Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz:
18th Day of October
At the northwestern side of the Poblacion of Magallanes, fronting Sorsogon Bay and Ticao Pass lies 6,250 square meters land area. During the Spanish era this portion of land is known among the resident of Magallanes as “Tabacalera”, it’s the place where ships and sail boats embarked for purposes of selling merchandise coming from other places. There are few people living in the place because most area is submerged in seawater during high tide.
A Cabesa de Barangay, a powerful leader during the Spanish times declared Sitio Bacolod as Barangay or Barrio separated from Barrio Pantalan. Its leader was given power to rule.
Bacolod area belongs to Lee Family. It was Republic Act 3790, The Creation of Barangay that the late Mayor Manuel B. Carranza Sr. created Sitio Bacolod to Barangay Bacolod through a resolution approved by the Municipal Council of Magallanes. At present Barangay Bacolod has a total land area of 27,563 square meters with a population of 1,015 and household of 204. Majority of the residents are fisherman and some are engage in various business.
“A peaceful and progressive Barangay with God-fearing, environment-friendly and participative people under an empowered and able leader.”
“To promote effective delivery of basic services, to a peaceful and progressive Barangay.”
Barangay Bacolod is one of the urban barangay in the municipality of Magallanes, province of Sorsogon. It is bounded on the north by Barangay Binisitahan Sur, on the south by Barangay Pantalan, by Barangay Central on the east and Sorsogon Bay on the west. It has a total land area of 2.7247 hectares divided into seven (7) puroks.
It has a total population of 1,015 individuals composed of 551 males and 464 females and a total household of 204 with an average household size of 5 individuals based on Rapid Community Based Monitoring System Census of 2014.
Barangay Bacolod has 24 children under 1 year old and 86 children 0-5 years old. Children 6-12 years old is composed of 131, these are the children in elementary years while there are only 85 members 13-16 years old in high school years. There are 368 members of the labor force.
The Barangay Health Center of Bacolod is the primary health care provider in the barangay administered by the Barangay Health Worker and assisted by Midwife from the Municipal Health Office. There is also a Barangay Nutrition Scholar who organizes nutrition-related programs, projects and activities in the barangay. Based on the result of the 2016 Operation Timbang, there are four (4) malnourished children in the barangay and there are no record of under 5 years old who died and women who died due to pregnancy related causes.
Barangay Bacolod has a Day Care Center which accommodates children ages 3-5, while elementary school from Grade 1 to Grade 6 can be accessed from adjacent barangays such as Magallanes North Central School and Eduardo Lee Chan Memorial School. For the secondary education, students can access Magallanes National High School and Magallanes National Vocational High School.
The barangay is accessible through motorcycle or tricycle with regular trips going to and from the barangay. There are no credit institutions in the barangay however it is only three (3) minutes away from the Central Business District of the municipality of Magallanes where lending institutions are present.
The barangay’s source of water is supplied by Magallanes Water System wherein 196 households have access to potable water supply.
Electricity in the barangay is accessed only by 142 households through the Sorsogon Electric Cooperative I (SORECO I), the local electric cooperative servicing the southern part of Sorsogon province. However, the barangay had availed of the program for indigent household electrification which started implementation in 2015.
Eighty seven percent of the households are segregating their garbage, 67% are being collected by the garbage truck, 29% are recycling, and 8% are composting, while others are dumping in an open and closed pit.
Barangay Bacolod is generally a peace manageable community with no recorded individual or household victimized by crime. There are 11 Barangay Tanods that conducts regular patrolling to ensure peace and safety in the barangay.
Barangay Bacolod has a total population of 1,015 and a total household of 204 with an average household size of 5 individuals based on Rapid Community Based Monitoring System Census of 2014. Among puroks, the most populated is Purok 1 with 208 individuals and the least populated is Purok 4 with 114 individuals.
There are 551 males and 464 females in the barangay based on the Rapid Community Based Monitoring System (RCBMS) Survey of 2014. The age – group population structure (Figure 1) shows that the barangay has a dominant young population consisting of age groups 1 to 19 years old. The broad – based pyramid resulted from a high fertility and mortality in the past.
Based on the figure above, the barangay has 24 children under 1 year old and 86 children 0-5 years old. Children 6-12 years old is composed of 131, these are the children in elementary years while there are only 85 members 13-16 years old in high school years. There are 368 members of the labor force.
Health and Nutrition
The result of the 2016 Operation Timbang conducted by the Municipal Nutrition Council showed that in Bacolod there are four (4) malnourished children in the Barangay which is lower in proportion compared to the benchmark which is a result of the intensive monitoring and campaign in terms of proper nutrition. There are no recorded cases of child deaths below 5 years old and women who died due to pregnancy-related causes in the past twelve months. This can be attributed from the regular programs conducted by the Municipal Health Office such as regular check-up and immunization of pregnant women and monitoring of the health condition of children.
In Bacolod, there are two (2) households identified as living in makeshift houses and with 23 households identified as informal settler.
Water and Sanitation
The water need of the locality is provided by Magallanes Water System which serves the majority of the households in the barangay wherein 56% are accessing Level I potable water supply and 43% are accessing Level II water source. There are 20 households in the barangay without access to sanitary toilet facility which constitutes 10% of the total household.
In the barangay, all children aged 6-12 and 13-16 are attending elementary and secondary with all children age 6-16 years old attending school. The accessible school facility is one of the factors that encouraged children to attend school together with the support of the parents in terms of financial needs.
Peace and Order
Based on the result of the survey, there is no victim of crime recorded in the barangay. According to the Punong Barangay, intensive surveillance of Barangay Tanods and Kagawad will be strengthened and maintained.
Source: Socio-Economic Profile and Barangay Development Plan of Brgy. Bacolod