Map of Pampanga showing the location of Porac
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|• Mayor||Condralito "Carling" Balatbat Dela Cruz|
|• Total||314.00 km2 (121.24 sq mi)|
|• Density||350/km2 (920/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class|
Porac is a first class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines, 26 kilometres (16 mi) west from the provincial capital San Fernando. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 111,441 people.
With an area of 31,400 hectares (78,000 acres), Porac is the largest town in Pampanga. The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) traverses this town, the exit of which is located in Barangay Manuali. Notable residents include former governor and Senator Lito Lapid, and former governor Mark Lapid. Porac was among the largest municipalities in the archipelago before it was divided into separate municipalities. A portion of Mount Pinatubo is in the municipality.
Porac was founded on October 31, 1594, upon acceptance by Fray Mateo Peralta in the Friar's Intermediate Chapter (recorded by Fray Gaspar de San Agustin, by saying Porac has its First Minister and Friar, Fray Mateo de Mendoza. (Marker: October 31, 2008, 412th Anniversary of Porac).
Porac has a hilly to mountainous terrain in the majority of its plains. Most rivers, if not all, are heavily silted by mudflow due to the eruption of Mount Pinatubo and succeeding lahar flows. Tourist spots include Darabulbul Falls (nicknamed Dara Falls) in Jalung, Miyamit Falls in Sapang Uwak, and the hot springs of Sitio Puning, accessed through Sapang Bato in Angeles City. Babo Pangulo offers a view of Porac and Mount Negron.
- Babo Pangulo
- Babo Sacan (Guanson)
- Calzadang Bayu
- Dolores (Hacienda Dolores)
- Inararo (Aetas)
- Manibaug Libutad
- Manibaug Paralaya
- Manibaug Pasig
- Mitla Proper
- Pulung Santol
- San Jose Mitla
- Santa Cruz
- Sapang Uwak (Aetas)
- Sepung Bulaun (Baidbid)
- Siñura (Seniora)
- Villa Maria (Aetas)
The town of Porac has two distinct climates, rainy and dry. The rainy or wet season normally begins in May and runs through October, while the rest of the year is the dry season. The warmest period of the year occurs between March and April, while the coolest period is from December through February.
|Population census of Porac|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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 executive branch is composed of the mayor and the barangay captains for the barangays. The legislative branch is composed of the Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly), Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the youth sector.
Porac is an important source of granite and a tamping ground of minerals.
Porac is home to the Mekeni Food Corporation, an "AAA" Meat Processing Plant accredited with the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS). Being classified under the "AAA" category, it is qualified to market its products, not just in the local, but in the international market as well. This means that it is compliant to all government regulatory requirements to assure food quality and safety in its operations (Sun Star, 2006).
Santa Catalina de Alexandria Parish
The heritage Santa Catalina de Alexandria Church is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando.
Its original structure, built in 1594, is largely intact but slight revisions have been made to the inside. It underwent restoration in the 1980s. The church is 52 metres (171 ft) long, 12 metres (39 ft) wide and 9 metres (30 ft) high.
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- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- "Province of Pampanga". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "Porac". electronic Kabalen. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
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