FACTS ABOUT PAGSANJAN
(Source: Municipality of Pagsanjan, 2002)






I.         QUICK FACTS:

A.         BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:
        PAGSANJAN, a town in Laguna province, was originally a barrio of Lumban. In 1668, eight Japanese and Chinese traders who were highly impressed by the strategic location of the barrio at the juncture of Balanac and Bumbungan rivers founded the town. They established a trading settlement and engaged in the betel nut industry. In due time, the barrio became the flourishing trading center of eastern Laguna and attracted native families from the surrounding communities of Cavinti, Pila and Sta. Cruz. On December 12, 1678, the then Governor General Juan Manuel dela Peña Bonifaz issued a gubernatorial decree elevating its status from a barrio to a town. In 1688, Pagsanjan replaced Bay as the capital of the province. It remained as such until 1858 during which time it bloomed as the Cultural and commercial center of the province.
B.         LAND AREA: 2,640 HECTARES

C.         POLITICAL BOUNDARIES:
Bounded on the north by the Municipality of Lumban; on the south by the Municipality of Cavinti; on the east Side by the Grand Canyon (Pagsanjan Falls); and on the west side by the Municipalities of Sta. Cruz & Magdalena.
D.         GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION:
Pagsanjan, the tourism center in the Province of Laguna is located 92 (ninety two) kilometers southeast of Manila. It is geographically located at 121°27.5 latitude and 14°16.5 longitude with approximate mean deviation in 1982 of 136° cast annual magnetic change of easterly.
E.         CLIMATE AND TERRAIN:
Climate in the municipality is the first type as per classification by the Weather Bureau. It is characterized by two distinct seasons – dry & wet. The dry season begins in March and ends in June, the wet season last from July to October, the intruding period from November to February are neither too dry nor too wet.
Pagsanjan is situated on a plain land with slopes from 0-8% and above. The Poblacion area has a slope range from 0-3% including the portion of Brgy. Maulawin and Pinagsanjan.
F.         BARANGAYS:
Pagsanjan is composed of 16 barangays. Urbanized Barangays include POBLACION II & I, MAULAWIN, PINAGSANJAN, SAN ISIDRO & SAMPALOC. Rural Barangays includes ANIBONG, LAMBAC, MAGDAPIO, CALUSICHE, DINGIN, LAYUGAN, SABANG, BUBOY, CABANBANAN and BIÑAN. Potential growths Barangays are BIÑAN and CABANBANAN.

II.         SOCIAL SECTORS:
A.         DEMOGRAPHY:
Based on the National Statistics Office Survey Report of May 2000 the total population of this municipality is 32,622. Average growth rate is 2.99 %.
B.         HOUSING:
Total number of household as per May 2000 NSO survey Report is 7,274. The Local Government initiated two (2) housing projects both located at Brgy. Dingin with an area of about 8 hectares more or less.
C.         EDUCATION:
School going age population are 4,957 in elementary, 2769 in secondary and 3,818 in tertiary levels. There are ten (10) public elementary school and a private elementary school, two (2) public high schools and one (1) private high school.
D.         HEALTH FACILITIES:
Health Services in Pagsanjan are well provided by one Rural Health Unit, two (2) private clinics both located in the Poblacion, another private clinic located at Brgy. Biñan, two (2) private hospital located in Poblacion & Brgy. Sampaloc respectively. Both private hospitals function as secondary hospitals with their laboratories, x-ray units, delivery and operating rooms and both with a total bed capacity of twenty five (25). Our municipality has ten (10) functional Barangay Health Stations.
E.         SOCIAL WELFARE:
The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) is located at the Municipal Building manned by the Social Welfare Officer and 14 Day Care Workers. We have 14-Day Care Centers, one (1) in the OSCA Building and fourteen (14) evacuation centers. Among the target clienteles are families, women, children, and youth especially with difficult circumstances, disabled persons and victims of man-made and natural disasters.
F.         PROTECTIVE SERVICES:
Pagsanjan has a total of twenty three (23) policemen serving a total population of 32,622. As per standard of one (1) policeman per 1,000 in population. The municipality has a current need of ten (10) policemen. The PNP of Pagsanjan is located at the ground floor of the Municipal Building and occupies an area of about 126 square meters.
The Pagsanjan Bureau of Fire Protection Station is also within the Municipal Building occupying the area of eighty (80) square meters. Eight (8) Firemen are currently assigned in the municipality, which is also below the prescribed standard of one (1) Fireman per 2,000 in population. Pagsanjan's BFP's firefighting equipments are one (1) Ford FMC Fire truck with complete accessories and seven (7) fire boots, seven (7) fire coats and four (4) fire helmets.

III.         ECONOMIC SECTIONS:
A.         AGRICULTURE:
Agriculture is a traditional economic base of Pagsanjan. It is the major source of income of the majority of the population. The total agriculture area is 1,290 hectares. Agriculture crops grown in the municipality are palay, coconuts, fruit trees, and vegetables. Areas planted to palay or rice lands total to 618.44 hectares. Backyard livestock production are also engaged by most of the farmers. Contract growers in swine and poultry production are also present in various barangays.
B.         COMMERCE & INDUSTRY:
There are 793-registered commercial establishments in the municipality classified as follows; retail-merchandising five hundred forty two (542), servicing firms sixty six (66), trading eighty (80), manufacturing thirty four (34), recreational and entertainment establishments twenty four (24) , agri- business fifteen (15), financial institutions twelve (12) and estate business twenty (20). There is no permanent public market in the Municipality but only a "talipapa" known as the Pagsanjan Shopping Center located at Fide Sn. Juan St.,Poblacion I.
C.         TOURISM:
Tourism industry is a major industry in the municipality. Pagsanjan, the tourist capital of Laguna is one of the premiere world-class tourist destinations of local and international tourists in the Philippines. The main tourist attraction of the municipality is the natural wonders, the awe-inspiring gorge, the roaring rapids and the Pagsanjan Falls. Tourist establishments / attractions are the following; Pagsanjan Rapids Hotel at Brgy. San Isidro. Pagsanjan Garden Resort, Pagsanjan Falls Lodge Resort , La Corona de Pagsanjan Resort, Rio Vista Lodge, Lagaslas Picnic Ground, all in Brgy. Pinagsanjan. Magdapio Hotel, Bonanza Landing Area & Restaurant, Camino Real Lodging House all at the Poblacion. Tropical Inn & Restaurant at Brgy. Sampaloc. Fresh & Green Lodging Inn in Brgy. Dos (II). 818 Lodging House also at Brgy.San Isidro. Boatride Fee per person is P 580.00, Lifevest is P 50.00, Cushion is P 30.00.
D.         FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS:
There are six (6) banks operating in the municipality namely, Pagsanjan Rural Bank, Tagkawayan Rural Bank, Paete Rural Bank, Unified Savings Bank located in the Poblacion, Countryside Development Bank and Rural Bank of Lumban are located at Brgy. Biñan. four (4) pawnshops and three (3) lending and leasing institutions.

IV.         INFRASTRUCTURE & UTILITIES SECTOR:
A.         TRANSPORTATION:
Pagsanjan is accessible by public utility vehicles and transportation system. Two bus terminals are present in the municipality, JAM Transit and BLTB Terminals both located at Brgy. Biñan plying Manila-Pagsanjan route. Public conveyances total to five hundred fifty three (553) vehicles consisting of four hundred fifty (450) tricycles and one hundred three (103) jeepneys.
B.         POWER:
The Municipality of Pagsanjan is being serviced by FIRST ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE INC. (FLECO) for its power need of the 7274 dwelling units 6050 more or less have electrical connection yielding 83(eighty three) of house energization. Pagsanjan is given a steady continuous voltage of 220 volts for 24- hour service by FLECO.
C.         WATER:
Water service is being provided by the PAGSANJAN WATER DISTRICT (PAGWAD). Eleven (11) of the 16 (sixteen) are being served by the PAGWAD and the rest of the barangays derived their potable water from shallow wells and deep wells constructed by the local government unit. PAGWAD can generate 4,411,560.96-liters/ day more than enough to supply the water needs of the municipality.
D.         COMMUNICATIONS:
Pagsanjan Post Office is located at the ABC Hall, Crisostomo St., Poblacion I, which caters for the mailing of mailing letters of the populace. Telegram office is also present in the same address provided by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Philippine Telephone & Telegraph (PT&T) and DIGITEL provide service telephone facilities in Pagsanjan. Cell sites of Globe & Smart Telecommunications are also present in the municipality located at Brgy. Maulawin, which provide good signals for cell phone users.
All major newspapers are available in Pagsanjan. Radio and Cable TV 's with good services are also within the municipality.
E.         ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT:
Garbage disposal system covers about 45% of the total household domestic waste while the others resort to dumping to the open pit, burying, and burning. Ten (10) of 16 barangays were not covered by daily garbage collection by the municipality. The municipality has 1 (one) 6-wheeler dump truck and 1 (one) compactor that collect garbage daily at the volume of 20 cu/m per day. Pagsanjan has an open dumpsite located at Brgy. Anibong with an area of 1.15 hectares.
F.         LOCAL ADMINISTRATON:
The municipal government is headed by the newly elected Municipal Mayor, HON. EMILIO RAMON P. EJERCITO, III. It exercises direct supervision and control over-all local management unit affairs of the municipality.

Re-elected Vice-Mayor MELVIN MADRIAGA Heads the Legislative Body of the Municipality and the newly-elected members of the SB are the ff:
  1. ARLYN LAZARO
  2. CRISOSTOMO VILAR
  3. NICASIO TRINIDAD
  4. KALAHI RABAGO
  5. GENER DIMARANAN
  6. LEILANI MACALALAG
  7. ANTHONY PAJE
  8. EDILBERTO GUAN
The Municipality of Pagsanjan has a work force of ninety three (93) of which 74 (seventy four) are permanent employees, 12 (twelve) are elected officials, 1 (one) co-terminus, 1 (one) contractual and 6 (six) casual employees.

V.         FISCAL MANAGEMENT:
A.         CLASS OF MUNICIPALITY - 4TH CLASS

B.         MUNICIPAL INCOME & EXPENDITURES FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS:

 YEAR  REVENUE  EXPENDITURES  SURPLUS/PER
 1996  P 14,468,765.55  P 13,626,443.30  P 1,457,978.78
 1997  19,537,901.25  13,638,826.48  1,357,053.53
 1998  19,474,096.02  20,329,788.64  502,260.91
 1999  24,380,363.60  24,080,010.36  792,614.15
 2000  25,478,028.14  23,690,854.83  35,196.31

VI.         DEVELOPMENT PLAN
A.         VISION:
An economically progressive, peaceful, clean, orderly, safe, globally competitive in tourism and self-reliant community pursuing a sustainable development program to provide a better quality of life for its God-centered and nationalistic empowered citizenry.
B.         MISSION: TO ACHIEVE THIS VISION, I SHALL VIGOROUSLY WORK TO:
1. Pursue the total development and empowerment of the people of Pagsanjan and strive for the enhancement of their potentials.
2. Make a government relevant and responsive to the needs of the people of Pagsanjan; and
3. Promote the economic advancement of the people of Pagsanjan and again to make Pagsanjan a world-class premiere tourist destination.


VII.         SECTORAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
1.         EDUCATION:
A. GOAL: Quality Education for all.

B. OBJECTIVES:
1. Adopt modern technologies in Education.
2. Upgrade science teaching equipments and facilities.
3. Make school library facilities functional.
2.         HEALTH:
A. GOAL: To uplift the general health condition of the people.

B. OBJECTIVES:
1. Upgrade the quality of existing health facilities.
2. To monitor health status of the Population to provide early diagnosis and treatment.
3.         SOCIAL WELFARE:
A. GOAL:
To uplift the socio-economic conditions of the families belonging to 30% bottom poor and enhance their potentials and capabilities to become a self-reliant and productive members of the community.
B. OBJECTIVES:
1. To eradicate poverty problems and let the people live a self- sufficient life enjoying their minimum basic needs.
2. Empowerment of individuals, families and communities by building and utilizing their capabilities in addressing their minimum basic needs, survival, security, and enabling needs.
4.         HOUSING:
A. GOAL:
To provide sufficient land in appropriate locations to meet the future needs for residential development.
B. OBJECTIVES:
1. To identify sites for residential expansion to meet the shelter needs up to year 2015.
2. To objectively control development in residential zones to ensure a safe, healthy and pleasant environment.
5.         PROTECTIVE SERVICES:
A. GOAL:
To maintain the peace and order situation in the municipality and safeguard the lives and properties of the residents.
B. OBJECTIVES:
1. To increase the size of the Police / Fire Forces as to meet the existing needs of the municipality.
2. To provide the police / fire forces with adequate equipment / facilities for effective and efficient service.
6.         AGRICULTURE:
A GOAL: Food security and poverty alleviation.

B. OBJECTIVES:
1. To maximize, utilization and adoption of modern technologies and crop production.
2. To identify possible areas for expansion potentials for crop and livestock production.
7.         COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY:
A. GOAL:
Promotion of commercialities to support the over-all development entrust of Pagsanjan.
B. OBJECTIVES:
1. To concentrate business in one area.
2. To increase tax collection.
8.         TOURISM:
A. GOAL:
To bring back the old glory of Pagsanjan as a premiere world-class tourist destination in the islands.
B. OBJECTIVES:
1. To promote local tourism in order to increase tourist arrivals.
2. To develop potential areas for eco-tourism.
9.         TRANSPORTATION:
A. GOAL:
Healthy and safe mobility of people and efficient movement of services, goods and information needed for municipal development.
B. OBJECTIVES:
1. To improve and expand existing road networks and linkages.
2. To improve drainage and waterways of the municipality.
10.        COMMUNICATION:
A. GOAL:
Provision of an efficient communication system for the entire municipality.
B. OBJECTIVES:
1. To improve postal and telegraph services through adequate facilities and personnel.
2. To make available telephone services to unserved areas within the municipality.

 

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