Poblacion, Banate
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About Banate


Geographical Location

Banate is a fourth class coastal municipality belonging to the 4th district in the province of Iloilo. It is 50 kilometers from the City of Iloilo towards the tip of the province. It is bounded on the northeast by the Municipalities of Barotac Viejo and San Enrique. On the southeast portion is Banate Bay and on the west are the Municipalities of Dingle and Anilao. Geographically, its shape resembles a boat shoe with its island barangay as heels. It is 13 kilometers long and 7 kilometers at its widest point. It has a total land area of 11,886 hectares. It is composed of 18 barangays, 6 of which are coastal and 12 belong to upland. The coastal barangays are Talokgangan, Bularan, Poblacion, Alacaygan, Zona Sur and Carmelo while the upland barangays are Fuentes, Belen, Dugwakan, Libertad, Merced, Magdalo, Bariga, Bobon, De La Paz, Juanico, San Salvador and Managopaya.

Land and Water Areas

The town has a total land area of 11,886 hectares or 118.86 sq. km., based on the approved 2002 Comprehensive Land Use Plan/Zoning Ordinance of the municipality, where this land area was adopted. Based on the data certified by the Land Management Bureau and used by the Department of Budget and Management as the basis in determining the Internal Revenue Allotment is 10,289 hectares or 102.89 sq. km. but the municipality uses the original land area of 11,886 hectares despite the recent court ruling in Civil Case No. 14130 of Barangay Dangula – an (formerly Brgy. Fuentes of Banate) dispute between Banate and Anilao because the constituents of the three contested barangays (Dugwakan, Belen and Fuentes) are exercising suffrage in the Municipality of Banate and are still availing their social services from the municipality. The agricultural area constitutes the biggest portion of the town consisting 9,971.04 hectares or almost 83.89 percent of the total land area of the municipality. The open grassland constitutes the town’s second biggest portion which is 652.49 hectares; followed by forest land which is about 461.25 hectares; fishpond area, 359.48 hectares; mangrove area 86.87 hectares; residential land, 154.44 hectares; and industrial land, 12 hectares. 


Banate is characterized with plain, gently sloping and rolling mountains. The hilly portion is found at Barangay Managopaya, Merced, Magdalo, Dugwakan,and Libertad.

Land Distribution, Slope and Soil Type

Most of the areas in Banate are fertile plain soil devoted to agriculture and fishponds. The lot level areas in a slope category of 2.5 percent cover 63 percent of the total land area. The rest (37%) is distributed to forest and open land. The main soil types in the municipality are clay loam and sandy loam. There are, three types of soil in the Municipality of Banate, namely: Alimodian Loam, Barotac Loam and Sta. Rita Clay Loam. Approximately 70% of the total area is Alimodian Clay. This type is suitable to any kind of agricultural crops. Barotac loam constitutes 23.5% Sta. Rita Clay loam 6.5%.


Banate’s climate is categorized as third type, that is; seasons are not very pronounced. It is relatively dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year. The maximum rain periods are not very pronounced, with the short dry season lasting only from one to three months. The sea on the southeast and the forest in the opposite direction tempers Banate’s climate. 

Flood Prone Areas

Areas affected by moderate flood during prolonged rainy days and siltation of rivers due to illegal structures like talaba farm,etc., are found in Alacaygan, Libertad, and Carmelo. Part of Poblacion is also affected by flood during prolonged rainy days and poor drainage system. All barangays are flood prone area according to MGB report. 

Erosion Potential

Mountainous, hilly areas and those that border rivers and steamsrivelet are susceptible to erosion but proper tree planting along these areas will effectively control.

Political / Barangay Subdivision

The Municipality of Banate has eighteen (18) barangays each barangays have a legislative body composed of a Barangay Captain and six (6) Barangay Councilors. In 18 barangays, 7 of which are coastal and 11 are upland agricultural. The coastal barangays are San Salvador, Talokgangan, Bularan, Poblacion,Alacaygan, Zona Sur and Belen, while the agricultural barangays are Fuentes, Carmelo, Dugwakan, Libertad, Merced, Magdal o, Bariga, Bobon, De La Paz, Juanico and Managopaya.



The 2010 National Census on Population and Housing shows that Banate has a total population of 29, 543 excluding Barangay Fuentes (a contested Barangay between the Municipality of Banate and Municipality of Anilao), wherein 14, 440 or 49% is composed of male and 15, 103 or 51% is composed of female. However, including Barangay Fuentes, it has a total population of 30, 231. Of the 30,231 total populations, 14,813 or 49% comprises the male while 15,418 or 51% comprises the female.

Historical Growth of Population and its Growth Rate

Based on the National Statistics Office Census of 2010, the municipality has the annual growth rate of 0.81 excluding the Barangays Fuentes (contested barangay between municipality of Banate and municipality of Anilao) while based on the annual growth rate including barangay Fuentes is 1.038. 

Population Projection

With the annual growth rate of 0.81 excluding Barangay Fuentes from a population of 29, 782 for year 2011 and 30, 739 by year 2015, within the 5 – year period, it will have an increase of 957. By year 2023 the population is expected to about 32, 654. See Table 3. Projected Population and Household excluding
Barangay Fuentes

Urban – Rural Distribution

Based on the 2010 National Statistic Office Census excluding Barangay Fuentes total population is 29, 543 and about 11,932 or 40.38% are living in the urban area which comprise Poblacion, Alacaygan, Zona Sur, Bularan, Carmelo and Talokgangan. On the other hand, there are 11 barangays composed of Bariga, Belen, Bobon, De La Paz, Dugwakan, Juanico, Libertad, Magdalo, Managopaya, Merced, and San Salvador in the rural area with a population of 17, 611 or about 59.61% of the total population.

The total population including Barangay Fuentes is about 30, 231 and 11, 932 or 39.47% are living in the urban area, while the rural area consist of 18,299 or 60.53% of the total population. Of the 12 barangays in the rural areas, Barangay San Salvador has the highest population of 3,039 while Barangay Dugwakan has the least population of only 639 and Barangay Fuentes, (a disputed barangay between the Municipality of Banate and the Municipality of Anilao) with a population of only 688 of the rural population since some are counted in favor of Anilao.

The proportion of the population of the barangay over the area of barangay was gathered to get the barangay population density and classified into urban and rural areas. In 2010 the urban barangays have a gross urban density of 19.51 compared to the 12 rural barangays with the gross rural density of 3.94. The barangay of Bularan has the highest population density of 173.98 in urban area while the barangay of Fuentes has the highest population density of 126.24 in rural areas. 

Labor Force

From the Data of 2011 Labor Force which totaled to 21, 424 about 10,146 are employed and 11,278 are unemployed. There are 6,758 or 62.2% male and 3,388 or 32.1% female were employed. About 4,109 or 37.8% male and 7,169 or 67.9% female were unemployed. There are 6,747 or 49.45% are male and 6,896 or 50.55% are female ranging from ages 15 years old and over. Of the 13,643 a total of 7,886 are employed; 5,239 of these are male and 2,647 are female, while 532 are unemployed but economically active. On the other hand a total of 5,225 are not in the labor force or not economically active; 1,243 of these are male and 3,982 are female. See Table5. Labor Force Population by Sex and Employment Status.


Annual Audit Report for 2021

What:   Dry Run for the operationalization of the Slaughterhouse

Who: Farmers (Rice & Corn) and Livestock Raiser 
When: March 5, 2021