Sibalom, Antique

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Sibalom
Municipality
Sugar Cane Farm in Sibalom
Sugar Cane Farm in Sibalom
Map of Antique with Sibalom highlighted
Map of Antique with Sibalom highlighted
Sibalom is located in Philippines
Sibalom
Sibalom
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°47′N 122°01′E / 10.783°N 122.017°E / 10.783; 122.017Coordinates: 10°47′N 122°01′E / 10.783°N 122.017°E / 10.783; 122.017
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Antique
District Lone district
Barangays 76
Government[1]
 • Mayor Joel P. Occena
Area[2]
 • Total 201.30 km2 (77.72 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 56,058
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code 5713
Dialing code 36

Sibalom is a second class municipality in the province of Antique, Philippines. It is known as the "Rice Bowl" of the province. As of 2010 census, Sibalom is inhabited by a total of 56,058 residents[3] and is projected to increase to 63,254 in the year 2017.

Sibalom is home to the University of Antique.

Barangays[edit]

Sibalom is politically subdivided into 76 barangays.[2] From 1953 to 1955, Barangay Catmon was known as Barangay Pajarito.[4][5]

  • Alangan
  • Valentin Grasparil (Bad-as)
  • Bari
  • Biga-a
  • Bongbongan I
  • Bongbongan II
  • Bongsod
  • Bontol
  • Bugnay
  • Bulalacao
  • Cabanbanan
  • Cabariuan
  • Cabladan
  • Cadoldolan
  • Calo-oy
  • Calog
  • Catmon
  • Catungan I
  • Catungan II
  • Catungan III
  • Catungan IV
  • Cubay-Sermon
  • Egaña
  • Esperanza I
  • Esperanza II
  • Esperanza III
  • Igcococ
  • Igdalaquit
  • Igdagmay
  • Iglanot
  • Igpanolong
  • Igparas
  • Igsuming
  • Ilabas
  • Imparayan
  • Inabasan
  • Indag-an
  • Initan
  • Insarayan
  • Lacaron
  • Lagdo
  • Lambayagan
  • Luna
  • Luyang
  • Maasin
  • Mabini
  • Millamena
  • Mojon
  • Nagdayao
  • Cubay-Napultan
  • Nazareth
  • Odiong
  • Olaga
  • Pangpang
  • Panlagangan
  • Pantao
  • Pasong
  • Pis-anan
  • District I (Pob.)
  • District II (Pob.)
  • District III (Pob.)
  • District IV (Pob.)
  • Rombang
  • Salvacion
  • San Juan
  • Sido
  • Solong
  • Tabongtabong
  • Tig-ohot
  • Tigbalua I
  • Tordesillas
  • Tulatula
  • Villafont
  • Villahermosa
  • Villar
  • Tigbalua II

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Sibalom
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 42,647 —    
1995 46,143 +1.49%
2000 49,971 +1.72%
2007 53,934 +1.06%
2010 56,058 +1.42%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Tourism[edit]

Sibalom's tourism industry dawned after the proclamation of Mt. Porras and surrounding areas as a protected area. Declared Sibalom Natural Park by Presidential Proclamation 282 and the first protected area in the island of Panay, Sibalom now boasts of its local tourism potentials.

Foremost of the attractions Sibalom has to offer, is the Rafflesia speciosa, discovered in Mt. Porras and surrounding Barangays in 2002.[6] Dubbed the biggest bloom in the world, its discovery launched Sibalom in the map of tourist stopovers in the Philippines. Aside from the park and its endangered flora and fauna, Sibalom also has century old industries and structures worth the visit of potential tourists, as well as boulders of gemstones to rock-hound and treacherous mountain trails to trek.

Through the assistance of the Provincial Tourism Office and the provincial government's Ecotourism Program, the municipality is in the process of developing its tourism framework in anticipation of the expansion of its tourism industry.

Sibalom Natural Park[edit]

Main article: Sibalom Natural Park

Panay Island is in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It harbors many unique species of plants and animals some of which are on the brink of extinction, locally and globally.

One of the last patches of lowland forest in Panay Island is confined to the municipality of Sibalom, province of Antique.

About 5,000 hectares of forest in Sibalom—from Mt. Porras extending to Mt. Igmatindog—was declared a natural park by the President of the Philippines on April 23, 2000. Of this forest, 672 hectares are undisturbed by any human activity while about 4,223 hectares constitutes the 50-year old reforestation site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Antique". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 11 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 11 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "An Act to Change the Name of the Barrio of Catmon, Municipality of Sibalom, Province of Antique, to Pajarito". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "An Act to Change the Name of the Barrio of Pajarito, Municipality of Sibalom, Province of Antique, to Catmon". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  6. ^ Barcelona, J.F.; Pelser, P.B.; Balete, D.S.; Co, L.L. (30 October 2009). "Taxonomy, ecology, and conservation status of Philippine Rafflesia (Rafflesiaceae)". Blumea - Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants 54 (1): 77–93. doi:10.3767/000651909X474122. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 

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