Estancia, Iloilo

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Estancia
Municipality
Map of Iloilo with Estancia highlighted
Map of Iloilo with Estancia highlighted
Estancia is located in Philippines
Estancia
Estancia
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°27′N 123°09′E / 11.450°N 123.150°E / 11.450; 123.150Coordinates: 11°27′N 123°09′E / 11.450°N 123.150°E / 11.450; 123.150
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Iloilo
Legislative district 5th district of Iloilo
Barangays 25
Government[1]
 • Mayor Rene S. Cordero
Area[2]
 • Total 29.38 km2 (11.34 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 42,666
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5017
Dialing code 33

Estancia is a second class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 42,666 people.[3]

Estancia is located in the northern part of the Iloilo Province approximately 135 kilometres (84 mi) from the provincial capital of Iloilo City.

Estancia was originally a ranch for a wealthy Spaniard named Rodrigo who intermarried with a local woman. Estancia is not known for its agricultural products nor livestock but rather for its impressive marine resources. Estancia has a fishport and a pier - these being one of the most developed in northern visayas, a banking industry, cable television, a hospital, and resorts.

Estancia is known around the country as a center for commercial fishing, so much so that it carries the name "Alaska of the Philippines" as a testament to its bountiful marine resources. The reason for this is that Estancia lies in the Visayan Sea triangle, an imaginary triangle extending from the provinces of Iloilo, Negros, Cebu, Samar, and Masbate. This triangle is a part of the "Sulu-Sulaweisi Triangle" of the Sulu Sea and neighboring Indonesia where a large concentration of marine organisms coupled with climate conditions support a massive marine ecosystem. Various commercial species are harvested along Estancia's waters, namely mackerel, barracuda, sardines, shad, pompano, grouper, squid, cuttlefish, shrimp, prawns, shells, seaweed and others.

The method predominantly used is purse seining, trawling and gill netting as these are suited for the relatively shallow waters (up to 60 fathoms) of the Visayan Sea.

However, as of recent years, pollution, heavy overfishing, and irresponsible fishing practices have slowly diminished the once abundant fish stocks of Estancia, and now problems like diminishing catches and unpredictable weather are beginning to surface. These factors have raised awareness in the government as well as the private sector and currently an artificial reef is off the shore of Brgy Paon in an attempt to provide juvenile fish with shelter in hopes of restocking these once populous waters.

Barangays[edit]

Estancia is politically subdivided into 25 barangays.[2]

  • Lumbia (Ana Cuenca)
  • Bayas
  • Bayuyan
  • Botongon
  • Bulaqueña
  • Calapdan
  • Cano-an
  • Daan Banua
  • Daculan
  • Gogo
  • Jolog
  • Loguingot
  • Malbog
  • Manipulon
  • Pa-on
  • Pani-an
  • Poblacion Zone 1
  • Lonoy (Roman Mosqueda)
  • San Roque
  • Santa Ana
  • Tabu-an
  • Tacbuyan
  • Tanza
  • Poblacion Zone II
  • Poblacion Zone III

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Estancia
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 27,229 —    
1995 30,673 +2.26%
2000 35,842 +3.39%
2007 39,479 +1.34%
2010 42,666 +2.87%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Media[edit]

Natural disasters[edit]

Typhoon Haiyan[edit]

Parts of Estancia were heavily damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. The roof of Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC: Estancia) was completely torn off. Estancia Central School was also hit by the said typhoon and almost all of the classrooms were totally damaged. The Principal (Dr. Gerry J. Tingson) of the said school with his utmost will is now trying to restore the damages caused by typhoon Haiyan through national and foreign aid.[4] Other partsof the town that suffered damage included the market and the port.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Iloilo". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Typhoon Haiyan: Images from Panay Island
  5. ^ Provincial board declares Iloilo under state of calamity

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