San Jose del Monte
|San Jose del Monte|
|City of San Jose del Monte|
|Nickname(s): The First City of Bulacan, The Evergreen City|
Map of Bulacan showing the location of San Jose del Monte
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|Congr. district||Lone District of San Jose del Monte|
|Founded||March 2, 1752|
|Cityhood||September 10, 2000|
|Lone Congr. District||December 18, 2003|
|• Mayor||Reynaldo S. San Pedro (National Unity)|
|• Vice Mayor||Eduardo S. Roquero, Jr. (National Unity)|
|• Total||105.53 km2 (40.75 sq mi)|
|Elevation||100 m (300 ft)|
|• Density||4,300/km2 (11,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|ZIP code||3023, 3024|
|Income Class||1st Class|
|Classification||Component City; Urban|
San Jose del Monte is a suburban city in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. It is bordered by Caloocan and Quezon City in the south; by Rodriguez, Rizal, in the east; Santa Maria and Marilao, both of Bulacan, in the west; and Norzagaray, Bulacan in the north. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 454,553 inhabitants, making it the 19th most populated city in the Philippines.
San Jose del Monte has experienced major economic growth, evidenced by the presence of major commercial banks, fast food chain outlets, real estates, and wide coverage of landline and cellular phone services.
The city's Mayor is Reynaldo S. San Pedro, while Vice-Mayor Eduardo S. Roquero heads the Sangguniang Panglungsod. The city is represented in the House of Representatives by Congressman Arthur B. Robes.
- 1 Barangays
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Economy
- 4 Social services
- 5 Infrastructure
- 6 City government
- 7 Tourism
- 8 Churches
- 9 References
- 10 External links
San Jose del Monte is divided into two districts for representation purposes. It is politically subdivided into 59 barangays of which 23 barangays comprise the first district while 36 compose the second district.
|9||Gumaoc - Central||1st||3023||2,704||3,484||26.11%|
|10||Gumaoc - East||1st||3023||3,854||5,237||36.53%|
|11||Gumaoc - West||1st||3023||5,288||8,785||35.89%|
|29||Bagong Buhay I||2nd||3024||5,621||6,888||20.44%|
|30||Bagong Buhay II||2nd||3024||3,521||5,910||19.31%|
|31||Bagong Buhay III||2nd||3024||3,903||4,757||19.83%|
|32||San Martin I||2nd||3024||3,207||4,049||25.54%|
|33||San Martin II||2nd||3024||2,771||3,419||19.31%|
|34||San Martin III||2nd||3024||2,609||3,382||13.91%|
|35||San Martin IV||2nd||3024||2,939||3,894||28.10%|
|36||Sta. Cruz I||2nd||3024||2,997||2,414||7.5%|
|37||Sta. Cruz II||2nd||3024||2,798||3,744||10.51%|
|38||Sta. Cruz III||2nd||3024||2,058||2,432||19.68%|
|39||Sta. Cruz IV||2nd||3024||2,623||2,706||23.83%|
|40||Sta .Cruz V||2nd||3024||3,128||4,143||16.78%|
|48||San Rafael I||2nd||3024||6,080||9,413||28.39%|
|49||San Rafael II||2nd||3024||3,457||3,699||-1.91%|
|50||San Rafael III||2nd||3024||3,112||3,248||-5.49%|
|51||San Rafael IV||2nd||3024||5,308||6,695||2.60%|
|52||San Rafael V||2nd||3024||2,544||3,091||9.87%|
|55||Sto. Niño I||2nd||3024||2,363||3,068||-1.02%|
|56||Sto. Niño II||2nd||3024||2807||3,478||3.06%|
|57||St. Martin de Porres||2nd||3024||2,050||2,775||25.46%|
|58||Sapang Palay Proper||2nd||3024||3,576||5,538||24.89%|
|Population census of CSJDM|
Major agricultural crops are leafy vegetables, root crops (cassava as its OTOP [clarification needed]), pineapple, mango and coffee beans.
Livestock and poultry
The major income earner of the city is large- and small-scale swine production. There are 60 commercial livestock and poultry farms in the city. The major poultry producers are RFM, Vitarich and FELDAN.
A modern "Double AA" slaughterhouse started its operation in Pakulis, Bgy. Poblacion [clarification needed]
Trade and commerce
The city has three major business district growth areas: Tunkong Mangga, Muzon and Sampol Market. They are in wholesale and retail trade.
The minor business districts include Towerville in Minuyan Proper, Palmera in Kaypian, Northgate in Sto. Cristo, Citrus, Poblacion I, Grotto in Graceville, Francisco Homes, Gumaoc and San Rafael III
Commercial and thrift banks, pawnshops and cooperatives provide financial services for the city.
The city has experienced increased revenues in the past few years. The P607,782,085.98 gross income surpassing the gross income of Meycauayan City and Malolos City (capital) reported by the city treasury office and Commission on Audit for the 2008 fiscal year represented an increase of 15.96% from the 524,135,505.09 total in 2007.
The income in 2008 is comparable to the major cities and municipalities in Bulacan, such as Meycauayan, Malolos, Baliuag, Santa Maria and Marilao.
The city hosts four NHA resettlement projects of the national government and more than 150 residential subdivisions.
The Ospital ng Lungsod ng San Jose del Monte, a public hospital, is managed and operated by the city government, with subsidy from the provincial government. Five rural health units and sub-centers service the immediate health care needs of the community.
Programs addressed by city health officials include campaign drives against dengue, rabies, malnutrition, and smoking in public. There is a drive for regular garbage collection [clarification needed].
There are 128 schools offering elementary, secondary and tertiary education.
The city has now its own school division in compliance with R.A. 8797.
Bulacan State University operates a branch in San Jose del Monte. The city has a polytechnic college (Bulacan Polytechnic College, commonly known as BPC),located in Barangay Graceville. The town is also home of Sto. Rosario Sapang Palay College, a Catholic School located in Sapang Palay.
The city complies with R.A. 6972, requiring every barangay to have a daycare center; 71 daycare centers are operating in the city.
Aside from the social welfare service accessible through the local government, non-government organizations provide social services to the socially, economically and physically disadvantage sectors in the city.
The newest addition to the city's sport facility is the "Covered Court" with a seating capacity of 2,500. This is the venue for Monday Program of the city government as well as the other activities, such as conventions, seminars and concerts.
The Cattle Creek Golf and Country Club is a favorite hub among retirees and business executives.
The 65-man police force of San Jose del Monte is reinforced by other law enforcement groups such as Bantay Bayan, barangay police, private security guards another vigilant residents pursuing peace and order. The city Police Station maintains eight Kabayan Action Centers manned by officers acting as supervisors providing bond between police and community.
The fire station has five fire trucks to serve the city and other neighboring towns.
The city is serviced by bus routes going to and from, among others, Sapang Palay, Baclaran district in Pasay, Muntinlupa (Alabang), Taguig (FTI), Makati, Quiapo and Sta. Cruz districts in Manila, Novaliches district in Quezon City and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA. Jeepney routes also ply the roads between the city and neighboring cities and towns in Metro Manila and Bulacan province.
San Jose del Monte's road network has a total length of 211.43 km. (not including the BRMCREx [clarification needed]). The following are the main arteries of San Jose del Monte's road network which link the 59 barangays with Metro Manila and the rest of Bulacan.
- Quirino Highway is a vital national road which stretches from the town of Norzagaray to North Caloocan City and the rest of Quezon City.
- Bocaue - San Jose Road, also called Gov. Fortunato Halili Avenue, is a vital provincial road which links the city passing through Tungkong Mangga (Tungko) via Muzon to the town of Sta. Maria, Bocaue and to the North Luzon Expressway.
- Sapang Palay Road - Sta. Maria Road links the Sapang Palay Resettlement Project to town of Sta. Maria passing through Brgy. Bulac, Brgy. Catmon & Brgy. Patag in the said town.
- San Jose - Marilao Road links the city with the municipality of Marilao and to the North Luzon Expressway. This is now a permanent full exit.
- Sapang Palay Road links the Sapang Palay Resettlement Project to Quirino Highway and in the opposite end to Sapang Palay Proper.
- Igay Road links the upper barangay to Quirino Highway and Rodriguez, Rizal (formerly town of Montalban, Rizal).
- Bulacan-Rizal-Manila-Cavite Regional Expressway is under construction. It can go to Rizal, Metro Manila, and Cavite.
The bulk of the city's water requirement is being served by the City Water District, while some subdivisions have their own independent water supply system.
Internet service is available through SmartBro, Digitel, PLDT myDSL and Globe Broadband.
Cable television providers
Like other cities in the Philippines, San Jose del Monte is governed by a mayor and vice mayor elected to three-year terms. The mayor is the executive head and leads the city's departments in executing the city ordinances and improving public services. The vice mayor heads a legislative council consisting of 12 members 6 from District I and 6 from District II. The council is in charge of creating the city's policies.
San Jose del Monte, being a part of the Bulacan province, has its mayor in the city council headed the Area Integrated Development Authority (AIDA), AIDA is a special committee created during the term of former mayor Hon. Eduardo V. Roquero, M.D. through an executive order to concentrate on the improvement of 3 highly commercialized areas such as, Tungkong Mangga, Muzon, and Sampol areas.[clarification needed]. This council formulates development plans that seeks to solve the problems and improve the conditions in the metropolis.
The city is divided into 59 barangays, which handle governance in a much smaller area. These barangays are grouped into two districts and the city has Lone District[clarification needed], which is represented by a congressman in the country's House of Representatives.
The city aims to continuously provide its constituents with basic services such as social services, health services, economic services, environmental protection, tourism, peace and order, infrastructure and human resources development.
Current city officials (2013–2016)
|Mayor||Reynaldo S. San Pedro||National Unity Party|
|Vice Mayor||Eduardo S. Roquero, Jr., M.D.||National Unity Party|
|Representative||Arthur Robes||National Unity Party|
|Councilors||Efren Bartolome, Jr.||Liberal Party|
|Janet Reyes||National Unity Party|
|Richie Robes||National Unity Party|
|Liezl Aguirre Abat1||National Unity Party|
|Joey Abela||Arangkada San Joseño|
|Giovanny Capricho||National Unity Party|
|Councilors||Benjamin Acibal, Jr.||National Unity Party|
|Argel Joseph Drio2||National Unity Party|
|Reynaldo Policarpio||National Unity Party|
|Eumir Samera||National Unity Party|
|Romeo Agapito||Arangkada San Joseño|
|Irene Del Rosario||Liberal Party|
|ABC President||William Doctolero1 (Barangay Francisco-Homes Yakal)|
|SK President||Re-ann Mae Mendoza (Barangay Assumption)|
List of former municipal and city mayors
|Eduardo V. Roquero M.D.||
|Reynaldo P. Villano||
|Eduardo V. Roquero M.D.||
|Eduardo V. Roquero M.D.||
|Angelito M. Sarmiento||
|Eduardo V. Roquero M.D.||
|Reynaldo S. San Pedro (Acting)||
|Angelito M. Sarmiento||
|Reynaldo S. San Pedro||
San Jose is part of and promotes "There is more fun in the Philippines" campaign (DOT, Philippines).
VS Orchids Farm (Sto. Cristo) is the biggest orchids nursery and ornamental plants farm in Bulacan (owned by Ms. Rolita Spowart, 3 Manila Seedling Bank Foundation, Quezon City) Hundreds of orchids species are nurtured in this 1.8 hectares flora haven.
There are 2 prime resorts in the City.
San Jose Churches include the 1936 Iglesia ng Diyos kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Support of the Truth), as well as:
- St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church 
- Parokya ni San Pedro Apostol Church
- San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Parish
- Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine
- Madre Alessadra House of Prayer
San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Parish Church
From 1986-2000, the Pleasant Hill community has been a sub-parish of St. Peter Parish, Tungkong Mangga under Rev. Fr. Manuel M. Manicad as the Parish Priest. On July 3, 2000, Rev. Fr. Mario Jose C. Ladra was appointed parish priest. On January 2004, some parish leaders and staff together with Fr. Mar prepared documents for the change of status of the parish from a quasi– parish to a full-pledged parish. Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, DD, Apostolic Administrator,Diocese of Malolos approved the request on January 27, 2004, Tuesday, the day when St. Joseph Healing Masses are held in honor of the parish’s Second Patron Saint. Immediately afterwards, the Canonical Establishment and Solemn Proclamation of the Parish of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila was set on March 14, 2004. Rev. Fr. Mario Jose C. Ladra was likewise installed as its First Parish.
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine
The six hectares Lourdes Shrine Complex  (Church and the Grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary) with the 'Miracle Spring' is a popular Holy Week destination for Catholic devotees. Inaugurated on February 11, 1965, owner Anita Guidote-Guanzon decided to build the Grotto for she was cured of cancer upon her return from a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, in 1961. The Grotto also features a Calvary Hill with life-size statues that depict the 14 Stations of the Cross, and a Rosary Hill with 155 giant concrete beads. The complex is now run by Marietta Guidote-Guanzon Picache vda. de Holmgren, Anita’s eldest child, after the matriarch died on March 31, 1990.It is an exact replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France 
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Province: BULACAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "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.
- NSCB - ActiveStats - PSGC Interactive - CITY: CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE
- Died during incumbency on August 24, 2009.
- The Philippine Star, "Bulacan mayor unseated"
- "Sarmiento is new mayor in Bulacan town"
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- MRT-7 Project / San Jose del Monte Intermodal Station
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Philippine Census Information
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