Pateros, Metro Manila

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Pateros
First-class Municipality
Municipality of Pateros
Pateros as viewed from the balcony of its town hall pic 2.jpg
Official seal of Pateros
Seal
Nickname(s): A Small Town with a Big Heart; Balut Capital of the Philippines; Home of the World Famous Balut
Motto: Mas na Mas, Pateros! (literally, The Superb Pateros)
Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Pateros
Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Pateros
Pateros is located in Philippines
Pateros
Pateros
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°54′N 121°06′E / 14.900°N 121.100°E / 14.900; 121.100Coordinates: 14°54′N 121°06′E / 14.900°N 121.100°E / 14.900; 121.100
Country Philippines
Region National Capital Region
Districts Lone district of Taguig City-Pateros
Founded 1700
Barangays 10
Government[1]
 • Mayor Jaime "Joey" Cruz Medina (Nacionalista)
 • Vice Mayor Gerald German (Liberal)
 • Sangguniang Bayan
Area[2]
 • Total 2.25 km2 (0.87 sq mi)
Elevation 16.0 m (52.5 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 64,147
 • Density 29,000/km2 (74,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code 1620-1622
Area code 2
Website www.pateros.gov.ph

Pateros, officially the Municipality of Pateros (Filipino: Bayan ng Pateros), is a first-class municipality in Metro Manila, Philippines. This small town is famous for its duck-raising industry and especially for producing balut, a Filipino delicacy that is boiled duck egg. Pateros is also known for the production of red salty eggs and "inutak", a local rice cake. Moreover, the town is known for manufacturing of "alfombra", a locally-made footwear with a carpet-like fabric on its top surface. Pateros is bordered by Pasig City to the north, Makati City to the west, and Taguig City to the south.

Pateros is the only municipality and the smallest, both in population and in land area, in Metro Manila, but it is the second most densely populated at around 29 thousand people per square kilometer after Manila.

Etymology[edit]

The name Pateros most likely derived from the duck-raising industry. The Tagalog word (of Spanish origin) for "duck" is pato and pateros means "duck-raisers". Edmund Roberts used Duck-town as the alternate name for Pateros, stating that he "never before saw so many ducks together," in one place.[4]

Another theory, though less known, is that the name may allude to the town's small shoe-making industry. The Tagalog word for "shoe"—also of Spanish origin—is sapatos and shoemakers are called sapateros.

History[edit]

Before 1770, Pateros was only a barrio of Pasig until the Spanish Governor-General in the Philippines issued a decree making Pateros an independent municipality. The town was then composed of five barangays (villages), namely, Aguho, San Roque, Sta. Ana, Sto. Rosario and Mamancat (now a portion of Fort Bonifacio). On March 29, 1900, Pateros became one of the towns in the newly created province of Rizal, by virtue of General Order No. 40, Act No. 137 of the Philippine Commission, which was promulgated on June 11, 1901. Then on October 12, 1903, Act No. 942 combined Pateros, Taguig City and Muntinlupa City into a single municipality under Pateros. The municipality was renamed Taguig on March 22, 1905, through Act No. 1308. Executive Order No. 20 dated February 29, 1908 separated Pateros from Taguig. Pateros then regained its independent status as a municipality on January 1, 1909 by Executive Order No. 36. On November 7, 1975, Pateros became a part of the new Metropolitan Manila Area through Presidential Decree No. 824.[5]

Geography[edit]

Barangays[edit]

Pateros is politically subdivided into 10 barangays:

  • Aguho
  • Magtanggol
  • Martires Del 96
  • Poblacion - this barangay serves as the town's commercial center
  • San Pedro
  • San Roque
  • Sta. Ana
  • Sto. Rosario - Kanluran
  • Sto. Rosario - Silangan
  • Tabacalera

Boundary dispute[edit]

The municipal government of Pateros claims that its original land area was not its present land area of 2.10 km² but 1,040 hectares (10.4 km²) including Fort Bonifacio, particularly Barangays Comembo, Pembo, East Rembo, West Rembo, Cembo, South Cembo and Pitogo which are now part of the city of Makati and Bonifacio Global City which was made part of Taguig, based on documents and official maps obtained by former Pateros Councilor Dominador Rosales from 30 libraries and offices including USA Library of Congress and USA Archives. One of those maps was the 1968 Land Classification Map of the Bureau of Land.[6]

Pateros’ decrease in territory was accounted to a cadastral mapping in Metro Manila conducted in 1978. The late Pateros Mayor Nestor Ponce challenged the map through an objection letter dated June 23, 1978.[7] But on January 1986, former President Ferdinand Marcos issued Proclamation No. 2475 which stated that Fort Bonifacio is situated in Makati and it is open for disposition.[8] Because of that, a boundary dispute arose which moved Pateros to request a dialogue about that with then Municipal Council of Makati in 1990. Pateros also filed a complaint against Makati at the Makati RTC in 1996 but the trial court dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction. The case was moved to the Court of Appeals in 2003 but the case was also denied. The same case was also moved to the Supreme Court in 2009 but it was denied again.[6][9]

Supreme Court Decision[edit]

Almost 2 decades later, the Supreme Court on June 16, 2009, per Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura denied Pateros’ petition against Makati but ruled out that the boundary dispute should be settled amicably by their respective legislative bodies based on Section 118(d) of the Local Government Code.[10] Pursuant to the decision, Pateros invited Makati to a council-to-council dialogue. This happened on October 8, 2009. Four meetings were held and at the fourth dialogue on November 23, 2009, a joint resolution was made stating that Makati is requesting a tripartite conference between Pateros, Taguig and Makati.[11]

Demographics[edit]

As of 1818, the population was estimated at 3,840 Tagalog peoples. When Edmund Roberts visited in 1834, he estimated approximately 4,500 residents.[4]

Population Census of
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 51,409 —    
1995 55,286 +1.37%
2000 57,407 +0.81%
2007 61,940 +1.05%
2010 64,147 +1.28%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]
Red salty duck eggs, a popular product of Pateros,

Economy[edit]

As of 1834, Pateros raised and sold duck and had a fishing industry.[4]

Pateros Park-Plaza de Borja
Pateros Municipal Hall (November 2013)
Pateros overview

Education[edit]

The following are the different schools in Pateros under the Department of Education (DepEd) – Division of Taguig City and Pateros:

Public schools[edit]

Primary[edit]

  • Aguho Elementary School (AES)
  • Capt. Hipolito Francisco Elementary School (CHFES-Main)
  • Capt. Hipolito Francisco Elementary School (CHFES-Annex)
  • P. Manalo Elementary School (PMES)
  • Pateros Elementary School (PES)
  • Sta. Ana Elementary School (SAES)
  • Sto. Rosario Elementary School (SRES)

Secondary[edit]

Tertiary[edit]

  • Pateros Technological College (PTC)
  • St. John Bosco

Private schools[edit]

  • Center for Positive Future
  • Huckleberry Montessori School
  • Pateros Catholic School (PCS)
  • SEP Christian School, Inc.
  • Southern Rizal Institute
  • St. Genevive School of Pateros (SGSP)

Notable people[edit]

Jimmy Santos (actor), Filipino Actor, PBA Basketball Player, and TV Host, Eat Bulaga! - Berting Labra (Actor) Side kick of FPJ - Kenneth Paul Cruz ( Actor, Commercial Model) - Daisy Reyes ( Beauty Queen, Actress)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Land Use Classification". Municipal Government of Pateros. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities". 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  4. ^ a b c Roberts, Edmund (1837). Embassy to the Eastern Courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat. New York: Harper & Brothers. pp. 63–64. 
  5. ^ "Historical background". Municipal Government of Pateros. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Rosales, D. 2009, November. Sanhi ng pagliit ng Pateros. Susi ng Pateros, 5.
  7. ^ Bayos, Kris. 2009, October 8. Documents back up Pateros’ claim over 7 Makati villages. Manila Bulletin.
  8. ^ Tuazon, L. 2000, January. LC 2623 map: Isang katotohanang hindi matitinag. Susi ng Pateros, 3.
  9. ^ Supreme Court Decision for Pateros' petition to claim Fort Bonifacio. Retrieved from http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2009/june2009/157714.htm
  10. ^ Panaligan, R. 2009, June 22. SC wants Ft. Bonifacio land dispute settled amicably. Manila Bulletin.
  11. ^ Rosales, D. 2010, April. Update: Fort Bonifacio claim. Susi ng Pateros, 1 & 4.

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