Norzagaray, Bulacan

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Norzagaray
Municipality
The Sierra Madre Mountains in Norzagaray
The Sierra Madre Mountains in Norzagaray
Official seal of Norzagaray
Seal
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Norzagaray
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Norzagaray
Norzagaray is located in Philippines
Norzagaray
Norzagaray
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°55′N 121°03′E / 14.917°N 121.050°E / 14.917; 121.050Coordinates: 14°55′N 121°03′E / 14.917°N 121.050°E / 14.917; 121.050
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bulacan
District 3rd District
Founded 1857
Barangays 13
Government[1]
 • Mayor Alfredo Germar
Area[2]
 • Total 309.77 km2 (119.60 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 103,095
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3013
Dialing code 44
Income class 1st class
Website elgu2.ncc.gov.ph/norzagaray

Norzagaray is a first class municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 103,095 inhabitants.[3]

It is the location of Angat Dam which sits on the lower realms of the Sierra Madre mountain range, the Dam is notable for being a major water and power supply for the National Capital Region.

Geography[edit]

The town of Norzagaray is bordered by City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and Rodriguez, Rizal, to the south; by General Nakar, Quezon to the east; Santa Maria to the west; Angat, Bulacan is northwest; and Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan is to the north.

Barangays[edit]

Norzagaray is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[2]

  • Bangkal
  • Baraka
  • Bigte
  • Bitungol
  • Matictic
  • Minuyan
  • Partida
  • Pinagtulayan
  • Poblacion
  • San Mateo
  • Tigbe
  • San Lorenzo (Hilltop)
  • Friendship Village Resources (FVR)1

^1 Created into a barangay under Sangguniang Panlalawigan Kapasiyahan Bilang 179-T 2002 and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Kautusan Bilang 003 on April 18, 2002; ratified on October 12, 2002; taken from barangay Tigbe.

History[edit]

Pre-Spanish records say the town of Norzagaray was once vast wilderness. It was then called "Casay", a mere barrio of the town Angat.

During the Spanish occupation, the people of barrio Casay worked for reforms politically, socially and economically, in order to be separated from Angat. They succeeded in their separation bid through Governor-General Fernándo Norzagaray y Escudero (1857-1860) who issued a proclamation declaring barrio Casay as a separate town from Angat. Political boundaries were established and barrio Casay was renamed as "Norzagaray" in honor of the governor.

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Norzagaray
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 33,485 —    
1995 51,015 +8.79%
2000 76,978 +8.58%
2007 105,470 +4.60%
2010 103,095 −0.76%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Municipal government[edit]

Town hall, seat of the Government

Just as the national government, the municipal government is divided into three branches: executive, legislative and judiciary. The judicial branch is administered solely by the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The LGUs have control of the executive and legislative branch.

The executive branch is composed of the governor for the provinces, mayor for the cities and municipalities, and the barangay captain for the barangays.Local Government Code of the Philippines, Book III, Department of Interior and Local Government official website. The legislative branch is composed of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial assembly) for the provinces, Sangguniang Panlungsod (city assembly) for the cities, Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly) for the municipalities, Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the youth sector.

The seat of Government is vested upon the Mayor and other elected officers who hold office at the Town hall. The Sanguniang Bayan is the center of legislation.

Tourism[edit]

Norzagary Cockpit Arena

Today, the town of Norzagaray is quickly rising in terms of commercial and economic status with tourist potentials. "Bakas" which is on a portion of the Angat River is recognized as one of the busiest places in the locality, particularly during summertime, which is noted for its natural beauty. People from distant towns often visit the place for relaxation.

Another potential spot for tourism is where the Angat River Hydroelectric Plant or Angat Dam is located. The dam is the biggest hydroelectric plant the National Power Corporation (NPC) has ever constructed in terms of power capacity within the entire Philippines. Because of Angat Dam's size, its reservoir sinks to critical levels during the dry season on necessitating the need for cloud seeding on some years. The 37-kilometre (23 mi) reservoir of this hydroelectric plant is covered with forests producing a cool climate.

Another is the Pinagrealan Cave located in Barangay Bigte. This cave is a subterranean network of caverns extending more than a kilometer deep. The Katipunero Revolutionaries during the war against Spain used it as a camp in 1896 and again during the Filipino-American War in 1898 as hideout of General Emilio Aguinaldo (the First President of the Philippines). It was also used as a sanctuary by the Japanese Imperial Army when the Philippines was liberated by American Forces.

There are still other sites with tourism potential in the locality. However, some of these places are located in remote areas of the town, which are inaccessible to motor vehicles, therefore in need of immediate attention.

The town of Norzagaray is rich in natural resources and endowed with natural beauty. Its people are claimed to be religious, industrious and very hospitable just like any other person from Bulacan.

The town people do have recreation like legal gambling. The government and private sectors provided services and education to the natives.

The town is rich in scenic spots, navigable rivers and medieval Churches, inter alia. The following are the points of interests:

Historical and Cultural Heritage[edit]

The natives are religious and hear Mass or pray in the Catholic and INC churches. The town also remembers the 31 heroes of the Revolution.

Religious[edit]

St. Andrew, the Apostle Church
  • St. Andrew, the Apostle Church
  • Iglesia Ni Cristo church
  • Monument of Sinfroso de la Cruz

Santuario de la Paz Memorial Park (Minuyan)[edit]

The town's prime eternal repose garden is located in Minuyan.

Bulacan 11-billion peso bulk water supply project[edit]

On December 12, 2007, Bulacan and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) signed an agreement for the development of a P11-billion bulk water supply project. Ayala-owned Manila Water Co. Inc. will implement the project. MWSS and Manila Water will provide a financial package of an infrastructure grant, a P10-million development assistance and a P10-million royalty fee to the towns of Norzagaray and Doña Remedios Trinidad, which will host the water supply project.[4]

18-hectare landfill[edit]

On January 19, 2008, an 18-hectare waste disposal facility, a new sanitary landfill that would also be a tourist attraction opened in Norzagaray, Bulacan province. Ramon Angelo Jr., president of Wacuman Corp. stated: "I want them to see our system in our place which should not be abhorred because we are using the new state-of-the-art technology." The facility has a category 4 rating (the highest category for a sanitary landfill) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources[5]

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 c "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. ^ Abs-Cbn, Bulacan govt, MWSS ink deal on bulk water supply project
  5. ^ abs-cbnnews.com, New landfill opens in Norzagaray, Bulacan

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