the early days in Panay, a group of Spanish Conquistadores under Legaspi
managed to find their way into the mouth of what is known as Jalaur river
at Talaugis near Barotac known as the Nuevo on a mission of exploring
the hinterlands of Iloilo. They rode on a unique flatboat "Sciata" (yatch)
that could float and move easily on any kind of up or down stream travel.
That trip took them t as far as the sitio of Calinog, northwest of Passi.
day, a bunch of these Spanish explorers came downstream. They anchored
a place farther west at the mouth of Lamunan River called Ansig. They stumbled
on a small hut by the river’s bank where an old woman was fond winnowing
pounded palay. One of them asked her, "Como se Llama Este Lugar" not knowing
the native language of course.
to the old woman’s surprise and perhaps excitement, she replied without
much ado "Pasi" which means some of the unhusked rice on her basket held
in both hands. She must have thought that they were eager to know what
was in the basket and what she was dong, because she could not understand
that time on, the Spanish begun to call the place "Pasi" at first. The
word later evolved to be known by its present "Passi."
then the settlement founded by Dig-on, Tokiab, and Umawang became known
City of Passi is centrally located in the island of Panay and can be reached
by IBRD Expressway within 45 minutes from Iloilo city and one hour to Roxas
City. It is approximately 50 kilometers from Iloilo City and 62 kilometers
from Roxas City
is geographically located at South of Dumarao.
SUBDIVISION / JURISDICTION
of San Enrique, Northwest of Barotac Viejo, East of Lemery and southeast
of San Rafael.
of Passi- has an average annual income of P20,369,027.21 as of 1997 based
on the 1991 constant prices as certified by DOF. It is composed of 49 rural
barangays and 2 urban barangays.
has a total land area of 25,139 hectares or 251.3931 square kilometers,
which are approximately 5.39 percent of the total land area of the whole
province of Iloilo.
topography of Passi is relatively dominated by rolling hills and narrow
valley plains. The flat land stretches alongside the Jalaur and Lamunan
no pronounced maximum rain period and no distinct dry and wet season. While
it is not within a province of Iloilo occasionally.
cannot boost of any mineral resources that can be mined or extracted commercially
except for the and gravel which can be considered of best quality for concrete
works and limestone which can be processed into lime for agricultural and
industrial application. The supply of sand and gravel can be considered
inexhaustiable and lime production is estimated at 2,240 tons monthly with
only 81 registered limestone/quarry.
Municipality has a projected population of 68,817 as of 1997, with an average
density of 274 persons per square kilometer. Annual population growth rate
is 5.4 percent with a rural-urban population distribution of 14-86 percent
development is one of the priority concerned of the Municipality being
one of the five districts which was elected as one site for people’s Industrial
Enterprises (PIE’s) District Agro-Industrial center (DAIC). The PIE’s?DAIC
will either provide intermediate processing of indigenous raw materials
produced in their respective influence area for final processing at the
DAIC. They can also manufacture finished goods if their comparative advantage
for such manufacturing activities would prove viable.
Sugar Corp. - Brgy. Man-it, Passi City
Rice Mill - Brgy. Imbang Gde., Passi City
Rice Mill - Brgy. Gines Viejo, Passi City