Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 1st District
No. of Barangays: 48
Land Area: 10,873 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 81,805
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2010): 46,848
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
The Municipality of Balayan is a 1st class Municipality in the Province of Batangas. From 3rd class municipality in 1992, Balayan jumped to 2nd class municipality in 1995, and to 1st class in July of 1996. The financial status of Balayan has been continuously improving through the constant effort of the present administration.
In view of the Batangas Province’s industrialization and the Municipality’s vision to be an agri-industrial community. Balayan contributed to the realization of development programs with CALABARZON’s objectives.
The presence of sugar central that process the main agricultural product is a well-blended combination of agriculture and industry. It boost the role the Municipality as an agri-based industrial center.
So, agriculture and industry have traditionally been viewed as two separate sectors both in terms of their characteristics and their role in economic growth. Agriculture has been considered the hallmark of the first stage of development, while the degree of industrialization has been taken to be the most relevant indicator of a town’s progress along the development path.
Sugarcane is not only the commodity being processed. Fish resources are being processed as Bagoong Balayan which is a delicacy in carrying the name of the Municipality worldwide. Other natural products are being manufactured as cottage handicrafts and items.
As a whole Balayan is always on the path of development. Historically the municipality has grown and developed attuned to the needs of times with utmost consideration of the welfare of its populace and its environment for an environmentally sound and sustained development.
The word “Balayan” came from the word BA-I or balai which means house in Sri-Visayan dialect. Later the Filipino suffix “an” was added, thus the word Balayan was coined. This also means a group of houses or settlement. During the early days, the natives used to construct their houses on stilts above the waters of Balayan Bay. Historians believed that Balayan is the center of the ancient powerful kingdom of MA-I.
In 1578, Balayan was officially established as a Municipality in the name of the King of Spain and was founded by two Augustinians friars, Fray Esteban Ortiz and Fray Juan de Porras. The area covered what is now called the towns of Nasugbu, Lian, Tuy, Calaca and Calatagan. In 1581, Balayan became a province for almost 200 years. The Province of Balayan extended up to the province of what is now Batangas, Marinduque, Mindoro, southern parts of Laguna and Quezon up to Camarines.
With the succeeding regimes of foreign dominations and aggression of the country, the Municipality has been under military occupations, first under Gen. Bell of the American Expeditionary Forces and during the Japanese Military occupation in 1941. After the liberation in 1945, Balayan remained as the center of trade, industry as well as education in the first district of Batangas.
Balayan is located at geographic coordinate’s 14° 53 latitude and 120 °43 longitude. It is bounded on the north by the Municipality of Tuy; on the east by municipality of Calaca; on the south by the Balayan Bay and on the west by the municipality of Calatagan and Lian.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Commerce , Fishing , Manufacturing
It is about 107 km from Manila via the scenic route through Tagaytay Ridge & about 48 km. from Batangas City, the capital of the province. It is also accessible from all points via the Balayan Bay on the southern side of the Municipality.
It is a lowland town in the western region of Batangas and the centermost town of the first district of the province.
Tourist Destinations: Old Century Catholic Church, Old Houses: Martinez Residence, Lopez Residence, Lainez Residence, Apacible Residence and Ermita Residence, Balayan Baywalk, Altina Beach House, Blue Dolphin Resort, La Piscina Fishing Resort, Eastern Star Resort, La Jamayca Resort, King & Queen Swimming Pool, My Place Resort and Pavillion
Special Events/Festivals: Feast of St. John the Baptist and Parada ng Lechon (June 24 ), Feast of Immaculate Concepcion (December 8)
Address: City Hall, 101 Plaza Rizal, Barangay 4,Balayan,Batangas
Phone: (043) 740-3146
Fax: (043) 740-3146