Daet, Camarines Norte
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|Nickname(s): Gateway to Bicolandia|
|Motto: Daet on the GO!|
|Region||Bicol (Region V)|
|• Mayor||Tito S. Sarion|
|• Total||46.00 km2 (17.76 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
Daet is a first class municipality on Luzon island in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. It is the provincial capital. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 95,572 people.
The current mayor of Daet is Tito Sarte Sarion. The first monument in honor of the first Filipino hero, Dr. José Rizal, can also be found here in Daet.
The municipality is a popular surfing spot among surfers worldwide. Aside from that, it is home to a virgin group of islands, the Calaguas.
Daet is politically subdivided into 25 barangays.
- Barangay I (Ilaod)
- Brgy II (Pasig)
- Brgy III (Iraya)
- Brgy IV (Mantagbac)
- Brgy V (Pandan)
- Brgy VI
- Brgy VII
- Brgy VIII (Salcedo)
- Gubat (3 Districts - Moreno, Gubat, & Mandulongan)
- San Isidro
In 1571, Juan de Salcedo and party came to Bicol Region in quest for gold found in Camarines Norte and discovered that Daet was already a thriving settlement and noted that the houses were clustered together for reason of safety and protection. The name of Daet was derived from the Bikol word "dai-daitan" which mean, "close to each other". Daet also originated from ancient Bicol term "daet" which according to the first Bicol Spanish Dictionary "Vocabulario dela Lengua Vicol" authored by Fray Marcos de Lisboa would mean "to make friend" or "to be reconciled". On June 1583, through a Franciscan Order confirmed the founding of Doctrinas including Daet.
Conversion to Cityhood
A P30-million government center, a P30-million transport terminal and an improved airport are among the large-scale face-lift projects that Camarines Norte’s capital town plans to embark on as it aggressively vies for cityhood.
The projects, including a new face of the town plaza, were presented by Mayor Tito Sarion in an executive report last month. “The enhancement of the elevated plaza is necessary to decongest the downtown in an attempt to rebuild the center of the commercial district,” he said.
Sarion said the United Architects of the Philippines had agreed to design the new plaza through a P3-million grant provided by the party-list group Bayan Muna. A telephone company would build “an attractive landmark” at the fountain area, he said.
The funds for the government center and transport facility will be borrowed from the Land Bank of the Philippines, while the revitalized Bagasbas airport project will be funded by the Air Transportation Office (ATO).
Sarion said the proposed government center would make transactions with provincial and national government agencies more convenient while the new legislative hall would “create a breathing space and a better working environment at the municipal hall, where offices are crowded.”
But problems arose to the municipality's conversion to cityhood because it can't meet the standard land area.
|Population census of Daet|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
The municipality is rich in mineral resources such as diatomaceous earth (DE) or commonly called white clay. This is one of the income generating industries of the municipality. This non-metallic mineral has a total approximate reserve of 1,289,600 metric tons.
The municipality also has a viable source of sand and gravel. It is being extracted by mining concessionaires.
Land transportation is the primary means of transporting people, goods and services from the barangay to the town proper of Daet. The town is being linked to its different barangays by the municipality’s major roads, namely the Maharlika Highway. It has a total length of 25.50 kilometers stretching from the boundary of the municipality of Daet to the Camarines Norte - Camarines Sur boundary. The Mangcamagong provincial road has a total length of 9.46 kilometers, stretching from the municipal boundary of Basud and Mercedes to the junction of Maharlika highway.
- Water supply: The barangays of the municipality is being served by levels I, II and III water supply. To cope with the consumption demand especially during summer, the CNWD has constructed an elevated water tank with a capacity of 200 cubic meters and implementing the “Tubig ng Buhay, Hatid sa Barangay” program. Some barangays are being served by shallow wells, deep wells or dug wells.
- Power supply: Daet is being served by electric power, formerly by the defunct Hidalgo Electric Enterprise, now by the National Power Corporation through the Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative (CANORECO). After the establishment of this cooperative, there was a great improvement in terms of power supply condition in the municipality.
- Communication: Daet has a telecommunication system that is being run by one personnel of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). There are three satellites of Smart, Globe and Sun Cellular. There is postal office and has a staff of one mail carriers serving all barangays in the municipality. These personnel cannot adequately serve the entire from the lack of personnel; another problem is the difficulty in the delivery of mails in the remote and far-flung barangays.
Tourism and attractions
Surfing and beaches
Daet is a famous surfing and kiteboarding spot, as it has a long stretch of beach in Bagasbas.Because of the attention it has gotten from the local surfing community, the Philippine Department of Tourism turned it into a local accredited surfing spot. 
Aside from being a spot for surfing and kiteboarding, the Calaguas group of islands to its north has garnered attention from local and foreign tourists alike. The islands can be considered virgin since no resorts have been created there yet.
The Pineapple Festival (or "Pinyasan" as it is called by the locals) is considered to be the most colorful festival in Camarines Norte. The festival started in 1992, and is about the province's prime agricultural product, which is the "Queen of Formosa" pineapple. Noted for its sweetness and flavor, this kind of pineapple is produced only in Camarines Norte, thereby making it a specialty in the province. The festival goes on for about 10 days, and several events are held in the municipality. The festival aims to promote the culture of Daet and its citizens. The Pineapple Festival is held every 15–24 June annually initiated by Mayor Tito Sarte Sarion
The Bantayog Festival celebrates the founding of Camarines Norte. As of 2009, it has been 89 years since the province has become independent, since March 3, 1919, when Ambos Camarines (At that time Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur were one province) was split int two. This festival promotes the province as one which has unnoticed potential in the fields of tourism and commerce, and also the rich culture and hospitality of the people of Camarines Norte. The Bantayog Festival is held every March or April annually. It was launched on April 2005.
Places of interest
- Most Holy Trinity Cathedral, it was built and was inaugurated in 1984. It is also the cathedral of the Diocese of Daet
- Parroquia de San Juan Bautista, established in 1611, it is one of the first church in Camarines Norte in the region built by the Franciscan Friars.
- Saint Joseph, Husband Of Mary Parish in Lag-on
- Our Lady Of Peñafrancia Parish in Moreno Dist., Gubat
- Divine Mercy Parish in Alawihao
- 1st Rizal Monument
- Provincial Capitol
- Old Daet Municipal Building
- Daet Elevated Town Plaza
- Daet Municipal Building
Schools and colleges
- AMA Computer Learning Center College of Daet (Private)
- Awitan National High School (Public)
- Camarines Norte Chung Hua High School (Private)
- Camarines Norte National High School (Public)
- Camarines Norte State College (State College - SUC)
- Camarines Norte State College - Abaño Laboratory Elementary and High School (Semi-Private)
- Daet Elementary School (Public)
- Databyte Computer College
- Dioneda's Special School Of Daet
- ICL School (Private)
- La Consolacion College of Daet (Private)
- Mabini Colleges (Private)
- Model Center for Excellence Academy (an English School) (Private)
- Microsytem College Foundation (Private)
- Moreno Integrated School (Public)
- Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation (Private)
- Peña de Francia College
- Vineyard Asia Technological College
- Zion Christian Academy Foundation
- Fortunato "Atoy" Co, Former PBA Player, Actor, Politician
- Ricky Lee, Scriptwriter
- Jeffrey Marcelino Ong, Scriptwriter/Researcher (ABS-CBN/Precious Pages Corporation)
- Michelle Reyes-Dabu, Beauty Queen
- Joross Gamboa, TV Actor
- Bing Pimentel, TV Actress, Model
- Dennis Cabuso, TV Actor, Politician
- Liwayway Vinzons-Chato, Former BIR Commissioner, Politician
- Sid Lucero, TV Actor
- Nazario Racoma, former Assistant General Manager of National Housing Authority
- Dondi Calnea Ong, Tenor
- Hermes Alegre, Painter
- Atty. Emmanuel F. Dooc, current Insurance Commissioner and member of AMLC
- "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Province: CAMARINES NORTE". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Province of Camarines Norte". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
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