In a land area of 2,243 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers half of the civil province of Bohol, a small oval-shaped island situated between the south of Leyte on the east and the south of Leyte on the east and the south of Cebu on the west. It is part of the Central Visayas group of islands known as Region VII.
Talibon is a first class municipality with 25 barangays (17 mainland & 8 islands).
Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region, consisting of Bohol Island and 75 minor surrounding islands. Its capital is Tagbilaran City. Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines. To the west of Bohol is Cebu, to the northeast is the island of Leyte and to the south, across the Bohol Sea is Mindanao.
As of year end 2017 the total populationofTalibon diocese is 792,300 of which 92.40 percent are Catholics or 731,800.
The ethnic group of Eskaya lives in forest areas in central Bohol. They are found in the hinterlands of the towns of Duero, Sierra Bullones, Candijay, Pilar, and Guindulman. They are noted for their own system of writing, language, and literature although they look like the contemporary Boholanos and can speak Cebuano.
The main language spoken in Bohol is Boholano which is a dialect of Cebuano. Tagalog, Chinese, and English are also spoken by many of the residents. The minority Eskayan language is also taught in community schools in Biabas (Guindulman), Taytay (Duero) and Lundag (Pilar) but has no mother-tongue speakers.
The annual per capita income (in Philippines Pesos) is 16,478 (as of September 2010 USD 368).
Bohol is wired with telephone facilities that provide domestic and international linkages, supplied by three service providers: PLDT, Cruztelco and Globelines. Mobile phone firms, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and Sun Cellular have also established entry in the province.
Access to telecommunications can also be made easily in the towns through the 138 public calling stations. Forty-three (43) payphone stations are conveniently located in strategic places and major commercial centers in the capital city.
There are 5 AM/FM Radio stations in the territory and 5 TV/Cable stations.
Literacy rate (Simple literacy) 92.42 percent in the diocesan territory.
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