History of Barangay Poro

Centuries even before Magellan was born, what is not the barangay of Poro was already inhabited by Bicol natives. Like most ancients settlements, the place is located along a waterway, in this case the Canaman Creek which flows westward to connect as a tributary to the Bicol River. Poro, in fact, may be one of the oldest settlements in the area. In 1974, excavations in sitio Banawang yielded ancient pottery, utensils and skeletal remains dating back to the 12th century.

The barangay’s name came from the native word “poro”, meaning “end”, which suggests that for a certain period of time it was the farthest settlement inland or upstream of the Canaman Creek from the Bicol River. In this respect, autochthonous Poro appears to have been older than the ancient settlement in Pangpang farther east, which became the nucleus for the built-up area that developed into the early Casco de la Poblacion (central settlement) of Canaman shortly after the arrival of the Spanish colonialists.

Like almost all other barangays in the municipality, Poro’s principal industry is farming, with fishing providing a secondary source of income to its inhabitants.

Physical Characteristics

Barangay Poro is bounded on the southeast by barangay Liñaga, Southwest by barangay Sta. Teresita, East by barangay San Jose West and West by barangay Del Rosario It has an aggregate area of 522.5959 has. or 12.08% of the total land area of the municipality. It is made up of seven puroks .

Educational, Health and Service Facilities

Immediate need for health services in the barangay is undertaken by 6 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 1 km from the barangay. Serious cases can be brought directly to Naga City which is about 5.5 kilometers from the barangay.

Barangay Poro has one elementary school. However, the nearest High School is located in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Canaman which is about 2.4 kilometers from the barangay.
Tertiary Education facilities can be found in Barangay Baras (about 4 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

The entire 7 puroks of the barangay is traversed by a concrete provincial road. There are tricycles that ply the route of Poblacion-Poro and Poblacion-Liñaga which also pass through this barangay. Given the road condition and the proximity of the barangay to the town proper (poblacion) public transportation for barangay Poro is highly accessible, which are usually available as early as 4 a.m. and as late as 12midnight.

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 Bombay type) and compradors also offer credit services to individuals in the barangay.

Water & Electric Supply

Barangay Poro 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 plies 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 96.5% or 276 of the total 286 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 7 households said that they were victimized by crime against property.

Barangay Officials

Barangay Poro has the following Barangay Officials, to wit:
Barangay Officials 2007-2010:
Punong Barangay: Luis A. Balondo
Barangay Kagawads:
1. Audimar D. Cacnio
2. Ligaya A. Aguilar
3. Ramon A. Vidal
4. Socorro A. Buid
5. Eduardo P. Baydal
6. Arnold B. Vidal
7. Estilito V. Lopez
8. Arnel B. Sanchez – SK Chairman

Barangay Secretary: Mercedes L. Aguilar
Barangay Treasurer: Helen V. Alano

Barangay Officials 2010-2013:

Punong Barangay: Luis A. Balondo

Barangay Kagawads:
1. Emelita G. Relao
2. Ligaya A. Aguilar
3. Eduardo P. Baydal
4. Casiano M. Legaspi
5. Rommel R. Labay
6. Rolando P. Lopez
7. Ramon Vidal
8. Jean Rose Vidal – SK Chairman

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