La Libertad, Negros Oriental

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La Libertad
Municipality
La Libertad NegOr.jpg
Map of Negros Oriental with La Libertad highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with La Libertad highlighted
La Libertad is located in Philippines
La Libertad
La Libertad
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°02′N 123°13′E / 10.033°N 123.217°E / 10.033; 123.217Coordinates: 10°02′N 123°13′E / 10.033°N 123.217°E / 10.033; 123.217
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Negros Oriental
Congr. district 1st district of Negros Oriental
Established January 10, 1919
Barangays 29
Government[1]
 • Mayor Lawrence D. Limkaichong
Area[2]
 • Total 139.60 km2 (53.90 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 38,904
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6213
Dialing code 35

La Libertad is a third class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 38,904 people.[3]

Barangays[edit]

La Libertad is politically subdivided into 29 barangays.[2]

  • Aya
  • Aniniao
  • Bagtic / Capt. Nemse Anito
  • Biga-a / Capt. Lucy Apatan
  • Busilak
  • Cangabo / Capt. Samuel Moraga
  • Cantupa
  • Eli
  • Guihob / Capt. Ganny Bongaitan
  • Kansumandig
  • Mambulod
  • Mandapaton
  • Manghulyawon
  • Manluminsag
  • Mapalasan
  • Maragondong
  • Martilo / Capt. Amador Suminggit
  • Nasungan / Capt. Andres Pacunla, Jr.
  • Pacuan / Capt. Thelma Babylonia
  • Pangca
  • Pisong / Capt. Roy Opada
  • Pitogo
  • Poblacion North /Capt. Ritcho Absin
  • Poblacion South / Capt. Lucelle Timtim
  • San Jose / Capt. Bienvenido Potestas
  • Solonggon / Capt. Rene Gargoles
  • Tala-on
  • Talayong / Capt. Ronald Gallosa
  • Elecia

History[edit]

The early settlement was called Hinoba-an, a barrio of Jimalalud. One story has it renamed as La Libertad to mark the residents’ successful repulse of the marauding brigands that regularly plundered the north at that time. Another has a prominent citizen pressing for the renaming to immortalize his liberation, by Hinoba-an natives, from the hands of tulisanes. The name La Libertad is also said to celebrate the local guerillas’ victorious resistance efforts during WWII. La Libertad attained the status of municipality in 1919. It was created a parish in 1935.

Although typically rural, with expanses of sugar cane fields and farms producing corn, copra, peanuts, soybeans and copra, La Libertad has areas of uncommon drama such as the Daras-an Range and Pacuan Valley, the plateaus of Bagtic and Eli, and Hinoba-an River. Among its recently discovered tourism assets are Mambulotan Springs and the caves of Pacuan, Danao and the so-called Marble Cave named after its unusual striated sculptural folds.

La Libertad’s Francisco Absin Memorial Park was the top awardee in the 1952 National Community Beautification Contest.[4]

La Libertad was severely affected during the 2012 Visayas earthquake, that caused landslides killing dozens of people.[5]

Schools[edit]

Elementary:

  1. Agbobolo ES
  2. Aniniaw ES
  3. Aya ES
  4. Bagtic ES
  5. Bigaa ES
  6. Busilac ES
  7. Cangabo ES
  8. Eli ES
  9. Guihob ES
  10. Kansumandig ES
  11. La Libertad CES
  12. La Liberbertad North Pob PS
  13. Mambulod ES
  14. Mandapaton ES
  15. Manghulyawon ES
  16. Manluminsag ES
  17. Mapalasan ES
  18. Martilo ES
  19. Nasunggan ES
  20. Pacuan ES
  21. Pangca ES
  22. Pisong ES
  23. Pitogo ES
  24. San Jose ES
  25. Solonggon ES
  26. Talaon ES
  27. Talostos ES


Secondary:

  1. La Libertad Technical Vocational School
  2. Pacuan National High School
  3. Saint Francis School (private)

Demographics[edit]

Population census of La Libertad
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 29,958 —    
1995 32,456 +1.51%
2000 35,122 +1.71%
2007 37,007 +0.72%
2010 38,904 +1.84%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Tourism[edit]

The construction of swimming pool at La Limar had already been completed and is now operational. Presently, La Limar is now catering to seminars, weddings, family reunions and other services which is being handled by the Local Government.

Our Local Government is now actively participating in the promotion of local tourism and we are showcasing our La Li Mar beach Resort located at San Jose, La Libertad.

The project was initiated by Congresswoman Jocelyn S. Limkaichong was also the former mayor of the town.

Local government[edit]

Elected municipal officials (2010–2013):

  • Mayor: Lawrence Limkaichong Jr.
  • Vice-Mayor: Emmanuel Limkaichong Iway
  • Councilors:
    • Nancy Temonio Laturnas
    • Ronald Opada
    • Ronie Bulabon
    • Emelia Luz Medes
    • Leonida Rios
    • Jellenito Cayetano
    • Bertoldo Burlasa
    • Jovito Sabanal
    • ABC President: Ronald Gallosa
    • SK Federation President: PJ Arriesgado

List of former elective officials[edit]

Date Position Name
1919–1922 President Isaac Dionaldo
Vice-President Narciso Absin
Secretary Francisco Bautista
Councilors Pio Banogon
Luciano Libo-on
Ireneo Villaespin
Felipe Absin
Andres Absin
Fabio Torres
Leon Bonda-on
Brigido Sabanal
1922–1924 President Isaac Dionaldo
Vice-President Fabio Torres
Secretary Roberto Estoconing
Councilors Margarito Gallosa
Pedro Timtim
Isaias Emperado
Antonio Torres
Pastor Carinal
Marcelo Libo-on
Bregido Sabanal
Benedicto Libo-on
1925 President Isaac Dionaldo
Vice-President Fabio Torres
Secretary Roberto Estoconing
Councilors Antonio E. Torres
Pedrom Timtim
Pator Carinal
Margarito Gallosa
Marcelo Libo-on
Brigido Sabanal
Daniel Donaldo
Benedicto Libo-on, Sr.
1926–1927 President Fabio Torres
Vice-President Daniel Dionaldo
Secretary Roberto Estoconing
Councilors Brigido Sabanal
Antonio E. Torres
Pastor Villaester
Leopoldo Dionaldo
Aquilino Ricarte
Pedro E. Torres
Teodoro Absin
Felix Camero

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Negros Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 12 March 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 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "About | Cities & Towns", Negros Oriental Tourism Office. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  5. ^ "Quake causes severe damage in La Libertad, Negros Oriental". ABS-CBN News.com. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 

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