Mayor: Ellery Gaje Sr.
Vice Mayor: Gerome Borro
MPDO: Romaila Recabar


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From a mere "barrio" considered part of the vast and progressive town of Janiuay, Badiangnan became an independent municipality by virtue of RA 5006 authored by the late Congresswoman Gloria M. Tabiana. The historic date of June 17, 1667 marked the day the Badianganons severed the umbilicus of dependence from the mother municipality and is at present times commemorated as the town's Foundation Day. 

According to folklore, Badiangan came from the world "kabadiangan", meaning a place where many "badiang" plants grow. Characterized by a very large leafy portion, "badiang" belonged to the gabi family of plants and it grows abundantly in the place. It was said that the first Spanish settlers inquired about the name of the place and the natives, thinking that the strangers referred to the plants surrounding the stream replied, "ka-badiangan". From then on, the place now known as Badiangan was called "kabadiangan", later shortened as Badiangan.

During the Spanish era, Badiangan had its share of rebellion and uprising led by local "babaylan" priests mostly from Tamocol and Ilongbukid, part of present day Badiangan. The Filipino American War, saw the death of one of Badianganon's most revered heroes, Captain Agustin Tirador who died a hero's death at Barangay Tamocol; and today a monument stands at the very spot where he was felled by bullets from American soldiers.   

Many Badianganons heeded the call in defense of their country during the Japanese occupation and organized an effective guerilla movement. Today, those who survived the ravages of war live to commemorate the heroism of their former comrades and organize on the active veteran federations in the Province.


Located about 40 kilometers from the city, Badiangan is bound on the southwest by Janiuay; southeast by Mina; on the east by Pototan; on the north by Dueñas and on the northwest by the municipality of Lambunao. It is classified as a Fifth (5th) Class Municipality.

The municipality of Badiangan is composed of 31 Barangays. Botong is the largest barangay with an area of 481.12 hectares while Indorohan is the smallest with 51.27 hectares. Poblacion covers an area of only 286.38  hectares.


    Land Area 
      6,335.12 hectares 

    Land Use   

      5,068.10 hectares
Generally, Badiangan has gentle undulating and rolling reliefs with no rivers and only a few intermitted creeks. The highest elevation is 126 m. above the main sea level located in Barangay Manaolan in the northwest side while the lowest elevation is 40 m. situated in Brgy. San Julian in the eastern portion of the municipality. Except in the built-up areas with clusters of buildings in the sitios, barrios and poblacion, the lands of the municipality are purely devoted to agricultural crop production.
    Soil Types   
Sta. Rita Clay soils traverse from the western side passing the central portion to the eastern side of the municipality covering approximately 36.75% or 2, 328.00 hectares of the total area. Alimodian Clay loam covers the northern and southern portions of the municipality covering an area of 4,007 hectares or 63.25%.


    Population - 22,800 (1995 NSO) 
    Municipality and Barangay Total Population Household Population Number of Households
    Badiangan 22,795 22,795 4,408
    Agusipan 1,042 1,042 209
    Astorga 477 477 83
    Bita-oyan 1,033 1,033 215
    Botong 1,248 1,248 234
    Budiawe 755 755 136
    Cabanga-an 547 547 110
    Cabayogan 786 783 148
    Calansanan 1,050 1,050 200
    Catubig 569 569 109
    Guinawahan 440 440 89
    Ilongbukid 434 434 77
    Indorohan 263 263 50
    Iniligan 1,469 1,469 260
    Latawan 399 399 79
    Linayuan 762 762 154
    Mainguit 637 637 121
    Malublub 785 785 175
    Manaolan 1,418 1,418 294
    Mapili Grande 610 610 122
    Mapili Sanjo 273 273 52
    Odiongan 712 712 140
    Poblacion (Badiangan) 1,616 1,616 315
    San Julian 565 565 109
    Sariri 476 476 90
    Sianon 626 626 119
    Sinuagan 746 746 136
    Talaba 503 503 10
    Tamocol 757 757 146
    Teneclan 180 180 38
    Tina 906 906 177


Agriculture is the major source of income of the municipality. A total of 2,529.53 hectares are devoted to rice wherein only 5.28% or 133.55 hectares are partially irrigated and 2,395 hectares or 94.72% are rainfed areas. Sugarcane, coffe, bamboo, banana and mango are some of the agricultural crops produced in the municipality.
      Basis of the Agricultural Development Plan
      Physical Resources Inventory (in hectares)
      Present Land Use
      1. Agricultural Land 5,068.10
      a. Rice
      a.1 Partially Irrigated
      a.2 Rainfed
      a.3 Upland
      b. Corn
      c. Vegetable
      d. Mongo
      e. Coconut
      f. Banana
      g. Sweet Potato
      h. Cassava
      i. Sugarcane
      j. Coffee
      k. Ginger
      l. Mango
      m. Buyo
      n. Bamboo
      o. Others
      2. Industrial
      3. Commercial
      4. Residential
      5. Institutional
      6. Non-Commercial Forest
      7. Uncultivated land, Grazing land and boundaries
      8. Others
    Major crops     
    • Rice - planted in the depressed plain areas in the narrow valleys between the gently rolling hills criss-crossing the municipality. There are also broad areas of level to nearly level lands of a limited extent in the Eastern and in the North Western sides devoted to lowland rice production.
    • Sugarcane - cultivated in the gently sloping and in the sides of moderately undulating and rolling lands, the vegetation are bamboo's or orchard with coconuts, coffee, bananas, ipil-ipil and other fruit bearing trees or forest trees.
    • "Buyo" or beetle leaf - a traditional crop produced by the Municipality and can pride itself as the province' main supplier of this crop. Grown in well-drained and sloping areas, "buyo" is chewable and a favorite especially among older folks. It has been utilized as a herbal medicine and an important ingredient for many pharmaceutical preparations.
    • "Ginger or Native Luy-a" grows abundantly in the rolling hills typical of the topography of the municipality. This kind of rhizome also requires well-drained soil. Mainly used as spice, it can also be boiled and used as beverage with medicinal properties.

    Local Industries     
    • Bingawan Bolo-Making
    Famous not only locally but also abroad, the Bingawan bolo and other knives produced in Barangay Bingawan , Badiangan is one local industry the Badianganons can be proud of. The craftsmanship of the Bingawanons in making these special bolos and knives is evident on the durability of the finish product. "Bolo-making" had been a tradition passed from generations to generations and the secrets of the trade are always well guarded by the Bingawanons. Ideal for home use as well as for gifts, the Bingawan bolo is one product Badiangan can showcase to the whole world.
  • The Badiangan Instant Tahu
  • This patented product was developed and manufactured by one of Badiangan's enterprising sons, Mr. Diosdado V. Aguilar of Barangay Iniligan, Badiangan, Iloilo. Lately, the Badiangan Ginger Growers and Producers Cooperative was organized with Mr. Aguilar as its founding president. A beverage of ginger rhizomes as the base ingredient, this delicious concoction leaves a soothing sensation to the drinker and can bring relief to sore throat and upset stomach. The "Badiangan Instant Tahu" is one local industry brought about by the abundance of ginger production and the Badianganons' innovative mind.
  • Loom Weaving
  • Basically a young enterprise, "loom weaving" in Badiangan is based at Barangay Tina and Barangay Cabayogan. Using polyester materials, the finished product of this industry includes; "patadyong", barong, handkerchiefs, tablecloth, etc. Due to its young history, only local clientele are served, though the prospects of expansion and export are bright. With technical training provided by the Department  of Trade and Industry (DTI) and support coming from government funds, this industry has already provided income to many people in the two barangays.


      • Capt. Tirador Landmark  
      • Badiangan Municipal Plaza  
      • Centennial Foundation



Agriculture will continue to expand and play the main role in the growth and stability of the economy. With proper package of technology, infrastructure and financial support on the existing agricultural areas, it offers vast potentials for high value non-traditional crops such as buyo, ginger and other plantation crops.

The possibility of manufacturing and processing centers for concession of agricultural products to semi-processed or proceeds goods will help shift industries towards agri-based labor-intensive industries.

As agro-industrialization proceeds, the outputs of agriculture will represent a declining share of gross output of the economy while the share of the manufacturing and services increases. Thus, agriculture being firmly in place, the creation of commercial and industrial projects should be given priority. By then, the vision of a "progressive rural economy propelled by dynamic agriculture, self reliance and sustainable economic growth" would be a reality.


Barangay Road 53.65 km.
Municipal Road 11.9 km.
Provincial Road 17 km.
National Road 45 km.
    Communication Facilities 
    • PLDT
    • PT&T
    • Cellular Phones

    Medical Facilities 

    • Health Centers -8

    Schools - 22



Name of Cooperative Paid-up Share Capital (pesos) Total Assets (pesos)
Badiangan Farmers MPC 174,613.55 606,516.29
Bitaoyan MPC 97,869.22 223,123.73
Badiangan Public School Teachers Credit Coop 275,464.71 337,710.11
Iniligan MPC 18,855.08 230,855.47
Catubig MPC 19,715.85 55,211.20
Sariri MPC 92,316.54 441,268.28
Aguisipan MPC 41,969.28 113,898.21
San Julian MPC 95,742.00 365,970.72
Cabayogan MPC 26,180.00 90,561.11
Botong MPC 26,820.67 102,963.85
Manaolan Farmers MPC 32,530.00 60,874.46
Tina MPC 77,446.75 250,968.40
Latauan MPC 5,600.00 64,601.47
Odiongan MPC 8,215.00 193,263.75
Astorga MPC 31,700.00 199,312.75
Bingawan MPC 15,690.54 40,046.08
*not listed are seven new coops as of Jan. 1998 (reg. on process)

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