Balagtas, Bulacan

Balagtas, officially the Municipality of Balagtas (Tagalog: Bayan ng Balagtas), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 77,018 people. [4]

Balagtas

Bigaa
Municipality of Balagtas
Municipal Hall of Balagtas
Municipal Hall of Balagtas
Official seal of Balagtas
Seal
Map of Bulacan with Balagtas highlighted
Map of Bulacan with Balagtas highlighted
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Balagtas is located in Philippines
Balagtas
Balagtas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°48′52″N 120°54′30″E / 14.81447°N 120.90847°E / 14.81447; 120.90847Coordinates: 14°48′52″N 120°54′30″E / 14.81447°N 120.90847°E / 14.81447; 120.90847
CountryPhilippines
RegionCentral Luzon
ProvinceBulacan
District2nd District
Founded1596
RenamedJune 18, 1966 [1]
Named forFrancisco Balagtas
Barangays9 (see Barangays)
Government
[2]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorEladio E. Gonzales Jr.
 • Vice MayorAriel C. Valderama
 • RepresentativeGavini C. Pancho
 • Electorate48,666 voters (2019)
Area
 • Total28.66 km2 (11.07 sq mi)
Elevation
8.0 m (26.2 ft)
Population
 (2020 census) [4]
 • Total77,018
 • Density2,700/km2 (7,000/sq mi)
 • Households
17,046
Economy
 • Income class1st municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence6.94% (2015)[5]
 • RevenueIncrease PHP 249.17 million (2017) [6]
 • AssetsIncrease PHP 511.92 million (2017)
 • ExpenditureIncrease PHP 179.08 million (2017)
Utilties
 • ElectricityMeralco
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
3016
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)44
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Native languagesTagalog

With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, the municipality is now part of Manila's built up area which reaches San Ildefonso in its northernmost part. Balagtas is 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Manila and is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Malolos City.

Formerly known as Bigaa, it was renamed in honor of Filipino poet Francisco Balagtas. The MacArthur Highway bisects the municipality of Balagtas as this national road cuts northward to the Ilocos region. At the southern approach of the town from Manila is a concrete bridge that crosses the Balagtas River. The river, navigable by banca and motor boats, empties into Manila bay after snaking through the town of Bulacan to the West which provides Balagtas' townsfolk with fish, shrimp, and other fresh water food.

At the foot of the bridge, along the highway towards the North, is the town hall. In front of the town hall is a park where the monument of its hero, Francisco "Balagtas" Baltazar is located. The town hall is surrounded by Spanish colonial type houses. Two hundred meters from the municipal hall is the barrio of Panginay, the birthplace of Francisco Balagtas, for whom also "Balagtasan", a form of debate in versified Tagalog, was named. In 1946 the Historical Society of the Philippines placed a marker at the birthplace of Balagtas. In reverence to the hero's deeds, the official name of Bigaa was changed to Balagtas through the legislative act sponsored by then Congressman, Teodulo Natividad.

HistoryEdit

 
American infantry firing at Filipino insurgents at Balagtas, 1899.

Originally known as Caruya/Caluya as per the historical records regarding the early years of the establishment of Bulacan Province, Caruya was one of the Encomiendas of the vast region La Pampanga falls under the Alcalde Mayor of Bulacan. Encomienda de Caruya was Encomienda of the King of Spain which appeared in Miguel de Loarca's Relacion de las Isla Filipinas in 1582 and the Report of Governor-General Luis Perez de Dasmariñas of June 21, 1591 document. The propagation of catholic instructions in Caruya initially belongs to Bulakan Convent and it was directly administered by Alcalde Mayor of Bulacan but it was transferred to Malolos Convent at an uncertain date. Bigaa is one of the ancient towns of the Province together with Calumpit 1571 (became Town in 1575) Bulakan 1575 (became Town in 1578) Meycauayan 1578, Malolos 1571 (became Town in 1580), and Binto 1581 (a former visita of Malolos became Town renamed as Binto y Quingua 1602) later known as Plaridel. The Catalogo of 1591 indicates the existence of Guiguinto y Caruyan with 4,800 souls and it was administered by a religious from Bulacan Convent. In 1608 Historia de la Provincia Agustiana mentioned Caruyan as pueblo and convent. The Catalogo of 1612 says that Caruyan had 2 sacerdos, 800 Tributos, 2,400 Almas. (Historia de La Provincia Agustiana del Santisimo Nombre de Jesus de Filipinas Vol.1 of Isacio Rodriguez OSA)

On other data, the Center for Bulacan Studies in their "La Primera Provincia" published in 2010 p. 138 mentioned that Bigaa came from Malolos as its matrix with an independence date of 1621. It could be assumed that Bigaa was later transferred to Malolos Cathedral Convent in uncertain date but La Primera did not mention that Bigaa originally came from Bulakan town but instead in Malolos.

A long time before the construction of the church at Poblacion, the original location of the town center where the hermitage and the base of Spanish instruction in Bigaa were at Barrio Dalig where Sitio Caruyan was located.

It is very unclear when Caruya was formally organized into an administrative town with its own Gobernadorcillo. It was renamed Bigaa sometime in the 1700s. Bigaa suggests a kind of plant which is Taro o Gabi.

During the Philippine revolution the "insurrectos" and the "Guardia civiles". Many people died, further decimating the town, which has suffered from a cholera epidemic and nearly wiped out the population 20 years before. When the Americans established civil government in 1903, Bigaa and Bocaue were integrated with each other and in 1911, it was separated again and in the same year, the former Hacienda de Pandi, which included in the geographical jurisdiction of Town of Bigaa. In 1946, during the tenure of Bigaa Mayor Manuel Santos, Pandi was detached from Bigaa shortly after the Philippines gained political freedom from the United States and Pandi was established as a municipal entity by virtue of legislative fiat.

BarangaysEdit

Balagtas is politically subdivided into 9 barangays, all classified as urban:


PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2020[4] 2010[7]
031402002 Borol 2nd 9.4% 7,243 7,801 −0.72%
031402003 Borol 1st 13.2% 10,190 10,179 0.01%
031402004 Dalig 2.5% 1,949 1,832 0.61%
031402005 Longos 3.6% 2,779 2,607 0.63%
031402007 Panginay 16.3% 12,578 12,461 0.09%
031402008 Pulong Gubat 10.0% 7,701 4,141 6.24%
031402009 San Juan 13.2% 10,158 9,238 0.93%
031402010 Santol 21.2% 16,346 12,465 2.68%
031402011 Wawa (Poblacion) 6.5% 4,985 4,716 0.54%
Total 77,018 65,440 1.60%

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Balagtas, Bulacan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
30
(86)
32
(90)
34
(93)
33
(91)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
31
(87)
Average low °C (°F) 20
(68)
20
(68)
21
(70)
23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
22
(72)
21
(70)
23
(73)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 7
(0.3)
7
(0.3)
9
(0.4)
21
(0.8)
101
(4.0)
152
(6.0)
188
(7.4)
170
(6.7)
159
(6.3)
115
(4.5)
47
(1.9)
29
(1.1)
1,005
(39.7)
Average rainy days 3.3 3.5 11.1 8.1 18.9 23.5 26.4 25.5 24.5 19.6 10.4 6.4 181.2
Source: Meteoblue [8]

DemographicsEdit

Population census of Balagtas
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 8,000—    
1918 9,875+1.41%
1939 12,037+0.95%
1948 8,085−4.33%
1960 10,280+2.02%
1970 17,109+5.22%
1975 21,422+4.61%
1980 28,654+5.99%
1990 42,658+4.06%
1995 49,210+2.71%
2000 56,945+3.18%
2007 62,684+1.33%
2010 65,440+1.58%
2015 73,929+2.35%
2020 77,018+0.81%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[9][7][10][11]

In the 2020 census, the population of Balagtas, Bulacan, was 77,018 people, [4] with a density of 2,700 inhabitants per square kilometre or 7,000 inhabitants per square mile.

EconomyEdit

Major Industries
  • Ceramics/Pottery
  • Furniture
  • Garments
  • Gifts/Houseware/Decors
  • Metalcraft
  • Poultry
Major Products
  • Furniture/Agricultural Products
  • Balot and Penoy Industry
  • Recruitment Agency
  • Fruit Dealership
  • Tilapia
  • Tricycle Parts
Future Developments

GovernmentEdit

Municipal Officials:

  • Mayor: Eladio "Kap JR." Gonzales
  • Vice Mayor: Alberto "Bobby" Carating Jr.
  • Councilors:
    • Mikee Jane "Monay" Payuran
    • Analyn Jose
    • Fernando K. Galvez
    • Jay-Ar Aragon
    • Andy De Guzman
    • Dante Marcelo
    • Jayrey Galvez
    • Jepok Ventura

[14]

SchoolsEdit

Tertiary:

  • College of St. Lawrence (formerly St. Lawrence Academy), Borol 1st, Balagtas
  • Garden Angels Integrated School, Borol 1st, Balagtas
  • STI College Balagtas, Campus, Borol 1st,Balagtas
  • Colegio de Roma, San Juan, Balagtas
  • Our Lady of Manaoag Montessori College, (OLMA) San Juan, Balagtas
  • A-Z Country Day School
  • Bulacan Merchant Marine Academy

Secondary:

  • La Consolacion School, Longos, Balagtas
  • Balagtas Agricultural School, Pulong Gubat, Balagtas (Main Campus)
  • Balagtas Agricultural School, Borol 1st, Balagtas (Annex)
  • Children's Mindware School, Borol 2nd, Balagtas

Elementary (Public):

  • Balagtas Central School
  • Francisco Balagtas Memorial School
  • San Juan Elementary School
  • Longos Elementary School
  • Borol 1st Elementary School
  • Borol 2nd Elementary School
  • Sulok Elementary School
  • Marciano C. Rivera Elementary School
  • Santol Elementary School
  • Dalig Elementary School
  • Balagtas Heights Elementary School
  • Northville VI Elementary School

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.thecorpusjuris.com/legislative/republic-acts/ra-no-4702.php
  2. ^ Municipality of Balagtas | (DILG)
  3. ^ "2015 Census of Population, Report No. 3 – Population, Land Area, and Population Density" (PDF). Philippine Statistics Authority. Quezon City, Philippines. August 2016. ISSN 0117-1453. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 25, 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2020). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  5. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  6. ^ ""Commission on Audit 2017 Report-Bulacan"". Quezon City, Philippines: Commission on Audit. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Balagtas: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  9. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  10. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  11. ^ "Province of Bulacan". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Welcome to Sangguniang Panlalawigan Official Website". sp.bulacan.gov.ph. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  13. ^ "Welcome to Sangguniang Panlalawigan Official Website". sp.bulacan.gov.ph. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  14. ^ User, Super. "Elected Officials". Municipality of Balagtas. Retrieved 2021-02-20.

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