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Virac Airport Expansion

US$3-M Set Aside For Virac Airport Expansion The national government has reportedly secured a US$3 million grant for the expansion of Virac airport as a key component of the tourism development program of the Camarines Sur provincial government. This was announced last week by Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Assistant Secretary Cesar V. Sarmiento during an appearance at a gathering of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Catanduanes Chapter in Virac. Assec. Sarmiento revealed that the positive development was spurred by the effort of the administration of Camarines Sur Governor L-Ray Villafuerte to secure funds for the construction of an international airport at Caramoran town. Villafuerte’s proposal, however, has been met with stiff opposition from Caramoan residents, notably one of its native sons, Msgr. Manolo de los Santos, as the project would affect hectares of farmlands. The bishop of the Diocese of Virac reportedly wrote President Gloria Macapagal-…

Second Placer 2008 Civil Engineering Board

Virac Daughter 2nd placer In 2008 CE Board Exam A daughter of Virac garnered a share of second place in the civil engineering board examinations conducted by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) last month. Raisa Lleue Molina Curativo, 22, got a rating of 98.95 percent, reportedly the highest ever received by a civil engineering graduate of the Bicol University-Legazpi where she finished her course early this year. She is one of the seven examinees who got the same rating. Two of her classmates also placed third with a rating of 97.90 percent, including BU cum laude Robert Christine Niebres. The topnotcher is the eldest daughter of DPWH Engineer II Nestor M. Curativo and provincial nutrition officer Marites Molina-Curativo of Imperial Homes Subdivision, San Isidro Village, Virac. A salutatorian at Taytay Elementary School, she is a graduate of the Catanduanes State Colleges Laboratory High School where she was fifth honorable mention. Bambi, as she is called by friends a…

Virac Domestic Airport

Virac Airport is the only airport serving the island province of Catanduanes in the Philippines. It is located in the capital, Virac. The airport is classified as a secondary airport, or a minor commercial domestic airport, by the Air Transportation Office, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.

Historical Growth of Population

From 1903 to 2000, Virac population had been characterized by erratic growth trend. In 1903, Virac had a population of 8,945. after 15 years, it registered with 13,486 population or a remarkable increase of 50.77% and reflecting a 2.77% average annual growth rate. This exceptionally high average growth rate was only surpassed during the period of 1948 to 1960 which posted an annual growth rate of 3.6%. however, a slow down in population growth was recorded from 1960 to 1970 which showed an abnormally low growth rate of 0.33%. Latest released NSO data show that Virac has a population of 57,067 as of 2000 demonstrating an annual growth rate of 2.72% from 1995. The current population of Virac represents 26.5% of the provincial population of 215,356. Population of Virac as of August 2007 is 64,554.

Virac Historical Development

Virac, the capital of the island province of Catanduanes, started its primitive annals in pre-Spanish times when tribal chieftain Lumibao, scion of Datu Dumaguil who came to the Philippines with the 13 Malay dauts, andd his wife Milbigan settled near Vidak spring and founded the first civilized settlement with a score of servant followers and their wives. Some say Virac is a derivation of the word “Vidac” while others claim it is a contraction of the Spanish version of the word burac, meaning flower.
The growth of Virac in terms of governance peaked in 1972. From the original 34 barangays in 1960, Virac was able to establish 29 new communities to upgrade the present composition of 63 barangays.

Where Is Virac?

The municipality of Virac is situated at about 13.3degrees north latitude and 124.2 degrees east longitude. It is bounded on the east by the municipality of Bato and Cabugao Bay and by the Lagonoy Gulf on its southern geographical fringes. On its northern tips lies the municipality of Caramoran. The northeastern section is shared with the Municipality o San Miguel, while the western boundary abuts the municipality of San Andres. It has a total land area of 18,778.40 hectares or 12% of the total land area of the province, ranking third in area among the eleven towns of the province of Catanduanes.