Income Classification: 4th Class
Congressional District: 3rd District
No. of Barangays: 21
Land Area: 5,468 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 35,794
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2010): 20,792
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
The Municipality of Agoncillo is one of many lakeshore municipalities along the world-renowned Taal Lake. Agoncillo is located on its west bank and is surrounded by the Municipality of Laurel to the north, Lemery to the southwest and the towns of Taal and San Nicolas to the south. It politically belongs to the Third (3rd) Congressional District of the Province of Batangas.
The Town of Agoncillo was originally a part of Lemery, Batangas.
In 1935, civic leader Hon. Jacinto M. Mendoza sought the help of two Lemery Municipal Councilors namely: Hon. Vicente Maligalig and Hon. Graciano Alcantara to work on infrastructure problems, specifically roads, bridges and the construction of schools in his part of town.
Due to his undying persistence, Hon. Mendoza, along with the two Councilors, managed an Executive Committee to pass a resolution on September 10, 1936 to the Provincial Board to separate 11 barangays from Lemery to form a new municipal government where better attention to the basic needs of its residents could be efficiently and effectively met. Among those to part were the barrios of: Balangon, Coral na Munti, Bangin, Pansipit, Pook, Pamiga, Guitna, Panghulan, Subic, Bilibinwang, and Banyaga. This was endorsed to the Secretary of the Interior for comments and recommendations.
On May 12, 1948 by virtue of Executive Order (EO) No. 140 President Elpidio Quirino created the Municipality of Pansipit effective July 1 of the same year. However, before it could take effect, the Municipal Council of Lemery passed Resolution No. 19 dated June 10, 1948 requesting President Quirino to revoke his EO due to alleged economic, political, and financial reasons. This move proved to be very valuable as EO 140 was suspended on July 2, 1948. It was believed that the residents themselves were against the separation and creation of a new municipality.
Four days after, on July 6, 1948, EO 148 was endorsed for the holding of a plebiscite involving the 11 barangays. This transpired on August 22, 1948 and the result were 1,479 were in favor while only 2 said otherwise. With this, the Municipality of Pansipit was formally created. On April 7, 1949, the name was changed to the Municipality of Agoncillo in homage to the late Don Felipe Agoncillo who was the first Filipino representative to the Spanish Cortes and the lawyer-representative to the negotiations that led to the Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War. He was also known as the “Outstanding First Filipino Diplomat”.
As years passed, the 11 original barangays of became 21 barangays.
It is located within 120° 54’ 28.98” – 120o 56’ 52.89” Longitude and 13° 57’ 58.06” – 13o 59’ 6.16” Latitude of central part of Batangas. It is bounded by Municipality of Laurel in the North, Taal Lake and Volcano in the East, Municipality of Lemery in the West, and Municipalities of San Nicolas and Taal in the South.
It is located 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of Manila, a two hour drive via the scenic route of Tagaytay Ridge and R. Diokno Highway. It is 32 kilometres (20 mi) away from Batangas City, the provincial capital.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture and Fisheries, Livelihood, Services
Tourist Destinations: Taal Volcano Trekking, Bird Watching, River Paddling, and “Balai Sa Ilog” located along Pansipit River
Special Events/Festivals: Tawilis Festival, Sublian, Foundation Day (April 7), Flores De Mayo (Santa Cruzan)
Address: Municipal Hall, Poblacion, Agoncillo, Batangas
Phone: (043) 210-2344 / 740-2284