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Norzagaray, Bulacan

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Norzagaray
Municipality

The Sierra Madre Mountains in Norzagaray

Seal

Map of Bulacan showing the location of Norzagaray

Norzagaray
Location within the Philippines

Coordinates:

1455N 12103ECoordinates:

1455N 12103E

Country

Philippines

Region

Central Luzon (Region III)

Province

Bulacan

District

3rd District

Founded

1860

Barangays

13

Area[1]
Total

309.77 km2 (119.60 sq mi)

Highest elevation

1,188 m (3,898 ft)

Population (2015 census)[2]


Total

111,348

Density

360/km2 (930/sq mi)

Poverty rate

6.7%

Time zone

PST (UTC+8)

ZIP code

3013

IDD:area code

+63(0)44

Income class

1st class urban

Electricity

Manila Electric Company

Consumption

21.23 million kWh (2003)

Website

norzagaray.gov.ph

Norzagaray is a first class urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to
the 2015 census, it has a population of 111,348 people.[2]
It is the location of Angat Dam which sits on the lower realms of the Sierra Madre mountain range,
the Dam is notable for being a major water and power supply for the National Capital Region.
Contents
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1Geography
o 1.1Barangays
2History
3Demographics
4Municipal government
5Economy
6Tourism
o 6.1Historical and Cultural Heritage
6.1.1Religious
6.1.2Santuario de Paz Memorial Park (Minuyan)
7Bulacan 11-billion peso bulk water supply project
818-hectare landfill
9References
10External links

Geography[edit]
The town of Norzagaray is bordered by City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and Rodriguez, Rizal,
to the south; by General Nakar, Quezon to the east; Santa Maria to the west; Angat, Bulacan is
north-west; and Doa Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan is to the north.

Barangays[edit]
Norzagaray is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[1]

Bangkal
Baraka
Bigte
Bitungol
Matictic
Minuyan
Partida
Pinagtulayan
Poblacion
San Mateo
Tigbe
San Lorenzo (Hilltop)
Friendship Village Resources (FVR)1

^1 Created into a barangay under Sangguniang Panlalawigan Kapasiyahan Bilang 179-T 2002 and
Sangguniang Panlalawigan Kautusan Bilang 003 on April 18, 2002; ratified on October 12, 2002; taken from
barangay Tigbe.

History[edit]
The nucleus of what today is the Town of Norzagaray traces from the old barrio Casay and barrio
Matictic which was ecclesiastically and politically administered by the Augustinians from the Town of
Angat as its visitas as shown in the document "Mapa del Teritorio de Bulacan" by Fray Emmanuel
Blanco O.S.A in 1832 which appeared in another document "Administracion Espiritual de los Padres
Agustinos calzados de la Provincia del Dulce Nombre de Jesus de las Islas Filipinas" of Fray
Francisco Villacorta in 1833.
The people of Barrio Casay worked for reforms politically, socially and economically, in order to be
separated from Angat. They succeeded in their separation bid through Governor-General Fernndo
Norzagaray y Escudero (1857-1860) who issued a Real Cedula declaring barrio Casay together with
barrio Matictic to be constituted as a new independent town from Angat. Political boundaries of
Angat and Pueblo de Casay y Matictic were demarcated and the newly created town was renamed
as "Norzagaray" in honor of the said Governor-General Fernando de Norzagaray.

Demographics[edit]
Population census of Norzagaray
Year

Pop.

% p.a.

1990

33,485

1995

51,015

+8.21%

2000

76,978

+9.22%

2007

105,470

+4.44%

2010

103,095

0.83%

2015

111,348

+1.48%

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[2][4]

In the 2015 census, the population of Norzagaray was 111,348 people,[2] with a density of 360
inhabitants per square kilometre or 930 inhabitants per square mile.

Municipal government[edit]

Town hall, seat of the Government

Just as the national government, the municipal government is divided into three branches: executive,
legislative and judiciary. The judicial branch is administered solely by the Supreme Court of the
Philippines. The LGUs have control of the executive and legislative branch.
The executive branch is composed of the governor for the provinces, mayor for the cities and
municipalities, and the barangay captain for the barangays.Local Government Code of the
Philippines, Book III, Department of Interior and Local Government official website. The legislative
branch is composed of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial assembly) for the provinces,
Sangguniang Panlungsod (city assembly) for the cities, Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly) for the
municipalities, Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the
youth sector.
The seat of Government is vested upon the Mayor and other elected officers who hold office at the
Town hall. The Sanguniang Bayan is the center of legislation.

Economy[edit]

Republic Cement Plant

The town main industry are Cement Manufacturing and Quarrying. Other industry of the town are
Agriculture and Tourism.

Tourism[edit]

Norzagary Cockpit Arena

Today, the town of Norzagaray is quickly rising in terms of commercial and economic status with
tourist potentials. "Bakas" which is on a portion of the Angat River is recognized as one of the
busiest places in the locality, particularly during summertime, which is noted for its natural beauty.
People from distant towns often visit the place for relaxation.
Another potential spot for tourism is where the Angat River Hydroelectric Plant or Angat Dam is
located. The dam is the biggest hydroelectric plant the National Power Corporation (NPC) has ever
constructed in terms of power capacity within the entire Philippines. Because of Angat Dam's size,
its reservoir sinks to critical levels during the dry season necessitating the need for cloud seeding in
some years. The 37-kilometre (23 mi) reservoir of this hydroelectric plant is covered with forests
producing a cool climate.
Another is the Pinagrealan Cave located in Barangay Bigte. This cave is a subterranean network of
caverns extending more than a kilometer deep. The Katipunero Revolutionaries during the war
against Spain used it as a camp in 1896 and again during the Filipino-American War in 1898 as
hideout of General Emilio Aguinaldo (the First President of the Philippines). It was also used as a
sanctuary by the Japanese Imperial Army when the Philippines was liberated by joint Filipino and
American Forces.
There are still other sites with tourism potential in the locality. However, some of these places are
located in remote areas of the town, which are inaccessible to motor vehicles, therefore in need of
immediate attention.
The town of Norzagaray is rich in natural resources and endowed with natural beauty. Its people are
claimed to be religious, industrious and very hospitable just like any other person from Bulacan.
The town people do have recreation like legal gambling. The government and private sectors
provided services and education to the natives.
The town is rich in scenic spots, navigable rivers and medieval Churches, inter alia. The following
are the points of interests:

Historical and Cultural Heritage[edit]


The natives are religious and hear Mass or pray in the Catholic and INC churches. The town also
remembers the 31 heroes of the Revolution.

Monument of Sinfroso de la Cruz

Religious[edit]

St. Andrew, the Apostle Church

St. Andrew, the Apostle Church


Iglesia Ni Cristo church
Members Church of God International Locale Congregation of Norzagaray
Members Church of God International Locale Congregation of North Hill Village
Members Church of God International Locale Congregation of Hill Top

Santuario de Paz Memorial Park (Minuyan)[edit]


The town's prime eternal repose garden is located in Minuyan.

Bulacan 11-billion peso bulk water supply project[edit]


On December 12, 2007, Bulacan and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)
signed an agreement for the development of a P11-billion bulk water supply project. Ayalaowned Manila Water Co. Inc. will implement the project. MWSS and Manila Water will provide a
financial package of an infrastructure grant, a P10-million development assistance and a P10-million
royalty fee to the towns of Norzagaray and Doa Remedios Trinidad, which will host the water
supply project.[5]

18-hectare landfill[edit]
On January 19, 2008, an 18-hectare waste disposal facility, a new sanitary landfill that would also be
a tourist attraction opened in Norzagaray, Bulacan province. The president of Wacuman Corp.
stated: "I want them to see our system in our place which should not be abhorred because we are
using the new state-of-the-art technology." The facility has a category 4 rating (the highest category
for a sanitary landfill) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources[6]