|Punong Barangay||Elmer T. De Los Santos|
|Sangguniang Barangay Members||Lymwel J. Mallon|
|Lanie V. Obuyes|
|Juvy G. Capunong|
|Arnold A. Obispo|
|Anna Mae D. Lopez|
|Ronald P. Layes|
|Rex T. De Los Santos|
|Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman||Leira T. Maranon|
|Barangay Secretary||Jose Z. Togonon|
|Barangay Treasurer||Glenda T. Sarabia|
|Total No. of Households||863|
|Total No. of Families||882|
|Total No. of Employed||2,123|
|Total No. of Unemployed||350|
|Total No. of Underemployed||610|
Data gathered as of 2017
Source: Iloilo Provincial Population Office
Brief Description of Barangay Pakiad
Barangay Pakiad is located at the northeastern part of Oton, Iloilo. It is a huge diamond in shape. It is bounded by Barangay Jibaao-an, Mandurriao in the north, Barangay Calajunan, MANDURRIAO, IN THE EAST, Barangay Cagbang, Oton, in the south and Barangay Polo Maestra Vita in the west. It is seven kilometers away from the City of Iloilo and four kilometers away from the heart of the town of Oton. Most of the people buy their basic necessities at the nearest town/public market in the district of Mandurriao, Iloilo City that is two kilometers away.
The total land area is about 397 hectares and it is flat in topography. The irrigation canal and riverbank from Suagi River is the only source of water where the farmers depend to sustain their rice fields during planting season. It has great potential for the massive vegetable productions. The principal products are rice and watermelon during the summer season, livestock and vegetables. They have irrigation facilities existing, which proved to be the big help to the nearby farmers in order to plant crops any time of the year.
HISTORY OF THE BARANGAY
Barangay Pakiad is the home of happy and progressive people. Its name was derived from a story way back during the Spanish era. According to the old folks when a group of Spaniards passed by the place, they saw a man preparing a vegetable garden. The Spaniards asked the man according to the old folks when a group of Spaniards passed by the place, they saw a man preparing a vegetable garden. The Spaniards asked the man about the name of the place (in Spanish). The man thought that he was asked about what he was doing. In this instance, the man answered “Pak-ad”. The Spaniards pronounced it “Paquiad” and as the time passed by the place was called “Bario Paquiad”, then later it changes to “PAKIAD”. It is situated 6 kilometers north of the Municipality of Oton and is the shortest way to reach the district of Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
During some decade ago the Barangay annual Fiesta in the Honor of their Patron Saint Sto. Tomas de Villanueva was Sept. 22, but because during that time the month of September was a lean month because the harvest season was in the month of December besides September was a rainy season and many typhoon paswse4d by the folks and the Barrio officials transferred it to summer season were it was vacation time for the students and the residents were abundantly compared to the month of September, is celebrated on April, and later it was fixed to the Last Saturday of April were some residents who venture themselves from other parts of the country came home for the Barangay Fiesta celebration.
Lately, because of the changes in the church, it was transferred back to the original feast day of Senior Sto. Tomas de Villanueva, September 22 of every year. In this connection, th3e people were disunited because many residents don’t like that the Annual fiesta will be transferred back to September 22 and also because of the order of the Catholic Church that all Fiesta will be celebrated to the original Feast day of the Patron Saint of the area. The Barangay Officials, Barangay Apostolic Council with conformity with Parish Priest that the Barangay Pakiad Annual Religious Fiesta will be on September 22 every year, declared it officially.
Its name was derived from a story way back during the Spanish era. According to the old folks when a group of Spaniards passed by the place, they saw a man preparing a vegetable garden. The Spaniards asked the man According to the old folks when a group of Spaniards passed by the place, they saw a man preparing a vegetable garden. The Spaniards asked the man about the name of the place (in Spanish). The man thought that he was asked about what he was doing. In this instance, the man answered “Pak-ad”. The Spaniards pronounced it “Paquiad” and as the time passed by the place was called “Barangay Paquiad”. It is situated 6 kilometers north of the Municipality of Oton and is the shortest way to reach the district of Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
During the early time, almost all of the people are farmers; others are farm workers and laborer. It was very seldom of the residents were professionals. Most of the women were used to plant rice during planting season. Almost 100% of the residents are faithful Catholic, but as time passed by some of the people involved themselves in other religious sect but still, at present, almost 95% are still roman catholic.
As times passed by, the people were educated from primary school and later secondary. During the early time, if you can reach in grade IV you can teach in grade school. Development in the Barangay fast reached the community. Fast high technologies persuaded the area, until such time the lives of the residents lift up. At present many of the residents were already a professional.
There are several doctors, nurses teachers, midwives; engineers and other types of professionals are present in the community. There were those w2ho was so much adventurous, adventure themselves on the other countries to seek for greener pastures; some went abroad as a domestic helper only to help for the success of their families and some are seamen and many other skilled workers who go abroad.
As time passed by and due to the fast development of high technology and because of the fast increased of population all over the world, the people multiply very fast but the land do not, agricultural area became smaller and smaller because the land was converted into an industrial area, some were converted into residential area for housing and subdivisions. Almost two-third (2/3) of the agricultural land was converted into a residential area for the establishment of subdivisions.
It can’t be denied that Barangay Pakiad is really progressive. It houses more or less 30 sari-sari stores, concrete factories, coco lumber yard, plastic industry, rehabilitation center, poultry and the biggest piggery in Western Visayas. The eleven Barangay officials, 15 Barangay Tanod members, health workers and other NGO’ are united in order to serve the Pakiadanons. Of this number, 1,200 are registered voters.
Barangay Pakiad has only 120 hectares more or less rainfed (rainfed because the irrigation canal has no water supply when there is no rain) agricultural land areas devoted to farming as a source of income. Its soil is rich. To maximize production, farm technician supervises all stages of rice production. Among the basic crops, the people boast the production of rice. vegetables and watermelon and other crops. Aside from field crops, people are raising domesticated farm animals such as cattle and carabao for breeding and milking, goats, poultry and backyard piggery as another source of income.
Barangay Pakiad is one of the improved Barangay in the Municipality of Oton. Several buildings were built in the community such as Primary School Buildings (12 rooms) and 2 classrooms donated by Mr. Charlie Lim Sui, manager/owner of Charlie’s Farm and Iloilo Chinese Chamber Commerce Federation, Barangay Chapel, and others. There were several projects in the Barangay that were constructed by the Barangay officials through the Internal Revenue allotment fund from the national government and other government agencies such as Barangay Basketball Court and Stage, waiting sheds, the 1.8 M Multi-purpose pavement and the 175 meters concrete Barangay road funded by the CARP Fund of DAR through Agrarian Reform Community Development Fund, 2.00 Kilometer Farm to market road connecting Barangay Pakiad, Barangay Polo Maestra Vita and Barangay Abilay Sur, all of Oton, Iloilo Funded by CARP Fund and 2 kilometer Farm to Market road connecting Pakiad, Abilay Sur and Polo Maestra Vita, all of Oton thru ARC community development Fund, Barangay Health Center from IRA, Barangay Hall and Barangay Tanod Outpost Constructed from the IRA and Php. 50,000.00 financial assistance from Iloilo Governor Hon. Arthur Defensor, 2 kilometers concreted national road which almost finishes before the end of October this year, streetlights, landmarks and waiting sheds. Pakiad elementary school an, A-1 School in the district of Oton, caters to the need in elementary education, Pakiadanons are devoted Catholics. In fact,t 95% of the total population are catholic. And many other infrastructure projects. Mindful of this reality, the governing body of this Barangay along with many organizations has taken lead for the tree planting activities conservation and management of their environment but it is near the dumping site of the City of Iloilo. As their transportation facilities, there are tricycles and privates vehicles plying from the Barangay to the poblacion. As to their power facilities, 99% of the residents were electrified from ILECO I for several years now.
As to the communication facilities, the Barangay has a radio transceiver, which transmit messages from the Barangay to the municipality and vice versa. Aside from radio transceiver, their telephone line which serves as a communication to the Barangay. Other forms of communication are transistor radio, television sets, newspapers, books, magazines and other forms of reading materials.
For transportation facilities, there were tricycles that serve as means of transportation from the Barangay to the district of Mandurriao were passenger jeepneys ride going to Iloilo City proper/downtown area vise versa. There were also p4rivate vehicles owned by some residents, automobile, cargo trucks, hand tractors were used for the land preparation of the field for agricultural crops, rice threshers, water pumps and rice mill. The Barangay has 1 unit Multicab used for the Barangay tanod for patrol and other activities of the Barangay officials that need service vehicle.