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Municipality of Boliney, Abra



Land Area (Hectares): 21,692
Population*: 4,063
No. of Registered Voters**: 2,611
Income Class: 5TH CLASS
No. of Barangays: 8


History and Government


During the Spanish Regime, Boliney was one of the barangays of the township of Manabo. It was only in 1918 that Boliney became a municipal district. With the passage into law of a Congressional bill in 1959, Boliney together with another municipal district, Danac, was merged into a single municipal district. The first election for the combined municipal districts was in November 1959. Since then, 8 local elections were conducted with the following persons as mayors: Eduardo Layugan (1959-1963), Alfonso Sagmayao (1964-1967), Eduardo Layugan (1968-1971), Fred Luben (1972-1986), Benido Balao-as (OIC, 1986-1988; elected, 1988-1995) and at present, Mayor Pacita Balao-as.


Boliney has 8 barangays: Poblacion, Amti, Baoyan, Dumagas, Dao-angan, Kilong-olao, Danac East and Danac West.


1) Amti 411
2) Bao-yan 577
3) Danac East 518
4) Dao-angan 399
5) Dumagas 387
6) Kilong-Olao 234
7) Poblacion (Boliney) 919
8) Danac West 618


    *   - 2010 NSO Census of Population
    **  - 2010 Partial Data from COMELEC

Its Land


Geographically, the municipality of Boliney is hilly and mountainous with all of its 8 barangays situated along the Ikmin River.


The municipality is bounded on the east by the province of Kalinga, on the west by the municipalities of Manabo and Luba, on the north by the municipalities of Bucloc and Sallapadan, and on the south by the municipality of Tubo.


The land area of Boliney is 22,802 has. classified as follows: 20.10% alienable and disposable land, 32.2% pasture/grazing land and 47.7% forest area. In terms of land area among the barangays, Amti is the largest with 2,900 has. while Poblacion is the smallest with 1,250 has.


Its Inhabitants


Because Boliney was once a part of Manabo, most of its first settlers around the 16th and 17th centuries are from Manabo belonging to the Masadiit Tribe. The Masadiit Tribe settled on mountain tops identified only by the presence of bamboo that they planted. By around 1700 however, the Masadiit settlements were abandoned due to an epidemic that decimated the population coupled with constant attacks from tribal enemies. It is believed that some of the settlers went down to Manabo and Bucay with some going to Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.


By 1800, the abundant wild life of Boliney attracted hunters not only from Bucloc, Daguioman and Manabo but also from other places as far as Mt. Province and Kalinga. Instead of bringing their provisions during hunting expeditions, these hunters made kaingins in their camps and planted rice and vegetables for their sustenance. Later on, the hunters brought along with them their families and began constructing small houses where they permanently settled.


At present, the residents are a mixture of 3 distinct tribes namely: the Masadiit Tribe, represented by barangays Poblacion, Baoyan and Dumagas; the Balatok Tribe, represented by barangays Amti, Danac East and Danac West and; the Oplai Tribe, represented by barangays Dao-angan and Kilong-olao. The Masadiit Tribe is comprised by the people coming from Bucloc and Sallapadan while the Oplai Tribe are those inhabitants coming from Belwang, Mountain Province. The Balatok Tribe are those coming from Kalinga.


The 1995 censal year indicates that the municipality has 3,156 population about 1.61% of the total provincial population. The major dialects being spoken are Tinguian and Ilocano.


Education and Culture


Boliney has 3 complete elementary schools, 3 primary schools and a national high school. A total of 23 members of the teaching staff are manning the elementary schools with 6 in the high school. The compensation of the additional teachers is being shouldered by the barangays.


Aside from education, the natives of Boliney have their own culture which is a merger of 3 different cultures. The native dance is called tadek, while the native songs are oggayam, kalkalimusta and salidummay. The native instruments include gansa, flute and talanggitang. The songs and dances are usually performed during occasions or mass gatherings to the accompaniment of the native instruments.


Its Economy


Most of the families of Boliney are engaged in farming, their main source of income. Only a few are engaged in furniture making, broom making and also rattan weaving. Gold panning is also true to some barangays.


The area devoted to agriculture is 6,800 has. or approximately 29.82% of the total municipal land area of 22,802 has. The major crops being planted are palay, corn, coffee and root crops.


Business establishments present in the municipality are limited to sari-sari stores and rice mills.


Tourist Attraction and Place of Interest

  • Bani Hot Spring


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Population (2010): 1,616,867
No.of Registered Voters: 832,131
No.of Provinces: 6
No.of Municipalities: 75
No.of HUCs: 1 (Baguio)
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Legal Basis of Creation: EO 220
Date of Creation: 07/15/1987
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