Alilem, officially the Municipality of Alilem (Ilocano: Ili ti Alilem; Filipino: Bayan ng Alilem), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 7,361 people. [3]

Alilem
Municipality of Alilem
Official seal of Alilem
Map of Ilocos Sur with Alilem highlighted
Map of Ilocos Sur with Alilem highlighted
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Alilem is located in Philippines
Alilem
Alilem
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°53′13″N 120°31′52″E / 16.886883°N 120.531008°E / 16.886883; 120.531008Coordinates: 16°53′13″N 120°31′52″E / 16.886883°N 120.531008°E / 16.886883; 120.531008
CountryPhilippines
RegionIlocos Region
ProvinceIlocos Sur
District 2nd district
Barangays9 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorVelmor P. Sumabat
 • Vice MayorMar Ruel P. Sumabat
 • RepresentativeKristine Singson-Meehan
 • Municipal Council
Members
 • Electorate4,734 voters (2019)
Area
 • Total119.33 km2 (46.07 sq mi)
Elevation
282 m (925 ft)
Highest elevation
1,093 m (3,586 ft)
Lowest elevation
23 m (75 ft)
Population
 (2020 census) [3]
 • Total7,361
 • Density62/km2 (160/sq mi)
 • Households
1,475
Economy
 • Income class4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence8.69% (2018)[4]
 • Revenue₱171,551,431.20 (2020)
 • Assets₱593,375,726.33 (2020)
 • Expenditure₱73,160,265.65 (2020)
 • Liabilities₱118,274,833.09 (2020)
Service provider
 • ElectricityIlocos Sur Electric Cooperative (ISECO)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
2716
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)77
Native languagesKankanaey
Ilocano
Tagalog
Websitewww.alilem.gov.ph

EtymologyEdit

Long before the Spanish colonizers landed on the Philippine shores, there were already natives living in this place. These people live in huts built on the hillsides located at the northern and eastern parts of the valley. This was so because the present valley was then the course of the Bakun River. For many years, the natives lived simply but peacefully. Such peaceful life did not last forever for it was soon disturbed by an unusual and fearful occurrence in the people's environment. It all started with the continuous heavy downpour or “LEMLEM” in the native dialect. This “lemlem” caused the Bakun River to swell to an extraordinary size and overflow its banks. In the middle part of the river, there was a big “ALICONO” or whirlpool which the people feared so much. Even after the rains ceased, the ‘alicono’ remained; so the people believed it to Kabunian's (GOD) punishment for their sins. As it was their custom, the people held native feast called “kaniaw”, the “alicono” vanished and the Bakun River changed its course to the foot of the mountains in the southern part leaving a dry level land suited for residential lots and farms. The people moved their homes to the valley and named the place ALILEM after the “ALICONO” and “LEMLEM”.

HistoryEdit

Accurate and reliable information on the exact date of the founding of the town cannot be secured because there are no complete historical records available. However, basing from its information gathered from the old folks, it could be deduced that the town of Alilem was founded sometime after 1820. What is certainly known only is that the lay-out of the town was done by the Spaniards. During the Spanish occupation, Alilem was noted for being the center of the district government of “commandancia politico-militar” of Amburayan. This commandancia was composed of Alilem, Sigay, Suyo, Tagudin, Sudipen, San Gabriel and Bakun. In 1908, the commandancia of Amburayan became a sub-province of the newly created special capital of the sub-province until the Americans transferred the seat to Tagudin.

GeographyEdit

BarangaysEdit

Alilem is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.[5] These barangays are headed by elected officials: Barangay Captain, Barangay Council, whose members are called Barangay Councilors. All are elected every three years.

  • Alilem Daya (Poblacion)
  • Amilongan
  • Anaao
  • Apang
  • Apaya
  • Batbato
  • Daddaay
  • Dalawa
  • Kiat

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Alilem, Ilocos Sur
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30
(86)
31
(88)
32
(90)
33
(91)
32
(90)
31
(88)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
31
(88)
Average low °C (°F) 20
(68)
21
(70)
22
(72)
24
(75)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
23
(73)
22
(72)
21
(70)
23
(74)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 27
(1.1)
31
(1.2)
40
(1.6)
71
(2.8)
207
(8.1)
237
(9.3)
286
(11.3)
261
(10.3)
261
(10.3)
254
(10.0)
88
(3.5)
46
(1.8)
1,809
(71.3)
Average rainy days 9.4 9.3 12.7 17.0 25.4 26.8 27.4 26.1 25.0 21.0 15.5 10.6 226.2
Source: Meteoblue [6]

DemographicsEdit

Population census of Alilem
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 175—    
1918 1,621+16.00%
1939 3,285+3.42%
1948 3,049−0.82%
1960 3,594+1.38%
1970 4,145+1.43%
1975 4,409+1.25%
1980 4,599+0.85%
1990 5,314+1.46%
1995 5,533+0.76%
2000 6,353+3.01%
2007 6,217−0.30%
2010 6,640+2.42%
2015 6,695+0.16%
2020 7,361+1.88%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[7][8][9][10]

In the 2020 census, Alilem had a population of 7,361. [3] The population density was 62 inhabitants per square kilometre (160/sq mi).

EconomyEdit


GovernmentEdit

Alilem, belonging to the second congressional district of the province of Ilocos Sur, is governed by a mayor designated as its local chief executive and by a municipal council as its legislative body in accordance with the Local Government Code. The mayor, vice mayor, and the councilors are elected directly by the people through an election which is being held every three years.

Elected officialsEdit

Members of the Municipal Council
(2019–2022)[18]
Position Name
Congressman Kristine Singson-Meehan
Mayor Velmor P. Sumabat
Vice-Mayor Mar Ruel P. Sumabat
Councilors Rodolfo C. Ibea
Rodelio P. Sumabat
Remigio B. Lorenzana
Samson L. Bangaoil
Eduardo G. Mutong
Justiniano D. Lacasandile Jr.
Mario P. Tiglao
Arvin S. Bangaoil

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipality of Alilem | (DILG)
  2. ^ "2015 Census of Population, Report No. 3 – Population, Land Area, and Population Density" (PDF). Philippine Statistics Authority. Quezon City, Philippines. August 2016. ISSN 0117-1453. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 25, 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2020). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  4. ^ "PSA Releases the 2018 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Philippine Statistics Authority. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Province: Ilocos Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Alilem: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  7. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  8. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  10. ^ "Province of Ilocos Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Poverty incidence (PI):". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  12. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/NSCB_LocalPovertyPhilippines_0.pdf; publication date: 29 November 2005; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  13. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2003%20SAE%20of%20poverty%20%28Full%20Report%29_1.pdf; publication date: 23 March 2009; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  14. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2006%20and%202009%20City%20and%20Municipal%20Level%20Poverty%20Estimates_0_1.pdf; publication date: 3 August 2012; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  15. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2012%20Municipal%20and%20City%20Level%20Poverty%20Estima7tes%20Publication%20%281%29.pdf; publication date: 31 May 2016; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  16. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/City%20and%20Municipal-level%20Small%20Area%20Poverty%20Estimates_%202009%2C%202012%20and%202015_0.xlsx; publication date: 10 July 2019; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  17. ^ "PSA Releases the 2018 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Philippine Statistics Authority. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  18. ^ "2019 National and Local Elections" (PDF). Commission on Elections. Retrieved March 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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