|MUNICIPALITY OF LEMERY||
How the town to be called "Lemery" is a matter that is yet to be settled. There are different stories and version , more of legend than the facts, each version having its own number of adherents and supporters each claiming to be real of the town's name.
One version is "Lemery" was a corrupt word derive from the spanish word "Lamenaria", the luminescent lamp. It is referred to avery tall tress, a Palo Maria, a variety of Lawaan spacie, which grows at the outskirts of the now Poblacion. To the settlers it was called the "Labog kahoy" and was the landmark of the dull lamp when seen from afar. How "Lamenaria" metamorphosed into "lemery" is claimed to have arisen from the natives proctivity to adopt a simplified, shortened version for a multipsyllabic foreign word. Thus, "Laminaria" wast shortened "Lamiri" and finally was called "Lemery.
Another version, still gaining claim by many and is still gaining adherents, is also based on that tree landmark, the tall palo-Maria. It was said , that during the Spanish era, settlements were usually named in honor of the saints. Relative to that tall Palo-Maria tree which was serve as the permanent landmark of a thriving community at a tall hill "Pitik-Pitik", the settlements was "El Pueblo de la Maria", name as the neighboring settlement which became the Municipality of Sara was once been called "El Pueblo de San Juan". Later it was the arrival of the Americans, its slang language influenced and changed Luminaria to "Lemery" and later it was called "Lemery".
The area which represent the Municipality Of Lemery, was once been a part of the Municipality of Sara. It became an Independent municipality in 1984, virtue of republic act 197, sponsored then representative of the 5th congressional district of Iloilo, the Honorable Juan V. Borra.
A fifth class municipality, lemery is relatively depressed agricultural town in the northern part of the Province of Iloilo, its link to the northern coastal traffic is a sand and gravel that extends to the opposite direction to the Municipality of San Rafael, then to Passi and the central traffic.
Lemery's economic growth depends mainly on each agricultural sector. It posses a vast and rich area best suited for agricultural. Industrialization post a good potential considering that it has biggest bulk deposits of white clay, for ceramics industry, as well as traces of copper, iron, gold, and other metallic minerals.
LOCATION AND ACCESSIBILITY
|Mode of Transportation||Route||Fare|
|Bus (MetroBus, JFQ)||Lemery via Sara, vice versa||P35.00|
|L-300 Van||Iloilo City - Lemery via Sara||P50.00|
|Motorcycle||Sara - Lemery, vice versa||P15.00|
|Jeepney||Sara - Lemery, vice versa||P8.00|
Topography Lemery is mountainous in the Northwestern and South-Easthen Past and hilly on the Northeast and Southeast. Wedge between these elevated section are fertile plains extending to the North. This portion of level land is concentrated on agricultural activity and planted with palay, corn legumes and rootcrops.
Soil Types Sare Sandy Loam, Barotack Loam and San Rafael Loam. The dominant type of soil in the municipality is San Rafael Loam which is approximately 80.20%. This soil is best suited to intensive rice farming to other agricultural crops like palay, corn, sugarcane, bamboo and vegetables.
|Crops||Volume of Production||Area Planted|
|Rice||24,780.3 mt||3,529.00 has.|
|Corn||330.00 mt||141.25 has.|
INFRASTRUCTURE AND UTILITIES