LGU San Enrique

Topography

Located in the central part of the province of Iloilo, is San Enrique, a 4th class municipality bounded by scenic Mts. Bayoso, Caǹapasan, Agcarope and Puti-an, where crystal clear waters from natural spring provide the population with abundant source of drinking water. San Enrique, is noted for its fertile valleys, green and verdant meadows where once grazed in abundance herds of cattle. Now theses field are filled with luxuriant sugarcane plantations.

The beautiful landscape cannot entirely describe the whole picture of the town. It is important to know the people, who are descendants of those great Malays who braved the seas in search of a place where their families could live with freedom and dignity.

San Enrique is a town situated 50 kilometers away from the City of Iloilo via Passi City route in the north central part of the province.San Enrique can be reached by road transportation from almost all directions: from Banate, Dingle, Passi and San Rafael. The most used route, however, is that via Passi City because of better roads and transportation facilities. The distance between Passi and San Enrique is estimated at about 4.500 kms. The town is bounded on the north by Passi City, on the south by Dingle, on the east by Banate and Barotac Viejo and on the west by Duenas.

The Municipality of San Enrique is composed of twenty eight (28) barangays, having their own respective Sitios.The Municipality of San Enrique is considered hilly to rolling. With slightly rolling and marginal flat land that blighted its landscape, a large portion of the town is reasonably suitable for lowland farming.

There are six mountain ranges that mark the topography this municipality, to wit:

  1. Mt. Canapasan
  2. Mt. Bayoso
  3. Mt. Gepiz
  4. Mt. Cararapan
  5. Mt. Cabas-an
  6. Mt. Puti-an

Standing, each on their own right, the queen of these mountains is Mt. Canapasan which is noted for its panoramic surroundings. Its highest peak makes a vertical lift of 569 meters above sea level. Located in the easterm part of the poblacion, the grandeur and the splendor of its crest in the seat of the towering RCPI and PLDT transmitters and other relay stations. Second highest is Mt. Bayoso with 405 meters above sea level.There are three (3) creeks namely the Dumiles Creek, Hinayan Creeek and Agutayan Creek. Agutayan creek is already tapped for irrigation covering an area of 132.5 hectares. There are also three (3) rivers, the Jalaur River, Abaca River and Asisig River. Asisig River has been tapped for irrigation through the BISA Project covering an area of 59 hectares.

Mt. Cabas-an harbors a series of pearly springs. Scenic and famous is the Talinab Spring of Brgy. Palje which supplies water to the Poblacions.The climate in this area is pronounced wet and dry season. If subject to climate variability, the municipality has a combination of type I and III climate. Normally however, the wet season (rainy) prevails from May to December and the dry season (summer) from January to April.

Land use

The total land area of the Municipality of San Enrique is 10, 809.63 hectares.

Out of the total land area of 8,772 hectares; 7572 hectares is devoted to Agriculture; 33.34 hectares in Industrial; 12 hectares in Commercial; 86 hectares in residential; 25 hectares in Institutional and 1,043.66 hectares in forest, rivers, marsh and swamps.


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