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Municipality of Mabalacat

WELCOME TO THE CITY OF MABALACAT

Mabalacat became a first class municipality in July 1996. One barangay, Marcos Village, is inhabited by Negritos who live in bungalow houses and speak broken English. Its land of 15,2
62 hectares is more than double that of Angeles City’s. Two-thirds of the land area of Clark Air Base was taken from Mabalacat. Its people are peace-loving and God-fearing as well as hardworking and industrious. They speak the Kapampangan dialect, which is very rich in vocabulary and culture.


 

LEGEND AND HISTORY

Mabalacat became a town in 1712. It was named after the balacat tree, a fourth class timber. Mabalacat means full of balacat. Then a settlement of a Negrito tribe headed by a chieftain name Caragan, the area was a virtual forest of balacat trees.
Before 1712, Mabalacat was a barrio (barangay) of Bambang, now Bamban Tarlac. There is no official record on the foundation of this town, but according to stories handed down orally from generation to generation, the first settlers were purely Negritos led by Caragan.
Caragan married Laureana Tolentino and adopted her family name. Laureana Tolentino was the first cabeza de barangay of Mabalacat, a title now equivalent to barangay captain. Eventually, the Negritos were finally driven back to the nearby mountains and hills by the lowlanders who frequented the place to hunt wild animals and fowls.
Classification
Mabalacat is a 1st Class Municipality with an annual income of P351, 280,123.18 as of 2008 and a projected income of P400M for the year 2010. The town is classified as Urban Municipality in the 1st District of Pampanga, Region III (Central Luzon). In 1936, President Manuel L. Quezon put-up Camp del Pilar, the first training cadre in Dau Checkpoint at Fort Stotsenberg which is later known as Clark Air Base. According to old residents, from liberation to 1949 all judicial cases of Clark Air Base were referred to and heard at the Justice of the Peace Court of Mabalacat. Marriages solemnized by the Municipal Trial Court of Clark Air Base are still recorded in the Municipal Civil Registrar’s Office of Mabalacat which is a proof that the former American base is within the territorial jurisdiction of this 1st class town. And so, with the enactment of R.A. 7227 as amended by R.A. 9400, locators at the zone are filing their special taxes equivalent to 2% from their gross income earned to the treasurer of Mabalacat.


 

GEOGRAPHY

Mabalacat is bounded by Tarlac on the north, Porac and Zambales on the west, Angeles City on the south and Magalang on the east. Mabalacat, like Porac, Sta. Rita, Magalang, and Angeles City never gets flooded by heavy rain because it is situated on an elevated plain known as Upper Pampanga. The town is 26.0 kilometers from the capital City of San Fernando.
Political Subdivision
Mabalacat is composed of 27 barangays, namely: Atlu-Bola, Bical, Bundagul, Cacutud, Calumpang, Camachiles, Dapdap, Dau, Dolores, Duquit, Lakandula, Mabiga, Macapagal Village, Mamatitang, Mangalit, Marcos Village, Mawaque, Paralayunan, Poblacion, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Ines, Santa Maria, Santo Rosario, Sapang Balen, Sapang Biabas, and Tabun.
The biggest barangay is Dau, with a population of 47,180, and the smallest is Sapang Balen, with 347 persons.


 

POPULATION

The town’s population was projected (at a growth rate of 1.03%) at 218,629 in 2000. The projected labor force was estimated at 175,919, distributed in the following fields of employment: agricultural workers— 24.55%, laborers— 27.45%, service workers— 20.35%, sales workers— 20.40%, others— 7.25%. The population has a high literacy rate of 98.6%.
Major Industries
Although many residents are engaged in agriculture, the availability of a highly literate and skilled workforce sustain the existence of service, manpower, and commercial enterprises in Mabalacat.


 

UTILITIES AND AMENITIES

Mabalacat is served by air travel by the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport inside the Clark Special Economic Zone. Telephone services are provided by Datelcom, Digitel, Smartcom, and PLDT. PROSAT, ACCTN, and DATELSAT provide cable television. The internet can be accessed via Datelnet and Instanet (ComClark).
The town derives its power from PELCO II (Pampanga Electric Cooperative), which serves all the 27 barangays. There are about 35,134 household consumers. Mabalacat Water District serves the municipality. It has a total of 18,780 household consumers, with 61 kilometer long pipeline. It has 28 wells and pumping stations equipped with diesel engines and jet sets, which both serve as prime movers during brownouts.
There are 6 commercial banks, 1 government bank, and 7 rural banks in the area. The town has 2 hospitals, 4 health centers and 11 medical clinics. Posh hotels here include Palacio Hotel, Woodland Park Resort, Villa Verde, Bernice Lodge, Fantasy Lodge, and Dau Lodge.


 

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Land use in Mabalacat offers various prospects for investment. Of its total land area of 15,262 hectares, 2,976 hectares are allocated for agricultural purposes, 1,075 hectares for residential, 86 hectares for commercial, 1,613 hectares for industrial, 2,596 hectares for institutional, 1,101 hectares for mineral, 17 hectares are open space or vacant, 79 hectares are forests (rolling hills), while the remaining 5,274 hectares are within Clarkfield. Like Angeles City, its proximity to Clarkfield and access to locaters therein, guarantees parallel growth to local investments.
Below are the list of Barangay in Mabalacat, Incumbent Barangay Captain and Current Population conducted by Mabalacat Census and National Statistics Office.


 

TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES AND FEAUTURES

The "City of Mabalacat" has a rich cultural history in terms of its land and people. The indigenous people which are the first settlers of this city gave an enormous contribution to city's history and culture. The devastation and ruining debris during the World War II and the aftermath of the catastrophic made by the Mt. Pinatubo Eruption on the year 1991 was evidently a large extent of chaos that the Mabalaquenos have surpassed and fight towards development . This merely shows and proof that Mabalaquenos are people of strong, dedicated and persevere individuality towards progress and growth.

Below are the list of Mabalacat historical landmarks, sites and points of interest.

REFERENCES:

City Offices Documentation
City Planning Development Council
Provincial Tourism Office

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