LGU Ramon, Isabela

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RAMON, ISABELA

Ramon is a second class municipality based on the latest re-classification of municipalities of the province of Isabela contained in MemorandumCircular No. 01-M (35)-08 dated November 12, 2008 effective July 29, 2009. It has a total income of Seventy Eigh Million, Nine Hundred Ninety Three Thousand, Nine Hundred Sixteen Pesos and 54/100 (P 78,993,916.54) for the year 2008 having an increment of Twenty Million, Five Hundred Forty Nine Thousand, Five Hundred Sixty Eight Pesos and 54/100 (P20,549,568.54) or 35.16 % compared with last 2007’s realized income. Majority of its inhabitants derive their income from agriculture. It is for this reason that the main thrust of the Local Government Unit of Ramon are those which supports the agricultural sector.

 

the municipal seal

the municipal seal

The total population of Ramon is 45,258 based on the 2007 NSO Census. Its projected total labor force is 23,870 that could be either gainfully employed or unemployed. The municipality considers education of the youth as a basic need so the Local Government Unit maintains and upgrades nineteen (19) primary/elementary schools, One (1) barangay high school and 25 day care centers. To facilitate travel, the LGU maintains annually 224.648 kilometers of barangay roads and 24 kms of municipal streets.

 

The Magat River Irrigation Project spotlights the municipality into prominence at the same time ushering gains in terms of social and economic upliftment brought about by the influx of technological advancement in irrigation and electric power generation. The tourism potential of Magat Dam & Camp Vizcarra has been recognized. With the development of the area into a tourism complex and Camp Vizcarra into an ecology Park; it will bring an additional revenue not only to Ramon but to the Province of Isabela as well.

floating-housePeace and order situation is very much normal and under control through the collaborated efforts of the peace enforcers and the people of Ramon.

 

In the attainment of total development, the municipality is geared towards the promotion and attainment of social and economic development by increasing the availability and improvement of the quality of services extended to the people. Uplifting the living condition of the populace make them participative in the development process of the area.

 

To effectively and efficiently carry out the vision, the municipality has set the following sectoral objectives.

 

Improvement of the support services and facilities for commercial activities and to encourage and promote establishments of industries using local agro-base resources in the municipality. Tourism will be developed and improve roads and bridges will be considered as well as the improvement of the existing water system and upgrading of communication facilities.

With the pursuit of economic growth, improvement in the people’s welfare will be given emphasis. Employment and other indicators of the social sectors development is envisioned. Health and nutritional status of the people will be improved to decrease if not to eradicate morbidity in the area. It is the concern of the LGU to increase the literacy rate in the area especially to the most disadvantaged group. Housing backlog will be partially satisfied through government effort and assistance. Provide assistance to the marginalized families, encourage citizen’s awareness on sanitation and physical fitness activities and foremost is to provide maximum security to the people of Ramon.

 

fishlanding

fishlanding

The Municipality of Ramon has a total land area of 13,517.23 hectares as per actual cadastral survey conducted by DENR, Land Management Bureau. This is composed of variety of land uses that had evolved in response to the rapid demographic growth as well as the increasing socio-economic demands of the population of the municipality, Built-up area are occupy a total aggregate area of 503.70 hectares. Considered built-up area is the whole urban core, settlements in the different rural barangays and amenities. 9,917.50 is devoted to agriculture and the remaining 3,096.03 hectares are open grasslands, forests, open spaces and water bodies.

POLITICAL HISTORY  OF  RAMON, ISABELA

POLITICAL HISTORY

   The municipality of Ramon was created on June 18, 1961 by virtue of  Republic  Act  No. 3320  sponsored  by  the  late Congressman Delfin Albano of the then lone  district  of  Isabela.  On  November 12, 1963  the  first  set of  local  officials were elected with Hon. Angelino F. Vizcarra as Municipal Mayor.

     The  original seat   of   government  was  first  conceived to  be  established  500   meters  north of Barangay   Burgos.  However, the local  officials  decided  to  temporarily  locate  the site at Bugallon which eventually became the permanent site by virtue of Republic Act No. 11354, upon which a two storey Municipal Hall  was  built  on  December 8, 1968. The town hall is fondly called the “People’s Town Hall”.

     The municipality  is  named in  honor of the late  President Ramon Magsaysay  and was  originally classified as a seventh    class municipality at the time of its inauguration on  January 1, 1964.  Ramon had 12 original   barangays   carved  out  from  the municipalities of San Mateo and Santiago now Santiago City.  In 1966 another barangay was annexed from  the  municipality  of Echague.  Later, by virtue of the revised Barangay Charter or Republic Act. No. 3590, six additional barangays were created.

    Currently, there are 19 barangays of Ramon enumerated as follows :

 

  1. Ambatali
  2. Bantug
  3. Bugallon Norte
  4. Bugallon Proper
  5. Burgos
  6. General Aguinaldo
  7. Nagbacalan
  8. Oscariz
  9. Pabil
  10. Pagrang-ayan
  11. Planas
  12. Purok ni Bulan
  13. Raniag
  14. San Antonio
  15. San Miguel
  16. San Sebastian
  17. Villa Beltran
  18. Villa Carmen *
  19. Villa Marcos

        

     The municipality of Ramon has a semi-radial but more defined linear development along the national road from Santiago,         City in the south  to  San Mateo, Isabela  towards  the  north.  With the  completion  of  the  Magat  River  Multi-purpose  high  dam  at  General Aguinaldo, near the Isabela - Ifugao provincial boundary, trend of expansion has deviated westward.

     Ramon  functions  as a satellite  town  of  Santiago City,  a major growth  center in   southern  Isabela.  This  gives  the  former  a convenient position  to  catch  the  so-called  “Progress Spills”  of the latter.  The  Magat  River  Multi-purpose project,  likewise,  spotlights  the municipality into  significance at the same  time ushering  gains in  terms of  economic  and   social  uplift  brought about  by  the  influx  of technological advancement like irrigation  and  electric power.

     Endowed   with  prime  agricultural  lands, Ramon ranks  among  the  top  rice-producing  towns   of   Isabela   alongside with  the towns of Alicia and San Mateo.

 

ETHNIC ORIGIN OF THE                     PEOPLE/CULTURAL HISTORY

 

     In the  middle of  the  twenties   (1925-1926) when   the  San Jose - Santa Fe  national  road  opened, Ilocano  migrants  from  the  Central  Plain  of  Luzon like Tarlac, Pangasinan and  Nueva  Ecija  arrived in  bull  carts to settle  on  this   vast   area covered  with weeds called “samon” as homesteaders.  As required by statutes, these hard-working  people stayed  right  on  their twenty four (24) hectare farms to  clear  the  lot  they  can  call  their  own.  The  place  was  a  part  of  Buenavista,   the   oldest  barrio of  Santiago, Isabela.  For more than ten  long  years  amidst  untold  hardships  and  sufferings due to malaria  disease and unfavorable   weather  condition, the pioneers  labored  hard  to convert  their  homestead  into a  productive farms with  palay as their main crop.

     At the latter part of the thirties (1937), the  Santiago-Santa Maria  road via Mallig plain was opened and more immigrants came to farm in the place.  This area which is some eleven kilometers away from the town proper  of  Santiago  later emerged  to  become barrio Bugallon.  With the social dynamism of the barrio folks who were fond of celebrating  annual  barrio fiesta, barrio  Bugallon  became the biggest and the most progressive barrio of Santiago.

     The completion  of the  Maris Dam  at   Oscariz  in  1957  attracted  more  migrants to  farm at  the   irrigated   areas  of Bugallon.  Along with the Ilocano arrivals were few Tagalogs, Pangasinenses and many others.  These groups, composed  mostly            of   businessmen,  carried  their  trade  at  the  barrio market  aside  from  their  farming  activity and turned  the   barrio     more prosperous.  As a result, Bugallon became a separate  municipality  from  Santiago  and  San Mateo  in  1964,  and   was  named Ramon in honor of the late President Ramon Magsaysay.  The new town grew  by  leaps and bounds  under  the  able  leadership  of   Mayor  Angelino F. Vizcarra.  Among the priority projects of the first administration were the construction  of  community market, farm  to  market  roads, rehabilitation/construction  of  school buildings,  food production, and  improvement  of  peace and  order condition.

     The completion of the  rural  Electrification  Program of  ISELCO I at  the later  part of  the seventies  (1976-77)  further hastened  the progress of the infant municipality of Ramon.

     And, with the completion of the Magat High Dam in 1983, more  areas were  converted  into   irrigated rice   lands which attracted more and  more  people  from  all  places  to  migrate to the  municipality  including  the  Igorots and  Ifugaos  from  the hinterlands.

 

Vision Mission, Goals and Objectives

Mission:

To ensure the efficient and effective delivery of basic services to our clentele by maintaining a competent, well trained and work-motivated personnel.

 

 

Vision:

Transformation of the LGU into a more responsive, client oriented, pruductive and honest civil servants, dedicated to serve the public and ready to contribute in the upliftment and welfare of the society.

 

Over-all Development Goals and Objectives

GOAL:

Attainment of good quality of life that ensures optimun balanced resources and economic opportunities.

OBJECTIVES:

1. Attainment of sufficient food production

2. Optimum utilization of agricultural and aquatic resources

3. Attainment of highly developed trading

centers

4. Development of tourism potential areas

5. Preservation and protection of watershed areas

 

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