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Banwa it Madalag
|— Municipality —|
|Nickname(s): Land of the Sweetest Lanzones|
|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|• Mayor||Rex T. Gubatina|
|• Total||269.60 km2 (104.09 sq mi)|
|• Density||67/km2 ( 170/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||4th Class|
Madalag was formerly an arrabal and part of Libacao. In 1948, it was separated and constituted as a separate town, with the following barrios: Logohon, Singay, Balactasan, Cabangahan, Cabilawan, Pangitan, San Jose, Talimagao, Talangban, Alaminos, Catabana, Bakyang, Calicia, Mercedes, Maria Cristina, Dit-ana, Guinato-an, Tigbauan, Alas-as, Mamba, Medina, Panikyason, and Paningayan.
Madalag is situated in the south-central part of the province, bounded on the east by Balete, on the west by the Province of Antique, on the north by Malinao and Banga, and on the south by Libacao. It is 190 kilometres (120 mi) away from regional capital, Iloilo City, and approximately 33 kilometres (21 mi) south from the provincial capital Kalibo. The municipality has a total land area of 26,960 hectares (66,600 acres), making it the largest municipality in the province.
Madalag has a Type III climate which is relatively dry from March to May and wet for the rest of the year.
There are four (4) varied soil types found in the municipality. They are the San Miguel Clay Loam, Alimodian clay loam, Sapcan clay and Sigcay clay. San Miguel clay is found in barangay Panipiason and Medina. Alimodian clay is found in barangay San Jose, Ma. Cristina and Galicia. Sapian clay is found in the barangay of Mercedes, Bacyang and Alaminos. Sigcay clay is found in the Poblacion, Logohon and Cabilawan.
Some 7,717.0251 hectares or 28.80% of Madalag land area is planted with high value crops leaving only about 17,772.1917 hectares (66.35) as timber land and 24.6342 hectares or .09% are utilized as dwelling areas majority of which are in the Poblacion.
- Maria Cristina
- San Jose
|Population census of Madalag|
|Source: National Statistics Office |
Madalag being predominantly a rural community has a slow growing population. It had a total population of 17,889 persons in 2007, a reduction of .05 percent or 897 persons from the 1995 population, basically due to migration towards industrial and trade centers of the country such as Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and other highly urbanized provinces and municipalities.
The municipality has twenty-five (25) component barangays with two (2) barangays, Poblacion and Alaminos as urban area and the twenty three (23) remaining barangays as rural areas. Barangay Poblacion is the most populous with 1,562 residents, followed by Paningayan (1,352 residents) and Panipiason (1,326 residents).
Madalag basically has an agricultural economy. Some 7,717.0251 hectares of the municipality land is devoted to agriculture. Farming and home industries are the main source of livelihood among the people. Rice is grown in almost all the twenty five (25) barangays. Corn is also planted in some upland areas. Other crops are in pineapple, camote and ube. The municipality also produces fruit trees, like lanzones, rambutan, marang and commercial crops such as coconut and abaca.
The hilly and mountainous areas produce high valued forest products such as narra, acacia, and mahogany and minor product like buri, rattan, bamboo, nipa sap and firewood.
The center of commercial activities in Madalag is situated along the 1.50 kilometers stretch of Navarette St. and at the Madalag Public Market located in the Poblacion.
The municipality has 93 commercials establishment dominated by the sari-sari stores (37 or 39%). The others establishment (26 or 28.60%) serve as outlet for bakery, carinderias and other recreational services.
Madalag has 21 primary and 8 elementary schools with a total enrollment of 2,927 pupils and 108 teachers. It has three secondary public schools with a total enrollment of 1,368 students and 43 teachers.
The Municipality of Madalag has one rural health unit and one municipal hospital. The RHU is manned by one physician, two nurses, seven midwives, one sanitary inspector, ten trained “hilots” and 143 barangay health workers.
The Madalag Municipal Hospital is staffed by two doctors, one medical technologist, four nurses, one dentist, three midwives, one administrative officer, one pharmacist, one ambulance driver, two casuals nursing attendants, three utility workers, three casual employees and three RNHails.
The total length of all roads types within the geographical boundaries of the municipality is 38.50 kilometres (23.92 mi) in 2011. Of these lengths, ten (10) percent are paved. A total of fifty (50) percent of the road surface is earth fill while thirty (30) percent is gravel surface. All barangays are accessible by roads except Barangay Ma. Cristina, Medina and Panipiason. Generally, the barangays connected to the national road have better road condition compared to the interior barangays.
- Water supply system
The residents of the Municipality get their water supply from Poblacion Water District and Poblacion Spring Development. The other barangays are dependent from their Spring Development and artesian and shallow wells. At present these water system are fully operational.
The communication system are operated by a wireless handset (CellPhone) distributed by SMART and GLOBE while the postal system is managed by the Philippines Postal Corporation. The post office is managed by a postal master, and a mail sorter/carrier. There are no mail distribution and collection centers in the barangays, hence the residents go to the Poblacion to post or get their mails.
- Power facilities
There are 100 household in the barangay Poblacion of Madalag served by electricity with only (5) percent of households not served by power. The other ten ( 10 ) barangays have electrical power. There are Fourteen (14) barangays are not served by electricity because of its distance form the main transmission lines.
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