Feast of Saint Martin de Porres:
3rd Day of November
Barangay Binisitahan Del Norte was once known as Sitio Canonera because during the Spanish time, two cannons mounted in the place coming from the watch tower in Telegrapo and Bagatao (it was known that the watch tower was equipped with cannons and manned around the clock). After several years, it was called Suba because of its location at the mouth of the Incarizan River. And later on through Philippine legislation was called Binisitahan Del Norte, from the word “Visita” which means often visited by many Spaniards and local people due to its nice location.
“Isang maka-Diyos, mapayapa at progresibong Barangay na may malusog na mamamayan at may maayos at malinis na kapaligiran.”
“Maayos na serbisyo sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng mga batas at maipatupad ang mga programang pang edukasyon, kalusugan, kapayapaan at pangkapaligiran.”
Barangay Binisitahan Norte is one of the urban barangay in the municipality of Magallanes, province of Sorsogon. It is bounded on the north by Incarizan River, on the south by Barangay Binisitahan Sur, by Barangay Bacalon on the east and Sorsogon Bay on the west. It has a total land area of 14.6014 hectares divided into four (4) puroks.
It has a total population of 848 individuals composed of 438 males and 410 females and a total household of 194 with an average household size of 5 individuals based on Rapid Community Based Monitoring System Census of 2014.
Barangay Binisitahan Norte has 14 children under 1 year old and 110 children 0-5 years old. Children 6-12 years old is composed of 133, these are the children in elementary years while there are only 84 members 13-16 years old in high school years. There are 219 members of the labor force who are employed.
The Barangay Health Center of Binisitahan Norte 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 validation, there are eight (8) malnourished children in the barangay and one (1) child under 5 years old who died but no record of woman who died due to pregnancy related causes.
Barangay Binisitahan Norte has a Day Care Center which accommodates children ages 3-5 and the nearest elementary school from Grade 1 to Grade 6 are Magallanes North Central School and Eduardo Lee Chan Memorial School located in the adjacent barangay of Binisitahan Sur and Banacud, respectively. One of the prime high school in the municipality is located in the barangay which is the Magallanes National Vocational High School which offers Grade 7 to Grade 12.
The barangay is accessible through public tricycles, motorcycles, other private vehicles. 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 came from Magallanes Water Works System sourced from Dumalwa Spring in Barangay Incarizan wherein 189 households have access while the remaining five (5) households are accessing water from other sources.
Electricity in the barangay is accessed only by 180 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 was implemented in 2015.
Fifty one percent of the households’ garbage are being collected, 46% are segregated, 14% are being composted and 23% of the household are practicing other waste management.
Barangay Binisitahan Norte is generally a peace manageable community with four (4) households recorded as being victimized by crime. There are 10 Barangay Tanods that conducts regular patrolling to ensure peace and safety in the barangay.
Barangay Binisitahan Norte has a total population of 848 and a total household of 194 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 333 individuals and the least populated is Purok 2 with 105 individuals.
There are 438 males and 410 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 14 children under 1 year old and 110 children 0-5 years old. Children 6-12 years old is composed of 133, these are the children in elementary years while there are only 84 members 13-16 years old in high school years. There are 219 members of the labor force.
Health and Nutrition
The result of the survey in Binisitahan Norte showed that there are eight (8) 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 were no case of woman who died due to pregnancy-related causes in the past twelve months but with one (1) case of child deaths below 5. 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 Binisitahan Norte, there are two (2) households identified as living in makeshift houses and with 29 households identified as informal settler.
Water and Sanitation
The water need of the locality is provided by Magallanes Water Works System sourced from Dumalwa Spring which serves the majority of the households in the barangay wherein 56% are accessing Level III potable water supply, 25% are accessing a Level II potable water supply and the remaining are using water from public tap. There are 50 households in the barangay without access to sanitary toilet facility which constitutes 26% 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 facilities is one of the factors that encouraged children to attend school and despite financial difficulty, children are willing to attend school since the parents are also determined to send their children to school.
Peace and Order
Based on the result of the survey, there are four (4) victims of crime recorded in the barangay. According to the Punong Barangay, intensive surveillance of Barangay Tanods and Kagawad will be maintained
Source: Socio-Economic Profile and Barangay Development Plan of Brgy. Binisitahan Norte