San Juan, Batangas
San Juan, officially the Municipality of San Juan, (Tagalog: Bayan ng San Juan), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 108,585 people.
|Municipality of San Juan|
Gen. Luna Street, the town proper's main thoroughfare
"Sama-sama Tayo sa Napapanahong Pagbabago"
|Anthem: Bagong Araw (Himno ng San Juan)|
Map of Batangas with San Juan highlighted
|Region||Calabarzon (Region IV-A)|
|Founded||December 12, 1848|
|Barangays||42 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Ildebrando "Beebong" D. Salud|
|• Vice Mayor||Octavio Antonio L. Marasigan|
|• Congressman||Lianda Bolilia|
|• Electorate||69,027 voters (2019)|
|• Total||273.40 km2 (105.56 sq mi)|
|• Density||400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)43|
|Climate type||tropical monsoon climate|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||251,529,798.22 (2016)|
|Feast date||May 16|
|Catholic diocese||Archdiocese of Lipa|
|Patron saint||St. John Nepomucene|
The town is known for its baroque church and the Pinagbayanan excavation, the most important archaeological site in the municipality.
In the years 1698 until 1836, San Juan was just a barrio of the large town of Rosario located in the eastern part of Batangas. From 1837, the government of San Juan was governed by tinientes or Deputies with term of one to two years. However, when San Juan was recognized as a separate town in 1843, the position of tinientes was replaced by Cabezas de Barangay serving one for each new barrio. It was only in 1848 when the Spanish government officially recognized the independence of San Juan from its mother town of Rosario, and was given the name San Juan de Bocboc. 
San Juan was headed by a Gobernadorcillo in 1864. The first Goberdanorcillo was Don Camilo Perez, a prominent citizen who initiated the separation of San Juan from Rosario. He is considered as the founder of the town, and was honored for his contribution in public works and peace and order in the newly created town.
On October 28, 1883, San Juan experienced a major disaster due to continuous winds and intense storm rain. Huge flood from the Bancoro and Bangbang Rivers hit the town resulting to the destruction of houses, drowning of livestocks and planted crops, and the devastation of the church and its convent. In 1886, the flooding become worse in the town. The parish priest had to erect a temporary church and convent in a site seven kilometers away from the town. 
On January 18, 1886, the officials of the town initiated the transfer of the new town to Calitcalit. The transfer of the Lumang Bayan to its present location was approved by Governor General Valeriano Weyler on December 12, 1890, during the administration of Gobernadorcillo Benedicto De Villa. San Juan de Bocboc was renamed as Bolbok by the virtue of Act No. 2390 dated February 28, 1914.  In the early years of 1920, Bolbok was then renamed as San Juan, in honor of San Juan Nepomuceno, the town’s patron saint.
San Juan is located at Candelaria, with Malaking Ilog River defining its geographical boundary. Tayabas Bay lies east and the hills on the eastern portion separate it from the towns of Lobo and Rosario., at the easternmost part of Batangas province. North of San Juan is the neighboring town of
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 273.40 square kilometres (105.56 sq mi)  constituting 8.76% of the 3,119.75-square-kilometre- (1,204.54 sq mi) total area of Batangas.
|041023005||Buhay na Sapa||4.7%||5,123||3,751||6.11%|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, San Juan had a population of 108,585. The population density was 400 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,000/sq mi).
San Juan is a first class municipality in the province of Batangas. It is initially identified as one of the Special Economic Zones ( ECOZONES). According to RA 7916 or the Special Economic Zone Act of 1995, ecozones are selected areas with highly developed or which have the potential to be developed into agro-industrial, industrial, tourist/recreational, commercial, banking, investment and financial centers. 
San Juan is a tourist destination known for its white-sand beaches. The tourism and aquaculture industries provide jobs to the town's people and income to the town economy.
Because of its fertile land, the municipality is one of the top suppliers of agricultural products in the province.
The town has also a coconut wine and pottery industry.
Here's the list of the total annual income, assets, expenses and equity of San Juan since 2015, according to the Annual Audit Reports of the Commission on Audit:
|Year||Total Annual Income||Assets||Expenses||Equity|
The 2019 local elections in San Juan was held on May 13, 2019 resulting to the election of the new municipal mayor and municipal vice mayor. Four municipal councilors, elected on May 9, 2016, were re-elected while the four others will serve their first term. The following are the elected government officials of San Juan. Their term will expire on June 30, 2022.
|Municipal Government of San Juan|
|Ildebrando Dañas Salud (NPC)|
|Octavio Antonio L. Marasigan (Nacionalista)|
|Sangguniang Panlungsod Members|
|Alvin John O. Samonte (NPC)||Meynardo V. Robles (NPC)|
|Rowena M. Magadia (NPC)||Grenalyn V. Virtusio Ll.B. (NPC)|
|Rodello A. De Chavez (NPC)||Melchor C. Ayap (NPC)|
|Angelo Luis T. Marasigan (Nacionalista)||Erniño A. Llana (Nacionalista)|
|Wivin R. Llana (Laiya Aplaya)|
|SK Federation President|
|Joel S. Rey, Jr. (Calicanto)|
List of former Municipal MayorsEdit
|Order||Name||Years in Office||Achievement|
|1||Don Esteban de Villa||1900-1905||Built the town's public market|
|2||Don Gregorio de Villa||1905-1906||Constructed the town's elementary school (Gabaldon)|
|3||Don Benedicto de Villa||1906-1907||Pioneered the town's sugar industry that brought prosperity to the town|
|4||Don Raymundo Balinos||1907-1910||Encouraged the education of the town's people|
|5||Don Florencio Perez||1910-1913||Built a public cemetery for the poor and the non-Catholics|
|6||Don Gregorio de Villa||1913-1916|
|7||Don Esteban de Villa||1916-1919|
|8||Don Juan R. Quizon||1919-1922||Constructed the municipal building and acquired the site for the town plaza|
|9||Don Nicolas Virrey||1922-1925|
|10||Don Juan R. Quizon||1925-1928|
|11||Don Filemon Malabanan||1928-1934||Built the water reservoir and worked for the electrification of the town|
|12||Don Miguel Lopez||1934-1942||Instrumental in the building of San Juan East Central School|
|13||Guillermo de Villa||1942-1945||Maintained peaceful relationship with the Japanese government while working secretly with the guerillas|
|14||Vicente Castillo||1945; 1946-1955||Built the Lawaye River Dike, and organized the town's police force|
|15||Jose Garcia||1956-1963||Built the Sampiro-Quipot feeder road|
|16||Estelito Castillo||1964-1967||Repaired municipal building, implemented the minimum wage law, and managed to acquire fire trucks from the national government|
|17||Vicente Lecaroz||1968-1986||Built feeder roads and bridges; responsible for the construction of additional school buildings; he also eradicated cattle-rustling|
|18||Abelardo de Villa||1986-1998||Electrification of barrios; built new feeder roads, new bridges and cemented road to Laiya.|
|19||Rodolfo H. Manalo||1998-2007||a) Carried out the Computerization of Real Property Tax Administration and Business Permit and Licensing System. b) Build Farm to Market Roads and Bridges.|
|20||Danilo S. Mindanao||2007-2010||Asphalting of roads; he envisioned the cityhood of San Juan|
|21||Rodolfo H. Manalo||2010‑2019||Establishment of 13 national high schools, opening of barangay roads and massive concreting of Farm To Market Roads, construction of hanging and foot bridge in various barangays, scholarships to indigent constituents from elementary to college, massive mangrove rehabilitation, tree planting, no to mining, no to plastics, regulated cutting of trees.|
|22||Ildebrando D. Salud||2019‑Present|
- Horse – The municipality is known for its horses and other farm animals like cows, pigs, and goats.
- Tuba Container – locally known as batang, a container in which tuba is gathered from the coconut tree.
- Fruits – Fruits such as mangoes, citrus, atis and tamarind which are grown abundantly in the town.
- Roundels – signifies the number of barangays (42) comprising the municipality
On June 29, 2010, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed the Executive Order No. 904, series of 2010 designating the Municipality of San Juan, Batangas as a priority area for Tourism Development. 
- San Juan Nepomuceno Church – The church was built during the Spanish colonial period.
- Laiya Beach – San Juan has a coastline with several beach resorts for swimming, diving and other outdoor activities
- Mount Daguldol – The highest mountain in San Juan, 670 metres (2,200 ft) high
- Mangrove Forest at Barangay Poctol – One of the largest mangrove areas in San Juan; located in Sitio Pontor
- Ancestral houses – Built during Spanish and American colonial periods in the town.
- Municipal Hall – Erected on 1928 under the administration of Juan R. Quizon, the then Presidente Municipal. It has a simple yet enticing architectural style
- Malaking Ilog River at Barangay Poctol – This river serves as a boundary between Batangas and Quezon Province.
- Naambon Falls - A secluded, undisturbed series of falls and small pools. It has several look-out points with views of dense forest and Tayabas Bay.
Almost all barangays have their own elementary and high schools, where tuition fees are relatively low.
Despite improvements of the town's education system, parents of some students from well-off families send their children to Metro Manila for college.
- Renato de Villa – Former Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines; Former Secretary, Department of National Defense; 1998 Presidential Election Candidate
- Rudy Salud – Founding Secretary General, World Boxing Council; Former PBA Commissioner; Boxing Manager and Promoter
- Leandro Mendoza – Former Executive Secretary under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; Former Police Director General, Philippine National Police (2001)
- Salvador Q. Quizon – Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus, Archdiocese of Lipa
- Alyssa Valdez – Volleyball player, Ateneo Lady Eagles
- Meynardo A. Sabili – City Mayor of Lipa City
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