History of Barangay Fundado

As its name suggest, Fundado (from the Spanish, funder, to establish, to found) is of Castilian vintage. Moreover, at one point of its history, Fundado used to be a sitio of Bawa (now the barangay of San Francisco).

It is said that even at the turn of the century, Canaman woodcutters still used to get building materials (cana) from the place, which even then had a profusion of hamuraon (molave), narra and yakal trees. In fact, it is believed that some of the molave posts and trusses donated to the Peñafrancia shrine in Naga during its repair undertaken by Bishop Gainza in 1865 came from Fundado. Certainly, by 1892, the place was already known by its present name, and had a population of 365. Its sizeable population had made it into a barrio, though most of the residents were engaged in temporary tillago, called pawa-pawa (vernacular for slash-burn farming), in the locality which had gained he name Bawa.

In 1902, both Fundado and Bawa became part of Magarao, when Canaman losts its independent municipality status/ Around 1916, seven years after Canaman became a full-pledged municipality again, FLorentino Bermudo, one of the original big landowners of Bawa, organized what is now San Francisco by inviting the tillers in Fundado to transfer their homesite to his property in Bawa. In this manner did Fundado become a sitio of San Francisco: two years afterwards, in 1918, the former’s population numbered 41, while the latter’s residents had increased to 309.

In the official census of 1939, Fundado was listed as merely a part of San Francisco and its status of sitio continued on through the war years. During World War II (according to Felipe Sambo, its incumbent barangay captain) Fundado’s patron saint, San Antonio, was carried to barrio San Francisco for safekeeping. The patron saint was returned to Fundado after the Liberation, but not Fundado’s status of separate barrio — in 1948 Fundado was still a sitio of San Francisco. However, in the 1960 official census, Fundado had become a barrio again; Sambo recalls that in the 1970 local election, Fundado even had its own precinct again.

Sambo was elected in the first local elections to be held 12 years after the last local polls, in 1970. Dante Olayres is the KB Chairman.

At present, Fundado has a projected population of 236 persons. The principal occupation in the place is farming while fishing provides a secondary source of income to the residents.

Physical Characteristics

Barangay Fundado is situated at the west of barangay San Roque, East by barangay San Nicolas and North by barangay San Francisco. It is bounded at the South by the Municipality of Magarao. It has an area of 101.6836 hectares or 2.35% of the total land area. It is made up of 3 puroks.

Educational, Health and Service Facilities

Immediate need for health services in the barangay is undertaken by only 1 Barangay Health Worker and supplemented by twice a month visitation by the Municipal Midwife. The residents can also access the services of the Municipal Health Office located in the town proper situated 6 km from the barangay. Serious cases can be brought directly to Naga City which is about 11.5 kilometers from the barangay.

Barangay Fundado has 1 elementary school and 1 Secondary School. Tertiary Education facilities can be found in Barangay Baras about 7 kms. from the barangay and Naga City. A Day Care Worker (funded by the barangay with municipal counterpart) undertakes day care services to the children aged 3-5 years old.

Mode of Public Transportation

Before the advent of the farm-to-market roads, people of Fundado depend on the Canaman River for their transportation. However, the new millennium paved the way for land transportation. Today, the entire 3 puroks are serviced by tricycle, motorized padyaks, Habal-habal and public use jeepney from punong Magarao.

Credit Institutions

The barangay is served by several credit institutions (private and government) including those offered by private individuals. TSPI and CARD Bank, are the more prominent private lending institutions in the barangay. The Municipal Government also offers micro-lending services to identified sectors, including the micro entrepreneurs and farmers. Private individuals (5-6 or bumbay type) and compradors also offer credit services to individuals in the barangay.

Water & Electric Supply

Residents in barangay Fundado get their drinking water from water lorry that ply the area for a fee (at P6 per 16 liter container). Others who can afford buy from water purifying stations that deliver water to their doorsteps at P35 per 16-liter container. This situation is amplified by the CBMS results which revealed that 99% or 111 of the total 112 households in the barangay have no access to safe water.

As to electricity, al the three puroks of the barangay has electrical facilities through CASURECO II. However, there are still several households with no electrical connections due to economic reasons.

Waste Management

The barangay has no Materials Recovery Facility and no established waste management system. Most of the residents dispose their wastes thru burning or in open pits. It can be mentioned that the barangay is reached by roving “Bote-Bakal-Plastic” buyers.

Peace and Order

The barangay is generally peaceful. Peace and order in the barangay is handled by the Barangay Tanods with regular detail duties and foot patrol every night. CBMS 2009 data shows that no households were victimized by crime.

Barangay Officials

Barangay Fundado has the following Barangay Officials, to wit:
Barangay Officials 2007-2010:
Punong Barangay: Librado P. Banastao, Jr.
Barangay Kagawads:
1. Rosemarie P. Perez
2. Asuncion P. Teope
3. Jose B. Sambo
4. Arvin S. Reonal
5. Meden H. Marmol
6. Eduardo B. Sambo
7. Emelyn V. Basbas
8. Merry Grace P. Perez

Barangay Secretary: Ruby T. Rodriguez
Barangay Treasurer: Luisa B. Madrid

Barangay Officials 2010-2013:

Punong Barangay: Librado Banastao, Jr.

Barangay Kagawads:
1. Domingo N. Bedrero, Jr.
2. Juan B. Sambo
3. Marina B. Palactao
4. Belen L. De la Cruz
5. Arvin SJ. Reonal
6. Edgardo O. Marmol
7. Danilo E. Bedrero
8. Veni B. Daclan – SK Chairman

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