MUN. OF NEW LUCENA
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BRIEF HISTORY
The Municipality of New Lucena, was formerly known as Jimanban, a very small barrio organized sometime in 1800, which was a part of the Municipality of Cabatuan.  In 1866 the boundary line separating the jurisdiction of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan was defined and Jimanban was made part of The Sta. Barbara. Intermarriage among the people increased the area’s population.  

Lead by Bartolome Valenzuela, a prominent resident of the barrio (Jimanban) the residents organized themselves and petitioned to the Governor General that they be granted independence by putting up a church, convent, and a casa real (Municipal Building ). With the help of the Provincial officials and Captain Municipal of the Municipalities of Sta. Barbara , Cabatuan and Pototan, Lucena was separated from Sta. Barbara on October 9, 1877 in accordance with the Direction General De Administration Civil. The first Municipal Officials were elected and the first Captain Municipal was Bartolome Valenzuela known as Tan Abe, the grandfather of the late senator Tomas Confessor and Representative Patricio Confessor.  

It was not recorded when Jimanban was changed to Lucena but Lucena reportedly comes from the dialect Lu (Ulo) which means "head" and "cena" which is the short version for the flower azucena, which means pure and peaceful. Thus, Lucena means pure and peaceful leader.  

Another belief was that, Jimanban was changed to Lucena after the name of the Provincial Alcalde Mayor Pedro Gonzales Lucena, the 36th executive of the Province of Iloilo in 1716-1717.  

When the American came, Pueblo de Lucena was again incorporated to the Municipal of Sta. Barbara in 1902 for economic security and facilitation of the government. In 1921, the prominent citizens of Lucena petitioned for its separation from Sta. Barbara. In January 1, 1947, Lucena became a new Town in the Province of Iloilo , thus it is now called New Lucena. 


LOCATION AND ACCESSIBILITY

POLITICAL SUBDIVISION

RESOURCE PROFILE
Land Area – 4,412 hectares  

Land Use

Agriculture - 3,962.9928 hectares
Rice – 3,516.34 hectares
Vegetables, rootcrops, and fruit trees – 60 hectares
Topography
The slope of the municipality ranges from 0-15, which is best, described as broad to level land to moderately undulating and gently rolling land sloping in more than one direction.
Soil Types

DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE
Population - 16,910 households (1990 NSO)

ECONOMIC PROFILE
Major Industries
Agriculture

INFRASTRUCTURE AND UTILITIES
Communication Facilities
Post Office
Bureau of Post
Telegraph
TELECOM
PT&T
 
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