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In the past, Bayawan has always been known as the rice Granary of Negros South. Her vast plains have seen glorious days of prolific rice harvest. Today, Bayawan City is known as the Agricultural Capital of the Province of Negros Oriental. As an agricultural city, a better production yield is always anticipated, and the presence of the" Tawo-Tawo" or scarecrow had always been a great help to the farmers for several decades. This farmers creation has resulted to achieve bountiful yield during harvest for the "Tawo-Tawo" had been known to be an effective great scare to drive the pesky little birds the native call" Maya" that feed on the ripening golden rice grains. Thus, the birth of the "Tawo-Tawo festival"


The Tawo-Tawo had been conceptualize as an off-shoot of the fiesta islands trend initiated by the Bayawan Healt Club and commenced by the Bayawan Habagat Jacees on 1986, to add more attraction to the fiesta celebration. Since then, several civic organizations took turns sponsoring this affair until the year 1990 when the LGU of Bayawan decreed it to be a regular part of the annual.


For several years now –the TawoTawo Festival had drawn mixed crowds. Guests from other cities, municipalities and provinces came in droves to witness the street dancing spectacle and field presentation. Each year saw the performance of participating contingents being improvised with artistic innovations. Still, the tableau of rice culture from planting to harvesting replete with the primary characters: farmers, Mayas, Scarecrows and carabaos are presented by the contingents in an artistically choreographed movements synchronizing now to the beat of the drums and other musical instruments. In the past, participation is open to schools, barangays, private entities and even neighboring municipalities. Presently, the Tawo-Tawo Festival is confined as a competition among the 28 barangays in the city.


The field presentation has its center piece, the legend “How Bayawan got her Name”. In the dance drama presentation, it is told that the coming of the Spaniards in the Philippines as harbinger of the Christian Faith was not exactly met with welcome approval from the natives living in the islands. And Bayawan was among those who resisted the advent of the new faith.


When the Spanish Missionaries sat foot on the shores of Bayawan to spread Christianity, the Bukidnons, the so called natives of Bayawan were very recalcitrant to give up their own faith in favor to Christianity. Though peace loving in mature, these natives had a ritual practice involving the act of killing. “This kind if ritualistic killing known as “Magahat” practiced by the Bukidnons was to avenge the death of a member of their family”.


Those who were converted to Christianity continue to settle near-by where a chapel was built. Those who were dubious of the intentions of the white strangers and thinking that they were here to grab their lands went up to the mountains and waited for the perfect time to launch their assault.



The City of Bayawan is more of the rural setting than urbanized with only 2.25% of its total land area as urban area. The city is basically agricultural and its economy sits on agricultural platform. Revenues from land farming, livestock production, aqua-culture activities and marine fishing are a major income contribution of the City. In 2000, the assessment of City Agriculture Office (CAO) indicated that agricultural production was valued at Php 2.3 Billion; 91.4% of which came from crop production, 7.9% from livestock production, and 0.7% from fisheries.

On a general scale, the City is not yet self-sufficient since its local revenue is only 12% of the total revenue and 88% comes from its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) (Year 2000 Data).

The City however has several investment opportunities especially in the field of agro-industry and processing as well as in the processing of marine products. The vast agricultural resources and the LGU’s thrust on agricultural development opens avenues on investing on feed mills, palm oil mills, rice mills, corn mills, storage and other farming and post harvest facilities and equipment. Besides agri-industries, the trading and auction markets are already well established in the hinterland barangays especially in Dawis and Kalumboyan. Moreover, the fishery industry and aqua-culture also offers wide business opportunities especially in the establishment of the proposed fish port.

Another window for investors is in the transport system. With the opening of the Bayawan-Kabankalan Road Network, more transport facilities will be required. The City is already recognized as transport hub in South Negros, and will be enhanced further with improvement of the road network. Along with this, various other business opportunities may just come out and be needed in the near future.

Current employment in the City is considered very poor since there are still very limited employment opportunities. Mostly, the people in the city are engaged in self-employment activities such as farming, fishing, trading or buy & sell activities. Resident professionals in the City are in abundance however they are most often forced to migrate seeking employment opportunities. The City of Bayawan however is expected to reduce if not reverse this trend. In the two-year period of City, investor’s influx has been noticeably positive. As investors come in, the employment status should improve.

Environmental Quality    

The City of Bayawan has one of the most barren mountains in the province. The Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) have classified that 72.7% and 27.3% (19, 805 hectares) of the total land area of Bayawan as A&D (alienable and disposable) and as forestlands respectively. However, recent assessment of land use utilization shows that only 17.8% of the total land area is used as forestlands. From these, it can be deduced that a large portion of the land area supposedly classified as forestlands are cultivated and unsuitably used. This situation can be attributed to the improper settling and farming practices of the people in the hinterlands. There are uncontrolled and unmonitored conversions of classified forestlands through slash and burn practices, then cultivation by the people in all parts of the upland barangays. The more unfortunate part of the situation is that these lands have or in the process of application for land titles (ownership).

The haphazard conversion and cultivation of the forestlands and denudation of the forest cover have resulted to the perennial problem of flooding in both upland and lowland barangays during rainy season. Its adverse effects include the severe siltation of the three rivers in the city and loss of soil fertility in the hinterlands due to soil erosion and landslides. In addition, some springs has become intermittent (no water flowing during dry season) because of the destruction of their watersheds.

In terms of sanitary sewerage and solid waste disposal, only the urban barangays have established sewerage in the city, however, the system drains directly into the rivers or directly into the sea without wastewater treatment. Other households utilize backyard septic tanks for their wastewater disposal. Solid wastes are collected by the LGU in the urban barangays and dumped into an open dumpsite in Barangay Banga. In anticipation for more solid wastes in the future as development spins in the city, a new dumping site was acquired in Barangay Nangka.

Road and Transport  

Road is one of the major infrastructure facilities intended primarily to service the needs of the residents of the city. It is a basic need, which should be improved to alleviate the living standards of the people, when it is well developed. Quality road provide a venue for an easy delivery of good and other products to other places or to the Central Business District (CBD) especially from those in remote Barangays of the City.

Roads are classified according to the government entity responsible for its construction and maintenance. The road network is classified into: national, provincial, city streets, and barangay roads. The corresponding classification is given to the specific government, which construct and maintain the road. The types of roads are concrete, asphalt, gravel or all weather roads and earth fill.

As of 2000 the total road length of the city is 645.23 kilometers; 6.26% of which are National Roads; 19.41% are Provincial Roads; 1.79% are City Roads/Streets; and majority of which is 72.54% are Barangay Roads. Moreover, of the total road length only 5.75% are concrete roads and 2.81% asphalt roads. Of the unpaved roads, only 105 kilometers are gravel roads and the remaining 75.16% or 485 kilometers are earth fill roads. This translates that most of the roads especially the barangay roads in the upland barangays are not passable during bad weather conditions. The road situation of the city has been a very big burden for the residents in the hinterlands since delivery of basic services and supply of goods are inhibited almost always by it. More especially the farmers have to shoulder very high cost of transporting their products leaving them very small income.

With the strong focus of the local government in improving the accessibility within the city especially the interconnectivity of all barangays, expected boosts in economic activity and standard of living of the people especially in the hinterlands should be realized.

The improvement of road infrastructure of the city especially the provincial road that connects the City Proper, Kalumboyan and Manduao to the City of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental is deemed to open up a new dimension in the economic and social activity of the city. Likewise, the improvement of the city’s transport route to Mabinay and towards the Cities of Tanjay and Bais shall also bring about immense benefits for the city.

Bridges & Spillways  

There are thirteen (13) bridges with a total length of 494.95 meters that provide passengers over the different rivers or creeks in the city. Ten (10) of these bridges are made of reinforced concrete, having a total length of 287.15 meters. Among these, seven (7) with a total length of 277.85 meters are classified as National bridges and two (2) with total length of 9.3 meters as Barangay. One (1) is made of reinforced concrete with steel frame with a length of 175.7 meters and classified as National. Two (2) Barangay bridges with a total length of 32.1 meters are made of wood with steel bracing for pedestrian use.

One bridge (Milagrosa Bridge) located in Sitio Milagrosa Barangay Nangka is totally damaged. It is to be converted into a spillway. Hugno Footbridge is a proposed bridge located in Hugno, Barangay Nangka.

There are 52 spillways present in different Barangays. Only eighteen (18) spillways were in excellent condition. Fourteen (14) needs improvement, repair, and to be developed. Two (2) to be replaced with a bridge, seven (7) need to be replaced, three (3) were proposed, six (6) to be re-constructed, and two (2) were damaged and needs re-construction.

Generally, the inland barangays only have Level I (developed source) water system or Level II (communal waterworks) have just been recently established in Barangay Tabuan through BIARSP which is 1.6 million project. Only Barangay Nangka and Kalumboyan have level III water system that only the bario proper is being served, when there are no waterworks in the area especially as in the case in sitios the usual water sources are dug wells or springs.

In this aspect, the city has formulated policies and work programs to address the water problems of the city. To address the needs in the barangay, water sources are assessed and projects are outlined such that potable water can be conveyed into every household. New water sources (such as the Danapa Spring in Nangka) are looked into for feasible development into a water supply infrastructure project so that the water needs of the city’s households, industries and commercial sectors will be met. Flood Control and Drainage.

The City Proper of Bayawan experiences flooding during rainy season. The existing sewerage/ drainage system is still inadequate and unable to effectively drain rainwater especially during strong typhoons. A reinforced concrete wharf located in Barangay Ubos and Suba along the Bayawan River, having a length of three hundred twenty six (326) meters served as a flood control structure. This structure is to hold the water especially during high tides and strong typhoons from coming/ flowing into the City Proper. This flood control mechanism however also needs improvement especially that the carrying capacity of the Bayawan River has been immensely reduced from its siltation.

Along the Coastal Margin (Pagatban, Malabugas, Banga and Villareal) and even in the upland barangays with low-lying built-up areas (such Minaba, Kalumboyan and Tabuan), flooding is also a perennial issue since there are no established drainage infrastructure projects in these barangays.

The flooding and drainage problem of the city requires for both short-term and long-term solutions. Identified short-term solutions include the proper maintenance and repair of existing infrastructure and the expansion of construction projects. Well-thought of, effective and efficient drainage design and work programs are yet to be created. The long-term solution will include the effective rehabilitation of the watershed areas, reforestation, ripropping of riverbanks and maintenance of river easements such that soil erosion and subsequent siltation of the rivers will be reduced if not eliminated. This entails long-term integrated (multi-sectoral) and environment-focused planning, sound policy-making, strong political will and support, effective law enforcement, and vigilant monitoring.

Various command irrigation projects are now being implemented by the National Irragation Authority (NIA). Among these are the Tabuan Communal Irrigation Project (CIP), Mantapi CIP and the upper/ lower Malabugas CIP of which the LGU have provided a Php 1 million equity per projects. Moreover, the LGU have allocated Php 22.02 million as counterpart for the proposed Bayawan CIP which has a total project cost of Php 130.47 million. The Bayawan CIP is among the priority projects of the 10 year Bayawan Urban Infrastructure Development Plan.


The source of power of the City is the Palinpinon Geothermal Power Plant and is delivered through the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II (NORECO II). In spite of the relatively close proximity of the City to and abundance of the power source, only 16.64% of the total number of households in the whole city is energized. Most of the households served are located in the urban areas. At present, NORECO II have served 4, 106 household out of a potential 18, 623 subscribers in the city. The energized household are those of the urban barangays and some rural barangays namely Malabugas, Pagatban, Nangka, San Roque, San Miguel, Minaba Tayawan, Tabuan, Dawis, Kalumboyan, Ali-is, Narra.

The low level of energization in the City can be directly attributed to the existing road conditions. It follows that the unfavorable road conditions make the installation of power infrastructures difficult. Besides, the current standard of living of the people in the hinterlands (which is way below the poverty level) does not provide an encouraging market for the electric service providers. The low energization level of the City does not require much solution on finding of power sources or the installation of electrical infrastructures but more on improving the road conditions and finding socio-economic solutions to uplift the people’s standard of living so that they can afford electrical services.


There are two Housing Projects owned by private developers--with an expected total units of 663 houses. The LGU will be implementing low cost housing projects. Resettlement areas will be provided for the Informal Settlers within the urban area.

      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayawan_City


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