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Brief History

Kirayan Norte, a barrio about two and a half kilometers from the town, has its original name Pangirayan. The Spaniards who came first to this place called it. The early settlers of the barrio were very ignorant and could not understand the Spanish language. When Spaniards asked about the name of the barrio, they just winked their eyes. So the barrio was given the name Pangirayan, which means winking. Later on the people agreed to change Pangirayan to Kirayan to shorten it and it make it easier for them to pronounce. The barrio was first given the name of Pangirayan in 1822.

The early leaders divided this place into two: Kirayan Norte and Kirayan Sur.

Kirayan Norte is located along the road and the seashore with its beautiful scenery, the rolling hills and the long stretch of rugged shoreline.

The heavy rainfalls come from the month of May up to November. Then hot or dry season starts from the month of December up to April.

The common mode of transportation used by the people from Kirayan Norte up to town proper are usually tricycles, jeepneys and other have their own car. In whatsoever regarding transportation problem, no difficulty can be met so far because transportation facilities are available anytime, same true in going to City proper or long distance places.

Simple communication can be obtained mostly from radios and television. For this time, people of this barangay have their own modern facilities of communication. cell phones and telephones. The common subject of communication if Kinaray-a dialect. However some can speak and understand Tagalog and English language.

The people of the barangay are noted for cooperative and hospitable traits. They are fond of gatherings for social welfare.

The families are closely united so much, so that most of the children and their adolescence still prefer to stay in their families. The people can have opportunity to plant crops. rice and corn, which covers the large area of the farmland. The harvest time comes on October and November. Rice and corn can be raised once a year due to lack of water facilities like irrigation system or water pumps.

As for the character traits are concern, the people of the community are famous for their hospitality for strangers and visitors. They are also respectful which can be shown by kissing their elders and peace-loving people.

The people are still embodied by superstitious beliefs handed from old generation.

The past leaders of the barangay were: Francisco Palmanal, Casimero Norada, Lorenzo Facurib, Octaviano Faustinorio, Juan Moncera, Leandro Norada, Consocio Nabarte, Fermin Norada, Juan Faulme, Nicolas Norada Mueda Sr. (1951-1989), Romeo Fernandez (1989-1994), Rogelio Norada (1994-1997) and at present, Punong Barangay Angelita Delcano Norada, the first woman punong barangay ever had.

For many years during the American period, Kirayan Norte had no school children enrolled at the nearby barangay where a school was set up during the time of Miguel Peņaranda, after seven years, the school closed due to lack of funds. At the presentation of Moncera family, a school for Kirayan was approved but because the barrio has no site for the school, Kirayan folks agreed to the establishment of the school in Naulid provided it will bear the name Kirayan. Kirayan School today has a complete elementary and high school. Lately the Kirayan Barangay High School was converted to Kirayan National High School.

Barangay Profile

General Profile

Barangay Officials

Angelita Norada Punong Barangay
Ely Lozada Kagawad
Marilyn Facurib Kagawad
Ramon Faulme Kagawad
Tomas Faminogan Jr. Kagawad
Ruben Mueda Kagawad
Hermane Cabillon Sr. Kagawad
Bonifacio Niones Jr. Kagawad
Leomila Mallorca SK Chairman
Shirley Silaya Barangay Secretary
Debbie Flordeliza Barangay Treasurer

Economic Profile

Total Land Area

Agricultural 51.24 has
Residential 17.00 has
Forestry 3.00 has
Grassland 5.00 has
Commercial 1.00 has
Institutional 0.20 has
Open Space 4.00 has
Other Uses 0.20 has
Number of transportation available in the barangay Jeepney 7, Tricycle 18, Private cars 18, Motorcycle 7, Bicycle 19
List of tourist attraction None

Social Profile

Total population 1,475
Number of male 757
Number of female 718
Number of households 284
Number of houses 276
List of sports facilities Basketball court
List of recreational facilities Billiard
List of school present in the barangay None
Number of college students 55
Number of high school students 112
Number of elementary pupils 215
Number of pre-schoolers 72
Prevailing religion Roman Catholic
Other religious sectors present in the barangay Baptist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Pentecostal, Jehovah's Witnesses

Infrastructure Profile

Presence of road and estimated length National road
Number of Houses with Electricity 244
Number of Houses without Electricity 32
Number of Bridges and Length None
Number of Communication Facilities Cellphones 40, Telephones 30, Handheld radios 2
Number of Water Supply System Jetmatic pump 196, Deepwell 2, Water Pumps 23, Spring Water 1

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