- HUMAN RESOURCES
Based on the 2016 census done by the Population Office of the Province of Iloilo, Oton has a total of 96,406 population, 47,584 of which is composed of Male individuals and 48,870 Females.
- ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Land Area – 8,644 Has.Land Use – Agricultural/Residential/Commercial/Institutional/Agro-industrial
Land Classification – First Class Municipality
Soil type – Sta. Rita and Beach Sand
Slope – Between 0-3% (lowland)
Fishing Grounds – 6 coastal Barangays
60 Has. Fishpond
- ECONOMIC SECTOR
The primary objective of agriculture and Fisheries is to arrest the alarming trend responsible for dwindling agricultural productivity and shrinking farms. This is consist as well with the medium-term municipal agricultural and fishery development plan which seeks to enable farmers and fisherfolks in increasing their incomes and realizing for themselves a better quality of life.
Development planning of local government units with good agricultural resources base lies more in enhancing and preserving these assets and determines the development effort on sustainable agriculture. This will also give a detailed and valid description of the agricultural and fisheries activities and goals of the different programs and projects. We believe that we are now aware of the proper idea and guide in the solution to our problems that we may encounter in order that we may realize objectives and goals for the effective implementation of the development projects/programs we envision.
About 64.05% of the total municipal area or 5,536.86 hectares are devoted for agricultural purposes. Agriculture still remains as the chief means of livelihood of the people in the municipality. Rice lands accounts for 5,080.86 hectares while 396.0 hectares are planted to coconut, banana and mango and other fruit bearing and non-bearing trees. Of the 5,080.86 hectares of rice area, 63.01% or 3,201.31 hectares are irrigated, 36.99 or 1,879.55 hectares are rainfed.
HVCC (high value commercial crops)
Crops Area Production
Rice: 1st crop 5,081.0 Has. 21.604MT.
2nd crop 3,153.0 Has. 13,092 MT.
HVCC: 72,042 MT.
Breeding Stations – None
Farm Animals – Carabaos – 664 heads
Cattle – 3,464 heads
Goats – 810 heads
Swine – 4,976 heads
- Irrigation Facilities
- Small Diversion Dams – 6
- Small Farm Reservoir – 150
- Shallow Tube Wells – 1,260
- Surface Open Pumps – 276
- NIA- Service Area – 3,201.31 Has.
- Fish Landing
- Municipal Livestock “Oksyon” Market
- Municipal Slaughter House
- Municipal Nursery
- Municipal Composting Facilities
- Municipal FITS Center
- Post Harvest Facilities
Agricultural Facilities and Other Related Services
- Livestock”Oksyon Market”
- Composting (MRF)
- Slaughter House
- Agricultural Training Center
- Municipal Fishport
- Distribution of Farm Inputs
- Rice Seeds
- Vegetable Seeds
- Corn seeds
- Organic Fertilizer
- Foliar Fertilizer
- Animal Vaccination (Hemo-Sept. & Rabies)
- Tilapia Dispersal
- Vegetable Production
- Law Enforcement on Bantay Dagat
- Basic Leadership Training
- Bonsai and Dish Garden Production
- Bangus De-Boning
Major and Minor Occupation by Group (Farm Workers)
- Crop Farmers
- Cutflower Growers
- High Value Crops
- Livestock Farmers
- Dairy Farmers
- Poultry Farmers
- Water Fishermen
Commerce and Industry
Commerce, trade and industry (CTI) are one of the major sources of income of the Municipality. One of Oton’s great potentials is its people. With around 70,000 populations, Oton is now the most populous municipality in the Province of Iloilo. And it is basic to note that CTI activities are done by the people. Hence, it is safe to assume that as the population increases, CTI activities and demands also increase because they progress together wit the livelihood and needs of the people.
Oton is adjacent to the City of Iloilo, only 10.2 kms. away from the latter. Its proximity to this urbanized city makes the area suitable for expansion on commerce, trade and industry.
Tourism is considered as a source of income in the Municipality. If properly manage, it attracts not only a number of tourists and travelers but a great resources as well.
Indeed, tourism served as on of the income generating source of the municipality. Some of the major establishments located at the Municipality of Oton were Anhawan Beach Resorts and Spa Inc., Nes n Tats Beach Resort, and Riverside Beach Resort. These attractions provides simple and modern amenities such as hotel rooms, swimming pools, cottages and restaurants and overnight accommodation that gives comfort and leisure for travelers and tourists.
At present, this tourism establishment is accessible through public utility jeepney or any other vehicle five minutes more or less from the town proper with 12 to 14 kilometers distance from the nearest seaport.
The present existing facilities of the aforementioned tourism establishments composed of accommodation facilities, communication facilities, eating facilities and others which catered local, national as well as international markets.
Some of the notable cultural tourism activities that held annually in the Municipality were the Katagman Festival which kicks off every April 28 and culminates on May 3, the town’s foundation and light-a-tree program and food festival celebrated every December 15-23 and Sandiya Festival, which celebrates the fruit of Ogtonganon’s labor- the watermelon.
- SOCIAL SERVICES
Residents of Oton are well taken care of in terms of education. There are 15 public schools, 1 central school or the district of Oton is in full operation. In order to cater vast amount of populace, there is the presence of private elementary schools such as Immaculate Conception Parochial School, South Coast International School, Calvary Baptist Academy, Batuan Adventist Elem. School, SDA Baptist School and Interfaith Christian Academy.
In secondary education, there is 1 national high school, 3 brgy. high school, the presence of 1 extension high school. In addition to public secondary schools, there is the presence of South Coast International.
The District of Oton is particularly interested in raising the academic performance of the pupils. The District has a population of 8,941 in public and private elementary schools and 5,862 in secondary public and private schools.
Health and Nutrition
The Municipal Health Center composed of 12 catchment areas. There are 28 staff composing the MHC which includes MHO, MOV, 12 RHMs (1 provincial paid), Rural Health Dentist (Provincial paid), Dental aide (provincial paid casual), Medical Technologist, 4Sis, utility worker and 2 ambulance drivers.
The services are always available at the main health center with the following standards accreditation; a certified Sentrong Sigla, Philhealth OPD package, DOTS center, and PhilCAT. These are the quality standards that must be sustained to deliver quality basic services for those in need.
The Department of Social welfare and Development (DSWD) is the agency mandated to care, protect and rehabilitate the segment of the population which has the latest in life in terms of physical, mental, social-well-being. Such, it has always developed programs and services focused on the disadvantaged, with strategies along the rehabilitation of individuals, families and communities.
Public Safety and Welfare
The Municipality of Oton, just like any other municipality of Iloilo is considered peaceful. The Police Force is presently manned by one (1) Police Commissioned Officer and twenty seven Police Non-Commissioned Officers. The actual police-population ratio is 1:2,800. More than 500 Barangay Tanods and Bantay Tanods and Bantay Dagat of the 37 Barangays are assisting the local PNP force in its operational activities, enforcement of laws and or ordinances as well as during the disaster and/or any calamity that may occur in the municipality.
This assistance is positively complimented by the Oton Search and Rescue Team (OSART), Oton Radio Communication Association-Group (ORCA-g), Traffic Auxiliaries, Guardians National Brotherhood International (GNBI), drivers association like JODAI ad SOJODA and other accredited organizations of the town.
As of the insurgency problem, OTON PNP continuously monitor the presence and activities of the CPP/NPA/NDF operating in the area in close coordination with the AFP.
- INFRASTRUCTURE AND UTILITIES
The Municipality of Oton is generally adequate I terms of infrastructure support and transport facilities. All of the 37 Barangays are connected to the Poblacion by either national, provincial or Barangays road. This municipality is accessible from the city to the southern municipalities by the national roads. It is linked with the central municipalities through a semi-circumferential road planned and constructed by the Province of Iloilo as a part of Metro Iloilo development concept, so that economic activities to and from these municipalities will pass through this section to ease down the traffic volume in the main urban section of the city of Iloilo.
Most of the public transportation within the municipality varies from jeeps to tricycles and trisikads. There are a total of 742 public utility jeeps, 635 tricycles and 981 trisikads. 172 are commuting at the Poblacion- Iloilo City route, 70 from Brgy. Cabanbanan-Iloilo city route and the remaining 7 jeeps are plying the Poblacion- Barangay Route.
Communication facilities in the Municipality of Oton are classified as postal services, public radio communications, private radio communications, commercial radio and television broadcast, newspaper and magazines and PLDT Landlines, Globe, Smart, Bayantel, Sun Cellular or Mobile Phones and Internet Providers.