20th Day of August
Caditaan, according to old folks, derived its name from a certain mangrove called “ditta” which grew abundantly in the place. Its Barangay status was granted during the term of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, by virtue of Presidential Decree Nos. 86-86 A and 557 under the Barangay Law creating all barrio into barangays.
Barangay Caditaan is the 3rd largest among 34 barangays of Magallanes in terms of land area and largest in terms of population. It is situated 3.5 kilometers south of Magallanes Poblacion, bounded on the north by Aguada Norte, on the north east by Bacalon, on the south by Salvacion and Siuton, on the east by Tula-Tula Norte and on the west by the mouth of the Sorsogon Bay and Burias Pass.
It has a total land area of 6,041.168 hectares with four main Sitios – Telegrapo, Binalyuhan, Suwa and Pang-Pang and five Puroks namely Mangga, Avocado, Sampalok, Lukban and Langka.
Caditaan covers upland and mountainous cliff on the east and coastal area on the west, thus making the place very much accessible by all means of transportation while the barangay site has a plain landscape. Fifty percent (50%) of its total land area is coastal, 25% is mountainous, 2% is silky, and the remaining 23% is mainly inhabited by the residents.
Most of the residents are dependent on farming which includes production of Palay, and Copra while others are engaged in fishing. There are also some who are engage in small business and entrepreneurship including fish culture. Those who finished college and are degree holders are working in government and private offices. Other works in Metro Manila and some are outside the country.
This barangay has a total population of 3,582 composed of 1,957 males and 1,866 females. It has an elementary school and complete secondary school which addressed the basic educational needs among young population. A day care center is also fully operational maintained by Barangay Local Government Unit.
“A barangay with good and effective governance under a transparent and honest leadership with strengthened economic and socio-civic participation from the constituents.”
“Efficient delivery of basic services through a democratic participation in the barangay.”
It has a total population of 3,417 individuals composed of 1,769 males and 1,648 females and a total household of 801 with an average household size of 5 individuals based on Rapid Community Based Monitoring System Census of 2014.
Barangay Caditaan has 91 children under 1 year old and 410 children 0-5 years old. Children 6-12 years old is composed of 610, these are the children in elementary years while there are only 383 members 13-16 years old in high school years. There are 831 members of the labor force.
The Barangay Health Center of Caditaan 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 25 malnourished children in the barangay and there is one children under 5 years old who died and no women who died due to pregnancy related causes.
The barangay is accessible through motorcycle and jeepney as well as tricycle through CATODA or Caditaan Aguada Sur Transportation Operators and Drivers Association with regular trips going to and from the barangay. There are no credit institutions in the barangay however it is only 10 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 CAANAS (Caditaan, Aguada Norte, Aguada Sur) Water System wherein 741 households have access while the remaining 60 households which is distant from community water system are accessing water from unprotected spring and other unknown sources.
Electricity in the barangay is accessed only by 479 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.
Thirty four percent of the households in the barangay are composting their garbage, 32% are recycling, 21% are burning, 20% are dumping in closed pit and 16% are throwing garbage in river and other bodies of water, while others are throwing garbage in an open pit and segregating.
The proposed expansion area for residential are the portion of lots along rice fields approximately 6-10 km from the road widening area and the lots along the road going to Binalyuhan.The proposed evacuation center at the same time Senior Citizen Center is located at the portion of Lot 3940 which present is the school site while the expansion for high school site is the adjacent lot.The area along the seawall will be declared as parks and playgrounds.
The result of the 2016 Operation Timbang conducted by the Municipal Nutrition Council showed that in Caditaan there are 25 malnourished children in the Barangay which is lower in proportion compared to the benchmark. Although the Local Government and the Barangay conduct regular and intensive monitoring and campaign in terms of proper nutrition, there are still some households who cannot provide for the food needs of the children. There is one case of child deaths below 5 but no 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 Caditaan, there are six (6) households identified as living in makeshift houses and with 83 households identified as informal settlers.
Based on the result of the survey, there are three individuals who have been a victim of crime as per records of the barangay. According to the Punong Barangay, intensive surveillance of Barangay Tanods and Kagawad will be maintained.
The water need of the locality is provided by CAANAS Water System which serves the majority of the households in the barangay wherein 57% are accessing a Level III potable water supply, 30% are accessing a Level II water supply and the remaining 6% are accessing Level I water sources. There are 182 households in the barangay without access to sanitary toilet facility which constitutes 23% of the total household.
In the barangay, there are six (6) children aged 6-12 is not attending elementary and 21 children not attending high school with a total of 27 children age 6-16 years old not attending school. As a result of discussion during validation, the reason for not attending school is due to financial difficulty in sending their children to school especially in the secondary level.