Small, roaring, ancient, admirable, paradise, and peaceful, these are the words that describes one of Batangas’ 34 municipalities, Malvar. This is a thriving municipality in the province of Batangas with a small land of 3,759 hectares; located 68 kilometers south of Manila, bounded by Tanauan City to the north, Santo Tomas to the east, Lipa City to the south, and Balete to the west. This ancient place dates back to 1300 A.D. when Datu Puti, a member of the Ten Datus who escaped from the horrifying sultan of Borneo, Sultan Makatunao; his descendants settled in this place, and then known as Luta. This old place was a barrio in Lipa during the colonial periods, but on the 16th of December 1918, the acting Governor General of the Philippines Hon. Charles B. Yeater proclaimed Luta as a town. The town was named in honor of the late General Miguel Malvar, the last brave Filipino General to surrender to the Americans.
The proclamation took effect on January 10, 1919, and on the same day the municipality was inaugurated. This admirable place has a stunning blue sky where birds like Maya fly, and different species of tropical trees where they live. In the morning, fresh morning air will blow you away with a dazzling view of sunrise in the south, while in the dawn, you’ll see and hear the playing children with their cheerful laughter while the fulfilling sun is setting. Malvar also have amazing scenery, the Calejon Falls. This local attraction consists of two major falls and two smaller ones; these falls are attracting the adventurous eyes of the tourist visiting the place. Malvar is truly a wonderful paradise because of its scenery, atmosphere, people, and culture.| The 2nd class municipality of Batangas|
Geographical Map of Malvar, Batangas
Is it ironic that every city that the national highway is flowing through or the ways going to NCR are rich and prosperous, like the cities of Batangas, Lipa, Tanauan, Calamba, Binan, Santa Rosa, and San Pablo? If you are wondering why, it’s because these cities have an easier access to the National Capital Region (NCR). If you have an easier access to NCR, you’re local government can easily invite and convince investors to build establishments in your towns. Since it’s along the major highway, travelling people going to Metro Manila from distant provinces can easily see the establishments & stop by, so customer is not a major problem. In relation to this, the municipality of Malvar is located along the national highway going to Manila by chance. Thus, this is strength for the Municipality.
This is a strength that other municipality doesn’t have; today in Malvar, little by little, establishments are being built. The recent famous establishment built in Malvar is the 7/11 store located at the front of Batangas State University. If more and more establishments will be built, these small municipalities can turn into a prosperous major city. Besides from attracting investors, Malvarenos also have an easier access going to Manila, Malvarenos who work there can easily go to work. It’s making the lives of the people living in Malvar easier, compared to people living in rural places, far from major roads; if you’re going to buy something at SM for example, you’ll have to walk very far until you’ve reach a terminal then another ride, etc.. It’s just too hard for some of us, especially to Malvarenos who isn’t use to these things.
In the Philippines today, there are still some places wherein there are no fixed roads, no power and water supply, no lamp posts, and doesn’t have a complete set of government buildings. Fortunately, the municipality of Malvar has all of these, if not totally all, some of it. During the 18th century until the late 1950’s, the road in Malvar isn’t yet concrete, but during the 1960’s until the 70’s the road was fixed, transportation was easier than before going to Batangas City and to Manila. It was also during the 1970’s when a water pipe supply was fixed, so that Malvarenos wouldn’t find a hard time getting water from a well. If the water supply and a fixed road took sometime before it was available in Malvar, power supply isn’t. Malvar’s power supply was already available since World War II during the 1940’s, providing the Malvarenos light during the night. The company running and facilitating the power supply before is TIEADCO from Tanauan, Batangas. Today, the Batangas Electric Company (BATELEC) is the one running and facilitating the power supply not only in Malvar, but the whole province of Batangas (except for Santo Tomas).
Like other cities and municipalities, Malvar have a set of government buildings to meet the demands of the people. Clinic or hospitals like St. Nazarius Medical Clinic, Malvar Maternity & Lying Clinic Clinic and Rural Health Clinic is saving the endangered lives of the ill Malvarenos, giving them the medical attention they need. Banks like Banks of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Metrobank, Progressive Rural Bank, and Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) are securing the money of the Malvarenos from the thieves, and the money is getting bigger as time goes by. The Municipal Hall of Malvar meets the demands of the people in many ways. First, people can complain their concerns to the mayor, vice mayor or to the councilors. Second, they can ask paper documents they may need in applying jobs, building buildings, establishing business, etc. Also, the municipal hall has a Public Employment Service Office (PESO) for all unemployed Malvarenos out there looking for a job.
Finally, it provides job to professional Malvarenos like being a municipal engineer, municipal accountant, municipal budget officer, etc. Moreover, education is one of the most important steps in achieving your goals and dreams in life. In relation to this, the local government of Malvar wants all her people to be educated for him/her to be a successful individual, so the local government built affordable public schools for the citizens who can’t afford to pay in a private school. Schools like Malvar National High School, Malvar Central School, San Pedro National High School, and Luta Norte Primary Schools are educating Malvarenos, so that one day he/she can contribute to the society. Thereupon, these are all strengths because these things are helping the people and the economy of Malvar. Without all these things today in Malvar, people will live in an old fashioned way, unable to catch-up with the modern world today, being stagnant with no improvement in life which is not good. Economically speaking, these are contributing to the income of Malvar which can be used to improve the municipality.
The Malvar Central School, located in Poblacion, Malvar, Batangas. Educating grades 1 to 6 in Malvar, Batangas.
The Malvar Maternity Clinic located inside the compound of the Municipal Hall in San Pioquinto, Malvar, Batangas. Malvar Maternity Clinic is accepting spontaneous deliveries. The clinic is open for 24 hours, which admits delivery services for the pregnant women of Malvar and immediate health services to any patient seeking immediate medical care at the clinic. The clinic also offers a proper newborn care for all babies being delivered at the center along with post natal care, including perineal repair.
The Pres. J.P. Laurel Highway the major highway in Malvar, Batangas, from Lipa City, Batangas to Santo Tomas, Batangas. This national highway is connecting Malvar to Batangas, City and to Manila, and to the other parts of Luzon. Malvar wouldn’t be the same today if that highway didn’t exist.
We can say that Malvar has a power supply, since there are working lamp posts shown in the picture, giving light to the motorist and people walking in the side walk during nighttime.
7/11, an international convenience store located along the highway in Brgy. Poblacion, Malvar, Batangas, in front of Batangas State University.
“If ever there’s an ugly thing here in Malvar, it’s our public market, for the prices there are unreasonably high! It’s better for me to buy in the Tanauan Public Market” said by a citizen of Malvar when I ask what is the ugliest things in our municipality. Malvar Public Market is located in Brgy. Poblacion, Malvar, Batangas. If you’re from Tanauan and you’re riding to a jeepney going to Lipa, you can have a chance to see or to visit the Public Market, if the jeepney you’re riding on will take the long way going to the market in St. B. Leviste. The Public Market is just a small market, but there are available meats, fishes, fruits, vegetables, herbs, gilingan, clothes, school supplies, etc. The Public Market was before a sabungan, but later converted into a Public Market. This is a great advantage to the people in Malvar, since they don’t have to go to Tanauan or Lipa just to buy the things they need. However, many Malvarenos still prefer going to Tanuan or Lipa Public Market, Waltermart Tanauan, SM Lipa, or The Robinsons in Lipa, because the prices of goods in the market is very high. “One day I’m buying the ingredients that I need for our dinner and I’ve found out that one pack of garlic in the market is PHP 40.00, but when I’m in Manila it’s just PHP 10.00! It’s just too expensive” said by a citizen of Malvar. Thus, the customers in Malvar Public Market aren’t as many as the customers of Tanauan and Lipa Public Market.
Furthermore, complains regarding the Public Market reached the local government, and made some actions to solve it. First, they made a campaign to the Malvarenos to buy from their own market, but still some Malvarenos prefer buying in a different market; who wants to unreasonably high prices of goods? Anyway, the second action that the local government had done is putting a big price board in the market, to serve as a guide to the customers against overpricing vendors. Some were convinced, but still more Malvarenos still prefer other markets. The third one is changing the routes of the jeepneys going to Lipa. Before, the jeepneys simply go straight to Lipa, but now, it’s taking the long way around. The jeepneys will take a turn and pass through the inner streets of Poblacion then turning and passing though the Public Market. The local government did this, so that the people riding in the jeepneys can see that there’s a public market in Malvar where they can buy their needs. Thus, the market will be alive and people will be flocking into the market from different places; but still, people prefer other markets. This is a one weakness in Malvar until today.
The Malvar Public Market during midday, few or no customers at all.
The Bantay Presyo board in Malvar Public Market, by the local government of Malvar that serves as a guide to all Malvarenos buying food/s in the market, this picture also shows us some high prices of foods, like the bawang or garlic; in the Malvar Public Market, it’s per kilo is PHP 40.00 – 70.00 compared in Manila, only PHP 10.00.
A jeepney going to Lipa, passing through the compound of the market, a tactic of the local government for the market to flourish; since people riding in the jeepney are seeing that there’s a local market there where they can buy food & other needs.
According to Hon. Carlito Reyes, the mayor of Malvar, the municipality is growing so fast. In fact, Malvar is included to 2012’s fastest urbanizing municipalities in the country, which is a good opportunity for all Malvarenos. According to the 2007 census, Malvar has a total population of 41,730 with a total number of 8,678 households; comparing to the 2000 census, the population and the number of households really grew. More establishments are also built in the municipality. In the year 2010, the number of registered businesses in Malvar is 333, but on the year 2011, the number of registered business is 495; from this, we can really say that Malvar is growing really fast. Companies like “MetroTurf”, a horse racing company, have established its own branch in the municipality. Aside from this company, there are more companies that were already built before like CDO, Little Fuse, Yasaki, Epson, etc.
These companies are giving jobs to unemployed Malvarenos. Thus, there will be a fewer number of crimes, because most of the people has a job where they can get their money for their everyday living, instead of committing crimes for them to have money. There will be also a lesser number of tambay or adults whose idle everyday doing nothing. These establishments or companies don’t only benefits the citizens, but also the economy of the municipality. The income class of Malvar is PHP 40,000,000, making Malvar a 2nd class municipality which is good, compared before that Mavar is a 4th class municipality. These establishments are paying taxes to the local government, so if more establishments and factories will be built here in Malvar, the government will receive more taxes that can eventually make us a 1st class municipality with an income class of PHP 50,000,000+.
Though Malvar have schools, and people have money to sustain the things they need, there are still some people who failed to finish their studies because of some financial or personal issues. Thus, they can’t have a job, for they didn’t meet the required experience in education. The local government of Malvar stood and makes action to solve this issue. They made a program for these people, the “Mavar Kabalikat Sewer’s Training and Livehood Center”. This is their scheduled training activitieson the year 2011: Training Activity| No. of Participants| Schedule| Trainor| | | | |
1. High Speed Sewing Machine| 14| January 17- Feb. 25| Mrs. Luzviminda Calosa| 2. Massage Theraphy| 18| March 7- 18| Mr. Jason Diaz|
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3. Manicure and Pedicure| 18| May 23- 24| Mrs. Belinda Briones| | | | | | | |
4.Foot Spa| 18| | Mrs. Belinda Briones|
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5. Hair Coloring, Hair Spa,Hair| 18| May 26-27| Mrs. Belinda Briones| Treatment, Hair Cutting and| | | |
Perming/waving| | | |
6. Facial Make Up| 18| May 30- 31| Mrs. Belinda Briones| | | | | | | |
7. Pipe Fitting| 5| June 27- July 22| Engr. Moises Lacorte| | | | | | | |
8. Meat Processing, Tapa,| 20| June 20- 26| Mrs. Irma Panganiban| Tosino, Siomai, Longaganisa| | | |
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9. Food Preservation and| | | |
Packaging| | | |
Nata De Coco,peanut butter,Polvoron,| 20| June 27- 30| Mrs. Irma Panganiban| pastillas de leche,Vegetable Maja| | | Mrs. Evelyn Villapando| Food Exhibit| | | |
10. Silk Screen Printing| 25| July 18- 22| Mr. Tim Macapagat| | | | | | | |
11. Basic Welding| 5| August 1- 26| Engr. Moises Lacorte| | | | | | |
12. Dressmaking| 20| September 5- 16| Mrs. Irma Panganiban| | | | | | | |
13. Candle and soap Making| 25| October 17- 21| Mrs. Irma Panganiban| | | | | | |
14. Entepreneurship Orientation| 25| Nov 7- 8| |
15. Career Orientation and Job| 25| December 5- 6| Ms. Evelyn Villapnado| Skills| | | Mr. Tony Riola|
This program was a great helped to the Malvarenos, for they learned how to do such things. Also, with this programs, they can build their own business to sustain the need of their family.
A signboard showing the way to Metrourf Racetrack in Malvar, Batangas, a proof that investments are coming in Malvar.
Another signboard showing the way to MetroTurf Racetrack in Malvar, Batangas, and this signboard is located at Malvar Exit CALABARZON, so motorist going to Malvar via CALABARZON can see and know that there’s this racetrack in the municipality.
This is a slide from Hon. Carlito Reyes’s PowerPoint presentation in “State of the Nation”, showing the number of registered business establishments in Malvar, Batangas during the years 2010 and 2011.
The Kabalikat sa Hanapbuhay program in Malvar, Batangas. This is the batch of Meat Processing, with 20 participants held last June 20 – 26, 2011 led by Mrs. Irma Panganiban; in this picture, they’re with the Mayor.
In the past decades, there are countless typhoons that passed through the province of Batangas, and affecting the municipality of Malvar. The recent one is Typhoon Ofel (Oct. 22, 2012), but no major damages was reported. But on the 3rd of November, 1995, Super Typhoon Rosing wreaked the whole municipality, not only the municipality but the whole Bicol region, Region IV A & B, Region 5, and NCR. Signal #4 was raised to the province, with winds up to 240kph+, uprooting trees instantly, destroying glass windows, knocking BATELEC posts, twisting flag poles and other metals standing, destroyung roofs, damaging crops like corn and other infrastructures. One of the resident of Malvar said, “the wind was so strong that we hang onto the foundations of our roof, so that the roof wouldn’t be blown away by the powerful wind”, another witness of the eye said, “It was eerie, the moon and some stars went out during the calm moment with continuous flashing of lightning somewhere along the area surrounding the eye”. It was a full 60 hours of winds greater than 240kph, the darkest hours of Malvar. Another storm was Reming (2006), with the winds of 3
20kph! That wind can totally blow away a house! “The super storm will hit in Batangas & Mindoro Provinces at 8:00pm – 11pm”, PAGASA announced that night, and after that announcement, the power supply went out and winds started to blow. Miraculously, no serious damage was reported with zero casualties, a true miracle from God. Besides from these storms to affect Malvar, there are more from 1998 to 2012 like Loleng (1998 – 155kph – Signal #3), Rening (1999 – 85kph – Signal #2), Juan (2002 – 55kph – Signal #1), Unding (2004 – 150kph Signal #3), Winnie (2004 – 55kph – Signal #1), Caloy (2006 – 175kph – Signal #2), Domeng (2006 – 75kph – Signal #2), Milenyo (2006 – 175kph – Signal #3), Seniang (2006 – 155kph – Signal 2), Egay (2007 – 180kph – N/A), Lando (2007 – 130kph – Signal #1), Frank (2008 – 165kph – Signal #3), Pablo (2008 – 75kph – Signal #2), Feria (2009 – 75kph – Signal #2), Ondoy (2009 – 150kph – Signal #2), Santi (2009 – 150kph – Signal #2), Basyang (2010 – 130kph – Signal #2), Caloy (2010 – 130kph – Signal #1), Dodong (2011 – 75kph – Signal #2), and Pedring (2011 – 150kph – Signal #2). According to PAGASA, there are more storms to come, and there’s a possibility that a super storm will make a direct hit in Malvar, stronger than the storms mentioned above.
Hence, this is a big treat to all Malvarenos; not only to Malvarenos, but to all the people living in Region IV-A and to the nearby regions. If ever a super typhoon will hit the municipality with winds up to 200kph+, the storm will surely leave a mark no matter how strong your house is, whether it is big or small. These storms can change the Malvarenos’ way of living. One storm can bring down a home of a family, making them homeless. One storm can also make a business go bankrupt, because its store building can be damaged, goods or things being sold may be washed away by the storm, or there may be no customers left due to the storm. This treat cannot be prevented by anyone, but the impact or damage can be lessened if all Malvarenos knows what to do during one, and if the biodiversity if Malvar will be stable.
This picture shows the path of Typhoon Reming (Int’l name: Durian) during the 2006 typhoon season. This picture shows the path of Typhoon Reming (Int’l name: Durian) during the 2006 typhoon season. From the Pacific ocean to southmost tip of Virac Point, Catanduanes; Tabaco and Tiwi in Albay; Mt. Iriga, Iriga City, Baao, Bula and Pasacao in Camarines Sur; (Bondoc Peninsula) Pugos Pt., San Narciso and Mulanay, Quezon; Sta. Cruz and Boac, Marinduque; Calapan City, Baco and San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro; Binarera Point between Paluan and Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro then exiting through the West Philippines Sea and making another landfall at Indochina region.
This picture shows the tracks of all the typhoons formed during the 2006 Pacific Typhoon season. We can see that there are plenty of storms making landfalls in the Philippines, and some of them are going straight to Southern Tagalog, which may affect the municipality of Malvar.
The GMS-6 satellite image of Typhoon Reming (Durian) near peak intensity on November 29, 2006, making its way to the Bicol provinces and Southern Tagalog, a true nature’s fury.
The scenario during Typhoon Milenyo in Batangas; it’s heavy rain brought flood to some places in the province and the strong winds uprooted some trees, broke some huge branches, and knocked down some BATELEC posts.
Individualistic, media-savvy, stressed, and hopeful, these are the youth of Malvar today. Even though these youngsters are still young, they’re already acting like an adult. Some of them prefer to be alone, or without their parent’s total care. Aside from this, they’re also too updated in media; when a gadget was released, they will eventually know it and ask their parents to buy one for them. Not only gadgets but also in music industry, showbiz, computers, social networks, etc. They are also too stressed; youths today are also worrying too much to their parents’ problem. Finally, despite of all the problems we’re all encountering, we’re still hoping that one day, we can change the world.
I can be a youth leader by simply being a good role model for all of them. Today, I think some of the youths in Malvar are going onto the wrong way instead to the right way, and I think I can make a change by being a good role model. I can be one by doing all the right things instead of the bad things, studying hard, caring for the environment, having good attitude, and praying to God. If my other friends or youths will see me this way, I can inspire them be like me, and if they did all the good things mentioned above, they can also inspire other teens; it’s like a geometric sequence in Mathematics.