Local Governance

Vision Statement

We envision Ajuy, to be a municipality where every constituent lives in Progressive, Peaceful environment and with an Empowered Governance of People.

 

Mission Statement

To build a Governance of People with strong Partnership of the Local Government Unit and its Citizenry and together work for Poverty Reduction through Sustainable and Integrated Agro- Fishery Industry and Eco-Tourism Development.

 

Development Concept and Functional Role

The Municipality of Ajuy has a vast potential and room for strengthening its local economy and attaining sustainable economic development.  This prospect for development is attributed to the enormous natural endowments of the municipality, being a coastal and agricultural town.

Approximately 5,707.84 hectares which represent 32% of the municipality’s total land area is devoted to agricultural crop production. Ajuy, being basically a rice-producing town, has been a major supplier of rice to its neighboring towns in Iloilo and other provinces, even for the province of Negros across the sea. It also produces various crops such as corn, coconut, sugarcane, fruit trees, bananas, coffee, bamboo, root crops and other minor agricultural crops. Some Ajuynons also engaged in livestock and poultry production.

Fishing generates a good income for the municipality of Ajuy. With approximately 269.30 kilometers and 74.83 km. coastal length, Ajuy ranks third among the widest fishing grounds in Northern Iloilo. These are located at the Apitong Pass, Guimaras Strait, Anhawan Channel, and Visayan Sea, mostly situated near the boundary of Ajuy and Negros Occidental. Fish catch are brought by the fishermen to the local market which in demand for daily consumption and some are sold to the neighboring towns of Sara, Lemery, and Barotac Viejo. Remnants of the catch are usually dried or smoked in order to preserve them and has also become an additional income-generating venture for the family. 

Just recently, the municipality joined the Northern Iloilo Alliance for Coastal Development (NIACDEV). This association which is composed of the municipalities in Northern Iloilo, from Barotac Viejo to Carles aims to enhance the coastal and marine resources as instruments for future development. This holistic endeavor is expected to save and replenish the depleted marine and aquatic resources of the member-municipalities. Locally, Ajuy conducts an active campaign against illegal fishing practices, putting up of artificial reefs and designation of marine protected areas.

 A big amount of income of the municipality is also derived from fish aquaculture which has become a flourishing business for the past several years. The town has 1,170 hectares of fishponds located both in its inland and coastal area, particularly in Barangays Silagon, Bucana Bunglas, Pantalan Nabaye, Bato-Biasong, Pantalan Navarro, Puente Bunglas, Rojas, Taguhangin, Lanjagan, Poblacion, Pedada, Mangorocoro, Pili, Malayu-an, Culasi, Sto. Rosario, and Luca. These fishponds are intended for “bangus” production, having an average production of 0.75 metric tones per hectare done in three croppings yearly. There are more or less ninety-seven (97) operators, mostly residents of Ajuy who are engaged in this kind of business. Fishpen culture technology was also introduced by the Iloilo Provincial Government at Tinagong Dagat Bay located at Barangay Silagon. This is the showcase of mariculture technology information especially “bangus” culture, which like the fishpond industry, has became a lucrative business for the residents of the said areas.

Since 1996 to date, the number has increased to twenty-one (21). Ajuy has eleven (11) rice mills, two (2) fishing ports, one (1) LPG Bulk Terminal (Pryce Gas, Inc.) located at Barangay Barrido that supplies LPG in the entire Panay Island, one (1) ice plant (Saint Joseph Ice Plant) located at Barangay Pinantan Diel, and two (2) wharves at Barangay Culasi and Barangay Bay-ang. The presence of these various commercial and industrial establishments would potentially boost the local economy for they will enhance diversified trade and industry that will be the source of large chunk of local taxes and revenue sources for the LGU.

Ajuy is a jump off point from the mainland of Iloilo and Panay to the Province of Negros. It is the fastest route by sea for passengers and goods through Culasi Port at Brgy. Culasi, Ajuy. Everyday goods and products from the two provinces, vice versa, are coming in and out in large volume. It ranges from rice, sugar, corn, livestock and other agricultural products, beverages and other vital commodities. The port operation had been the source of income for the local residents and other Ajuynons as well contributes revenues and taxes for the local government unit.

The last but not the least, which is considered to be a potential contributor to the municipality’s economic development is its inherently beautiful and scenic spots and tourist destinations. Ajuy has plenty of potential tourist spots that if fully developed, would attract local and foreign tourists, alike. It has majestic waterfalls located at the heart of its hinter-barangays like Panalikdikon Falls at Barangay Tipacla, Manlud and Agcolaknit Falls in Barangay Sto. Rosario, and Florida Falls at Barangay Pili. The island and coastal barangays of Ajuy also cradles white-sand beaches ideal for swimming, snorkeling, boating, fishing, and even solitude. At present, there are three (3) island resorts that have a complete of amenities and fully operational namely: Nasidman Island Resort, Salog Beach Resort which is found at Brgy. Punta Buri, and Marbuena Island Resort which is a part of Brgy. Pantalan Nabaye. Other potential areas for development are Guin-asian Island, Calabasa Island, Tigbao Beach at brgy. Pili, Malayu-an Beach, and practically the seacoast of Brgy. Punta Buri and Tagubanhan.

In view of the municipality’s thriving agricultural and fish/marine industry and an environment that speaks for the town as a potential tourist attraction, blended by the influx of different industrial and commercial establishments, the municipality of Ajuy would more likely become a flourishing Agro- Industrial center and Eco-Tourism destination in Northern Iloilo in the near future.