Ayungon, Negros Oriental after the magnitude-6.9 quake

The government teams have cleared the road between the cities of Dumaguete and Guihulngan a week after the powerful magnitude-6.9 quake jolted Negros Oriental province. An earthquake was reported at 09.97˚N, 123.14˚E - 5 km N 41˚W of Tayasan, Negros Oriental with tectonic origin last February 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM.

In a news release, the DPWH also said it has repaired 14 out of 20 bridges damaged by the quake, with the remaining six bridges needing reconstruction.

For now, the DPWH has constructed detours while the construction of spillway at Pangaloan Bridge in Jimalalud is ongoing.

The restored bridges include:

  • Oyangon RCDG Bridge, Calag-Calag Bridge, Anibiong Bridge, Tampocon Bridge, Ayungon Bridge, Iniban Bridge I and Iniban Bridge II in Ayungon
  • San Jose SPG Bridge and Jimalalud Bridge in Jimalalalud
  • Bateria SPG Bridge, Tinayunan Bridge, P. Zamora Bridge and Habag Bridge in Guihulngan and
  • La Libertad Bridge and Malaiba Bridge in La Libertad

Ayungon is a 4th class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 40,744 people in 7,989 households. The city celebrates its town fiesta every 15th of May in honor of their patron saint San Isidro Labrador. Tourist spots was one of the main attraction of the municipality and because of the fertility of the land, agricultural products is one of the main source of income by the people.

It is said that Ayungon is derived from the name of a deaf man, “Ayung,” who cut down a “dungon” tree. Old municipal profiles refer to Ayungon as Todos los Santos though there are no legends to explain that Hispanic name, just as there are no tales elaborating on the ruins of apparently Hispanic fortifications on the Tampocon II shoreline, perhaps because Ayungon’s colonial past was not entirely its own: for many years it was a mere barrio of Tayasan, until 1924 when Governor General Leonard Wood came to establish Ayungon as a full-fledged municipality. (Source: Facebook)

Although firing up its economic dynamos to catch up with provincial developments, Ayungon retains its rural charm through vast and scenic rice fields, dense coconut groves and expansive plantations of sugar cane, bananas and pineapple.

Of only three virgin forests said to be still remaining on Negros Island, one is located in Banban, Ayungon. Nature lovers will be regaled by sightings in the Karalaon Bird Sanctuary, the subterranean drama of the Mabato Caves, and the postcard-pretty Pagsalsalan Twin Falls.

Ayungon is located on the midriff of Oriental Negros’ northern stretch, approximately two hours from Dumaguete City. It is subdivided into 25 barangays.

The Non-Teaching Personnel Organization (NTPO) of the La Consolacion College, Bacolod City, recently distributed relief goods to Ayungon. Below are the shots taken:

Though it was only a one day activity, the group had enjoyed distributing relief goods and meting the people of Ayungon, Negros Oriental.

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