Corella is located ten kilometers northeast of Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol province.
Before it was made into a separate municipality, it was known as barrio “Nug-as” a part of municipality of Baclayon, which was the first regular municipality established by the Spaniards in the Province of Bohol.
The name “Nug-as” was changed to “Corella” when it was established into a regular municipality on September 3, 1884 by the virtue of the Royal Order of the Governor General of the Philippines. Rev. Fr. Jose Maria Cabanas, a Spanish priest of the Roman Catholic religion, who then served as the first parish priest of Corella for a month, reportedly suggested the name “Corella” in honor of its patron saint, Nuestra Senora Del Villar who made her miracle in the village of Corella, Navara, Spain. Since then, the town has been known as Corella in the community of local government units. Adopting the Spanish tradition, in honor of its patron saint, Nuestra Senora Del Villar, the devotees celebrates the annual fiesta in every 27th day of the month of April.
The municipality of Corella is located in the interior part in the island province of Bohol. It is the first town northeast of the City of Tagbilaran with a distance of 10 kilometers. It is bounded on the northeast by the municipality of Balilihan; in the east by the municipality of Sikatuna; in the west by the City of Tagbilaran; in the southwest municipality of Baclayon; and in the southeast by the municipality of Alburquerque; and in the northwest by the municipality of Cortes. It has a total land area of 3,722.14 hectares.
The municipality of Corella is conveniently accessible by six major routes: from the west by the Tagbilaran-Corella national highway, from the southwest by the Baclayon-Corella provincial road, from the southeast by the Albur-Corella provincial road, from the east by the Loboc-Sikatuna-Corella national highway, from the northeast by the Balilihan-Corella provincial road and from the northwest by the Cortes-Corella provincial Road.
Comprising eight (8) barangays, the municipality of Corella has a total land area of 3, 722.14 hectares. Barangay Poblacion comprises the only urban area of the municipality covering an area of 309.8011 hectares or 8.32% of the total land area and the remaining seven (7) barangays are on rural.
Political Subdivision & Population per Barangay
The municipality of Corella is divided into eight political barangay units or government with its corresponding land area and percentages.
|Name of Barangay||Area in Hectares||Percent of Total||No. of Population||No. of Households|
(based on 2008 census)
The Total population of Corella is 7,471 with a total of 1,502 households, based on 2008 monitoring. There is only one urban barangay and the remaining seven (7) barangays are predominantly rural.
The municipality of Corella has five Elementary Schools, three Primary and one Secondary School, all of them are public or government schools.
The rural health units presently known as the Municipal Health Office of Corella takes charged in the preventive, curative and rehabilitative aspects of Health Care Services through primary health care approach.
The municipality of Corella has nine (9) key Health personnel currently serving the people. 1-physician, 1-dentist, 1-nurse, 2-midwife, 1-sanitary inspector, 4-ambulance utility drivers, 4-health aide workers.
Health care services are being provided with the support of 1 main health center located at the urban center of the municipality and a barangay health center located in all 8 barangays. Transport of patients on emergency situations are being provided by the health ambulance vehicles.
Health Care Service Programs/Projects:
Basically, the health care services in Corella involve treatment of out-patients, laboratory examinations conducted particularly in connection with regulatory requirements, issuance of health certificates, health education classes on important health issues, a continuing education and refresher course t barangay Health Workers being frontrunners in the delivery of health care services in the grass-root level.
COMMERCE, TRADE & INDUSTRY
There are existing industrial establishment in Corella which are mostly cottage in nature or home crafts like bamboo and basket making, but weaving, rice mills, stuff toys making and winnower weaving are located in barangays of Tanday, Sambog, Canangca-an and Poblacion.
However, the entry of commercial pig farms in the municipality signals the establishment and development of livestock industry on Corella. Leading these commercial farms is the Sto. Niño Farms of Bohol Quality Corp. located in barangay Pandol; and Jaeckel Pig farm of Walter Jaeckel located in Canapnapan. Also interesting to note the emergence of commercial game fowl farms wherein 2 are already established in Barangay Canangca-an.
Trade and Commerce
The record prepared from the department of trade and industry (DTI) shows the there are 13 micro commercial establishment within the population. Most of them are retail and general merchandise businesses and are located within the Poblacion area which served as central business area in the town. However, sari-sari stores are prevalent anywhere in town, particularly in the barangays which are very common entrepreneurial activities of the people.
Nevertheless, entrepreneurial skills have stated developing in Corella through the opening of several technical an technological service shops in iron works of which 2 are located in Pandol while 1 is in Barangay Sambog; 1 furniture shop each in Sambog, Canapnapan and Pandol; economy (vulcanizing, carwash, beauty parlor, etc.)
The municipality of Corella has employed fifty seven (57) percent of the people that are economically active in the labor force. It shows that there are still people who really need employment. The absence of employment opportunities in the municipality, most of the labor forces are working in the City of Tagbilaran and the nearby towns where opportunities are available.
There are three major tourism sites in the town of Corella. One is the Tarsier Foundation in Barangay Canapnapan, where the tarsier sanctuary is located within the forestland approximately 134 hectares wide. It has a visitor’s complex for the guests with a local tour guide who will orient the unique characteristics of the specie. This is already covered under Presidential Proclamation No. 1030. The volume of Tourist arrivals in this area is approximately 600-700 per year based on local LGU statistics. What makes Corella unique from other town is the tarsier which globally known as the world’s smallest primate. It is so small that a full grown adult measures less than a foot from hand to toes.
The second is the Candawis Environmental Garden, which is approximately 6.744 hectares where abundant trees and tarsiers are found in the area. Here in this site are the existing sources of water that supplied the municipality over a period of fifty years. The Soil and Water Conservation Foundation (SWCF) is interested to develop the site and the feasibility study has already been conducted for the purpose of conserving the area and,
The third one is proposed Balisawa Hill that is 2.6 hectares located in barangay Tanday. Forests and Tarsiers are abundant in this place. The area is very suitable for and eco-tourism because the hill on top is an overlooking to the City of Tagbilaran.