Sipocot, Camarines Sur

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Sipocot
Municipality
Sipocot centro.jpg
Official seal of Sipocot
Seal
Nickname(s): Egg Basket of Camarines Sur; Native Chicken Capital of Camarines Sur; Where Andaya Highway Ends
Motto: "Boronyog Sipocot"
Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Sipocot
Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Sipocot
Sipocot is located in Philippines
Sipocot
Sipocot
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°46′N 122°59′E / 13.767°N 122.983°E / 13.767; 122.983Coordinates: 13°46′N 122°59′E / 13.767°N 122.983°E / 13.767; 122.983
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Camarines Sur
District 1st district (Riverside)
Barangays 46
Government[1]
 • Mayor Rogenor R. Astor
 • Vice Mayor Beth Abergos
Area[2]
 • Total 243.43 km2 (93.99 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 64,042
 • Density 260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4408
Dialing code 054
Income class 1st class; partially urban

Sipocot is a first class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 64,042 people.[3]

Geography[edit]

Notable hills include:

  • Susong Daraga Hill, located at Brgy. Impig and near CBSUA-SIPOCOT campus
  • Overlooking Point, Manangle located on the left side towards Manila at the Quirino Highway.
  • 100 steps, located in Brgy. Impig

Barangays[edit]

Sipocot is politically subdivided into 46 barangays:[2]

  • Aldezar
  • Alteza
  • Anib
  • Awayan
  • Azucena
  • Bagong Sirang
  • Binahian
  • Bolo Sur
  • Bolo Norte
  • Bulan
  • Bulawan
  • Cabuyao
  • Caima
  • Calagbangan
  • Calampinay
  • Carayrayan
  • Cotmo
  • Gabi
  • Gaongan
  • Impig
  • Lipilip
  • Lubigan Jr.
  • Lubigan Sr.
  • Malaguico
  • Malubago
  • Manangle
  • Mangga
  • Mangapo
  • Manlubang
  • Mantila
  • North Centro (Pob.)
  • North Villazar
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Salanda
  • Salvacion
  • San Isidro
  • San Vicente
  • Serranzana
  • South Centro (Pob.)
  • South Villazar
  • Taisan
  • Tara
  • Tible
  • Tula-tula
  • Vigaan
  • Yabo

History[edit]

Long before it became a town in the year 1801, Sipocot originally belonged to the town of Lupi, being one of its barrios. Its conversion into a town also paved the way for the establishment of its parish in dedication of St. John the Baptist, the town's patron saint. This marked the beginning of the celebration of the town fiesta held annually every June 24.

A version known to the local residents concerning the roots of the name of the municipality tells about the coming of the Spaniards to the Philippines, where a certain Captain Aguire of Lupi spent his leisure hours fishing in the cool water of Vigaan River in the morning and in the afternoon he would sail back by banca in the Bicol River. He usually have a plentiful catch which would be more his family needs. This activity did not escape the Spanish encomienderos’ ears in the town of lupi and the said Captain was summoned by the Spaniards for questioning. However, in the process of the inquiry, the Captain misunderstood and misinformed the foreigners and pointed to the Bicol River as his fishing area. The following day, the Spaniards and some native guides equipped with hook and lines went to the river to fish.

Upon reaching the bank they found a shed with Captain Aguirre’s fishing net or “pocot”. They also found in the place different kinds of fishes like bakla, kasili, and buyod. Delighted with their discovery, the Spaniards asked some natives the name of the place. The natives thinking that the Spaniards were asking for the name of the net they were holding, answered “si,pocot”. From then on, the Spaniards built a settlement near the Vigaan River which they christened SIPOCOT.

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Sipocot
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 49,501 —    
1995 53,392 +1.43%
2000 56,576 +1.25%
2007 57,861 +0.31%
2010 64,042 +3.76%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]

Economy[edit]

Banks and financial institutions in Sipocot include Land Bank of the Philippines, RCPI, Rural Bank of Sipocot, Rural Bank of Pamplona, Rural Bank of Minalabac, CARD Bank, BLVING Lending Corporation, M Lhuiller, Tambunting Pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuiller, Henry Lhuiller and Sipocot. Pawnshop.

Department stores in Sipocot are Tom Eloy Convenient Store, NOVO-Fabulous, ANSON Merchandise, and Lady Anne's Boutique and Giftshoppe.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation and communications[edit]

  • Digitel Communications, BayanTel and PLDT provide the telephone services including DSL, Broadband, and Dial-up internet services
  • Using of Cellular phones is one of the important medium of communication in the area, it is being powered by Smart Communications, Sun Cellular and Globe Telecom, (it also includes the Talk N Text, Touch Mobile, etc.)
  • The municipality also have this Post Office with 4408 as the Zip Code.
  • The area is accessible via buses, jeepnies, tricycles, trains, skates, etc. for public transportation vehicles.
  • The cable TV is also available, it is being powered by Dream Cable and Sky Cable. In the area ABS-CBN and GMA are the leading TV stations being watched.

Hospitals[edit]

  • Sipocot District Hospital
  • Our Lady of Salvation Hospital

Education[edit]

Binahian Elementary School
Tertiary
  • Felix O. Alfelor Sr. Foundation College, located at Brgy. South Centro
  • Central Bicol State University of Agriculture- Sipocot (Bicol Institute of Science and Technology), located at Brgy. Impig. This college has a transition name: Central Bicol State University of Agriculture - Sipocot (2009–Present); Camarines Sur State Agricultural Colleges - Sipocot Campus (2003–2009); Bicol Institute of Science and Technology (1992–2003); Sipocot National School of Arts and Trades (1972–1992)
Secondary
  • CBSUA-Sipocot Laboratory High School(Sipocot)
  • Felix O. Alfelor Sr. Foundation College - High School Dept., located at Brgy. South Centro
  • Sipocot National High School, located at Brgy. Tara (Division Leader School - Division Of Camarines Sur)
  • Villazar National High School, located at Brgy. North Villazar
  • Sacred Heart High School, located at Brgy. Calagbangan (supervised by the Villazar National High School administration, de jure)
  • Bolo Norte High School, located at Brgy. Bolo Norte (supervised by the Sipocot National High School administration, de jure)
  • Anib National High School, located at Brgy. Anib
  • Caima National High School High School, located at Brgy. Caima
Elementary
  • Every barangay has its own elementary schools. Schools are divided into two districts: Sipocot North District (schools in the northern part of the town) and the Sipocot South District (most of the southern part).
  • Sipocot North Central School
  • Sipocot South Central School
  • Aldezar Elementary School
  • Alteza Elementary School
  • Anib Elementary School
  • Awayan Elementary School
  • Azucena Elementary School
  • Bagong Sirang Elementary School
  • Binahian Elementary School
  • Bocol Elementary School
  • Bolo Sur Elementary School
  • Bulan Elementary School
  • Bulawan Elementary School
  • Cabuyao Elementary School
  • Caima Elementary School
  • Calagbangan Elementary School
  • Calampinay Elementary School
  • Carayrayan Elementary School
  • Cotmo Elementary School
  • Gabi Elementary School
  • Gaongan Elementary School
  • Lipilip Elementary School
  • Lubigan Jr. Elementary School
  • Lubigan Sr. Elementary School
  • Malaguico Elementary School
  • Manangle Elementary School
  • Mangapo Elementary School
  • Mangga Elementary School
  • Manlubang Public School
  • Mantela Elementary School
  • Sagrada Elementary School
  • Salvacion Elementary School
  • San Isidro Public School
  • San Vicente Elementary School
  • Serranzana Elementary School
  • Soledad R. Villafuerte Elementary School (Bolo Norte Elementary School)
  • Sta. Cruz Elementary School
  • Taisan Elementary School
  • Tara Elementary School
  • Tigman Elementary School
  • Tula-Tula Elementary School
  • Vigaan Elementary School
  • Villazar North Elementary School
  • Villazar South Elementary School
  • Yabu-Salanda Elementary School
Private Primary Institutions
  • Christian Mission Service Philippines School
  • Felix O. Alfelor Sr. Foundation College - Elementary School Dept. (Condemned Building)
  • King Thomas Learning Academy, Inc
  • Lady Amherstia Montessori School
  • Nazareth Institute of Learning & Formation
  • Serranz Learning Center

Sports and recreation venues[edit]

  • Sipocot Municipal Amphitheater
  • Governor Mariano E. Villafuerte Sr. Sports Complex (Town Plaza)
  • CBSUA-BIST Andaya Gymnasium
  • CBSUA-BIST Cultural Stage and Quadrangle
  • CBSUA-BIST Audio Visual Room
  • CBSUA-BIST Sports Ground
  • Calagbangan Cockpit Arena
  • Sipocot Cockpit Arena
  • Every barangay has its own Barangay Plaza for social gatherings and sport activities.
  • Sipocot Municipal Hall's Field
  • SNCS Covered Court, Oval and Open Ground
  • SNHS Sports Complex
  • Impig Viewing Point
  • Susong Daraga and other mt.
  • Butterfly Garden

Parishes[edit]

Name of Parish Parish Priest
St. John the Baptist Parish Parish (Mother Parish)
Rev. Fr. Camilo Palma,Jr.
St. Pius X Parish (North Villazar)
Rev. Fr. Cesar Bolina
St. Anthony de Padua Parish(Binahian)
Rev. Fr. Alfred Baisa
St. Therese of the child Jesus Parish (Tara)
Rev. Fr. Cristito Testa

References[edit]

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

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