Old people say that this barangay got its name from the native word “Vito” meaning “cave” which can be found in some sitios within this place.
It was in year 1883 when the second settlers arrived in Vito, the Canoy family from San Fernando, Province of Cebu. Later, the Canoy family purchased the land of the Manobos, the first settler of the place. The family first activity was they built a chapel for the Saint Vincent Ferrer which they brought with them.
Lola Lucenda Canoy Tabilino and her children, Escolastica, Apolinario (known as fiscal Nerio), Gregorio, Balvena and Ellogio began to clear the land. Later, they invited their relatives in San Fernando, Cebu to help them in clearing the land. As population of the village increased, they decided to have a mass celebration every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Father Gomez from Cadiz as their officiating minister. Since then, praying of the Holy Rosary was a daily practice.
It was the Providential coming of the miraculous statue of Saint Vincent Ferrer from Molocaboc Island that made the place well known. The faithful devotees of the Saint spread the “ miracle “ of their Patron Saint. Since then many Pilgrims come to the place and visit every Friday and have their “Pana-ad.”
Many years passed, the settlement prospered and became a barangay. Today, Vito is one of the progressive barangays of Sagay City.
Barangay Vito is located at the Northern Eastern of Sagay City and 14.1 kilometers away from the Poblacion of Sagay City. The barangay proper has an elevation of 10 meters above sea level per record of NAMRIA.It is bounded on the North Western by Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City; on the North Eastern by Visayan Sea; on the South Eastern by Barangay Cervantes, Escalante City and on the South Western by Barangay Andres Bonifacio & Barangay Plaridel, both of Sagay City.
Barangay Vito has a total land area of 719.9400 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||2.8950 hectares|
|Parks, Open Space & Easement||28.1015 hectares|
Type of Soil:
Fara-on Clay Complex
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 Vito comprises twenty one (21) Puroks, namely:
|1. Purok La Roca||12. Purok Ipil-ipil|
|2. Purok Guc-ong||13. Purok Panalsago|
|3. Purok Mahawan||14. Purok Bobo|
|4. Purok Lerio||15. Purok Camonsil|
|5. Purok Star Apple||16. Purok Tu-ong|
|6. Purok Kulo||17. Purok Mangga|
|7. Purok Sambag||18. Purok Napulo|
|8. Purok Acasia||19. Purok Dumigpi|
|9. Purok Matunog||20. Purok Pentagon|
|10. Purok Mahogany||21. Purok Tuburan|
|11. Purok Eba|
Based on the Census Population conducted by Philippine Statistic Authority (formerly National Statistics Office or NSO) Barangay Vito has a total population, as follows, to wit;
|Census Year||Census Reference Date||Population|
|2015||August 1, 2015||6,431|
|2010||May 1, 2010||6,373|
Per computation as of latest Census Population the population density of Barangay Vito is 8.93 persons/hectare or 893 persons/square kilometers.
Barangay Vito has a total registered voters of 3,350, with twenty four (24) 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 Baptist, Jehovah Witness, Dios Amahan and Born Again.
Barangay Vito celebrates its annual fiesta in honor of their Patron Saint “ San Vicente Ferrer” every April 30 to May 2 , spearheaded by men and women of the Catholic faith.
Most of the residents speak Hiligaynon/Ilonggo, likewise they know Cebuano, Tagalog and English languages.
Labor and Employment:
Dominantly, they engaged in farming and fishing. Some residents engage in different kind of business and some residents have sari-sari stores to augment their income.
Barangay Vito is one of the urban barangay of Sagay City and located in a coastal area. The source of income comes from farming and fishing. It has a one (1) Feeder Port for inter island vessels and fishing boats.
One of the major attraction of this barangay is the Vito Catholic Church. This church is a pilgrims place and one of the historical landmarks of Sagay City. It was established by the Recollect friars in 1860. The faithful flock going to the church every Friday in fulfillment of their “Pana-ad” or promise to the patron saint. “Palakpak” a religious ritual placing “San Vicente Ferrer” more than a century-old wooden image on different parts of the body with ailments for healing has been practiced for many years. Answered prayers and miraculous healing have been attributed by the faithful to their vow of devotion to the patron saint. Pana-ad kang “San Vicente Ferrer” is celebrated every first week of May annually.
Record showed at NEGOSYO CENTER (One Stop Shop Office) of Sagay City Barangay Vito has a total of forty nine (49) approved business license permits for the year 2016. There are fourteen (14) Sari-Sari Stores Retailers, four (4) Bakery/Bakeshop Retailers, two (2) Lime Dealers, two (2) Internet Café Services, two (2) Carinderia Services, two (2) Videoke Services, two (2) Gas Station/Gasoline Retailers, two (2) Cooperative Services, two (2) Meat/Pork Retailers, two (2) Seafoods Dealers, one (1) Foods Eatery & Catering Services, one (1) Fishing Dealer, one (1) Furniture Dealer, one (1) Hardware Dealer, one (1) Hollow Blocks Dealer, one (1) Ice Storage Retailer, one (1) Lumber Dealer, one (1) Roofing & Bending Center Services, one (1) Water Refilling Retailer, one (1) Real Estate Reatailer, one Lime Trading Dealer, one (1) Hollow Blocks & Lumber Yard Dealer, one (1) Buy & Sell Shellcraft Dealer, one (1) Spices Retailer and one (1) Lumber & Firewood Dealer.
Barangay Income and Expenditures for the Past Five years
|Year||Income (pesos)||Expenditures (pesos)|
Source: Sagay City Accounting Office
Barangay Vito 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 2015-2016, are as follows, to wit:
- Vito Elementary School has a total enrollees of 868 students. Preparatory level has 90 students and Elementary level has 778 students.
- Tu-ong Elementary School has a total enrollees of 269 students. Preparatory level has 20 students and Elementary level has 249 students.
- Vito National High School has a total number of enrollees of 828 students.
The barangay has two (2) Health Stations located at Vito Proper and Sitio Tu-ong. There are two (2) midwives and twenty eight (28) Barangay Health Workers. It has four (4) Day Care Centers and two (2) Barangay Nutrition Scholars.
There are two (2) Internet Café’s and two (2) Video houses in the barangay. Some residents spend their leisure time in these establishments. It has five (5) playgrounds for the children, one covered court and four (4) open basketball courts scattered in some puroks for recreational and sports activities.
Per record in the City Planning Development Office as of 2015, Barangay Vito has one (1) Private Subdivison and one (1) on-going National Housing Authority Typhoon Yolanda Permanent Housing Subdivision Project, to wit;
- Marilou Heights Subdivision, containing a total area of development of 4.0876 hectares with 168 saleable lots.
- NHA “Lizares Village Subdivision” containing a total area of development of 7.7450 hectares, with proposed 1,000 residential lots and 1000 units of row houses.
NHA Typhoon Yolanda Permanent Housing and subdivision Projects:
This permanent Yolanda Permanent Housing and Subdivision Projects are under the BP 220/Socialized Subdivisions and will be provided with Road system consisting with Primary/Main Road, Secondary Road and Alleys, Drainage system and Waste Water Management Facilities and Open spaces and Community Facilities.
Ceres bus liner, jeepneys, tricycles, private motor cycles and private vehicles are transportations that came in and out of the barangay. Trisikads also are available within the barangay proper.
Most of the residents availed their power supply through NONECO while the rest used batteries, generators and solars for their power consumption.
Water Supply :
Majority of the residents obtains water from Sagay Water District and the rest from dug wells and artesian wells.
We can reach the people of Barangay Vito through cellular phones, telephones and radio handsets. Some residents buy newspapers and magazines from the city proper and view/listen on televisions and radios to update current news.
CURRENT BARANGAY OFFICIALS
|Barangay Captain:||NEMESIO Z. BRIONES|
|Barangay Kagawads:||JOEL A. ESPERANCILLA|
|VIVENCIO C. SEVERO|
|JUDITH S. GERONIMO|
|LIBERTY A. SAGAYNO|
|REMEGIO P. CABALUNA|
|DANILO R. ALARCON|
|EVA M. ANLAP|
|Barangay Treasurer:||MA. CONCHITINA A. DAÑO|
|Barangay Secretary:||JONAH C. CUENCA|
|BARANGAY RECOED KEEPER:||MARIA FE M. PATIGA|