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About Sta. Cruz, Zambales 

 

Sta. Cruz, Zambales is the home of the sweetest mango in the world (Guinness Book of World Record, 1993).

 

Brief History of Sta. Cruz, Zambales

 

At the beginning of the 17th century, in the year 1612, the town of “Sigayan”, now Sta. Cruz, was founded in the Sitio of Tambobong, which is now within the jurisdiction of the municipality of Dasol, Pangasinan.

 

It is said that when the first Spanish missionaries arrived in the Sitio, they asked the natives the name of the place, but the latter, thinking that the strangers were asking for the name of the shells that were found in abundance on the seashore, answered “Sigayan”. Hence the name.

 

The Catholics of the town later  built a church which was placed under the charge of Fr. Alonzo de San Agustin. One day, many years later, a Negrito by the name of Ytahat killed the priest whose sermon on the church’s pulpit was mistaken for insults directed at the natives.

 

This incident forced the founders of the town to transfer the town sitio to another place, the sitio of “Salasa “, which is now within the jurisdiction of the barrio of Bayto, perhaps because they feared of further depredations by the savage Negritoes.

 

This town was named “Alinsaog”, founded at the beginning of the 18th century, whose ruins could still be seen up to the present. The town site remained in this place until the later part of the 19th century when it was abandoned by the natives because of the overflowing of the Bayto River which brought death and destruction to the inhabitants. The natives moved to another townsite, the present location of the municipality.

 

Years later, the people of this town found the image of St. Michael, from among the debris carried by the floodwaters of the Bayto River years back. They forthwith placed a cross on the spot where they found the Holy image on which they built the present church and named the town Santa Cruz.

 

Another interesting story on the history of Sta. Cruz, Zambales is the Legend of the Golden Necklace.  To read more on the legend, download the picture on the right.

 

Facts about Sta. Cruz, Zambales

 

Population : 55,906 (projected 2009)
Land Area : 43,846 ha. (third largest in the Province)
No. of Barangay : 25
Income Classification : 2nd Class Municipality
Island : 1. Hermana Mayor Island
  2. Hermana Menor Island

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Geography : It is the northernmost town in the province, bounded on the north by the municipality of Infanta, Pangasinan; on the south by Candelaria, Zambales; on the east by the Province of Pangasinan; and on the west by China Sea.

Distance from Manila  

: 274 kilometers

Iba, Zambales  

: 64 kilometers

SBMA, Olongapo City  

: 148 kilometers
Major Industries :

Farming, Fishing, and Mining

Transportation :

Land transportation facilities within the municipality consist mainly of tricycles and jeepneys. Tricycles are mainly operating within the municipality, while jeepneys ply the route of Sta. Cruz - Candelaria - Palauig, Zambales and to Dasol - Alaminos, Pangasinan. There are mini-buses plying the route of Sta. Cruz - Olongapo City and there are also other big bus companies whose transportation lines extend from Sta. Cruz to Dagupan City and Baguio City, to Tarlac City and Manila, and to Olongapo City and Caloocan City.

 

 

 

Geography.  The municipality of Sta. Cruz in the province of Zambales is two hundred and seventy six (276) kilometers north of Manila and sixty four (64) kilometers north of lba, which is the capital town of the province of Zambales. It is the northernmost towm in the province, bounded on the north by the municipality of Infanta, Pangasinan; on the south by Candelaria, Zambales; on the east by the Province of Pangasinan; and on the west by China Sea. There are two islands on its western site; the Hermana Menor which is about five kilometers from Barangay Bolitoc and the Hermana Mayor which is ten kilometers from Barangay Malabago.

 

Land Area - The municipality of Sta. Cruz, Zambales has a total land area of 43,846 hectares which constitutes 11.14 percent of the total land area of the Province of Zambales. It has a total Urban area of 220 hectares which is further delineated into two urban areas of the municipality. The other twenty-two (22) barangays constitute about 10,846 hectares and compose the rural sector. Below is the breakdown of the land area of Sta. Cruz:

1. Babuyan

860 hectares

2. Bangcol

268 hectares

3. Bay to

310 hectares

4. Biay

290 hectares

5. Bolitoc

390 hectares

6. Bulawon

237 hectares

7. Canaynayan

340 hectares

8. Gama

510 hectares

9. Guinabon

495 hectares

10. Guisguis

550 hectares

11. Lipay

88 hectares

12. Lomboy

530 hectares

13. Lucapon North

810 hectares

14. Lucapon South

1,116 hectares

15. Malabago

220 hectares

16. Naulo

420 hectares

17. Pagatpat

220 hectares

18. Pamonoran

330 hectares

19. Poblacion North

75 hectares

20. Poblacion South

57 hectares

21. Sabang

300 hectares

22. San Fernando

320 hectares

23. Tabalong

210 hectares

24. Tubotubo North

1,100 hectares

25. Tubotubo South

1,020 hectares

 

Topography and Land Features - Sta. Cruz is situated in a relatively flat terrain in its western and northern parts. This slowly becomes steeply inclined as the land proceeds eastward towards the mountainous area. Certain areas, notably in Tabalong, Gama and Canaynayan barangays and a part of Pamonoran, are flood prone areas. The Poblacion Area is flat and consists of grid type streets. On the southern end of the Poblacion is the Magsaysay Park. Adjacent to it is the public market situated east of the National Road.

 

The Plaza area is reflective of the Spanish type of town planning where the church and the municipal hall (almost) face each other fronting the plaza. On one side is the typical elementary school.

 

Climate and Rainfall - The climate in Sta. Cruz is generally mild and breezy, with winds ranging from 6-8 knots blowing in variable directions throughout the year. In April, June, and July the wind direction is eastward coming from the China Sea.

No rainfalls in January and March with very rare showers (0.7 millimeters) in February. From May, however, the PAGASA records some 367.7 millimeters of rain falling in Sta. Cruz gradually increasing until August which is the typhoon season, recording 7,295.7 millimeters of rain. By July and August, the maximum wind velocity can blow as much as 60 and 54 knots. This, however, are relatively mild due to the presence of mountain barriers, notably the Caraballo Mountain Range compared to the other areas in the northeastern portion of the Philippines.

 

Flora and Fauna - Forest in Sta. Cruz are abundant and may be classified as dipterocarp forest, pine forest, mossy forest, mangrove forest, beach type and molave forest. Flora within the dipterocarp forests consist mainly of almond, tanguile, lauan, guijo, apitong, palosapis, and yakal trees. The pine forest contain Mindoro pine (Pinus Morkussi) and Benguet pine (Pinus Kosya, sp.).Igon, Almaciga, and Makaasin are found in mossy forests.

 

Mangrove forests have bakauan babae and bakauan lalake, kalapini, dulag, baling-hasai, api-api, dauyon-acite, and nipa. aloho, bitaoy, talisay and camachile are beach type flora. Shrubs are also abundant in Sta. Cruz and include perennial plants and plants that live only within one year. Vines are prevalent in the forests of Sta. Cruz.

Wildlife abounds in Sta. Cruz. They consist generally of wild pigs, wild ducks, wild deers and monkeys.

 

Minor Forest Products - Certain minor forest products may also be found in Sta. Cruz. Bamboo of some varieties, rattan, nipa, almaciga, resine firewood trees, buri, ing-ual, orchids Hingiw, and charcoal are among those which may be obtained from the products of the forest.

 

Hydrological Resources - No available data have been found on hydrological resources. However, as one goes around the municipality, one will notice the springs and rivulets that cascade down the mountainsides and flows westward to the China Sea, giving fertility to crop lands along the way. Underground sources of water are also available in the plain area of the municipality.

 

Barangays and Boundaries - The municipality is sub-divided into 25 barangays and located in relative distances from the poblacion. The farthest barangay is Babuyan which is 27 kilometers. The 2 islands - Hermana Menor & Hermana Mayor are 10 & 15 kilometers, respectively, away from Poblacion.

 

Natural Resources -A total of 27,687 hectares have been declared public forest land. Non-mineral resources such as gravel and sand, boulders, bamboo, and firewood are abundant in Sta. Cruz. Aside from the coastal areas on the western side of the municipality, some barangays, have fishponds where cultured fishes are raised. These barangays are Lucapon South, Lucapon North, Naulo, Biay, Lipay, Tubotubo North, Tubotubo South, San Fernando, Sabang, Bolitoc, Bulawon, Lomboy, Malabago, Gama and Pamonoran.  In terms of agricultural resources, the whole municipality grows rice, corn, vegetables, mango, mongo, coconut, sugarcane and other fruit trees.

 

Industrial Zones - The proposed industrial park covers a total area of 887 hectares in a hilly and flat terrain within Barangays of Biay, Bay to, Sabang and Bolitoc and in another site is the proposed reclamation of about 84 hectares of an off­shore expanse of the south China Sea along Barangays of Lipay, Poblacion South and Poblacion North. These areas called as ECOZONES were also embodied in the revised Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning ordinance of Sta. Cruz and in consonance with RA 7916, otherwise known as The Special Economic Zone Act of 1995, intended to attract or invite foreign and local investors who are in the field of non-highly pollutive industries.

 

Road Network and Bridges - The' municipality is being traversed by the national highway with a total of 16 kilometers of asphalted road and a total of 16.7 kilometers of provincial roads. The three urban barangays are crisscrossed by municipal streets with a combined length of 18.27 kilometers. A combined length of 166.99 kilometers of barangay roads are also existing linking the different sitios and barangays to one another. There are 10 concrete bridges, 1 bailey bridge, 3 steel bridges and 1 timber bridge in the different areas of the municipality with a combined length of 777 meters where 7 of these bridges are classified as national bridges.  

 

Agricultural

4,292.00

hectares

Industrial

18.00

hectares

Commercial

50.00

hectares

Residential

2,750.00

hectares

Institutional

20.00

hectares

Open Space

5,402.69

hectares

Others

31,313.31

hectares


 

Agriculture - The municipality is primarily an agricultural town. It has about 12.27% of the total land area of Sta. Cruz or 5,082.85 hectares that comprise the total effective land area devoted to agriculture where 3,503.85 hectares are planted to palay. This shows that slightly less than three-fourths of the agricultural land is for palay farming, the main agricultural or primary crop of the municipality. Next to palay, mango is the primary commercial crop which gave a big boost in terms of family income. The mangoes in Sta. Cruz are considered the sweetest mangoes grown in the province.

 

Irrigation Facilities - There are three irrigation systems in the municipality serving the need of farmers on water supply for palay farming and for other crop production. These systems are expected to irrigate a combined area of 2,806 hectares.

 

Fishing and Aquatic Resources - The municipal waters are the streams, rivers, lakes and marine waters. The territorial jurisdiction of the municipality on this body of marine waters covers the area between two lines drawn perpendicularly to the general coastline from points where the boundary lines of the municipality touched the sea during low tide and a third line parallel with the general coastline and the distance from it is 15 kilometers. This body of water provides a long coastline of about 15 kilometers and along this stretch are four inlets (bangans) which are located in different barangays. There are four main rivers, aside from other tributaries that flow into the China Sea. These bodies of water serve as a wider fishing area in the municipality. In addition to these and with regards to in-land fishing, there are a total of 400.7 hectares of fishpond situated in 12 barangays which are adjacent to one another

 

Trade and Industry - The Municipality of Sta. Cruz is now considered as a commercial center in northern Zambales due to the presence of different types of business establishments where almost fifty percent comes from wholesale and retail trade sector, a great number of which are sari-sari stores. These are mostly situated within the Sta. Cruz Public Market, the biggest public market in the Province of Zambales whose main building houses a total of 466 stalls. Aside from this, there are two buildings for fruits and vegetables section, and the cake section of the public market. In addition, there is an area designated as hawkers area or an area allotted to transient vendors. Different types of business establishments are also situated adjacent to the public market and along the national highway ranging from agricultural supply dealers, hardware stores, drugstores, etc. Sari-sari stores abound in the different barangays providing merchandise needed for day to day livelihood in their immediate area.

 

There are also small and/or cottage industries such as ice plant, concrete hollow block factory, bagoong and vinegar making, palay thresher fabrication, fabrication of tricycle's side car, etc. Most of these establishments were organized as single proprietorship and were not capital nor labor intensive business ventures as some of them do not hire employees but for unpaid family workers. Raw materials used are locally available while their finished products are sold within the municipality and to adjacent towns. Other industrial activities are mostly agro-based like piggery, poultry raising and rice mills.

 

Power Supply - It is the NAPOCOR, through the ZAMECO I , that provides electric power to all barangays of Sta. Cruz except Barangay Babuyan, an upland barangay and 27 kilometers away from Poblacion. It has a capacity of 20 MVA, providing facilities and services that are quite efficient except for the occurrence of occasional brownouts.

 

Water Supply - Most of the residents of Poblacion rely from the Sta. Cruz Water District on their need for potable water supply. The source of water of this district are two deep wells located in Poblacion North with a water pump having a capacity of 5 LPS and on a 14-hour daily operating time. It has a 100-cubic meter water tank in Barangay Bulawon. All other barangay residents draw supply their water mostly from deep and shallow wells, except Barangay Babuyan residents whose source of water is a spring.

 

Communication - Telegraph services in Sta. Cruz are made available by the Bayantel (RCPI) and the Bureau of Telecommunication while the delivery of mails, goods and monetary articles are being taken cared of by the Philippine Postal Corporation. There is a radio communication system used primarily by the different government agencies with one line linking all municipalities of the province and another line connects all barangays of the municipality. A landline telephone system already exists in Sta. Cruz operated by DIGITEL providing such services and conveniences of national and international direct calls and other mobile telephone system provided by Smart Telecommunication, Globe Telecommunication and Sun Cellular Telecommunication.

 

Transportation - Land transportation facilities within the municipality consist mainly of tricycles and jeepneys. Tricycles are mainly operating within the municipality, while jeepneys ply the route of Sta. Cruz - Candelaria - Palauig, Zambales and to Dasol - Alaminos, Pangasinan. There are mini-buses plying the route of Sta. Cruz - Olongapo City and there are also other big bus companies whose transportation lines extend from Sta. Cruz to Dagupan City and Baguio City, to Tarlac City and Manila, and to Olongapo City and Caloocan City.

 

With regards to air transportation, there is at present only one privately owned airfield situated at Hermana Mayor Island which is in good condition.

 

With regards to sea transportation, a construction of a seaport was already started adjacent to the former Acoje Wharf in Barangay Bolitoc to be utilized as support facility to the proposed ECOZONES in Sta. Cruz.

 

Financing Institution - There are two commercial banks operating in Sta. Cruz, branches of Bank of Commerce and the Philippine National Bank. In addition to these, there are three rural banks serving the need of businessmen, farmers and other groups in the municipality as well as those from other municipalities. The related financing sources are 6 pawnshops which are all located in Poblacion South.

 

Tourism - In terms of tourist attractions, the municipality is endowed with beautiful natural resources. Numerous scenic spots found in the municipality include, among others, Hermana Mayor and Hermana Minor Islands, Baloc-baloc Spring, Sagrada Familia Cave and Magsaysay Park. In terms of recreational facilities that could serve the need of tourists or visitors for relaxation are several beach resorts located at Barangay Sabang, Bolitoc and Malabago and a number of restaurants and snack parlors in Poblacion and Lipay. A cockpit is also present in Barangay Naulo.

 

Health Facilities - The municipal government has at its disposal two rural health units at Poblacion North and Barangay Bay to, and health stations in every barangay of the municipality, which are the front-line in the delivery of basic health services. There is also a government owned hospital, the Ospital ng Sta. Cruz which is under the management and supervision of the municipal government of Sta. Cruz. This is a newly renovated hospital offering essential medical services and general medicines. Other health services and facilities include 9 medical clinics, 8 dental clinics and 2 optical clinics, the private sector contribution to the provision of health services.

 

Education - In terms of school facilities, there are 27 public elementary schools distributed in all barangays of Sta. Cruz with a total of 81 school buildings and a total of 232 classrooms. The total area of public elementary school compound is 23.5 hectares which include 2.382 hectares allotted as playground area.

 

In the secondary level there are 6 public high schools with a total of 36 classrooms located in 6 thickly populated barangays on a combined school compound of 7 hectares. The lone private high school is located in the heart of the town, in Poblacion South, has 34 classrooms on a 7,480 square meters of school compound which also include 1,531 square meters for playground.

 

A college institution is already present in Sta. Cruz, the Columban College ­Sta. Cruz situated in a 6.2 hectares compound in Barangay Naulo. This is a branch of Columban College - Olongapo City.

 

For those who cannot afford to pursue college education, there is an on-the-job training on different vocational courses being offered through the cooperative efforts of different government agencies, specifically supervised by the TESDA. While education for pre-schoolers is under the auspices of MSWD Office in cooperation with concerned barangay officials and parent's committee through day care services.

 

Social Services - Social welfare/services provide the backbone of community action to cater to the civic responsibilities of society to its population, particularly the poor. The Department of Social Welfare and Development; Department of Health; Department of Education; Department of Agriculture; Department of Interior and Local Government; and the Local Government Unit of Sta. Cruz, Zambales all join hands in prOViding essential social services. These government agencies are also joined in their efforts by certain private and charitable organizations such as: The Rotary Club (Sta. Cruz Chapter), Catholic Women's League, Knights of Columbus, Iglesia ni Cristo, etc. Who are all working together in implementing worthy community social services which include Community Volunteers Service and Disaster Relief; Purok Beautification Projects; Social, Cultural and Recreational Activities; and Nutrition Education.

 

Sports and Recreational Facilities - The most common sports facilities in Sta. Cruz are basketball and volleyball courts. Aside from these, tennis court, billiard hall and bowling lanes are found in the municipality. Also in every barangay there is a multi-purpose pavement which could be utilized as basketball or volleyball courts or for other related sports activities.

 

In terms of recreational facilities, there is a cockpit in a half -hectare of land in Barangay Naulo, 2 public parks with a total area of 2 hectares, and a number of restaurants and snack parlors in Poblacion and Lipay. Some of these restaurants have a video-oke system as come-ons for the satisfaction and delight of their customers.

 

In Magsaysay Park in Poblacion South, which is also a tourist spot, you could enjoy a panoramic view of the sunset. Several beach resorts are found in Barangay Bolitoc, Sa bang and Malabago, eight of which are opened to the public and the others are primarily intended for private use. The fine beach resort is found in Hermana Mayor Island.

 

Protective and Safety Services - These services playa vital role in providing and maintaining peace and order for all sectoral groups of the community. The police department is manned by police forces with issued firearms of undisclosed number and types. Police equipment includes one mobile patrol car, one motor cycle, a telephone and SSB radio. Complementing these forces are barangay officials and tanods who help in keeping peace and order. Also, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology municipal Office has 4 personnel who are charged for the care and safe keeping of prisoners or detainees. Under the fire protection services are 5 personnel of the Sta. Cruz Fire Station to man one fire truck and who are also issued several fire fighting equipment.

 

It would be stated that peace and order condition in the municipality is generally normal. This was primarily due to that lawless elements, who are formerly active and have influenced in remote areas of the municipality have already ceased or transferred their nefarious activities elsewhere. This may have been brought by that they could no longer influence the residents of aforesaid remote areas as they are already satisfied with government efforts of looking into their pressing need and the promotion of their welfare by the provision of infrastructure facilities and implementation of several development programs/projects.

 

Development Objectives - The general objective is to make Sta. Cruz a progressive municipality in northern Zambales inhabited by socially and economically stable populace. The development plan as formulated includes programs/projects that are viable and responsive to the needs of the majority of inhabitants of the municipality. With regards to sectoral development objectives: the sector on Agriculture covers all business pertaining to and affecting the output and demand for foodstuff, commercial crops, etc. The sector on Health and Nutrition cover all aspects that are directly or indirectly aimed in maintaining the healthy state of the population and feeding them with the right amount of essential nutrients. The sector on Infrastructure takes care of social overhead facilities which provide support services in the overall plan. While the sector on Social Services, Welfare and Community Development cover activities directed towards the achievement of happiness and well­being of the citizens. The other sectors cover human development in the municipality, exchange of goods consisting of exports and imports to and from purchasing and producing regions, and the activities of temporary visitors of the municipality.

 

Physical Framework Plan - The Municipal Physical Framework Plan contains future major development projects. This is a medium term plan where all proposed projects included therein are capital intensive projects. Notable among these projects are the reclamation project and the establishment of industrial park which are intended for minor and major industries, respectively, and in accordance or in support to the Special Economic Zone Act of 1995. All other projects that are included in this plan are considered as supportive infrastructure facilities for the general welfare or for the social and economic upliftment of the townspeople of Sta. Cruz.

 

Land Use Plan - The Municipality of Sta. Cruz has already a Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), a revision of the then town plan, that contain policies that would guide and improve the allocation, utilization, management and development of the municipality's land resources to ensure their optimum use under the principles of economic growth and efficiency. It would be stated that important factors were considered in the formulation of said CLUP such as the significant development trends within the municipality as well as in the adjoining towns and subject to the laws, rules and regulations set forth in various Presidential Decrees, Republic Acts and other relevant Letters of Instructions pertinent to land use planning. However, identified areas in the municipality are allocated based on its spatial uses such as: Residential Zones, Commercial Zones, Institutional Zones, Industrial Zones, Parks/Open Spaces, Agricultural Areas, Built-up areas, Forest Zones and other areas which include protection land uses and production land uses, among others.

 

It is noteworthy to mention that this CLUP is not an executory plan but rather a guide or framework for more detailed planning. It is with this reason that the Zoning Ordinance was also revised to be in consonance with the new CLUP providing regulations and other conditions on the use of land including the limitation on infrastructure that may be placed thereon.

 

The creation of departments or offices in any form is dictated by efficiency in the administration. It overcomes necessary not only for the purpose of delineating functions to prevent overlapping or duplication but also to pave the way for specialization for more efficient administration. As provided for under the New Local Government Code of 1991/ local government units shall endeavor to be self-reliant and in addition to the powers/ duties and functions currently vested upon them shall also take charge the functions and responsibilities of other devolved national government agencies or offices for the efficient and effective delivery of basic services and other related facilities.

 

The organizational structure of the Local Government Unit of Sta. Cruz, Zambales was based on the standards organizational structure and staffing pattern prescribed by the then Joint Commission on Local Government Personnel Administration as amended by RA 6758 (Salary Standardization Law) and further amended by RA 7160, otherwise known as the New Local Government Code of 1991.

 

 

 

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THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT

INFRASTRACTURE

 

2.       Bridges

      a.       Constructed Guisguis-Doliman Bailey Bridge

      b.       Constructed Bangcol-Lomboy Bridge

      c.       Constructed Guisguis (Sto. Niño) Steel Bridge

      d.       Reconstructed Bunga Bridge to Steel Bridge

      e.       Reconstructed Patugo Bridge to Steel Bridge

      f.        Reconstructed Balete Bridge to Steel Bridge

      g.       Reconstructed Pucoc-Aso Bridge to Steel Bridge

      h.       Reconstructed Lipay Bridge
i.         Repaired Tocon Bridge

      j.        Constructed Phase I of Arch Bridge at Magsaysay Park

                       

3.       Culverts

      a.       Constructed 2 Box Culvert at the Public Marke

      b.       Constructed RC Pipes Culvert at Pagatpat-Pamonoran Junction; Pawo, Lipay;  Matuyot, Pob. North; Pailig, Lucapon South; Wakay, Naulo & Bolitoc-Biay Boundary

4.       Riprapped the Magsaysay Park Lagoon

5.       Renovated the Municipal Plaza

6.       Constructed streetlights along major roads of Poblacion North & South, Pagatpat & Biay

7.       Constructed PNP Building

8.       Constructed RC Pipe Canal along Ela St.

                       

Social

1.       Constructed a JICA funded RHU Center at Poblacion North & Brgy. Health StationS at Sabang and Tubotubo North

2.       Established Lipay High School at Poblacion South & Sta. Cruz High School at Malabago

3.       Establish MITF-TESDA Vocational School

4.       Constructed different school Buildings at Poblacion North, Poblacion South, Almacin, Bangcol, Canaynayan, Bulawon, Malabago, Guisguis, Tabalong, Tubotubo South, Biay, Bolitoc, Pagatpat, Pamonoran, Lucapon South, Lucapon North

5.       Expanded coverage of Sta. Cruz Water District service area to Brgys. Pagatpat, Malabago, Gama, Tubotubo North, San Fernando, Lipay & Bulawon

6.       Constructed Day Care Centers at Brgy. Naulo, Poblacion South, Sabang, Naulo, Lucapon South, Tubotubo South, Pamonoran, Pagatpat, Biay & Bolitoc

7.       Medical & Dental missions conducted by Medical Practicioners from Medina, Ohio, USA, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Philippine Dental Association-Zambales Chapter

8.       Reflexology mission conducted by the Madrigal Foundation

9.       Renovated Ospital ng Sta. Cruz

                       

Economic

 

1.       Repaired the Slaughterhouse

2.       Constructed the different Multi-purpose solar drying pavements with mini-warehouses at Brgy. Canaynayan, Sabang, Lomboy, Pamonoran, Pagatpat, Tubotubo North, Guisguis, Lucapon North & Gama

3.       Expanded the area of the Public Market

4.       Constructed 3-building days market

5.       Constructed 1-building cake section at Public Market

                       

Environmental

 

1.       Established a 300-hectare Marine Fish Sanctuary near Hermana Menor island

2.       Adopted-a-Mountain Project at Inmalpay Watershed area

 

Others

1.       Purchased Heavy Equipments to be used for roads & other infrastructure projects

a.       4 units dumptrucks

b.       1 unit loader

c.       1 unit road grader

d.       1 unit road roller

e.       1 unit backhoe-loader

f.        1 unit bulldozer

g.       1 unit meat delivery van

2.       Purchased different speedboats to be used for the safeguarding of the marine fish sanctuary

3.       Purchased 1 unit 90 KVA Electric generator

4.       Purchased 1 unit garbage dumptruck

5.       Acquired 1 unit garbage dumptruck from the Provincial Government

6.       Acquired 1 unit ambulance from Medina, Ohio, USA

7.       Acquired 1 unit ambulance from PCSO

8.       Purchased 2 units municipal service cars

                       

                       

On-going Projects

 

1.       Construction of Municipal Hall

2.       Construction of PNP Building

3.       Rehabilitation of Lomboy Communal Irrigation System

4.       Construction of Guinabon-Babuyan Road

5.       Concreting of Bangcol-Canaynayan (Manuac) Road

6.       Concreting of Tambugan Road at Brgy. Guisguis

7.       Concreting of Canaynayan-Tabalong Road

8.       Concreting portion of Guinabon Road

9.       Construction of Subol Road at Brgy. Lucapon South

10.   Tax mapping of Sta. Cruz, Zambales

11.   Dredging of Alinsaog River

12.   Construction of 55 kms. SC-Mangatarem National Road

 

 

List of On-going Project

 

1.       Construction of Municipal Building

2.       Integrated Coral Reef Rehabilitation Project at Marine Sanctuary near Hermana Menor

a.       Coral Fragmentation

b.       Giant Clam Seeding

c.       Tiger Conch Seeding

3.       Rehabilitation/Repair of different Barangay Roads

4.       Construction of Babuyan Road

5.       Inmalpay Watershed Rehabilitation (Adopt-a-mountain project with Rotary Club & DENR)

6.       Construction of Kuala ni Bandong Road at Tubotubo North, Sta. Cruz, Zambales

7.       Construction of Concrete Railings at Public Market

             

List of Finished Projects

 

1.      Constructed different Steel Bridges under President's Bridge Program

a.       Bunga-Pasig Steel Bridge at Gama

b.       Patugo Steel Bridge at Guinabon

c.       Pucoc-aso Steel Bridge at Canaynayan

d.       Balete Steel Bridge at Guisguis

2.      Asphalted different Baragay Roads with the assistance of the Provincial Government of Zambales

a.       Bayto-Sabang Road

b.       Brgy. Pagatpat Road

c.       San Fernando Road

d.       Scout Marpa St. at Lipay

e.       Public Market's Roads

3.       Constructed 3-building Days Market with the assisstance of the Provincial Government of Zambales

4.       Constructed Streetlights (Phase I) within Poblacion area up to Pagatpat and Biay

5.       Renovated & improved OSC Buildings & Facilities

6.       Rehabilitated & Improved Slaughterhouse

7.       Constructed level III Water System-Pagatpat to Gama & Tubotubo North to Lipay

8.       Land scaped the  Municipal Plaza

9.       Reconstructed Lipay Bridge

10.   Riprapped the Lagoon at Magsaysay Park

11.   Constructed Buildings of Lipay High School at Poblacion South

12.   Purchased of Speedboat for patrolling of marine Sanctuary & Municipal Waters

13.   Constructed of Public CR at Magsaysay Park

 

List of Proposed Project

 

1.       Coastal Road from Magsaysay Park to Baluarte

2.       Installation of Streetlights-Pagatpat to Gama & Biay to Lucapon South

3.       Establishment of Fish Sanctuary Phase II-near Hermana Mayor Island

4.       Construction of 55 kms. Sta. Cruz-Mangatarem Road (National; Road)

5.       Construction of Subol Road at Lucapon South

6.       Construction of Drainage System within Poblacion Area

7.       Construction of Municipal Port at Bolitoc

 

 

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                        Tourism in Sta. Cruz

 

Where else could you find the Home of the Sweetest Mango in the World (1993 Guinness Book of World Record), the Fish Sanctuary (a Coral Reef), and the Sagrada (the Familia Sagrada Cave)?  Only in Sta. Cruz, Zambales.

 

In terms of tourist attractions, the municipality is endowed with beautiful natural resources. Numerous scenic spots found in the municipality include, among others, Hermana Mayor and Hermana Minor Islands, Baloc-baloc Spring, Sagrada Familia Cave and Magsaysay Park. In terms of recreational facilities that could serve the need of tourists or visitors for relaxation are several beach resorts located at Barangay Sabang, Bolitoc and Malabago and a number of restaurants and snack parlors in Poblacion and Lipay. A cockpit is also present in Barangay Naulo.

 

 

 

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Organization

 

The municipal officials of Sta. Cruz, Zambales are composed of the following:

 

Hon. Mayor Luisito E. Marty

Municipal Mayor

 

Hon. Sebastian M. Tongson, Sr.

Vice Mayor / Presiding Officer

Contact Number (047) 831-1605

 

Hon. Zenaida M. Mayor

Sangguniang Bayan Member

Chairman, Committee on social Services and Disaster Management

Chairman, Committee on Agriculture and Fishing

Contact Number (047) 831-1605

 

Hon. Rogelio L. Amog

Sangguniang Bayan Member

Chairman, Committee on Human Rights

Chairman, Committee on the Handicapped

Chairman, Senior Citizen's Affair and Cultural Minority

Contact Number (047) 831-1605

 

Hon. Leonida N. Mas

Sangguniang Bayan Member

Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means

Chairman, Committee on Women and Family Affairs

Contact

Barangay Government

 

Barangays and Boundaries - The municipality is sub-divided into 25 barangays and located in relative distances from the poblacion. The farthest barangay is Babuyan which is 27 kilometers. The 2 islands - Hermana Menor & Hermana Mayor are 10 & 15 kilometers, respectively, away from Poblacion.

 

The following are the contact details and the leaders of the barangays:

 

Bangcol

Brgy. Capt. Ruben A. Mendigorin

Contact Number 0920-6379839

 

Bolitoc

Brgy. Capt. Nilo M. Angeles

Contact Number 0905-4109377

Babuyan

Brgy. Capt. Robert Villacorta

Contact Number 0919-3409015

Biay

Brgy. Capt. Juanito Monalde

Bulawon

Brgy. Capt. Rafael Caganon

Contact Number 0929-4712422

Gama

Brgy. Capt. Nonron Monteviraen

 

 Guisguis

 Brgy. Capt. Juvenar Mose

 Lomboy

 Brgy. Capt. Danilo Merced

 Contact Number 0928-2201909

 Lucapon North

 Brgy. Capt. Arsenio Menor

 Lipay

Brgy. Capt. Nenita Novera

Contact Number 0915-6035321

 

 Lucapon South

 Brgy. Capt. Guillermo Ebangculla

 Contact Number 0918-2210199

 Malabago

 Brgy. Capt. Alejandre Fernandez

 Contact Number 0929-5499807

 Naulo

 Brgy. Capt. Romy Morete

 Contact Number 0918-5831530

 Pagatpat

 Brgy. Capt. Jacobo Bernal

 Poblacion North

 Brgy. Capt. Lydia Monsalud

 Poblacion South

 Brgy. Capt. Prudencio Mara

 Tabalong

 Brgy. Capt. Benson Fernandez

 Contact Number 0920-7994842

Tubotubo North

Brgy. Capt. Luis M. Mistica Sr.

Contact Number 0909-4006181

 

Tubotubo South

Brgy. Capt. Merlino M. Morados

 

Guinabon

 

 Sabang

 

 Pamonoran

 

 San Fernando

 

Bay to

 

Canaynayan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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