Navotas City

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Navotas City

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Region National Capital Region
Mayor Tobias Reynald Tiangco (Partido Navoteño/GO)
Barangays 21
Physical characteristics
Area 19.76 km²
Total (2000) 230,403

The City of Navotas (Filipino: Lungsod ng Navotas) is a city in Metro Manila, Philippines. The city occupies a narrow strip of land along the eastern shores of Manila Bay. Navotas is directly north of Manila, west of Malabon City, and south of Obando, Bulacan.

Dubbed as the "Fishing Capital of the Philippines", Navotas is considered to be a very important fishing community with 70% of its population deriving their livelihood directly or indirectly from fishing and its related industries like fish trading, fish net mending, and fish producing having marginal percentage of inter-Island fish producers. Navotas occupies a portion of the Metropolitan Manila bound in the west with shoreline of Manila Bay, which is a strategic coastal front and suitable for all kinds of vessels.

Navotas is part of the informal subregion of Metro Manila called CAMANAVA. This subregion, aside from Navotas, includes the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela. Navotas is perceived to be prone to flood especially during the rainy season and during high tide, but the national and local government are trying to alleviate the problem. Pollution and overpopulation are other problems that the government is trying to solve. Navotas is famous for fish sauce and shrimp paste (patis and bagoong in Tagalog respectively).

Navotas celebrates its foundation day every January 16 and it becomes a city after a plebiscite was held on June 24, 2007.<ref>Navotas becomes Metro Manila's newest city. Retrieve June 24, 2007</ref>



The entire place of Navotas was once part of Malabon. According to one legend, the long and narrow delta extended unbroken from north to south along the seashore. The strip of land between the former district of Tondo, Manila and this town was eaten away by the sea until an opening was made. Water began to flow through the opening. The geographical change prompted the people to refer to the place as "butas", "nayon ng butas",or "nabutas",a Tagalog word that means breached or pierced through. What began as a natural channel developed into a regular waterway, now known as the Navotas River. In later years, the place came to be known as "Nabotas", then "Navotas".

San Jose de Navotas was the name given to the locality after its patron saint, Saint Joseph. On June 11, 1859, a "Superior Decreto" established a new parish and municipality under the supervision of Friar Matias Navoa. The populace was divided into two distinct groups, the naturales (locals) and the mestizos. Mariano Estrellas was the gobernadorcillo (petty governor) of the naturales and Mariano Israel, of the mestizos. Today, because records are incomplete, recognition is only given to the gobernadorcillos for the mestizos. A school in honor of San Jose was built and known as "San Jose Academy."

In 1904, the town was again merged with Malabon. Bernardo Dagala, a native of Navotas, was elected municipal president.

Historical timeline

  • December 20, 1827 – The movement for separation of Navotas which was then a part of Malabon (Tambobong).
  • February 16, 1859 – The date when the barrios of San Jose, Navotas and Bangculasi were separated from Malabon.
  • 1859 – Cavada, the year when Navotas became an independent town.
  • August 6, 1898 – Navotas joined the revolutionary government of General Emilio Aguinaldo.
  • June 11, 1901 – Navotas was eventually incorporated into the newly created province of Rizal enacted Act. No. 137.
  • January 16, 1906 – Navotas finally became an independent municipality with the enactment of Act. No. 1442 which separated from Malabon.
  • June 24, 2007 – Navotas becomes a city after a plebiscite was conducted on June 24, 2007.


Navotas landmarks

Past Mayors

Name of Mayor Years Served
Tobias Reynald M. Tiangco 2007-Present
Tobias Reynald M. Tiangco 2001-2007
Cipriano Bautista 1998 - 2001
Felipe Del Rosario Jr. 1986 - 1998
Victor B. Javier - 1986
Dr. Felipe Neri Del Rosario
Felix Monroy
Tomas Gomez
Pacifico G. Javier
Hermogenes Monroy
Angelo Angeles
Alejandro Leongson
Canuto Celestino
Arcadio Jiongco

Mission and Vision

  • Vision: "Navotas as a Marina City in a well ordered urban landscape serving as a regional fishing hub with a healthy and empowered community in a sustainable environment governed by a transparent, dedicated, responsive and financially self sufficient local Government."
  • Mission: "To harness all resources to serve the needs of its constituency towards industrialization and urbanization through the dedicated and accountable public official and empowered citizenry."


Navotas is a coastal town in the northwest part of Metro Manila. It is a narrow strip of land with an aggregated shoreline of approximately 4.5 km. In the north, Navotas shares a common border with the town of Obando, Bulacan, along Sukol Creek. Along the eastern border runs the Binuangan River, the Daang Cawayan River, the Dampalit River, the Batasan River, the Navotas River, the Bangculasi Channel, the Malabon Channel and the Estero de Maypajo.

It is bordered on the north by Obando, Bulacan along Sukol Creek; on the south by the city of Manila; on the east by Daang Binuangan River, Bangkulasi channel, Malabon Channel and Estrto de Maypajo; and on the west by Manila Bay.


Navotas is politically subdivided into 2 districts, with a total of 14 barangays:

District 1

  • Bagumbayan North
  • Bagumayan South
  • Bangkulasi
  • Navotas East
  • Navotas West
  • Northbay Boulevard, North
  • Northbay Boulevard, South
  • San Rafael Village
  • Sipac-Almacen

District 2

  • Daanghari
  • San Jose
  • San Roque
  • Tangos
  • Tanza

Catholic Churches

  • San Ildefonso Parish
  • San Jose de Navotas Parish
  • San Roque de Navotas Parish
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs Parish
  • Sta. Cruz Parish


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