Loreto, Dinagat Islands
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Loreto is a 5th class municipality in the province of Dinagat Island, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 8,751 people in 1,840 households.
In the northern side of the mainland of Surigao del Norte lies Dinagat Island which was dubbed by General Douglas MacArthur as one of the “three sentinel islands guarding the Central Philippines from the enemies in the Pacific”. Loreto is one of the seven municipalities established in this island. It is endowed with rich mineral resources like aluminous laterite ore, chromite, gold, niceliferous laterite, sand and gravel, guano, rock phosphate, limestone, and siliceous sand. It is also considered as an excellent fishing ground.
The municipality is blessed with historical places and natural beauty spots like white beaches, waterfalls, hot springs and clusters of mountains. These include Polo Beach, Black Beach No. 2, Cambinliw Falls and River, Krominco Campsite, Loreto Desolation Point Light House, and Esperanza Natural Spring Resort.
Loreto is politically subdivided into 10 barangays. * Carmen (Pob.) * Esperanza * Ferdinand * Helene * Liberty * Magsaysay * Panamaon * San Juan (Pob.) * Santa Cruz (Pob.) * Santiago (Pob.)