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The Municipality of Bugasong is situated in the central part of Antique that is forty-three (43) kilometers away from the provincial capital (San Jose) and One Hundred Forty (140) kilometers away from the regional capital (Iloilo City).

Bugasong is a fourth class municipality with total annual income of P33,392,516.36 only as of last year's data. Ninety-Two percent (92%) or P30,581,945.00 of the municipal income comes from the Internal Revenue Allotment share, and Eight percent (8%) or P2,802,545.36 from local revenues and P8,026.00 from EVAT share of the municipality.

Bugasong has twenty seven (27) barangays, sixteen (16) of which are situated in the lowland areas, eight (8) are upland areas and the rest are located at the upland-lowland areas.

It has a total land area of 20,370 hectares. Out of this area, 48.27 are alienable and disposable lands while 53.73 percent are forestlands. The alienable and disposable lands are mostly utilized for the cultivation of agricultural products. Among the agricultural crops, the production of rice occupies the largest area in both irrigated and non-irrigated with 2,722 hectares. This made farming the dominant activity and the primary source of income of most of the households in the municipality. This is followed by coconut land, which is concentrated in 394 hectares. Reports from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) shows that all barangays in Bugasong are into this endeavor with a total of 635 coco farmers. Likewise, other areas are planted with root crops, vegetables, corn and sugar cane. Bugasong has seven (7) coastal barangay namely Zaragoza, Ilaures, Camangahan, Sabang West, Guija, Jinalinan and Paliwan. Fishing is the primary source of income of the majority of households in these areas. There are 206 fisher folks in the municipality, 156 of them are full time and 50 are part time fishermen. Poultry and livestock-raising are considered an integral part of the Agricultural economy of the Municipality. Cattle, goats and swine are raised either for breeding or fattening in limited farm lots while carabaos are kept mainly as source of draft power for land preparation in agricultural production. Bugasong is famous for its handloom weaving. Barangay Bagtason is known for its hand-woven products such as hat, handkerchief and the patadyong. Since the 18th century, people from Bagtason engaged in weaving using the various native raw materials such as abaca, silk and piña fibers for patadyong, kimono and barong. But in terms of quality and design, patadyong is considered the most popular product of the municipality. The Total Population of the Municipality per record of the Municipal Health Office is Twenty-Nine Thousand Three Hundred Fifty-One (29,351). The Municipality has total registered voters of 14,704: 7,537 of which are females and 7,167 are males. It has seventy-six (76) merged precincts. Last May 10, 2004 election, 85.90% of the registered voters cast their votes or 12,632 voted, 6,119 of which are male and 6,513 are female.

Bugasong is one of the eleven (11) municipalities of the province traversed by the Iloilo-Antique-Aklan arterial road. This road section in the municipality starts in barangay Cubay in the north and ends in Zaragoza in the south with a total stretch of 10.5005 kms. have fully asphalted road. The only gravel portion of national road is found in the Bugasong – Valderrama road with a total length of 6.10 kms. National road comprised 23.19% of the total road network. Traffic is free flowing in the national road anytime of the day.

The major means of transportation in going to other municipalities are public utility jeepneys and buses that pass the national highway almost every hour from 4 o'clock in the morning to 6 o'clock in the evening. Within the municipality the major means of transportation is the tricycle.

The Bugasongnons now enjoy the convenience of having communication facilities like the cellular phones with the operation of two cellular phone companies such as globe and smart in the municipality. The PLDT toll station is also operating in the municipality. For barangays where these services are not availed, the use of hand held radios serve as their means of communication.

At present, Bugasong has one FM franchise station – Radyo Natin 102.9 FM. Meanwhile TV entertainment is provided by the Barbaza CATV for the viewing pleasure of Bugasongnons.

Bugasong is a peaceful community. The peace and order situation is being maintained by the PNP and is being augmented by the barangay tanods in every barangay.

VISION:

In general the municipality of Bugasong envisions a municipality that is sustainable, developing, environmentally balanced and a highly productive rural centers whose residents have a sense of well – being and morally upright, educated, disciplined, self-reliant and God and community centered.

MISSION:

To achieve our vision for Bugasong, we shall pursue a truly responsive, rational and integrated strategy through multi-sectoral cooperation and a well-coordinated delivery of excellent services towards the total amelioration of both human and economic resources.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Location :
Bounded on the North by Laua-an
South by Patnongon
East by Valderrama and
West by Sulu Sea.

Distance from San Jose :
Approximately 43 Kilometers

Total Land Area :
More or less 20,000 square hectares

  • Irrigated – 1,418
  • Rainfed – 1,835
  • Upland – 244

  • Number of Barangays :
    27

    Classification :
    3rd Class Municipality

    Population :
    32,197 (Projected for the year 2007)

    Household :
    5,768

    Registered Voters :
    14,704 (As of May 2004 elections)