History of Barangay San Vicente
Like Calambog, the area now occupied by the barangay of Del Rosario and San Vicente was once a single barrio known as Tacolod. Often mispronounced (and misspelled) by Spanish colonial chroniclers as Tacolor, the locality was already inhabited by native Bikolnons at the time that much of Spain was still being wrested back from its Saracen invaders during the reconquista.
Tacolod, the original name of the locality, is a shortened version of tara-tacolod (“small humps”), a bikol word which describes the several small, topographic elevations that dot the area. Shortly after the arrival of the Spaniards, in the early 1600s when Canaman had been made an independent parish, the Castilian authorities accepted the legal existence of Tacolod by making it one of the town’s original visitas.
As geographically laid out, however, Tacolod was a very long barrio shaped like a bolo blade, its point lying eastward. Thus, upon representations of the residents of the barrio, the Canaman municipal council approved a resolution on June 15, 1952 (MC Res 15 s-1952) which erased Tacolod from legal existence and created the two new barangays of Del Rosario and San Vicente.
Barangay San Vicente is bounded on the south by barangay Haring, west by barangay Del Rosari and North by barangay Bagumbayan Norte of the City of Naga. It has an aggregate area of 68.0300 has. or 1.57% 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 8 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 a neighboring City of this barangay.
Barangay san Vicente has one elementary school. However, public elementary school can be accessed in the poblacion which is two kilometers away or in the neighboring barangay of Del Rosario. The nearest High School is located in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Canaman which is about 1.4 kilometers from the barangay.
Tertiary Education facilities can be found in Barangay Baras (about 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 around “padyaks” (minimum fare is P5/person) and tricycles. Given the road condition and the proximity of the barangay to the town proper (poblacion) and to the neighboring City, Naga, public transportation for barangay San Vicente 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 Vicente is serviced by the Metro Naga Water District. However, some 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 42% or 266 of the total 633 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 15 households said that they were victimized by crime against property.
Barangay San Vicente has the following Barangay Officials, to wit:
Barangay Officials 2007-2010:
Punong Barangay: Tomas V. Sto. Tomas
1. Celso B. Bernal
2. Aiza a. Nopre
3. Helen A. Baguio
4. Ganie Lito P. Gaite
5. Angelito L. Moises
6. Randy M. Oliveros
7. Oscar M. Capistrano
8. Diana S. Jacob – SK Chairman
Barangay Secretary: Elena H. Coralde
Barangay Treasurer: Cecilia I. Alberto
Barangay Officials 2010-2013:
Punong Barangay: Severino B. Nantes
1. Celso Bernal
2. Sophia C. Nash
3. Aiza N. Clavo
4. Randy M. Oliveros
5. Marvin C. Aleño
6. Ma. Jasmine San Lorenzo
7. Ganie Lito Gaite
8. Gerlad D. Belga – SK Chairman