Map – 9 Land Classification
Land classification includes the uses on agricultural, industrial, commercial, residential, recreation areas, critical/ conservation areas, undeveloped areas/ danger areas, others.
Table 13 – Assessment Statistical Records on Categories of Land Use 2010
Taken from the file of Muncipal Assessor Office 2010
- Land Use
Residential Use. Residential areas assessed as of 2010 is .20% or 70.6801 hectares of the towns’ total land area assessed of 36,237 hectares. High-density residential area is concentrated in Barangay Poblacion especially on urban centers where real estate values are relatively high and the land utilization is maximized. Surrounding of Poblacion are low density residentials that still have a considerable area for development such as Barangay Kitabog, Palomoc and some other Barangays that until now are still classified as Agricultural use. Residential buildings have been constructed in the past ten years and rapidly increasing in Barangay Poblacion and along national highway due to the creation of Zamboanga Sibugay Province in where populace tend to flock in urban areas because of the opportunity of jobs and livelihood which ends to construct residential buildings in a place like along national highway.
The development of residential areas have spilled over to the adjacent barangays such as Barangay Kitabog, Palomoc and Namnama. The barangay with the biggest residential area is Poblacion. However, settlements in the outlying barangays of the municipality remains marginal of 0.20 % of the total land area of the municipality
Issues arise that road widening will soon be fully implemented and displaced units constructed along national highway will be advised for complete removal or mass ejection. Residential buildings presence along national highway showing now congestions, tampers the flow of transportation and sometimes caused accidents due to the presence of their pets such as astray animals, dogs, chickens, geese and some others.
Various residential areas particularly those situated at 200 sq.m. radius from the trading center has experienced overflow of water but the LGU tried to open all the barangay roads to locate the origin of floods and established proper drainage even before the end of the year 2014.
Commercial Use. The area that has been assessed for commercial use is .0083% or 3.0059 hectares of the total land area assessed in the municipality as of CY 2010. The Barangay Poblacion is the center of commerce with commercial structures built along major roads and highways indicating a “ribbon type” developmental pattern. The commercial establishments vary from generally small to medium buildings. In the past ten years, the expansion of commercial activities was pronounced in Barangay Kitabog, Namnama and Palomoc due to the creation of Zambaonga Sibugay Province. The making of the municipality of Ipil as the capital town of Sibugay extending its development to adjacent towns and that includes already the municipality of Titay. So much more, when Capitol was created in Ipil where most of the job seekers from Titay has landed in Capitol which brought more chances for business.
Many of the residents in Barangay Poblacion are increasingly improved into mixed use which residential building also provide commercial space to take advantage of their prime location.
Commercial development has been concentrated in Barangay Poblacion and along national highway of Barangay Moalboal, Kitabog, Namnama and Palomoc. However, without proper mitigating measures, these have created pockets of traffic congestion in Barangay Poblacion and Kitabog but the making of Peace and Order in the municipality is so adept to minimize this problem just like improving the junctions area and at the same time assigning personnel on busy roads especially during morning, when the children are going back and forth at school and home at noon and in the afternoon.
Industrial Use. The area that has been assessed for commercial use is 14.9660 hectares or .0413% of the total land area assessed in the municipality as of CY 2010. Industrial utilization in some parts of Moalboal, Kitabog Palomoc and Namnama have encroached portions of agricultural areas. This is because of favorable infrastructures in the area such as good roads, presence of utilities like three phase electric power which is one of the basic requirements for industries.
Institutional Use. Institutional areas comprise 864.6035 hectares or 2.6458 percent of the municipality’s total land area. The existing institutions include government structures, churches/mosques, hospitals and schools. Municipal government offices are found mostly in the Poblacion and in the major urban centers of the municipality. Most of the major educational institutions, religious buildings, and some government reservations are found in these areas as well. There are existing Areas used by different institutions but there has no available data to determine how many is the exact hectares were been utilized for that purpose but as it was stated earlier that the planners has considered the volume of assessed real properties from Municipal Assessor Office from their file to give the readers an overview about the land uses of the municipality. So far the municipal assessor office has made an assessments of already 779.8380 hectares or 2.3858% owned by the local government unit. While the religious and charitable institutions has able to have a 4.4795 hectares or .0137% of the total land area and these are use as churches and some uses for school purposes. The Educational Institutions has 79 hectares or .2419% was been assessed to the total land area of the municipality.
Agriculture Use. The pace of the utilization of agricultural lands has been surpassed by the rapid population growth and urbanization necessitating the rezoning of many agricultural areas for other uses, most of it for residential and industrial purposes. Pockets of housing projects were established within the agricultural zone. This situation could create possible conflicts in the future.
Municipality of Titay has an assessed agricultural land area of 21,326.8088 hectares or 58.8537% of the total area of the municipality. The agricultural productions that farmers were engaged are lowland rice production which made Titay as the ‘rice bowl” of Sibugay Province. Next to lowland rice production is Rubber latex that made Titay known of their “Bagsakan” of Rubber lumps. The potential area for agricultural use could actually be greater than the present figure because of the cultivation of shrublands into fruit trees or rubber trees having an area of 807.81 hectares that are found in Camanga and Azusano, and cultivation of grasslands that are found at Barangay Gomotoc, Mate, Longilog, Dalisay, Palomoc and Culasian having an area of 1,891.923 hectares. Take a look again on (See Map – 11 Land Used Map).
The undeclared area reflected on the table which accounted to 14,035.7017 hectares or 38.73% of the total land area of the municipality are generally utilize as agricultural use of the stakeholders.
Forest. Forest areas are those covered with woody type of vegetation whether natural or planted forest (See Map – 10 Land Use map ). These are closed forest broad leaved with an area 37.002 hectares, open forest broad leaved with an area of 1,152.798 hectares, other land cultivated annual of 6,812.260 hectares and other cultivated perennial of 25,452.465 hectares with a total forest of 33,454.53 hectares and these includes the boundaries with conflicting issues.
Forest Land has been used by stakeholders based to the specifications that the DENR has thrust. The in-site stakeholders are ISF project, they have 551.77 hectares and situated Barangay Mate, Longilog and Mabini, the map above explained the said stakeholders are engaged on planting trees, rubber, coconut, gemilina and few are planting annual crops.
The CBFM has 2,010.26 hectares and situated somewhere in Barangay Pulidan, Dalisay and San Isidro . Upon the assessments made by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region IX, the area now has been planted already by the stakeholders with perennial crops and portion of it in SW-1 has been now an open forest. While the portion of CBFM situated at SW-5 in Barangay New Canaan is another way also, on 2003, it showed that it was utilized by the stakeholders by planting annual crops and there were perennials crops but on the latest assessment it turned out that this area are already grassland and shrub lands.
The CAD-C has an area of 2,148.43 located in Barangay Tugop and Kipit, on the year 2003 this was been utilized by planting perennial crops, there has also an open forest and more grassland but after the assessment on 2010, almost all the area has been planted with perennial crops and there are still small portion of grassland.
On 2003, IFMA having an area of 949.23 has an open forest, grassland and perennial crops on it but on the latest assessment all the area has been planted already of perennials crops.
On the latest assessment on 2010 the MPSA area has a total of 2,017.03. Portions of this area has still grassland, open, closed forest and perennial crops. While some other stakeholders has utilized some other forest land and they are Adopt A Mountain, NGP School Site Reserve for Palomoc, SLUP and Water Shed.
Off-site stakeholders are upland farmers who will be benefiting by means of reducing or preventing landslides and providing them enough source of water for everyday use. Water district members and irrigators association members who will provide them enough of water for domestic use, reduce floods, and provide enough water to irrigate their low land rice field.
The institutions and or agencies that are involved in forest management in Titay are DENR with CENRO, Ipil who were the implementor of reforestation projects and it was “REFO Projects” on 1986 which covers more or less 2,000 hectares.
In MLGU have MENRO/MAO and more which may have 10 members. It has able to have a nursery establishment for rubber plantation with a budget of Php 200,000.00 rubber plantation watershed.
BLGU of Titay is consisting of 30 barangays who are capable of plantation establishment but no reforestation budget. The LGU of Titay has a 697 Hectares Co-management agreement with DENR at Barangay Palomoc and Culasian for watershed.