Statistics

Location

The Municipality of Oton lies in the Southern portion of the Province. It is 10.2 kilometers from the City of Iloilo. It is bound on the east by the district of Arevalo; on the West by the Municipality of Tigbauan; on the North of the Municipality of San Miguel and on the southern portion by a stretch of the Sulu Sea. It lies approximately 122 29’ 15” to 122 31’53” longitude and 10 42’23” to 1043’50” latitude. Travel time from the city to the town proper is approximately 30 minutes by jeep or by private cars.

 

Area and Political Subdivision

Oton is composed of 37 Barangays with a total estimated area of 8,644 hectares. It is about 1.70% of the total land area of the province. The biggest Barangay is Cabolo-an Norte with 594 hectares followed by Tagbac Sur with 582 and Sta. Monica with 549 has. The smallest Barangays are that of San Nicolas- 55 hectares; San Antonio-63, Alegre-66 has. The Poblacion East (43), North (16), South (57) and West (51.5) is only about 167.5 has, which is about167.5 has, which is about 1.94% of area of the whole municipality.

These Barangays are headed by a leader called the Punong Baranggay supported by the Sangguniang Barangay Members. The Sangguniang Baranggay represents the policy-making body of the Barangay.

 

Topography

Oton varies from plain to rolling hills. The greatest part of the western portion of the municipality is a belt of hills and rolling lands. Lumanan Rivers serves as the principal drain canal of water from the elevated portion to the hinterlands while five (5) creeks traverse the municipality emptying the coastline.

Slope of land is between 0-3% which provides a good picture for lowland crops. Most of the agricultural areas which cover 3,837 hectares are irrigated while 307 hectares are not.

 

Climate and Rainfall

Like any other parts of Iloilo Province, Oton has pronounced climate. Dry months come in December to June, while rainy season come from July to November. It has a cooler climate during summer months due to the Sulu Sea breeze in its southern Barangays. This type of climate is appropriate during summer months due to the Sulu Sea breeze in the southern Barangays. This type of climate is appropriate for lowland crops like palay, corn, sorghum, rootcrops and all other type of short term crops. Since the southern portion faces a shoreline, this municipality is on the belt of any atmospheric disturbances in the air, like tornados, typhoon or any low pressure storms.

 

Slope

Oton varies from plain to rolling hills. The greatest part of the western portion of the municipality is a belt of hills and rolling lands. Slope of the land is between 0-3% which provides a good picture for lowland crops. Most of the agricultural areas which cover 3,201.31 hectares are irrigated while 1,879.55 hectares are rainfed.

 

Soil

Basically, like any other municipalities in the Province of Iloilo, Oton exhibits a very fertile type of soil. These soil types based on genetic and morphological characteristics are soil of the hills and mountains. Soils of the plains include the Sta. Rita and Beach Sand while the soils of the hills and mountains include Alimodian Clay Loam.

Sta. Rita Clay- surface soil in black brown with moderate coarse granular structure, highly soft when wet, shrunk, cracks and becomes very hard when very dry, absence of stones, gravel, pebbles and cobblestones.  It is fairly rich in organic content. Crops suited to this type of soil are palay, mongo, corn and peanuts.

Alimodian Clay Loam- this type of soil is predominantly situated along the rolling and hilly areas of the municipality. Surface soil is yellowish brown, while light colored soils represent the eroded areas and only few stones are formed. Corn is the principal crop for this type.

Beach Sand- this is found along the seashores. The relief of the area is level. Best grown crops are coconut tree but other types of fruit tree such as sineguelas, sugar apples, bananas and other fruit trees are profitably grown.

 

Principal Rivers
Batiano River
Iloilo River

 

Languages
Caray-a and Hiligaynon

 

 

Religious Sects

Roman Catholic, Aglipayan, Islam, Iglesia ni Cristo, United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Lutheran Church in the Philippines,  Philippine Episcopal Church, Iglesia Evangelista Methodists en Las Filipinas, Salvation Army in the Philippines, Convention of the Philippine Baptist Church, Other Protestant, Buddhist, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witness, Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, Seventh Day Adventist, Evangelicals, Bible Baptist, Southern Baptist, Association of Baptist Churches in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, Association of Fundamental Baptist Church in the Philippines, International Baptist Missionary Fellowship, Missionary Baptist Churches of the Philippines, Other Baptist, Tribal Religion.

There were many sects identified in the Municipality of Oton. Almost all or 94.7% are Roma Catholic, Seventh day Adventist consists of 1.0%, Iglesia ni Cristo – 0.85%, Baptist – 1.8% and Evangilicals – 0.61% and the remaining 2.02 percent belongs to different sects. (records based on 2000 data).

 

Annual Income                                                – Php108,066.784.71

Number of Registered Voters                         – 42,132 (as of May 2010)

Total Number of Established Precincts          – 243

Total Number of Clustered Precincts             – 62

 

Source:  http://oton.gov.ph