BARANGAY LOPEZ JAENA
Barangay Lopez Jaena is located in the eastern part of the City of Sagay, Negros Occidental. The history of the barangay dates back in 1902, which started as a very small settlement. Missionaries from foreign lands came and found out that this place was scarcely populated. The place was covered with big trees or forest. Among the first residents was Pedro Paculba and was considered as the most respected person in this place. He named this place “Lopez Jaena” in honor of Graciano Lopez Jaena, an Ilonggo hero who was recognized for his great contribution to the history of our country.
The Missionaries brought about changes especially in the educational and religious aspect in the life of the people. At that time the head of the people was called “Cabeza del Barrio“. Education had given them opportunities in finding means to improve their ways of living. School was established and the first teachers were mostly Missionaries.
All of the leaders have contributed their part in transforming this place into a big settlement. There was intermingling of dialects. Many have established permanent dwellings in this place. This barangay was also awarded the cleanest barrio in Sagay, under the leadership of the late Mr. Felix Rodillado, who at that time was the Barrio Lieutenant or Teniente del Barrio.
Barangay Lopez Jaena is located at the eastern part of Sagay City. It is seven (7) kilometers away from Poblacion of Sagay City. The barangay proper has an elevation of 60 meters above sea level per record of NAMRIA. It is bounded on the North Eastern by Barangay General Luna, Sagay City; on the South Eastern by Barangays Tamlang & Magsaysay, both of Escalante City; on the South Western by Barangays Bato & Campo Himoga-an and on the North Western by Barangay Rizal, all of Sagay City.
Barangay Lopez Jaena has a total land area of 1,830.6000 hectares.Based on the latest Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of City of Sagay for the period of 2006 to 2015. The land area are classified as follows, to wit;
|Light Industrial||0.2000 hectares|
|Socialized Housing||1.9000 hectares|
|Parks, Open Space & Easement||58.4000 hectares|
Type of Soil:
Guimbalaon Clay, Manapla Loam, Cadiz Gravelly Loam, La Castellana Loam & 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 Lopez Jaena has seventeen (17) Puroks, namely:
|1. Purok Acasia/Had. Erlinda||10. Purok Paghida-et|
|2.Purok Balibag Lower/Upper||11. Purok Past|
|3. Purok Cabiguhan||12. Purok Pula|
|4. Purok Kawayan||13. Purok Salvacion II|
|5. Purok Mabinuligon||14. Purok Tamburong|
|6. Purok Calinta-an||15. Purok Tan-ao|
|7. Purok Manatad/Colo||16. Purok Salvacion I/Syding|
|8. Purok Manuela/Syding||17. Purok Villaceran|
Based on the Census Population conducted by Philippine Statistic Authority (formerly NSO) Barangay Lopez Jaena has a total population, as follows, to wit;
|Census Year||Census Reference Date||Population|
|2015||August 1, 2015||5,519|
|2010||May 1, 2010||5,428|
Per computation as of latest Census Population the population density of Barangay Lopez Jaena is 3.01 persons/hectare or 301 persons/square kilometer.
Barangay Lopez Jaena has a total registered voters of 2,970, with sixteen (16) 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.
Principal dialect is Ilonggo, likewise they know how to speak Cebuano and Tagalog.
Labor and Employment:
Most of the labor force in Barangay Lopez Jaena relies on sugarcane farming while some are engaged in candle making, bamboo craft and other type of business.
Barangay Lopez Jaena is a rural barangay and its economy is based mainly on agriculture. Some residents have sari-sari stores to augment their livelihood everyday.
Record showed at NEGOSYO CENTER (One Stop Shop Office ) of Sagay City, Barangay Lopez Jaena has only three (3) approved business license permits for the year 2016. One (1) Organic Fertilizer Manufacturer, one (1) Sari-sari & Bakeshop Retailer and one (1) Lime/Silica Manufacturer.
Barangay Income and Expenditures for the Past Five years
|Year||Income (pesos)||Expenditures (pesos)|
Source: Sagay Accounting Office
Barangay has two (2) Public Elementary Schools and one (1) Public High School. Per record of Department of Education, Division of Sagay, the total enrollees as of school year 2016-2017, are as follows, to wit;
- Lopez Jaena Elementary School has a total number of enrollees of 627 students. Preparatory level has 34 students and Elementary level has 593 students.
- Briones-Salcedo Elementary School has a total number of enrollees of 261 students. Preparatory level has 17 students and Elementary level has 244 students.
- Sagay National High School (Lopez Jaena extension) has a total number of enrollees of 243 students.
Barangay has two (2) Health Stations manned by two (2) midwives and twenty one (21) Barangay Health Workers. It has three (3) Day Care Centers and two (2) Barangay Nutrition Scholars.
Barangay has one (1) covered court and three (3) open standard basketball courts scattered in some puroks for recreational and sport activities.
RESETTLEMENT SITE/CORE SHELTER PROGRAM
Per record in the City Planning Development Office as of 2015, Barangay Lopez Jaena has one (1) Resettlement Site and one (1) Core Shelter Program , to wit;
Resettlement Site :
- Barangay Lopez Jaena, located in Barangay proper, containing a total development of 1.9999 hectares, with 148 total number of saleable lots awarded to qualified beneficiaries.
- GK Salvacion Village, located at Barangay Lopez Jaena, with 97 total number of planned houses, with 30 constructed & awarded houses to qualified beneficiaries.
Core Shelter Program:
The local mode of transportation is by means of buses (Ceres Liner), jeepneys and tricycles.
NONECO provides electrical power supply to the community while some use batteries, generators and solar.
Residents of this barangay utilize deep wells and electrically driven water pump as their main water source.
Telecommunications are available through telephones, cellphones and radio handsets. Newspapers & magazines are also available in commercial outlets/stores.
CURRENT BARANGAY OFFICIALS
|Barangay Captain:||EDDIE R. LOBATON, JR.|
|Barangay Kagawads:||RENE B. DECHINO|
|MARIO A. NEGRO|
|JOCELYN N. CONIENDO|
|EVELYN O. BERNAS|
|ESTELITA P. GARGAR|
|VIRGILIO V. MAYONILA|
|FEDERICO Y. MACABILIN|
|Barangay Treasurer:||FELIX A. CAMORO|
|Barangay Secretary:||WILFREDO C. LOBENIA|
|BARANGAY RECORD KEEPER:||MARIVIC N. DELA PEÑA|