History of Barangay Mangayawan

On the southern bottom of Canaman lies the old, largish barangay of Mangayawan. Its boundaries are defined by barangays Iquin and San Jose West on the northwest; Sua on the East; the Bicol River on the south, across which lies barangay Malbong of the Municipality of Gainza; and the same river on the western side, where it faces Patong, Pamplona.

Mangayawan is said to be a syncope of two Bikol words, namely, mangga (“mangoes”) and kakawayanan (“place of bamboos”). Local sources say that in the early days, bamboo and mango trees grew abundantly in the locality. Moreover, because its bamboos were found to be the best in the area, together with the fact that its swampy portion where the Bicol River cuts through teemed with freshwater fish, the place began to attract settlers early on. Since the mango tree (mangifera indica L.) was introduced to the country by the Spaniards, it appears that Mangayawan was settled in waves.

The earliest wave, most likely pre-Spanish, occupied the interior part, on the eastern side, which was thickly covered with bamboos. Not surprisingly, the natives called their locality kakawayanan, for obvious reasons. The next wave seems to have consisted of slash-burn agriculturists, who settled on the northwest portion. As more and more of that area was cleared with the cutting down of trees for cana (building materials), the farmlands began to increase in size. The settlers originally referred to their place as iquim, vernacular for “in-between” and later turned to the euphonic iquin. The third wave settled much later, just below the agricultural zone, in a place that abounded with mango trees.

During the Spanish times, an attempt was made to fuse together the different sectors and make them into a single barrio. But because the built-up area in the agricultural northwest was far from those in the mango-rich south and bamboo-covered sides, only the referential names of the latter two were used in combination, i.e., mangga kakawayanan. For linguistic convenience, the locatives were fused and shortened to its present name, Mangayawan, a barangay almost entirely engaged primarily in farming, with fishing for a secondary livelihood.

Physical Characteristics

On the southern bottom of Canaman lies the old, largish barangay of Mangayawan. Its boundaries are defined by barangays Iquin and San Jose West on the northwest; Sua on the East; the Bicol River on the south, across which lies barangay Malbong of the Municipality of Gainza; and the same river on the western side, where it faces Patong, Pamplona.

It has an aggregate area of 318.8517 has. or 7.37% of the total land area of the municipality and it is made up of seven puroks .

Educational, Health and Service Facilities

Immediate need for health services in the barangay is undertaken by 5 Barangay Health Workers 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 7 km from the barangay. Serious cases can be brought directly to Naga City .

Barangay Mangayawan has one elementary school. However, public elementary school can also be accessed at Sua, just beside the barangay and in the poblacion which is seven kilometers away. The nearest High School is located in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Canaman which is 7.6 kilometers from the barangay. Tertiary Education facilities can be found in Barangay Baras 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

The entire 7 puroks of the barangay is traversed by a concrete barangay road serviced by public use jeepneys, “padyaks” and tricycles. Given the road condition and the proximity of the barangay to the town proper (poblacion) public transportation for barangay Mangayawan is highly accessible, which are usually available as early as 4 a.m. and as late as 10pm.

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

Most of the people in barangay Mangayawan do not use the water from the pipeline for drinking, most of them 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 302 of the total 305 households in the barangay have no access to safe water.

As to electricity, all the seven 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 10 households said that they were victimized by crime against property.

Barangay Officials

Barangay Mangayawan has the following Barangay Officials, to wit:
Barangay Officials 2007-2010:
Punong Barangay: Rogelio B. Tan
Barangay Kagawads:
1. Lucas B. Chica
2. Alberto N. Agong
3. Juanito P. Janiola, Jr.
4. Modesto S. Alma
5. Jovy V. Honorio
6. Rogelio A. Morales
7. Marino A. Manzano
8. Jaybee King N. Basmayor – SK Chairman

Barangay Secretary: Virginia N. Cuadrante
Barangay Treasurer: Armie A. Langitan

Barangay Officials 2010-2013 :

Punong Barangay : Jovencio C. Alma
Barangay Kagawads :
1. Anthony T. Tayao
2. Jovy V. Honorio
3. Rosario C. Pandes
4. Modesto S. Alma
5. Sebastian S. Mahayhay
6. Pridel C. Belbes
7. Rogelio A. Morales
8. Jeziel D. Alma

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