Miagao trained on RDANA

SAN JOAQUIN, Iloilo – In order to effectively conduct assessment of the situation on the ground before and after disasters at all levels, the members of response teams of Miagao were capacitated in a four-day training on Rapid Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) at the Garinfarm Pilgrimage Resort on October 22 to 25, 2019.

“Man-made disasters and incidents put the lives of the Filipinos at stake.  When disasters occur, it is important for the DRRM agencies, in particular the response groups, to determine the immediate impacts of the disasters and cater to the priority needs of the people, hence this training,” said MDRRM Officer Mr. Ronan John Austria.

Mr. Austria explained that RDANA works by providing a quick “snapshot” of the disaster situation.  It determines the type and extent of damages brought about by the disaster, including its secondary threats, the critical needs of the affected population, and the local response capabilities.

“It allows the prescription of the priorities for response and recovery activities,” said Mr. Austria.

He also added that RDANA also serves as basis for recommending the need for international assistance, if necessary.

The training is being facilitated by the Office of the Civil Defense. (ABMande/Information Office)



(Miagao’s Local Hero)

Pedro Alcantara Monteclaro y Nacionales was born on October 15, 1850. He was the eldest son of Captain Bartolome Monteclaro y Tupaz and Ramona Nacionales y Orbe. He had three brothers: Ciriaco, Serafin, and Jose.

Pedro received his early training and education from his parents who were devout Roman Catholics. When he was of school age, he was enrolled on the town’s parochial school run by the friars.

When he was still of tender age, he showed signs of being talented and deeply religious. In 1865 he studied at the Seminario Colegio de Jaro in Iloilo City where he obtained his Bachelors of Arts Degree.

The year 1891marked the beginning of the highly eventful life of Captain Pedro. The Spanish and town authorities saw him the qualities of a good and natural leader. He was elected Teniente Mayor in 1891 with Simeon Firmeza as Gobernadorcillo. In 1892, he became the Capitan Municipal and elected Gobernadorcillo in 1893 and reelected Gobernadorillo in 1894.

During his term of office and until the subsequent years, he was addressed respectfully as Capitan Pedro. However, he was also popularly called Tan Pedro. He is also appointed as Juez de Paz from 1895 to 1898.

His beloved wife, Isabel Manlabe, died after nineteen years of a happy married life.

in September 1898, Tan Pedro was named Comandante by the government and lead the volunteer Militia (Soldatos Voluntarios) in the town.

In December 1898, there was a conference of all revolutionary officers n Santa Barbara, Iloilo which wa presided by General Martin Delgado. Comandante Pedro and his soldiers attended the conference held at General Delgado’s Headquarters. December 16, 1898, Comandante Pedro together with his men, decided to pass by Jaro which was then under siege for days from the soldiers Colonel Quntin Salas and Colonel Agustin Solis.

Colonel Monteclaro and the rest of the Ilonggo rebel leaders fought bravely. However, by 1898, they realized the futility of struggle. Colonel Monteclaro surrendered to Major Vacher, Capt. McDonnel and Lt. Plummer. He was treated well by the Americans and was confined as a Priso Caballero. And was given privilege as a Liason Officer. His tact and influence proved successful. Peace reigned in the town when the Filipino soldiers surrendered to the Americans on the street of La Paz, now Quezon Street, on April 29, 1899.

In 1901 he was unanimously chosen by the people in Miagao as their first Municipal President from 1901 – 1903. In 1904 he finished his literary masterpiece, Ang Maragtas sang Panay.

Tan Pedro was a historian, a scholar, a soldier and a patriot, a composer of Spanish, Hiligaynon, and kinaray-a songs and poems, a good father and husband, a dedicated public servant, a born leader, and a ma of high integrity.

Tan Pedro the Legendary man of Miagao, died in grace of our Lord on April 13, 1909at age of 58. The great man died leaving behind legacy to the people of Miagao and because of him, Miagao has found its niche in the country’s history book.

Author: Lorna Monteclaro Gaton



Biografia de Pedro Alcantara Monteclaro. Files from Bienvenido Monteclaro

Pedro Monteclaro 1850-1909 by Demy P. Sonza

Brief Biographical Sketch of Pedro Alcantara Monteclaro: A Hero of Panay 1850-1909 by

Domingo Nacisvalencia and Arturo Samonte

Miagao Municipal Council Resolution No. 34, Series of 1954

Miagao Municipal Council Resolution No. 40, Series of 1974

Miagao Municipal Council Resolution No. 5, Series of 1978

Miagao town targets P226M budget for 2020

Miagao town targets P226M budget for 2020

By Sheila Marie E. Montehermoso

MIAGAO, Iloilo – The local government unit (LGU) of Miagao is proposing a budget of P226,782,086.00 for the General Fund and Operation of the Economic Enterprises for Fiscal Year 2020.

Mayor Macario N. Napulan, with the collaborative efforts of all the department heads, is set to submit to the Office of the Sangguniang Bayan the FY 2020 budget by October 16, 2019.

The LGU focuses its resources to the attainment of the following 10-point Executive Agenda: 1) Good Governance and Transparency, 2) Agricultural and Fishery Development, 3) Tourism Promotion and Economic Development, 4) Infrastructure Development, 5) Health and Sanitation, 6) Educational Development, 7) Empowerment of Barangays, 8) Environment Management and Protection, 9) Maintenance of Peace and Order, and 10) Youth and Sports Development.

The LGU also aligned its Programs, Projects, and Activities (PPAs) with the priorities of the national government to optimize the utilization of resources and avoid duplication in the use of fiscal and physical resources.

During the series of budget hearings conducted last August 15 to September 4, 2019, each department head presented their PPAs consistent with the Approved Annual Investment Plan (AIP) for FY 2020.

The fourth tranche compensation adjustment for the municipal government officials and employees as per DBM LBC No. 118 dated January 15, 2019 stipulated under E.O. No. 201 series of 2016 will be implemented.

The 119 barangays will be able to have their identified priority project funded through the Assistance to Barangays under the 20% Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). (SMM/Information Office)


Feature: Miagao on its way to become a ‘heritage town’

Feature: Miagao on its way to become a ‘heritage town’

By Arvee A. Paguntalan

“The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future.”

Thus, last August 19-23, 2019, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) headed by vice chair John Delan Robillos, with staff Denise Aguilar and Jeremy Tubao, together with the local government unit of Miagao headed by municipal mayor Dr. Macario N. Napulan, conducted a training workshop on the first batch of Miagao local mappers.

The workshop lasted for five days, with series of activities that were conducted daily.

On the first day, roles and functions of local mappers were discussed as vital information for the training.

Toolkits were distributed individually to mappers like tape measure, pencil, ballpen, gloves, envelopes, and bond paper.

For Day 2, every group was assigned to barangays to start collecting data.

One group designated in Cagbang village here was able to interview “Lola Enriquita”, 90-year old productive lady.

According to Lola Enriquita, when she was five years old, she observed “kuron making” and eventually mastered pottery-making when she was 12-years old.

She said the abundant natural resource in their barangay was mud clay.

Meanwhile, a group assigned in Palaca village was able to interview residents from the barrio about the old balete tree.

Some interviewees said that the balete tree is being ruled by an “engkanto”, a local term for a creature living in that tree.

After the data collection, it was reported that one of the members was complaining that she was not feeling well. So, one of the members told that she needed to say the word “tabi tabi” for this creature not to be disturbed.

A group who were immersed in Saring village was able to document the “miagos” plant where Miagao derived its name.

Mappers were able to see the plant miagos, a term which also means “abundant”, in the sparkling river water of Saring.

According to people living in the community, this plant was abundant during the pre-Spanish era.

On the last day of the training, topics on Guide on Collating and Presenting Data and Critical Next Steps were tackled effectively.

After the training, the local mappers, together with LGU, will continue the data gathering phase which will last for about three to six months to substantially gather data on the major components of cultural profile, depending on the size of municipality.

Moreover, on a weekly basis, mappers will update their accomplishments of what they have already mapped. Forms and data will be validated by the NCCA.

Upcoming updates will soon be available from the efforts of the mappers to that will serve as testament of the rich cultural heritage of Miagao.

This may pave way for the municipality to be declared as a “Heritage Town” in the near future. (AAP/Information Office)

1,015 biz permits renewed in Miagao

1,015 biz permits renewed in Miagao  

By Rita Hiponia


MIAGAO, Iloilo — A total of 1,015 business permits were renewed for the 2019 Tax Mapping Activity inspection of the different business establishments in the municipality of Miagao.

Mr. Stephen Intal, head of the Licensing Unit of the Municipal Local Government Unit of Miagao said that the inspection, which includes all sector of businesses, both in private and public market, is conducted every year.

“The initiative aims to increase the revenue collection as well as to inspect compliance of business establishments to register to the municipality,” he said.

The Licensing Unit, together with the Provincial Bantay Dagat is also conducting “Operation Kulob” of the motorized boats and other fishing gears in the 22 coastal barangays in the municipality.

This is important to ensure that all motorboats are properly documented and have the necessary permits to operate.  (RH/Information Office)