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"The Agro-Ecological Destination in Cagayan Valley" Presidential Proclamation No. 1685 December 1, 2008

Balatong Model

Balatong Festival Facts

  • The first ever annual celebration of the Balatong Festival has started in year 2008 when the San Mateoneans found the solution for their problem of reduced harvest yield due to chemical intensive farming.
  • By virtue of Ordinance No. 2009-560, Balatong Festival has been declared tobe celebrated annually in San Mateo to give importance to and promote munggo production in the municipality.
  • Next to rice, San Mateo produces munggo (Balatong) from more or less 7,385 hectares rice area after the harvesting season for rice during summer.
  • San Mateo has been awarded the "Galing Pook Award", an annual search for the best governance program across the country by the Galing Pook Foundation for its "Munggo: the Black Gold of San Mateo", as one of the Ten Best Practices by the local government unit.
  • A balatong farm worker earns a minimum of P500 a day during harvest season.
  • Balatong is a low maintenance crop with but a short gestation from 30 to 45 days.
  • Balatong is a nitrogen fixing bacteria crop at its best in neutralizing the acidity of the soil.
  • Gross sales of balatong in San Mateo for year 2010 have reached around P350 million pesos.
  • After years of research, this protein rich mungbean or munggo dubbed as "black gold" because of its black pods has become a major cash crop in this town greatly benefitting the farmers and the local economy and uplifting the nutrition of families.
  • To date, the Pasalubong Center which is one of Mayor Ampie's pet project, is home to some of these variety of munggo by-products such as munggo pulvoron, butchi, munggo halaya, munggo brownies, pancit balatong, munggo ice cream, moryecos, baduya, munggo native cakes, as thickener, bread and other bakery products, munggo flour, munggo empanada, munggo chips, munggo coffee, and many more.
Drum and Lyre Competition

Brief Profile

Date Founded March 17, 1946
Legal basis of creation Presidential Ex. Order No. 97 by Pres. Sergio Osmeña
Declaration of the Municipality as the Agro-Ecological Destination in Cagayan Valley Presidential Proclamation No. 1685, Dec. 1, 2008
Declaration of the Municipality as the The Munggo Capital of the Philippines Administrative Order No. 23, Series of 2011 by Agriculture Sec. Proceso J. Alcala
Income Classification 1st Class (July 29, 2008)
Land Area 12,156.3934 hectares
Total Population 64,505; Male: 32,591, Female: 31,914 (NSO 2015)
66,835; Male: 33,768, Female: 33,067 (Projected 2018)
No. of Households 15,664 (NSO 2015)
16,262 (Projected 2018)
Annual Income PhP 195,686,725.24 (actual 2017)
PhP 203,759,276.00 (estimated 2018)
IRA PhP 134,703,994.00 (actual 2017)
PhP 144,525,276.00 (estimated 2018)
No. of Barangays 33 barangays
No. of Registered Voters 34,905 Total; 16,935 Male; 17,970 Female (COMELEC, December 2017)
No. of Clustered precincts 112 clustered precincts
Date of Festivities March 17 – Town Fiesta
September 21 – Patronal Fiesta
1st week of May – Munggo Festival
Major Products Rice, Munggo, Corn, Vegetables, Fruits & Root crops, Livestock & Poultry Products & Munggo processed-products gorgeous

Geographical Location

San Mateo is situated in the Southwestern part of Isabela. It is 25 km. away from the City of Santiago and 24 km. away from the City of Cauayan. It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of Cabatuan, on the South by the Municipality of Ramon, on the East by the Municipality of Alicia, and on the West by the Province of Ifugao.

The Official Seal

The Official Seal

Meaning of the Seal:

The seal is enclosed by a circle which symbolizes the binding together of all the residents of the municipality.

Inscribed on the upper half of the narrow circular space formed by the outer and inner circles are the words "Municipality of San Mateo", punctuated by a dot on the mid left and on the mid right and the half portion on the circular space are inscribed the words "Province of Isabela". Inside the smaller circle is the shield-like figure. This is derived from the provincial seal of Isabela where the town is located. The drawings of rice fields, irrigation system, palay and corn, depict that farming is the main source of income and rice is the major crop and the vast rice field is fully irrigated. The background color is greenish indicating lush vegetation. Below the shield-like figure is the founding year, 1946.

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