Batasan Hills is a barangay of Quezon City, Philippines. The barangay was originally planned as the National Government Center of the Philippines. The Batasang Pambansa Complex, which sits atop the Constitution Hill, is the legislative session hall of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. The Sandiganbayan, a special appellate court, is also located here.
Batasan, Constitution Hills
Map of Quezon City showing Batasan Hills
|Region||National Capital Region|
|Established||February 25, 1983|
|• Barangay Captain||John Jojo Mercado Abad|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
The barangay borders the barangays of Commonwealth and Bagong Silangan to the north, Barangay Holy Spirit to the west, Barangay Matandang Balara to the south, and the municipality of San Mateo, Rizal to the east.
Barangay Batasan Hills is a portion of Barangay Matandang Balara separated and constituted into a new barangay through the initiative of Ben Morales/President- Filinvest 1 Homeowners association, Melvin Morallos/Chairman-Tanggol Karapatan Dist.II/August Twenty One Movement and Manolo Taroy/Congressional Staff of Congressman Alberto of Catanduanes who sponsored the bill for the creation of Barangay Batasan Hills, and by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 343 - An Act Creating Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila on February 25, 1983. Section 2 of the act specified the area of the new barangay:
|“||The new barangay shall include the area which is bounded by the National Government Center-Batasan Complex to the boundary line of Barangay Silangan on the north; by the Marikina River on the east; by the Don Mariano Marcos Avenue on the west; and by the Capitol Homes to the Marikina River on the south.||”|
A plebiscite was conducted and ratified by the majority of the votes casts by the residents. In 1986, after the People Power Revolution and 3 years after the approval of Batas Pambansa Blg. 343, the first set of barangay officials were appointed by President Corazon C. Aquino through the (then) Secretary of Interior and Local Government Aquilino Pimentel. Manuel D. Laxina was the first appointed Barangay Chairman, along with 6 Barangay Kagawads (Barangay Counselors).
The barangay was envisioned to be the new home of the National Government Center, an area housing the three branches of the Philippine government (legislative, executive and judicial), because Quezon City was declared the capital of the country in 1948. This government center in Quezon City was originally planned to be at what is now Quezon Memorial Circle, before it was moved north to the area of what is now Batasan Hills. Even as the Batasang Pambansa Complex was being completed, the capital of the country was transferred to Manila in 1976. Before its creation as a barangay, the area was called "Constitution Hill", referring to the hilly area on where the government center was supposed to rise.
Today, most of Batasan Hills is residential. Although it has one of the largest urban poor populations in the country, it is also home to middle and upper class real estate properties like Filinvest 1 and 2, Northview 1 and 2, and Treviso which were developed by real estate firm Filinvest Land. Other middle and upper class real estate properties include Vista Real Executive Village and Vista Real Classica Subdivision.
The barangay is in the Legislative districts of Quezon City. The current barangay captain is John "Jojo" M. Abad.  It is home to several important National Government institutions including the House of Representatives of the Philippines at the Batasang Pambansa Complex, the Sandiganbayan, and the Commission on Audit
Buildings and structuresEdit
Notable buildings and structures within the barangay include the Batasang Pambansa Complex which houses the House of Representatives, and the Sandiganbayan Centennial Building, home of the Sandiganbayan which is one of the major courts of the country. Other government establishments in the area include the headquarters of the Civil Service Commission, the Commission on Audit, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The barangay is mostly residential with a number of subdivisions and villages which include:
- Sugartowne Subdivision
- Filinvest 1 Subdivision
- Filinvest 2 Subdivision
- Filinvest Heights
- Luzviminda Village
- Ciudad Regina
- Doña Pilar Subdivision
- Northview 1 Subdivision
- Northview 2 Subdivision
- Sugartowne Housing Project
- Serra Monte Villas
- Spring Country Subdivision
- Capitol Ridge Executive Subdivision
- New Capitol Estates
- Sunnyside Heights Subdivision
- Nelson Ville I
- Villa Amor Uno
- Capitol Estates 2
- Vista Real Executive Village
- Vista Real Classica Subdivision
- Violago Homes
- Woodcrest Homes
- Garland Subdivision
- Señorita Subdivision
Multi Purpose CooperativesEdit
Within FIlinvest Homes 1 Subdivision is the FILHAI Multi Purpose Cooperative (https://www.facebook.com/FILHAICOOP/). The FILHAI COOP makes it convenient for its members and the whole Filinvest Homes 1 community with the following services:
- Convenience Store Retail Selling with delivery within the subdivision (with a minimal fee). Call 931 2313.
- Pera Padala via Cebuana Lhuillier - send (or receive) money locally and overseas.
- Personal Accident Insurance via Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions
- Compulsory Third Party Liability Insurance for vehicle registration via Cebuana Insurance Solutions and underwritten by Federal Phoenix Assurance Co., Inc.
- Savings facility for the COOP Members and Associate Members
- Credit/Loan facility for COOP Members and Associate Members
- Postage stamps and regular mail (traditional mailman) services
- Colored and Black & White Photocopying Services
- Digital Scanning Services
- Air conditioner (window and split types) cleaning and maintenance services.
Visit its Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/FILHAICOOP/
There are schools located in the barangay namely:
- Advanced Seminary Of Leadership (JCITA-ASOL)
- Foothills Christian School
- Anima Christi Academy
- Young Scholars Academy
- Caroline Learning Center [Preparatory to High School]
- Batasan Hills National High School
- Benz-On School
- Pres.Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School (Formerly Batasan Hills Elementary School)
- San Diego Elementary School
- Diliman Preparatory School
- Capitol Hills Christian School
- Our Lady of Mercy School
- Our Lord Saviour Academy
- Mary the Queen College
- Mary the Queen Academy English-Chinese School
- Quezon City Polytechnic University-Batasan Campus
- Sto.Nino Institute of Science and Technology - Talanay Branch
- Fairhope Academy
- Paul Christian Academy [Elementary School]
- Kumdang Jungang Christian School Inc. (Formerly known as Batasan Chunan/BCCSI)
- Royal Kids Academy of Arts
- St. Peter's Parish
- San Antonio De Padua Parish
- Members Church of God International (Ang Dating Daan)
- Capitol Hills Christian Church
- Christ to the Philippines-Batasan Hills Chapter (CTTP)
- Christ the King Parish
- Christ Life Prayer Ministry International
- Protestant Parishes
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church)
- Batasan Hills International Baptist Church
- Batasan Chunan Baptist Church
- Jesus Christ Is The Answer Church International
- Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach - Batasan Family
- Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ
- Manila Oh Jung Church
- Bastion Of Truth Reformed Church
- The Living God (Full Gospel Christian Church)
- Good News Family Worship Center
- Park Baptist Church and Missions
- Presentation of our Lord Parish (located in Filinvest 1)
- Iglesia Ni Cristo Locale Congregation of Batasan Hills
- ACTS-Evangelism Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ Phils. Inc. (Apostolic Church)
- Mary the Queen Sub-Parish
- Santo Nino Sub-Parish (Villa Amor Uno subdivision)
- Our Lady of Assumption
- Banal na Puso
- Our Lady of Fatima
- Unified Darters of Batasan Hills
A group of darters in luzviminda village particularly at Digos St. this non-profit organization to encourage especially the youth of the new generation to have an interest to play and be one of the top players not only in Batasan but as national dart player as well.
This group is organizing street darts tournament, during weekends.
There are three major roads in Batasan Hills: Commonwealth Avenue (Radial Road 7/N170), Batasan (IBP) Road and the Batasan-San Mateo Road. In the future, Batasan will be served by the Batasan Station of MRT Line 7 located a few meters south of the junction of Commonwealth Avenue and IBP Road near the Sandiganbayan Centennial Building.
Tricycles are a popular form of transportation that ply the neighborhoods of Batasan Hills. The Batasan Tricycle Terminal is located near the Sandiganbayan. It is a popular pick-up/drop-off site for passengers of PUV and UV Express. Tricycle routes serves Filinvest, Talanay, Sitio Taniman and also nearby barangays such as Bagong Silangan and Payatas.
- "Highlights of the Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
- Filinvest 2 Website
- District 2 Barangay Captains Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- St. Peter's Parish Archived 2008-09-17 at the Wayback Machine
- Blast rocks Philippine congress BBCNews.com
- Barangay Batasan Hills – official website