Balatan, Camarines Sur

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Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Balatan

Balatan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 22,537 people in 4,141 households.

Balatan was founded by the late Don Gregorio Balatan, also its first mayor and founder of the municipality's first school, the Balatan Institute. The current mayor is Ernesto Bagasbas.On Dec.4-5 it celebrates the birth of the town or the "PAGKAMUNDAG" The town was originally named "Siramag" which came from the word "amag" or glowing fish. Old folks tell stories of the balatan shores lighting up with these glowing fish that were so abundantly aplenty and that people would net these fishes from the shore. The shallow portions of the shore also had fish cages known as "sagkad" where big fishes were trapped from the cages.

One of the most endeared public servant was a long time serving Mayor, the late Dido Montenegro, considered to be the most beloved mayor of the town. He was appointed by President Cory Aquino in 1986 and was consequently re-elected into office 3 times by a landslide margin, unprecedented in the towns political history. During his term, infrastructures and remarkable economic developments took place, thereby elevating the status of the municipality from 5th class to 4th class. Montenegro was largely credited with having brought relief and development to the remotest barangays of this town through his peace initiatives, micro economic development thrusts and barangay infrastructures such as feeder and concrete farm to market roads, as well as barangay electrification.

Balatan town is blessed by a bountiful sea and scenic landscape. Its people are very hospitable, fun loving and God fearing. With the urban congestions creeping into neighboring cities and municipalities, Balatan has the potentials of developing into a tourist destination and leisure stop. Moreover, its huge and untapped mineral deposit is a treasure lying deep with in its landscape waiting to be harnessed and utilized by the Balateños. These, and a lot more opportunities and natural blessings can propel the sleazy laid back town into a bustling place of economic and tourist activity.

Balatan is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.

  • Cabanbanan
  • Cabungan
  • Camangahan (Caorasan)
  • Cayogcog
  • Coguit
  • Duran
  • Laganac
  • Luluasan
  • Montenegro(formerly maguiron, named in honor of the late Mayor Dido Montenegro)
  • Pararao
  • Siramag (Pob.)
  • Pulang Daga
  • Sagrada Nacacale
  • San Francisco
  • Santiago Nacacale
  • Tapayas
  • Tomatarayo

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