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Madalag, officially the Municipality of Madalag, (Aklanon: Banwa it Madalag; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Madalag; Tagalog: Bayan ng Madalag), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 18,389 people.
|Municipality of Madalag|
Aklan River in Madalag
Madalagnon Ako Banwa Ko Amligan Ko
Map of Aklan with Madalag highlighted
|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|Barangays||25 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Alfonso 'Dindo' A. Gubatina|
|• Electorate||11,322 voters (2016)|
|• Total||269.6 km2 (104.1 sq mi)|
|• Density||68/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)36|
|Climate type||Tropical climate|
|Income class||4th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||84.1 million (2016)|
|Native languages||Aklan language|
Madalag was formerly an arrabal and part of Libacao. In 1948, it was separated and constituted as a separate town, with the following barrios: Logohon, Singay, Balactasan, Cabangahan, Cabilawan, Pangitan, San Jose, Talimagao, Talangban, Alaminos, Catabana, Bakyang, Calicia, Mercedes, Maria Cristina, Dit-ana, Guinato-an, Tigbauan, Alas-as, Mamba, Medina, Panikyason, and Paningayan.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 269.6 square kilometres (104.1 sq mi)  constituting 14.80% of the 1,821.42-square-kilometre- (703.25 sq mi) total area of Aklan.
Madalag is situated in the south-central section of the province, bounded on the east by Balete, west by the Province of Antique, north by Malinao and Banga, and south by Libacao. It is 192 kilometres (119 mi) away from regional capital, Iloilo City, and 34 kilometres (21 mi) south from the provincial capital Kalibo.
Madalag has a Type III climate which is relatively dry from March to May and wet for the rest of the year.
There are four (4) varied soil types found in the municipality. They are the San Miguel Clay Loam, Alimodian clay loam, Sapcan clay and Sigcay clay. San Miguel clay is found in barangay Panipiason and Medina. Alimodian clay is found in barangay San Jose, Ma. Cristina and Galicia. Sapian clay is found in the barangay of Mercedes, Bacyang and Alaminos. Sigcay clay is found in the Poblacion, Logohon and Cabilawan.
Some 7,717.0251 hectares (19,069.184 acres) or 28.80% of Madalag land area is planted with high value crops leaving only about 17,772.1917 hectares (43,916.042 acres) (66.35) as timber land and 24.6342 hectares (60.872 acres) or .09% are utilized as dwelling areas majority of which are in the Poblacion.
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Madalag had a population of 18,389. The population density was 68 inhabitants per square kilometre (180/sq mi).
Madalag being predominantly a rural community has a slow growing population. It had a total population of 17,889 persons in 2007, a reduction of .05 percent or 897 persons from the 1995 population, basically due to migration towards industrial and trade centers of the country such as Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and other highly urbanized provinces and municipalities.
The municipality has twenty-five (25) component barangays with two (2) barangays, Poblacion and Alaminos as urban area and the twenty three (23) remaining barangays as rural areas. Barangay Poblacion is the most populous with 1,775 residents, followed by Panipiason (1,484 residents) and Alaminos (1,257).
Madalag basically has an agricultural economy. Some 7,717.0251 hectares (19,069.184 acres) of the municipality land is devoted to agriculture. Farming and home industries are the main source of livelihood among the people. Rice is grown in almost all the twenty five (25) barangays. Corn is also planted in some upland areas. Other crops are in pineapple, camote and ube. The municipality also produces fruit trees, like lanzones, rambutan, marang and commercial crops such as coconut and abaca.
The hilly and mountainous areas produce high valued forest products such as narra, acacia, and mahogany and minor product like buri, rattan, bamboo, nipa sap and firewood.
The center of commercial activities in Madalag is situated along the 1.50 kilometres (0.93 mi) stretch of Navarette Street and at the Madalag Public Market located in the Poblacion.
The municipality has 93 commercials establishment dominated by the sari-sari stores (37 or 39%). The others establishment (26 or 28.60%) serve as outlet for bakery, carinderias and other recreational services.
The total length of all roads types within the geographical boundaries of the municipality is 38.50 kilometres (23.92 mi) in 2011. Of these lengths, ten (10) percent are paved. A total of fifty (50) percent of the road surface is earth fill while thirty (30) percent is gravel surface. All barangays are accessible by roads except Barangay Maria Cristina, Medina and Panipiason, that cannot be reach by four (4) wheel vehicle. Generally, the barangays connected to the national road have better road condition compared to the interior barangays.
Water supply systemEdit
Water is supplied by the Poblacion Water District and Poblacion Spring Development. The other barangays are dependent from their Spring Development and artesian and shallow wells.
The communication system are operated by a wireless handset (cellPhone) distributed by SMART, GLOBE and SUN while the postal system is managed by the Philippines Postal Corporation. The post office is managed by a postal master, and a mail sorter/carrier. There are no mail distribution and collection centers in the barangays, hence the residents go to the Poblacion to post or get their mails.
There are 100 household in the barangay Poblacion of Madalag served by electricity with only (5) percent of households not served by power. The other twenty two (22) barangays have electrical power. only two (2) barangays, Panipiason and Maria Cristina are not served by electricity because of its distance form the main transmission lines.
Madalag has one rural health unit (RHU) and one municipal hospital. The RHU is manned by one physician, two nurses, seven midwives, one sanitary inspector, ten trained hilots and 143 barangay health workers.
The Madalag Municipal Hospital is staffed by two doctors, one medical technologist, four nurses, one dentist, three midwives, one administrative officer, one pharmacist, one ambulance driver, two casuals nursing attendants, three utility workers, three casual employees and three RNHails.
Madalag has 21 primary and 8 elementary schools with a total enrollment of 2,927 pupils and 108 teachers. It has three secondary public schools with a total enrollment of 1,368 students and 43 teachers.
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