Mat-y got its name after a creek along which the early settlers resided. Later the residents built their houses along the road to become a part of the poblacion.
This places has a wide irrigated areas planted to rice and rolling hills that teem yearly with sugarcane and corn. An old fashioned sugar mill owned by Tomas Nacionales is located about a kilometer from the barangay site.
The past tenientes of Barangay Mat-y were Leonardo Miatapal, Ignacio Murillo, Mateo Nicolasora, Vicente Natonton, Tito Fortaleza, Tomas Nacionales, Tomas Nedula and Feliciano Nobleza (195-1971), the barangay captains were Gregorio Nuņez, Leovigildo Nacanaynay, Eduardo Cartago, Jose Mosura, Nicolas Nolasco and presently Benito Moleņo (1972-present).
Several years after the Japanese War, Barangay Mat-y was famous of weaving industry. Wooden and bamboo looms could be seen almost in every residence which produced mosquito nets, patadyongs, pillow cases and window curtains. Now the industry died a natural death when plastic products from Ilocandia and other parts of the country flooding the markets.
When University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) established in Miagao, almost 2/3 of the land area goes to the University mostly irrigated rice land. Today Northeast portion of the barangay is now a commercial and industrial site which includes boarding house, apartments, recreational hall, repair shops and bodegas. On the West portion stand the UPV staff houses, dormitories, cluster apartments, covered gym and PPO building all of UPV facilities.
Once a depressed barangay in the Poblacion, Barangay Mat-y is now enjoying the success of its inhabitants from the field of professions to Overseas Contract Workers and seamen. There are number of professionals who are serving the higher position in the government and to name some are: Atty. Raul F. Facon, Municipal Vice Mayor; Dr. Raul Muyong, School Superintendent, Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College-WVCST Miagao Campus; Dr. Anthony Montalban, Municipal Health Officer; Engr. Diosdado Facon, Municipal Engineer; Mrs. Aida Deramas, Asst. Municipal Treasurer; Mrs. Leticia Mosura, Guidance Counselor, SIPC and Engr. Rafael Mosura, former Manager, Philippine Railways Co. in Metro Manila.
Responsive to educational needs of its inhabitants. Responsive to the health and sanitation needs in the barangay. Peaceful and drug free community. Sports and youth development program. Dedication and honest service to the people.
|Benito P. Moleņo||Punong Barangay|
|Conrado Teajdo Jr.||Kagawad|
|Honeylette Montalban||SK Chairman|
|Salvador Acsay Sr.||Barangay Secretary|
|Flora Fredecilla||Barangay Treasurer|
|Number of male||989|
|Number of female||688|
|Number of youths||309|
|Number of households||354|
|Number of houses||374|
|List of sports facilities||Multi-purpose Pavement used for variety of sports activities, mainly basketball, UPV covered court.|
|Water System||Water District, deepwell water pumps, deepwell, spring|
|List of school present in the barangay||Kaunlaran Learning Center, Le Cole Montessori Pre-school and Day Care Center|
|Number of college students||38|
|Number of high school students||53|
|Number of elementary pupils||94|
|Number of pre-schoolers||44|
|Prevailing religion||Roman Catholic|
|Other religious sectors present in the barangay||Seven-Day Adventist|
|Number of Houses with Electricity||338|
|Number of Houses without Electricity||36|
|Presence of road and Length||Provincial road 1 kilometer and barangay road 230 meters|
|Number of Communication Facilities||cellphones 144, telephones 92, Handheld radios 4, tower 1|
|Number of Water Supply System||Deep well 2, Water Pumps 14, Spring Water 1|
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