Income Classification: 4th Class
Congressional District: 3rd District
No. of Barangays: 7
Land Area: 17,655.20 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 34,269
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2016): 13,097
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
The total land area of the Municipality of San Andres is 17,655.2 hectares. It has an urban expansion of 16 hectares, agricultural area of 16,083.72 hectares basically planted with coconut and corn, 743 hectares of pasture land, mangrove area of 172 hectares, 110 hectares of forest, residential area of 80 hectares and the rest 450.48 hectares constitutes for other uses. The natural resources consist of the abundant fishing grounds, beaches, falls, rivers and creeks, flat terrain planted to coconut, corn and other agricultural cops, flat to rolling terrains utilized as pasture lands. Mountains and forest lands can be found in barangays Poblacion, Camflora, Tala, Pansoy. Mangero and Talisay. A 141 hectares of timberland which has been declared as Mangrove Wilderness Area can be found in the island barangay of Alibihaban.
The Municipality was created as “Visita”. Several Bicolanos, Visayans, Ilocanos and Tagalogs were settled in the place near the seashore of Sitio “Sugbong Cogon” of San Narciso, Quezon (Mother Municipality). Aside from “Visita”, it was also called “Sugbong Cogon” due to the tall grasses covering large portion of its surrounding areas. And finally, its third and final name, San Andres derived from an old tale that a wooden statue of Saint Andrew the Apostle was found on the deck of a small sailboat wreck grounded ashore the barrio now called Barangay Poblacion.
San Andres was officially created as Municipal District last August 20, 1959 by virtue of Executive Order No. 353. The late Francisco De Leon Sr. was the first person appointed as the Municipal Mayor. On October 5, 1965, Executive Order No. 174 had converted it to sixth class municipality, and was further re-classified to a fifth class municipality on November 8, 1979, pursuant to Ministry Order No. 100-79 of the Ministry of Finance and in compliance with the Presidential Decree No. 465. At present, it is a fourth class municipality headed by the elected Municipal Mayor, Honorable Sergio F Emprese.
San Andres belongs to the Third District of Quezon as it lies in the southernmost tip of Bondoc Peninsula. It is bounded on the north by the municipality of San Narciso; on the south by the Sibuyan Sea; on the east by Ragay Gulf and on the west by the Municipality of San Francisco. It is composed of six (6) rural barangays, namely Tala, Camflora, Alibihaban, Pansoy, Mangero and Talisay and one (1) urban barangay, the barangay Poblacion. Its topography can be noticed as broad alluvial plains that are made in firm loamy to clayly alluvial sort were developing from the deposition of five sediments from upland areas. It has three soil types such as Pharoan clay (lowland and eastern coastal areas), Catanauan clay (north western portion) and Bauang Clay (mountainous central portion of the town). It has also abundant fresh water resources both on the ground and surface. There are twenty eight (28) live springs on the area that produce large amount of fresh waters. Regarding its climate, it belongs to type of category by rainy season from July to December and dry season lasting one to three months from February to May. The average humidity is 80% throughout the year.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Fishing
Tourist Destinations: Alibihaban natural beaches, Alibihaban, San Andres
Special Events/Festivals: Araw ng San Andres, Fiesta Celebration
Address: Municipal Hall, Brgy. Poblacion, San Andres, Quezon