Barge and banca with truck from Laoang to Rawis


Welcome Sign - Brgy. Sto. Nino - Laoang

"Laoang is a second income class municipality in the province of Northern Samar, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 58,037 people."

"Laoang is geographically divided into three distinct areas. The first is the lowlands of the mainland of Samar Island along the mouth of the Catubig River."

"The second is Laoang Island itself where the poblacion is situated, and the third is the Batag Island which forms as a natural barrier from the waters of the Pacific Ocean."

Rawis seems to be best known as being the departure point for Loang, and for small boats carrying cargo, from Catarman for instance, to towns along the pacific seaboard of Samar.

Residents of Loang who have cars tend to park them in Rawis for trips in the mainland of Samar.

Loang is a relatively small island so motorcycle, tricycles, and walking is the most convienient form of going from A to B.

The river crossing from Rawis to Laoang, of a distributary of the Catubig river, takes about 10 minutes in a motorised banca. The channel is approximately 300 meters wide.

The motor bancas pictured are the main means of transportation for crossing the channel.

Construction of a bridge started but it was never completed. Judging by the number of boats seen, the river crossing must be providing an income for many families in Rawis and Laoang.

Reference: LAOANG,NORTHERN SAMAR (,_Northern_Samar)

Welcome - Municipality of Laoang N.Samar
Bridge piers of an uncompleted bridge from Rawis to Laoang
Group crossing by motor banca from Rawis to Laoang
Preparing to lift a motorcycle from a banca at Laoang

Lifting a motorcycle from a banca at Laoang
Main landing site in Rawis at low tide

Looking along a distributary of the Catubig river towards a bridge crossing
Banca passenger landing site in Laoang
View of Rawis from the St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church
Francis Pension House at Laoang waterfront
View from the Rawis landing site of Laoang at low tide