BARANGAY SEWAHON I
Barangay Sewahon I got its name from the river traversing the area which the native Aetas called “SIWA” which means a small branch of river emerging from the foot of the mountain. The word “siwa” later became “siwa-on.” As years went by, it became “SEWAHON” as it is called today. Sewahon River is one of the tributaries of Pacul River.
The reported history of Sewahon started in 1940 when the first settlement was established. A Protestant layman named CatalinoDiosdado built the first Evangelical church in the area. During this time, most of the settlers were engaged in clearing the area after the Insular Lumber Company (ILCO) abandoned the place. When World War II broke-up, the place was under the caretakership of Juan Agravio and Juan Gaurana who owned a vast area of land.
After the war, Domingo Meneses settled and developed portion of forestal area while another portion was claimed by settler Juan Gaurana was bartered to Zacharias Tuberos, also a settler of that place. The matter was reached to the office of the Director of the Bureau of Land who then sent a surveyor named Mr. Santiago to survey the disputed land. However, after years of staying in the place, Mr. Santiago have interest and loved the place and after his retirement he settled for good in the place and called, “Campo Santiago.”
In 1960, a formal petition was submitted by five (5) sitios applying to become a barrio of Sagay. These were Sitios Campo Santiago, Sewahon, CampoBago (now BarangayPuey), CampoHimoga-an andMaquiling. The four became a barrio except Sewahon, being near to Campo Santiago was merged and became her sitio. The first Kapitan del Barrio was BienvenidoSoberano. During this period, school were established both in Campo Santiago proper and in SitioSewahon.
The establishment of Sagay Central Inc. in 1969 brought economic boast to neighboring barrios of BarangayBato and one of them is Barrio Campo Santiago. The barrio then received the first electricity service from VRESCO in 1973.
The life of the people started to prosper, however, insurgency problem arose and the economy was affected much by the armed conflict. The barangay, being in the hinterland,
suffered the most. People started to move to more peaceful and progressive places and only few were left in the barangay proper.
In 1988, Pablo Halipa, who is from SitioSewahon was elected Barangay Captain. In his leadership, his father the late Rufino T. Halipa donated a total of two (2.0000) hectares of land for the barangay site in SitioSewahon. Many projects then followed, more classrooms and Day Care Centers were built and roads were concreted. In 1995, the move to transfer the seat of government to SitioSewahon was initiated.
In April 30, 1997, BarangaySewahon I was officially approved and declared, replacing the name of Campo Santiago to Barangay Sewahon I and placed its barangay site to where it is today.
Barangay Sewahon I is located at the South Western part of Sagay City. It is 22 kilometers away from the proper of Sagay City. The barangay proper has an elevation of 108 meters above sea level per record of NAMRIA.
It is bounded on the North by BarangayTadlong; on the East by Barangay Baviera; on the South by Barangay Colonia Divina, all of Sagay City and on the West by Barangay V.F.Gustilo, Cadiz City.
Barangay Sewahon I has a total land area of 768.6200 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:
|Light Industrial||0.2000 Hectares|
|Parks, Open Space & Easement||43.4200 Hectares|
Type of Soil:
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 Sewahon I has eighteen (18) Puroks, namely:
|1. Purok Makig-angon||10. Purok Malipayon|
|2. Purok Paraiso||11. Purok Halandumon|
|3. Purok Mabinuligon||12. Purok Mahigugma-on|
|4. Purok Los Pigados||13. Purok Sagrado|
|5. Purok Maalwan||14. Purok Kabulakan|
|6. Purok Kasantulan||15. Purok Liwayway A|
|7. Purok Paghidaet||16. Purok Liwayway B|
|8. Purok Mahidaeton||17. Purok San Juan|
|9. Purok Makawiwili||18. Purok Karublisan|
Based on the Census Population conducted by Philippine Statistic Authority (formerly NSO) Barangay Sewahon I has a total population, as follows, to wit;
|Census Year||Census Reference Date||Population|
|2015||August 1, 2015||2,855|
|2010||May 1, 2010||2,789|
Per computation as of latest Census Population the population density of Barangay Sewahon I is 3.71 persons/hectare or 371 persons/square kilometers.
Barangay Sewahon I has a total registered voters of 1,378, with nine (9) precinct numbers as of July 30, 2016 per record of Commission on Elections(COMELEC)Sagay City.
Roman Catholic is predominantly scattered to this particular area interspersed with some groups of other sects such as Baptists, Alaph Temple, Evangelical and Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or Mormons.
Barangay Sewahon I celebrates its annual fiesta in honor of their Patron Saint “Saint Roch” every last Friday and Saturday of August which was spearheaded by men and women of Catholic faith.
Mostly of the residents speak Hiligaynon/Ilonggo, likewise they know Cebuano, Tagalog and English languages.
Labor and Employment:
Dominantly, barangay folks are engaged in farming considering that it is an agricultural barangay and almost 90% of the area is planted with sugarcane.
Barangay Sewahon I is one of the rural barangay of Sagay City. The source of income is mainly from sugar plantation/farming.
The Hanging bridge along the river is the major attraction located 500 meters away from barangay proper. They celebrate their Barangay Fiesta every 29th of July in Honor of St. Santiago.
Record showed at NEGOSYO CENTER (One Stop Shop Office) of Sagay City, BarangaySewahon I has no approved business license permit for the year 2016.
Barangay Income and Expenditures for the Past Five years
|Year||Income (pesos)||Expenditures (pesos)|
Source: Sagay City Accounting Office
Barangay Sewahon I has two (2) PublicElementary Schools, one (1) PublicHigh School and one (1) Integrated School. Per record of Department of Education, Division of Sagay, the total enrollees as of school year 2016-2017, are as follows, to wit;
- Rufino T. Halipa Elementary School has a total enrollees of 213 students. Preparatory level has 22 students and Elementary level has 191 students.
- Campo Santiago Elementary School has a total enrollees of 156 students. Preparatory level has 17 students and Elementary level has 139 students.
- Sewahon National High School has a total enrollees of 103 students.
- Serafin V. Aguilar Integrated School has a total enrollees of 319 students. Preparatory level has 17 students, Elementary level 111students and Secondary level has 191 students.
Barangay has one (1) Health Station with one (1) midwife and eighteen (18) Barangay Health Workers. It has five(5) Day Care Centers and one (1) Barangay Nutrition Scholar.
The youth spend their leisure time playing basketball. It has one (1) covered court and seven (7) standardopen basketball courts scattered in some puroks.
Jeepneys are the mode of transportation reaching the barangay. There are residents who used to walk in going to nearest barangays.
The source of power is from NONECO others used batteries, solars and some households still use “kinki” to produce light during nighttime.
As a source of water, they get it from deep wells provided by the city government and from springs along hillsides.
We can reach the people of barangay Sewahon I through cellphones and radio handsets. They buy newspapers and magazines from the city proper or from stores and/or listen and view on televisions to update their way of living, lifestyles and events happening in the city and the whole world as well.
CURRENT BARANGAY OFFICIALS
|Barangay Captain:||ROGELIO L. HALIPA|
|Barangay Kagawads:||GINA J. HALIPA|
|ROLDAN L. JAMERA|
|ARSENIO D. MENARDO|
|MELITA B. DULANO|
|ROSALINDA C. HALIPA|
|ERNESTO L. GUARDIANO|
|JIMMY D. DULANO, SR.|
|Barangay Treasurer:||CONNIE D. BRAZA|
|Barangay Secretary:||FELIROSE A. SOLLANO|