Carrascal is a fourth class municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 22,479 people.
Unique physical features of Carrascal are the uneven distribution of its lowlands and rolling hills. Carrascal is the boundary town of Surigao del Sur with Surigao del Norte.
Carrascal is politically subdivided into 14 barangays. Babuyan, Dahican and Caglayag were converted into a barrio in 1956.
- Baybay (Pob.)
- Doyos (Pob.)
- Embarcadero (Pob.)
- Saca (Pob.)
Carrascal, known for its mining economy, is home to a number of large-scale mining firms. In February 2017, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ordered the closure of two mining firms located in the town namely the CTP Construction and Mining Corporation and Carrascal Nickel Corporation, and one located in the boundary of Carrascal and Cantilan, the Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation, after the department found probable cause to stop the operations of the three companies as a result of their 2016 mining audit. CTP and Carrascal Nickel operate near coastal areas while Marcventures operates in a watershed which violates the department’s policy.
Special areas of economic considerations
The ideal candidate site of proposed wind power projects is located approximately 300 meter masl in the mining area near Carrascal. It is accessible from a highway under perpetual reconstruction and further made accessible by exploration roads constructed by mining companies. The terrain is mostly flat, with minimal vegetation, causing minimal turbulence to wind flow in the area. It overlooks the Philippine Sea from the southeast and the north-west directions. Some permanent deformations of small trees indicate that the wind typically comes from the north-east direction. Ground measurements yielded wind speeds of 8–11 m/s, which, by industry standards has excellent wind power potential. However, further validation studies of at least one year of wind data gathered from the site is nonexistent. Transmission lines of the local cooperative pass through this wind power candidate site, making it more attractive for wind and/ solar energy development to alleviate badly needed energy infrastructure to sustain large scale industrialization and its lofty bid to become the northernmost “city” of Surigao del Sur.