Sipocot, officially the Municipality of Sipocot (Central Bikol: Banwaan kan Sipocot; Tagalog: Bayan ng Sipocot), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 68,169 people. [3]

Sipocot
Municipality of Sipocot
The Municipal Hall of the Local Government Unit of Sipocot, Camarines Sur
The Municipal Hall of the Local Government Unit of Sipocot, Camarines Sur
Flag of Sipocot
Official seal of Sipocot
Nickname(s): 
Egg Basket of Camarines Sur
Native Chicken Capital of Camarines Sur
Motto(s): 
"Better Tomorrow, Better Sipocot"
Map of Camarines Sur with Sipocot highlighted
Map of Camarines Sur with Sipocot highlighted
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Sipocot is located in Philippines
Sipocot
Sipocot
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°46′N 122°59′E / 13.77°N 122.98°E / 13.77; 122.98Coordinates: 13°46′N 122°59′E / 13.77°N 122.98°E / 13.77; 122.98
CountryPhilippines
RegionBicol Region
ProvinceCamarines Sur
District 1st district
FoundedJuly 3, 1801
Barangays46 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorTomas A. Bocago
 • Vice MayorFelix B. Macalino III
 • RepresentativeMichael John Duavit (caretaker)
 • Municipal Council
Members
 • Electorate39,984 voters (2019)
Area
 • Total243.43 km2 (93.99 sq mi)
Elevation
69 m (226 ft)
Highest elevation
267 m (876 ft)
Lowest elevation
8 m (26 ft)
Population
 (2020 census) [3]
 • Total68,169
 • Density280/km2 (730/sq mi)
 • Households
13,472
Economy
 • Income class1st municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence41.80% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue₱222,716,546.21 (2020)
 • Assets₱488,982,956.96 (2020)
 • Expenditure₱186,260,546.22 (2020)
 • Liabilities₱155,870,601.82 (2020)
Service provider
 • ElectricityCamarines Sur 1 Electric Cooperative (CASURECO 1)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
4408
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)54
Native languagesCentral Bikol
Tagalog

GeographyEdit

Notable hills include:

  • Susong Daraga Hill, located at Brgy. Impig and near CBSUA-Sipocot campus
  • Overlooking Point, Brgy. Manangle located on the left side towards Manila at the Quirino Highway.
  • Hundred Steps, located in Barangay Impig

BarangaysEdit

Sipocot is politically subdivided into 46 barangays:

  • Aldezar
  • Alteza
  • Anib
  • Awayan
  • Azucena
  • Bagong Sirang
  • Binahian
  • Bolo Sur
  • Bolo Norte
  • Bulan
  • Bulawan
  • Cabuyao
  • Caima
  • Calagbangan
  • Calampinay
  • Carayrayan
  • Cotmo
  • Gabi
  • Gaongan
  • Impig
  • Lipilip
  • Lubigan Jr.
  • Lubigan Sr.
  • Malaguico
  • Malubago
  • Manangle
  • Mangga
  • Mangapo
  • Manlubang
  • Mantila
  • North Centro (Poblacion)
  • North Villazar
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Salanda
  • Salvacion
  • San Isidro
  • San Vicente
  • Serranzana
  • South Centro (Poblacion)
  • South Villazar
  • Taisan
  • Tara
  • Tible
  • Tula-tula
  • Vigaan
  • Yabo

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Sipocot, Camarines Sur
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32
(90)
31
(88)
35
(95)
37
(99)
37
(99)
36
(97)
35
(95)
33
(91)
34
(93)
33
(91)
31
(88)
31
(88)
34
(93)
Average low °C (°F) 27
(81)
27
(81)
29
(84)
31
(88)
32
(90)
31
(88)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
28
(82)
28
(82)
29
(85)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 59.21
(2.33)
66.36
(2.61)
58.1
(2.29)
62.92
(2.48)
110.94
(4.37)
206.81
(8.14)
254.59
(10.02)
141.12
(5.56)
156.51
(6.16)
290.68
(11.44)
113.40
(4.46)
368.1
(14.49)
1,888.74
(74.35)
Average rainy days 22 23 19 22 25 28 31 27 25 28 27 31 308
Source: World Weather Online (modeled/calculated data, not measured locally)[5]

HistoryEdit

Long before it became a town in the year 1801, Sipocot originally belonged to the town of Lupi, being one of its barrios. Its conversion into a town also paved the way for the establishment of its parish in dedication of St. John the Baptist, the town's patron saint. This marked the beginning of the celebration of the town fiesta held annually every June 24.

A version known to the local residents concerning the roots of the name of the municipality tells about the coming of the Spaniards to the Philippines, where a certain Captain Aguire of Lupi spent his leisure hours fishing in the cool water of Vigaan River in the morning and in the afternoon he would sail back by banca in the Bicol River. He usually have a plentiful catch which would be more his family needs. This activity did not escape the Spanish encomienderos’ ears in the town of lupi and the said Captain was summoned by the Spaniards for questioning. However, in the process of the inquiry, the Captain misunderstood and misinformed the foreigners and pointed to the Bicol River as his fishing area. The following day, the Spaniards and some native guides equipped with hook and lines went to the river to fish.

Upon reaching the bank they found a shed with Captain Aguirre's fishing net or “pocot”. They also found in the place different kinds of fishes like bakla, kasili, and buyod. Delighted with their discovery, the Spaniards asked some natives the name of the place. The natives thinking that the Spaniards were asking for the name of the net they were holding, answered “si, pocot”. From then on, the Spaniards built a settlement near the Vigaan River which they christened SIPOCOT.

DemographicsEdit

Population census of Sipocot
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 2,925—    
1918 2,736−0.44%
1939 7,936+5.20%
1948 18,089+9.59%
1960 32,650+5.04%
1970 38,153+1.57%
1975 39,457+0.68%
1980 43,505+1.97%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 49,501+1.30%
1995 53,392+1.43%
2000 56,576+1.25%
2007 57,861+0.31%
2010 64,042+3.76%
2015 64,855+0.24%
2020 68,169+0.98%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[6][7][8][9]

In the 2020 census, the population of Sipocot, Camarines Sur, was 68,169 people, [3] with a density of 280 inhabitants per square kilometre or 730 inhabitants per square mile.

EconomyEdit

 
Coconut plantation in Sipocot

Banks and financial institutions in Sipocot include Land Bank of the Philippines, RCPI, Rural Bank of Sipocot, Rural Bank of Pamplona, Rural Bank of Minalabac, CARD Bank, BLVING Lending Corporation, M Lhuiller, Tambunting Pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuiller, Henry Lhuiller and Sipocot. Pawnshop.

Prominent establishments in Sipocot includes Tom Eloy Convenient Store, ANSON Merchandise, RodBar Auto Supply, and Lady Anne's Boutique and Giftshoppe. 7-11 Convenience stores are also present with 2 branches.

InfrastructureEdit

 
Sipocot poblacion

HighwaysEdit

The municipality is connected with Manila by the new Andaya Highway and daily rail services to and from Naga & Legazpi are provided by the Philippine National Railways.

In order to spur development in the municipality, The Toll Regulatory Board declared Toll Road 5 the extension of South Luzon Expressway.[16] A 420-kilometer, four lane expressway starting from the terminal point of the now under construction SLEX Toll Road 4 at Barangay Mayao, Lucena City in Quezon to Matnog, Sorsogon, near the Matnog Ferry Terminal. On August 25, 2020, San Miguel Corporation announced that they will invest the project which will reduce travel time from Lucena to Matnog from 9 hours to 5.5 hours.[17]

Another expressway that will serve Metro Naga is the Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QuBEx), which will link between Lucena and San Fernando, Camarines Sur.[18]

CommunicationsEdit

  • Digitel Communications, BayanTel and PLDT provide the telephone services including DSL, Broadband, and Dial-up internet services
  • Using of Cellular phones is one of the important medium of communication in the area, it is being powered by Smart Communications, Sun Cellular and Globe Telecom, (it also includes the Talk N Text, Touch Mobile, etc.)
  • The municipality also have this Post Office with 4408 as the Zip Code.
  • The area is accessible via buses, jeepnies, tricycles, trains, skates, etc. for public transportation vehicles.
  • The cable TV is also available, it is being powered by Dream Cable and Sky Cable. In the area ABS-CBN and GMA are the leading TV stations being watched.

HospitalsEdit

  • Sipocot District Hospital
  • Our Lady of Salvation Hospital

EducationEdit

 
Binahian Elementary School
Tertiary
  • Felix O. Alfelor Sr. Foundation College, located at Barangay South Centro[19]
  • Central Bicol State University of Agriculture - Sipocot (Bicol Institute of Science and Technology), located at Barangay Impig. This college has a transition name: Central Bicol State University of Agriculture - Sipocot (2009–Present); Camarines Sur State Agricultural Colleges - Sipocot Campus (2003–2009); Bicol Institute of Science and Technology (1992–2003); Sipocot National School of Arts and Trades (1972–1992)
Secondary
  • CBSUA-Sipocot Laboratory High School (Sipocot)
  • Felix O. Alfelor Sr. Foundation College - High School Dept., located at Barangay South Centro
  • Sipocot National High School, located at Barangay Tara
  • Villazar National High School, located at Barangay North Villazar
  • Sacred Heart High School, located at Barangay Calagbangan (supervised by the Villazar National High School administration, de jure)
  • Bolo Norte High School, located at Barangay Bolo Norte (supervised by the Sipocot National High School administration, de jure)
  • Anib National High School, located at Barangay Anib
  • Caima National High School High School, located at Barangay Caima
Elementary
  • Every barangay has its own elementary schools. Schools are divided into two districts: Sipocot North District (schools in the northern part of the town) and the Sipocot South District (most of the southern part).
  • Sipocot North Central School
  • Sipocot South Central School
  • Aldezar Elementary School
  • Alteza Elementary School
  • Anib Elementary School
  • Awayan Elementary School
  • Azucena Elementary School
  • Bagong Sirang Elementary School
  • Binahian Elementary School
  • Bocol Elementary School
  • Bolo Sur Elementary School
  • Bulan Elementary School
  • Bulawan Elementary School
  • Cabuyao Elementary School
  • Caima Elementary School
  • Calagbangan Elementary School
  • Calampinay Elementary School
  • Carayrayan Elementary School
  • Cotmo Elementary School
  • Gabi Elementary School
  • Gaongan Elementary School
  • Lipilip Elementary School
  • Lubigan Jr. Elementary School
  • Lubigan Sr. Elementary School
  • Malaguico Elementary School
  • Manangle Elementary School
  • Mangapo Elementary School
  • Mangga Elementary School
  • Manlubang Public School
  • Mantela Elementary School
  • Sagrada Elementary School
  • Salvacion Elementary School
  • San Isidro Public School
  • San Vicente Elementary School
  • Serranzana Elementary School
  • Soledad R. Villafuerte Elementary School (Bolo Norte Elementary School)
  • Santa Cruz Elementary School
  • Taisan Elementary School
  • Tara Elementary School
  • Tigman Elementary School
  • Tula-Tula Elementary School
  • Vigaan Elementary School
  • Villazar North Elementary School
  • Villazar South Elementary School
  • Yabu-Salanda Elementary School
Private Primary Institutions
  • Christian Mission Service Philippines School
  • Felix O. Alfelor Sr. Foundation College - Elementary School Department
  • King Thomas Learning Academy, Inc
  • Nazareth Institute of Learning & Formation
  • Serranz Learning Center

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipality of Sipocot | (DILG)
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2020). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  4. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/City%20and%20Municipal-level%20Small%20Area%20Poverty%20Estimates_%202009%2C%202012%20and%202015_0.xlsx; publication date: 10 July 2019; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  5. ^ "Sipocot, Camarines Sur: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". World Weather Online. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. ^ "Province of Camarines Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Poverty incidence (PI):". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  11. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/NSCB_LocalPovertyPhilippines_0.pdf; publication date: 29 November 2005; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  12. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2003%20SAE%20of%20poverty%20%28Full%20Report%29_1.pdf; publication date: 23 March 2009; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  13. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2006%20and%202009%20City%20and%20Municipal%20Level%20Poverty%20Estimates_0_1.pdf; publication date: 3 August 2012; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  14. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2012%20Municipal%20and%20City%20Level%20Poverty%20Estima7tes%20Publication%20%281%29.pdf; publication date: 31 May 2016; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  15. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/City%20and%20Municipal-level%20Small%20Area%20Poverty%20Estimates_%202009%2C%202012%20and%202015_0.xlsx; publication date: 10 July 2019; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  16. ^ "SLEX Toll Road 5 to connect Quezon province to Sorsogon". YugaTech. August 18, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  17. ^ "San Miguel investing P122B for SLEX Toll Road 5, Pasig River Expressway projects". GMA News Online. August 25, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  18. ^ "QUEZON–BICOL EXPRESSWAY | Department of Public Works and Highways". www.dpwh.gov.ph. Archived from the original on 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  19. ^ "Felix O. Alfelor Sr. Foundation College: Tuition & Application | Edukasyon.ph". www.edukasyon.ph. Retrieved 2020-05-01.

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