Norzagaray

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Norzagaray
Municipality of Norzagaray
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
Official seal of Norzagaray
Seal
Map of Bulacan with Norzagaray highlighted
Map of Bulacan with Norzagaray highlighted
Norzagaray is located in Philippines
Norzagaray
Norzagaray
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°55′N 121°03′E / 14.92°N 121.05°E / 14.92; 121.05Coordinates: 14°55′N 121°03′E / 14.92°N 121.05°E / 14.92; 121.05
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Luzon (Region III)
ProvinceBulacan
District3rd District
FoundedAugust 13, 1860 [1]
Named forFernándo Norzagaray y Escudero
Barangays13 (see Barangays)
Government
[3]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorAlfredo G. Germar [2]
 • Vice MayorGeronimo G. Cristobal Jr.
 • Electorate57,933 voters (2016)
Area
[4]
 • Total309.77 km2 (119.60 sq mi)
Highest elevation
1,188 m (3,898 ft)
Population
(2015 census)[5]
 • Total111,348
 • Density360/km2 (930/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
3013
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)44
Climate typeTropical monsoon climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Poverty ratePositive decrease 6.7%
• Revenue (2017)Increase PHP 0.458 billion (19%) [6]
• Expenses (2017)Increase PHP 0.358 billion (13%)
• Total Assets (2017)Increase PHP 1.239 billion (19%)
ElectricityManila Electric Company
• Consumption21.23 million kWh (2003)
Native languagesSouthern Alta
Tagalog
Websitenorzagaray.gov.ph

Norzagaray, officially the Municipality of Norzagaray, (Tagalog: Bayan ng Norzagaray), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 111,348 people.[5]

It is the location of Angat Dam which sits on the lower realms of the Sierra Madre mountain range, the Dam is notable for being a major water and power supply for the National Capital Region.

History[edit]

The nucleus of what today is the town of Norzagaray traces from the old barrio Casay and barrio Matictic which was ecclesiastically and politically administered by the Augustinians from the town of Angat as its visitas as shown in the document "Mapa del Teritorio de Bulacan" by Fray Emmanuel Blanco O.S.A in 1832 which appeared in another document "Administracion Espiritual de los Padres Agustinos calzados de la Provincia del Dulce Nombre de Jesus de las Islas Filipinas" of Fray Francisco Villacorta in 1833.

The people of Barrio Casay worked for reforms politically, socially and economically, in order to be separated from Angat. They succeeded in their separation bid through Governor-General Fernándo Norzagaray y Escudero (1857-1860) who issued a Real Cedula declaring barrio Casay together with barrio Matictic to be constituted as a new independent town from Angat. Political boundaries of Angat and Pueblo de Casay y Matictic were demarcated and the newly created town was renamed as "Norzagaray" in honor of the said Governor-General Fernando de Norzagaray.

Cityhood[edit]

As early as 2005, the town’s Sangguniang Bayan approved Resolution No. 60, Series of 2005 requesting the Senate of the Philippines thru its president, Franklin Drilon and the House of Representatives thru its speaker, Jose de Venecia Jr. to co-sponsor a bill for Norzagaray’s conversion into a city and creation of a lone legislative district.

Geography[edit]

The town of Norzagaray is bordered by City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and Rodriguez, Rizal, to the south; by General Nakar, Quezon to the east; Santa Maria to the west; Angat, Bulacan is north-west; and Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan is to the north.

Barangays[edit]

Norzagaray is politically subdivided into 13 barangays. Friendship Village Resources (FVR) was created into a barangay under Sangguniang Panlalawigan Kapasiyahan Bilang 179-T 2002 and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Kautusan Bilang 003 on April 18, 2002; ratified on October 12, 2002; taken from barangay Tigbe.

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[5] 2010[7]
031413003 Bangkal 1.3% 1,419 1,325 1.31%
031413004 Baraka 0.5% 523 581 −1.98%
031413006 Bigte 10.9% 12,118 11,032 1.80%
031413007 Bitungol 9.1% 10,177 8,020 4.64%
031413015 Matictic 10.8% 12,025 10,395 2.81%
031413016 Minuyan 9.0% 10,038 8,810 2.52%
031413020 Partida 4.9% 5,422 5,267 0.55%
031413021 Pinagtulayan 1.8% 1,996 1,495 5.66%
031413022 Poblacion 14.6% 16,262 15,642 0.74%
031413024 San Mateo 7.8% 8,630 9,089 −0.98%
031413031 Tigbe 14.4% 16,058 14,846 1.51%
031413032 San Lorenzo 1.8% 1,990 1,980 0.10%
031413033 Friendship Village Resources (FVR) 13.2% 14,690 14,613 0.10%
Total 111,348 103,095 1.48%

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Norzagaray
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 5,131—    
1918 6,747+1.84%
1939 10,789+2.26%
1948 13,394+2.43%
1960 12,202−0.77%
1970 19,144+4.60%
1975 23,750+4.42%
1980 26,032+1.85%
1990 33,485+2.55%
1995 51,015+8.21%
2000 76,978+9.22%
2007 105,470+4.44%
2010 103,095−0.83%
2015 111,348+1.48%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[5][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, the population of Norzagaray was 111,348 people,[5] with a density of 360 inhabitants per square kilometre or 930 inhabitants per square mile.

Municipal government[edit]

Town hall, seat of the Government

Just as the national government, the municipal government is divided into three branches: executive, legislative and judiciary. The judicial branch is administered solely by the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The LGUs have control of the executive and legislative branch.

The executive branch is composed of the governor for the provinces, mayor for the cities and municipalities, and the barangay captain for the barangays.Local Government Code of the Philippines, Book III, Department of Interior and Local Government official website. The legislative branch is composed of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial assembly) for the provinces, Sangguniang Panlungsod (city assembly) for the cities, Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly) for the municipalities, Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the youth sector.

The seat of Government is vested upon the Mayor and other elected officers who hold office at the Town hall. The Sanguniang Bayan is the center of legislGermar

Elected Officials[edit]

  • Mayor: ALFREDO G. GERMAR
  • Vice Mayor: Geronimo G. Cristobal Jr.
  • Councilors:
    • Rogelio P. Santos, Jr.
    • John Joseph C. Ople
    • Alvin B. Cruz
    • Jerry R. Sumbillo
    • Zosimo SM. Cruz, Jr.
    • Restituto B. Sumbillo
    • Mamerto R. Bartolome
    • Patricio I. Gener
  • ABC President: Andrew Germar (Tigbe)
  • SK Federation President: Mark Ivan Feliciano (Tigbe)

Economy[edit]

Republic Cement Plant

In 2017, Norzagaray generated a total revenue of P457.59 million, P73.23 million or 19% higher than its previous income in 2016, making it as the 4th richest municipality in Bulacan after Marilao, Santa Maria and Baliuag. [10]

  • Major Industries:

Cement, Marble/Marble Processing, Food/Food Processing, Pyrotechnics

  • Major Products:

Bakeries, Processed meat and Agricultural products

  • Indigenous/Raw Materials Available:

Cement and Marbles

Tourism[edit]

Norzagary Cockpit Arena

Today, the town of Norzagaray is quickly rising in terms of commercial and economic status with tourist potentials.[citation needed] "Bakas" which is on a portion of the Angat River is recognized as one of the busiest places in the locality, particularly during summertime.[citation needed] People from distant towns often visit the place for relaxation.

Another potential spot for tourism is the Angat Watershed Forest Reserve where the Angat River Hydroelectric Plant or Angat Dam is located.[speculation?] The dam is the biggest hydroelectric plant the National Power Corporation (NPC) has ever constructed in terms of power capacity within the entire Philippines. Because of Angat Dam's size, its reservoir sinks to critical levels during the dry season necessitating the need for cloud seeding in some years. The 37-kilometre (23 mi) reservoir of this hydroelectric plant is covered with forests producing a cool climate.

Another is the Pinagrealan Cave located in Barangay Bigte. This cave is a subterranean network of caverns extending more than a kilometer deep. The Katipunero Revolutionaries during the war against Spain used it as a camp in 1896 and again during the Filipino-American War in 1898 as hideout of General Emilio Aguinaldo (the First President of the Philippines). It was also used as a sanctuary by the Japanese Imperial Army when the Philippines was liberated by joint Filipino and American Forces.

There are still other sites with tourism potential in the locality. However, some of these places are located in remote areas of the town, which are inaccessible to motor vehicles, therefore in need of immediate attention.

Historical and Cultural Heritage[edit]

The natives are religious and hear Mass or pray in the Catholic and INC churches. The town also remembers the 31 heroes of the Revolution.[citation needed]

  • Monument of Sinfroso de la Cruz

Religious[edit]

St. Andrew, the Apostle Church

Santuario de Paz Memorial Park (Minuyan)[edit]

The town's prime eternal repose garden is located in Minuyan.

Infrastructure[edit]

Bulacan 11-billion peso bulk water supply project[edit]

On December 12, 2007, Bulacan and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) signed an agreement for the development of a P11-billion bulk water supply project. Ayala-owned Manila Water Co. Inc. will implement the project. MWSS and Manila Water will provide a financial package of an infrastructure grant, a P10-million development assistance and a P10-million royalty fee to the towns of Norzagaray and Doña Remedios Trinidad, which will host the water supply project.[11]

18-hectare landfill[edit]

On January 19, 2008, an 18-hectare waste disposal facility, a new sanitary landfill that would also be a tourist attraction opened in Norzagaray, Bulacan province. The president of Wacuman Corp. stated: "I want them to see our system in our place which should not be abhorred because we are using the new state-of-the-art technology." The facility has a category 4 rating (the highest category for a sanitary landfill) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.pressreader.com/philippines/philippine-daily-inquirer/20160910/282385513965346
  2. ^ Inquirer.net, Bulacan mayor reclaims post after SC reverses his dismissal by Ombudsman
  3. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Province: Bulacan". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  6. ^ ""Commission on Audit 2017 Report-Bulacan"". Quezon City, Philippines: Commission on Audit. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. ^ "Province of Bulacan". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Norzagaray Economy". Province of Bulacan Official Website. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  11. ^ Abs-Cbn, Bulacan govt, MWSS ink deal on bulk water supply project[dead link]
  12. ^ abs-cbnnews.com, New landfill opens in Norzagaray, Bulacan[dead link]

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