Paracale, Camarines Norte

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Paracale
Municipality
Paracale Port.jpg
Nickname(s): Gold Town
Motto: Akoy Paracaleno yaman ko'y ginto nasa lupa nasa puso
Map of Camarines Norte showing the location of Paracale
Map of Camarines Norte showing the location of Paracale
Paracale is located in Philippines
Paracale
Paracale
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°17′N 122°47′E / 14.283°N 122.783°E / 14.283; 122.783Coordinates: 14°17′N 122°47′E / 14.283°N 122.783°E / 14.283; 122.783
Country  Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Camarines Norte
District 1st district
Founded 1611
Barangays 27
Government[1]
 • Mayor Romeo Y. Moreno
Area[2]
 • Total 197.90 km2 (76.41 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 53,243
 • Density 270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4605
Dialing code 054
Income class 3rd class

Paracale is a third class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 53,243 people.[3]

History[edit]

Paracale was founded as a mission post by Franciscan friars in 1581. It was established as a town in 1611. However, the mission was abandoned in 1634, reestablished by the Franciscans in 1638 but was abandoned again in 1662. In 1687, the Franciscan missionaries returned to their mission. It was later ceded to the secular clergy. In 1863, Paracale was then formally established as town. Seventeen years later, the Franciscans returned to Paracale to take charge the spiritual administration of the faithful. A large gold mine was discovered here in 1626 and Spaniards worked the gold-bearing gravel in its rivers and streams. The Americans set up huge dredges and mined primary lode deposits.

The town’s name was derived from para cale, meaning “canal digger.” Small gold mining operations persist in this old gold mining center and locals still pan for gold.

Barangays[edit]

Paracale is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.[2]

  • Awitan
  • Bagumbayan
  • Bakal
  • Batobalani
  • Calaburnay
  • Capacuan
  • Casalugan
  • Dagang
  • Dalnac
  • Dancalan
  • Gumaus
  • Labnig
  • Macolabo Island
  • Malacbang
  • Malaguit
  • Mampungo
  • Mangkasay
  • Maybato
  • Palanas
  • Pinagbirayan Malaki
  • Pinagbirayan Munti
  • Poblacion Norte
  • Poblacion Sur
  • Tabas
  • Talusan
  • Tawig
  • Tugos

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Paracale
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 39,192 —    
1995 43,824 +2.26%
2000 42,453 −0.63%
2007 46,856 +1.42%
2010 53,243 +4.35%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]

Municipal officials[edit]

  • Mayor: Romeo Y. Moreno
  • Vice Mayor: Adonis Difunturom Salen
    • Councilors:
    • Edgar Madera Alcala
    • Bernadette Epino Asutilla
    • Rav Russel Manese Moreno
    • Mario Cesar Enova Cariño
    • Nestor Palma Manarang
    • Efren Gaerlan San Luis
    • Angelo Timoteo Pontanares
    • Lourdes Villamonte Briguera

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation
Land transportation is the primary means of transporting people, goods and services from the barangay to the town proper of Paracale. The municipality is connected to its different barangays by the municipality’s major roads, namely the Maharlika Highway.
Water supply
The barangays of the municipality are being served by levels I, II and III water supply. Other barangays are being served by shallow wells, deep wells or dug wells.
Power supply
Paracale 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
Paracale has a telecommunication system that is being run by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). There are two satellites of Smart, Globe. 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.
Mining companies
  • United Paragon Mining Corporation ( Not Operational)
  • Unidragon Mining and Development Corporation ( Not Operational due to Cease and desist order by MGB)
  • Baotong Mining Corporation (Not Operational due to Cease and desist order by MGB)
  • Konka Fulim Mining and Development Corp. (KFMDC) ( Not Operational)

Churches[edit]

  • Parroquia De Nuestra Senora de Candelaria, established in 1611, it is one of the first church in Camarines Norte in the region built by the Franciscan Friars. The church features the miraculous canonically image of Our Lady of Candelaria.
  • Parish of Saint Roche in Batobalani
  • Parish of San Roque in Tabas
  • Iglesia Ni Cristo
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
  • City Of Praise
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Seventh Day Adventist
  • And Dating Daan
  • United Church of Christ in the Phils (UCCP)
  • Paracale Evangelical Church

Educational institutions[edit]

Public Primary[edit]

  • Paracale Central School
  • Tugos Elementary School
  • Alfonso Dasco Elementary School
  • Batobalani Elementary School
  • Macolabo Elementary School
  • Capacuan Elementary School
  • Dalnac Elementary School
  • Gumaus Elementary School
  • Calaburnay Elementary School
  • Tawig Elementary School
  • Pedro Moreno Elementary School
  • Bagumbayan Elementary School
  • Pinagbirayan Elementary School
  • Labnig Elementary School
  • M Era Elementary School
  • Dagang Elementary School
  • Mangkasay Elementary School
  • S. Basilio Elementary school
  • Awitan Elementary School
  • Igang Elementary School

Public Secondary[edit]

  • Paracale National High School - Flordelisa V. Magana, Principal II
  • Batobalani National High School - Marlyn dela Cruz, Principal I
  • Tabas High School - Fernando B. Carullo, TIC
  • Gumaus National High School - Candelaria dela Cruz, OIC
  • Maximo Manarang High School - Jonalyn Nolasco, OIC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: CAMARINES NORTE". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  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 31 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Province of Camarines Norte". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 

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