Facts about Bayambang
Bayambang is a bustling first-class municipality in the southern part of central Pangasinan (3rd District). According to local lore, its name was derived from a plant called colibangbang which used to thrive in the area.
The town is characterized by rolling plains with a total area of 16,800 hectares. The town is a part of the great Central Luzon plain where the Agno River drains, making the land very fertile and conducive to farming, thus attracting settlers from the Ilocandia and nearby traders.
An agricultural town, Bayambang is considered the “cornbelt of Pangasinan” and the “onion capital of Pangasinan.” It is also known for its fermented fish (buro) delicacy and rice crackers, among other traditional products.
It is also a university town, being the location of the 37-year-old Pangasinan State University Bayambang Campus, a sprawling campus with centuries-old acacia trees.
Founded in 1614, the town has a rich historical and cultural heritage and regularly celebrates its being among the select towns that General Emilio Aguinaldo declared as capital of the country during the First Philippine Republic.
Date Created: April 5, 1614
Enabling Law: Proclamation No. 131 (March 24, 2011)
Total Population (NSO 2015): 118,205
Total No. of Households: 26,906
Total Number of Districts: 9
Total Number of Barangays: 77
Land Area (in hectares): 16,800 hectares
Length of Roads: 207,763 km
Time Travel to or from Manila: 2.5 to 3 hrs
Major Sources of Income: Farming (corn, onion, rice, vegetables) & Fishing (aquaculture)
Location. Located at the central part of Southern Pangasinan along the banks of the Agno River, Bayambang is bounded on the north by the municipality of Malasiqui, on the south by the municipality of Camiling in the province of Tarlac, on the east by the municipality of Bautista and on the west by the municipality of Urbiztondo.
Income Class and Economy. Bayambang’s average annual growth rate is 1.33%, and its literacy rate is 92%. The major sources of livelihood are farming, with 12,223 hectares of arable land, and raising of freshwater catch. For 2016, the estimated total income is P238,231,438, with P190,228,462 coming from its annual Internal Revenue Allotment and P48,002,976 coming from local sources.
As of July 2016, Bayambang has 64 industrial establishments, 7 major business establishments, and 12 financial institutions, and 14 accommodations (hotel, resort, inns, restaurants).
Among the town’s famous products are fermented fish (buro) and rice crackers.
Among the town’s points of interest with tourism investment potential are the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church and Convent, town plaza, Mangabul Lake in Brgy. San Gabriel II, Tanolong Underground Church, and Geo-Farm in Brgy. Mangayao.
Demographic Profile. The town has a population of 118,205 as of 2015, with a projected population of 120,000 by 2016. It has 26,906 households in 2015, with an average household size of 4.4. The population density is 8.09 person/hectare.
Component LGUs. Bayambang is politically subdivided into 77 barangays, 11 of which are urban barangays and 66 are rural barangays.
- Amancosiling Norte
- Amancosiling Sur
- Ambayat I
- Ambayat II
- Bical Norte
- Bical Sur
- Bongato East
- Bongato West
- Buenlag 1st
- Buenlag 2nd
- Cadre Site
- Darawey (Tangal)
- M. H. del Pilar
- Manambong Norte
- Manambong Parte
- Manambong Sur
- Nalsian Norte
- Nalsian Sur
- Poblacion Sur
- San Gabriel 1st
- San Gabriel 2nd
- San Vicente
- Tococ East
- Tococ West
- Zone I (Poblacion)
- Zone II (Poblacion)
- Zone III (Poblacion)
- Zone IV (Poblacion)
- Zone V (Poblacion)
- Zone VI (Poblacion)
- Zone VII (Poblacion)
- The town’s power supply is provided by the Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENPELCO), while its water supply is provided by the Bayambang Water District.
- The municipality has several telecommunications facilities as well as a well-managed solid waste management facility.
- The spacious municipal public plaza is conducive to sports and recreation facilities.
- There are ongoing programs and projects to further enhance delivery of social welfare services.
- In the area of environmental protection, priority is being given to hazard-prone areas due to soil erosion and flooding.
- There are five existing housing projects, with a total of 617 units occupying a total area of 32.16 hectares.
- The town has two hospitals, 17 medical clinics, plus several other health facilities.
- There are 66 educational institutions (2 tertiary, 11 secondary, 51 elementary).
- The local Philippine National Police has 48 uniformed and non-uniformed personnel, while the local Fire Department has 6 firemen and 2 firetrucks.