The clamor to convert Sitio Bateria into a Barangay started in the early part of year 1980, when Hon. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. was the Municipal Mayor of Sagay. The proponents were of the same rationale that SitioBateriawill be separated from the BarangayPlaridelsince it is located along the National Highway andmore progressive than the Barangay.

On February 16, 1984, one prominent daughter of the place in the person of Mrs. Manuela PiccioVillasor, in her wish to share to the proposed barangay, donated Lot 604-J,covering an area of 6.7000 hectares for the Barangay site. The condition she cited in her donation is to name the proposed Barangay “Barangay Rafaela Barrera”, in honor of her late mother Rafaela Barrera. Creating a new barangay is an enormous task for the local government since it will pass through the legal process such as conduct the consultation and public hearing, population survey, area survey, endorsement from the local Sanggunian and approval of the SanggunianPanlalawigan.

The Municipality of Sagay prospered and became a city while the leaders also changed but the vision to make so Bateria a barangay continued. For more than 23 years that passed the dream of establishing a new Barangay became a reality when last, September 8, 2007 the people within the proposed barangay including those affected barangays of Plaridel, Bulanon, Andres Bonifacio and General Luna voted overwhelmingly through referendum that give birth to what is now “Barangay Rafaela Barrera”. It is also a significant coincidence that Hon. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. is in the helm as the City Mayor of Sagay, the same Mayor who envisioned creating this new barangay.

Barangay Rafaela Barrera is the 25th barangay of SagayCity. The first appointed and elected Barangay Captain is Rodrigo V. Arañez, Jr.



Barangay Rafaela Barrera is located 7.0 kilometers away from the Poblacion of Sagay City.
The barangay proper has an elevation of 25 meters above sea level per record from NAMRIA.

It is bounded on the NorthEastern by Barangay Plaridel& Barangay Andres Bonifacio, both of Sagay City; on the South Eastern by Barangay Hacienda Fe, Escalante City; on the South Western by Barangay General Luna, Sagay City and on the North Western by Barangay Poblacion I& Barangay Bulanon, both ofSagay City.


It has a total land area of 848.9690 hectares.

Type of Soil:

Fara-on Clay Complex


Sagay City has a tropical climate with season not very pronounce; relatively dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.

Political Boundaries:Barangay Rafaela Barrera comprises sixteen (16)Puroks, namely:

1.Purok Barangay Site 9.Purok Serlac
2.PurokCab-asan 10.Purok Sesco
3.Purok Riverside 11.Purok Gemelina (Crossing Bulanon part)
4.Purok Vicenta 12.Purok Tela Paz
5.Purok CrossingBulanon (part) 13.Purok Caridad
6.PurokQuarry (upper) 14.Purok Esperanza
7.Purok Bateria proper 15.Purok Camansi-I
8.Purok Banga-banga 16.PurokSan Martin



Based on the Census Population conducted by Philippine Statistic Authority (formerly NSO) Barangay Rafaela Barrera has a total population, as follows, to wit;

Census Year Census Reference Date Population
2015 August 1, 2015 4,205
2010 May 1, 2010 3,878

Population Density:

Per computation as of latest Census Population the population density of Barangay Rafaela Barrera is 4.95 persons/hectare or 495 persons/square kilometers.

Registered Voters:

Barangay Rafaela Barrera has a total registered voters of 2,290, with nineteen (19)precinct numbers as of July 30, 2016 per record of Commission on Elections(COMELEC)Sagay City.


Roman Catholic is predominantly scattered in the barangay and a small percentage of other religious sect.


Barangay Rafaela Barrera celebrates its annual fiesta in honor of their Patron Saint “Mother of Petpetual Help” every 23rd day of April spearheaded by men and women of the Catholic faith.


Most of the barangay residents speak Cebuano, however,they can also associate with the Ilonggos. English is fairly spoken as business language.

Labor and Employment:

The mass labor and employment force of the people are engaged in sugarcane plantation and other crops, lime quarries and wood lamination business.


Barangay Rafaela Barrera’s is one of the rural barangay of Sagay City. Its economy depends mostly on wood craft, lamination and agriculture. Some residents have sari-sari stores scattered in some puroks to augment their livelihood every day.

Record showed at NEGOSYO CENTER (One Stop Shop Office) of Sagay City, Barangay Rafaela Barrera has only four (4) approved business license permits for the year 2016. There is one (1) Construction Supply Dealer, one (1) Manufacturing of Limes and Limes Powderock Dealer, one (1) Rice, Corn Sugar & Cooking Oil Dealer and one (1) Online Ticketing Services.

Barangay Income and Expenditures for the Past Five years

Year Income (pesos) Expenditures (pesos)
2012 1,649,525.60 1,612,563.96
2013 1,521,996.12 1,878,020.87
2014 1,818,894.36 1,775,978.45
2015 1,698,307.33 1,745,672.75
2016 2,980,390.52 2,979,414.15

Source: Sagay City Accounting Office


Barangay Rafaela Barrera has only one (1) Public Elementary School per record of Department of Education, Division of Sagay, the total enrollees as of school year 2016-2017, are as follows, to wit;

  • Raymundo Tupas Elementary School has a total enrollees of 633 students. Preparatory level has 54 students and Elementary level has 579 students.


The barangay has one (1) Health Station manned by one (1) midwife, twenty (20) Barangay Health Workers and four (4) Day Care Centers.


Barangay Rafaela Barrera has one (1) covered court and four (4) open basketball courts scattered in some puroks for sports and recreational purposes. There are video houses in Barangay Proper and children’s playgrounds in school and in Barangay site.


Per record in the City Planning Development Office as of 2015, Barangay Rafaela Barrera has one

  1. National Housing Authority Typhoon Yolanda Permanent Housing Subdivision Project and two
  2. Resettlement Sites , to wit;

NHA Typhoon Yolanda Permanent Housing Subdivision Project:

  • Barangay Rafaela Barrera has one (1) on-going National Housing Authority Typhoon Yolanda Permanent Housing Subdivision Project, which is “Dona Josefina Ville Subdivision” containing a total area of development of 7.3751 hectares, with proposed 1,000 residential lots and 1000 units of row houses.

This permanent Yolanda Permanent Housing and Subdivision Project will be provided with Road system consisting with Primary/Main Road, Secondary Road and Alleys, Drainage system and Waste Water Management Facilities, Open spaces that covers Planting Strip, Pocket Parks & Parks and Playground, 1 unit Institutional area (Elementary School), Amenities (Basketball Court, Reserved area & Community Facilities, Common Parking Area and 1 unit Guard House/Police Outpost.

Resettlement Sites:

  • Barangay Rafaela Barrera (Crossing Bulanon) located at crossing Bulanon, this barangay containing a total development of 2.0000 hectares, with 128 total number of saleable lots awarded to qualified beneficiaries.
  • Barangay Rafaela Barangay Site, located at this barangay, containing a total development of 6.70000 hectares, with 216 total number of saleable lots awarded to 55 qualified beneficiaries.



The modes of transportation going to the barangay are buses, tricycle,jeepney and other vehicles hence, the place is located
along the national highway.

Power Supply:

Electrification through NONECO is availed by some residents while others use generators, solars and batteries for their power consumption.

Water Supply:

Most of the residents avail their water through Sagay WaterDistrict.


Telecommunication is available through telephone, cell phoneand two way radios.


Barangay Captain: RODRIGO V. ARAÑEZ
BarangayKagawads: VICENTE T. BAYADOG
Brgy. Treasurer: GINA A. CABATANIA
Brgy. Secretary: EDUARDO C. RUIZ, JR.