LOSAD, SABANGAN, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE
We envision a clean and progressive community with a sustainable forest resources that provides abundant supply of wildlife and none polluted water flowing down the creeks to water our rice fields that is teeming with aquatic life and the people enjoying the component leadership of our upright leaders.
“To attain economic stability through increase production by improving our irrigation systems, improve our pathways and footbridges for convenient access to transport our produced from the farm to the market and enhance our health through the improvement of our domestic water system for a portable water supply.”
Basic social services are delivered, health and educational status and improved.
Positive cultural values, indigenous knowledge systems practices are strengthened and advocated.
Poverty is alleviated through increased production and livelihood activities are enhanced with available support from credit institutions.
Natural resources conserved and utilize wisely through proper observance and implementation of environmental protection law.
Sufficient support service are delivered by dependable and transparent local official and line agencies.
BRIEF BARANGAY PROFILE
BARANGAY Losad is one of the 15 barangay of the Municipality of Sabangan, Mt. Province. It is bounded on the Barangay Supang and Otocan, Bauko; East by Bayyo and Talubin, Bontoc; North by barangay Poblacion and Lagan south by Barangay Gayang and Bun-ayan.
The Barangay can be reached by a six hours via the Halsema Highway from Baguio City, and a 600 meter walk from the nearest National road if one stops at kaaligan junction.
HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL BACKGROUND
Oral accounts traced that first settlers of BArangay Losad came from Tinongdon (upper Sabangan), Gonogon, Bontoc and Poblacion Sabangan, with the increased of population, Losad became a separated Barangay on February 23, 1970 by virtue of Republic Act. 3590, otherwise known as the revised Barrio chapter.
The Barangay has five sitios namely: Liwang, Osong, Sa-o, Apa, and Dagiwdiw where the first letters of the places mentioned were derived to form Losad. The height of the insurgency and a companionship in the early eighties forced the residents of Apa and Dagiwdiw to move the BArangay proper, thus the creation of Ameyeo and Passawan.
Barangay Losad has a population of 657 residents group in 129 households, 141 families. The population is composed mostly of the young generation with ages 15 to 19 years old.
Labor forced is about 63% of the total population comprising the economically active individuals with ages ranging from 15 to 64 years old. From the total household, 64% are engage in farming which is the major livelihood. Out of the 409 economically active individuals, there are about 248 dependents. The ratio between the labor forced and the dependents is thereof 1;2 meaning one economically active individual support two dependent person.
The major problem of the barangay is low income primarily due to low agricultural production. With farming is the main source of income, low rice production is attributed to insufficient irrigation system compounded by infestation of rats, bird, and lizard on farm lots. Averages of six sacks of rice are purchased during the lean months because rice produced for one cropping is not enough until the next harvest.
Livestock production is one of the major sources of income of the Barangay. However, the low income profile of hog raisers was identified as one problem due to high cause of feeds and low cause of live weights hogs due to household income, lack of capital makes families face difficulties in engaging in other livelihood activities.
To augment their income, households sell their products during market days on Saturday. Products usually traded or bananas and legumes.
As to social services, Barangay Losad lacks facilities, example, and no Barangay clinic. A temporary weighing post located at the Multi-purpose building being utilized as a center for the Municipality provides services with the assistance of the Barangay Health workers.
The Barangay has Daycare center for children located below the Multi-Purpose building. The community has two Elementary schools within the area. As a secondary education, students have to travel two kilometers from the Barangay. To reach Sabangan National High School or hike some 500 meters to reach San Alfonso High School at Poblacion Sabangan.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND UTILITIES
Generally, infrastructure and utilities in the Barangy are considered poor due to insufficient government funds. For one, there is a need for the construction of footbridges an improvement of existing pathways to ease transportation of farm products, minimized travel time and ensure security of passerby most especially during rainy days when pathways become slippery. There is also a need to improve drainage canals. It was observed that pi manure is being directed to drainages canals that causes flooding and siltation aside from creating unsanitary conditions. Construction of Biogas facilities is seen as the ultimate solution of this problem.
The Barangay has its own Baranagy hall or multi-purpose building in the community. Said building constructed will serve as avenue for meeting and other community activities, aside from serving as an office for the Barangay officials.
Barangay Captain: Benjamin Bello Victoriano
- Jaren G. Calag
- Raymund C. Bongloy
- Alfredo L. Samidan
- Pablo Jr. C. Ayodoc
- Dalmacio D. Gonzaga
- Ciriaco D. Cosape
- Rosita D. Ayodoc