Balatan, Camarines Sur
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|Motto: Balateño, Oragon!|
Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Balatan
|Region||Bicol (Region V)|
|• Mayor||Ernesto "Bares" A. Bagasbas (LP)|
|• Total||93.09 km2 (35.94 sq mi)|
|• Density||310/km2 (800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||4th class; Rural|
Balatan, (Rinconada Bikol: Banwaān ka Balatan; English: Municipality of Balatan; Tagalog: Bayan ng Balatan) is a fourth class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 28,699 people.
Balatan was founded by Don Gregorio Balatan, also its first mayor and founder of the municipality's first school, the Balatan Institute Memorial High School (formerly Balatan Institute). The current and the 6th mayor is the Hon.Ernesto "Bares" Arillas Bagasbas.
Balatan celebrates the Pintakasi and Pagkamundag Festivals annually on February 18 and December 1–3 respectively. This town bounded by the municipalities of Bula, Bato, Nabua and a shoreline part of the Ragay Gulf. The town's economy is supported by people from the Burias Island of Masbate province who are mosty trading their products in this small municipality.
Animasola Island is part of this municipality's territory.
Balatan is not an ancient municipality as compared to other towns in the fourth district. It was just a sitio known as Siramag which belonged to the town of Nabua.
In the year 1951, a member of the Provincial Board of Camarines Sur in the person of Gregorio O. Balatan Sr. proposed a resolution which indicated the division of Nabua into two municipalities: Nabua and Balatan. Balatan then was separated to its mother town and became an independent area on December 3, 1951 under Executive Order (EO) No. 485 of then President Elpidio Quirino, owing its name to the father of Board member Gregorio Balatan who was Don Rufino Balatan.
Seven years later from its establishment as a town, the Parish of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was installed by Archbishop Pedro P. Santos. Balatan observes the annual fiesta celebration every February 16–18 Pintakasi.
- Montenegro (formerly Maguiron, renamed in honor of Mayor Candido Montenegro)
- Pararao (Parao)
- Siramag (Poblacion)
- Pulang Daga
- Sagrada Nacacale
- San Francisco
- Santiago Nacacale
|Population census of Balatan|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Riŋkonāda (also known as Rinconada Bikol ) is the mother tongue spoken by 96.67% of the population.
In the period 1960 to 1997, there was an average of 97.60% of total housing units in the municipality that were occupied while only 3.40% were vacant.
- Urban area literacy rate: 98.29%
- Rural area literacy rate: 97.17%
Minor central business district consists of public market, grocery, sari-sari stores, welding and vulcanizing shop, calling office, fish dealer, bakery, barber shop, beauty parlor, billiard hall, coco lumber dealer, junk shop and cable network. Neighborhood centers consists of sari-sari stores, bakery, videoke/bar, mini-sound system, repair shops, piggery, cockpit, bakery, furniture shop, fish dealer, repair and welding shops, copra dealer, among others.
The only industrial business is a mini-containerized ice plant which caters to the needs of rich-fishing activities, and a few rice mills. There are six beach resorts catering to domestic tourism.
- 75.04% of the total municipal land area are devoted to crops such as rice, corn, vegetables, legumes, coffee, high value crops and fruits, sugar cane, coconut, banana, abaca, root crops and industrial crops
- For livestock production: 37 private owners engaged in raising carabaos, cattle, swine or poultry
- For fishery production: 2 commercial, 298 local.
- 17 public elementary schools
- 1 private elementary school
- 3 public secondary schools
- 1 institution offering vocational/technical education
- 1 Public Tertiary Institution, to be operational by 2012
- Community College (under-construction)
Land transportation refers to the present road circulation system as well as bus, van, and jeepney terminal. Marine transportation facility operates through the existing Balatan Municipal Port of Ragay Gulf.
Water supply is distributed under Level III and Level I water systems: Level III is operated by the Balatan Water District; Level I water supply system consisting of either shallow wells, deep wells or improved spring provides alternative water supply source.
Power and electricity:
- 95% of the total households in the municipality are now served with electricity
- Barangays with electricity are serviced by CASURECO III
Communication facilities include the postal services, telegraph and telegraphic transfer service facilities, and telephone services.
- Crude birth rate: 19.97%
- Crude death rate: 2.05%
- Infant mortality rate: 11.49%
- Young child mortality: 1.53%
- Maternal mortality rate: 3.22%
- General medical consultation rate: 358.68%
- Hospitalization rate: 6.57%
- Health service and facilities implemented by the municipal health office through its Rural Health Unit
- Community Hospital (under-construction)
- Existence of four barangay health stations
Facilities for protective services include the police headquarters, police substation, fire station, municipal jail, and Coast Guard.
Existing social welfare organizations or institutions include CVRD’S People Organization, KALIPI (Women) PYM, Federation of Day Care Workers, 4P's, and Kalahi-CIDDS.
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- "Province: CAMARINES SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- "Province of Camarines Sur". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 24 July 2013.