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LEYTE PROVINCIAL STATISTICAL OFFICE
SHERYL ANN A. JAMISOLA
Chief Statistical Specialist

 

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Reference Number: ISSN 17R0837 - 08
Release Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
The total number of building constructions recorded from the approved building permits in Leyte in the fourth quarter of 2016 significantly rose to 940 applications from 406 approved applications during the same quarter of 2015. Read more about Highlights of the Building Construction Statistics in Leyte - Q4 2016.

 

Reference Number: ISSN 17SR0837 - 13
Release Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Inflation rate in Leyte slightly increased at 2.6 percent in February 2017, representing an increase by 0.1 percentage point compared to the 2.5 percent inflation rate in the previous month. Average provincial inflation rate in Leyte is generally higher than the regional average since February 2016 except in November until the reference period. Read more about Highlights of the February 2017 Price Situation in Leyte.

 

Reference Number: ISSN 17R0837 - 07
Release Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Hogs contributed 55 percent of the total livestock inventory in Leyte. From 173,134 heads as of January 1, 2016, hogs inventory mounted to 177,506 heads in 2017, which implies an increase of 2.5 percent. Hogs grown in backyard farms showed a 1.0 percent increase from 172,264 heads as of January 1, 2016 to 173,920 heads in 2017 of the same period. Read more about Livestock and Poultry Inventory - As of January 1, 2017.

 

Reference Number: 17PR0837 - 02
Release Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The volume of production of white corn in the province slightly rose to 11,934 metric tons during the quarter in review from 11,841 metric tons in third quarter of 2015, translating a 0.8 percent increase. This type of corn accounted the biggest share in the total corn production of Leyte. Meanwhile, production of yellow corn went down by 4.4 percent posting at 1,987 metric tons during the reference quarter, from 2,079 metric tons in third quarter of 2015. Read more about Corn Production in Leyte recorded a minimal increase in Third Quarter of 2016 .

 

Reference Number: 17PR0837 - 01
Release Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Leyte is considered as the major producer of palay in Eastern Visayas. It accounted for about 29.2 percent of the region’s production in the third quarter of 2016. The volume of palay production in Leyte increased by 3.4 percent, from 34,124 metric tons during the third quarter of 2015 to 35,269 metric tons during the reference period. Read more about Press Release - Palay Production in Leyte increased by 3.4 percent in Third Quarter of 2016.

 

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Province of Leyte

Leyte became the center of two important milestones in world history, which lend lasting color and significance to the history of the Philippines. In 1521 the province, was first visited by Spanish explorers led by Ferdinand Magellan who discovered a new route around the world.

Leyte, known as Tandaya to early Filipinos, was renamed Filipina by Roy Lopez de Villalobos in 1543, a name that later extended to the entire archipelago. Four centuries later, in 1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the biggest naval battle between the Americans and the Japanese in world history, transpired in Leyte. General Douglas MacArthur, at the head of an army of more than 250,000 men waded ashore on the island at Red Beach, Palo, Leyte. This began the end of the Japanese Imperial Army, eventually, the second World War. Leyte is the largest of the six provinces of Eastern Visayas.

It lies adjacent to the island of Samar, connected by the San Juanico Strait, and east of the islands of Cebu and Bohol. It is bounded in the north by the Carigara Bay and in the east by the Leyte Gulf. To the west is the Camotes Sea, while the province of Southern Leyte lies south.  The land is mountainous with a very rugged range cutting the island in half from northwest to southeast. It is composed of forty (40) municipalities and two cities, Ormoc and Baybay, which serve as its commercial centers. It has five (5) congressional districts and has a total of 1,503 barangays.

The mountain range that divides the island into eastern and western plains also serves as the line that delineates the language difference between the populace in each side of the province. The western portion faces Cebu, thus, the people speaks the Cebuano dialect. On the other hand, the Leyteños at the western side speak Waray. A dialect they share with the people of Samar provinces. Leyte is blessed with naturally endowed areas which are pieces of “Eden on Earth”.

It has an excellent tract in agricultural crop production which include coconut, palay, abaca, sugarcane and corn, as well as production of aqua-marine products. The province has abundant geothermal power reserves. The Leyte Geothermal Power Field in Tongonan, Ormoc City is the second geothermal power producer in the world.  It also houses two of the country’s top dollar earners: the Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corporation (PHILPHOS) and the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refinery Corporation (PASAR). Leyte is a place that never fails to calm, surprise, or captivate. It is embraced with scenic natural attractions and beautiful historical sites. These include Kalanggaman Island, Lake Danao National Park, San Juanico Bridge, McArthur Memorial National Park, Sto Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum, and the Provincial Capitol of Leyte.

Leyte in Numbers

Land Area (sq. km)
As of 2016
6,335.4
Number of Municipalities
As of December 2016
40
Number of Barangays
As of December 2016
1,503
Total Population
As of August 2015 Census
1,724,679
Annual Population Growth Rate
As (2010-2015) Census Based
1.83%
Total Revenue Collection
As of 2nd Qtr, 2016 in Million Pesos
P 512
Annual Per Capita Poverty Threshold
As of 2015
P 20,807
Poverty Incidence of Families
As of 2015
23.6%
Poverty Incidence of Population
As of 2015
31.0%
Annual Per Capita Food Threshold
As of 2015
P 14,513
Consumer Price Index (2006=100)
As of 1st Quarter 2017
156.8
Inflation Rate (2006=100)
As of 1st Quarter of 2017
2.6%
Purchasing Power of the Peso (2006=100)
As of 1st Quarter of 2017
0.64
Number of Government Hospitals
As of 2017
2
Number of Private Hospitals
As of 2015
1

Leyte Statistical Figures

Demography August 2015
Total Population 1,782,678
Male 914,052
Female 868,626
Price Indices July 2017
Consumer Price Index (2006=100) 160.3
Inflation Rate 3.90
Purchasing power of the peso 0.62
Building Permit 1st Qtr 2017
Number of Approved Building Permit 462
Value of Construction by Type of Building 1,596,624
Average Cost per Square Meter (Residential) 7,974
Average Cost per Square Meter (Non-Residential) 13,673

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