Rodriguez, Rizal

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Map of Rizal showing the location of Rodriguez
Map of Rizal showing the location of Rodriguez
Rodriguez is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°43′N 121°07′E / 14.72°N 121.12°E / 14.72; 121.12Coordinates: 14°43′N 121°07′E / 14.72°N 121.12°E / 14.72; 121.12
Country Philippines
Region Calabarzon (Region IV-A)
Province Rizal
District 2nd District of Rizal
Founded (as Montalban) 1909
Renamed as Rodriguez (Batas Pambansa Blg. 275) November 12, 1982
Named for Eulogio Rodriguez, Sr.
Barangays 11
 • Mayor Cecilio C. Hernandez
 • Total 312.70 km2 (120.73 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[4]
 • Total 369,222
 • Rank 1 out of 1,489 Municipalities
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 1860
IDD:area code +63 (0)2
Income class 1st

Rodriguez is a first-class, urban municipality in the province of Rizal, Philippines. It is the northernmost town in the province and comes after San Mateo, Rizal, and Quezon City coming from Metro Manila. The town is located on the slopes of the Sierra Madre mountain range and features many resorts; it is the largest town in Rizal province with an area of 312.70 km². According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 369,222 people,[4] making it the most populous municipality in the country.

It borders San Mateo, Rizal and Antipolo City, Rizal on the south, Norzagaray, Bulacan and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on the north, Quezon City on the west and General Nakar, Quezon on the east.

Montalban, a common name for the municipality up to the present, was its official name from its founding in 1909 until 1982 when the Batasang Pambansa officially renamed it Rodriguez in honor of Eulogio Rodriguez, Sr., a native of the municipality who served as Senate President.

Rodriguez is one of the richest municipalities in the Philippines, ranking eighth in 2007 with an annual income of ₱310 million.

The legend of Bernardo Carpio is said to have happened in the mountains of the town.


Rodriguez is a town of mountains. From its north to south, a series of sloping ridges, hills and mountains ranges adorn the town. In fact, around 27% or the town is occupied by mountains and slopes. The town's highest peak is Mt. Irid, towering 1,469 meters above mean and sea level.

The province of Rizal spans for 1,175.8 square kilometers. Rodriguez makes up 26.6% on the entire province of Rizal, housing 11 barangays. The land mass of Rodriguez is big enough to be an ideal place for many purposes, such as agriculture, commerce such as the Avilon Zoo, and hiking and climbing spots of Wawa Gorge, relocation of communities (having a strategic position east of Rizal, and a lot of areas where low-cost housing projects can be put up), subdivision areas for either low-,mid-,high-cost housing, and also for special uses (such as the landfill).

Elevation and slope[edit]

The mountainous interior of Rodriguez

The Municipality of Rodriguez is generally very rough in topography, with 83% of its total land area composed of upland areas, hills and mountain ranges. The remaining 17% lowlying terrain and rolling lands are found at the south-western portion of the municipality, along with the northern portions of the Municipality of San Mateo.

This gently rolling to rolling slopes comprises the Marikina River Valley, where water from higher elevations drain towards the Marikina River and its tributaries at the south-western portion of the municipality. Elevations at these western lowlands range from 10 to 30 meter above sea level. The western portion of the flatlands gently rises towards the west, which is part of Quezon City.

The mountainous regions of the Municipality of Rodriguez are found at the central and eastern areas, with sleepy sloping ridges and mountain ranges, traversing north to south. The terrain in these mountain ranges has slopes ranging from 30–50%. Very steep hills and mountains have slopes greater than 50%. Rolling to hilly areas 18–30% in slope can also be found. These high elevations are drained by several major rivers, namely the Tanay, Puray, and Rodriguez Rivers.


Rodriguez is politically subdivided into 11 barangays (8 urban, 3 rural):[5]

  • Balite
  • Burgos
  • Geronimo
  • Macabud
  • Manggahan
  • Mascap
  • Puray
  • Rosario
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Rafael


Based on Different accounts, The town of Rodriguez had been a part of San Mateo territory since the Spanish period.

San Mateo with its large size was dismembered on April 27, 1871 when Captain General Isquierdo issued a decree separating the barrios of Balite, Burgos, Marang and Calipahan from San Mateo and formed them into the new municipality of Montalban (Rodriguez). On February 29, 1908, During the American occupation, the American government, through the power of the American Governor General of the Philippines, proclaimed the Executive Order No. 20 separating San Mateo from Montalban, making the former an independent municipality.

From the Executive Summary of annual audit report 2012, the Municipality of Rodriguez (formerly Montalban) was founded on June 30, 1871 under the "Acta de Erreccion" or Deed of Foundation. Its creation on June 11, 1901 was incorporated in the newly created Province of Rizal by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 20 series of 1908) as amended by Executive Order no. 36 series of 1908.


Population census of Rodriguez
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 3,440 —    
1918 5,201 +2.79%
1939 6,402 +0.99%
1948 5,257 −2.17%
1960 9,648 +5.19%
1970 20,882 +8.02%
1975 31,176 +8.37%
1980 41,859 +6.07%
1990 67,074 +4.83%
1995 79,668 +3.28%
2000 115,169 +8.22%
2007 223,594 +9.58%
2010 280,904 +8.66%
2015 369,222 +5.34%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[4][6][7][8]
Rodriguez Town Hall

In the 2015 census, the population of Rodriguez, Rizal, was 369,222 people,[4] with a density of 1,200 inhabitants per square kilometre or 3,100 inhabitants per square mile.


The main transportation used in the municipality were jeepneys, tricycles, SUVs, and buses. There are jeepneys that ply through the towns of San Mateo, Marikina and Cubao via Marcos Highway in Quezon City, some ply the route that leads to Philcoa in Quezon City via Batasan Road in San Mateo, others connect Rodriguez to Litex Road in Quezon City. The Marikina Auto Line Transport Corporation (MALTC) buses is the only one that regularly travels to farther places like Makati and Parañaque. SUV's ply the routes to Cubao in Quezon City and Sta. Lucia Grand Mall in Cainta. Formerly there was a single railway line of the Philippine National Railways that goes up to Baranggay Balitè. It has been long dismantled.

It is known that 'patok' jeepneys originated from this town wayback during the 80's. These jeepneys are known for their notoriety on the road, despite being dangerous they are popular among the passengers hence the name patók which means 'popular'. They still ply to this town up to this day, most plying the Montalban-Cubao route via Marcos Highway. These jeepneys have already spread throughout the Rizal province as well in Marikina City ever since.

Municipal mayors[edit]

  Indicates a municipal president.
No Entered office Exited office Name
1 1909 1916 Eulogio Rodriguez
2 1916 1919 Eusebio Manuel
3 1919 1928 Gregorio Bautista
4 1928 1932 Jose Rodriguez
5 1932 1936 Roman Reyes
6 1936 1940 Jacinto Bautista
7 1941 1943 Francisco Rodriguez
8 1943 1944 Federico San Juan
9 1945 1945 Gavino Cruz
10 1946 1947 Catalino Bautista
11 1947 1947 Macario Bautista
12 1948 1959 Benigno Liamzon
13 1960 1960 Guillermo Cruz Sr.
14 1960 1984 Teodoro Rodriguez
15 1984 1987 Pablo Adriano
16 1988 1993 Angelito Manuel
17 1993 1995 Ernesto Villanueva
18 1995 1998 Pedro Cuerpo
19 1998 2001 Rafaelito San Diego
20 2001 2010 Pedro Cuerpo
21 2010 Incumbent Cecilio Hernandez


  • H Vill Hospital
  • N. Medcare Hospital
  • St. Mark Hospital
  • San Jose Maternity and Lying-in Hospital
  • Montalban Infirmary
  • Casimiro Ynares Memorial Medical Center


There are numerous elementary and high schools, both public and private, offering primary, secondary and tertiary education in the town of Rodriguez. There are also colleges and institutions that offer graduate and undergraduate programs in town.

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Amityville Elementary School
  • Burgos Elementary School
  • Christ The Foundation Christian Academy
  • Domus Angeli Academy (ER Campus)
  • Domus Angeli Academy (Green Breeze Campus)
  • Eastbridge School
  • EBBC Christian Academy
  • Eulogio Rodriguez Elementary School
  • Froebelian College of Science and Technology
  • Geronimo Elementary School
  • Infant Jesus Learning Academy
  • Jess Christian Academy
  • Kasiglahan Village Elementary School - Main
  • Kasiglahan Village Elementary School Unit I
  • Little Guardian Learning Center
  • Living Epistle Christian Academy
  • Lord Most High Christian School
  • Our Lord Redeemer Academy
  • Macabud Elementary School
  • Manggahan Elementary School
  • MelvinShire School
  • Puray Elementary School - Main
  • Puray Elementary School - Malasya-Uyungan Annex
  • Rodriguez Heights Elementary School
  • Roosevelt College Elementary School
  • San Jose Elementary School
  • San Rafael Elementary School
  • Southville 8C Elementary School
  • St. Anne Child Study Center
  • St. Anthony Learning Institute of Quezon City, Rodriguez Satellite Campus
  • St. Joseph College Grade School
  • St. Nazareth Learning Center
  • Steps to Ladders School and Activity Center
  • Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Christian Academy
  • Tagumpay Elementary School
  • Virgen del Pilar Elementary School
  • Wawa Elementary School
  • San Isidro Elementary School
  • Mascap Elementary School
  • Magalipit Primary School
  • Southville 8 Elementary School

High schools[edit]

  • Burgos National High School
  • Christ The Foundation Christian Academy
  • College of Arts & Sciences of Asia & the Pacific - Rodriguez Campus
  • Divine Saviour Montessori School
  • Eastern Valley School
  • Gen. Licerio Geronimo Memorial National High School
  • Holy Family Montessori
  • Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Christian Academy (JCSGO)
  • Kasiglahan Village National High School
  • Macabud National High School
  • Macaingalan National High School
  • Manggahan National High School
  • Maranatha Christian School
  • Mascap National High School
  • Montalban Heights National High School
  • Puray National High School
  • Roosevelt College High School
  • San Isidro National High School
  • San Jose National High School
  • Southville 8C National High School
  • St. Joseph's Colleges' Center for Positive Futures
  • St. Mary Magdalene Academy
  • Tagumpay National High School
  • Valley High Academy
  • Virgen del Pilar High School
  • Wawa National High School

Senior High Schools:

  • Kasiglahan Village Senior High School
  • Roosevelt College Senior High School
  • San Isidro Senior High School
  • San Jose - Litex Senior High School
  • Southville 8B Senior High School

Colleges and institutions[edit]

  • Asian Institute of Computer Studies - Montalban
  • Froebellian College of Science and Technology
  • Gerald's School of Science and Technology
  • St. Joseph's College of Quezon City
  • Colegio de Montalban (Pamantasan ng Montalban)
  • University of Rizal System (URS)

Houses of charities[edit]

There are houses of charities located in the town.

  • Cottolengo Filipino[9] – A non-stock, non-profit and non-government organizations licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Its aim is to serve the most poor, abandoned, neglected, surrendered persons with disabilities.
  • Anawim[10] – Home for the abandoned elderly, orphans, and physically and mentally handicapped persons.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "An Update on the Earthquake Hazards and Risk Assessment of Greater Metropolitan Manila Area" (PDF). Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. November 14, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Enhancing Risk Analysis Capacities for Flood, Tropical Cyclone Severe Wind and Earthquake for the Greater Metro Manila Area Component 5 – Earthquake Risk Analysis" (PDF). Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and Geoscience Australia. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Province: Rizal". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Province of Rizal". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
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