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-   It is a coastal town.

-   3rd class municipality with an income of Php 120,076,235.67 (2015).

-   Has thirteen (13) barangays.

-   Has a land area of more or less 956 hectares.

-   Population of 61,262 (approximate in 2016).

-   Households of 12,500 (approximate in 2016).

-   With thirteen (13) residential subdivisions.

-   Major industries include real estate, services, fishing and tourism. 

 

 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

-   Cordova is one (1) of the two (2) local government units in Mactan Island, the other one is the highly-urbanized city of Lapu-Lapu.

-   It is a 3rd class municipality with an income of Php 120,076,235.67 in 2015.

-   It is a small town with a land area of more or less 956 hectares. It has thirteen (13) barangays, namely: Alegria, Bangbang, Buagsong, Catarman, Cogon, Dapitan, Day-as, Ibabao, Gabi, Gilutongan, Pilipog, Poblacion and San Miguel.

-   It also owns jurisdiction over the small islands of Nalusuan, Shell, Lava, Tongo and Ka Loquing.

-   Basic infrastructure and utilities are readily available.
  

-   Road networks exist.Road opening projects are also undertaken to improve accessibility.A coastal road that would surround and connect the entire mainland of Cordova is also proposed.

-   Cordova also operates a RORO Port in Sitio Camolinas, Poblacion, Cordova with daily trips from Cordova to Jetafe, Bohol and to other small islands in Mactan and Bohol.
 

-   To improve accessibility, the 3rd link to Mactan Island or the Cebu City – Cordova Bridge is being proposed to be undertaken by Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation under a joint venture scheme.  The proposal is at the negotiation stage.  The other proposal is to connect the Province of Cebu to the Province of Bohol via the Cordova – Jetafe Bridge through a 42-kilometer-span bridge.  The said bridge is dubbed as a 3-in-1 bridge: bridge, power and water.  The status is at the study stage.

-   Power supply is being provided by Mactan Electric Company (MECO) covering the entire mainland of Mactan, including Cordova.  The island of Gilutongan, which is not reached by MECO is powered by a generator set while the power source in Gilutongan Elementary School is supplied by solar panels donated by a private entity, the Edison Lamps.

-   Cordova is a service area of Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).However, less than twenty percent (20%) of the 12,000 households are MCWD’s consumers.Most residents are sourcing water from the ground, posing serious threats of over extraction of fresh water and salt water intrusion. Gilutongan, which is also not reached by MCWD – sources water from the mainland of Cordova through peddlers.On rainy seasons, they use rainwater.

-   Health care services are primarily provided by the Rural Health Unit (RHU) in Cordova complemented by five (5) satellite Barangay Health Stations.  The Proposed Cordova Public Hospital located in Pilipog, Cordova, Cebu, which is intended to be annexed to Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) is now at the construction stage.  Private clinics, laboratories and birthing centers are also available.

Cordova is geared towards urbanization as seven (7) of its barangays are already considered as urban barangays (Alegria, Bangbang, Catarman, Gabi, Ibabao, Pilipog, and Poblacion0 based on the National Statistics and Census Board (NSCB) Resolution No. 3, Series of 2013.

Commercial establishments navigate around Barangay Poblacion, the Central Business District of Cordova. Gaisano Department Store, convenience stores, pawnshops, remittance centers, bakeshops and gasoline stations also exist.

-   Tourism is also a major industry in Cordova.  Its proximity to Mactan International Airport and to the world-class beaches in Lapu-Lapu City is a great factor to the flourishing tourism industry.  So far, Cordova has ten (10) hotels and resort.  A total of more or less 50,000 tourists arrivals were recorded in 2015 alone.

-   In terms of land use and classification, Cordova is dominated by residential, commercial and tourism uses.  Industries are generally not allowed although small-scale industries like manufacturing and processing establishments may be allowed provided they are not pollutive or nuisance to the environment and the community.

-   Cordova also has rich marine and natural resources.  Its mangrove areas cover about two hundred (200) areas and are primarily located in Barangays Catarman, Buagsong, Day-as, Bangbang, San Miguel and Pilipog.  It has three (3) marine sanctuaries: Gilutongan Marine Sanctuary, Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary and Poblacion-Alegria Marine Sanctuary.  It is most famous of the eel known as bakasi and shells like sa-ang, bongkawil, torong-torong, aninikad, and the sea urchin (tihi-tihi).  

-   Cordova is also famous of its annual festival, the Cordova Dinagat-Bakasi Festival, a dance-mardigras depicting the lifestyle and the fishing culture of the Cordovanhons.  This capitalizes Cordovanhon’s love for culture and heritage.