History of Barangay Sta. Cruz

Barangay Sta. Cruz, another of the five constituent units of the poblacion of Canaman, came into official existence as a barrio in the first decade of the 1900s. Situated north of the Canaman Creek, it runs northwestward to a legended and potential tourist spot called Apad. It shares its eastern boundary with Baras, and its northern flank with Talidtid; to its west is Sta. Teresita. The Tiwi Creek runs northward halfway into the barangay from the Canaman Creek.

The locality was first established as a settlement when a native of the place found its now-venerated wooden Cross in Apad in 1786. Because believed by the people to be blessed and holy, the cross was originally brought to the vicinity where most of the people lived. (The cross is now kept in the barrio chapek in Apad). In honor of the find, the place was given the name Sta. Cruz, and the wooden crucifix was made the advocate of the locality.

Physical Characteristics

Situated north of the Canaman Creek, it shares its eastern boundary with Baras, and its northern flank with Talidtid; to its west is Sta. Teresita. The Tiwi Creek runs northward halfway into the barangay from the Canaman Creek.

. It has an aggregate area of 127.8716 has. or 2.96% of the total land area of the municipality. It is made up of three puroks .

Educational, Health and Service Facilities

Immediate need for health services in the barangay is undertaken by 3 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 Sta. Cruz has no elementary school. However, public elementary school can be accessed in the poblacion which is less than a kilometer away or in the neighboring barangay of Poro which is about a kilometer away and there is Sta. Cruz High School located in this barangay for secondary education.

Tertiary Education facilities can be found in Barangay Baras (about 2.5 kms. from the barangay) and Naga City (about 5.5 kms from the barangay).

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 barangay road serviced by around “padyaks” (minimum fare is P5/person). There are also tricycles that ply the route of Poblacion-Talidtid or Poblacion-San Roque and they all pass through barangay Sta. Cruz. Given the road condition and the proximity of the barangay to the town proper (poblacion) public transportation for barangay Sta. Cruz 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 bumbay type) and compradors also offer credit services to individuals in the barangay.

Water & Electric Supply

Barangay Sta. Cruz 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 60.4% or 172 of the total 285 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.

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 there are no households that were victimized by crime.

Barangay Officials

Barangay Sta. Cruz has the following Barangay Officials, to wit:
Barangay Officials 2007-2010:
Punong Barangay: Rodrigo L. de Belen
Barangay Kagawads:
1. Delfin A. Velasco
2. Arnold P. Salinas
3. Efren A. Asanza
4. Redentor D. Derez
5. Rosario V. Alano
6. Aeschelus S. Capsa
7. Jaime V. Lucena
8. Amaaman D. Capsa – SK Chairman

Barangay Secretary: Christopher M. Gomez
Barangay Treasurer: Gilbert S. Sanchez

Barangay Officials 2010-2013:

Punong Barangay: Agnes D. Capsa

Barangay Kagawads:
1. Glen Z. Nuñez
2. Eduardo R. Salcedo, Jr.
3. Roger H. Pante
4. Cezar V. Raro
5. Efren A. Asanza
6. Gemma D. Salinas
7. Redentor D. Derez
8. Nathalie Dominique O. Quintano

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