Far enough from the noise and pollution of the urban areas, yet close enough to experience anytime the benefits of the capital city.
This is the balance being enjoyed the people of Pinamungajan, a captivating and unspoiled haven in midwestern Cebu.
The town offers the best of a rural setting – two magnificent waterfalls, over a hundred breathtaking caves, a strip of wide sand bar, vast and scenic rice fields and mangrove forests.
It has a trail of beach resorts in barangay Tajao, a mountain resort against the backdrop of grandiose limestone cliffs in barangay Lamac, two winding rivers that empty into the Tañon Strait, and some pockets of fresh water springs.
Most of its 60,000 people rely on agriculture for living. Its municipal waters is a rich fishing ground, being part of the Tañon Strait. Its upland barangays are host to fields of corn and rice and a variety of vegetables.
Its 11,201-hectare land area is dotted with fish ponds that help meet the province’s demand for milkfish.
Pinamungajan is also rich in mineral resources, an asset that will soon bring in more economic benefits to the town by serving as a springboard for the establishment of new industries.
In July 2013, former Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Glenn Baricuatro assumed as municipal mayor, breaking the Yapha family’s decades-long reign over the town.
After only six months into his term, the 49-year-old Baricuatro has already introduced growth in the town, foremost of which is the establishment of Pinamungajan’s first college facility that will open on June 2014.
The year 2014 is proving to be the beginning of promising years ahead for Pinamungajan, with a fresh breeze in its local governance.
Prospects shine for the fields of education, tourism and investments.
Positive developments have even started trickling in the local transport sector, with Ceres buses plying Pinamungajan for the first time in decades to break the monopoly of a local bus company and to offer an alternative to travelers.
Visit Pinamungajan and experience for yourself why it is, indeed, the best in midwest.