Sometime in 1929, Bato, then a forestal land with few inhabitants was a place of gathering of people living in the hinterlands. They used a place called “tabu”, where people from the hinterlands meet for recreation like cockfighting (“tari”) and horse fighting. In clearing the area near the Himoga-an River where a big rock (“bato”) was a landmark. The place was also used by the people during “tabu”, a day set by them for marketing or bartering their products. For the few residents of the place, this clearing also served as a place of recreation. For people who visited the place for recreation or for economic reasons, they named the place “Bato”because of the big rock.
Barangay Bato is 13 kilometers away from Poblacion of Sagay City and five (5) kilometers away from Barangay Maquiling. The barangay proper is 100 meters above sea level per record of NAMRIA.
It is bounded on the North Westernby Barangay CampoHimoga-an; on the North Eastern by Barangay Lopez Jaena, both of Sagay City; on the South Eastern by Barangay Magsaysay, Escalante City and on the South Western by Barangay Maquiling, Sagay City and Himoga-an River.
Barangay Bato has an area of 819.4700 hectares. Based on the latest Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of Sagay City for the period of 2006 to 2015, the land area of barangay are classified as follows, to wit:
|Parks, Open Space/Easement||35.2404 Hectares|
Type of Soil:
Guimbalaon Clay, La Castellana Clay Loam and Fara-on Clay Steep Phase
Sagay City has a tropical climate with season not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Barangay Batocomprises sixteen (16) puroks, namely:
|1. Purok Halandumon||9. Purok BagongSilang|
|2. Purok Paghida-it||10. Purok Kalubihan|
|3. Purok Kabulakan||11. Purok Gerard|
|4. Purok Masinadyahon||12. Purok Marang|
|5. Purok Kakahuyan||13. Purok Mainuswagon|
|6. Purok Mabinuligon||14. Purok BagongLipunan|
|7. Purok Mahinangpanon||15. Purok Paglaum|
|8. Purok Matam-is||16. Purok Linasgasan|
Based on the Census Population conducted by Philippine Statistic Authority (formerly NSO) Barangay Bato has a total population, as follows, to wit;
|Census Year||Census Reference Date||Population|
|2015||August 1, 2015||6,142|
|2010||May 1, 2010||6,124|
Per computation as of latest Census Population the population density of Barangay Bato is 7.49 persons/hectare or 749 persons/square kilometers.
Barangay Bato has a total registered voters of 3,465, with twenty (20) precinct numbers as of July 30, 2016 per record of Commission on Elections(COMELEC)Sagay City.
The population is predominantly Catholic interspersed with small groups or percentage of other sects such as Evangelical Church, Iglesiani Cristo, Baptist Church, Jehovah Witness and Seventh-Day Adventist.
Barangay Bato celebrates its annual fiesta in honor of their Patron Saint “Roch” every 30th day of March spearheaded by men and women of the Catholic faith.
Principal dialect is Ilonggo, however, the population are able to speak Cebuano. English is still generally spoken as business language.
Labor and Employment:
The bulk of labor force is engage in agriculture and farming with sugarcane astheir prime product. During off-season, they engage in planting of root crops,vegetables and other short-term products that could easily generate money.
Barangay Bato is one of the urban barangay of Sagay City. Its main economy is based on agriculture and the dominant crop is sugarcane. It has one industrial establishment, the Sagay Central Incorporated.
Record showed at NEGOSYO CENTER (One Stop Shop Office ) of Sagay City Barangay Bato has a total of sixtyfour (64) approved business license permits for the year 2016. There are twentyone (21) Sari-Sari Stores Retailers, six (6) Sugarcane Farming Producers,four (4) Water Refilling Stations Retailers, four (4) Bakeries Retailers/Processors, two (2) Meat Shop Retailers, two (2) Motor Parts Dealers, two (2) Chicken Joy Retailers, two (2) Pharmacy , Grocery & Canteen Services, one (1) Printing Services, one (1) MotorcyleSale/Lease Rental Services, one (1) Feeds Supply Retailer, one (1) Funeral Services, one (1) Gasoline/Diesel Retailer, one (1) Planters Association Services, one (1) Construction Supply Dealer, one (1) Multi PurposeCooperativeServices, one (1) Hollow Block Making Dealer, one (1) CarinderiaServices, one (1) Anti-oxidant & Soft Sugar Manufacturing Processor, one (1) Frozen Foods Retailer/Peddler, one (1) Internet Services, one (1) VideokeServices, one (1) Swine Farm Producer, one (1) Rice/feeds Retailer, one (1) Sand & Gravel Dealer and one (1) Fertilizer & Agricultural Chem. Dealer, one (1) Feeds & Fertilizer Retailer, one (1) Accessories &Drygoods Retailer and one (1) Sugarcane Manufacturer.
Barangay Income and Expenditures for the Past Five years
|Year||Income (pesos)||Expenditures (pesos)|
Source: Sagay City Accounting Office
Barangay Bato hasone (1) Public Elementary School, one (1) Public High School andtwo (2) Private Schools. Per record of Department of Education, Division of Sagay, the total enrollees as of school year 2016-2017, are as follows,to wit;
- Bato Central Elementary School has a total enrollees of 1079 students. Preparatory level has 80 students and Elementary level has 999 students.
- Bato National High School has a total enrollees of 1,018 students.
- Abounding Life Christian Academyhas a total enrollees of 72 students.
- St. Roch Formation Center offers only Preparatory level. It has a total enrollees of 25 students
The barangay has one (1) Health Station manned by one midwife. It has twenty seven (27) Barangay Health Workers. It has three (3) Day Care Centers for the kids and two (2) Barangay Nutrition Scholars.
Barangay has one covered court and six (6) open basketball courts scattered in some puroks for sports and recreational activities. There are also video houses and internet café’s in the barangay.
The local mode of transportation is by means of PUJ, PUB, and tricycles.
Power Supply: There are two sources of power supply, one from NONECO for the general populace while the other is supplied by Sagay Central, Incorporated for the majority of its personnel/workers in the compound.
Some residents get their water from Sagay Central Incorporated and some from Sagay Water District others got water from dug wells and deep wells.
Communications are available through mobile phones such as Globe and Smart, radio handsets and Islaphone. Newspapers are available at the store outlets from the city proper
CURRENT BARANGAY OFFICIALS
|Barangay Captain:||RODOLFO B. ESGUERA|
|Barangay Kagawads:||Nicanor F. Bedayo|
|Danilo V. Bingcang|
|anuel A. Tabacug Jr.|
|Tessie G. Cueva|
|William M. Carabuena|
|ake R. Javelosa|
|Barangay Treasurer:||Rosemarie V. Decosta|
|Barangay Secretary:||Ma. Dee M. Salvaloza|