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Planning Officer: MR. LORENZO P. PASUELO

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In the summer of 1578, seven years after the settlement of Panay by the Spaniards, the marauding hordes of Moros from the South came in their swift vintas to plunder the southern coast of Panay Island. Escaping from Moro piracy and the Whites (Spaniards) with their dealing weapons, the natives from Tala-ugis trudges up from the coast to establish a settlement Northward in the interior along the Suagi River. 

The first settlers were led by families of Gumok, Hutikot, Ugamot and Pagdakton, who settled themselves in what is known as Yabon, Ubian and Matag-ub barrios, respectively. The inhabitants increase, and each sitio was placed under a Datu. It had been almost a century and 60 years later were Spaniards came up to these parts of Panay where the four Datus had founded the Barangays, in this long period of time, the descendants of the Datu settlers multiplied. 

The four major settlements later were ruled by the following Datus, Biruk, and Datu of Ilawod, Kanhe, Datu of Danaw, Lubang Banwa, Datu of Yabon, Batakun, Datu of Kiput. 

Early in 1738, Datu Buahwi of Yabon, recognized the Spanish Government, thus subjugating himself to Spanish rule. But Datu Dumagtol of Ubian refused this foreign rule, went to the mountains and led his subject in resistance against the Spaniards. In the same year, Spanish government, with its center in Yabon, being the largest of all settlement, was set up and called "Visita de Yabun". The governing Power who was a Teniente Absulto, was Kabatak and the first Catholic mass held in a provisional shack called "Ermita". 

The government center in 1745 move to Danaw, with the same governing; then in 1759, it was moved again to Matag-ub, with the title of the Executive Office changed to "Capitan Basal", (it’s just an honorary title). Don Miguel Likawan was the first "Capitan Basal" of the Matag-ub, which was then the political, and government center of the settlements. He was the first to be married canonically in the new church to Margarita Panay, daughter of Datu Magbaga. Do Miguel Karpiano Sn. Serve as the next Capitan based for eight terms of one year each. The settlements grew to 27, until in 1769, the Spanish Governor Francisco Bayot de Ocampo recommended to the "Principalia" the transfer again the seat of the government, and in the following year 1770, Settlements were strengthened in their administration, with the whole group named Janiuay. 

There are two accepted stories of how Janiuay got its name. One is that it gets its name from a ruling Datu’s son "Han" and "Oway". "Han" was the name of the Datu of Punod settlement and "Oway" in the name of a native reed (rattan), which was abundant in the place. Some also believed the name originated from the native word "Hani" meaning whisper, and "Oway", which were crudely combined to mean whisper in the reeds thicket.



Land Area - 22,370 hectares

Land Use/Cover
Build-up Area – 492.80 hectares
Agricultural – 13,930.00 hectares
Agro-Industrial – 12.30 hectares
Military Reservation/Hospitals – 2.40 hectares
Forest – 6,104.30 hectares
Pasture/Open Grassland – 1,828.20 hectares
Land Classification Status - Agriculture
Around 34.05 % of the municipality of Janiuay has a topography which is characterized as very gently sloping or undulating topography include Barangays Pangilihan, Abangay, Tiringanan, Canauli, Sarawag, Patong-Patong, Dabong, Carigangan, Mañacabac, Mangil, Calmay, Madong, Sto. Tomas, Tuburan, Madong, Jibolo, Damires, Tamu-an, Caranas, Guadalupe, Tolarucan, Damo-ong, Gines and the whole urban barangays. It covers around 3,370.8219 hectares or 15.07% of the total land area. 

Barangays with moderately sloping topography include Aglobong, Agcarope, Panuran, Monte Magapa, Cunaad, Quipot, Ubian and Caraudan. The area covered is 2,108.1605 has. Or 13089% of the total area.

Soil Types Proposed National Parks – located at Brgy. Quipot/Barasalon






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