Barangay Lapinigan is an island where virgin forest exists before being called as “Puyo”. The vegetation before was dominated by leafy vegetables locally known as “bago”. In 1790, some  of the Spanish soldiers came to his  place to pick or gather  the leafy vegetables, but suddenly they were driven away by thousand of bites of the bees that was named “Lapinig”. So to join “Lapinig”. Since then, the place was named “Lapinigan”.

Before the place was created as barangay , the place was just a sitio of Barangay Panatao. On August 01, 1971 by virtue of Executive Order No. 2, paves the way to the birth of Barangay Lapinigan under the Municipality of Claver, Surigao del Norte.

The community of Barangay Lapinigan displayed the manifestation of poverty and an urgent need of sensible development intervention. Low family income of the fisher folks and farmers due to limited livelihood opportunities is one identified reason of the situation although a number of ramifying causes under its socio-economic context can be cited and will be discussed later in this presentation.


Centuries past, Lapinigan was created into a barangay from the mother barangay, Barangay Panatao on August 1, 1971 by Executive Order No. 2 upon the recommendation of the Municipal Council of Claver and as approved  by the Provincial Board of Surigao del Norte under Resolution No. 275, pursuant to the provision of section 3(a) of the Autonomy Law (Republic Act 2264).

                At present, the barangay operates by virtue of Republic Act No. 3590, also known as the Barangay Charter and reinforced by Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the 1991 Local Government Code, the basic law that governs the organization and administration of the barangay government granting them greater autonomy in the administration of their resources.

                The barangay being the lowest political unit has a direct contact with the people assuming primary role in the delivery of essential public services. The main goal is to attain development though the delivery of the basic social, economic and various development services with  an adequate legislative and administrative support mechanism.

                On this reference year – 2012, Barangay Lapinigan will be celebrating its 41st year barangay anniversary as one of the barangays comprising the Municipality of Claver.


                In early years, social services were very limited. There was no health center and a primary school available. After a decade, social services were improved including the construction of health center, the presence of the mining companies in the various stakeholders especially the presence of the mining companies in the adjacent barangays considering its contribution to local employment, shares from excise taxes and the implementation of SDMP will hopefully boost the local economy in the succeeding years. It will greatly have a contribution towards the realization of this Barangay Development Plan.

  1. Location, Accessibility, Boundaries and Distance

                Barangay Lapinigan is an island barangay of Claver, Surigao del Norte. It is located north of barangay Panatao and northeast of Poblacion, Claver. It is about 1.2 kilometers away from the mainland of Surigao del Norte and along the Hinatuan Passage.

                It is about 1.4 kilometers from the Municipal Hall of Claver and 61.4 kilometers (kms) southeast of Surigao City. It can be reached via land transportation through the RP-Japan Highway  (also known as the Surigao-Davao Pacific Rim- SUDOPARIM) up to Bad-as and then by coastal national highway leading to Surigao del Sur but to stopped at Barangay Panatao. In going to the island, 10 minute ride of public motorboats is available at Panatao wharf. This barangay is also accessible via sea transportation directly from Surigao City for about one hour and a half.

                From Manila, the available airlines are Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific that fly daily to Surigao City. Other route can also be accessed daily from Manila-Butuan via Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Other flights originate from Cebu and may be taken if coming from the place or on connecting flights. If water transport is opted, there are inter-island passenger or cargo vessels making daily calls at the Port of Surigao City with destination to Cebu City and twice a week for Manila. Buses going to and from Manila are also available on a daily basis.

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