San Jose del Monte City
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|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|Mayor||Angelito Sarmiento (Lakas-CMD)|
|Area|| 165.10 km²|
|Total (2000)|| 315,807|
San Jose del Monte City (or simply San Jose) is a third class city in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. It is bordered by Caloocan City and Quezon City, both in Metro Manila, in the south; by Rodriguez, Rizal in the east; Santa Maria and Marilao, both of Bulacan, in the west and Norzagaray, Bulacan in the north. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 315,807 people in 66,179 households.
Today, San Jose del Monte have progressed much; it is evidenced by the presence of major commercial banks, fast food chain outlets, real estates, and wide coverage of landline and cellular phone services.
It has its own representative to the House of Representative having been separated from the fourth district of Bulacan in 2004, thus an independent city. The first congressman of the Lone District of San Jose del Monte is Cong. Eduardo Roquero, M.D., incidentally its last town mayor prior to cityhood.
- Major agricultural crops are leafy vegetables, root crops (ube and cassava) pineapple, mango and coffee beans.
Livestock and Poultry
- Major income earner of the city is still the swine production, large and small scale.
- Major poultry producers are RFM, Vitarich and FELDAN.
- There are a total of 60 commercial livestock and poultry farms in the city.
- Modern "Double AA" slaughterhouse starts construction.
Trade and Commerce
- The city has 3 major business located in Tunkong Mangga, Muzon and Sampol Market. They are into wholesale and retail trade.
- Commercial and Thrift Banks, Pawnshop and Cooperatives provide the financial requirements of the city.
- Major industries are iron and marble works, furniture, handicrafts, food processing, housing, etc.
- National tourist attraction is the Karahumi Falls, Sierra Madre Hills while the man-made among others, are the Grotto Vista Resort, Our Lady of Grotto Shrine, Palmera Resort, Ilog Malaki Riverbank Park.
 Social Services
- The city hosts four (4) resettlement projects of the national government and more than a hundred residential subdivisions.
- The Ospital ng Lungsod ng San Jose del Monte, a secondary hospital, is now being managed operated by the city government, with subsidy from the provincial government.
- 5 Rural Health Units and sub-centers for the immediate health care needs of the community.
- To serve the educational needs of the city, there are128 schools offering elementary, secondary and tertiary education
- The city has now its own school division in compliance with R.A. 8797.
- The city has a tie-up with Bulacan State University to operate a branch in San Jose del Monte.
- The city complies with R.A. 6972, requiring every barangay to have a day care center. A total of 71 day care centers are operating in the city.
- Aside from the social welfare service accessible through the local government, various non-government organizations provide social services to the socially, economically and physically disadvantage sectors in the city.
- The newest addition to the City's sport facility is the COVERED COURT with a sitting capacity of 2,500. This is the venue for Monday Program of the city as well as the other activities like conventions, seminars and concerts.
- The Cattle Creek and Country Club which is a favorite hub among the retirees and business executives.
- The 59-man Police Force of San Jose del Monte is reinforced by other law enforcement groups such as BANTAY BAYAN, BARANGAY POLICE, PRIVATE SECURITY GUARDS ANOTHER VIGILANT RESIDENTS pursuing vigorously the peace and order in their respective places.
- The City Police Station maintains eight (8) Kabayan Action Centers manned by police officers acting as supervisors providing bond between police and community.
- The fire station has five (5) fire trucks to serve the city and other neighboring towns.
Roads San Jose del Monte's road network has a total length of 211.43 kms. The following are the main arteries of San Jose del Monte's road network which link the 59 barangays with Metro Manila and the rest of Bulacan.
a. Quirino Highway - a vital national road which stretches from Norzagaray to South Caloocan City.
b. Sta. Maria - Tungkong Mangga Road - a vital provincial road which links the city to Sta. Maria and to the North Luzon Expressway.
c. San Jose - Marilao Road - links the Municipality of Marilao and to the North Expressway. At the moment, exit from Metro Manila and entry to Northern Luzon is allowed.
d. Sapang Palay Road - links the Sapang Palay Resettlement Project to Quirino Highway and in the opposite end to Sapang Palay Proper.
e. Igay Road - links the upper barangay to Quirino Highway and Rodriguez, Rizal.
Water The bulk of water requirement of the city is being serve by the San Jose del Monte Water District while some subdivisions have their own independent water supply system.
Power Power distribution in the city is being undertaken by the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO). The city also hosts the biggest NAPOCOR sub-station in the country located in Barangay Dulong Bayan
Telecommunications Landline telephone systems are being provided by the Digitel Communication Company (DIGITEL) and Philippines Long Distance Company (PLDT).
CELLULAR SERVICES are provided by SMART, GLOBE & SUN CELLULAR.
There are also two (2) postal offices, one radio station, one local cable provider, and one local newspaper.
San Jose del Monte City is divided into two district for representation purposes. It is politically subdivided into 59 barangays of which 23 comprise the first district while the rest comprise the second district .
Listed below are the high schools San Jose del Monte City:
Early accounts on the founding of this town, as gathered from the old people, yielded information that it was formerly a part of the town of Meycauayan. The town reportedly got its name from Saint Joseph whose statue was found was a veritable forest; the hunters called it San Jose Del Monte. In all probability, the hunters reported their find to the parish priest of Meycauayan. It was said that the priest built a stone church at the site where the town proper is now located. The statue was installed in the new church. Extant Catholic Church records reveal that the first parish priest was Father Antonio de Moral. He took charge of the parish in 1845. The first town inhabitants came from Meycauayan.
During the revolt against Spain, the town became a battleground between the Katipuneros and the Spain forces. The revolutionists lost and the vengeful Spanish soldiers burned down the settlement. The town people fled for their lives to nearby towns.
At the advent of the American rule, it was made a part of Sta. Maria until 1918 when the town was created and Ciriaco Gallardo was appointed the first municipal president. Public schools where opened at the start of the American regime but due to the scarcity of the population, the highest grade organized was the fourth grade.
During the Japanese occupation, the town became an ideal hiding place of the Filipino guerillas because of the town's hilly and wooden terrain. When the Americans came, peace reigned but not for long. At the height of the Huk activity, the town was raided on October 10,1950. The Huks burned down the town hall. The town was raided for the second time on March 21, 1951. The Huks did not succeeded because of the precautionary measures instituted by the town officials. The Huk menace was gradually eliminated until the town became peaceful and progressive as we find it today.
With the coming of recent settlers to San Jose Del Monte, its population increased tremendously. In the past few years several residential subdivisions have been established here to accommodate the spilled-over population of Metro Manila.
Its proximity to Manila and Quezon City had made San Jose del Monte an ideal place for a quite and peaceful living. The place is hilly with a mountain background, the Sierra Madre that provides a panoramic backdrop to the town. San Jose del Monte promises to become one of the industrial sites in this part of the province with the way things are going.
It became a city in 2000 through the efforts of then-Mayor [[Eduardo V. Roquero] (who served as Secretary 2002 and presidential adviser on Agricultural Modernization and is now its congressman) and the local government of San Jose del Monte.
 External links
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information
- Local Government Unit: City of San Jose del Monte
- San Jose Del Monte High Schools