|City of Navotas|
From top, left to right: Aerial view of Navotas, Navotas Centennial Park, Diocesan Shrine and Parish of San Jose de Navotas, Navotas Agora Complex, Navotas City Walk
Commercial Fishing Hub of the Philippines
Itaas ang antas ng Buhay-Navoteño (Raise the Level of the Navoteño Life)
|Anthem: Himno ng Navotas; English: Navotas Hymn|
|Coordinates: 14°40′00″N 120°56′30″E / 14.6667°N 120.9417°ECoordinates: 14°40′00″N 120°56′30″E / 14.6667°N 120.9417°E|
|Region||National Capital Region|
|Founded||December 20, 1827|
|Annexation to Malabon||October 12, 1903|
|Chartered||January 16, 1906|
|Cityhood and HUC||June 24, 2007|
|Barangays||18 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Panlungsod|
|• Mayor||John Reynald M. Tiangco (NVTEÑO)|
|• Vice Mayor||Tito M. Sanchez (NVTEÑO)|
|• Representative||Tobias Reynald M. Tiangco (NVTEÑO)|
|• Electorate||150,693 voters (2022)|
|• Total||10.77 km2 (4.16 sq mi)|
|• Rank||144th out of 145|
|Elevation||19 m (62 ft)|
|Highest elevation||263 m (863 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||−3 m (−10 ft)|
(2020 census) 
|• Density||23,000/km2 (60,000/sq mi)|
|• Income class||1st city income class|
|• Poverty incidence|
|• Revenue||₱ 1,482 million (2020)|
|• Assets||₱ 4,585 million (2020)|
|• Expenditure||₱ 1,394 million (2020)|
|• Liabilities||₱ 1,121 million (2020)|
|• Electricity||Manila Electric Company (Meralco)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
1409, 1411–1413, 1485, 1489–1490
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)2|
Navotas, officially the City of Navotas (Filipino: Lungsod ng Navotas), is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the National Capital Region of the Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 247,543 people. 
It is known as the Commercial Fishing Hub of the Philippines, for the city has the third largest fish port in Asia and the largest in Southeast Asia. Although it was established on December 20, 1827, Navotas celebrates its foundation day every January 16, the day in 1906 when it finally separated from Malabon. Navotas became a highly urbanized city on June 24, 2007.
The entire region of Navotas was once part of Malabon. According to one legend, the long and narrow delta extended unbroken from north to south along the seashore. The strip of land between the former district of Tondo, Manila and this town was eaten away by the sea until an opening was made. Water began to flow through the opening. The geographical change prompted the people to refer to the place as "butas", "nayon ng butas", or "nabutas", a Tagalog word that means breached or pierced through. What began as a natural channel developed into a regular waterway, now known as the Navotas River. In later years, the place came to be known as "Nabotas", then "Navotas".
It was also known as Hacienda de Navotas; it was once owned by the Dominican friars until it was sold to the Pascual family during the early days of the American regime and developed into a residential estate.
San Jose de Navotas was the name given to the locality after its patron saint, Saint Joseph. On June 11, 1859, a "Superior Decreto" established a new parish and municipality under the supervision of Friar Matias Navoa. The populace was divided into two distinct groups, the naturales (locals) and the mestizos. Mariano Estrellas was the gobernadorcillo (petty governor) of the naturales and Mariano Israel, of the mestizos. Today, because records are incomplete, recognition is only given to the gobernadorcillos for the mestizos. A school in honor of San Jose was built and known as "San Jose Academy."
All that I have above related having taken place, it was decided to make peace with the nearest villages, some of whom had come to beg it from the governor, and others would not. Among those who would not come was a village called Butas, situated on an inlet on the other side of the river flowing past Manilla, and about a league and a half away. This village, uniting with the others near by, sent word that they did not wish peace or friendship with the governor; and had the boldness to come as far as the village of Alcandora [ie Lakandula], quite close to Manilla, whence they sent defiance to the governor and the captains.
—Unknown writer, Relation on Conquest of the Island of Luzon (1572)
On December 20, 1827, the movement for separation of Navotas which was then a part of Malabon (Tambobong).
On February 16, 1859, the date when the barrios of San Jose, Navotas and Bangculasi were separated from Malabon.
In 1859, Cavada, the year when Navotas became an independent town.
On August 6, 1898, Navotas joined the revolutionary government of General Emilio Aguinaldo.
On June 11, 1901, Navotas was eventually incorporated from the province of Manila into the newly created province of Rizal with the enactment of Act No. 137.
On October 12, 1903, the town was again merged with Malabon by virtue of Act No. 942.
On January 16, 1906, Navotas finally became an independent municipality with the enactment of Act No. 1442 which separated it from Malabon.
On November 7, 1975, Navotas was transferred from the Province of Rizal to the newly formed National Capital Region or Metro Manila, by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 824.
On June 24, 2007, Navotas became a highly urbanized city by virtue of Republic Act No. 9387 dated March 10, 2007, after a plebiscite was conducted.
Navotas is a coastal town in the northwest part of Metro Manila. It is a narrow strip of land with an aggregated shoreline of approximately 4.5 km (2.8 mi). It is bordered on the north by Obando, Bulacan along Sukol Creek which separates it from Balt; on the south by the city of Manila; on the east by the cities of Malabon and Caloocan and bodies of water such as Binuangan River, the Daang Cawayan River, the Dampalit River, the Batasan River, the Navotas River, the Bangculasi Channel, the Malabon Channel and the Estero de Maypajo; and on the west by Manila Bay.
|Climate data for Navotas|
|Average high °C (°F)||29
|Average low °C (°F)||20
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||7
|Average rainy days||3.3||3.5||11.1||8.1||18.9||23.5||26.4||25.5||24.5||19.6||10.4||6.4||181.2|
Navotas is politically subdivided into 2 districts, with 18 barangays:
|Barangays of Navotas|
|Barangay||District||Barangay Captain||2020||2010||10 year Change||Zip Code|
|Bagumbayan North (Bagumbayan)||1st||MARILOU GONZALES||1,677||2,652||-36.8%|
|Bagumbayan South (Bagumbayan)||1st||LITO SULIT||4,331||4,524||-4.3%|
|Bangkulasi (Banculasi)[a]||1st||RONALDO REYES||8,344||8,263||+1%|
|Daanghari||2nd||ALVIN S. OLIVEROS||14,348||19,179||-25.2%|
|Navotas East||1st||DENNIS TAN JUAN||2,126||2,241||-5.1%|
|Navotas West||1st||ELVIRA DELA ROSA||6,367||8,698||-26.8%|
|NBBS Dagat-dagatan (North Bay Boulevard South)||1st||ZENAIDA V. TIBULAN||32,681||est. +6.5%|
|NBBS Kaunlaran (North Bay Boulevard South)[b]||1st||FEDERICO S. NATIVIDAD JR.||21,916||68,375||est. +6.5%|
|NBBS Proper (North Bay Boulevard South)||1st||ELVIS I. DESABILLE||18,217||est. +6.5%|
|North Bay Boulevard North||1st||MELVIN F. MANALO||14,743||16,201||-9%|
|San Jose (Poblacion)||2nd||HERNAN B. PEREZ||23,950||28,153||-14.9%||1485|
|San Rafael Village||1st||GEORGE U. SO||3,489||3,530||-1.2%|
|San Roque||2nd||ENRICO PLAZA GINO-GINO||19,361||17,916||+8.1%|
|Sipac-Almacen||1st||DORWIN M. VILLANUEVA||9,163||11,541||-20.6%||1485|
|Tangos North (Tañgos)||2nd||MARGARITA P. LIMBARO||17,514||est. +8.9%||1489|
|Tangos South[c] (Tañgos)||2nd||WILFREDO R. MARIANO||18,359||32,941||est. +8.9%||1489|
|Tanza 1[d] (Tanza)||2nd||CARLITO M. DE GUZMAN||15,319||24,917||est. +24.2%||1490|
|Tanza 2 (Tanza)||2nd||ROCHELLE C. VICENCIO||15,638||est. +24.2%|
Some barangays in Navotas experienced dramatic population change between 2010 and 2020. This is because of an ongoing effort by the government to relocate informal settlers from hazard-prone areas to socialized housing built in Barangay Tanza 2.
Navotas East is bounded by Barangay Sipac-Almacen to the north, Barangay Tañong of Malabon (via Estrella Bridge over Navotas River) to the east, Barangay Navotas West to the west, and Brgy. Bagumbayan North to the south. Their patron saint is San Ildefonso.
The name of Barangay San Jose was derived from the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of San Jose de Navotas, the first place of worship in the town.
Barangay San Roque is bounded by Tangos South to the northwest and north, Tangos North and Tanza, Navotas (via Badeo 5) to the northeast, Brgy. Hulong Duhat, Malabon and Brgy. Flores, Malabon in Malabon to the east (via Navotas River, Badeo 4), Manila Bay to the west and Brgy. Daanghari to the south. Its name is derived from San Roque de Navotas Parish, the first place of worship in the town.
It is famous for its annual fiesta, every last Saturday and Sunday of the month of January. Every fiesta the whole barangay (including Brgy's Tangos North and Tangos South) is filled with stalls and stores. Also every fiesta of San Roque, A. Dela Cruz St. is full of stalls which sell kalamay, from Batangas.
Barangay Sipac-Almacen is famous for the location of the Navotas City Hall and some points of interest like Navotas National High School, the main high school of Navotas, Navotas Playground, Jollibee, McDonald's and others.
Until 2018 Navotas had 14 barangays.
In accordance with Republic Act No. 10933, approved by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 23, 2017, and ratified in a plebiscite on January 5, 2018, Northbay Boulevard South was divided into Barangays NBBS Kaunlaran, NBBS Dagat-dagatan, and NBBS Proper.
Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10934, approved by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 23, 2017, and ratified in a plebiscite on January 5, 2018, Tangos was divided into Barangays Tangos North and Tangos South.
Barangay Tanza occupied the northernmost portion of the city, including Isla Pulo which is separated from the city proper, and was bounded by Barangay Binuangan and Salambao in Obando, Bulacan to the north, Manila Bay and Barangay San Roque to the west, Barangay Hulong Duhat and Dampalit, Malabon to the east, and Barangay Tangos to the south.
By virtue of Republic Act No. 10935, approved by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 23, 2017, and ratified in a plebiscite on January 5, 2018, Tanza was divided into Barangays Tanza 1 and Tanza 2.
Both Tanza 1 and Tanza 2 are accessible via Badeo 5 in Barangay San Roque, Navotas and the Tanza-Malabon Bridge in Barangay Hulong Duhat in Malabon.
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|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority   |
Navotas has been dubbed as the Fishing Capital of the Philippines. The city is home to the Navotas Fish Port Complex, which is considered as the Philippines's premier fish center.
In the ship repair sector, the Navotas complex is expected to accommodate 96 vessels for repair.
Main article: Sangguniang Panglungsod
Further information: Mayor of Navotas and Navotas City Council
With regards to the separation of Navotas from Malabon in 1859 and the organization thereof as a distinct municipality or "pueblo" with its own government and church, this town was headed by the governadorcillos who exercised executive and judicial functions. However, as this locality was composed of two groups the naturales and the mestizos, each of which had its own governadorcillo appointed by the governor-general who was the supreme authority in all local matters, since the inhabitants did not allow choosing their officials. This political system was somehow revoked at the end of the Spanish Regime through the Maura Law of 1883, which guided some of the selected officials to the supervision of an insular authority. During the revolutionary period (from 1898 to 1902), as the democratic system of local governance was being established via the First Philippines Republic and Malolos Constitution, people of Navotas with high character, social position and honorable conduct gathered in a meeting and elected the chief of the town, the headman of the barrio (barangay) and three officials viz., for police and internal order, justice and civil registry, and taxes and property. In this situation, these elected officials constitute an assembly wherein the chief of the town was the president, the headman, the vice-president, and the justice officer the secretary. In this period, the name of Navotas LGU and its head were changed from "pueblo to municipality" and from "President to Mayor". Philippine Commission, which exercised supervision over local government, appointed the first local official. Gradually, election of officials was allowed.
During the period of the Philippine Commonwealth (from 1935 to 1945), the 1935 constitution ushered. This provided that the President of the Philippines should exercise general supervision over all local governments. This allowed Navotas to have three leaders. This trend from 1946 to 1972 (during the second Philippine Republic) was toward decentralization. Congress passed laws giving more autonomy to Local Government Units through the grant of additional powers and lessening of national control affairs. This created four Mayors of Navotas. During the Martial Law Period, President Marcos had changed the structure and functions of LGU's, thus decentralization suffered the set back with the concentration of power on his hands. After December 31, 1975 (expiration of tenure of office of the local elective officials), the President assumed the power of appointment of the officials as authorized by the people in a referendum held on February 27, 1975. During the Marcos Regime, Navotas had two Mayors.
Navotas was proclaimed as a full-fledged city by virtue of RA 9387 that converted the municipality of Navotas into a highly urbanized city. A plebiscite was held on June 24, 2007, which was ratified the conversion of Navotas into a highly urbanized city.
Further information: Division of City Schools–Navotas
Navotas has 15 public elementary schools and 6 public secondary schools including Navotas National High School and Kaunlaran High School. The Navotas Polytechnic College located at the North Bay Boulevard South in Kaunlaran Village is owned and operated by the city.
Main article: Transportation in Navotas
Transportation in Navotas is composed of different vehicles.
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