Lamitan City, Basilan, Philippines
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- Lamitan City is in the Basilan province and within Region_XV-ARMM in the island of mindanao. On June 18,2007 - Lamitan was converted from a Municipality to City.
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List of Municipalities in the Basilan Province, Philippines
Akbar | Al-Barka | Hadji Mohammad Ajul | Hadji Muhtamad | Lantawan | Maluso | Sumisip | Tabuan-Lasa | Tipo-Tipo | Tuburan | Ungkaya Pukan
Cities in Basilan: Isabela City | Lamitan City
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New church of St. Peter the Apostle in Lamitan, Basilan Province.
Lamitan City Hall
Lamitan City Hall Front View
Lamitan National High School
- Lamitan City has a total of 45 barangays
- Registered Voters of Lamitan City as of (2010) = 37,915
- Lamitan City is in the "LONE" Voting Congressional District of Basilan.
- Population of Lamitan City (as of Aug 1, 2007) = 82,074
- Land Area of Lamitan City (as of 2007, in hectares) = 35,445
- Lamitan City is an un-classified Municipality and Partially Urban.
- Lamitan City is in the Basilan province and within Region_XV-ARMM in the island of mindanao
- June 18,2007 - Lamitan was converted from a Municipality to City.
- November 18, 2008: The SC, Declared that the decision declaring Lamitan as a City was uncontitutional.
- December 22, 2009: The SC, by a vote of 6-4, reversed its Nov. 18, 2008, ruling and declared “constitutional” the cityhood laws or republic acts converting 16 towns into cities and Lamitan was one of them.
Location of Lamitan
Lamitan is in the provincial island of Basilan which is in Region XV-ARMM
History of Lamitan
The earliest known historical account of the municipality disclose that the Tagihamas, said to be the Land Dyaks of Sarawak were the early known migrants of Basilan who later develop into the group known as Yakan. The area which was later known as Lamitan was the home base of Yakan.
In June 1886, a certain Pedro Javier Cuevas, better known in Basilan History as Datu Kalun, wrestled leadership from the native chieftains and established a settlement known as Lamitan. The area developed into a town which political boundaries reached the Guiong River in the southeast and the Balagtasan River in the northwest. The passing of time saw the influx of Christian settlers who led the way, with their Muslim townmates, in the agricultural development of the area. The town recognized during the Spanish, American and Japanese occupation as one of the municipal district of Basilan, then a part of Zamboanga Province.
Lamitan became a part of Zamboanga City in 1937. On July 1, 1948, Basilan became a chartered city by virtue of R.A. 288 sponsored by the Congressman Juan S. Alano. On December 27,1973, his Excellency President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued P.D. No. 356 creating Basilan Province out of Basilan City with three municipalities: Lamitan, Isabela and Maluso.
The area decree reduced the are of Basilan City to less than one square kilometer P.D. 356 was amended by P.D. No. 593 on December 2, 1974 increasing the area of Basilan City to about three square kilometers and further sub-dividing the province into ten municipalities; Lamitan, Isabela, Maluso, Sumisip, Lantawan, Tuburan, Tipo-Tipo, Tapiantana, Malamawi and Pilas. The commander of the 2/1 Brigade, Col. Tomas G. Naquil, then stationed at Basilan was appointed the first Military Governor, after about two years, Rear Admiral Romulo Espaldon, the commander of the South West Command (SOWESCOM) took over as Military Governor but administered the affairs of government through a military caretaker, Col. Florencio E. Magsino who was succeeded by Col. Alfeo Rillera, all Brigade Commanders. This was the set up until His Excellency, President Marcos appointed Asan Camlian, who was then a vice governor as Governor of Basilan Province.
On December 11, 1975, Basilan City was abolished by virtue of P.D. 840. however, the decree reduced the number of municipalities comprising of Basilan Province from ten to seven, that is, eliminating Tapiantana, Pilas and Malamawi. A member of Provincial Board, Pedro C. Pamaran was appointed in 1975 as Municipal Mayor in Lamitan. He was succeeded in 1980 by Hon. Wilfrido C. Furigay, the first elected mayor of the municipality.
In 1986 during EDSA Revolution, Hon. Ramon F. Garcia Jr. was appointed as Mayor during the interim government. By 1988, Hon. Wilfredo C. Furigay took the position as mayor by way of election then was succeeded by Hon. Inocente J. Ramos in 1995 for three (3) consecutive terms.
In 2004, Hon. Roderick H. Furigay, a young visionary and vibrant entrepreneur and the nephew of former Mayor Hon. Wilfredo C. Furigay, took the position as the Local Chief Executive by overwhelming votes and continued his reign up to his second term, thus giving him the opportunity to revive the dream of the Lamiteños to convert the municipality into a Component City.
Dream comes true for “Lamitan Kong Mahal” when Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Hon. Gerry A. Salapuddin authored and sponsored a bill for the conversion of the municipality. Thus, by virtue of the Republic Act 9393 enacted by Congress and ratified by both chambers on June 18, 2007, Lamitan was officially recognized as a Component City, the second in the province.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.
They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.
- Elected City Officials of Lamitan City for the term of 2013-2016
- Mayor: To close of a race to declare the winner
- Vice-Mayor: Roderick (Oric) Herrera Furigay
- HASSAN, RIMA (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 6689 6.16%
- JAWAD-JUMAO-AS, ARLYN INDEPENDENT 6475 5.96%
- POLO, SALI INDEPENDENT 6205 5.71%
- KALLAHAL, MAY (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 6157 5.67%
- Jessica Eisma Flores NACIONALISTA PARTY 6083 5.60%
- BAUL, NOEL INDEPENDENT 5602 5.16%
- Roy M. Mateo INDEPENDENT 5264 4.85%
- UYAG, MALIK (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 5196 4.78%
- Clarito Blanca San Juan LIBERAL PARTY 4666 4.30%
- ORTEGA, BECKY INDEPENDENT 4551 4.19%
- Elected City Officials of Lamitan City for the term of 2010-2013
- Mayor: Roderick (Oric) Herrera Furigay
- Vice-Mayor: Wee Eisma Arleigh
- Elected City Officials of Lamitan City for the term of 2007-2010
Businesses in Lamitan City, Philippines
- Businesses in Lamitan City
Economy of Lamitan City, Philippines
- Lamitan's economy is based primarily in agriculture, producing rice, tobacco, and garlic as economic staples. The region is renowned for pottery, blacksmithing, furniture-making, and weaving.
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People of Lamitan
- Population (as of Aug 1, 2007 census)= 82,074
- Registered Voters per the COMELEC as of (2010)= 41,304
The city of Lamitan has three main ethnic groups; the Yakans, Tausugs and the Chavacanos. The yakans and tausugs are mostly Muslim while the Chavacanos are mostly Christians. The main dialect spoken in Lamitan City is Chavacano.
Schools of Lamitan City
School year 2013-2014 starts June 3 and ends March 31, 2014, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.
The multisectoral Brigada Eskwela to prepare schools for the students’ return will be on May 21-26. Oplan Balik Eskwela will be from May 28 to June 8 while orientation on K to 12 for parents and other stakeholders will be on June 9.
Although private schools may deviate from the Department of Education (DepEd) calendar, they are enjoined not to start before June 3 and later than Aug 31.
School Year 2013-2014 in public elementary and high schools will start on June 3 and end on March 31, 2014
- High Schools
- Colony National High School - Colonia, Lamitan City, Basilan, Philippines
- Lamitan National High School - Limo-ok, Lamitan City, Basilan, Philippines
- Lo-ok National High School - Lo-ok, Lamitan City, Basilan, Philippines
- Parangbasak National High School - Parangbasak, Lamitan City, Basilan, Philippines
- Protect the environment
It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.
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Lamitan City, Basilan, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
Cycling Activity to Participate In
Tour de Zamboanga 2013: From the 11th of July, 2013 to the 14th of July, 2013. A four day 540 kilometer bicycle race for Charity!
- Due to the road constructions going on in the route of the Tour, we are eliminating the road bikes from this race.
- This is a (Non-Roadbike) individual bicycle race. Everybody is welcome in this race. The more the merrier. Racers who skip a stage will not be allowed to continue. Everybody who finishes the race and does not skip a stage is a winner.
The race starts at the port municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte and rests in the historical city of Zamboanga del Norte, Dapitan City to end the first stage. The following day the race will continue from Dapitan City to Pagadian City to end the second stage. The 3rd stage will be from Pagadian to Ipil. And finally culminate with the final stage from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Zamboanga City.
Prizes for the Winners and Participants of Tour de Zamboanga
- 80 PRIZES in all to be Given Away. OVER ₱ 782,000.00 pesos in Prizes
- Grand Prize: The overall (liloy, dapitan, pagadian, ipil, zamboanga) first 15 finishers will be based on the overall accumulated time it took to finish the 4 stage race. The racer must finish all stages to qualify for the grand prize.
- The racer with the best accumulated time wins the championship. 1st:50K, 2nd:30K, 3rd:20K, 4th:15K, 5th:10K, 6th:9.5K, 7th:9K, 8th:8.5K, 9th:8K, 10th:7.5K, 11th:7K, 12th:6.5, 13th:6K, 14th:5.5K, 15th:5K
- Every stage has a winner. Prizes will be presented to the first 3 racers to win each stage. 1st:20K, 2nd:15K, 3rd:10K, 4th:6.5K, 5th:6K, 6th:5.5K, 7th:5K, 8th:4.5K, 9th:4K, 10th:3.5K, 11th:3K, 12th:2.5K, 13th:2K, 14th:1.5K, 15th:1K
- The winner of each stage keeps the prize money even if he/she can't continue with the race because of injury or other reasons. But because the racer skipped a stage he/she will not be allowed to continue with the race.
- Besides the Open Category, There are three (3) other competitive categories: (Women; Under 16 years old; 50 years old and over. Prizes for these categories are as follows: 25K 1st, 20K 2nd, 15K 3rd, 10K 4th, 5K 5th. Each Category gets a prize. Prizes given only to finishers of all 4 stages for these 3 categories.
- Finishers of all the 4 stages get a certificate of completion and a refund of their 1,000.00 peso registration fee. If a racer skips a stage he or she is will not be allowed to continue the race. Every finisher of the Tour de Zamboanga is a WINNER!
First Bicycle Race to cover the entire Zamboanga Peninsula
- Due to the election complications in the Zamboanga peninsula, the tour has been postponed to July 11 - July 14 of 2013.
Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City.
- First Stage - July 11, 2013 (Thursday): Liloy to Dapitan City
- 143 Kilometers: This stage of the race does not have many hilly terrains. It will be mostly flat. The roads are cemented.
- Second Stage - July 12, 2013(Friday): Dapitan City to Pagadian City
- 128 Kilometers: The second stage will be more challenging as there will be more hills to climb. About 40% of the terrain will be hilly. It will be on the Osmena Hwy which is almost completely cemented. There are only a few kilometers that are still under construction.
- Third Stage - July 13, 2013 (Saturday): Pagadian City to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
- 139 Kilometers: The race from pagadian to Ipil will prove to be a grueling race specially the first 35 kilometers. The first 35 kilometers is about 80% uphill battle.
- Fourth Stage - July 14, 2013 (Sunday): Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Divisoria, Zamboanga City
- 130 Kilometers: There are three challenging parts to this section of the race. First challenge is the uphill climb from the border of zamboanga sibugay to the border of zamboanga city (barangay of licomo). After that is the twisty uphill in the barangay of Tigbalabag and finally the quiniput tuktukalaw climb. Then it will be a downhill race to the finish at the barangay of Divisoria.
All Philippine Cyclers are invited to participate in the open bicycle race. It is for a great charitable cause: Project BOSS - Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
- Total Distance to be traveled: 540 kilometers or 338 miles - Visit our WebPage
Story about Lamitan City
Written by Bong Garcia Jr. / Correspondent
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 19:43
ZAMBOANGA CITY — Mayor Roderick Furigay of Lamitan City, Basilan, announced Wednesday that they could now push through with the implementation of the development projects in the newly created city.
Furigay’s announcement came a day after he received a copy of the Supreme Court (SC) decision affirming the conversion of 16 municipalites, including Lamitan, into cities.
The SC, by a vote of 6-4, reversed its Nov. 18, 2008, ruling and declared “constitutional” the cityhood laws or republic acts converting 16 towns into cities.
Furigay said the development projects were put on hold when the cityhood status of Lamitan was reverted to municipality due to lack of funds, which mainly derive from the internal revenue allotment (IRA).
Furigay disclosed that with the SC’s affirmation of Lamitan as a city, the local government unit will be entitled to receive an annual IRA of P230 million.
Lamitan was receiving an annual IRA of P98 million when it was still a municipality.
Among the projects put on hold during Lamitan’s reversion to town were the Lamitan port, the first phase of which was already implemented, and some P200 million worth of infrastructure projects lined up under the Mindanao Rural Development Program.
Furigay said the salaries of the employees that were reduced during Lamitan’s reversion to municipality “will be increased again.”
Furigay said the SC’s decision “is a very nice Christmas for us because, finally, the SC decided in our favor.”
“This [SC decision] is a gift from God for us this Christmas,” Lamitan City councilor Joaquin Puri said.
Lamitan in Basilan now a city
06/20/2007 | 04:25 PM
On June 18, 2007, the island province of Basilan, which is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm), now has two component cities. These are: Isabela City, the province's capital; and Lamitan, where 76 percent of the 77 percent voters' turnout voted "yes" in Monday's plebiscite. The plebiscite was held for the ration of Republic Act 9393, an act converting the Municipality of Lamitan in the province of Basilan into a component city to be known as the City of Lamitan.
Mayor Roderick Furigay said 26,636 voted "yes" while only 177 voted against the ratification of RA 9393. Lamitan has 34,909 registered voters. Lamitan is one of the 12 towns approved to be converted into city during the 13th Congress. The others are Bayugan, Agusan del Sur; Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte; Tandag, Surigao del Sur; Carcar, Cebu; Catbalogan, Samar; Borongan, Eastern Samar; Baybay, Leyte; Bogo, Cebu; Batac, Ilocos Norte; Tabuk, Kalinga; and Tayabas, Quezon.
Furigay foresees a rapid development of Lamitan since the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share would be increased from the present amount of P60 million annual IRA. Lamitan has a land area of 35,445 square kilometers with a relatively plain terrain along the coastal areas and hilly in some areas. Lamitan's major agricultural products are copra, rubber, coffee, and fruits such as lanzones, marang and banana. It has a major seaport that could accommodate passenger and cargo and Ro-ro (roll on-roll off) type of vessels.
Lamitan was founded in 1886 by the legendary figure Pedro Javier Cuevas, popularly known as Datu Kalun, who was born in the town of Bacoor, Cavite on June 9, 1846. Furigay, who is one of Kalun's descendants, is on his second term as mayor since he was re-elected at the recently concluded mid-term local and national elections. Aside from the two cities, Basilan has nine towns namely Tuburan, Tipo-Tipo, Sumisip, Maluso, Lantawan, and the newly-created municipalities of Akbar, Al-Barka, Mohammad Ajul and Ungkaya Pukan.
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