Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
Hundred Islands National Park, a tourism destination composed of 123 small islands, is located off the coast Barangay Lucap, Alaminos City.
The Communist Party of the Philippines was founded by Jose Maria Sison in a remote barangay of Dulacac on December 26, 1968.
The city was one of those badly hit in May 2009 by Typhoon Emong which damaged a lot of houses in Alaminos, including the roof of the main Church. Several organizations were asking for donations and aid to help in restoring the town back to its former self.
A new international airport will soon be built near the city to service the local area
From downtown Alaminos City take the San Jose Dr. and go No./East towards the Lingayen Gulf and you will come to the Port of Alaminos. To the east of the port is the Hundred Islands National Park. At the port you can charter any boat for a great tour.
Barangays (39) of Alaminos City, in the Pangasinan Province within the Region I of the Philippines
Alos | Amandiego | Amangbangan | Balangobong | Balayang | Baleyadaan | Bisocol | Bolaney | Bued | Cabatuan | Cayucay | Dulacac | Inerangan | Landoc | Linmansangan | Lucap | Maawi | Macatiw | Magsaysay | Mona | Palamis | Pandan | Pangapisan | Poblacion | Pocalpocal | Pogo | Polo | Quibuar | Sabangan | San Antonio | San Jose | San Roque | San Vicente | Santa Maria | Tanaytay | Tangcarang | Tawintawin | Telbang | Victoria
- The City of Alaminos claims to be the home to the Hundred Islands National Park, the very first national park in the Philippines. It is also the heart of Western Pangasinan, its center of commerce, finance, education, industry and services.
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List of Municipalities in the Pangasinan province within Region I in the Republic of The Philippines
Agno || Aguilar || Alcala || Anda || Asingan || Balungao || Bani || Basista || Bautista || Bayambang || Binalonan || Binmaley || Bolinao || Bugallon || Burgos || Calasiao || Dasol || Infanta || Labrador || Laoac || Lingayen (Capital) || Mabini || Malasiqui || Manaoag || Mangaldan || Mangatarem || Mapandan || Natividad || Pozzorubio || Rosales || San Fabian || San Jacinto || San Manuel || San Nicolas || San Quintin || Santa Barbara || Santa Maria || Santo Tomas || Sison || Sual || Tayug || Umingan || Urbiztondo || Villasis
Cities in the Province of Pangasinan: Alaminos City || Dagupan City || San Carlos City || Urdaneta City
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- 1 History of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 2 People of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 3 Elected Government Officials of Alaminos City, Philippines
- 4 Businesses in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 5 Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 6 Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 7 Schools in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 8 Economy of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 9 Natural Resources of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 10 Tourists Attractions of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 11 Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 12 Your Story about Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 13 The oldest man or woman in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- 14 Featured News of The Philippines
- 15 Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
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History of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- Source: The LGU of Alaminos City: www.alaminoscity.gov.ph
Alaminos used to be a part of Bolinao which was one of the nine towns in the northernmost part of Zambales. A certain Suyang led a group of Zambals in search for a greener pasture. The group journeyed north from the mountains of Zambales, their native land. Eventually, they came upon a shoreline and decided to settle there. Fishing became their main source of livelihood. They named their settlement after their leader—Suyang.
Suyang (already existing as a barrio of Bolinao as residents have known), located on a large mountain base, was reestablished by Don Gaspar Montoya, Don Nicolas de San Jose, Don Domingo de Guzman, Don Nicolas Purificacion and others. It was a beautiful plain which offered a beautiful panorama surrounded by enchanting forests interposed alternately in its verdant fields. The barrio rose approximately to a height of some 15 or 20 meters above sea level.
In 1735, the people of Barrio Suyang built their church, convent and a tribunal house. They subscribed voluntarily for the acquisition of the image of the Patriarch St. Joseph as patron of the barrio. At first, the settlers considered their new home a paradise. Aside from the bounty that the sea brought them, the place commands a panoramic view of Capurwapurwan and Cabaruyan Islands (Hundred Islands and Anda, respectively).
Unfortunately, after a brief period of time, the settlers found the place not suited for habitation. Typhoons frequented the area, continuous pestilence of their livestock was observed which give them a notion that this was caused by evil spirits. These events made the settlers decide to look for another place to occupy.
It was in 1737 that the transfer of the said barrio took place. The people brought along with them, the image of Patriarch St. Joseph (their patron saint), together with all the furnishings and fixtures of the church, the town hall, private houses and other buildings. The new site was named Casborran (perhaps pertaining to the plants that robustly abound in the area) by the inhabitants.
The barrio was located on a high level site approximately one meter above sealevel. The place has a clayey soil and with no irrigation facilities. The water from the wells was brackish and was unfit for drinking.
In 1744, a delegate of the Superior Government of the Philippines made a visit to Barrio Casboran. The inhabitants therein took the opportunity of presenting a petition to convert the barrio into an independent town. It was, however, in 1747 when the petition was approved converting the same into a town independent from its mother town, Bolinao.
The material progress and prosperity of the new town enticed several prominent citizens of Dagupan, Pangasinan to migrate to the place. Among them were: Don Andres Ballesteros, Don Antonio Nicolas and Don Diego Ballesteros. These three prominent migrants were accompanied by Francisco Aquino and Jose Garcia of Lingayen. These group of migrants offered their cooperation with the people of Casborran which resulted to an agreement with the following conditions:
People of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- Total Population of Alaminos City as of 2015 Census= 89,708
- Total Population of Alaminos City (as of Aug 1, 2007 Census)= 79,788
- The number of Registered Voters in Alaminos as of (2010) per COMELEC= 43,896
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.
Budget of Municipalities and Cities: The Philippine budget formulation system is not centralized. It has been decentralized since 1991. It is the responsibility of each LGU to submit their budgetary needs for review. Failure to submit is the problem. "IMPERIAL MANILA IS A MYTH!".
- Absolutely NO need for FEDERALISM. It is a ploy to give the Bangsamoro an Islamic State and finance the religion of Islam. It violates the constitution's "separation of church and state". We need a representation of a MINIMUM of one SENATOR per REGION..
- Contrary to Pres. Duterte's ranting (July 2019): Elected public officials can't be suspended by the DILG or the office of the president. Republic Act 7160 chapter 4.
- Elected officials of Alaminos City, Pangasinan for the term of 2019-2022
- Mayor of Alaminos City: CELESTE, BRYAN (NP) 22,498
- Vice-Mayor of Alaminos City: PEREZ, ANTON (NP) 33,509
- Councilors of Alaminos City:
- BACAY, APPLE (NP) 25,568
- DIZON-SISON, CAROL (NP) 24,788
- SISON-SEGUNDERA, MICHELLE (NP) 23,717
- FONTELERA, JOJO (NP) 21,506
- RADOC, BAN (NP) 20,855
- RABAGO, VERNA (NP) 18,823
- BOLING, OSCAR (PDPLBN) 17,041
- RANOY, FROEBEL (NP) 16,691
- DE LEON, DAHLIA (NP) 16,521
- DE CASTRO, ALFRED FELIX (NP) 16,441
- Elected officials of Alaminos City, Pangasinan for the term of 2016-2019
- Mayor of Alaminos City: Arthur Del Fierro Celeste
- Vice-Mayor of Alaminos City: Anton Perez
- Councilors of Alaminos City:
- Apple Bacay
- Jojo Fontelera
- Carolyn Sison
- Margielou Orange Humilde
- Alfred Felix De Castro
- Fina Gabriel
- Rany De Leon
- Lito Rabago
- Ban Radoc
- Probil Ranoy
- Elected officials of Alaminos City, Pangasinan for the term of 2013-2016
- Mayor of Alaminos City: Celeste, Arthur Del Fierro - NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION
- Vice-Mayor of Alaminos City: Aquino, Earl James Cabrito - LIBERAL PARTY
- Councilors of Alaminos City:
- Perez, Jose Antonio Miguel Yatco
- Bacay, Joseph Taganao
- Fontelera, Jan Marionne Ramirez
- Humilde, Margielou Orange Doria
- De Leon, Rany Soriano
- Boling, Oscar Areola
- Gabriel, Rufina Jimenez
- Rabago, Perlito Verzola
- Isla, Fatima Ann Sison
- Go, Orlando Ramos
- Elected officials of Alaminos City, Pangasinan for the term of 2010-2013
- Mayor: Hernani Agsalud Braganza
- Vice-Mayor: Cesar Campos Manzano
This is the.
The barangay has power and authority over its domain. The improvement of the barangay rests on the barangay officials. The barangay chairman, the barangay council and the local businessmen forge the prosperity of the barangay. Not the president of the Philippines, senate, nor congress, not the governor of the province, not the mayor nor council of the municipality or city. Poor barangays stay poor because of weak and/or ignorant(uninformed) barangay leaders.
When roads need to be built or any infrastructure within the barangay is needed, all the barangay officials have to do is make a resolution and demand for it from the city or municipality council. The resolution will force the city/municipal council or responsible government office to hear the legitimate demands. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."
Practically anything that has to do with the barangay, the barangay officials have a say on it and most likely the authority over it. The majority of the barangay officials are not aware of their duties and power. They depend on the city council or mayor. The elected barangay officials are afraid of the mayor and city/municipality's "Sangguniang Panlungsod". They are in fear of being ousted or removed from office. The truth is, "Sangguniang Panlungsod" does not have the power to remove any elected barangay officials from office. Only the COURT OF LAW can do this (judicial branch of the government). Information is power. Be informed.
The control of traffic is not up to the city council or chief of police. It is controlled by the barangay. If the barangay needs traffic enforcers, the barangay can make a resolution to demand it from the city or municipality council. When the electric coop or the water district do not maintain their lines, the barangay can directly demand for the maintenance from the utility companies. No need to wait for city council.
The citizens also has the power to make demands to the barangay officials. In case the officials get blinded. Simply file an official complaint with the barangay secretary naming the Punong barangay as the respondent representing the barangay.
Cleaning the shorelines, drainage systems, streets, rivers, and parks within your barangay is YOUR responsibility. You are accountable for this. It is not the responsibility of the City/Municipality officials. The citizens and officials of the barangay are responsible.
- BUDGET: As far as the preparation for the budget expenditures, it starts at the barangay level, then moves on to cities, municipalities, provinces and regions. The barangays need to exercise their authority. They need to put their yearly budget together for their administration and future projects. The majority of the barangays leave this job to the municipality and city. This is so wrong. Then when the budget doesn't come or is lacking, they complain.
- The budget for the barangays does go to the City or Municipality, but simply for holding and later distribution. The city or municipality DOES NOT approve the budget. It was already approved by congress. The city or municipality simply "distributes" the approved budget.
- The bureau of internal revenue is in cahoots to subdue the barangays, municipalities and provinces. They call the rightful shares to the taxes collected as "Internal Revenue Allotment Dependency". It is not a dependency. It is the lawful and rightful share of the LGU as specified in "TITLE III, SHARES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS IN THE PROCEEDS OF NATIONAL TAXES, CHAPTER I, Allotment of Internal Revenue Taxes, Section 284."
- Imperial Manila does not exist anymore. Budgetary planning has been .
- DURING ELECTIONS: Where do City and Municipality politicians go to campaign? They seek the support of the Barangay officials. They plead to the barangay folks for the votes. After the election they forget you. Do not ever forget the power of the barangay.
Ignorance keeps the pinoys thinking that Manila rules. Be informed, be educated and make your barangay prosper.
- Absolutely NO need for FEDERALISM. It is a ploy to give the Bangsamoro an Islamic State where the religion of . Bangsamoro will be a HOMELAND not for all Filipinos but for only the Muslim Filipinos. It violates the constitution's "separation of church and state".
Businesses in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
- How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood
The Philippine Livelihood Program: The Philippine government provides several programs to enhance the livelihood of the Filipino people. The department of Science and Technology through its Technology Research Center (TRC) regurlarly conducts various types of hands-on and personalized training programs.
- DOST - Website
- UPLiFT stands for Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training. - Website
- DSWD Pro-poor and Livelihood Programs - Website
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- Possible Businesses
- Auto, Trucks, Motorcycle and Bicycle dealers
- Banks, Lending Firms, Pawnshops, and Financial Institutions
- Clinics, Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals
- Pharmacies, Drug Stores, Agri-Vets
- Convenient Stores, Hardware and Supplies, General Stores, Sari-Sari Stores, Internet-Cafes
- Department Stores and Appliance Stores
- Supermarket, wet market, Fish Markets
- Hotels, Motels, Pension Houses, Boarding houses and Resorts
- Repair Shops: Shoe repair, Cellphone, Bikes (bicycles), motorcycles etc...
- Restaurants, Carenderias, Coffee Shops, and Bakeries (Bakeshops)
- Salons, Spas, Beauty Shops and Barber Shops
- Gas Stations, Water Stations, Propane Stations
- If you have real estate property, whether its commercial, residential, farm land, or just an empty lot in Alaminos City, you can list that property for free. Click to VIEW, EDIT, or ADD Realty Listings.
- You can list your House and lot or farm land for sale or lease for free here.
- If you are a real estate developer, you can list your subdivision, condominiums, high rises, apartment complexes, shopping strips or malls, open market developments here for Free.
Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
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- FILIPINOS WAKE UP! THE TAXES YOU PAID ARE USED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO EXCLUSIVELY FINANCE THE RELIGION OF ISLAM.
Freedom of religion, yes. Equality, yes. But no favoritism.
- Masjid Angullia, Pogo, Alaminos City, Philippines
Schools in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
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School year 2018-2019 starts Monday, Monday, June 4, 2018 and ends on Friday, April 5, 2019, for public elementary and secondary schools. The School Year shall consist of 208 school days inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training and the three days for the Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC) conducted within the school year. However, learners are expected to be in school for a total of 200 class days.
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PUBLIC NOTICE: Why pretend that the National language of the Philippines is Tagalog? It should be English. To be a Teacher, doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect, nurse, computer technician; what books do you learn from? English books of course. All your tests are in English. The constitution of the Philippines is written in English. All the laws and new laws introduced by congress are in English. For that matter, you can't be a teacher in a school system unless you know English. The "Licensure Exam for Teachers" is in ENGLISH! Who are these people forcing Tagalog down our throats? Tagalog is simply one of the many dialects of the Philippines. Keep your dialects but learn and be proficient in ENGLISH.
- Each Barangay has its own Elementary School
- Alaminos National High School
Economy of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
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If you have a job available and that job is within Alaminos City, Philippines, you may go ahead and Insert your job offer.
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Natural Resources of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, 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 Roy Cimatu - since May 8, 2017
- 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 and thermal energy conversion. We have too many black outs.
Tourists Attractions of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
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Hundred Islands National Park
Sparkling like diamonds, the waters glisten as the sun’s golden rays touch the pristine sea. Delightful in one’s eyes is the powdery blue sky casting a bright gleam beneath. The spread of white sand shimmers against the stream that changes hue—from emerald green to turquoise and azure—as the briny deep goes unfathomable.
A stroll along the beach ends up with a dip into the soothing warm waters. Colorful tropical fish glide in somewhat orchestrated manner among a many coral gardens. Out of the water, discovery envelopes that it is not only one isle but a throng of numerous islands ambling along each other.
The count, even greater (actually 124 at low tide and 123 at high tide), sums up the grouping of isles scattered incidentally along Lingayen Gulf, many of which are still unexplored.
Covering an area of 1,844 hectares, the islands are believed to be some two million years old. According to certain folklore, the islands were tears of a primeval giant who lost his ladylove. Others tell of tall-tale of mermaids that once inhabited its seas.
- Getting to the Hundred Islands
From downtown Alaminos City, a breezy tricycle ride brings you to barangay Lucap and The Don Gonzalo Montemayor wharf. At the wharf, one can already have a sight of the inviting islands and the best way to get there is by chartered boat. The port can serve as a parking lot for a fee. Outrigger motorized boats can be rented here to ferry you to a cluster of islands and islets collectively known as the Hundred Islands.
- article from: The City government of Alaminos
Coral Reefs of Alaminos City
The Philippines is blessed with a thriving marine ecosystem, supported by reefs and mangrove forests. And the Hundred Islands National Park, the first Natural Park in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, is no exception. Its alluring cerulean waters, strewn with 123 islets, is also home to the fragile and diverse jewels of the Philippine Sea – the Coral Reefs. They shelter, feed and protect a copious number of sea creatures of the Park. They also aid the 123 islets in protecting the city’s coast from the impact of waves. Their hard and soft corals with awe-inspiring forms and interesting hues that glistened mystically in the deep, creates a magical underwater vista. Divers and snorkelers can have the time of their lives gliding over it and beside the many magnificent fishes and other sea creatures.
Sadly, these gems became endangered in the Philippines and some parts of the world and started to sink in a deplorable state, a trend that local and foreign scientists believe maybe irreversible. With the onslaught of dynamite and cyanide fishing, aggravated by neglect and increase in population, the Park finally met the same plight.
However, decisive programs that target the rehabilitation and restoration of the splendor of these beautiful and vital water resources have been implemented. Artificial reefs were introduced in parts of the Park, where the corals are quite depleted. Hope became strong at the frequent visits of fishes, which eventually settled in or near the area of the artificial reefs. Just like the natural reefs, they will serve as vital breeding grounds for the sea creatures, so they could again flourish and replenish the Park’s resources. And the City is committed in securing the protection of these new treasures.
Now, the Park is on its way up to recovery and tourists who would immerse themselves in a diving or snorkeling underwater exploration beneath its revitalized waters, would find it beginning to breath in the scent of its old health and magnificence, supported by both natural and artificial reefs.
- article from: The City government of Alaminos
Caves of Alaminos City
Marvel at some extraordinary caves at the Hundred Islands which many scientists believed echo the underlying evolutionary processes that until these times create a dazzling and mesmering aura of a breathing earth. Today, up to ten caves have been identified and some were named based on some myths, legends and the stone formation.
Given this, projects will be undertaken to protect and manage these caves which are part of the Hundred Islands National Park to make this place an eco-tourism facility, marine sanctuary and a rich historical destination for everyone.
- article from: The City government of Alaminos
Bolo Beach Alaminos City
Ten kilometers from the City, lies a weekend destination that is rapidly increasing in popularity. Highly accessible, Bolo beach has become a favorite getaway for families and barkadas who feel the need to unwind or just catch up on bonding sessions. Its long, horseshoe-shaped beach and shallow waters is a spacious and inviting playground for children and a refreshing retreat for adults, combined. The coarsely formed rock formations near the shore are given new looks with the ingenuity of the folks residing near or on the beach. They topped these rough, blank rocks with colored, smaller rocks, creating an instant work of art.
You can gather your fun-hungry troops and relax on the beach’s wooden sheds and cottages, complete with picnic tables and videoke equipment for all-out entertainment. Or, amp up the fun factor by renting the “rock shed” being developed in the area. These rock sheds are really rock formations on the water that were slightly flattened and furnished with rustic benches and tables, and a videoke, kind of Bolo’s version of floating huts.
- article from: The City government of Alaminos
A part of the diverse marine ecosystem that was largely affected by the depletion of the coral reefs in the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) was the Giant Clams, locally known as taklobos. This marine resource regarded as the world’s largest bivalve mollusks, their shell length extending over a meter and can weigh over 225 kg, is the faithful ally of the coral reef in supporting the marine life in the Park. Its massive size and interesting hues that gleamed underwater proved to be a magnificent attraction, marveled at by visiting tourists who either dive or snorkel in the area. Its soft flesh is coveted the world over for its delectability.
Sadly, they began to be wiped out through the indiscriminate harvesting of people who intends to profit from selling them as delicacies, and as decorations in aquariums and home ornaments. This was made even worse by illegal fishing.
A new surge of hope dawned on HINP through the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI). They greatly help the City in rehabilitating this vital marine gem, replanting them in parts of the park, which is currently strictly protected. No diver or snorkeler is allowed in those parts. With this revitalization, valuable marine food resources are given new lives, ensuring a continuing dynamic marine ecosystem for the Park. With the joint efforts of UPMIS and Alaminos City, the Giant Clams would soon flourish and aid in the City’s goal of a fully restored Hundred Islands National Park, with a thriving marine life and ready to thrust forward the city’s economy and tourism potential.
- article from: The City government of Alaminos
Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
In the Philippines a fiesta is usually celebrated in barrios or barangays. It is the official holiday of the LGU, the barangay. Filipinos love fiestas. It is a time for joy and celebration. A fiesta is of Spanish origin and is usually commemorated in association with a christian patron saint. Most barangays whose population have been clustered by Muslims(Moros) and their population is more than that of the Christians, the celebration of the fiesta have been cancelled and replaced with the Hari Raya or Eid al-Fitr.
The cities or municipalities usually have yearly festivals where all the barangays participate. The cities or municipalities hold contests for the best floats in parades.
Your Story about Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
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Message from the Mayor of Alaminos:
Mayor Hernani A. Braganza
Be with us...
as we recapture the magic of the Hundred Islands, restore a marine ecosystem, and build a sustainable local economy
Welcome to the City of Alaminos, the city of the Hundred Islands. We invite you to be a part of a balanced, sustainable development model that is beginning to happen.
Alaminos is home to the Hundred Islands National Park, the very first national park in the Philippines. It is also the heart of Western Pangasinan, its center of commerce, finance, education, industry and services.
We are a new city, barely four years old, but we already have the fourth largest economy in Pangasinan, itself the largest province in the Philippines in terms of population.
We are growing rapidly, but this growth needs to be stimulated and managed well. Growth comes from increasing trade and commerce, but this tends to benefit a few - mostly traders, middlemen and shop owners. The city government also pump primes the local economy through funds received from the national government, but this breeds fiscal dependence. We need a more sustainable source of growth.
Broader participation of our people, including the poorer segments in productive economic activities, is sustainable. A challenge we are faced with, therefore, is how to stimulate our people, specially the poor to participate in economic activities so they can benefit more from growth and development. A third of our 6,000 families are classified as indigents.
But this is only one of the challenges facing us today.
The Hundred Islands National Park was once the premier land and sea tourism destination in the province of Pangasinan, indeed in the entire Luzon mainland. Its miniaturized representation of the diversity of the Philippine Islands has captured the imagination of Filipinos and foreigners alike.
But we have suffered setbacks in the past decade, due to the emergence of many alternative destinations in the south, some boasting of unparalleled beach quality. Previous captive markets such as personnel from American military bases in Clark, Pampanga and Subic, Zambales have also gone, with the closure of these bases in the early nineties. Our tourism industry slumped.
Displaced communities, once benefiting from tourism, exerted pressure on the marine resources of the Hundred Islands for livelihood. Illegal fishing activities proliferated and the fragile marine habitats were scraped. Now the once thriving marine sanctuary and national park, which supports the Lingayen Gulf large marine ecosystem, is threatened.
But we are determined to bring back the magic of the Hundred Islands, and its underwater life.
We have put together a Coastal Resources Management Program, which combines rehabilitation, conservation, protection, stewardship, responsible use and economic alternatives to restore the health of the marine ecosystem.
We are also repositioning the Hundred Islands. A marine theme park, fish sanctuaries, inter-island floating “bridges”, a living Marine Institute, an “adopt-an-island” scheme, and other innovative programs will infuse a new magic into the islands. The park will no longer be just a sand and sea destination. It will also be an ecological theme park with educational value. And adventure, too. It will be unique, and unparalleled once more. It is, after all, the largest marine sanctuary in the Philippines.
Agricultural development is also a challenge we are confronting squarely. Close to 80% of our lands are arable, and yet we are self sufficient only in rice. Two thirds of our households are farming but, three fourths of the lands they till are rain fed. Therefore most of them are poor.
For the first time in years, we are appropriating a big chunk of our development budget for agriculture. We have an innovative program, called Ocho-Ocho, named after a popular song of the same title, which clusters small landholdings into farm management and enterprise units of eight hectares each. This is an integrated, people-oriented agricultural development and modernization program.
We plan to do more.
We have an infrastructure development program to improve access to power, safe water services and markets for our produce. We will promote investments by both local businessmen and outsiders in light agro-industry. We will invest in capability building for our human resource. These will make Alaminos a competitive center of industry, commerce and services.
And we will take care of our people.
We have expanded basic services for all and specialized social services for the most vulnerable sectors. We are improving primary and secondary health services, upgrading the capacities of our schools, particularly in information technology. We are operating a crisis intervention center for victims of crime, domestic violence and disabling conditions. We have deputized Public Safety and Order officers who are trained civilians that will back up our police capability. We are determined to make Alaminos City a safe and humane place to live in.
In order to be able to respond to the above challenges we have to re-invent ourselves as public servants. We need to modernize the way we conduct the business of governance. We need to enhance transparency, efficiency and responsiveness, in order to secure our people’s continuing trust and cooperation. And we will hit the road running. We are an action oriented government. We have defined the primary role of the city government in relation to our stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries.
The city government cannot respond to all the challenges alone and provide everything.
We are a provider of opportunities to the broadest segments of our people as possible, so they can participate and benefit from development. As a city government, we are an integrator of development initiatives at different levels. The barangays or villages have their programs, national agencies have theirs, and so do non-government organizations, people’s groups and civic societies. We serve as the architect of holistic development for the city, so we can achieve synergy in our efforts that will lead to meaningful and concerted impact.
Finally, we set standards. Of service to our people. Of the quality of life we hope to enjoy. Of the level of effort we need to exert. We set goals and targets for the things that we do. We aspire to define our governance in professional terms. We have a development paradigm. Competitiveness, growth with equity, resource management and sustainable use, social services for all and safety nets for the vulnerable form the cornerstones of our development paradigm. We will respond to the development challenges in Alaminos guided by this development paradigm. We are convinced we can make it happen. We have the resolve, a newfound dynamism and a shared vision. And we have an able work force.
We are beginning to realize the kind of development we aspire for. We are determined to make it happen. We hope to succeed. So our people can benefit more. And we can contribute to the development of the whole country. This will be our legacy.
Join us and be our partners in our pursuit of a better Alaminos, a better Philippines, a better world.
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PIA Press Release
Alaminos airport to bring more investments for Pangasinan, says city mayor By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (29 January 2010) ? "Hindi kami nakikipag-contest," an ecstatic Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza clarified Thursday in reference to the airport project which is about to rise in that city which hosts the famous Hundred Islands after three years of waiting.
Braganza urged all Pangasineses to fully support the project stressing that it benefits not only his city but the entire province. "Huwag na nating pulitikahin ito, mapag-iiwanan na tayo at buong probinsya ang kawawa, hindi kaming mga pulitiko," he told the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency. He was apparently irked by the intense lobbying of other municipalities for the hosting of the project, with Sta. Barbara as the more aggressive.
He recalled that he had proposed the project to President Macapagal-Arroyo during her meeting with Pangasinan local officials in Baguio City sometime in December 2006. In 2007, the President included the airport project in her State of the Nation Address.
Describing it as a "trigger project," Braganza sounded confident that more businessmen, investors and tourists will be coming once the facility is put in place. "Buong Pangasinan ang makikinabang dyan, hindi lang Alaminos," he pointed out. "Ni hindi ko na pakikinabangan yan during my term," he said noting that the project implementation will take at least three years. Braganza is running for his third term in the May elections.
While smaller provinces have one to two airports, ironically Pangasinan, whose population and land area dwarf the other provinces in the Ilocos Region and also nearby provinces, has no major facilities like an airport or seaport. "Natutuwa nga ako kung maraming airport, kung puwede lahat ng bayan para marami tayong solar dryers," he said in jest.
The city is now on the process of purchasing lands at the project site in barangay Sabangan, which is located east of the city proper and some seven kilometers away from Sual town. Technically the area is unproductive and was considered the most feasible for an airport from among the eight sites earlier eyed in the province, he said.
Initially it will operate as a domestic airport with a budget of P2.2 billion but it is upgradable to an international airport, he added.
The mayor disclosed that the city government is now preparing facilities for the expected arrival of more visitors, tourists and businessmen in the years ahead. A hotel that can accommodate up to 200 persons is being constructed at the old PTA Resort in barangay Lucap, with two more hotels being built by the private sector, he bared.
With prohibitive costs of lands now in the city proper, Braganza said that the move now is to decongest the area by developing business centers away from the poblacion. The running price of lots now in the poblacion is up to P55,000 which, he said, turns away prospective businessmen and investors.
He admitted though that his city and even bigger cities like Dagupan does not have big facilities enough to accommodate visitors and conventioneers. He said he dreamed of a big convention center and a hotel that can accommodate a big number of people in just one area. "Ang alam ko, ang mga hotel dito sa Dagupan kayang i-accommodate ang 2,000 na katao pero walang isang facility na kayang kargahin ang 500 na tao," he noted.
From 82,000 tourists and visitors when he became mayor some five years ago, the number went up to 150,000. "Kahit na mahigpit ang kumpetisyon sa ibang lugar tulad sa south, meron silang Tagaytay at Laguna Bay," he said.
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