BARANGAY PROFILE


Barangay Official:
Barangay Captain: Erna L. Buenafe
Councilors: Gemma O. Pruta
  Rolando O. Pedres
  Alphy O. Casada
  Shirley O. Lovendino
  Cecil P. Ortiola
  Jay M. Juares
  Miguel S. Vargas
SK Chariman: Melda C. Belesario
Secretary: Josie Omus
Treasurer: Wenifreda S. Orap

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Balanac is a relatively young barangay. It is an interior barangay situated in the hinterlands of the City. Very little is known of the origin of the place. The traders that have been to the place usually bring with them a type of edible fish called “balanac” when they go back to the urban center. So, it came to pass that the place was called “Balanac”.

A fiesta is celebrated every 23rd day of October in honor of their patron saint, St. Raphael.


GEOGRAPHY/TOPOGRAPHY

Balanac has a total land area of 229.15 hectares (ha). It is generally mountaineous and situated in the Upland cluster of barangays. It is bounded on the East and South by the Municipality of Guinobatan; on the West by Barangay Palapas; and on the North by Barangay Tupas.

Its climate is variable (wet and dry and generally cold at night because of its location which is high up in the mountains.


Demography

According to the 2012 Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Survey, the total number of households is 169 with a population of 765 where 393 are male and 372 are female. It has an average household size of 5. The number of members according to their age group and sex is the following:

Age_yr Sex Total
Male Female
0 to less than 5 58 48 106
5 to less than 10 45 44 89
10 to less than 15 44 41 85
15 to less than 20 43 43 86
20 to less than 25 42 43 85
25 to less than 30 39 28 67
30 to less than 35 23 22 45
35 to less than 40 23 17 40
40 to less than 45 13 17 30
45 to less than 50 15 17 32
50 to less than 55 22 17 39
55 to less than 60 8 10 18
60 to less than 65 6 8 14
65 to less than 70 9 6 15
70 to less than 75 1 5 6
75 to less than 80 2 4 6
80 to less than 85 0 1 1
85 to less than 90 0 1 1
Total 393 372 765

During the survey, the number of members who are 17 years old and above is 449, yet the number of the registered voters is only 351, garnering 78.17% of the actual voters in the barangay.

Health and Nutrition

There are 74 children who are classified as malnourished in the barangay, 34 of whom are male and 40 are female. The following table shows the nutritional status of children:

Nutritional Status Number of children 0-5 years old Nutrition status of children 0-5 years old
Total Male Female Total Male Female
  119 64 55      
  Above Normal       1 1 0
  Normal       43 29 14
  Below Normal (moderate)       70 33 37
  Below Normal (severe)       4 1 3

There is no incidence that children under 5 years old died and of women who died due to pregnancy related-causes death.


Housing

There is 1 or 0.6% household in the barangay that lives in makeshift housing or an improvised housing built of waste materials which are usually from burned or condemned structures, which are being used as living quarters at the time of the census. It can be found in purok 1. 4 (2.4%) households are informal settlers or where the housing units have been constructed on land that the occupants have no legal claim to, or occupy illegally. Most informal settlements are found in Purok 1. The table below shows the tenure status in the barangay:

 Tenure Status Magnitude Proportion
  Owner, owner-like possession of house and lot 71 42.01
  Rent house/room including lot 0 0.00
  Own house, rent lot 1 0.59
  Own house, rent-free lot with consent of owner 88 52.07
  Own house, rent-free lot without consent of owner 4 2.37
  Rent-free house and lot with consent of owner 5 2.96
  Other tenure status 0 0.00
Water and Sanitation

72 or 42.6% of households have no access to sanitary toilet facilities. Purok 1 and 5 has the most number of households with no access with 14 each. The table below shows the toilet facility in the barangay:

 Type of Toilet Facility Magnitude Proportion
  Water-sealed flush to sewerage/septic tank-own 46 27.22
  Water-sealed flush to sewerage/septic tank-shared 3 1.78
  Closed pit 48 28.40
  Open pit 48 28.40
  No toilet 24 14.20

Meanwhile, only 1 household from the barangay have no access to safe water. The source of the drinking water can be shown below:

 

 Source of Drinking Water Magnitude Proportion
  Own faucet water inside the household 0 0.00
  Own faucet water inside the yard 0 0.00
  Public tap/stand pipe 3 1.78
  Tube well or borehole 140 82.84
  Protected dug well 11 5.51
  Semi-protected dug well 2 1.18
  Unprotected dug well 1 0.59
  Protected spring water 5 2.96
  River, Stream, Dam, etc. 0 0.00
  Bottled/Mineral water 7 4.14
  Others 0 0.00

Basic Education

In elementary participation, 19 children (9 male and 10 female) who are aged 6-12 years old are not in elementary education. One every 6 children in this age range is not attending elementary school.

In high school participation, a total of 34 children who are aged 13-16 are not in high school. There are more females (19) than males (15) who are not attending high school. Purok 7 has the most members not in high school with 9.

Here is the overall school participation in the barangay:

Purok Number of children 6-16 years old Children 6-16 years old not attending school
Magnitude Proportion
Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female
                   
  197 99 98 32 14 18 16.24 14.14 18.37
                   
  Purok 01 38 19 19 6 4 2 15.79 21.05 10.53
  Purok 02 31 15 16 1 1 0 3.23 6.67 0.00
  Purok 03 19 12 7 2 0 2 10.53 0.00 28.57
  Purok 04 21 8 13 3 0 3 14.29 0.00 23.08
  Purok 05 29 16 13 5 4 1 17.24 25.00 7.69
  Purok 06 32 16 16 7 4 3 21.88 25.00 18.75
  Purok 07 27 13 14 8 1 7 29.63 7.69 50.00

Of the total 570 who are aged 10 and above, 19 are illiterate with 7 male and 12 female as shown below:

Purok Number of persons 10 years old and above Illiterate persons 10 years old and above
Magnitude Proportion
Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female
                   
  570 290 280 19 7 12 3.33 2.41 4.29
                   
  Purok 01 100 48 52 6 3 3 6.00 6.25 5.77
  Purok 02 88 48 40 3 0 3 3.41 0.00 7.50
  Purok 03 68 33 35 1 0 1 1.47 0.00 2.86
  Purok 04 80 40 40 3 1 2 3.75 2.50 5.00
  Purok 05 63 34 29 4 1 3 6.35 2.94 10.34
  Purok 06 110 54 56 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
  Purok 07 61 33 28 2 2 0 3.28 6.06 0.00

Income and Livelihood

There are 308 members (221 male and 87 female) who are members of the labor force, there are 19 households have reported having members who are unemployed. There are 22 male and 10 female who are considered unemployed.

Of the 169 households, there are no households that have experienced food shortage. 100 households lie below the poverty threshold, roughly 59.2% of the household in the barangay. Poverty threshold or poverty line is the minimum income deemed adequate in a household. The currently used poverty threshold is: 19,069 (Rural) and 20,315 (Urban). Purok 4 has the most number of households living below the poverty threshold with 20.

75 households or 44.4% live below the food threshold; it refers to the basic food requirements which meet 100% adequacy of the RDA for energy (2000 calories) and 80% adequacy of other nutrients as recommended by the FNRI.  The currently used food threshold is: 13,319 (Rural) and 14,189 (Urban). Most of this household can be found in Purok 4 and 5 (both with 14 household).

Here is the type of business/industry and class of worker in the barangay:

Type of business/industry  
Magnitude Proportion
Total Male Female Total Male Female
             
  Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 150 133 17 52.45 63.03 22.67
  Mining and Quarrying 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
  Manufacturing 4 1 3 1.40 0.47 4.00
  Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
  Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
  Construction 9 9 0 3.15 4.27 0.00
  Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles 27 3 24 9.44 1.42 32.00
  Transportation and Storage 9 9 0 3.15 4.27 0.00
  Accommodation and Food Service Activities 28 28 0 9.79 13.27 0.00
  Information and Communication 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
  Financial and Insurance Activities 1 1 0 0.35 0.47 0.00
  Real Estate Activities 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
  Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities 1 0 1 0.35 0.00 1.33
  Administrative and Support Service Activities 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
  Public Administration and Defense; Compulsory Social Security 18 14 4 6.29 6.64 5.33
  Education 1 1 0 0.35 0.47 0.00
  Human Health & Social Work Activities 5 0 5 1.75 0.00 6.67
  Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
  Other Service Activities 25 12 13 8.74 5.69 17.33
  Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods-and-Services 8 0 8 2.80 0.00 10.67
  Activities of Extra-Territorial Organizations and Bodies 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00

 

Class of worker  
Magnitude Proportion
Total Male Female Total Male Female
             
  Worked for a household 119 93 26 41.61 44.08 34.67
  Worked for a private establishment 34 23 11 11.89 10.90 14.67
  Worked for government/ government corporation 20 11 9 6.99 5.21 12.00
  Self employed without employees 21 7 14 7.34 3.32 18.67
  Employer in own family-operated farm or business 6 3 3 2.10 1.42 4.00
  Worked with pay on own family operated farm or business 22 20 2 7.69 9.48 2.67
  Worked without pay on own family operated farm or business 56 49 7 19.58 23.22 9.33
  Working for government of another country 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00

Peace and Order

Crime is an act or offense from a public law which makes the offender liable to punishment by the state. It can be categorized as crimes against person and against property. There is 1 person victimized by a crime in the barangay. The crime committed in the barangay is Murder/Homicide.


Service Institutions and Infrastructure

The barangay has 1 health facility which is the Barangay Health Center. The nearest hospital and drugstore could be found 7 kilometers from the Barangay Hall. Balanac Covered Court and Barangay Outpost are the 2 service facilities in the barangay. Educational facilities can also be found with Day Care Center and Elementary School. The nearest high school and college or vocational school can be located 7 kilometers and 35 kilometers away from the barangay proper, respectively.

The public transportation present in the barangay is Jeepney and Motorcycle. The road is concrete and in good condition, it is maintained by the City and Barangay Government.

Compost pits and burning are the most common garbage or waste disposal system in the community. Open dump site and sanitary landfill is 9 kilometers away from the barangay.

The source of electricity in the barangay is provided and maintained by Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC) thru the Barangay Power Association (BAPA).

 

Source: CBMS 2012