Income Classification: 5th Class
Congressional District: 4th District
No. of Barangays: 9
Land Area: 35.05 square kilometers
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 10,238
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2010): 7,584
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Gumaca is a first class municipality in the province of Quezon, Philippines. It is partially urban, and according to the 2010 census, it has a population of 69,618 people. Located at the mouth of what is now known as Pipisik River and nestling at the foot of the Sierra Madre range.
The Municipality of Plaridel used to be part of Atimonan. The move for township of the barrios of Siain, Ilusong, Concepcion, Duhat and Tanauan had its roots in the mid-1950s the time that copra export industry was thriving in Siain and was contributing substantially to the income of Atimonan through licenses and fees. “By virtue of Republic Act No. 3493, ‘the barrios of Siain, Ilusong, Concepcion, Duhat and Tanauan are separated from the municipality of Atimonan, Province of Quezon and constituted into a district and independent municipality of Plaridel, same Province. The first mayor, vice mayor and councilors of the new municipality shall be appointed by the President with the consent of the Commission on Appointments and shall hold office until their successors shall have been elected in the next general elections for local officials and shall have qualified’." The Act further decreed that ‘the seat of government of the new Municipality shall be in the urban center of the present barrio of Siain’.
Following the mandate of the 1961 plebiscite held by the residents of Plaridel, Congressman Caliwara recommended George L. Young to President Macapagal for appointment as first mayor of the new town. The congressman also recommended the roster of municipal officials to the President. On September 12, 1962, President Macapagal in Malacañang swore Young and Francisco Abuel to office as mayor and vice mayor, respectively. The councilors are Antonio N. Alva, Nicolas B. Cal, Rosendo R. Felicia, Saturnino F. Saavedra, Ciriaco V. Vera Cruz, and Jorge V. Villareal.
Plaridel is about 53kms from Lucena City, the capital of Quezon Province, and 185kms from Manila. It is bounded on the north by Lamon Bay and by the municipalities of Atimonan on the west, Atimonan and Unisan on the south and Gumaca on the east. It lies between the towns of Atimonan and Gumaca, hugging the coastline of the province alongside Maharlika Highway.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Fishing
Tourist Destinations: Himpoporo Falls, Mount Kiling, Kawa-kawa Falls, Ilosong Caves, Ecopark, Fish Sanctuary, Tungkong Bato
Special Events/Festivals: Plaridel Foundation Day (June 16), the Barangay Fiestas of the Poblacion barangays in honor of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (October 27), Feast of San Isidro Labrador (May 13), Ilusong (May 14), Tanauan (May 15)
Address: Municipal Hall, Plaridel, Quezon