Compostela is a first class municipality in the province of Compostela Valley, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 81,934 people.

Compostela is politically subdivided into 16 barangays. 

      BagongonGabiLagabMangayonMapacaMaparatNew AlegriaNganOsmeñaPanansalan

      PoblacionSan JoseSan MiguelSioconTamiaAurora

Population census of Compostela



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Source: National Statistics Office

Population Size, Growth Rate and Trends

The first record of municipality's population enumerated in census was in 1939 with a total population of 2,716. Compostela then was still a municipal district composed of municipalities of the district.

By virtue of Executive Order 156 issued by President Elpidio Quirino, Compostela officially became a municipality on August 1, 1948.

In 1960, the municipality's recorded population was 20,444. This was attributed to the fact that the municipality started to emerge and the influx of settlers from all over the country flocked to the municipality owing to its vast land. Another factor that contributed to this population was the logging operation of Valderrama Lumber Manufacturers Co., Incorporated.

In 1970, the population of the town declined by -3,285 or -16.07 percent. This was attributed by the creation of the Municipality of New Bataan into a municipality taken from Compostela on 1966.

Apparently, the biggest increase in population of the municipality was in 1990 with a registered population of 53,546. There was an increase of 23,008 or 75.34 percent from the 1980s population. This remarkable increase was attributed by the thousands of gold prospectors flocked to Compostela when gold deposits was discovered in Sitios Kantigbao, Mambusao, Pulang-lupa and Bango of Barangay Ngan in 1983 to 1988.

In 1995, only 1,484 or 2.77 percent increase was recorded with an average growth rate of 0.55 percent.

During the 1990 census, the municipality's population grew up to 61,667, posting an increase of 6,637 persons or 12.06 percent over the 1990 figure.

Urban-Rural Distribution/Density

As of the 2010 census, Barangay Poblacion, being the only urban barangay, has the highest number of population among the sixteen (16) barangays of Compostela with 26,773 or 32.7 percent of the municipality's total population; it is followed by Barangay Ngan (9.4 percent) and Barangay San Miguel (9.0 percent). Barangay Panansalan, on the other hand, Barangay is the least populated barangay with 906 people of 1.1 percent to the total population.

Poblacion, the most inhabited barangay has a population density of 52.0 persons per hectare, and Tamia, on the other hand, is the least densely populated barangay with 0.73 persons per hectare.

Sex Distribution/Composition

In 2000, males outnumbered females with a sex ratio of 106.26 males for every 100 females. Males dominated the age group 79 years and below while females in the age group 80 and over.

Age group 5 to 9 dominated the municipality's total population with 14.34 percent share to the population. This is followed by age group 10-14 with 13.72 percent and then by those aged 15–19 years with 11.01 percent.

Marital Status

Out of 45,010 household population 10 years old and over, 45.23 percent were single; 44.97 percent were married; 3.32 percent were widowed; 0.78 percent were separated; and those with other marital arrangements registered at 5.70 percent.

Single males prevailed over single females (55.47 percent), married (50.03 percent), separated (50.14 percent), and among those with other marital arrangements (50.95 percent). On contrary, most of the widowed were females (72.26 percent).


Since its establishment the town slowly rose from a backward infant municipality into one of the progressive towns of the valley. Its vast flat lands become the major rice production area of Davao Province when the National Irrigation Administration-Asian Development Bank (NIA-ADB) constructed an irrigation system in the early part of 1970 that serve the southwestern portion of the municipality. Also, cavendish bananas are produced here by the Ayala Conglomerate and Multi-National Dole (Stanfilco), Philippines, Incorporated. But its progress is owed much to the spirit of the people who came and stayed in Compostela. The realization of their dream is discerned today of the bustling urban center that can boast of modern amenities and updated educational centers.

Local government

Elected officials 2016-2019:

  • Municipal Mayor: Lema P. Bolo

  • Municipal Vice- Mayor: Reynaldo Q. Castillo

  • Council members:

    • Alan Calalas

    • Levi Ebdao

    • Willy Ang

    • Danielo Peligrino

    • Roger Econar

    • Boy Vargas

    • Myrel Bangcasan

    • Elmo Estandarte

  • Harry C. Cabiling - Liga Ng Mga Barangay President

  • Guillermo M. Blanco - Indigenous People's Representative


  • Bukidnon State University (BSU)

  • University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP)

  • Legacy College of Compostela (LCC)

  • Compostela Valley State College (CVSC)