The Municipality of Poro was founded on December 15, 1701 but was given recognition by the Spanish Colonial Government only on January 16, 1780 through the efforts of Pedro Estrera who was named the first Captain of Poro as recognition of his leadership.

 

       The name Poro came from the Waray word “puro”, meaning island.

 

   The alcalde mayor of Cebu thought that it was better for the natives to unify and defend themselves from the attacks. Poro at that time had two settlements: Maktang (now a sitio of Barangay Esperanza of Poro) and Tag-Anito (now the municipality of Tudela). A conflict arose as to which settlement should become the seat of government. On the advice of Panganuron, an elder who lived on the banks of a river (now Barangay Libertad), the two settlements journeyed on foot towards each other at the break of day. They met on the site of what is now Poblacion, Poro, approximately eight kilometers from both settlements. On that day, inhabitants of the two settlements came to live together for the first time. They built a chapel on this site which later on was improved and became the parish church. The establishment of Poro brought about the creation of three more parishes in the Camotes Islands: Pilar (1859), San Francisco (1863) and Tudela (1898).

 

   The Philippine Commission Act 952 was enacted on October 22, 1902 reverting back Camotes Islands to Cebu Province. Earlier, the Spanish government have annexed Poro and the rest of the Camotes Islands to Leyte because of geographical proximity. Perhaps Camotes was seen as nearer Cebu City, the seat of the Cebu Government, than Leyte’s seat of government which is Tacloban City. Other events followed: five days after Camotes joined Cebu, Poro was annexed to Tudela, a former settlement of Poro. In 1909, it was reestablished again as a municipality although the seat of government remained in Tudela until 1914 when the seat was finally transferred to Poro.

 

      A distinction that separates Porohanons from the rest of Camotes Islands is their subdialect which is a combination of Cebuano, Waray, Boholano and Ilonggo. The patois is profusely spattered with the letter “z” and spoken with a thick accent.

 

       Poro is composed of 17 barangays, namely:

 

1.    Altavista

2.    Adela

3.    Cagcagan

4.    Cansabusab

5.    Daan Paz

6.    Eastern Poblacion

7.    Esperanza

8.    Libertad

9.    Mabini

10.  Mercedes

11.  Pagsa

12.  Paz

13.  Rizal

14.  San Jose

15.  Sta. Rita

16.  Teguis

17.  Western Poblacion

 

The present administration is led by Mayor Luciano D. Rama, Jr., with Edgar G. Rama as the Vice-Mayor. The Sangguniang Bayan is composed of Roel P. Morata, Reza G. Borlasa, Emie P. Carcellar Jr., William G. Surbano, Ian T. Estrera, Augustus D. Zurita, Fritz Dalumpines, Dervin Yuzon and ABC President Dina Z. Rama.

   Poro is a recipient of the bronze and silver categories of the Seal of Good Housekeeping awarded by DILG to LGUs practicing transparency, accountability and participatory decision-making.

 

VISION

 

We envision the Municipality of Poro, the gateway to the pristine Camotes Islands, as the center of education, agriculture and commerce in Camotes Islands with God-loving, self-reliant and empowered citizenry living in a safe, clean and ecologically-based community with a competitive, diversified economy governed by a strong and committed leadership that promotes transparency, accountability and participatory decision-making towards sustainable development.

 

MISSION

 

        Protection, preservation and rehabilitation of the natural environment

        Promotion of high standard educational institutions

        Strengthen and empower the citizenry

        Proper management of agricultural and fishery resources

        Promotion of conducive investment climate and policies

 

ECONOMIC PROFILE

 

a.    Annual Income                                   –           P85,249,935.94

b.    Classification                                      –           4th Class Municipality

c.    Major sources of family income          –           Farming, fishing, trading, livestock raising,

                                                                        salaries/wages

d.    Agricultural products                           –           Corn, rice, fruits, banana, coconut, root

                                                                        crops

e.    Delicacies                                           –           Puto balanghoy, bibingka, lechon Cebu, fresh fruits, and camote linidgid

f.     LGU-operated Economic Enterprises –           Municipal Water System

                                                                  Poro Public Market

                                                                  Adela Public Market

                                                                  Buho Rock Resort

                                                                  Poro Municipal Cemetery

                                                                  Poro Municipal Gymnasium

                                                                  Poro Transport System

 

In 2017, the Municipality of Poro generated total revenues of P85Million and had total assets of P223Million, Liabilities of P115Million and Equity of P108Million.

 

TO REACH PORO

 

There are 3 ways to reach Poro from Cebu City. One is by a fastcraft that runs twice a day, 6AM and 3PM, from Pier 1 of Cebu City straight to the Port of Poro. Travel takes two hours.

 

Second way is via Danao City, 40km from Cebu City througha RoRo which can accommodate vehicles and will be ducking in Port of Consuelo, San Francisco, 15kms from Poro. It runs every 2 hours from 5:30AM.

 

Lastly, one can go to Poro via an outrigger that runs daily from Danao City to Esperanza, Poro, 9kms from Po