3. LAND/NATURAL RESOURCES

3.1 Land Area - 45,150.0000 Hectares
3.2 Land Area by Barangay

BARANGAY   KMS FROM & TO THE CITY   AREA IN HECTARES   RANKS
A. URBAN            
I   2 kms   162.3174   13
II   1.5 kms   73.3332   14
III   0.8 kms   9.6002   18
IV   0.5 kms   19.5061   16
V   0.8 kms   50.7443   15
VI   1 kms   13.6004   17
    Sub-Total -   329.1016    
B. RURAL            
Bagonbon   14.5 kms (30 mins)    2,561.9216    08
Buluangan   15.5 kms (30 mins)   4,682.1554    04
Codcod   31.1 kms (61 mins)   8,622.8362    01
Ermita   5.5 naut.miles (20 mins)   176.2054    12
Guadalupe   6.5 kms (15 mins)   4,654.6132    05
Nataban   23.1 kms (45 mins)   2,392.4505    09
Palampas   5.5 kms (7 mins)   5,254.5076    03
Prosperidad   22 kms (40 mins)   3,357.8742    06
Punao   6.5 kms (8 mins)   1,729.1774    10
Quezon   33.3 kms (64 mins)   8,199.4173    02
Rizal   6.1 kms (12 mins)   2,944.2753    07
San Juan   2.5 naut miles (15 mins)    245.4643    11
    Sub-Total -   44,820.8984    
    Total -   45,150.0000    

3.3 Land Use Classification CY  2009  (as per Comprehensive Land Use Plan)

LAND CLASSIFICATION   AREA (Has.)   SHARE %
I. FOREST PROTECTION ZONE     9,400.00   20.82
a. Mt. Kanlaon National Park   2,165.00      
b. North Negros Forest Reservation   7,235.00      
           
II. FOREST AND MULTIPLE AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION ZONE     10,668.00    23.63 
a. Mt. Kanlaon National Park   4,965.00      
b. North Negros Forest Reservation   5,703.00      
           
III. AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION ZONE     15,898.34   35.21
a. Rice   5,000.00      
b. Corn   3,000.00      
c. Cassava   2,000.00      
d. Various Crops   5,898.34      
           
IV. STRATEGIC AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT     2,535.16   5.62
ZONE          
a. Barangay Codcod   400.62      
b. Barangay Quezon   1,713.55      
c. Barangay Prosperidad   342.19      
d. Barangay Bagonbon   78.80      
           
V. RURAL SETTLEMENT ZONE     505.89   1.12
a. Barangay Codcod   49.25      
b. Barangay Quezon   153.96      
c. Barangay Nataban   94.12      
d. Barangay Prosperidad   176.83      
e. Barangay Bagonbon   31.73      
           
VI. SPECIAL DEVELOPMENT ZONE     5,631.22   12.47
a. Growth Management Zone 1   362.63      
b. Growth Management Zone 2   237.36      
c. Growth Management Zone 3   3,315.37      
d. Urban Management Zone   687.36      
e. Special Economic Zone   1,028.5      
           
VII. COASTAL MANAGEMENT ZONE     419.89   0.93
           
VIII. SOCIALISED HOUSING ZONE     91.50   0.20
TOTAL     45,150.00   100.00

3.4 Topography/Elevation

The city has a total land area of 45,150.0000 hectares or 451.50 square kilometers. It consists mainly of sloping to rolling lands ranging from 0-18 percent comprising about 18.77 percent of the total land area or 8,473.9300 hectares of land. The northern part of the City is dominantly moderate to rolling slopes ranging from 18-30 percent and comprising about 27.85 percent or 12,575.0000 hectares of land. There are also steep areas with slope distribution from 30-50 percent, which constitutes 20.82 percent or 9,400.0000 hectares. The remaining 32.56 percent are slopes with distribution above 50 percent. The city has an estimated coastline stretch of about 21 kilometers starting from Talave coastline of Brgy. Punao and ending Brgy. Buluangan coastline bordering the Province of Negros Occidental from the Oriental side of Negros.

3.5 Climate

There are basically two (2) pronounced seasons in the area, the wet and dry season which determine the agricultural activity patterns i.e. harvest time for crops. The dry season begins in December and extends until early May while the wet season starts in June climaxing in September, and finally ending in October.

3.6 Rivers/Water Resources

There are eight (8) major rivers in the City. These are the Talave, Palampas, Andoon, Gigalman, Mainit, Katingal-an, Sta. Cruz and Buluangan Rivers. The Talave and Palampas rivers and their tributaries emanate from the western slopes of the forest reserve area and drain to Tañon Strait. The Sta. Cruz and Bulungan rivers originate from the western slope of Mt. Kanlaon and also drain towards Tañon Strait. Flood prone areas usually line the riverbanks.