Map of Bulacan showing the location of Obando
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|• Mayor||Orencio E Gabriel (IND)|
|• Total||52.10 km2 (20.12 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)|
|• Poverty rate||4.1%|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Dialing code||+63 (0)2|
|Income class||2nd class|
|Electricity||Manila Electric Company|
|• Consumption||29.32 million kWh (2003)|
Obando is a second class partially urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. It is 16 kilometres (10 mi) away from the Philippine capital Manila. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 59,197 inhabitants.
The town is part of Manila's conurbation which reaches San Ildefonso in its northernmost part. It is said that if Obando ever becomes a member of Metro Manila in the near future, it would be the second municipality in the region, next to Pateros.
Flat and low-lying coastal plains characterize the general topography of Obando. The area was formerly an estuary, but it filled up partially from the peripheral parts of each sand bar and sand spit and formed up into current figure that mainly consisted of commercial district, partly industrial district, residential area and fishpond. Within the municipality are two rivers and three creeks namely Meycauayan River, in the north, Pinagkabalian River, in the south and Paco Creek, Hulo Creek and Pag-asa Creek traversing the town parallel to the provincial road.
Obando, just like the other towns of Bulacan, has two pronounced seasons: dry and wet season. The wet season is from May to October and the dry season is from November to April. The rainfall of the wet season accounts for about 80% of the annual rainfall, which is due to west monsoons and typhoons.
Obando has a land area of 52.1 km². It has an urban area which comprise 2 barangays, the other 8 barangays of rural area of the abovecited area, 82.50% are fishponds. Obando is politically subdivided into 10 barangays (8 urban, 3 rural). Barangays Binuangan and Salambao are located along the Paliwas River, and can only be reached by means of motorized boats.
- Pag-asa (formerly Poblacion)
- San Pascual (formerly Quebadia)
In the 18th century, the municipalities now known as Meycauayan, Valenzuela (formerly Polo) and Obando comprised only one town, the Municipality of Meycauayan. The town of Polo and Obando, formed a barrio called Catangalan. In the year 1623, the municipality of Polo was organized which included the present-day territories of the Town of Obando. By virtue of a decree promulgated during the time of Governor and Captain General of the Archipelago, Francisco Jose de Obando y Solis, the town was created and separated from its mother town Polo on May 14, 1753. In the Governor's untimely death at the hands of the British during the Seven Years' War, the creation and establishment of the town was made and attended by the Alcalde Mayor of the province, Don Francisco Morales y Mozabe, the Provincial Minister, S. Gregorio, Rev. Fr. Alejandro Ferrer, together with numerous religious devotees. The minister who was chosen to administer the town was Rev. Fr. Manuel De Olivendia.
In 1907, Obando was made an independent town of Bulacan. Then through the untiring efforts of the municipal officials, a portion of Gasak, Navotas was reclaimed to form a part of Obando. The municipal officials, believing that this portion was once a part of the municipality but was adopted by Navotas in the course of time, effortlessly pushed through its claim to regain the area. The concerted action of all those concerned paid off when on January 30, 1975, by virtue of a Presidential Decree No. 646, a portion of approximately 1.78 square kilometers of Gasak, Navotas was returned to Obando. This is mostly fishpond and sandy beach and believed that when fully developed, this will serve as a good tourist attraction. By resolution of 1975 Municipal Council, the area was made into a barangay and named it Nuestra Señora de Salambao in honor of one of its patron saints.
|Population census of Obando|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
In 2002, Obando had an estimated population of 58,245 wherein 49% are male and 51% are female. Of the current population, about 14% live in rural barangays while the rest constitute the urban population. There are 12,349 households. The average monthly income of a household is P9,000.00, slightly below the P9,540.00 minimum for a family of 6 threshold set by Department of Social Welfare and Development.
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- River pollution caused by the Tanza, Navotas dumpsite. In 2002, under the leadership of Mayor Nesty Joaquin, the Sangguniang Bayan of Obando, Bulacan passed a controversial resolution allowing all the Phileco (Philippine Ecology Systems Corp.) barges that contains tons of Metro Manila's garbage to pass the river of Obando and dumped it in a river-turned "controlled" dumpsite facility in Tanza, Navotas which is only 1 km away from Obando. Mass actions followed but local officials failed to stop the dumping up to this date. Studies showed that the operation of the dump was polluting the river and had caused several diseases among residents, mostly old folks, women and children.
- Obando Landfill - Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has been asked to revoke the environmental compliance certificate that his department issued to a landfill project for aggravating the situation in Obando town of Bulacan. Coalition president Roy Alvarez warned Paje the flooding in Obando is proof that the fishing town is a flood-prone area and the construction of a sanitary landfill is a blunder. The threat of extreme weather disturbances due to climate change and constructing a landfill in a flood disaster hotspot like Obando, Alvarez said. Citizens’ groups, religious associations, an environmental health coalition and a fisherfolk alliance, had asked Paje to stop the construction of the 44-hectare landfill in Barangay Salambao in Obando. They cited the proximity of the waste disposal facility to Obando River and Manila Bay. The protesters said that the Obando landfill project is illegal and violative of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. They expressed belief the landfill will prejudice the health of Obando River and its people, worsen the decades-old flooding problem in the town, contribute to the deterioration of Manila Bay and destroy the livelihood of tens of thousands of people. The said project was approved without public hearing and backed up by its former mayor Orencio E. Gabriel, councilors Aries Manalaysay, Dhey Alejo, Virgilio Cruz, Arvin dela Cruz, Edmon Papa, Jocelyn Gutierrez-Garcia, Bulacan governor Willy Alvarado. Businessman Antonio L. Cabangon-Chua of Ecoshield Development Corporation is the owner of the said sanitary landfill. Mr. Chua is the president of ALC Group of Companies (9TV-CNN Philippines, Philippine Graphic Weekly, Business Mirror, Aliw Broadcasting Corporation, City Tower Hotel, Fortune Life Insurance Co., Eternal Plans, Inc., Citystate Condominiums, Ecoshield Development Corporation).
- Jueteng - rampant and widespread proliferation of Jueteng (an illegal numbers game) being allegedly tolerated by local officials and authorities.
- Mayor: Edwin C. Santos
- Vice Mayor: Arvin E. Dela Cruz
- Corazon Cruz-Raymundo
- Victor I. De Asis
- Edmundo S. Papa
- Mac Bunal
- Artus Sayao
- Aries Manalaysay
- Nemie Capiral
- Ding Valeda
List of former mayors
Mayors of Obando:
- Edwin C. Santos (2013–Present)
- Orencio Gabriel (2007-2010 & 2010–2013)
- Zoilito Santiago (2004–2007)
- Onesimo Joaquin (2001–2004)
- Conrado Lumabas Jr. (1992–1995, 1995-1998 & 1998-2001)
- Bienvenido Evangelista (1988–2001)
- Antonio Joaquin (OIC 1986 - 1988)
- Other names to follow -
List of former vice mayors
Vice Mayors of Obando:
- Arvin Dela Cruz (2016-Present)
- Zoilito Santiago (2013–2016)
- Danilo de Ocampo (2010–2013)
- Leonardo Pantanilla (2007–2010)
- Jose Correa (2004–2007)
- Zoilito Santiago (2001–2004)
- Onesimo Joaquin (1998–2001)
- Romerico Roque Santos (1995–1998)
- Gaudioso Espinosa (1992–1995)
- Remigio Dela Cruz (1988–1992)
- Other names to follow -
- Obando Fertility Rites
- Obando Church
- Colegio de San Pascual Baylon
- Valenzuela-Obando-Meycauayan Mega Flood Control Project
- "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" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- Obando, Bayang Pinagpala! (Obando, Blessed Town!), Pamahalaang Bayan ng Obando (Local Government of Obando), 2006/2007
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- gmanews.tv/video, Bulacan electrical shop fire placed under control after 24 hours, 23 January 2008 (in Filipino)
- Abs-Cbn Interactive, Obando factory blaze not yet declared 'fire out'