History of Barangay Sua
The locality that is now barangay Sua is believed to have been settled and long before the arrival of the Spaniards. The first settlers said to have come from neighboring places, apparently arrived in the area when much of Canaman forest had already been cut down and farming had already became established as an industry.
Sua was the name given to the place by the early inhabitants due to the abundance of lemon trees (locally called Sua) in the locality. Once very sparsely populated. Its present inhabitants of 595 distributed among 105 households, still leave much room for population expansion in the place.
Sua is bounded on the northeast by the ancient barangay of Poro, on its northern and northeast side by San Jose East and part of San Jose West, and by Mangayawan on its western flank. It shares its sourthern boundary of the municipality of Camaligan
(Taken from: Canaman Through the Centuries by Jose V. Barrameda, Jr.)
Barangay Sua is located in the southern part of the municipality of Canaman and is about 5.50 kilometers from the poblacion. It has an aggregate area of 223.0391 has. or about 5.2% of the total land area of the municipality. It is made up of three puroks namely Zone 1, Zone 2 & Zone 3.
It is bounded on the north by barangay San Jose East, on the south by barangay Sua of Camaligan, Camarines Sur, on the west by barangay Mangayawan and on the east by barangay Poro. The barangay’s terrain is generally flat with slope of 0-3%. As to the soil type, barangay Sua has Canaman Clay. It is predominantly an agriculture area.
Educational, Health and Service Facilities
Public elementary education in the barangay is catered by Sua Elementary School which offers combination classes up to Grade IV. The School Head is Mr. Alger Abarientos and the two teachers assisting him in educating the pupils are Ms. Elisa Morales in charge of Grades III and IV and Ms. Nanete Saludes handling the Grades V and VI classes. The total enrolment for School Year 2009-2010 is 164. Myrna Gasgas, the appointed Day Care Worker (funded by the barangay with municipal counterpart) undertakes day care services to the children aged 3-5 years old.
The nearest Secondary School is located in Barangay Mangayawan which is about 3 kms. whereas, the nearest Tertiary Education facilities can be found near the poblacion area which is 6 kms. from the barangay. The two educational institutions for the collegiate level in town are Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) and Aeronautical Flying School located in Barangay Baras. There are also state colleges and universities in Naga City (about 7 kms. from the barangay).
Health services in the barangay are delivered by four (4) Barangay Health Workers, namely: Rosemarie Buena, Erlinda Ocbina, Fe Arsenio and Ma. Teresa Baylon Mrs. Filipinas San Buenaventura is the assigned midwife by the Rural Health Center to assist and augment the local health personnel in the barangay. The residents can also access the services of the Municipal Health Office located in the town proper situated 5.50 kms. from the barangay.
Mode of Public Transportation
Before the advent of the farm-to-market roads, people of Sua depend on Bicol River for their transportation. However, the new millennium paved the way for land transportation. There are public utility jeepneys and tricycles plying the route of Naga – Sua costing P10.00 (one-way trip). A number of residents have their own motorcycles as an easy and relatively cheap means of transportation to and from the barangay.
The barangay is served by several credit institutions (private and government) including those offered by private individuals. TSPI and CARD Bank are the 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 type) and compradors also offer credit services to individuals in the barangay.
Water & Electric Supply
In the past, drinking water is not a problem in the barangay. In the early 1900s people get their drinking water in open dug wells. Later on, in the 60’s, shallow wells and deep wells became their source of potable water. However, in the 80’s, water from the deep wells is no longer potable – either it’s murky or it’s salty or both. A notable number of efforts were made to look for a place inside the barangay where they can find potable water but all the efforts were in vain. This compelled the people to purchase water from water vendors that ply the area. At present, the lorry trucks deliver almost daily in the barangay. It can be noted that up to this day, most of the people still bathe and wash their clothes in the Bicol River.
As to electricity, all the three puroks of Barangay Sua is energized by CASURECO II. However, there are still twenty-eight (28) households with no electrical connections due to economic reasons.
The Barangay Solid Waste Management Committee is organized and headed by the Punong Barangay. Provisions of Republic Act No. 9003 and related policies are tackled during Barangay Assembly for the people to be fully aware of their responsibilities and solid share in the implementation of Solid Waste Management Program.
The barangay has no Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Biodegradable materials are sold to “Bote-Bakal-Plastic” buyers. There are still residents who dispose their wastes thru burning even it is prohibited, but there are some households who maintain open pits to throw their trash. For irresponsible residents they throw their garbage in the river.
Peace and Order
The barangay is generally peaceful. Only minor incidents such as public disturbance usually caused by intoxicated residents were recorded in the barangay blotter. Preservation of peace and order, protection and security of life and property in the barangay is maintained by the eight (20) appointed Barangay Tanods,namely: Antonio B. Buena, as the Chief Tanod, Cesar M. Manlangit, Celso B. Ocampo, Cecilio D. Ocampo, Medardo D. Agdoro, Danilo G. Agdoro, Aldrick D. Tawagon, Nilo B. Altar, Randy S. Marcaida, Avelino SJ. Marcaida, Francisco P. Buena, Jr. Edwin C. Camalla, Eustaquio C. San Jose, Gerardo N. Capistrano, Marciano A. Concan, Wilfredo Baylon, Roque A. Altar, Edmundo S. Sueza, Joel C. Ocbina and, Ronald Buena, as the brigade members.
Supervising the group in the performance of their duties and responsibilities is the Punong Barangay. They conduct regular meetings to discuss important matters which affect public safety and likewise thresh out some issues and concerns which require their utmost attention to resolve local peace and order problems. Assisting the Public Safety Officers in the discharge of their functions are the elected barangay kagawads who are mandated by Republic Act No. 7160 to act as peace officers in the maintenance of public order and safety.
Moreover, another service unit which extends a hand in effecting speedy resolution of disputes among the inhabitants to ensure a tranquil community is the Lupong Tagapamayapa. Appointed by the Punong Barangay as Lupon Members are Bernardita Bellere, Avelina Capistrano, Josie Sta. Clara, Luciano de la Cruz, Laila Abias, Melandro C. Peralta, Alex A. Altar, Elizabeth Ocbina, Gloria Peralta, Evangeline Saludes and Agapito J. Abias, Jr. The eleven (11) Lupon Members is chaired by Francisco B. Buena, Sr and Rosa de la Cruz as the Lupon Secretary.
Barangay Sua has the following Barangay Officials, to wit:
Punong Barangay: Francisco B. Buena, Sr.
1. Joel A. Ocbina
2. Melandro C. Peralta
3. Ma. Arlyn B. Altar
4. Beterbo A. Diones
5. Hilario A. Bellere
6. Noel B. Sta. Clara
7. Pio M. Capistrano
8. Francisco P. Buena, Jr. – SK Chairman
Barangay Secretary : Rosa M. de la Cruz
Barangay Treasurer: Nehru C. Abias