El Salvador (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa El Salvador; Filipino (Tagalog): Lungsod ng El Salvador) is a city in the province of Misamis Oriental in Mindanao island, Southern part of the Philippines. The city serves as a pilgrimage site for the Divine Mercy devotees, that is why it is also famous as “The City of Mercy” or direct translation of El Salvador is “The Saviour”.
El Salvador was a former barrio of the municipality of Cagayan de Oro. On June 15, 1948, Republic Act 268 created El Salvador as a municipality and functioned officially on August 2, 1948. Then, on June 27, 2007, by virtue of Republic Act 9435, otherwise known as the Charter of the City of El Salvador, converted the municipality into a component city of the Province of Misamis Oriental. From the original 7 barangays, it is now comprised of 15 barangays of which 8 are urban/urbanizing and 7 are rural. The fight on the legal aspect of becoming a city was extended and very challenging. After almost 4 years of heartrending court battle, the finality of the cityhood was entered in the book of judgment on June 28, 2011.
Like most of the 23 municipalities in Misamis Oriental, El Salvador is along the shores of Macajalar Bay, Northwest of Mindanao. It is bounded on the North by Macajalar Bay, East by the municipality of Opol, on the South by the municipality of Manticao and West by the municipality of Alubijid.
Most of the land area of the city are rolling hills which dominates the central part of the locality. It comprises approximately 60% of the total land area of the city. At the extreme in the northern part of the city is the coastal lowland which is narrow and crossed by some streams and swampy areas. This lowland plain is the set of commerce and industry and also the residential settlement of the inhabitants.
The City of El Salvador falls under the third type, a season not very pronounced; relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year. This climate is generally pleasant with warm days and cooler nights.
The city is envisioned as the hub of industries in the western part of Misamis Oriental with the presence of Asia Brewery Incorporation, Tanduay Rhum Distillers, Monark Inc., Universal Robina Corp., Extract Sales Corp., Megabest Food Manufacturing, MAGNOLIA Dressing Plant, Monark Equipment Corporation, C1 Trading, DONAU Carbon Corporation, ASONUAT Agro-Industrial Grower, ZEST –O Corporation, WL Food Products Inc., Northern Mindanao Dairy Coop., Sanwa de OrO Crafts and Toys, SYH Trading Corp., Phil. Fresh Corporation, Megasoft Hygienic Products (manufacturer of Sister’s Sanitary Napkin, Lampein Diaper and toiletries) Motormate Group Co., and some ongoing application for commercial/industrial businesses.
As of 2010 NSO survey , the city has a population of 44,848 with total 10,278 households. The City government’s Income is sourced as follows: IRA – P187,398,867.00, Locally Sourced Revenues P22,015,000.00 and from other Resources is P 100,000.00 a total of Php 209,249,043.00 (2012 financial statement).
The total land area of the city is 12,265.25 has (as per RA 9435). It has still ample land for forestal purpose/s and agricultural production. Barangay Cogon is our Bagsakan ng Gulay/Prutas and also the Livestock Oksyon Market where activities in trading livestock and poultry products is done every Wednesday. At Barangay Bolisong , the Bolisong Women Wine Makers produces ; Duhat , Cashew, Melon Wines and the bestseller is Duhat or Lomboy in the local parlance or known in Asia as Wild Plum. Our agricultural products are; rice, corn, banana, coconut, peanuts, and tobacco. Despite industrialization, the city government ensures that the agricultural areas are still retained for production for the hinterlands and inlands and fishing on the coastal areas are also given support and marine protected areas are secured with the creation of the ICM-TWG (Integrated Coastal Management-Technical Working Group) to assess the status of the marine sanctuaries, mangrove plantation development and marine protected area like the Burias Shoal of Barangay Molugan. Burias Shoal is a 15,000 has. of corals and other marine life i.e variety fish sspecies , deep sea corals and seaweeds and sea grass.
In the latest SLGPR (State of the Local Government Performance Report), Peace Security, and Order, Protection of Children, Human Resource and Management , Disaster Risk Reduction , Support to Education, Support to Housing and Basic Utilities, CSO Participation, Forest Ecosystems Management, Freshwater Ecosystems Management, Coastal Marine Ecosystems Management we scored 5 points or Excellent Performance. In Financial Governance although we did not score excellent but we garnered high scores, as such a benchmark in the areas for improvement .
While securing the production area, some industries are burgeoning on the lowlands that generates employment for the locals. Skills training are being conducted by the Local Government Unit to suit the immediate hiring especially during construction stage, thus , giving jobs to our graduates on matched skills.
The city government also provided enough funds for deserving but indigent students on the Scholarship Program. In 2012, 50 students were accommodated and this Fiscal Year an additional 34 first year scholars was added.
Like the vision of this LGU, with a very dynamic and competent leader, it is determined to deliver enhanced/professionalized services ensuring a well- balanced and ecology friendly community sustain and develop the status of the city as hub of industries in the western side of Misamis Oriental.
Our tag-line is “ Moving onward, Soaring higher! Come and have a safe trip at El Salvador City ”