|HISTORY OF BARANGAY SAN GREGORIO
During the time when our country was still under the Spanish regime,Barangay San Francisco had a very wide area that Barangay San Gregorio was just a portion of its domain. There was one who owned a large estate in San Francisco in the name of Gregorio Calabia
One day Mang Gregorio was digging in his farm when he unearthed a black statuette that the natives believed was from the Spaniards. From then on, the statuette was worshipped by the natives and started the “Letaniya”, a tradition of making a procession of the statuette in the coconut plantation to ask for rainfall. Because the property owned by Gregorio Calabia was very wide, he proposed to their Tinyente del Barrio to separate a portion of his estate fromBarangay San Francisco. He convinced him that the populace of the said area had gone bigger and that it could be considered as a barangay. The proposal of Mang Gregorio was granted and the place was named after him and the statuette.
During that time, San Gregorio was wooded, grassy and mostly planted with coconuts and bananas. A significant change in the physical characteristics of San Gregorio occurred when Farconville Subdivision Phase 1 and 2 were established in 1970.
It also makes the significant growth of population when migrants from the different places mostly from the provinces of Quezon, Visayas, Bicol and from neighboring places came and bought parcels of residential lots as the price of lots in the subdivisions which were opened was very affordable. Developments in San Gregorio continued simultaneously in 1984 when San Pablo City Water District installed water pipe lines and started serving clean drinking water to a large portion of the households. During the term of Barangay Chairman Ladislao Mendoza, the barangay road was developed and asphalted. Romeo Calabia succeeded to the position and accomplished the unfinished projects of Chairman Mendoza. It was also during that time when the public elementary school was established. The population of San Gregorio continued to grow along with its physical characteristics. Coconut farming was the chief means of livelihood until time came when coconut trees gradually diminished because of the land conversions from agricultural to residential. The farmer shifted to vegetable and banana planting.
When Damaso de Castro became the Barangay Chairman Ladislao, Mendoza,the barangay road connecting San Francisco and San Joaquin was concreted, government projects were established as they were able to put up barangay hall, health center, Sangguniang Kabataan hall, basketball court, tennis court, including the open canals along the barangay road. They were also able to acquire a patrol car and a motorcycle that are very necessary in the mobilizing the implementation of peace and order program. The local government owned seven hectares of agricultural land in this barangay that will be possible site of government projects in the years to come. Villa San Gregorio is another subdivision that added to this development and population growth.
Barangay San Gregorio is located in the Southern part of San Pablo City. It is included in District III of rural barangays and has a distance of 3.2 kilometres from the city proper. It has a total land area of 276.62 hectares covering 1.29% of the total land area of the city. Its ground surface is 3-8% nearly level to gently sloping. According to soil survey analysis, the land falls under class “A” which means the supply of nutrients such as phosphorus and potassium and organic matter are moderately high. Permeability is moderate and moisture retention is moderate. The soil is highly suitable to any perennial crop.When Emilio Dimayuga Jr. took the barangay chairman position, he continued the programs of and completed the unfinished projects of chairman de Castro specifically the concreting of road and construction of open canals. Barangay San Gregorio procured a mini dump truck that they use in garbage collection. Land conversion from agricultural to residential are evident in San Gregorio as subdivisions were established such as Lake City Subdivision and San Gregorio Homes. In 2003, the barangay road in Purok 3 connecting Farconville Phase 2 was opened and was concreted. The barangay road going to the public elementary school was paved. A property of eleven hectares of land intended for low cost housing project was acquired by the barangay that benefited the low-earner residents. Other persons who acted as tinyente del barrio and contributed to the progress of San Gregorio were Hemiliano Tolentino and Valentin Amaquin.
Every resident of barangay San Gregorio prepares delicious cuisines during fiesta. Weeks before the celebration, colorful banners were hanged in gratitude of their Patron Saint for the prosperous year that they had. A stage show that features an amateur simging contest highlighted the festivity is held every 23rd of May.
PHYSICAL AND NATURAL CHARACTERISTICS
Barangay San Gregorio is located in the Southern part of San Pablo City. It is included in District III of rural barangays and has a distance of 3.2 kilometres from the city proper. It has a total land area of 276.62 hectares covering 1.29% of the total land area of the city. Its ground surface is 3-8% nearly level to gently sloping. According to soil survey analysis, the land falls under class “A” which means the supply of nutrients such as phosphorus and potassium and organic matter are moderately high. Permeability is moderate and moisture retention is moderate. The soil is highly suitable to any perennial crop.
It is bounded on North by Barangay San Francisco, from south to southeast by Barangay San Joaquin, and on the west by Barangay Sta Maria and Soledad. It has no definite season. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year. It is relatively dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year. It has a weather favourable to production not only traditional food crops like rice and corn but also to some fruit trees like lanzones and rambutan that rarely grow abundantly in other parts of the country.
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