|Municipality of Murcia|
Lake in Mambukal
Map of Negros Occidental with Murcia highlighted
|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|District||3rd district of Negros Occidental|
|Barangays||23 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Victor Gerardo M. Rojas|
|• Vice Mayor||Johnny P. Reosura|
|• Congressman||Jose Francisco B. Benitez|
|• Electorate||46,869 voters (2016)|
|• Total||279.14 km2 (107.78 sq mi)|
|• Density||290/km2 (750/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)34|
|Climate type||tropical climate|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||183.4 million (2016)|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Economy and tourism
The Mambukal Resort in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental has bats as tourist attraction. There resort has 3 species of bats – the Philippine Flying Fox (Philippine Giant Fruit Bat), the Philippine bare-backed fruit bat, and the Little Golden-mantled Flying Fox, which is already endangered. They produce a nitrogen-rich organic fertilizer called guano. Bats are included in the list of animals protected by Republic Act 9147 (Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act). The provincial government-owned Mambukal Resort inaugurated its "Butterfly Garden," on December, 2007. Live predators of butterflies like tarantula, wild geckos, scorpions, millipedes and centipedes were displayed.
Aside from the Mambukal Mountain Resort, Murcia is also famous for its Pandanon River Resort situated in the Murcia-Don Salvador Benedicto municipality border. A golf and country club is situated in Barangay Blumentritt. The newly built Kahulihoha Herbal Garden and Serenity Park can be found in Barangay Alegria.
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