During the Spanish time, this unnamed place was covered with wide and thick forest, mostly of the grown trees are called Tabao. The origin and history how barangay Taba-ao got its name, was a certain Big Blackman named Taba-ao and people believed that this man is living on a big tree also called Tabao.
The original inhabitants living in this place was the Mahilum clan and PioVillaflor, the landowners of Barangay Taba-ao and a few members of their families. Later when the old Mahilum and Pio died, the properties was sold to Katalbas family.
The first appointment of the head of the barangay was called “Teniente Del Barrio & the first was VictorianoLibo-on. As time goes on, he was succeeded by CasimeroMahilum, after his term of office he was succeeded by FelimonAlmencion.
In year 1954, the appointive system was changed to elective system such that the Barangay Officials were elected by the people.
Barangay Taba-ao is located at the Northern part of Sagay City. It is situated along the coastal line, with a shore distance of eight (8) kilometers from the North to South, having two adjacent rivers known as Quinalumsan River and Taba-ao River. It has also a small and beautiful island called Suyac, which has white sand and corrals.
It is bounded on the North Eastern by Tañon Strait;on the South Eastern by Bulanon River; on the South Western by Barangay Poblacion I and on the North Western by Barangay Old Sagay, all of Sagay City.
Barangay Taba-ao has a total land area of 1,427.2400 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:
|Parks, Open Space & Easement||36.2400 hectares|
Type of Soil:
Fara-on Clay Complex, Manapla Loam, Cadiz Gravelly Loam & La Castellana Clay Loam
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.
It has twelve (12) puroks, namely:
|1. Purok Paglaum||7. Purok Malipayon|
|2. Purok Mabinuligon||8. Purok Matinahuron|
|3. Purok San Pedro||9. Purok Mainawa-on|
|4. Purok Gasang||10. Purok Halandumon|
|5. Purok Maghirupay||11. Purok San Isidro|
|6. Purok Tuburan||12. Purok Ponta Roma|
Based on the Census Population conducted by Philippine Statistic Authority (formerly NSO) Barangay Taba-ao has a total population, as follows, to wit;
|Census Year||Census Reference Date||Population|
|2015||August 1, 2015||5,330|
|2010||May 1, 2010||5,138|
Per computation as of latest Census Population the population density of Barangay Taba-aois 3.73 persons/hectare or 373 persons/square kilometers.
Barangay Taba-ao has a total registered voters of 2,751, with seventeen (17) precinct numbers as of July 30, 2016 per record of Commission on Elections (COMELEC)Sagay City.
The people are prevalently catholic in religion.
Barangay Taba-ao celebrates its annual fiesta(Kini-at Festival) in honor of their “ Immaculate Heart of Mary” every 20th to 21st of May which was spearheaded by men and women of Catholic faith.
Most of the residents speak Hiligaynon/Ilonggo, likewise they also know Cebuano, Tagalog and English languages.
Labor and Employment:
Dominantly, people are engaged in farming considering that 70% of the area is a sugarcane plantation and almost 20% of the area is planted by coconut and the rest is fishpond.
Barangay Taba-ao is one of the rural barangay of Sagay City and it is a coastal barangay. The source of income mainly from sugar plantation/farming and fishing.
One of the major attraction of this barangay is the small island called “Suyac”. It is located 1.5 kilometers away from barangay proper. Suyac Island is a Mangrove Eco-park and the first fully-community based eco-tourism project in line with the city’s thrust on sustainable tourism development. The site is the home of one of the oldest and biggest mangroves particularly sonnertiaalba or commonly known as Pagatpat specie in Negros Occidental. The place is best to visit during high tide where you can enjoy swimming and mangrove paddling. The community also offers the freshest seafoods with their Suyackinilaw among others. This eco-tourism project is a pro-environment, pro-community anchored on the guiding principles ‘’tourism enriches, protects and helps build communities. It is being managed by the community- Suyac Island Eco Tourism Association (SIETAS).
Record showed at NEGOSYO CENTER (One Stop Shop Office ) of Sagay City, Barangay Taba-ao has a total of five (5) approved business license permits for the year 2016. There are two (2) Fish Pond Producers, one (1) Internet/Sari-Sari Services, one (1) Sari-Sari Retailer and one (1) Sugarcane Farming Producer.
Barangay Income and Expenditures for the Past Five years
|Year||Income (pesos)||Expenditures (pesos)|
Source: Sagay City Accounting Office
Barangay Taba-ao hasthree (3) PublicElementary Schools.Per record of Department of Education, Division of Sagay, the total enrollees as of school year 2016-2017, are as follows, to wit;
- Pedro R. Katalbas, Sr. I Elementary School has a total enrollees of 143 students. Preparatory level has 9 students and Elementary level has 134 students.
- Pedro R. Katalbas, SR. II Elementary School has a total enrollees of 259 students. Preparatory level has 27 students and Elementary level has 232 students.
- SuyacElementary School has a total enrollees of 120 students. Preparatory level has 7 students and Elementary level has 113 students.
The Barangay has three (3) Health Stations with two (2) midwives and twenty one (21) Barangay Health Workers. It has four (4) Day Care Centers and two (2) Barangay Nutrition Scholars.
The youth spend their leisure time playing basketball. The barangay has fourteen (14) standard basketball courts and four (4) movie/video houses
Jeepneys, tricycles and trisikads are the mode of transportation reaching Taba-ao.
The source of power in Taba-ao proper and nearby Puroks is from NONECO while in the island of Suyac they use diesel generator.
The barangay avail water from SWD and deep wells provided by the city government.
The mode of communication in the barangay is through cellphones, telephones and radio handsets. They also buy newspapers and magazines from the city proper or from stores and/or listen and view on televisions to update current news.
CURRENT BARANGAY OFFICIALS
|Barangay Captain:||EDGARDO JOSE MA. D. VASQUEZ|
|Barangay Kagawads:||IRYLL M. GALLARDE|
|RONNIE S. AYCO|
|LYVI L. VISTAR|
|RONNIE F. VILLAFLOR|
|JESUS P. BULANON, JR.|
|ROLFE P. CARMONA|
|EMELYN L. SABAITON|
|Barangay Treasurer:||JEAN B. TEODOSO|
|Barangay Secretary:||IRISH A. DELFIN|