Income Classification: 3rd Class
Congressional District: 4th District
No. of Barangays: 3
Land Area: 5,545.81 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 20,994
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2013): 14,024
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Kalayaan is in the fourth district of the province of Laguna and can be reached three (3) hours by land from Manila. It is the home of approximately 24,214 peace-loving, God-loving, healthy and united citizenry. The municipality is a home of hydroelectric power plant, the only pumped storage facility in the Philippines, the Kalayaan Pumped Storage Power Plant located in Brgy. San Juan, that contributes substantially to the income and an economic activity that is anchored on agriculture. It has complied with Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (R.A. 9003) by constructing a Category-I Sanitary Landfill under LISCOP, considered as one of its kind on the municipal level in the Province of Laguna, which aims to put into practice the segregation and proper disposal of solid waste for the protection of environment. Kalayaan is also a home to great citizens, the late Mr. Teodoro “Ka Dodo” Asedillo and Honorable Senator Wenceslao Rancap Lagumbay.
A marker posted in the municipal building of Kalayaan reads:“On this site grew a coconut tree with three branches interpreted by our forebears as the future site of our municipal building; three branches being San Juan, Longos and San Antonio.”
Today, the belief had been realized but digging through historical records, it seems that the place is still made up of the three (30 original visitas of Babaye (now Longos), Abacao (now San Juan) and San Pablo (now San Antonio). Babaye got its name when the Spaniards came and found women washing clothes in the brook. When the Spaniards continued their aim to conquer the land and a little north of Babaye, they saw a place where people dried abaca and named the place Abacao. The Spaniards claimed the mountains east of Babaye and named the village found there in honor of San Pablo.
On March 30, 1946, Executive Order No. 127 which ordered the transfer of the seat of government from Longos to San Juan was signed by Pres. Manuel Roxas. From then on, a part of San Juan became the Poblacion, while Longos, San Antonio and the rest of San Juan became its barangays.
Kalayaan is located approximately 14º20’ to 14°22’ latitude and 121º28’ to 121º38’ longitude. It is bounded by the Municipality of Paete on the north, Lumban on the south, Laguna de Bay on the west and Mauban, Quezon Province on the east. The municipality is about 15 kilometers from the capital town of Santa Cruz and 102 kilometers from Metro Manila. It could be reached via the Manila South Expressway and an artery of the national road southward from Calamba and northward from Pagsanjan.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture
Tourist Destinations: St. John the Baptist Church, RS Resort, Adelina Peak, San Juan Twin Falls, Hanzle Garden Resort, Gintong Manok Resort, Villa Monte Gracia Resort
Special Events/Festivals: Kamoteng Kahoy Festival, Pescador Festival, Viva Sto. Niño, Feast of St. John the Evangeliest, Feast of St. John the Baptist, Feast of St. Anthony de Padua
Address: Municipal Hall, Kalayaan, Laguna
Phone: (049) 501-7771
Fax: (049) 557-0122