- Tubungan, Iloilo
Tubungan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Iloilo,
Philippines. According to the 2007census, it has a population of 20,631 people.
Profile Tubungan is a municipality of mostly rolling hills and mountains with very limited plains. It is located at the southwestern portion of Iloilo province, more or less 42 kilometers from Iloilo City.
There are 48 barangays including the three zones in the Poblacion that comprise the town’s political jurisdiction.
Among the main assets of Tubungan are its supportive legislative body, untapped sources of revenue and a strategically located market. It is also boasts of potentials like its abundant of natural resources, adequate labor force and availability of raw materials for agro-industrial purposes.
As to peace and order, it has greatly improved compared with the previous years. This is attributed to Amnesty Program of the government and the people desire for lasting peace and progress.
Its municipal organizational chart shows 13 offices created pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Code. Along with these is the presence of devolved national agencies and those locally based personnel of national offices that altogether work to deliver basic services.
On November 1994, a three-day Visioning and Strategic Planning Workshop was conducted at Punta Villa in Iloilo City, where Municipal Development Council (MDC) representatives and Local Government Unit (LGU) personnel participated. In the said workshop, the participants were able to formulate a vision for the municipality, a mission that supports the vision and draw up six (6) strategic thrusts that gear towards town’s development goals
The Municipality of Tubungan is situated at the southern part of Iloilo Province, roughly 40 kilometers away from Iloilo City. With a land area of 8,518 hectares found a hundred feet above sea level, the municipality’s topography is dominated mostly by gentle rolling hills and idyllic mountains. The slope gradient ranges to as high as of 25 per cent in most areas giving it an almost mountainous terrain.
As of year 2000, a substantial number of Tubungan’s young populations are enrolled in both primary and intermediate levels reaching to as high as 3000.
The municipality has 12 complete elementary schools and a national high school. Tubungan National High School not only accommodates students from Tubungan itself but also to the secondary school students coming from the nearby towns of Igbaras, Tigbauan, and Leon.Pre-elementary education is offered by almost all of the public elementary schools including two existing private kindergarten schools.
Tubungan requires additional class rooms and personnel to provide for the needs of its ever-increasing student population. In addition to this, a proposal for the institution of another secondary school to be located in Barangay Lanag Norte is already underway to serve the students living in far-flung barangays.
Social Welfare Services
Tubungan embarks on several social development programs to better the lives of its people. At present, there are 26 Day Care Service Programs that serve close to a thousand day care pre-schoolers. To provide for the needs of malnourished young children ages 0-5 years old, the supplemental feeding program in 13 barangays at the moment is aiming to restore the health 391 toddlers suffering from 2nd degree of malnourishment.
Municipal water supplies are sourced from deep wells, jetmatic pump wells, rivers, and mountain springs. In some areas with insufficient water supply, several families share water from a communal deep well. However, despite its being land locked, residents of Tubungan still are adequately supplied with clean potable water for their household and agricultural needs.
In some barangays, a large percentage of their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), sometimes as high as 20 per cent, is allotted for the expansion of their water supply system. Nevertheless, these projects are limited only to residents living within the barangay centers.
With a daily combined water consumption of roughly 1.6 million liters, the municipality’s existing water sources will be sufficient for the entire population ten years from the present. Moreover, the local government unit eyes to tap other potential water sources to provide more water as answer to the growing population demand and increasing economic growth.
In year 2000, Iloilo Electric Company (ILECO) I reported that almost half of the total household in the municipality have electrical installations. This covers 27 barangays; in addition, 7 barangays already have electrical connections but still unenergized. The remaining of the residents makes use of kerosene, battery cells, and generators for their power sources. These, however, are located in far-flung barangays not yet reached by ILECO I.
Nonetheless, a plan to energize the entire municipality is already on its way since it is the priority program of the National Government as endorsed by the Local Government Unit of Tubungan.
Area in Hectares
Alejandro De La Villa
6. 50 km
John Mark Tanangonan
Ma. Fe Tacloban
Zone I Pob.
Zone II Pob.
Zone III Pob.
* [http://www.nscb.gov.ph/activestats/psgc/default.asp Philippine Standard Geographic Code]
* [http://www.t-macs.com/kiso/local/ 2000 Philippine Census Information]
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