History of Barangay San Agustin
Barangay San Agustin was formerly sitio Gotob, popularly perceived to have been a part of Haring but legally and administratively a sitio of Baras. Gotob used to be owned by a local cacique named Capitan Agustin, whose wife, the former Brigida Seguenza, achieved a degree of contemporary local renown as the “Princess of Comedia” but was more popularly known to the early inhabitants of the place as, naturally enough, Capitanang Bidang.
A man of means and much loved by his capitana, Capitan Agustin’s earthly memorial upon his death was a family chapel which was ordered built by his family. The chapel was dedicated to San Agustin.
When by resolution of the Canaman municipal council on May 15, 1952 (MC Res 12 s-1952), sitio Gotob was separated from its mother barrio, Baras, and created as an independent political unit, there was not much problem in looking for a name for the new barrio. It was, predictably, named in honor of the saintly image in the family chapel (now since become the barangay’s patron saint) as well as in memory of the saint’s capitan-namesake whose death, after all, had brought to original Gotob the chapel and its venerated image.
Barangay San Agustin is located at the east by barangay Baras, West by barangay Haring and is 2 kilometers away from the poblacion.
It has an aggregate area of 38.9707 has or 0.9% of the total land area of Canaman.
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.
Barangay San Agustin has no elementary school. However, public elementary school can be accessed in the poblacion, 2 kilometers away or in the neighboring barangay of Haring. The nearest High School is located in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Canaman which is about 2.5 kilometers from the barangay.
Tertiary Education facilities can be found in Barangay Baras (less than 1 km. 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 8 puroks of the barangay is traversed by a concrete provincial road serviced by Public use jeepneys from Canaman and neighboring towns of Magarao, Calabanga and Tinambac. There are also several “padyaks” that drove around the barangay. Given the road condition and the proximity of the barangay to the town proper (poblacion) public transportation for barangay San Agustin is highly accessible, which are usually available as early as 4 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 San Agustin 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 59.4% or 279 of the total 470 households in the barangay have no access to safe water.
As to electricity, all the eight 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 14 households said that they were victimized by crime against property.
Barangay San Agustin has the following Barangay Officials, to wit:
Barangay Officials 2007-2010:
Punong Barangay: Jessie L. Regalado
1. Delia G. Espera
2. Jay Perfecto A. Peralta
3. Angelita C. San Joaquin
4. Teodoro D. Villamora
5. Virgilio C. Navidad
6. Evelyn V. Quimpo
7. Panfilo O. Joson, Jr.
8. Rochell I. Bolivar – SK Chairman
Barangay Secretary: Virginia G. Banas
Barangay Treasurer: Rosemarie Valencia
Barangay Officials 2010-2013 :
Punong Barangay : Jessie L. Regalado
Barangay Kagawads :
1. Marissa M. Vargas
2. Jomel G. Verdeflor
3. Panfilo O. Joson, Jr.
4. Romeo R. Bolivar
5. Virgilio C. Navidad
6. Evelyn V. Quimpo
7. Delia G. Espera
8. Regina B. Redulla – SK Chairman