Economic Sector

Trade and Commerce 


• General Business activities gravitate towards and revolve around the town proper (Poblacion and neighboring Barangays). This place is the commercial area and is considered as the hub of business and trading activities in the municipality.


• The public market, located in Barangay Poblacion and its immediate vicinity as well as the government square comprise what could be considered as the town’s version of the “Central Business District”.


• There are actually two trading centers in the municipality. The main public market in Poblacion and the market in Barangay Pilipog, where fishers directly sell their fresh catch.


• The entire municipality has a total of one hundred fifty-one (151) commercial establishments, which is dominated by sari-sari stores by 64% with almost all barangays having these.


• The growth of commercial establishments in Cordova is gradual. There are no department stores or fast food chains in the town, and this only shows that the shopping trend or the purchasing power of the Cordova residents is low.


• Commercial services such communication, water, power, lending and banking among others are offered by the private sector. Government support comes in the form of maintenance of peace and order situation, paving of road networks and involvement of the private sector in the programs of the government.




• Generally, Cordova is not for industrial development as the impact of industries might run counter with the town’s residential and tourism atmosphere. However, there are few small-scale industries that were granted exceptions such as the Central Seafoods, Inc in Pilipog, Eupen Cable Asia in Gabi, and Solidstone Industries in Ibabao. But all in all, industries are not encouraged in Cordova.


• Mactan Stone industry, which was known in early 2000s are not discouraged and even prohibited in Cordova as the extraction of coral stones have negative impact to the environment and the community. 




• Cordova is a tourism destination. Its marine sanctuaries: Gilutongan, Nalusuan, and Poblacion-Alegria are well-known diving spots.


• Not less than ten (10) resorts and hotels in Cordova provides accommodation to local and foreign tourists. 


• Other tourists’ attractions in Cordova include the Lantaw Floating Restaurant, the Cordova Tourism Center and Day-as Boardwalk in Day-as, Cordova, Cebu and the Happy World Museum in Gabi, Cordova, Cebu. 


Agriculture and Aquaculture


• There is no really agricultural production to speak of in Cordova. It’s rocky soil condition is more suitable for urban development. However, backyard gardening of tropical fruits and vegetables thrive in Cordova although those are mostly limited for consumption rather than production. 


• In the island barangay of Gilutongan, the type of sea current makes the area appropriate for seaweed cultivation or aquaculture. Guso farming is prevalent in Gilutongan and is one of the means of living of some households. 




• The town is generally covered with grassland owing to its type of land formation. Some areas along the periphery of the island extending to a kilometer or two from the shoreline inward are identified by the Bureau of Forest Development as the town’s lowland timberland. Along these areas, mangroves and shrubs are found. 


• However, as part of the Clean and Green Program of the Government, a pocket forest is encouraged in every sitio by making it as one of the criteria in selecting the Cleanest and Greenest Barangay. The Municipal Agricultural Office also put up and maintained the municipal nursery adjacent to the Municipal Hall in order to ensure availability of seedlings.








List of Barangay Health Stations:



  1. Main Health Center     -     Poblacion
  2. BHS Day-as               -     Day-as
  3. BHS Cogon                -     Cogon
  4. BHS Gabi                   -     Gabi
  5. BHS Pilipog                -     Pilipog
  6. BHS Ibabao               -     Ibabao
  7. BHS Catarman           -     Catarman
  8. BHS Bangbang           -     Bangbang
  9. BHS San Miguel          -     San Miguel
  10. BHS Cansubing         -     Buagsong
  11. BHS Gilutongan         -     Gilutongan