Barangay 76
Grace Park West (Monumento)
Araneta Square Mall
Araneta Square Mall
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Barangay 76 is located in Metro Manila
Barangay 76
Barangay 76
Coordinates: 14°39′23.4″N 120°58′58.71″E / 14.656500°N 120.9829750°E / 14.656500; 120.9829750
CountryPhilippines
RegionNational Capital Region
CityCaloocan
DistrictPart of the 2nd district of Caloocan
Government
 • TypeBarangay
 • Barangay CaptainAdelino Fausto
 • Electorate210 (regular; 2023)
85 (SK; 2023)
Area
 • Total0.028 km2 (0.011 sq mi)
Population
 (2020)[1]
 • Total2
 • Density71/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
Postal Code
1406
Area code02

Barangay 76 is a barangay of Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is known for being the least populous barangay in Metro Manila, with a population of 2 according to the 2020 census.[1][2] Formerly an agricultural land and later an informal settlement, it is currently predominated by commercial establishments.

History

Aerial view of Caloocan showing the vicinity of the present-day barangay, 1933

The barangay occupies parts of land originally of Maysilo Estate (Hacienda de Maysilo), which was once an agricultural land. It was founded apparently when Caloocan implemented the hybrid system for its barangays, where the city is divided into barangays identified by numerical names.

Over time, the barangay became an informal settlement. However, settlers were forced to relocate when the property was sold to businesses.[2]

Planned mergers

In 1989, Republic Act No. 6714 was enacted to reduce the number of barangays in Caloocan from 188 to 60. As part of this plan, Barangay 76 was slated to merge with Barangays 70, 72, 74, and 75 to form the new Barangay Calaanan. However, this proposed merger was subject to a plebiscite, and it is presumed that the merger was rejected, resulting in the continuation of the existing barangays as independent entities.[3]

Given the small population of Barangay 76, the Caloocan city government considers merging it with the adjacent Barangay 72, which also has a small population of 46 as of 2020.[2][4]

Geography

Barangay 76 is located in South Caloocan, particularly at its Grace Park West area. It is part of Zone 7. It is bounded by Samson Road and Barangays 77 and 78 in University Hills to the north, Rizal Avenue and Barangays 86 and 88 in Grace Park East to the east, and Barangay 75 in Grace Park West to the west, and Barangay 72 in Grace Park West to the south. It also occupies the southwestern portion of the Monumento Circle, where the Bonifacio Monument is situated.

Demography

According to the 2020 census, Barangay 76 has a population of just 2, making it the smallest barangay in Metro Manila in terms of population.[1] It succeeded Barangay 72, which had recorded zero residents in the 2015 census but saw an increase to 46 residents in 2020, earning this distinction.[5] Both residents work for a nearby bus company, one as a conductor and the other as a driver; however, they are registered voters outside Metro Manila.[4] Since 1990, the barangay's population was recorded to be on downward trend as the informal settlement that used to be in the barangay was being replaced by a predominantly commercial area.[6]

Year Population
1990[6] 392
1995[6] 232
2000[6] 106
2010[7] 19
2015[5] 3
2020[1] 2

Economy

Puregold Monumento

Barangay 76 is allocated 1.2 million worth of tax annually. Commercial establishments in the barangay include Araneta Square Mall, Puregold Monumento, Novo Monumento, Northwest Plaza, and the Victory Liner bus terminal.[2]

Government

Like all other barangays of the Philippines, the barangay government of Barangay 76 consists of the barangay captain, its head of government and presiding officer of the seven-member Sangguniang Barangay. The aforementioned officials are all elected. Its seat of government, the barangay hall, is located at the third floor of Araneta Square Mall since 2004.

Its incumbent barangay captain is Adelino Fausto, currently a Malabon resident who has been holding the position since 1988.[2]

As of 2023, it has 210 registered voters, consisting of former residents of the barangay as the majority, stall owners, salespeople, and shoppers in the vicinity.[2] In addition, it has 85 registered voters for the Sangguniang Kabataan election.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2020). Table B - Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City, and Municipality - By Region. Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Lopez, Elyssa (October 28, 2023). "Barangay with 2 residents prepares for elections; it has 210 voters". Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. Retrieved November 1, 2023.
  3. ^ Republic Act No. 6714 (28 February 1989), An Act Merging, Dividing, and/or Reviving the Different Barangays in Caloocan City and for Other Purposes, Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, retrieved November 1, 2023
  4. ^ a b c Barangay 76 sa Caloocan, pinakamaliit na barangay; 2 lang ang residente | Frontline Pilipinas (in Filipino). News5. October 30, 2023. Retrieved November 1, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Census of Population (2015). Highlights of the Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population. Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d Censuses of Population (1903–2007). Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Region: 1903 to 2007. National Statistics Office.((cite encyclopedia)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities (PDF). National Statistics Office. Retrieved 29 June 2016.