San Agustin, Isabela

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San Agustin
Municipality
Municipality of San Agustin
Official seal of San Agustin
Seal
Nickname(s): "Crossbred Capital of the Philippines"
Map of Isabela with San Agustin highlighted
Map of Isabela with San Agustin highlighted
San Agustin is located in Philippines
San Agustin
San Agustin
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°31′N 121°45′E / 16.52°N 121.75°E / 16.52; 121.75Coordinates: 16°31′N 121°45′E / 16.52°N 121.75°E / 16.52; 121.75
Country  Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Isabela
District 4th District of Isabela
Barangays 23 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Cesar Agonoy Mondala
 • Vice Mayor Virgilio Padilla
 • Electorate 13,108 voters (2016)
Area[2]
 • Total 278.40 km2 (107.49 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 22,880
 • Density 82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 3314
PSGC 023127000
IDD:area code +63 (0)78
Climate type Tropical rainforest climate
Income class 3rd municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 91,980,026.07 (2016)
Poverty incidence 14.62 (2012)[4]
Website www.sanagustin-isabela.gov.ph

San Agustin, officially the Municipality of San Agustin, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 22,880 people.[3]

History[edit]

Founded by Agustin Daguro Agpaoa in 1949, by virtue of Executive Order No. 259 dated September 28, 1949 issued by President Elpidio Quirino. The mayor named the new LGU after his first name but on official records, it was named after the patron of the new towm. There are seven towns in Isabela named after its founders but used prefix "San" (Saint) to remove the idea of being self-serving.

In the old days, the present site of San Agustin, Isabela was a hinterland inhabited by headhunting Ilongots and some scattered bands of Aetas locally known as "Pogot". It was then a part of the municipality of Echague. From this historic town sailed forth a band of intrepid pioneers led by Juan Gumpal, Antonio Pintang, and Vicente Taguiam. They penetrated the wilderness and explored the rich valleys along both sides of the Cagayan River. They put up scattered settlements which were often plagued by malaria, and the marauding Ilongots and Pogots but the brave pioneers stayed put and in the end they were able to befriend Ilongots and Aetas and at the same time they were able to lick malaria. Not long after the scattered settlements grew into sitios and one of them was Lakay-lakay (named after the creek) on the western side of the Cagayan River. The place is now "Masaya Centro", the seat of the municipal government of San Agustin.

When Jones was organized into an independent municipality in 1921, 30 barrios were separated from the municipality of Echague and one of them was Masaya. Because all the barrios of Jones prospered beyond the inhabitants' expectations and since there were no good roads connecting the barrios at that time, the people of Masaya and adjoining barrios petitioned the President of the Philippines to organize the barrios into a regular town.[5]

In 1959, the barrio of Uldogan was renamed Laoag.[6]

It is the home of the "Nuang Festival" the annual celebration in honor of the sturdy carabao and in recognition of the highly successful Carabao Upgrading Program of the local government, through the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist and its cooperating agencies and stakeholders. The program was commenced in 1993 by then Mayor Jesus M. Silorio. This was continued under the successive administrations of Mayor Virgilio A. Padilla and Mayor Operaflor A. Manuel. Under the latter's leadership, the Nuang Festival was started.

Mayor Cesar Agonoy Mondala, won the 2016 Elections with the support of 1 & 1/2 barangay Captain out of 23 Barangay.

Barangays[edit]

San Agustin is politically subdivided into 23barangays.[2]

  • Bautista
  • Calaocan
  • Dabubu Grande
  • Dabubu Pequeño
  • Dappig
  • Laoag
  • Mapalad
  • Masaya Centro (Poblacion)
  • Masaya Norte
  • Masaya Sur
  • Nemmatan
  • Palacian
  • Panang
  • Quimalabasa Norte
  • Quimalabasa Sur
  • Rang-ay
  • Salay
  • San Antonio
  • Santo Niño
  • Santos
  • Sinaoangan Norte
  • Sinaoangan Sur
  • Virgoneza

Demographics[edit]

Population census of San Agustin
YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 10,136—    
1970 13,294+2.75%
1975 14,862+2.26%
1980 14,880+0.02%
1990 16,577+1.09%
1995 17,861+1.41%
2000 19,927+2.37%
2007 20,681+0.51%
2010 21,797+1.93%
2015 22,880+0.93%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, the population of San Agustin, Isabela, was 22,880 people,[3] with a density of 82 inhabitants per square kilometre or 210 inhabitants per square mile.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for San Agustin, Isabela
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
30
(86)
32
(90)
35
(95)
35
(95)
35
(95)
34
(93)
33
(91)
32
(90)
31
(88)
30
(86)
28
(82)
32
(90)
Average low °C (°F) 19
(66)
20
(68)
21
(70)
23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(75)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
22
(72)
21
(70)
20
(68)
22
(71)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 31.2
(1.228)
23
(0.91)
27.7
(1.091)
28.1
(1.106)
113.5
(4.469)
141.4
(5.567)
176.4
(6.945)
236.6
(9.315)
224.9
(8.854)
247.7
(9.752)
222.9
(8.776)
178
(7.01)
1,651.4
(65.023)
Average rainy days 10 6 5 5 13 12 15 15 15 17 16 15 144
Source: World Weather Online[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Isabela". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "PSA Releases the 2012 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Archived from the original on 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Miano, Troy Alexander (September 28, 2017). "NUANG AND THE FESTIVAL OF SAN AGUSTIN". Facebook. 
  6. ^ "R.A. No. 2096, An Act Changing the Name of the Barrio of Uldogan in the Municipality of San Agustin, Province of Isabela, to Laoag". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO. 
  9. ^ "Province of Isabela". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "San Agustin, Isabela: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". World Weather Online. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 

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