Luisiana, Laguna

About How to get there
There are three access routes to the municipality of Luisiana- jeepneys plying the Majayjay- Luisiana route and Sta Cruz – Luisiana route; mini bus form Lucena passes through the town proper and the adjacent barangays while the outlaying areas of the municipality are either by draft animals or by walking. Mini busses, jeepneys and tricycles are the means of transportation in the municipality. Location The Municipality of Luisiana is located in southern part of Laguna. It lies approximately between 14° 09’00” to 14° 13’20” north latitude and 121°28’20” to 121°36’30” east longitude.

It is approximately 108 kilometers from Metro Manila and about 24 kilometers from Sta…Cruz, the capital town of Laguna. Luisiana is bounded by the municipality of Cavinti in the north, municipality of Majayjay and Magdalena on the west, on the east by Sampaloc, Quezon, and the municipality of Lucban, Quezon on the south. Land Area and Topography

The entire land area of Luisiana is estimated at 8,096.33 hectares comprising of 23 barangays, which is 4.61% of the total land area of the province of Laguna. Of the total land area of Luisiana 86.98% is devoted to agriculture, forest covers about 5.08% while the built-up area (residential, commercial, industrial and institutional) comprises 1.12% and the remaining area of about 6.82% are categorized parks, open space, idle land and others.

The topography of Luisiana is generally undulating to rolling and with small patches of level areas typical of dissected platues. It has an average elevation of 426 meters above mean sea level and the Poblacion area is about 380 meters above sea level. The slopes of Luisiana show three classes and are tabulated below. Population Based on the results conducted in 2000 by the National Statistic Office (NSO), the total population of Luisiana was 17,109 and on August 1, 2007 it raised to 19,255 with an annual growth of 1.70%.

Agriculture Luisiana main economic activity is agriculture. A total of 7,042 hectares or 87% of the total municipal area is considered to be an agricultural crop land. Major crops planted within the municipality are coconut, rice and vegetables.

Rice paddies in the municipality are mainly rainfed although there are supplemental irrigation water comes from diversion of river flows near river tributaries and springs, otherwise, rice plants solely depend on rainfall. Inland fishery was estimated to yield about 2,564 kgs /year, mainly for local consumption since most fishponds operates only during rainy season.

Other sources of livelihood are small scale on backyard livestock and poultry businesses. Low productivity of the agriculture sector in the municipality attributes to lack of post harvest facilities, farm machineries, draft animals, inadequate irrigation service, non- use of modern agriculture extension workers to demonstrate and teach the farmers the new technologies in farming.