BRIEF HISTORY AND PROFILE
Buenavista, the oldest municipality in Guimaras, was established 1775 during the Spanish Period. Historians claims that a Spanish governor general struck by the municipality’s scenery called the old town site Buenavista or beautiful view.
The Municipality of Buenavista is located at the northern tip of Guimaras Island and one of the five towns composing the Province of Guimaras. The northwestern part of the town faces Panay Island and the northeastern portion faces Negros Island. It is 2 nautical miles away from Iloilo City through the Iloilo Strait and 4 nautical miles away from Negros Island by Guimaras Strait.
Buenavista has a total land area of 128.26 sq. km. measuring approximately 19 km. At the deepest and having a cross length of about 11 km. There are 37 barangays and 1180 sitios in Buenavista.
The terrain ranges from plain to strongly hilly. The central and northwestern coastal area in level to nearly level, the northwestern
part facing the island of Panay is strongly hilly and the rest from slightly to strongly rolling.
Rich mineral deposits abound in Buenavista’s northern mountains and plains. Geologists estimate 288,000,000 metric tons of limestone in more than half of Buenavista’s land area, 36,420 metric tons of guano and rock phosphate in caves of barangay’s Tacay, Taminla, Dagsaan, and Piña. Limestone can be found on the hills of barangay Old Poblacion, Santo Rosario, Montpiller, Rizal, Daragan, Magsaysay, Zaldivar, Sawang, Dagsa-an, Mabini, San Pedro, Tacay, San Miguel, Navalas and Getulio.
Buenavista has the highest population in the Province of Guimaras, with the municipal population being 41,717 in 2000. Buenavista also has the highest population density being 324 persons per sq. km. There are 8,373 households in the municipality, being the most in the province.
LIST OF MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS
- Municipal Mayor Samuel T. Gumarin, M.D., M.P.H.
- Mun. Vice Mayor Gerardo T. Javellana
Sangguniang Bayan Members:
- Cyril C. Beltran
- Arthur A. Cartel Jr.
- Nelly M. Sideño
- Ignacio T. Gatinao
- Dan Elby C. Habaña
- Ronnie L. Ferrer
- Rex G. Fernandez
- Raquel A. Sambas
Municipal Planning & Dev’t Coordinator
- Acting Engr. Gil A. Perrocha
- Municipal Tourism Officer Richard G. Gaboy, CPA
- SK Federation President Scarlet Faith H. Gaitano
- ABC President Carlito D. Gaitano
AT A GLANCE
Total Land Area 12,826 Hectares
Built-up Area 124.0720
Parks & Open Space/Cemetery 3.5354
Number of Barangays 36 Number of Sitios 281
Population in 1995 37,681 Population in 2000
41,717 Projected Population 2001
42,791 Alien Population
Population Growth Rate (1990-1995) 1.58
Population Density (in 1995 population) 2.93
Population Density (in 2000 population) 3.25
Crude Birth Rate (Rate/1000 Population 1995) 17/1000
Crude Birth Rate (Rate/1000 Population 1996)
Crude Death Rate (Rate/1000 Population 1995) 3/1000
Crude Death Rate (Rate/1000 Population 1996)
Infant Death Rate (Rate/1000 population) 7/1000
Infant Mortality Rate (1995) Infant Mortality Rate (1996)
Work Population 1995 17,514(Ages 20-64)
Literacy Rate (Ages 10-64): %
Educational Level Type of School Private Public Pre-School 5 All Elem. have Pre-school Day Care Center 24 Elementary 1 19 Secondary 1 5 Tertiary 1 1 Vocational Technical 1 1
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY
Leading Commercial Industries: Lime
HOUSING AND HUMAN SETTLEMENT
Households in 1995 7,230 Households in 2000 8,373 Average Household Size in 2000 5.0
Solid Waste Collection
Solid Waste Collection
Average Water Supply/Day 1,371 cu. m./day Average Water Demand/Day 1,782 cu. m./day Service Provider Coverage of Electricity 33 Brgys./92% Power Provider GUIMELCO Number of Electric Consumers 4,260HH/59% Paved
roads according to surface
ROAD NAME AND ADMINISTRATIVE
ROAD SURFACE LENGTH
UNPAVED (KM.) CONCRETE ASPHALT GRAVEL EARTHFILL Classification Length %
Length % Length % Length % A. NATIONAL 27.0914 8.523 44.20 11.65 100.00
6.9184 16.31 0 B. PROVINCIAL 30.4770 6.827 35.41 0 0 23.65 55.77 0 C.
MUNICIPAL 5.3077 2.380 12.35 0 0 2.9277 6.90 0 D. BARANGAY 85.98 1.55
8.04 0 0 8.9118 21.02 75.5182 100.00
19.2800 100.00 11.65 100.00 42.4079 100.00 75.52 100.00
PUJ, Motorcycle, Tricycle, Van, Multicab, Pumpboat
Facilities Available Radio Stations Television Available Telephone
Available Mailing/Cargo Service Available
Number of Hospitals 1 EXT. Hospital Number of Beds 10 Number of Private Medical Clinics 5 Number of Drug Stores 7 Number of Mun. Health Officer 1 (Casual) Personnel (regular status) (18)
Number of Policemen(2000) 27 Number of Policemen(2001) 27 Number of /Auxiliary Policemen(2001) Number of Private Security/Detective Agencies Number of Private Security Guards Number of Police Stations/Kababayan
Centers Number of Firemen 15 Number of Fire trucks 1 Number of Fire Stations 1
ITEM VALUE(PhP) Tax Revenue in 2000 28,652,091.14 Operating & Misc.
Revenue 1,623,890.36 Capital Revenue 2,128,308.00 Total Revenue
33,325,132.75 Personnel and Services Expenses 19,201,909.45 Maintenance and
Operating Expenses 6,440,529.83 Extra Ordinary Receipts 910,843.25 Total
- Sto. Rosario Wharf and Road from Barangay Sto. Rosario to Barangay Supang about 7 kilometers long. This was built by the corps of engineer under General Douglas McArthur during his stay in Camp Jossman in Barangay Supang in 1903 to 1904.
- The Enchanted Rock in Barangay San Miguel, a fairy house built upon a rock overlooking the Legendary Seven Isles which could be seen by all sea commuters between Iloilo and Negros.
- Legend of Siete Pecados or Isles of the Seven Sins, a light house is located in the biggest Islet. Their isolation and loneliness is the punishment of disobedient as the legend goes.
- Scenic Campus of Good Shepherds Fold Academy gives an uphill trek from the National road.
- Daliran Cave is located in Barangay Old Poblacion, the sited noted for its natural beauty and cool fresh water spring.
- Punta Blanco is a target range constructed by the American Forces for their target practices during its occupation of the early 1900s.
- From the crowd and heat of the city, one takes a 15 minutes boat ride to Enrico Beach along the shores of Barangay Zaldivar.
- Cave and White Beaches are several caves and white beaches which could lure tourist in the Municipality of Buenavista.
- The Lopez Ville at Barangay Magsaysay which could be seen from the entire length of Iloilo Strait. From this Building one could have a breath-taking view of the vastness of Iloilo Strait and of Iloilo City against the backdrop of the lofty mountains of the surrounding towns.
- Another beach worth going to and could make one forget his cares and woes is the Abelardo’s Beach in Barangay East Valencia.
- Marian Shrine at Barangay Montpiller is an attraction for nature lovers and seekers of deeper spirituality.
- The Catholic Church of Barangay Navalas, which was constructed in 1980s is full of historic reminiscences.
- One newest landmark of Buenavista is the Circular Catholic Church in Brgy. Sto. Rosario. Built upon in at mountainside, this could be seen from the aerial view and from Fort San Pedro.
- Mini Park and Heroes Memorial Park one of the newest landmarks in Buenavista today, to remind each and every one of the famous men who have fought and died for Buenavista.
- Villa Encarnacion Mountain Resort one of a kind resort in Buenavista. It is located at Sitio Tinabuan, Brgy. Zaldivar. It has an inviting pool of spring water and uphill cottages.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
MUNICIPALITY OF BUENAVISTA
Province of Guimaras, Philippines
Tel./Fax No. (6333) 580-8385