Feast of San Rafael:
24th Day of October
Bagatao (Bicol for human-like) is a historical island, being considered as one of the biggest Spanish shipyards in the island during the Spanish Colonization. It was there where the magnificent galleon, the Nuestra Señora del Buen Socorro, which plied the Manila-Acapulco trade route, was constructed. The vessel was considered the biggest and grandest Spanish galleon ever built in the Philippines at that time.
Barangay Behia was founded in 1937 with Mr. Pedro Campillos as the Barangay Captain. The barangay has a land are of 500.87 hectares. It has an estimated population of 2,413 inhabitants. It is a fishing village and a large number of its population takes to the sea for a living. It is where big fishes were caught such as Alatan, Tangigi, to name a few. The rare delicacy derived from shells that like the “Palm of an Alligator” commonly known as “Palad Buaya” can also be found in the deep sea of Behia. Palad Buaya is something they take for “pulutan”, a specialty dish. An equally big number of its inhabitants devote their time in tilling the soil especially during the Habagat season.
The Barangay Patronal Fiesta is held every 24th day of October in honor of St. Rafael. During this time, various activities were held sponsored by both the school and the barangay.
Behia is rich in cultural heritage particularly in oral traditions and literature. The elders usually tell stories about extraordinary exploits of legendary folk heroes like Katobol, Kolakog, and Juan Osong. During their free time, they converge around their bamboo drying beds or papag, singing nonsense sings with a bottle of gin to clear up vocal chords and loosen tongues. They also have the “tigsikan” or poetical joust and “rawit-dawit” or narrative verse recited by elders that could run for hours and hours composed from ancient memory. However, because of modern technology such as TV and DVD, these oral traditions are becoming endangered.
The practice of bayanihan is still visible in this barangay. The folks usually extend their hand whenever help is needed. The Tabang-tabang Group of Behia, composed of concened Behianos and the Sangguniang Barangay customarily sponsors civic programs for the youth such as sports tournaments.
“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.”
It has a total population of 2,404 individuals composed of 1,228 males and 1,176 females and a total household of 473 with an average household size of 5 individuals based on Rapid Community Based Monitoring System Census of 2014.
Barangay Behia has 56 children under 1 year old and 156 children 0-5 years old. Children 6-12 years old is composed of 476, these are the children in elementary years while there are only 264 members 13-16 years old in high school years. There are 640 members of the labor force.
The Barangay Health Center of Behia 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 six (6) malnourished children in the barangay and there were no record of children under 5 years old who died but there is one woman who died due to pregnancy related causes.
The barangay is accessible through motorized boats but regular trips going to and from the barangay is not yet established. There are no credit institutions in the barangay however it is only 20 minutes away from the Central Business District of the municipality of Magallanes where lending institutions are present.
The barangay’s source of water came from Dumalwa Spring through the Municipal Waterworks System wherein 462 households have access while the remaining households which are located distant from the center of the barangay are accessing water from dug wells and shallow wells.
Electricity in the barangay is accessed by 282 households through the Sorsogon Electric Cooperative I (SORECO I), the local electric cooperative servicing the southern part of Sorsogon province. However, at present, the barangay had availed of the program for indigent household electrification which will be implemented this year, 2015.
Seventy three percent of the households in the barangay are burning their garbage or waste (344), 43% are into composting and 24.5% and 23.2% are throwing garbage in an open pit and into bodies of water such as river, respectively. Some households are practicing waste segregation (59) while some are throwing in a closed pit (100). There are also a 47 households who are practicing waste recycling in the barangay.
Barangay Behia is generally a peace manageable community with no recorded household victimized by crime. There are 16 Barangay Tanods that conducts regular patrolling to ensure peace and safety in the barangay.
The result of the 2016 Operation Timbang conducted by the Municipal Nutrition Council showed that in Behia there are six (6) malnourished children in the Barangay which is lower in proportion compared to the benchmark. Despite intensive monitoring and campaign in terms of proper nutrition as well as implementation of Supplemental Feeding Program, malnutrition is still present due to insufficient food intake in the household level. There were no cases of child deaths below 5 and one case of 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 Behia, majority of the households are single houses (462) and some are duplex (11). There were five (5) households identified as living in makeshift houses and there are 89 households identified as informal settlers as shown in Figure 5. Based on validation result, the informal settlers are situated in government lands.
The water need of the locality is sourced from Municipal Waterworks System which serves the majority of the households in the barangay wherein 59% and 33% are accessing a Level I and Level II potable water supply, respectively. There are 167 households in the barangay without access to sanitary toilet facility which constitutes 35% of the total household.
In the barangay, there are four (4) children not attending elementary and 40 children not attending high school with a total of 44 children age 6-16 years old not attending school. As a result of discussion during validation, children not attending school may be attributed to lack of financial capability of the household to sent their children to school especially in secondary which has a higher expense even though in public school.
Based on the result of the survey, there were no victims of crime recorded in the barangay. According to the Punong Barangay, this must be the result of the intensive surveillance of Barangay Tanods and Kagawad.