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City Profile

Balanga, the capital of Bataan, was formerly a visita of Abucay before it was established as a mission of the Dominican Order in the Provincial Chapter of April 21, 1714 and later declared a vicariate on April 18, 1739, under the patronage of Saint Joseph. Upon the establishment of Bataan as a separate province in 1754, Balanga was made its capital by General Pedro Manuel Arandia due to its favorable location, at the heart of the new territorial jurisdiction. The word Balanga originates from the Tagalog word bañga (clay pot), which the town used to produce and which was among the best that can be found in the country.

Today. Balanga has just recently been transformed into a City. Prior to this development, the City has extended its urban fringe to west of Roman Superhighway and a new growth center in Barangay Tuyo has been delineated in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. During the past years, the city saw a high record of residential growth. The consequent expansion of the physical limits of the urban core as well as the expected large increases in population, and its attractiveness to commercial and employment activities, the City Government of Balanga decided to undertake a Master Planning exercise and to propose various developmental projects that would establish Balanga as a well-planned community with quality and character that is innovative and special.


Location Balanga City is located at the eastern part of the province of Bataan and lies in the southwestern part of central Luzon. Balanga City is bounded on the north by Abucay; on the east by Manila Bay; on the west by the mountains of Bagac and Morong; on the south by Pilar. It is separated by the Talisay River that starts from the mountains of Mariveles and meanders from the southwest to the northeast.

The City is located in a rich alluvial plain that has contributed to the growth on agricultural economy. It is approximately 14° 15’ and 15° 60’ N latitude and 120°45’ and 120°10’ E longitude.

Date Created Inaugurated as a City on December 30, 2000 with the approval of Republic Act 8984 authored by Congressman Enrique “Tet” Garcia.
Land Area Balanga has a total land area of 11,163 hectares giving it a rough 8.13% of the Provinces total.

Population 83,901 in 16,680 household with an Average Growth Rate of 3.37%
Religion Roman Catholic, Iglesia ni Cristo, Protestants, Aglipay & Born-Again Christians, etc.
Population Density 351-persons/sq. km
Number of Household 6,680

Average Household Size 6 persons/household

Major Dialect Tagalog
Number of Barangays 25 Barangays
Climate 2 Distinct Seasons (Type 1) Dry season, which last from November to April and (Type II) Rainy season which starts in May and end in October.

Topography & Drainage The area is nearly level and flat land, soil is composed of silt loam and sandy silt loam. About 57% of the total land area comprises of plains and lowlands, the other 23% is hilly while the remaining 20% is mountainous.

Source: www.cityofbalanga.gov.ph


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