History of Talugtug

THE HISTORY OF TALUGTUG

The Municipality of Talugtug got its name from its location.  It means “top”.

There used to be a Balite tree on a hilltop near the Cuyapo-Muñoz trail.  Under this Balite tree, travelers and good shepherd in the good old days, used to rest, enjoying the cool moon breeze and the beautiful view of the surrounding areas.  Eventually, the people referred to the place as “Talugtug-Balite” which later on became a barrio of the Municipality of Cuyapo in 1917.  Its first barrio lieutenant was the last Councilor Simeon Ramos.  The Municipality of Cuyapo administration built the first schoolhouse which was later on neglected.  The municipal officials of Guimba took over and a portion of the “Talugtug-Balite” was named “San Isidro” which became a barrio of Guimba.  Crisanto Baldovino, Bernardo Umipig, Perfecto Urbano and Esteban Baldovino were its outstanding “Tenientes del Barrio”. For “Talugtug-Balite”, the outstanding “Teneniente del Barrio” was Mariano Mendoza, Pablo Dacayo, Andres Dumandan, and Severino Cachuela.

After liberation, because the inhabitants of the surrounding barrios were gathered the first time in Talugtug, the barrio leaders, at the insistence of Mr. Romualdo Estillore, seriously considered the creation of the municipality.  A meeting of the people was held on November 3, 1946, and a committee to negotiate for the creation of the proposed municipality was organized.  Mr. Romualdo Estillore was chosen Chairman and Messrs. Aniceto Feliciano, Simeon Ramos, and Fermin Ancheta, Vice-Chairman, Auditor, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  The move was pushed in the real earnest.  It was an all-out struggle.  People generously contributed to expenses.  If the proposed municipality is created and organized, there would be no further evaluation and farm work would not be neglected. The situation was critical and immediate action was needed.

A petition was drafted and signed by the inhabitants of the different barrios and then presented to the provincial board on December 6, 1946.  It was approved but the Department of Interior demanded essential data, emergency reason notwithstanding.  On February 12, 1947, the provincial board the mayors of the Municipalities of Guimba, Cuyapo, Munoz, and Lupao came to Talugtug for a meeting.  They found out that the people were unanimous and insistent in their clamor for the organization of a municipal government.  They noted too the increase in population and the number of houses under construction.  The provincial board passed Resolution No. 92 corroborating the statement of Major Nocete, then Provincial Commander, that the emergency conditions demanded the organization of a municipal government.

By April 1947, all papers were ready for final approval.  But the clearheaded Dr. Marciano Roque, then Undersecretary of the Interior required the comments of the councils of the mother towns and possible revision of the estimates of income.  Mr. Romualdo Estillore was almost at the point of despair but he was supported and sustained by Mr. Aniceto Feliciano, members of the committee and friends.  All means had to be executed.

In the same year, the Municipality of Guimba generously endorsed the petition to make Talugtug into a municipality.  Those of Cuyapo, Munoz, and Lupao disapproved of the petition, the latter two of which wanted to have the plebiscite to determine the will of the people.  However, Governor Gabriel Belmonte and Board Member Alfonso Faigal convinced by the arguments and proofs of the petitioners saw that there was no need for the plebiscite and in Resolution No. 315, series of 1947 reiterated approval of the petition and recommended that objection be disregarded.  The Department of Interior considered the reason for the opposing Municipal Councils of Cuyapo, Munoz, and Lupao as selfish and unimportant, disregarded the objections and forwarded the petition through other departments and finally to the President of the Philippines.  After formalities and technicalities were observed or remedied, President Manuel Roxas signed Executive Order No. 113, creating Talugtug as the 26th municipality of the Province of Nueva Ecija in the presence of Nueva Ecija leaders, Secretary Manuel Gallego, Governor Gabriel Belmonte, Jose Corpuz, Meliton Rigor, Teodoro Santiago, Mayors Pastor Domingo, Anastacio Tobia, Gil Dizon, Tomas Corpuz and Diocoro de Leon of Lupao, Munoz and Cuyapo and Gapan,  respectively.

The big celebration came on January 10, 1948, and the people of the barrios all turned out to meet Governor Chioco, Board Members Rigor and Lustre, together with other officials and officers of the PC, among them were Major Camua and Capt. Fallaria.

Talugtug remained isolated until 1955 when Talugtug-Guimba Road was opened and finished.  The project was started in 1949 and was declared open in 1955. The vital lifeline of the town reduced the price of the commodities and raised the selling price of the local products.

The town is more than 70 years old.  It has several administration: Mr. Romualdo Estillore was mayor for six (6) years (1948-1955), Mr. Mariano Sapla had also eight (8) years (1956-1959 and 1964-1967), Mr. Nory Domingo had four (4) years (1960-1963), Mr. Bienvenido A. Javier had 20 years (1968 to April, 1986), Mr. Segundo A. Fronda had six (6) years (May 1986-June 1992),  Mr. Pacifico B. Monta had nine  (9) years (July 2002 to June 2010). Engr. Quintino S. Caspillo, Jr. (July 1992 to June 2002 and July 2010 to January 2018). Benjamin J. Gamit Jr who continued the term of Hon. Quintino Caspillo Jr. on January 2018 until June 31, 2019. Hon. Pacifico B. Monta is the Newly Elected Municipal Mayor, who oath in his office on June 30, 2019.

THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

LGU Officials

Hon. Pacifico B. Monta Municipal Mayor
Hon. Floro C. Pagaduan, Jr. Municipal Vice Mayor
Hon. Fe C. Cargamento SB Member
Hon. Emilio C. Dar SB Member
Hon. Benjamin A. Evangelista SB Member
Hon. Reynaldo Flora SB Member
Hon. Freddie S. Domingo SB Member
Hon. Dionisio C. Espanto, Jr. SB Member
Hon. Elmer F. Caspillo SB Member
Hon. Johnny Sabatin SB Member
Hon. Florante C. Sabado SBM-Ex-Officio, ABC President
Hon. Kim Bernadeth Fronda SBM-Ex-Officio, SK President

Heads of Office (Local)

Dr. Flor Amor B. Monta Municipal Administrator
Wilson M. Nimenzo Municipal Planning and Dev’t Coord.
Pamela Jane B. Paraguison Municipal Accountant
Dennis P. De Gracia, Municipal Agriculturist
Salvador S. Esmeralda Municipal Assessor
Rhea Jasmine B. Tobias Municipal Budget Officer
Frankie I. Domingo Municipal Civil Registrar
Leonides B. Esperon Municipal Engineering Office
Francis Jean M. Ramos Mun. Social Welfare & Dev’t Off’r
Arceli L. Domingo Municipal Treasurer
Dollie Dahlia B. Prado, MD Municipal Health Physician

 Heads of Office (National/Provincial)

Hon. Leo Bautista Municipal Trial Court Judge
PSINSP Ernesto Andress Chief of Police
SFO3 Aldrin F. Fronda, BFP Deputy Fire Marshall (OIC)
Ms. Amelia O. Guansing Local Government Operation Officer VI
Ms. Lorna C. Cayetano OIC Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer
Ms. Maribeth V. Avellanoza OIC Election Officer
Ms. Connie D. Laitan Postmaster I

Barangay Captains

Alula :  Armando La Torre
Baybayabas :  Benjamin A. Evangelista
Buted :  Alejandro A. Tomas
Cabiangan :  Carlito M. Flora
Calisitan :  Joselito T. Costales
Cinense :  Louie C. Villamina
Culiat :  Noel S.  Bitoin
Fronda :  Fernando A. Alvior
Maasin :  Carlos DG. Directo
Magsaysay :  Florante C. Sabado
Mayamot-I :  Dario A. Martinez
Mayamot-II :  Effren A. Pararuan
Nangabulan :  Raymond Balancio
Osmeña :  Arnold Sabado
Patola :  Francisco Felixmeña
Quezon :  Glennford V. Caparangca
Quirino :  Edgar C. Dalit
Roxas :  Avelino D. Abenojar
Saguing :  Richard M. Portacio,
Sampaloc :  Sonny C. Directo
Saverona :  Diosdado M. Estioko
Sta. Catalina :  Reden D. Irenio
Sto. Domingo :  Warlito R. Cinco
Tandoc :  Dionisio D. Espanto, Jr.
Tibag :  Isagani T. Antonio
Villa Boado :  Danilo B. Agpalo
Villa Rosario :  Ruben E. Baladad
Villa Rosenda :  Florando B. Saltiban
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION
Classification 4th Class
IRA Share Php 87,940,405.00 (2019)
No. of Barangays 28
Total No. of Households 5,335 (2010 Census)
Total Population 23,817 (2015 Census)
Land Area 10,042.35218 hectares
Major Source of Income Rice Farming

POPULATION AND LAND AREA

            As of 2015 Census, Talugtug has a total population of 23,817 occupying a total land area of about 10,042.35218 hectares.

Barangay

 

Population
Alula

Baybayabas

Buted

Cabiangan

Calisitan

Cinense

Culiat

Fronda

Maasin

Magsaysay

Mayamot-I

Mayamot-II

Nangabulan

Osmeña

Patola

Quezon

Quirino

Roxas

Saguing

Sampaloc

Saverona

Sta. Catalina

Sto. Domingo

Tandoc

Tibag

Villa Boado

Villa Rosario

Villa Rosenda

1,276

1,451

683

597

472

800

851

895

778

1,480

658

160

893

1,091

895

1,433

1,062

932

155

322

1,552

622

665

945

625

1,063

445

850

 

Total 23,817

The great number of population is centered to its districts.  However, Barangay Baybayabas is the most thickly populated among the barangays, followed by Barangay Saverona and Patola.

Land Area Distribution

Hectares Percentage
Residential

Agricultural

Commercial

Government

Institutional

Forest Reserved

Religious

Others (Roads, Creeks, Underwater)

175.564030

9,665.782651

0.6994

4.9448

14.6339

97.2650

1.10405

82.3219

1.74826

96.2502

0.00696

0.04924

0.14572

0.96855

0.01099

0.81975

Total 10,042.352181 100.0000

 

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