Titay is endowed with natural resources, particularly natural forest and rich agricultural land which are currently the source of economic and livelihood opportunities for the residents. Wide area for rice valley and some potential agricultural lands for rubber, coconut and other agricultural products. We are also rich in mineral resources such manganese, chromites, copper and gold found in different barangays such as Culasian, Mabini, San Isidro and Longilog. There are more mineral deposits in our municipality but mostly unexplored. Titay has also protection forest for water conservation located at Barangay Culasian.
Municipality of Titay has more than 8 waterfalls, most still unexplored. These are Tagbilat Falls, Cobacob Falls, Malagandis Falls, Gomotoc Falls, Basay Falls, Dalisay Falls, Diokoy Falls and Culasian Falls. This attributed to the vastness of its forest covered with depths that can only reached by foot. And this may have contributed to Titay’s water being the best tasting in the entire province. Titay has also Underground River in Barangay Mate, and caves in New Canaan and Moalboal.
The forest area in the Municipality of Titay covers 15,602 hectares. It is found in 22 barangays and these are considered already as second growth forest. Barangays with no forests are Poblacion, Azusano,Camanga,Dalangin,Dalangin Muslim, Kitabog, Mabini, and Poblacion Muslim. The forest abound with such hardwood and dipthero carp trees spices like yakal, apitong, tanguile, red and white lawaan, etc. Aside from lumber, non-timber and other minor forest products like different species of rattan, nito, and other wildlife for some purposes are also available.
- Transportation Network
Efficient transport facilities are necessary to support the basic production sector. It serve as incentives for investor to set/expand their investment plans. The municipality of Titay is accessible by land transportation. The National Highway to Zamboanga del Norte traverse right through the town. There are utility vehicles plying the inter-municipal route; jeeps, single motors ( habal-habal), tricycles, buses, vans, cargo trucks, tankers, containers from Ipil to Titay and vice versa at all hours of the day.
Buses of Rural Transit Inc. can be available bound to Ipil and Zamboanga del Norte , Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga City. It is available in every 30 minutes during day and night time. Jeepneys and Single Motors ( Habal-Habal) are available going to Barangay San Antonio and all barangays going to West and North Bound. Single Motors are also available going to East bound and it can also be reached with Four (4) wheels vehicles but no public utility jeeps plying the route. Going to North and South bound can all be reached by all types of vehicles. There are lots of vehicles utilized for private services in the town.
We have bus terminal and “Habal-Habal” (Motor) terminal located at public Market with Comfort room for men and women
Map 8 – Road Network Map
2.2.2 Income and Poverty Incidence
2.2.3 Existing and Proposed Land Uses
Land use classification includes agricultural, industrial, commercial, residential, recreation areas, critical/ conservation areas, undeveloped areas/ danger areas, others.
Titay CLUP and Cadastral Survey has not yet approved which made the Titay Municipal Planning and Development Council hesitant to provide the specific area for the Existing and Proposed Land Use while the Titay Municipal Assessor has not also able to undergo a complete Tax Mapping to determine the area of every category on Land Use. So the Titay Local Shelter Planners (Titay LSP) agreed only to show the volume and speed of the assessment of the Categories of Land Use with regards to assessment of the real property from Assessment Statistical Records 2010 (See Table 12 ) taken from the Office of the Municipal Assessor of this municipality. In addition to these, table and map will be presented for support.
The Map below shows the proposed and some other are already existing land use of the municipality and it has two classifications of land uses as per MOA of the LGU and the DENR and that are Alienable and Disposable Area with an area of 20,635 hectares while Forest land has an area of 15,602 hectares which make a total area of 36,237 hectares of the municipality for Titay. Forest land is 43.06% and 56.94% for Alienable and Disposable Area to the total land area of Titay.
The Forest Area has been inhabited with stakeholders and these stakeholders are using the land mainly for agricultural purposes by planting perennial crops while others are planting with annual and semi annual crops. The LGU has a Memorandum of Agreement with DENR that land classified as Forest Land must be utilized by stakeholders by planting perennial crops such as rubber, fruit trees and some other trees. Annual and semi-annual crops are discouraged and no longer advisable as stipulated in the MOA. While the Alienable and Disposable Area is just like the Forest, it is utilized also by the stakeholders for agricultural purposes. Aside from agricultural, this is also utilized as residential, commercial, industrial and some other uses.
As Reflected earlier (See Map 3 – Slope map) that 08% slope (21,001.9 ha.), level to undulating and 8-18% slope (4,944.902 ha.) of undulating to rolling has the largest and 2nd to the largest area respectively being used by stakeholders. In here, all the possible land uses is applicable just like as residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and some other uses. Whereas the 30-50% slope (3,138.035 ha.) will be utilized as agricultural as long as it is planted with fruit trees or rubber trees. All the slopes can be used to agricultural purposes except the above 50% slope which is mountainous and where the LGU and the DENR has come to a MOA that this area is put into a protected zone and considered that only premium trees can be planted and no other. Those trees that are already existing will be preserved and cutting of trees is completely disallowed.
Map – 9 Land Classification