG OUTLETS : 6
PRINTING PRESS : 1
LANDLINE SERVICES : 4
MOBILE PHONE COMPANIES : 3
CABLE TV SERVICES : 5
Brief Historical Background
- The town of Claver was once a place of abode of Negrito called Tayaga. Father Esteban Epee, a Jesuit priest of the neighbouring Municipality of Gigaquit, decided to find a settlement for the natives with the ultimate purpose of Christianizing them. Contrary to his expectations, the Natives retreated to the Diwata Mountains. Undaunted, the Jesuit missionary invited immigrants from Bohol and Leyte to settle in Tayaga and the settlement grew. It was then renamed as Claver.
- At the turn of the century, Claver became a municipality. It was short-lived, however. A cholera epidemic in 1903 greatly depleted its population and income causing its reversion to its former status as a barrio of Gigaquit for more than half of the century.
- Meanwhile, in 1939, the Surigao Mineral Reservation was proclaimed and parcel 1 included Claver together with parts of Gigaquit and Surigao del Sur. On September 13, 1955, President Ramon Magsaysay signed Executive Order No. 126 re-converted Claver into a Municipality.
From then on, Claver edges its way towards becoming one of the leading municipality of the Province of Surigao del Norte. With the effort of its citizenry, local officials and the support of private and national government institutions, some of its resources were productively utilized gradually achieving the desired socio-economic development goals.
Functional Role in the Provincial Development
- The Municipality of Claver’s role in the regional development is now geared towards agriculture and mining industry development. It can boost vital regional scale economic activities for its mining industry. The major crops produced in the area were coconut and other root crops which can alleviate the food requirement of the province. Its wide coast line is ideal for fishing grounds which can augment fish requirement for fishing industry.
Geography and Political Subdivision
- Claver is located at the north-eastern sea board of Surigao del Norte within the grid of 125 degrees north latitude and 9.21 degrees to 9.37 degrees east latitude. Its north is bounded by Hinatuan Passage, west is bounded by Municipality of Gigaquit, south is bounded by the Provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur and east is the Province of Surigao del Sur. It has a total area of 33,692.13 hectares of land which is further subdivided to 14 barangays.
- Flat comprise a very small percentage which extends from Daywan to the Poblacion and spot along the coast towards Surigo del Sur. The rest is unbroken series of hills and mountains lorded over by Mt. Legazpi on the south and western border
Climate and Seismicity
- Claver is typically has type II climatic condition with no definite dry season and a pronounced rainfall occurring from November to January. Its average annual rainfall is 381.3 cm centimetre on the average of 215 rainy days. Temperature ranges from 25.6 to 31.4 degrees Celsius with an average of 26.9 degrees Celcius. Its humidity will reached to 84 percent and while it is along the pacific sea board which is frequented by typhoons. It is located near the Philippine Trench in the Pacific recorded the most significant earthquakes. A fault line crosses the town from Daywan to the Poblacion area.
- The agricultural land of 4 clustered barangays of Daywan, Ladgaron, Magallanes and Poblacion have silty clay and Bolinao clay soil types indicating a necessity for certain fertilizer inputs to improved crop production. At the slopes are either Sapa clay loam or Kabatohan loam with river wash intermixed at the border of Gigaquit, Undifferentiated mountain soils are found at the innermost tip of the town.
- Claver has five (5) major rivers and Daywan River has the longest stretch which is also served as the natural boundary line between Gigaquit. It has strong current and a possible source of hydroelectric power and the major source of irrigation water that served 3 clustered towns of Claver, Gigaquit and Bacuag. Its tributaries drain towards the sea area. Aside from Baoy River, Magallanes River, one of the principal river basins in the Philippines also sits in the western part of the municipality. These creeks are also good source for irrigation and domestic water use but during rainy seasons they swell due to heavy volume of water causing floods on the low land area.
- Claver was once a barrio of Gigaquit, its first official census count was recorded on 1903 with 2,400 population of mostly composed of local people who first inhabited in the area who are known to be Mamanwas. Local recorded history showed that an epidemic hit the area causing people to migrate to other towns thus it was reverted back to its mother town until 1960.
- Population record increased to 7,744 in 1960 during this time Claver was reverted to its township status. From then on, population count continues to increase for every censal years. The latest census conducted on 2007 showed that Claver has a total population of 18,258 with an average growth rate of 1.54. During the conduct of Community Based Monitoring System, population was recorded to as high as 20,970 after 2 years of census count conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) which suggests a drastic increase of population at 7.18 average growth rate. Recent CBMS count showed that an increase of 11,228 from 2009 census was recorded which can be traced to the in-migration in the area due to the mining industries established particularly in Barangay Taganito, Cagdianao and Urbiztondo.