Income Classification: 3rd Class
Congressional District: 3rd District
No. of Barangays: 21
Land Area: 7,129.2888 has.
Population (NSO, August 2015): 39,116
Registered Voters (COMELEC, May 2016): 20,200
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Laurel is one of the coastal municipalities surrounding Taal Lake. Hence, principal livelihood are fishing and farming. Geared towards Agro-Eco-Tourism, Laurel benefits being situated along the Metro Tagaytay Road, with the same climate and topography in the upland barangays. Residential Resorts and other industrial investments are booming. An initial development is now being implemented by the Twin Lakes Group, where proposed development plan covers six of Laurel’s 21 barangays. This is one locality to look forward to in terms of industrialization and economic growth.
Laurel was originally known as BAYUYUNGAN, a remote barrio of the Municipality of Talisay, Batangas. Through House Bill No. 17628 and Republic Act. No. 5689 dated June 21, 1969 was issued, the Municipality of Laurel (in honor of the late Jose P. Laurel, Sr.) was created with only seven (7) barrios - , Balakilong, As-is, San Gabriel, Bugaan, Buso-buso, Ticub and Bayuyungan. Bayuyungan became the poblacion area. The first set of officials acted on November 8, 1971 with Hon. Placido T. Amo as Mayor, Hon. Deogracias J. Natanauan as Vice Mayor and Hon. Pascual Bihis, Hon. Galicano Barrion, Hon. Severino Endaya, Hon. Alipio Canta and Hon. Gemeniano Palomena sa Municipal Councilors.
Now, Laurel has a total of twenty one barangays – 5 urban and 16 rural.
The Municipality of Laurel form part of the Province of Batangas in the CALABARZON Region (Region IV_A). As a Taal Lake shore municipality, Laurel is located on the caldera of the old Taal Volcano. It is bounded on the north by Tagaytay City (Cavite), on the east by Taal Lake, on the south by San Nicolas and Lemery, on the southwest by Calaca and Alfonso, Cavite, and on the west by Nasugbu. It is located by geographical coordinate’s 12 degrees 4’ latitude and 12 0 degrees 127’ longitude.
Major Income Sources: Fishing and Farming
Tourist Destinations: Scenic ridges along Aguinaldo and Diokno Highway for panoramic view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake, Ambon-ambon Natural Spring Fall and Malagaslas Spring and Natural Cave, Canyon Woods Residential Resort/Club in San Gregorio, Las Haciendas Resort Farm in San Gabriel, Calinisan Beach Resort in Buso-buso, Splendido Taal in Dayap Itaas, Potters Ridge in Niyugan
Special Events/Festivals: Bay-ongan Festival – Foundation Day Celebration (June 21)
Address: Poblacion 2, Laurel, Batangas
Phone: (043) 741-4031
Fax: (043) 741-4031