Meycauayan

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Meycauayan
Component city
City of Meycauayan
The Parish Church of St. Francis of Assisi
The Parish Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Official seal of Meycauayan
Seal
Motto: It can be done, in the City of Meycauayan!
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Meycauayan
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Meycauayan
Meycauayan is located in Philippines
Meycauayan
Meycauayan
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°44′N 120°57′E / 14.733°N 120.950°E / 14.733; 120.950Coordinates: 14°44′N 120°57′E / 14.733°N 120.950°E / 14.733; 120.950
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bulacan
District 4th District
Founded October 4, 1578
Cityhood December 10, 2006
Barangays 27
Government[1]
 • Mayor Joan Velasco Alarilla (Liberal)
 • Vice Mayor Rafael "Jojo" S. Manzano, Jr. (Liberal)
Area[2]
 • Total 32.10 km2 (12.39 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 199,154
 • Density 6,200/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 3020
Dialing code 44
Income class 3rd Class; Urban[4]

Meycauayan is a third class, highly urban city in the province of Bulacan, Philippines.[2] The city is located about 19 kilometres (12 mi) north of Manila and about 22 kilometres (14 mi) south of Malolos City, the provincial capital city. It is bounded by the town of Marilao to the north, the cities of Valenzuela to the south and Caloocan (North) to the east, and the town of Obando to the west. It encompasses an aggregate area of 22.1 square kilometres (8.5 sq mi), representing 1.17% of the total land area of the province of Bulacan. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 199,154 inhabitants.[3]

Meycauayan is known for its jewelry and tanning industry. It is also home to several industrial parks, mostly located at Barangays Iba, Camalig and Pantoc.

Geography[edit]

Meycauayan is generally surrounded with plain land and gentle rolling hills. Comfortably above sea level, this terrain is an interweaving of greenery and concrete road network. The slope of the land dips towards a west to north westerly direction. River, natural lake and drainage waterways envelope and criss-cross the area.

Meycauayan a province of its name in its antiquity, Is found between 120° 58’ 20” and the 127° 30’ longitude, with a latitude of 14° 41’ up to the 15°, the majority of the land, can be seen some mountains especially to the south east extension which do not exceed to same eleven leagues to the east or west and some six to the north and south. It is bordered to the east by the province of Nueva Ecija, and the district of Morong; to the South by Manila and her bay; to the West by Manila bay and the province of Pampanga, and to the North by the Province of Pampanga.[5] Today it is bordered by the town of Marilao to the north, Valenzuela to the south, Northern part of Caloocan to the east, and the town of Obando to the west.

Barangays[edit]

Meycauayan is administratively subdivided into 26 urban barangays.[4]

  • Bagbaguin
  • Bahay Pare
  • Bancal
  • Banga
  • Bayugo
  • Caingin
  • Calvario
  • Camalig
  • Hulo
  • Iba
  • Langka
  • Lawa
  • Libtong
  • Liputan
  • Longos
  • Malhacan
  • Pajo
  • Pandayan
  • Pantoc
  • Perez
  • Poblacion
  • St. Francis Gasak
  • Saluysoy
  • Tugatog
  • Ubihan
  • Zamora

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Meycauayan City
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 123,982 —    
1995 137,081 +1.90%
2000 163,037 +3.79%
2007 196,569 +2.61%
2010 199,154 +0.48%

Economy[edit]

Meycauayan City is very famous for its jewelry and leather industries. For years, Meycauayan has been the hub of jewelry production in the Philippines and in Asia. It is famous for its very affordable jewelries.

Meycauayan also prides itself on its leather goods. Shoes, bags and every kind of leather product has been traditionally manufactured here. A number of leather tanneries still operate in Meycauayan, which over the years have converted the city into a hub for leather goods.

Meycauayan City is the economic, industrial, commercial, financial and educational centre of southern Bulacan.

In 2013, the total net income for Meycauayan City is worth Php. 735,368,393. The 2nd richest in the province of Bulacan and 53rd richest city in the whole Philippines

Industrial compounds and parks[edit]

Meycauayan is also home to many industrial parks and compounds.

  • Meycauayan Industrial Subd. I, II, III & IV
  • Meridian Industrial Compound
  • Muralla Industrial Park
  • First Valenzuela Industrial Compound
  • Sterling Industrial Park Phase I, II, III & IV
    • Central Affirmative Co. Inc.

Commercial complex[edit]

  • EMA Town Center
  • Savemore Meycauayan
  • Aliw Complex
  • Market Place Arcade
  • Puregold Meycauayan
  • Puregold Jr. Meycauayan
  • Esperanza Mall
  • Maristel
  • IS Pavilion
  • Meycauayan Doctors-(SSS&LTO)
  • Seven Eleven
  • Mercury drug store
  • Ministop (Bancal)
  • Ministop (Malhacan)
  • Sterling Mall
  • Pantoc Mall

Issues and controversy[edit]

Mayoralty dispute (1995-2008)[edit]

The succession of the city's administration was put into question by a series of legal cases between two former mayors.[6] Florentino Blanco, town mayor from 1987 to 1992, ran in 1995 but was disqualified by the Supreme Court for vote buying on July 21, 1997. Blanco was replaced by Vice Mayor Eduardo Nolasco in an acting capacity, serving out the remainder of his term.

Blanco ran again in 1998 but lost to Eduardo Alarilla; Blanco attempted to file an election protest against Alarilla but the COMELEC dismissed the case. He attempted to run again in 2004 but later withdrew his candidacy. In 2007, he ran once more but lost to Eduardo Alarilla's wife, Joan Alarilla (Mr. Alarilla has then reached the 3-term limit imposed by law). The former mayor Alarilla then attempted to disqualify Blanco; the COMELEC ruled in favor of Alarilla, but the Supreme Court reversed this decision, stating that Blanco is still eligible to run for public office.

Heirs of Anacleto Nieto vs. Meycauayan, Bulacan[edit]

On December 13, 2007, the Supreme Court of the Philippines ordered Meycauayan, Bulacan to surrender peaceful possession to the Heirs of Anacleto Nieto, and vacate the 3,882 square meters lot, at Poblacion, Meycauayan, TCT No. T-24.055 (M) which it used and even constructed an extension of the public market therein. Meycauayan was also ordered to pay the reasonable value of the property and P 1,716,000.00 as reasonable compensation for the use of the property from 1966 until the filing of the complaint on December 28, 1994.[7]

Meycauayan, part of the World's "Dirty 30" polluted cities in 2007[edit]

In 2007, The City of Meycauayan and the town of Marilao in Bulacan province share a slot in the list of the world’s 30 most polluted places in the developing world drawn up by a private New York-based institute. In its report, “The World’s Worst Polluted Places” for 2007, the Blacksmith Institute said: “Industrial waste is haphazardly dumped into the Meycauayan, Marilao and Obando River system, a source of drinking and agricultural water supplies for the 250,000 people living in and around”[8] the Meycauayan-Marilao area. Meycauayan also shares border with Caloocan City.

Feasts[edit]

Traditional Feasts
Name Date Location
Liputan Festival 2nd Sunday of May Barangay Liputan After a nine-day novena, the fiesta culminates with a colorful fluvial procession in honor of the "Mahal na Señor ng Isla Liputan", an image of the Crucified Christ venerated on the island of Liputan. The image, along with those of the Virgin and St. Joseph, are placed on a kasko, a makeshift bamboo bier constructed on boats and decorated with buntings. The images are then taken to the old church in the center of Meycauayan for a mass.
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi October 4 Barangay Poblacion A celebration held in oldest church in Meycauayan, which commemorates the foundation of the city in 1578 by the Franciscans. Of late, it has come to be known as the "Kawayanan Festival", and includes an animal parade, street dancing and other related cultural activities.

Education[edit]

Meycauayan City has its own division of schools since January 2013. The City Schools Division of Meycauayan has 2 districts, Meycauayan West District and Meycauayan East District.

Public Elementary Schools

  • Meycauayan West District
    • Banga Elementary School
    • Bayugo Elementary School
    • Calvario elementary School
    • Liputan Elementary School
    • Longos Elementary School
    • Meycauayan West Central School
    • Tugatog Elementary School
    • Ubihan Elementary School
    • Zamora Elementary School
  • Meycauayan East District
    • Bagbaguin Elementary School
    • Bahay Pare Elementary School
    • Bancal Elementary School
    • Bancal Extension Elementary School
    • Camalig Elementary School
    • Iba Elementary School
    • Langka Elementary School
    • Lawa Elementary School
    • Libtong Elementary School
    • Malhacan Elementary School
    • Pajo Elementary School
    • Pandayan Elementary School
    • Pantoc Elementary School
    • Perez Elementary School
    • Saluysoy Central School

Public Secondary School

  • Meycauayan National High School
    • Camalig (formerly Perez)Main
    • Bancal Extension
    • Ubihan Extension
    • Caingin Extension

Private Schools

  • Meycauayan College
  • Nazarenus College
  • Montessori de Sto. Nino
  • St. Mary's Academy of Sto. Nino
  • St. Mary's College of Meycauayan
  • IUF International School
  • St. Vincent School of Meycauayan
  • Trinitas College
  • Saint Anne Early Learning Center

Images[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: BULACAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Philippine Standard Geographic Code listing for Meycauayan - National Statistical Coordination Board
  5. ^ R.P. Felix de Huerta, Estado de la Provincia de San Gregorio Magno. Imprenta de N. Sanchez, Binondo Manila 1865 p 70.
  6. ^ supremecourt.gov.ph, Blanco v. Comelec and Alarilla, G.R. No. 180164, June 17, 2008
  7. ^ supremecourt.gov.ph, HEIRS OF ANACLETO B. NIETO vs. MUNICIPALITY OF MEYCAUAYAN, BULACAN, 3rd Div., G.R. No. 150654
  8. ^ Inquirer.net, Meycauayan, Marilao in world’s ‘Dirty 30’-- report

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