The City of Malaybalay (Filipino: Lungsod ng Malaybalay; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Malaybalay), dubbed as the “South Summer Capital of the Philippines”, is a first class component city and the capital and administrative center of the province of Bukidnon, Philippines. The city is bordered north by Impasug-ong; west by Lantapan; south by Valencia City and San Fernando; and east by Cabanglasan and Agusan del Sur. According to the 2007 Census of Population by the National Statistics Office (NSO) the city is inhabited by 144, 065 residents.
When Spanish explorers came to the central portion of the province in the late 18th century, they inquired as to the name of the town. The people replied, “walay balay”, which means “no house” in Visayan. The Spaniards mispronounced the name and repeated it as “Malaybalay”.
It was formerly part of the province of Misamis Oriental as a municipal district in the late 19th century. When the special province of Agusan and its sub-province (Bukidnon) was created in 1907, Malaybalay was designated as the capital of Bukidnon. It was then formally established as a municipality on October 19, 1907 and was created into a city on February 11, 1998 by virtue of R.A. 8490, under the administration and leadership of Honorable Mayor Nicolas Jurolan.
Malaybalay City is the venue of the Kaamulan Festival, held annually from mid-February to March 10.
Malaybalay City, the capital city of Bukidnon is located in the central part of the province. It is bounded in the east by the municipality of Cabanglasan and the Pantaron Range, which separates Bukidnon from the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte; on the west by the municipality of Lantapan and Mount Kitanglad; on the north by the municipality of Impasug-ong; and on the south by Valencia City and the municipality of San Fernando.
The whole eastern and southeastern border adjoining Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte is elevated and densely forested mountains, which is one of the few remaining forest blocks of Mindanao.
The nearest sea and air ports are in Cagayan de Oro City, which is 91 kilometers away.
The climate classification of Malaybalay City falls under the Fourth Type or intermediate B type, which is characterized by the absence of a pronounced maximum period of dry season. The period from May to October is where heavy downpour occur. Downpour at a yearly average of 2,800 millimeters (110 in) and occurs throughout the year, though it is more intense during the country’s rainy season from June to October. On the other hand, November to April are the dry months. Compared with the rest of the country, the climate in Malaybalay is relatively cooler the whole year round and the area is not on the typhoon belt or in other words, Malaybalay City is a Typhoon Free City. Recent observation of downpour, it occurs sometime in November to April, this is due to the climate change.
The City is administered by the City Mayor together with the Vice Mayor and the Sangguniang Panlungsod. The mayor is the local Chief Executive Officer of the city and exercises control and supervision over all local administrative offices as mandated by the R.A. 7160 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines (1991). The City also has a City Administrator that assists the mayor. Under the City Mayor’s Office are the following offices with the respective title of the heads of office:
City Planning and Development Office
City Budget Office
Office of the City Treasurer
City Assessors Offices
Office of the City Engineer
City Accounting Office
City Social Welfare and Development
City Health Office
City Agriculture Office
Office of the City Civil Registrar
Heads of Office
City Planning and Development Officer
City Budget Officer
City Social Welfare Officer
City Health Officer
City Civil Registrar
The Sangguniang Panlungsod (or SP) serves as the local legislative arm of the City. It enacts ordinances and issues regulations that are necessary to promote the propriety and general welfare of the City’s residents; ensure the health, safety, comfort and convenience of its constituents, maintain peace and order, improve and promote high public morals, and ensure the protection of the properties within the City’s jurisdiction. There are 12 elected Sangguniang members and a permanent Sangguniang Panlungsod secretary. The Sangguniang Panlungsod is headed by the Vice Mayor, acting as its presiding officer. There are twelve (12) elected Sanggunian members and one permanent Sangguniang Panlungsod secretary.
Malaybalay City forty six (46) barangays each headed by a barangay captain together with seven Sangguniang Barangay members.
Malaybalay City is politically subdivided into 46 barangays.
Political map of Malaybalay City showing the 46 barangays under its jurisdiction
Barangay 1 (Pob.)
Barangay 2 (Pob.)
Barangay 3 (Pob.)
Barangay 4 (Pob.)
Barangay 5 (Pob.)
Barangay 6 (Pob.)
Barangay 7 (Pob.)
Barangay 8 (Pob.)
Barangay 9 (Pob.)
Barangay 10 (Pob.)
Barangay 11 (Pob.)
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Developments in Malaybalay City :
The Gaisano Mall is still under construction setting foot on almost 100% of its completion. (Photo Below, courtesy of Con Tour Blog, Engr. Bonzenti Panganiban)