Lemery, officially the Municipality of Lemery, (Tagalog: Bayan ng Lemery), is a 1st class urban municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 93,157 people.
|Municipality of Lemery|
Map of Batangas with Lemery highlighted
|Region||Calabarzon (Region IV-A)|
|Founded||May 26, 1862|
|Chartered||October 25, 1906|
|Barangays||46 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Eulalio "Larry" M. Alilio|
|• Vice Mayor||Geraldine C. Ornales|
|• Congressman||Elenita R. Ermita-Buhain|
|• Electorate||57,554 voters (2019)|
|• Total||109.80 km2 (42.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||850/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|• Income class||1st municipal income class|
|• Poverty incidence||11.12% (2015)|
|• Revenue (₱)||203,038,365.96 (2016)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)43|
|Climate type||tropical monsoon climate|
The municipality was named after Captain Roberto Lemery, a commanding officer from the Spanish colonial garrison who took command of the local military outpost sometime during the 19th century. Captain Lemery was known for his deep ties with the community, known for instructing military personnel and even heads of the local church to learn the local language and cultivate harmony among the populace. When he died in 1856, the locals wished for the town to be renamed in honor of Captain Lemery.
Lemery is a growing urban center in western Batangas.
During the early part of the 18th century, adventurous settlers from Taal, northern Mindoro and southern Cavite were attracted to the vast plain near the shores of Balayan Bay because of its abundance in fish and other marine life. Salting and drying fish became their major occupation due to the great demand of salted and dried fish by the people of Cavite, Mindoro, Laguna and Batangas. People came in great numbers to join the settlers, and the village became populous. The place was first called Punta, meaning "point". In 1818, the village of Punta was converted into one of the barrios of the Municipality of Taal. It was later renamed San Geronimo.
In 1858, the barrio of San Geronimo became officially known as Lemery.
In 1862, Lemery and its surrounding barrios were separated from the Municipality of Taal. It became a district municipality thru the efforts of Candida Cesario Valenzuela, Manuel Cabrera, Policarpio Mariño and Domingo Agoncillo. Jose Cabrera became the First Gobernadorcillo of the newly created town. For economic considerations, Lemery was again annexed to Taal in 1904. Finally by virtue of Executive Order 1549 of the Philippine Civil Commission, it became an independent municipality in 1907.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 109.80 square kilometres (42.39 sq mi)  constituting 3.52% of the 3,119.75-square-kilometre- (1,204.54 sq mi) total area of Batangas.
Lemery is politically subdivided into 46 barangays. In 1957, the sitio of Bagong Pook was separated from the barrio of Arumahan and constituted into an independent barrio, while sitio of Masalisi was separated from Payapa.
|041012023||Mataas na Bayan||3.3%||3,035||2,764||1.80%|
|041012032||District I (Poblacion)||1.5%||1,413||1,164||3.76%|
|041012033||District II (Poblacion)||1.0%||917||1,071||−2.91%|
|041012034||District III (Poblacion)||0.5%||442||268||9.99%|
|041012035||District IV (Poblacion)||2.4%||2,223||1,762||4.52%|
|041012039||San Isidro Ibaba||1.6%||1,484||1,368||1.56%|
|041012040||San Isidro Itaas||3.8%||3,507||2,777||4.54%|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Lemery had a population of 93,157. The population density was 850 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,200/sq mi).
Most of the people in Lemery are Tagalogs. In recent years, there has been a noticeable increase of Visayans in some barrios or barangays. The main language spoken is Tagalog, and a significant number now speaks Cebuano. Most of the residents can also understand and speak English.
In the Rankings of Cities and Municipalities that are based on the sum of their scores on 3 Pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. In 2016, Lemery ranked 75th out of 479 municipalities, with total score of 28.252921.
Lemery is a first class municipality by income classification. The primary source of income is agricultural activities, including crop production, livestock and poultry, with 30 out of 46 barangays involved in it.  As a coastal municipality with 13 barangays located along the shore, fishing activities are also significant contributor to the local economy.
The municipality also serves as an provincial urban center for its surrounding rural municipalities including Taal, San Nicolas, Agoncillo and San Luis. It hosts the largest public high school in the first legislative district of Batangas, a private college (Lemery Colleges), a campus of a public university (Batangas State University)and the Batangas Provincial Hospital. Furthermore, bus lines from Manila serving the Southern Tagalog Region reach Central Batangas by way of Lemery. Vans also connect the town to and from other urban centers in the region such as Dasmariñas, Calamba and Lucena.
In February 2014, Xentro Mall Lemery, a community mall, opened in the Diversion Road, further cementing Lemery's position as a growing commercial center. In December 2017, SM Center Lemery opened.
Lemery is accessible by bus from Manila via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). The Lipa-Lemery Road connects the STAR Tollway in Lipa to Lemery, passing a number of municipalities along the southern shores of Taal Lake. Lemery can also be reached from Tagaytay via the Diokno Highway. Furthermore, there are vans connecting Manila to Lemery.
- Mayor: Larry M. Alilio
- Vice Mayor: Geraldine C. Ornales
- Geraldine Ornales
- Jude V. Suayan
- Susan Vidal
- Aris Kenneth Punzalan
- Christopher Alilio
- Rodolfo De Castro Jr.
- Roman Suayan
- Napoleon Piol
Some of the health institutions in Lemery include:
- Batangas Provincial Hospital
- Metro Lemery Medical Center
- Our Lady of Caysasay Medical Center
- Lemery Doctors Medical Center
- Little Angels Medical Hospital
Schools in Lemery include:
- Christian Knights Academy
- Escuela De Shalom
- Glorious Faith Christian School
- Maranatha Shekinah Christian School
- Philadelphia Montessorian Academy
- Saint Mary's Educational Institute
- Swiss Montessori School
- Universal Scholastica Academe
National high schools
- Ananias Hernandez Memorial National High School
- Dionisio P. Vito Memorial National High School – GFLMNHS Extension
- Gov. Feliciano Leviste Memorial National High School (formerly Batangas West High School)
- Payapa National High School
- Batangas State University-Lemery campus
- Lemery Colleges
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