Ocampo, Camarines Sur

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Ocampo
Municipality
Motto: Padagos Ocampo!
Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Ocampo
Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Ocampo
Ocampo is located in Philippines
Ocampo
Ocampo
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°34′N 123°23′E / 13.567°N 123.383°E / 13.567; 123.383Coordinates: 13°34′N 123°23′E / 13.567°N 123.383°E / 13.567; 123.383
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Camarines Sur
District 3rd district
Founded 1949
Barangays 25
Government[1]
 • Mayor Corazon Olos
Area[2]
 • Total 118.33 km2 (45.69 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 43,523
 • Density 370/km2 (950/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4419
Dialing code 54
Income class 3rd class; partially urban

Ocampo is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 43,523 people.[3]

History[edit]

Historical documents revealed that the municipality of Ocampo, known before as Mabato-bato, was existing since 1735. Mabato-bato started as a sitio which was described as abounding with rocks and boulders of various sizes which were scattered over the place.

Since the early 1900s, the town of Ocampo had been a part of Pili though it separated years later, in 1949, and became an independent municipality.

August 13, 1949, marked a major event in the history of the town as this was the inauguration date of Ocampo's elevation into a municipality. It was also during this day when the name Matobato was officially changed into Ocampo, in honor of the late Don Julian Ocampo, then the governor of Camarines Sur.

Ocampo is the place where Governor Luis Villafuerte chose to build a sprawling deer sanctuary where at present houses different deer species from both local and foreign origins. This has served both for tourist attraction and commercial purposes.

Barangays[edit]

Ocampo is politically subdivided into 25 barangays.[2]

  • Ayugan
  • Cabariwan
  • Cagmanaba
  • Del Rosario
  • Gatbo
  • Guinaban
  • Hanawan
  • Hibago
  • La Purisima Nuevo
  • May-Ogob
  • New Moriones
  • Old Moriones
  • Pinit
  • Poblacion Central
  • Poblacion East
  • Poblacion West
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose Oras
  • San Roque Commonal
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santo Niño
  • Villaflorida

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Ocampo
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 30,876 —    
1995 34,898 +2.32%
2000 36,316 +0.86%
2007 39,759 +1.26%
2010 43,523 +3.35%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]

Language[edit]

Partido Dialect is the primary dialect spoken in the entire town. Riŋkonāda or Rinconada Bikol is spoken by a minority of the population, along with Bicol Naga. Tagalog and English are also spoken and understood.

Religion[edit]

There dominant religious groups in the locality are: Roman Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, Iglesia Ni Cristo, Word International Ministries and other groups of Born-Again Christians. There's also an association of these groups known as Ocampo Association of Christian Churches.

Economy[edit]

Commercial establishments include internet shop, bank, pawnshop, hardware stores, groceries, drug stores, eateries, bakeries, gas stations and ricemills. Several businesses are sprouting. It is also home to a slaughterhouse.

Local products include palay, corn, root crops, sugarcane, coconut, and vegetables. Livestock and poultry products are also available.

CASURECO IV supplies power requirement in the town.

Tourism[edit]

Tourist destinations include the Provincial-owned Deer Farm in Barangay Santa Cruz and Murokburok spring in Barangay Gatbo. There's also Tera Mater Resort, the only resort in the town, located in Barangay New Moriones.

Education[edit]

  • Two secondary schools: Ocampo National High School in Barangay San Francisco and Hanawan High School in Barangay Hanawan.
  • A number of Christian schools including Ocampo Evangelical School and Glorious Adonai Learning Academy.

Transportation[edit]

The town is the gateway to 4th District of Camarines Sur, and via Hanawan junction, Consocep falls northward and Iriga City southward. Accessible by land transportation, via National Highway. From Naga City, the easiest way to go to the town is to ride a bus going to Lagonoy from the Naga City Central Bus Terminal and disembark at Ocampo bus stop.

Fiestas and festivals[edit]

The town fiesta of Ocampo is celebrated in the month August in commemoration of the town's patron saint, Saint Bernard Abbot. The only festival at Ocampo is the Tinagba Festival which showcases the locally produced products of the town. It is celebrated annually during the month of August a week before the town fiesta. During this time, various activities are done.

Notable Ocampoanons[edit]

  • Bugoy Drilon, Pinoy Dream Academy contestant and a famous singer.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: CAMARINES SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 9 January 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 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Camarines Sur". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 

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