BALARING - A Place, A Community
Balaring is one of the barangays of Ivisan, Province of Capiz in the Island of Panay. The name "Balaring" came from the plant native to the place called "Balaring" or "Baleau".
Balaring or Pandanus Copelandii or Baleau is widely distributed throughout the Philippines. It is from 3 to 9 meters in height. The leaves are 2 meters long and 8 centimeters wide and are provided with spines along the margin. These spines are coarse and relatively distant near the base of the leaf, but fine and close together near the tip. The fruit forms a cylindrical head 7 to 12 centimeters long and 5 to 7 centimeters across, at first pale yellowish appearance but soon turning red. From three to five heads occur on the fruit stalk.
Balaring leaves (Baleau) are the major raw material used in weaving baleau mats, baskets and hats - the primary source of income other than fishing and farming of the natives of the barangay "Balaringnon".
As of August 1, 2007 population of Balaring totaled 1,546 or 5.97% of the total population of the entire town of Ivisan.
Brgy Balaring is divided into 9 sitios namely:
1. Crossing Balaring
Brgy. Balaring is accessible by land or by sea. The 8 km. distance from Balaring Proper to Ivisan Proper is a road of concrete and merely land surface.
You might use motorized boat or bangka and enjoy the scenery of the Islets visible on your way.
DOW has been a part of the transport system of Balaring and the neighboring barangay. It is a public utility jeepney (PUJ) transporting local merchants with their goods available for trade as early as early as 5:00am.
Motorcycles especially built to carry more than 20 passengers travelling the mountainous, land surfaced road is available from 6:30am to 2:00pm from Balaring to Ivisan and the reverse route from 6:30am to 4:00pm. Special fare of more than P200.00 if you want to be transported before or beyond these time frames.
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Balaring News Bulletin, August 2010 issue
SOURCES OF INCOME
Ivisan per se is blessed with mountains and sea. Balaring, being part of it enjoys the blessings from mountains and sea. In fact, the abundance of these sent many balaringnons to school and landed a great job.
Fishing, farming and selling crops are the major sources of income of most of the members of this community. Some ventured into raising milk fish (bangus) and St. Peter's Fish (tilapia) by maintaining fish ponds, also, raising poultry and livestocks to support their child's education.
Natives' (aged members, not able to go fishing and farming 'coz of age) way of generating income is by selling hand woven sleeping mats (banig), baskets (bayong), and buri hats.
Others also involved in selling copra and vinegar out of coconut sap (tuba).
Annually, every balaringnon is excited of the fiestas honoring the patrons of Sto. Nino for Sitio Proper, San Nazareno for Sitio Kabulihan, and San Juan for Sitio Panublihan which are being celebrated every May, January and June of the year respectively.
ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
There are more than 5 organizations and associations known to exist in Brgy. Balaring. Four (4) from micro-financing associations that provides financial assistance to small scale entrepreneurs and to promote cooperation among members. Among which are:UGYON Foundation, Inc. founded by Ms. Elsa Kapunan also the President, Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Taytay sang Kauswagan, Inc.
Another is an out-of-school youth organization like Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines, Inc - Balaring Chapter targeting out-of-school youth and other disadvantaged youth and providing them opportunities. PYAP designed a program called "Integrated Human Resource" for youth in order to carry out the goal of providing opportunities for PYAP members in order to actualize their potentials and aspirations, experience, self fulfillment, contribute to the growth of his/her community and participate in the task of nation building.