MAAZONG PAG-ABOT DIRI SA LUNGSOD SA PORO!

Poro is a fourth class, coastal municipality consisting of 17 barangays namely: Altavista, Libertad, Mabini, Eastern Poblacion, Western Poblacion, Teguis, Mercedes, Esperanza, Pagsa, Sta. Rita, Adela, Cagcagan, Sta. Rosa, Adela, San Jose, Rizal, and Daan Paz.

Poro has a total land area of 6,388.7 hectares of which 65.11% is used for agricultural purposes, 11.39% is covered by forest, 1.03% is used for residential and commercial, 0.08% is industrial, and the remaining 22.39% is used for other purposes.

The Municipality of Poro has a total population of 25,212 inhabitants (2015). Poro has a poverty rate of 38.1%. Seventy percent (70%) of Porohanons are Catholic in religion. They speak Porohanon and Cebuano dialects.

Tourism, government services, and light industries spur the town’s economic activities. Bakeries, pawnshops, pharmacies, pension houses, courier outlets, cooperatives, Catmon Rural Bank of Cebu, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) ATM outlet, electric power plant, pearl farm and culture, furniture crafting, metal works are some of the businesses that operate in the town.

Camotes Electric Cooperative (CELCO) is the main electricity provider in the whole Camotes Island and is based in Western Poblacion. Poro’s water system is sourced from Magdagook and Kantaway Spring and distributed to the consumers through the Waterworks Department of the Municipality of Poro. The town’s communication is powered by Smart, Globe, and Sun with available internet connection provided by Smart Bro.

The town of Poro is dubbed as the “Gateway to Camotes Island” due to it being located at the center of the islands. It has its own port with world-class facilities including an all-weather Ro-Ro and docking facility and a passenger’s waiting area. The port area has plenty of extra spaces available for building for warehousing large and bulky commodities like cement, rice, or a petroleum depot since there are gas stations in the islands that source its supply from unreliable truck deliveries from Cebu.  Cargo vessels, fastcraft, and pumphboats dock on this port via Cebu, Danao, and Pilar. For inland transport, one can hop in “habal habal” motorcycles which charge on contract basis or the recently-introduced Poro Transport System, which uses multi-cabs that ply to different barangays on designated time schedule. It has two routes: one via Barangay Sta. Rosa, and the other is via Barangay Daan Paz. The aim of this project is to help Porohanons from distant barangays lessen their fares in going to and from Poro and encourage more economic activities.