Catbalogan is located at the central western coast of Western Samar. It is bounded
on the north by the towns of Tarangan and San Jorge, on the east by Jiabong, on the south by Maqueda Bay, and on the west by Samar Sea. It has an area of
274.2 square kilometers, most of which are rural areas. Topography is characterized by hills and mountains except for some
narrow coastal plains. It is accessible by air through its own domestic airport or via Calbayog's airport. It is also accessible
by sea through its own seaport and by land through the Maharlika Highway.
Majority of the population are Warays. Other cultural groups found in the city are Bicolanos, Cebuanos, and
Tagalogs. Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion. Other religious groups are Iglesia Ni Cristo, Adventists, Evangelicals,
other protestant groups and Moslems. As the seat of the provincial government, Catbalogan is the venue of the province-
wide celebration of the Kaadlawan Han Samar (Birthday of Samar) on the second week of August.
Catbalogan's economy is agricultural although wholesale and retail trading dominate the economic activities
in the poblacion. Rice, coconut, abaca, rootcrops and vegetables are the main farm outputs. Fishing is an important industry
in the coastal barangays. Aside from fish, other marine products include seaweed, mollusk, oyster, crabs and shells. Fishing
areas are mostly concentrated within Maqueda bay and Samar Sea.
The city offers opportunities in food processing especially meat and fish processing. The manufacture of furniture, clothing
and fashion accessories, jewelry, personal care and other consumer goods are encouraged. The establishment of commercial complexes and tourist facilities are welcomed in this city.
Places of Interest/Tourist Spots in Catbalogan, Samar
- Samar Provincial Capitol
- St. Bartholomew Church
- Beaches in Malatugawi Island
- Sunshine Beach
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