Sipocot, Camarines Sur
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|Municipality of Sipocot|
Egg Basket of CamSur
Native Chicken Capital of CamSur.
Map of Camarines Sur with Sipocot highlighted
|Region||Bicol Region (Region V)|
|Founded||July 3, 1801|
|Barangays||46 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Rogenor R. Astor|
|• Vice Mayor||Beth Abergos|
|• Electorate||33,224 voters (2016)|
|• Total||243.43 km2 (93.99 sq mi)|
|• Density||270/km2 (690/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)54|
|Climate type||Tropical rainforest climate|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||153.3 million (2016) |
|Poverty incidence||33.62 (2012)|
|Native languages||Central Bikol|
Notable hills include:
- Susong Daraga Hill, located at Brgy. Impig and near CBSUA-SIPOCOT campus
- Overlooking Point, Manangle located on the left side towards Manila at the Quirino Highway.
- 100 steps, located in Brgy. Impig
Sipocot is politically subdivided into 46 barangays:
- Bagong Sirang
- Bolo Sur
- Bolo Norte
- Lubigan Jr.
- Lubigan Sr.
- North Centro (Poblacion)
- North Villazar
- Sagrada Familia
- San Isidro
- San Vicente
- South Centro (Poblacion)
- South Villazar
Long before it became a town in the year 1801, Sipocot originally belonged to the town of Lupi, being one of its barrios. Its conversion into a town also paved the way for the establishment of its parish in dedication of St. John the Baptist, the town's patron saint. This marked the beginning of the celebration of the town fiesta held annually every June 24.
A version known to the local residents concerning the roots of the name of the municipality tells about the coming of the Spaniards to the Philippines, where a certain Captain Aguire of Lupi spent his leisure hours fishing in the cool water of Vigaan River in the morning and in the afternoon he would sail back by banca in the Bicol River. He usually have a plentiful catch which would be more his family needs. This activity did not escape the Spanish encomienderos’ ears in the town of lupi and the said Captain was summoned by the Spaniards for questioning. However, in the process of the inquiry, the Captain misunderstood and misinformed the foreigners and pointed to the Bicol River as his fishing area. The following day, the Spaniards and some native guides equipped with hook and lines went to the river to fish.
Upon reaching the bank they found a shed with Captain Aguirre’s fishing net or “pocot”. They also found in the place different kinds of fishes like bakla, kasili, and buyod. Delighted with their discovery, the Spaniards asked some natives the name of the place. The natives thinking that the Spaniards were asking for the name of the net they were holding, answered “si,pocot”. From then on, the Spaniards built a settlement near the Vigaan River which they christened SIPOCOT.
|Population census of Sipocot|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, the population of Sipocot, Camarines Sur, was 64,855 people, with a density of 270 inhabitants per square kilometre or 700 inhabitants per square mile.
|Climate data for Sipocot, Camarines Sur|
|Average high °C (°F)||32
|Average low °C (°F)||27
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||59.21
|Average rainy days||22||23||19||22||25||28||31||27||25||28||27||31||308|
|Source: World Weather Online|
Banks and financial institutions in Sipocot include Land Bank of the Philippines, RCPI, Rural Bank of Sipocot, Rural Bank of Pamplona, Rural Bank of Minalabac, CARD Bank, BLVING Lending Corporation, M Lhuiller, Tambunting Pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuiller, Henry Lhuiller and Sipocot. Pawnshop.
Department stores in Sipocot are Tom Eloy Convenient Store, NOVO-Fabulous, ANSON Merchandise, and Lady Anne's Boutique and Giftshoppe.
Transportation and communications
- Digitel Communications, BayanTel and PLDT provide the telephone services including DSL, Broadband, and Dial-up internet services
- Using of Cellular phones is one of the important medium of communication in the area, it is being powered by Smart Communications, Sun Cellular and Globe Telecom, (it also includes the Talk N Text, Touch Mobile, etc.)
- The municipality also have this Post Office with 4408 as the Zip Code.
- The area is accessible via buses, jeepnies, tricycles, trains, skates, etc. for public transportation vehicles.
- The cable TV is also available, it is being powered by Dream Cable and Sky Cable. In the area ABS-CBN and GMA are the leading TV stations being watched.
- Sipocot District Hospital
- Our Lady of Salvation Hospital
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- Felix O. Alfelor Sr. Foundation College, located at Brgy. South Centro
- Central Bicol State University of Agriculture- Sipocot (Bicol Institute of Science and Technology), located at Brgy. Impig. This college has a transition name: Central Bicol State University of Agriculture - Sipocot (2009–Present); Camarines Sur State Agricultural Colleges - Sipocot Campus (2003–2009); Bicol Institute of Science and Technology (1992–2003); Sipocot National School of Arts and Trades (1972–1992)
- CBSUA-Sipocot Laboratory High School(Sipocot)
- Felix O. Alfelor Sr. Foundation College - High School Dept., located at Brgy. South Centro
- Sipocot National High School, located at Brgy. Tara
- Villazar National High School, located at Brgy. North Villazar
- Sacred Heart High School, located at Brgy. Calagbangan (supervised by the Villazar National High School administration, de jure)
- Bolo Norte High School, located at Brgy. Bolo Norte (supervised by the Sipocot National High School administration, de jure)
- Anib National High School, located at Brgy. Anib
- Caima National High School High School, located at Brgy. Caima
- Every barangay has its own elementary schools. Schools are divided into two districts: Sipocot North District (schools in the northern part of the town) and the Sipocot South District (most of the southern part).
- Sipocot North Central School
- Sipocot South Central School
- Aldezar Elementary School
- Alteza Elementary School
- Anib Elementary School
- Awayan Elementary School
- Azucena Elementary School
- Bagong Sirang Elementary School
- Binahian Elementary School
- Bocol Elementary School
- Bolo Sur Elementary School
- Bulan Elementary School
- Bulawan Elementary School
- Cabuyao Elementary School
- Caima Elementary School
- Calagbangan Elementary School
- Calampinay Elementary School
- Carayrayan Elementary School
- Cotmo Elementary School
- Gabi Elementary School
- Gaongan Elementary School
- Lipilip Elementary School
- Lubigan Jr. Elementary School
- Lubigan Sr. Elementary School
- Malaguico Elementary School
- Manangle Elementary School
- Mangapo Elementary School
- Mangga Elementary School
- Manlubang Public School
- Mantela Elementary School
- Sagrada Elementary School
- Salvacion Elementary School
- San Isidro Public School
- San Vicente Elementary School
- Serranzana Elementary School
- Soledad R. Villafuerte Elementary School (Bolo Norte Elementary School)
- Sta. Cruz Elementary School
- Taisan Elementary School
- Tara Elementary School
- Tigman Elementary School
- Tula-Tula Elementary School
- Vigaan Elementary School
- Villazar North Elementary School
- Villazar South Elementary School
- Yabu-Salanda Elementary School
- Private Primary Institutions
- Christian Mission Service Philippines School
- Felix O. Alfelor Sr. Foundation College - Elementary School Dept. (Condemned Building)
- King Thomas Learning Academy, Inc
- Lady Amherstia Montessori School
- Nazareth Institute of Learning & Formation
- Serranz Learning Center
Sports and recreation venues
- Sipocot Municipal Amphitheater
- Governor Mariano E. Villafuerte Sr. Sports Complex (Town Plaza)
- CBSUA-BIST Andaya Gymnasium
- CBSUA-BIST Cultural Stage and Quadrangle
- CBSUA-BIST Audio Visual Room
- CBSUA-BIST Sports Ground
- Calagbangan Cockpit Arena
- Sipocot Cockpit Arena
- Every barangay has its own Barangay Plaza for social gatherings and sport activities.
- Sipocot Municipal Hall's Field
- SNCS Covered Court, Oval and Open Ground
- SNHS Sports Complex
- Impig Viewing Point
- Susong Daraga and other mt.
- Butterfly Garden
|Name of Parish||Parish Priest|
|St. John the Baptist Parish Parish (Mother Parish)|
|Sto. Nino de Praga Parish (Calagbangan)|
|St. Pius X Parish (North Villazar)|
|St. Anthony de Padua Parish(Binahian)|
|St. Therese of the child Jesus Parish (Tara)|
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- "Province of Camarines Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
- "Sipocot, Camarines Sur: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". World Weather Online. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
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