Geographical Location

                SANTA BARBARA – the premier suburban municipality of Iloilo is strategically located at the centermost of the province. It lies within 122  29’ 15” and 122  36’ 35” East Longitude and within 10   35’ 15” and 10   35’ 10” North Latitude, with an elevation of 32.083 ft. above sea level. It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of New Lucena, on the Northeast by the Municipality of Zarraga, on the South by the Municipality of Pavia, on the Southeast the Municipality of Leganes, on the Southwest by the Municipality of San Miguel and on the Northwest by the Municipality of Cabatuan.

It is 15.7 kilometers north or a twenty-minute drive from the City of Iloilo, through a well-maintained asphalt/concrete national highway. It is accessible by any land transportation with the presence of a national highway, provincial, municipal and barangay road networks cutting and criss-crossing its environs.


The topography of Sta. Barbara varies from slightly rolling hills to almost flat or gradually inclined plains, sliced by Tigum River at its centermost, which flows from the northwest to the southeast and the Aganan River in the southern section.


Out of its 131.96 sq. kms.(13,196 has.) land area, at least 93.80 sq. kms. (9,380.57 has.) are almost flat plains with 0-3 % slope or 3 meters high while the rest are rolling hills which vary from 3-8 % or 3-8 meters high.

Slope  Classification

Slope Classification Land Area (sq.kms.) % TOTAL Land Area Slope Grouping Category
A (Flat Plains) 93.80 71.08 0-3 %
B (Rolling Hills) 38.16 28.92 3-8   %

Type of Terrain

The type of soil in Santa Barbara is predominantly loam, making it conducive to rice farming.

Highlands in the municipality that are near the New Iloilo Airport were quarried to fill the runway of the airport. Almost 5 Barangays were excavated and leveled.

Water Bodies

1. Tigum River 1. Miraga – Guibuangan
2. Aganan River 2. Calaboa Este
3. CalaboaOeste
4. Barasan Este
5. Maliao
6. Bita-ogTaytay
7. Tuburan
8 Conaynay

Stream sand creeks traverse Sta. Barbara from its watershed areas and higher grounds emptying to the coastal towns. The two major rivers serve as the principal drain canals of water from the mountain of the island, which does not only water and enrich its plains but also supplies its irrigational needs.


Based on genetic and morphological characteristic, there are three (3) different types of soil in the municipality. Generally, Sta. Barbara’s soil is thick, fertile and suitable for raising all kinds of agricultural products. Predominantly, it is of loam classification which makes it readily conducive to rice farming.

Soil type and distribution by land area

  1. Sta. Rita Clay Loam– covers 75% or 9,897 has. found among the plains of Sta. Barbara.
  2. Umingan Fine Sandy Loam– covers 15% or 1,979.40 has. found in upland areas.
  3. Alimodian Clay Loam– covers 10% or 1,319.60 has. found in the hills of the                                           municipality.

For maximum results in the productive yield, minimum quantity of fertilizer is needed. There are few or small open grasslands and swamps within the municipality. Ninety five (95%) of its land area is cultivated, except, non-agricultural areas.


1. Type – There is a distinct climate in this municipality, which is ideal for planting of multiple crops. It has a type “C” (moist) rain sufficiency distributed with almost 4 1/2 dry months or first-type climate with two distinct seasons of six months; wet from June to November and three month dry from January to April which    favour harvesting of late varieties of rice. Heavy rains which begin to fall about mid-May enable rice farmers to prepare rice beds and plant upland rice.

2. Annual Rainfall Distribution –average annual rainfall is 137.4725 mm.

3.Temperature – the average temperature is 27.9 ºC

4. Prevailing wind –average humidity is 77.80 %

5. Typhoon frequency – This municipality is not within the country’s typhoon belt although tropical storms and occasional typhoons pass thru it. The worst typhoon to hit Sta. Barbara in this century was on November 13, 1990. This super typhoon “Ruping” brought about destruction which the residents have  never experienced in their whole lives. Houses, public buildings, trees, electrical lines and crops were devastated. Thousands were rendered homeless.


Cyclones and tornadoes are occasional happenings. Earthquakes are rare occurrences. The latest high-intensity earthquake occurred last June 21, 1990. It has an intensity of 6 in the Richter scale. Its epicenter was plotted near Kalibo, Aklan. No damage was reported in the municipality.


Administratively, the Municipality of Santa Barbara is comprised of 60 Barangays, including the six (6) barangay zones situated in the poblacion created by the Local Legislative body in compliance with the provision of P.D. No. 86. These barangays possess corporate powers and all corresponding names and numerical designations until changed or abolished by law or ordinance.

Name of Barangay, Distance, Area and Punong Barangay CY 2018

1. Agusipan 310.574 4.50 Hon. Nida S. Sulaña
2. Agutayan 98.927 2.20 Hon. Victorino Palermo, Jr.
3. Bagumbayan 115.614 3.10 Hon. Alex S. Sencil
4. Balabag 357.297 7.70 Hon. Ildefonso G. Guillergan
5. Balibagan Este 309.655 3.30 Hon. Melchor P. Lopez
6. Balibagan Oeste 329.134 4.30 Hon. Roy G. Quilarto
7. Ban-ag 203.644 4.60 Hon. Benedicta S. Sorongon
8. Bantay 141.495 7.90 Hon. Lovelita C. Tutor
9. Barasan Este 297.123 5.50 Hon. Crisanto B. Suberon, Jr.
10.Barasan Oeste 218.968 4.70 Hon. Virginia H. Narciso
11.Binangkilan 375.618 4.80 Hon. Glen S. Penuela
12.Bitag-og Taytay 246.212 7.40 Hon. Lorenzo C. Soubiron
13.Bolong Este 180.623 3.20 Hon. Haydee Dela Cruz
14. Bolong Oeste 137.409 1.20 Hon. Larry Deatras
15.Buayahon 349.907 6.20 Hon. Monico Sotacio
16.Buyo 136.898 5.90 Hon. Ninfa C. Superficial
17.Cabugao Norte 351.916 4.10 Hon. Hitler S. Jaspe
18.Cabugao Sur 284.472 3.50 Hon. Marites S. Soltis
 19.Cadagmayan Norte 475.737 6.50 Hon. Nida G. Patches
20.Cadagmayan Sur 89.392 5.80 Hon. Donato B. Catitista
21.Cafe 400.477 4.20 Hon. Ramon Gamboa
22.Calaboa Este 194.790 7.40 Hon. Herminigildo S. Silao
23.Calaboa Oeste 123.395 4.70 Hon. Noli S. Sotomil
24.Camambugan 183.399 3.60 Hon. Irenea L. Caño
25.Canipayan 265.623 5.60 Hon. Celso S. Sumanghid
26.Conaynay 144.049 6.50 Hon. Ignacio S. Subere
27.Daga 375.958 4.10 Hon. Narciso Souribio, Jr.
28.Dalid 153.414 4.30 Hon. Juliet S. Susbilla
29.Duyanduyan 324.026 1.30 Hon. Crisanto C. Colada
30.Gen. Martin T. Delgado 81.849 0.90 Hon. Christopher M. Suñer
31.Guno 289.20 3.40 Hon. Lita S. Sondia
32.Inangayan 276.350 1.80 Hon. Ricardo S. Bayog
33.Jibao-an 135.536 6.30 Hon. Dester S. Hayag
34.Lacadon 282.990 4.30 Hon. Gregorio M. Mortales
35.Lanag 234.804 1.10 Hon. Francisco S. Sudaria
36.Lupa 251.320 2.20 Hon. Ma. Gina S. Subong
37.Magancina 167.887 7.10 Hon. Perfecto S. Borra
38.Malawog 217.947 7.10 Hon. Andresito E. Malaygay, Jr.
39.Mambuyo 164.311 6.50 Hon. Evelyn L. Suedad
40.Manhayang 216.176 3.20 Hon. Geronima Jaque
41.Miraga-Guibuangan 410.353 3.90 Hon. Jorge S. Solatorio
42.Nasugban 214.201 5.20 Hon. Florentina S. Calizo
43.Omambog 129.857 7.00 Hon. Rodney J. Celiz
44.Pal-agon 376.299 6.30 Hon. Ludovico A. Lagonaso
45.Pungsod 137.749 5.20 Hon. Nicolas S. Subor
46.Sangcate 254.896 3.20 Hon. Anabel Simpao
47.San Sebastian 106.590 1.90 Hon. Lucia A. Lagunday
48.Tagsing 308.837 5.20 Hon. Leonida S. Cordero
49.Talanghauan 203.133 3.90 Hon. Marcelino S. Barrios, Jr.
50.Talongadian 208.752 6.80 Hon. Edsel S. Sumayo
51.Tigtig 270.901 4.10 Hon. Alex G. Sumabong
52.Tuburan 244.379 7.40 Hon. Nelida S. Susmiran
53.Tugas 260.515 5.60 Hon. Edwin S. Casquero
54.Tungay 140.650 1.80 Hon. Loreto S. Sutacio
55.Brgy. Zone I 20.433 0 Hon. Peter John T. Sinfuego
56.Brgy. Zone II 84.956 0 Hon. Rene Sonza
57.Brgy. Zone III 20.773 0 Hon. Reginald Jerome Suplido
58. Brgy. Zone IV 53.635 0 Hon. Ismael A. Solinap
59. Brgy. Zone V 26.903 0 Hon. Timoteo M. Padilla
60. Brgy. Zone VI 144.049 0 Hon. Nelson M. Launio


2nd  Class Municipality in Province of Iloilo ( Reclassification effective May 2009, as per                 Memo   Circular No. 01-M(34-a)-08 dated May 11, 2009.



A.1.  Total Population 62,907 ( 2017 Source BSPO)
Male  31,796
Female 31,111
A.2.  Total Household 14,043  (2017 Source BSPO )
A.3   Total Families 16,162 (2017 Source BSPO)
A.4   Population growth rate 1.04%
A.5   Dialects Spoken Among 37,730 individuals surveyed in 1990
as to the dialect they speak,
97.4% or 36,762 use Hiligaynon,
162 use Tagalog,
155 use Malaweg,
126 use Cebuano,
80  use Waray,
48 use Inibaloi,
22 use Dibabawon,
21 use Ilocano,
11 use Bicolano,
9 use English,
while 106 use other dialects.