BARANGAY SAN BARTOLOME
“Laan Lagi ang Paglilingkod”
While the Philippines achieved its independence on June 12, 1898 likewise, Barangay San Bartolome had its own on June 25, 1975. Through the effect of Executive Order No. 26 pursuant to Presidential Decrees No. 86 and 557, Barangay San Bartolome was one of the former Barrios to be renamed into Barangay. Moreover, decades after that event this former Novaliches Barrio is making its own name as one of the fast-progressing Barangay within Quezon City.
Formerly a part of the 2nd District of Quezon City, Barangay San Bartolome is bounded by Barangay Capri and Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon to the North; Barangay Bagbag to the South, Barangay Fairview, Sta. Lucia and Gulod to the East and to the West is Barangay Ugong and Bagbag. However in 2012, in effect of R. A. No. 10170, it now belongs to 5th District of Quezon City together with 13 other Barangays. Now home to almost 50,000 residents, Barangay San Bartolome covers a total land area of 2,406,226 square meters.
After gaining administrative dependence on 1975, Barangay San Bartolome has been a work-in-progress, here are the major developments for Barangay San Bartolome:
COMMERCIAL BUSINESS AND ESTABLISHMENTS
Since achieving its Barangay-status, San Bartolome started to become a home to an-ever growing population. Moreover, in the 1990’s, to suffice the increasing demands, commercial establishments started to proliferate within the barangay. Three big grocery stores, 2 of which are in a 24-hour service (7-eleven and Mighty Mart) were built to address product demands. Soon after a private wet and dry market (A. Bonifacio Market) was established. Thereafter, other commercial establishments and business like drugstore, fast-food restaurant, bakeries, computer shops, flower shops, grooming saloons and furniture shop found their way within the vicinity. Now, considered to be the biggest commercial establishment within Barangay San Bartolome is SM City Novaliches which opened in October 2010.
In the 1950’s Halili Transit was plying the route Novaliches to Doroteo Jose. Today several Bus Companies, Pasvil, Villfran, Don Mariano Transit, King of Kings and City Bus are available to suffice the needs for their means of transportation. Likewise Public Utility jeepneys (PUJ’s) and the air-conditioned FX can also be used to travel shorter distances. Basically, tricycle are for hire for travel especially to and from subdivisions.
FACTORIES AND EMPLOYMENT OPPURTUNITIES
By late 1950’s, Atlas Textile Corporation started its operation. The establishment owned by Mr. Amado Lim facilitated the electrification of the area by then Manila Electric Rail Road and Light Company. After ATC’s jump start, several factories also started to operate. Today, Barangay San Bartolome is location to more than 35 factories with other businesses at around 300 and still increasing. Aside from producing steel and metal products, garments, plastics, audio and video tapes, clothing accessories and furnitures, these factories also provide employment to the residents of this barangay and also the nearby barangays.
EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND INSTITUTIONS
As employment opportunity and population rise, the need for educational institutions became evident. Since the public School built in 1950’s did not suffice such demand, another one was established in 1972. Today, Barangay San Bartolome has ten (10) private Pre-School / Elementary / Secondary Schools. Two (2) Public Elementary Schools, (1) Public High School and One (1) Parochial School. Four (4) Day Care Centers were also established to accommodate the increasing number of pre-schoolers especially in depressed areas. Likewise, in 1994, Quezon City Polytechnic University was established. At first it only offered several technical and vocational courses designed for out-of-school youth and housewives and for those who are unable to pursue higher education. In 2005, after applying for institutional accreditation to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), QCPU eventually offered College Degree Courses and Development One (1) Year Certificate Courses. In year 2012, System Technology Institute (STI) opens to public and offers four year courses.
Religion is a big part of every citizen’s life. In 1986, from a small chapel under the Our Lady of Mercy Parish of Novaliches, the San Bartolome de Novaliches Parish Church was established by the Roman Catholic Church. Moreover, to accommodate the religious requirements of its population the bigger church was built in 1990, in consideration that 80% of its population belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. In 1999, the Church of the Latter Day Saints also built their own Church at R.T. Gonzales Village.
With 15% of its residents are Born-Again Christians, Barangay San Bartolome is also location to some Christian Churches like Desire of All Nations Christian Family Living Church at Carlos Street, Bride of Christ Ministries International at Rockville Subd., and many more.
HOME TO TV-5
Since its beginning, TV-5 (formerly known as ABC 5) established its transmitter and office in Barangay San Bartolome. TV-5, owned and operated by the PLDT Group of Company Company emerges to be one of the biggest radio and TV Company, alongside with ABS-CBN Channel 2 and GMA-7.
The area is bounded to the North by Barangay Capri and Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, to the South by Barangay Bagbag, to the East by Barangay Fairview , Sta. Lucia and Gulod, and to the West by Barangay Ugong and Bagbag.
Its total land area is about 240.62 hectares. Barangay San Bartolome has 23 Sitio/Compounds, 29 Subdivisions.
The population of Barangay San Bartolome as of 2010 is 46,437 with an estimated total number of household at 10,000.
As of 2013, Barangay San Bartolome has a total of 22,852 registered voters. It also has a 126 voting precinct and 3 Polling Places.
Barangay San Bartolome has its own building serving some offices of the barangay : the Barangay Hall, the Barangay Public Safety Office, SK Office, Senior Citizen Office and a temporary Barangay Health Station. The Barangay Health Center being constructed at Marcos St., Doña Faustina Subd., funded by the QC Government through the initiative of Barangay Chairman Lamberto l. Pascual. Soon, this will be inaugurated to cater to the growing need of the constituents.
The incumbent barangay officials of Barangay San Bartolome are Kagawad Larry A. Capiral, Kagawad James Paul R. Galvez, Kagawad Nestor D. Cuadra, Kagawad Antonio Sul T. Francisco, Kagawad Frederick V. Bigcas, Kagawad Angelito E. Valderama and Kagawad Rizza R. Pascual. The Punong Barangay, Lamberto L. Pascual is now on his 2nd term as barangay chairman. Punong Barangay is being assisted in the Administration side by the Barangay Treasurer Villa B. Aranas and Barangay Secretary Vega Ave Maria D. Chaves.
To better improve its management and safeguard the welfare of its people, the Sangguniang Barangay, in compliance with the directives of the local and national government has established/organized important Barangay-Based Institutions (BBIs) or Councils/Committees with the participation of CSOs, such as the Barangay Development Council, Barangay Peace and Order Council, Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee, the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children, Gender and Development, Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee, Barangay Nutrition Council, among others.
Within its 38 years of existence as a Barangay, San Bartolome has gone a long-away. From being a barrio under Novaliches, now it proudly stands as an independent Barangay. Conform however to the ancient dictum “Life begins at 40”, it still has a lot to go through. More developments, more reforms. As its present Chairman Hon. Lamberto “DONG” Pascual says: “It is not my own legacy that will leave a mark. It is the mark of development that every Barangay Chairman had and has done will count. As for me, I’ll do my best to take part in the legendary history of development this barangay had to take.”
Long way to go, Barangay San Bartolome!!!
Sulong Unlad Pa Barangay San Bartolome!!!