Balingasag Profile

 

 

VISION

Balingasag an agri-industrial and eco-tourism municipality with robust and vibrant economy, wholesome, safe and ecologically balanced environment, God-centered and empowered citizenry with leaders of strong political will, responsive and development oriented.

MISSION

We the Local Government Unit of Balingasag, in coordination with Non-Government Organizations and People’s Organizations do bind ourselves vigorously to pursue the realization of our vision that is Balingasag as the Agro-industrial, Eco-Tourism Center, Having a Wholesome Environment and within the framework of a Sustainable Development.

HISTORY

According to early accounts, the present town site of Balingasag was popularly known as Gumpot, while Balingasag use to be the place which is now Galas.

Long ago, the territory of Galas was ruled by Datu Marcos and his wife, Ba-i Gregoria while Gumpot territory was under the rulership of Datu Mateo and his wife , Ba-i Tomasa. The territory of Datu Marcos was frequently inundated by the overflowing waters from the Balatukan River, so the natives moves northward toward Gumpot . They finally settled in Gumpot and called the new settlement as Balingasag and the name had struck since then.

Balingkasag Balingasag History

Baling (Fishing net) Kasag (Crab)

The name Balingasag was derived from the words “baling” which means fishing net and “kasag” means crab. Legend says that during the Spanish regime, there was a group of civil guards patrolling the seashore. Upon reaching the cave near Galas they saw some fishermen by the shore who were pulling their fishnets. The guards asked for the name of the Poblacion but the men did not understand their language and thought they were asked what they were doing so they answered “baling”, pointing to the net, and “kasag”, pointing the crabs in their bancas.

The Spaniards upon hearing the words “baling” and “kasag” repeatedly said the words until the other civil guards picked up the sound and repeated after them “baling-kasag”. Thus the place was given a name “Balingasag” which appeared in official records of the Spaniards.

Mamerto Manuel Valmores, grandson of Datu Mateo of Gumpot and Antonio Ramon Madroño, grandson of Datu Marcos of Galas were the founders of this town. Both were given the title of Capitanes in 1842. Antonio, however, was a retiring man and entrusted the job of running the affairs of the town to Mamerto. Thus, Mamerto became the first Capitan Municipal during the Spanish regime.

Faustino Vega was the first president during the Revolutionary Government (1898-1903) while Melquiades Vega was the first president during the American Regime (1903-1928).

Ramon J. Ludeña became the first Mayor during the Commonwealth Government. He was succeeded by Jose P. Roa during World War II (1938-1944).

The first Municipal Mayor during the Republic of the Philippines was Gorgonio B. Tagarda.

In 1749, or even earlier, the Municipality of Balingasag has existed by virtue of the Royal Decree of the King of Spain. In its (Municipality’s) existence, for more than one century and a half, it (Balingasag) has achieved a snail-paced development as obviously manifested in the previous physical profile of the Municipality.

But today, Balingasag is now an awakened giant that pursue its development agenda with finality and resolved.

SEAL OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF BALINGASAG

The Official Municipal Seal

The Municipality Seal of Balingasag was adopted and approved by the Sangguniang Bayan in Resolution No. 24, s. 77.

Simplicity gives way to sophistication, permissiveness in unravelling the historical socio-economic development of the town.

the dots that were inscribed within the inner circle represnet the barangays outside the Poblacion. The six (6) dots inscribed within the hexagon are the barangays in the Poblacion. Compasses tangent to the triangle are Salay, Jasaan and Lagonglong alienating independence from the mother town.

The triangle represents the executive, the legislative and the judiciary-equilateral at the named time equi-angular to bespeak justice, equality and fraternity. Inscribed within the angle below is “baling” and “kasag” a moment of the historic origin of the town and also depiction of abundant marine paroducts. The split coconut and bags or rice and corn stand for the major crops of the town.

The sea-lion, the eagle and the pagoda are reminiscent of the political evolution from a foreign rule-Spain, America and Japan. The five (5) points to the curved line over emphasize the metamorphic governmental stages from the pre-Spanish, Spanish, America, Japanese and the present Philippine Republic with which Balingasag has survive to witness. The triangle symbolizes unity and strength and the rising sun signifies invigoration and hope.

Administrators and leaders either living or dead hope for progress and development. This is also the obsession of the new administration. Its Government thrust is development primarily based on human development; unless the potentials of human resources are tapped to the fullest, self-fulfillment will still remain a vision.



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PHYSICAL FEATURES

Lies along the eastern route of the Iligan-Butuan superhighway. It is the fourth Municipality east of Cagayan de Oro City – Capital of Misamis Oriental.

Land Area: 18, 235.26
Boundaries:
North Municipality of Lagonglong
South Municipality of Jasaan
East Municipality of Claveria
West Macajalar Bay

GENERAL LAND USE
Agriculture 12, 449.45 hectares
Forest 4, 651.98 hectares
Build-up/settlement 289.12 hectares

CLIMATE

The climate of Balingasag falls under the classification of type III. Under this classification, seasons are not very pronounced with relatively dry climate from November to April and wet for the rest of the year.

The yearly average rainfall for Balingasag is about 145.6mm. Heavier precipitation usually occurs on the second half of the year with drier days during the months of February to April.

Balingasag is not within the typhoon route; hence it has always been spared from destruction.

TOPOGRAPHY

The mountains and plateaus that abound in the municipality give the town a generally rugged topography. A coastal plain comprising a narrow bank approximately 5 to 6 kilometers and extends to about 12 to 15 kilometers in length, separates the sea from the mountain ranges dominating most the west and northwest portions of the town. Area below 100 meters above sea level (masl) is around 4,410.25 hectares comprising about 24.07% of the total land area, are sprawled beneath the towering mountains that rise as high as 1,400 meters above the sea level.

MAJOR RIVERS/MOUNTAINS

Balatukan River
Camuayan River
Cabulig River
Balatukan Range

TRIBUTARIES

Because of the narrowness of the coastal area of Balingasag and the high rising mountains that dominate the background, its rivers are characteristically short but swift. The longest river is the Balatukan that originates from the Balatukan ranges deep within Barangay Kibanban. This river (Balatukan) breaks up into two streams which junction located at the boundary of Barangay Napaliran and Kibanban. One stream traverses the south border of Barangay Napaliran and empties into the Macajalar Bay at Barangay Mandangoa which they called it as the Mambayaan River (2.5km). The other stream directing southward that as the a natural boundary between Barangays of Napaliran and Kibanban, Napliran and Quezon, Cogon and San Isidro, and Linggangao and San Isidro, then traverse Barangay Talusan connecting to Musi-musi River that empties to Barangay Waterfall. It (Balatukan) has a total length of only 20.5 kilometers.

At the southern portion of the municipality CamuayanRiver, another important tributary with a length of 9.8 kms. feeds the water requirement of the coastal barangays along the southeast section of Balingasag originates from Barangay Camuayan meets BalatukanRiverat Barangay Talusan. The combined water from these two joining rivers is called the Musi-musi River that ultimately drains atMacajalarBay in Barangay Waterfall

Another tributary, theBinitinanRiverfrom the Malacabac valley around 1.6 kms length feeds the water to fishpond and mangrove areas in Binitinan.

WaterfallRivera two-kilometer river originates from the stream of Balatukan River traverses barangay Linggangao, Talusan and Waterfall and drains into theMacajalarBay

Aside from providing the water supply for irrigation and other purposes, these tributaries mentioned above also serve as natural drainage channels for the excess water during heavy downpours. The existences of these rivers make Balingasag susceptible to flood. Histories tell that every four years, heavy floods destroy the town causing damage to lives and properties amounting to millions of pesos.

SLOPE

Of the 18,235.26 hectares land area of Balingasag, 18.13% of it is flat to very gently sloping (0-3% slope), 6.37% is gently sloping to undulating (3-8% slope), 25.01% is undulating to rolling surface (8-18% slope), 17.27% is rolling to hilly (18-30% slope), 18.07% is hilly to mountainous (30-50% slope), and 15.15% is very steep (50% & over slope).

Almost all of the urban and urbanizable area have 0-3% slope. Barangay Kibanban has 75% hilly, mountainous, and very steep surface (30-50% and over) where part of Mount Balatukan is located.

SOIL TYPE

The types of soil in the town are classified into four types namely: Umingan clay loam, Jasaan clay, Bolinao clay and Camiguin clay. These types of soil provide good anchorage and root penetration for a wide variety of vegetation.

SOIL SUITABILITY

Balingasag soil suitability for urban expansion is classified into four categories. These are highly suitable (good) soil which is around 1,961.80 hectares (10.76% of the total land area), moderately suitable (fair) soil about 6,118.68 hectares (33.55%), marginally suitable (poor) soil around 3,492.25 hectares (19.15%) and not suitable (very poor) soil around 6,662.53 hectares (36.54%). Soil suitability for urban expansion can be good if the properties of the area have slight limitation which can be easily overcome while those that are rated poor suitability are those areas that are protected, danger zone, slope with more than 15% and that are very difficult and costly to overcome. These (not suitable) areas need to complete replacement or modification for urban development.

LAND CLASSIFICATION

Balingasag land is classified into two classifications, the Alienable and Disposable Land (A&D) and the Forest Land. Around 13,579.28 hectares for A&D and 4,651.98 hectares for forest land. There are areas claimed to be as ancestral domain but yet no official record in the office of the MPDC. It is further subject for verification and proper delineation as to what portion of Balingasag declared as Ancestral Domain.

Protection Area

  • The National Integrated Protection Areas System(NIPAS) is classified into eight (8) categories as provided in section 3 of RA 7586 these are:
  1. Strict Natural Reserve
  2. NaturalPark
  3. NaturalMonument
  4. Wildlife Sanctuary
  5. Protected Landscape and seascape
  6. Resource Reserve
  7. Natural Biotic Areas
  8. Other categories established by law

Of these eight categories, only NaturalParkexisted in Balingasag. This is the MountBalatukanNaturalParkproclaimed under Presidential Proclamation No. 1249 dated March 6, 2007 covering portion of GingoogCity, Municipalityof Claveriaand Municipalityof Balingasag.

Part ofBalatukanNaturalParkin Balingasag is located in Barangay Kibanban and Samay. The exact coverage area is not yet known and presently not found in our map. The inclusion needs technical description for proper delineation. However our NIPAS old record for forest and watershed areas was 740.73 hectares only.

  • Non-NIPAS

The Non-NIPAS areas are those with outstanding physical and aesthetic features with anthropological significance and geological diversity but these areas are not yet included under NIPAS

In Balingasag, Part of non-NIPAS are:

  1. Mangroves and Swamps Area – There are about 10.61 hectares mangroves grown in Barangay Waterfall and Binitinan. Swamps Areas also have 28.59 hectares usually platted with nipa trees, a type of palm tree in southernAsia. Swamp areas are good for productive ecosystem and shall be rehabilitated to serve as spawning area. These are located in barangays Mandangoa, Waterfall, Baliwagan, and Binitinan.
  2. Second Growth Forest (>50 slopes and >1000 meter elevation) – About 496.89 hectares part of Barangay Kibanban, Dansuli, Balagnan, Camuayan, and Samay is considered as forest with more than 50% slope and more than 1000 meters elevation are protected as part of the watershed area.
  3. Protected Agricultural LandsProtected agricultural lands in Balingasag under Non-NIPAS is the irrigated rice land of about 525.25 hectares located in Barangay Mambayaan, Mandangoa, Cogon, Waterfall, Talusan, Dumarait and Camuayan. This is covered by Administrative Order 20 issued by Pres. Fidel V. Ramos last December 7, 1992.
  4. Buffer Strips and EasmentThere are river easement along river beds of the Balatucan, Camuayan, and Binitinan classified as Non-NIPAS. And Buffer Strips along Balatucan River being used for planting bamboos and other indigenous trees as protection device to prevent flashfloods.
  • NPAA – Network of Protected Areas of Agriculture:

Balingasag is an agricultural town where 12,449 hectares are devoted to agricultural use. Out of these 12,449 hectares, 525.25 hectares is the existing rice land protected under Non-NIPAS. This is expected to expand due to the ongoing irrigation project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) which will irrigate more than 2,500 hectares of irrigable lands protected under Administrative Order No. 20 as NPAA.

Strategic Agricultural and Fisheries Development Zones (SAFDZ)

Balingasag is basically an agricultural town, where12,449 hectares are devoted to agricultural uses. These were divided into sub-development zone as follows: Strategic Crop Sub-development Zone (Crop-SDZ), Strategic Livestock Sub-development Zone (Livestock-SDZ), Integrated Crop/Livestock Sub-development Zone (ICL-SDZ), Integrated Crop/Fishery Sub-development Zone (ICF-SDZ), Network of Protected Areas for Agriculture and Agro-Industrial Development Zone (NPAAAD), Watershed and Forestry Zone, Built-up Economic Zone, Proposed Tourism, and SD-Sand Dunes/Beach Areas.

Out of the 12,449 agricultural land 8,480.83 hectares are utilized for agriculture. These are the following: 7,936.76 hectares planted with major agricultural crops, 508.70 hectares for livestock, and 35.37 hectares for inland fishery. Coconut got the widest area of about 3,065 hectares, followed by Banana with 1,520 hectares, corn with 622 hectare and rice with 525.26 hectares.

Municipal Marine Water and Coastal Area

Based on the study ofXavierUniversityon the Ecological Profile of Macajalar Bay which Balingasag is one of the study areas, the status of marine resources based on sample taken are follows:

Coral Reef

There are three identified reef areas in Balingasag, one is the fringing reef in Barangay Hermano and another fringing reef in Barangay Mambayaan. The third one is the reef patch called the Constancia Reef which these identified as the North Constancia and South Constancia.

The observed reef had live coral covers of 26-41%, which place them in fair condition. Dead corals constituted a significant percent of cover around 18-27% (Table 21). This indicates that these reefs were much better condition in the recent past. During the study, the North Constancia reef seemed to be the best condition followed by its southern part. It is then followed by Hermano and Mambayaan. Aside from having the greatest proportion of live hard corals (41%) in the northern part of Constancia, these hard corals comprised 81% of all lifeforms observed in the area. The most dominant lifeforms in Constancia were the non-Acropora encrusting and branching types followed by a non hard coral type. A few crown of thorns starfish (COSTS) were observed within Constancia.

Though the coral reef is still good, but it is obviously in a declining state. To hold its deteriorating condition, the community has to take care by not allowing activities that could damage the reef like the use of destructive fishing methods. It would be better to include all the identified coral reef in the Marine Protected Area of Balingasag (MPA) most preferably the Constrancia Reef. The proliferation of fish cages should also be monitored and regulated due to the danger of euthrophication in the area.

Balingasag’s reef fish resources still remain at the high category with overall biomass estimates at 22.33 mt/km2 indicating very productive reef areas. In fact, the highest recorded densities of fishes in the entire Macajalar Bay were in the bay of Balingasag with 1,998 fishes/km2.

The fish sanctuary in Hermano has a record of 78 fish species belonging to 19 families (Table 22). Twenty-four (24) species from 8 families classified as target species while five (5) species belonging to two families recorded from the indicator species group. Fish density was at an estimated 1,467 fishes/km2 of reef area. Overall fish biomass of the sanctuary was estimated at 22.69 mt/km2 of reef area. In a per category basis, the highest biomass belonged to the target fishes with a total of 17.06 mt/km2, indicating a very productive area. Major species followed with 5.2 mt/km2 while indicator species comprised only 0.53 mt/km2. The highest biomass per family belonged to Family Lutjanidae with 7.81 mt/km2, followed by Family Caesionidae with 4. 67 mt/km2, both of which are commercially important fishes. The overall biomass of fishes in the marine sanctuary was still medium condition.

Abundance of Reef Fish Families in Brgy. Mambayaan, Balingasag (CY 2008)
Source: Ecological and fisheries profile of Macajalar Bay 2008 by Xavier University and DOST.

In Mambayaan, 46 species of 14 families were recorded. Only four species of a single family were observed of the target species group while only 8 species of two families were recorded from the indicator species group. Fish density estimates in Mambayaan was the lowest among the 4 sites established in Balingasag with only 575 fishes/km2 of reef area. Biomass of fishes in site 2 was categorized as low with only 4.91mt/km2. The highest biomass still belonged to the major group of fishes with 4.14 mt/km2, followed by the indicator species group biomass at 0.45 mt/km2, the lowest was the target species group with only 0.32 mt/km2.

In the northern side of Constancia reef, 78 species of 19 families were recorded. Eighteen (18) species belonging to 6 families were from the target species group, while 8 species belonging to 2 families were of the indicator species group. Fish density in north of Constancia was second from the highest with 1,871 fiehse/km2 among the four sites established in the Balingasag reef area. The biomass of fishes in the northern part of Constancia was estimated at 18.71 mt/km2. The highest biomas belonged to the major group of fishes with 11.35 mt/km2, while target species group biomass was at 5.80 mt.km2, the lowest was the indicator species group with 1.55 mt/km2. The highest biomass per family belonged to family Pomacentridae (damselfishes/’palata’) with 7.24 mt/km2, followed by commercially important group Family Scaridae (parrotfishes/’molmol’) with 2.25 mt/km2.

Source: Ecological and fisheries profile of Macajalar Bay 2008 by Xavier University and DOST.

The southern side of Constancia Reef had the highest number of species, with a total of 81 species belonging to 18 families. Twenty three species of 6 families were classified as target, while 9 species belonging to two families were observed from the indicator species group. Fish density in the southern part of Constancia was the highest with 4,080 fishes/km2 among the four sites established in the Balingasag reef area. Biomass of fishes in the southern part of Constancia was the highest in all the sites in Balingasag with an estimated 44.46 mt/km2. The highest biomass still belonged to the target species group with 21.39 mt/km2, while the major species group’s biomass was at 21.34 mt/km2. Meantime, the lowest biomass was recorded among the indicator species group, with 1.83 mt/km2. The highest biomass per family belonged to family Caesionidae (fusiliers/’solid’) with 11.89 mt/km2, followed by Family Pomacentridae (damselfishes/’palata’) with 10.20 mt/km2.

Fish resources in the municipality of Balingasag still remain at the high category with 22.33 mt/km2. In Hermano, the marine sanctuary has shown a positive effect with a high count and biomass of fishes as compared to non-sanctuary area; hence, it is recommended that the protection and preservation of the sanctuary be continued and strengthened. Meantime, Constancia Reef maintained the highest biomass and density but showed signs of overexploitation with one side of the reef already feeling the pressure of overfishing as shown by its lower number. It is therefore highly recommended that Constancia Reef or the southern side of the reef be established as a marine sanctuary to be protected from continued degradation.

Macrobenthic Fauna

Study showed that the intertidal areas of Balingasag had around 29 species with hermit crabs as the most abundant species in the intertidal zone of Mandangoa, while Nassarius sp and Strombus sp were most abundant in Binitinan and Mambayaan respectively. The macrobenthos identified in the three areas were a combination of edible and non-edible species. Most of the edible benthos in these areas, however, were juveniles.

Conduct an information drive regarding the conservation and preservation of the macroinvertebrate species found in the intertidal areas should be necessary. The community especially the gleaners should be informed that edible juvenile species should not be collected to allow these organisms to mature and reproduce. During the gleaning, the rocks should not be overturned to avoid destroying the eggs or larvae of other organisms which may serve as food for other species. The use of poisons, like the “tubli” in collecting specific macroinvertebrates such as the octopus, should not be allowed because even if only one species were targeted, the process directly or indirectly affects others.

Seagrass Resources

Three sampling sites were established in Balingasag: Mambayaan, Mandangoa, and Binitinan. The presence of seagrass were found only in Mambayaan and Binitinan while, the presence of seaweeds were found in Mandangoa and Mambayaan.

A total of five species of seagrass were identified in Balingasag (Table 26), all of which could be found in Mambayaan while only one was found in Binitinan. Syringodium isoetifolium (cylindrical seagrass) was the most abundant (46%) in Mambayaan although it was not found in Binitinan. Halodule pinifilia (manatee grass) was the only species present in Binitinan and this species was the second from the most abundant (27%) in Mambayaan. Hence, the species had the highest total relative cover of 60%, followed by S. isoetiflium with a total relative cover of 25%. Both H. uninervis and H. ovalis had the least total relative cover of 3%.

In the two barangay sites surveyed, Mambayaan showed a higher total percent cover of seagrass with 46% than that of Binitinan with 39%. Overall, the seagrass of Balingasag had an average percent cover of 42.5%, second from the highest in the percent cover of seagrass in the thirteen municipalities surveyed alongMacajalarBay.

The overall species diversity index of seagrass was H=3.55, which was twelfth from the highest in diversity indices of seagrass surveyed in the 14 areas alongMacajalarBay.

Seaweed Resources

A total of 16 species of seaweeds (2 brown, 5 green, and 9 red) were identified in Balingasag (Table 27). Thirteen (2 brown, 2 green, and 9 red) of these were found in Mambayaan while only seven (3 green and 4 red) in Mandangoa, Sargassum oligocystum (brown alga) was the most abundant (42%) in Mambayaan, followed by Gracilaria eucheumoides (red alga) (18%), and Actinotrichia fragilis (13%). In Mandangoa, Cladophobora sp.,Acetabulariadentata, and Enteromorpha intestinalis (all green algae) were found in quite high abundance (45%, 31%, and 16%, respectively).

Overall, S. oligocystum had relatively the highest total cover of 22%. This was closely followed by Cladophora sp. with a total relative cover of 21%. Dictyota dichotoma (brown alga), Halimeda opuntia (green alga), Hypnea pannosa and Mastophora rosea (both red algae) had relatively the least total percent cover of 1%. All these species were found in Mambayaan only except H. pannosa.

The seaweed cover in Mambayaan comprised the three groups of seaweeds: red, which was the most abundant, followed by brown, and the least, green (Figure 4.2.11). In Mandangoa, only two groups of seaweeds were found: green, which was more abundant than the red.

The red seaweeds in Mambayaan comprised nine species with G. eucheumoides as the most abundant. The brown seaweed group was composed of only two species, S. oligocystum and Dictyota dichotoma. The green seaweeds consisted of only 2 species as well, C. lentillifera and H. opuntia. In Mandangoa, the green seaweeds comprised three species and Cladophora sp. as the most abundant. The red seaweeds consisted of four species with G. salicornia and H. pannosa as the most abundant.

Seaweed total percent cover was found higher in Mambayaan with 13% than that of Mandangoa with 10%. Overall, the seaweeds of Balingasag had a total percent cover of 23%, which was the highest in the percent cover of seaweed in the 14 areas surveyed alongMacajalarBay.

Higher species diversity index of seaweeds was obtained in barangay Mambayaan at H=2.09 where a higher number of species was also found. The overall species diversity index of seaweeds was H=1.22, which was 13th from the highest in the diversity indices of seaweeds surveyed in the 14 areas alongMacajalarBay.

Mangrove Resources

Two sites of primary mangrove areas were assessed in Balingasag, Binitinan and Waterfall. A total of five species of mangrove were identified in Balingasag (Table 28), while three species were found in each barangay site. Avicennia rumphiana (‘piapi’) was observed both in Binitinan and Waterfall and was found to have the highest total stand basal area (14.4 m2h-2 and 9.7 m2h-1, respectively) in both sites. A. lanata (‘piapi’) and Excoearia agallocha (milky mangrove) were found only in Waterfall while Rhizophora apiculata (‘bakhaw lalaki’) and Sonneratia alba (‘pagatpat’) in Binitinan. Overall, A. rumphiana was considered a dominant mangrove species (24.2.m2h-1) in themunicipality ofBalingasag.

Mangroves in Waterfall had a higher (17 m2h-1) stand basal area than in Binitinan(14.9m2h-1). The municipality of Balingasag had a total of 31.9 m2h-1 stand basal area of mangrove which had a relative dominance of 14.2%. This value was second from the highest in the 12 areas surveyed alongMacajalarBay.

Mangrove seedlings were found to be the most abundant both in Binitinan and Waterfall. However, seedlings were more numerous in Binitinan (52 individuals 100 m-2) than in Waterfall (38 individuals 100 m-2). The number of saplings ranked next in Binitinan (13 individuals 100m-2) but it was least in Waterfall (2 individuals 100m-2). Flowering and fruiting mangrove generally were more plentiful in Waterfall (both have 3 individuals 100 m-2) than in Binitinan (2 and 3 individuals 100m-2, respectively).

Overall, the mangrove seedlings in the municipalityof Balingasagwere the most abundant (42 individuals 100 m-2), with a relative density of 9.7% (fifth from the highest). Fruiting and flowering (3 individuals 100m-2) had relative densities of 5.3% (ninth from the highest) and 3.9% (second from the lowest), respectively. Mangrove saplings (2 individuals 100m-2) had a relative density of 6.2% (fifth from the highest).

Species diversity index of mangroves in Waterfall (H=0.89) was higher than in Binitinan (H=0.55) albeit both areas had the same number of mangrove species identified. This was due to a more uneven distribution of individuals per species in Binitinan. A. rumphiana dominated the mangroves in the area.

The overall species diversity index of mangroves in Balingasag was H=0.99, which was seventh from the highest in the diversity indices of mangroves surveyed in the 12 areas alongMacajalarBay.

Based on the impact of several factors on the mangroves in both sampling sites which brought it to its present status, it is highly recommended that continued conservation, protection, and rehabilitation be carried out by strictly implementing proper solid waste management and by strengthening the legislation for the protection of the remaining mangroves in the areas.

SOURCE: MUNICIPAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATORS OFFICE

DEMOGRAPHY

Total Population (2011): 67, 351

* Male: * Female:
34, 170 33, 181
* 68, 651 (projected population for 2012)
Total Household (2011):* 13, 964 Average Household Size:* 4.82 persons/household Population Density:* 1, 582 persons/hectare Annual Growth Rate:* 1.93

RELIGION AND CULTURE

Religion:

* Roman Catholic 94.54%
* Iglesia ni Kristo 1.42%
* Seventh Day Adventist 0.86%
* Other Denominations 3.18% (Aglipay, Protestants, UCCP, PBCM, Jehova’s Witness, Baptist, Islam/Muslims)

Dialects:

* Bisaya
* Tagalog
* Ilonggo

Ethnolinguistic Groups:

* Higaonon
* Bukidnon
* Ilonggo
* Maranao
* Boholano

HEALTH SECTOR (2011)

* Malnutrition Rate: 10.82
* Mortality Rate: 5.0131/1,000

Health Facilities

  Public Private
* No. of Rural Health Centers 1  
* No. of Barangay Health Station: 19  
* No. of Hospital: 1 1
* No. of Medical Clinics: 1 4
* No. of Day Care Centers: 48  
* No. of Ambulance: 2  

Health Personnel

  Government Employee Private Practitioner
* No. of Doctors: 8 7
* No. of Nurses: 25 4
* No. of Dentists: 2 2
* No. of Midwives: 19  
* Med-tech: 3 1
* Rural Sanitary Inspector: 2  

EDUCATION SECTOR:

Literacy Rate: 99.89

Educational Institutions

  Public Private
* No. of Preschools 48 4
* No. of Elementary Schools 32 4
* No. of High Schools 5 3
* No. of Colleges   3
* No. of Vocational Schools   3

Student-Teacher Ratio

* Elementary 42:1
* High School 64:1

BANGUS INDUSTRY

Hon. Marrietta Roa-Abogado – Mother of Balingasag’s “Class A” Mariculture Park

      

Hon. Marrietta Roa-Abogado authored the Municipal Fishery Ordinance No. 06 series of 2006 being the chair on Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries way back 2006when she was still a Sangguniang Bayan Member. It was then launched last 2007, by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region X (BFAR 10).

The 6 years old Mariculture Park accommodated 200 cages with 50 investors; employing around 500 fisher folks. Approximately, it produces 100 metric tons of bangus every month.

Just last August 31, 2012 the BFAR Region X’s projects – Fish Processing Plant and Fish Trading Center both are located at Barangay Waterfall was finally turned over to the Local Government Unit of Balingasag with the presence of Atty. Asis G. Perez – National BFAR Director; Mayor Alexis S. Quina, Vice Mayor Marrietta Roa-Abogado, SB Members, Ms. Via Tan-Dimerin, CESO V BFAR Region 10 Director, and Assistant Regional Director Ms Asuncion J. Maputol.

                         

(Left to Right) Vice Mayor Marrietta Roa-Abogado, Mayor Alexis S. Quina, BFAR Regional Director Ms. Visa Tan-Dimerin, Atty. Asis G. Perez

The Fish processing plant is presently being ran by the Balingasag Women’s Federation for Development. Among its products are boneless bangus, bangus sardines, smoked bangus, and marinated bangus.

                     

Boneless Bangus Available at Pasalubong Center beside Memory Square @ P220.00 per kilo.

(photo credits to the Balingasag Press Office)

  • MALYN VERANA -CORSIGA

    I AM PLANNING TO SET UP BUSINESS IN MY HOMETOWN,SOON, I WANT TO HELP TO EMPOWER WOMEN, AND HELP THEM TO EARN FOR A LIVING.. I WILL PRAY THAT THESE PLANS WILL BE REALIZE, IN JESUS NAME..AMEN!

    • Jennise Cabajar

      i will be going to Balingasag with my whole family to serve the Lord and the people and declaring the goodness of God. Balingasag soon to be the first class City in the Province in Jesus name….so be it Lord