La Libertad Negros Oriental
La Libertad in Negros Oriental is rated as a 3rd class municipality in this province. It acquired this municipality status in the year 1919. La Libertad occupies an estimated area of about 140 square kilometer, with the recent population statistics indicating that the area has about a population density of about 280 per square-kilometer to a total population at around 40,000 residents or more due to the steady increase in the population. La Libertad is divided into about 29 barangays.
Brief History of La Libertad
Earlier on, this settlement was known as Hinoba-an, a barrio of Jimalalud to which it was later named La Libertad by the residents to signify its importance during the residents’ repulse of the marauding brigands which frequented the north at that time. Similarly, the Hinoba-an natives also considered the La Libertad as a symbol of their freedom and liberty from the hands of the Tulisanes, not to mention the fact that the name La Libertad was also an iconic name to celebrate the native’s guerrillas acts of resistance during the world war 2. Although the expanse of this municipality is rural, besides being a municipality, the area assumed the status of a parish in the year 1935 an, on the other hand, has largely been a host of numerous activities both economic and social.
Schools in La Libertad
The entire region has two renowned high schools; the St Francis High school and the Pacuan national High school as well as a La Libertad technical vocational training institution. However, the area has lots of elementary schools ranging from the Martilo elementary school to the San Jose Elementary school, The Pacuan Elementary school, Psong elementary school as well as the La Libertad elementary school and many more.
Economy in La Libertad
This entire region is actively engaged in the production of agricultural and food crops such as peanuts, soya beans, corn, copra as well as an expanse of sugarcane fields that produces lots of sugarcane. Structurally and topographically this location has areas such as the Daras an range,the Pacuan Valley, the plateaus of Eli and Bagtic amongst the Hinoba-an river, not to mention some its recently discovered unusually sculptural folds and striated features such as the Mambulotan Springs, the Danao, Pacuan and the Marble caves that not only promotes tourism but also plays a very significant impact in the economy of the La Libertad.
Places of Interest in La Libertad
La Libertad being the home to some of the most interesting vocational spots such as the Francisco Absin Memorial Park which won the top award in the National Community Beautification contest of the year 1952, the astonishing view of Danicop Cave and Marble Cave, and of course the La Limar beach resort situated at San Jose which has things like the swimming pools and caters for activities such as, family reunions, weddings and various other occasions that are prompted by the government. These activities tourism to this particular area and to the Negro Oriental region as a whole, thus increasing the economic value of the area. La Libertad Grand Annual festival “Pandanyag Festival” Celebrated every 28th of April
Getting to La Libertad
La Libertad is about 114 km north of Dumaguete City. With lots of remarkable sights and locals to meet, La Libertad can show more than they can tell.
One way of getting to La Libertad is riding a bus. Since Dumaguete has only one bus terminal, it will not be hard to find it. Riding a Ceres bus will take about 3 hours traveling and will cost around Php 150.00. Another way in getting to La Libertad is via a V-hire (Van for Hire). Terminal for V-hire going north is located near the Ceres Bus Terminal, near the new McDonald’s Drive Thru. Riding a V-hire will take about 2 hours and 45 minutes and will only cost Php 120.00.
Barangays of La Libertad Negros Oriental
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