History of Barangay Pangpang
Separated from its neighbors Sta. Cruz by river and Tibgao by creek, but contiguous to Dinaga, its neighbor to the east, the present day barangay of Pangpang , located right at the heart of town, was a pre-Spanish settlement. According to folk memory, the river and creek were once deep enough for boats and larger water vessels from neighboring towns and barrios to ply in for commerce and trade, it was along these banks (pangpang in Bikol) where the early settlers dwelt, for further inland was a monumental forest that was the source of building materials called localy “cana”.
With the passage of time, the little settlement flourished alongside the thickly forested locality that became the town of Canaman. With the growth of the place came a corresponding neglect of the waterways, until what was left was good only for irrigation purposes and for navigating small boats. Nonetheless, the name Pangpang came from its original topographic feature, a rendering of the local word for “riverbank”.
Barangay Pangpang is located at the west by barangay Dinaga, south by barangay Sta. Cruz but separated by river and east by barangay Tibgao but is separated by creek. Pangpang is considered to be the heart of Canaman.
Educational, Health and Service Facilities
Immediate need for health services in the barangay is undertaken by 2 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 this barangay. Serious cases can be brought directly to Naga City which is about 5.5 kilometers from the barangay.
Barangay Pangpang has no elementary school. However, public elementary school can be accessed at Dinaga, its neighboring barangay. The nearest High School is located in Barangay Sta. Cruz which is about 0.60 kilometer from the barangay.
Tertiary Education facilities can be found in Barangay Baras (about 1 km. from the barangay) and other tertiary schools can also be found in 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 3 puroks of the barangay is traversed by a concrete provincial road serviced by “padyaks” that ply the route of Poblacion-Baras, Poblacion-Tibgao-Sta. Cruz and Sta. Teresita. There are also tricycles that ply the route of Poblacion-Poro, Poblacion-Liñaga and Poblacio -Talidtid. Given the road condition and the proximity of the barangay (poblacion) public transportation is highly accessible, which are usually available as early as 3 a.m. and as late as 12midnight.
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
Barangay Pangpang is serviced by the Metro Naga Water District. However, most of the people in the barangay 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 72.2% or 151 of the total 151 households in the barangay have no access to safe water.
As to electricity, all 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.
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 6 households said that they were victimized by crime against property.
Barangay Pangpang has the following Barangay Officials, to wit:
Barangay Officials 2007-2010:
Punong Barangay: Santiago M. Nobleza
1. Rammel P. Barrosa
2. Armando S. Portuguez
3. Alejandro P. Astrologo, Jr.
4. Cristituto C. Pante
5. Carlos B. Mampo
6. Erwin D. Leonidas
7. Nestor A. Sta. Ana
8. Mary Joy M. Faramil – SK Chairman
Barangay Secretary: Cesar V. Pangindian
Barangay Treasurer: Glenda P. Osea
Barangay Officials 2010-2013:
Punong Barangay: Armando S. Portuguez
1. Cristituto C. Pante
2. Ramel P. Barrosa
3. Nilda P. Asanza
4. Carlos B. Mampo
5. Erwin D. Leonidas
6. Cecilia M. Ballecer
7. Lemuel A. Cabiles
8. Armie M.Nobleza – SK Chairman