Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 2nd District
No. of Barangays: 11
Land Area: 36,307.31 has.
Population (NSO Census, 2015): 280,904
Registered Voters (COMELEC, 4th Quarter 2015): 186,971
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Rodriguez is the largest Municipality of Rizal Province in terms of land area. However, 62% of its land area are part of the Marikina Watershed Reservation. It has two routes; it is accessible by Marikina City and through Payatas, Quezon City. The Municipality of Rodriguez has become the relocation site of informal settlers from NCR since 1990s. Between 2007 and 2010, the National Housing Authority (NHA) had resettled 9,000 households, mostly from the riversides of Pasig River, Sta Ana Manila, and from various parts of Quezon City. Rodriguez has two sanitary landfills with a combined area of 33.02 hectares. The 19 hectare Rizal Provincial Sanitary Landfill is directly under the management of the Provincial Government. Mining and quarrying are included in the land use category with a total 304.14 hectares active mine/quarry sites.
Montalban is originally a name of a town in Toledo, Spain established in the 1490s. It is said to be a Spanish contraction of the words, “Monte Alba” or “white mountain”. The name also alludes to Alban Hills (Monte Albano) in Lazio, Italy where popes and Roman nobles built historic castles. “Montalban, Rizal” was established in 1871 during the Spanish rule by Padre Eustaquio, a native of Pasig. Montalban was carved out of the town of San Mateo to combine four barrios, namely: Balite, Burgos, Maran, and Calapihan. Balite served as first town center. It was called so after the “balete” or strangler fig trees that grew abundantly on the banks of Montalban River. Later, a chapel or “Pasong Vista” was erected on the present location where the Catholic church and cemetery stand. The legend of Bernardo Carpio, explaining the topography of the place, was popular during this time. The legend of “nag-uumpugang bato” tells the story of a giant trapped between two moiuntains that had to push apart, thus creating a gorge or canyon, where Montalban’s famous river now flows through.
On July 26, 1982 by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 275, ‘Montalban’ was renamed “Rodriguez” in honor of Don Eulogio Rodriguez Sr., in grateful recognition of his pioneering efforts and example of public service.
The Municipality of Rodriguez is situated in the northernmost part of Rizal Province and at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountains. This spot makes the town positioned at the periphery of the Metropolitan Manila.The municipality is bounded by Quezon City and Caloocan City on the west, by the Municipality of Polo and San Jose del Monte City in the province of Bulacan on the north, by the Municipality of General Nakar in the province of Quezon on the east and by the Municipality of San Mateo and Antipolo City in the province of Rizal on the south.
Major Income Sources: Business, Services
Tourist Destinations: Wawa Dam, Pamitinan Cave, Mt. Irid Satellite, Stampang Bato, Panas Falls, Avillon Zoo, Getsemane Prayer Mountain, Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Church, Rodriguez Anchestral House, Resorts, Mt. Lubog, Bundok Sipit Ulang
Special Events/Festivals: Pamitinan Festival, Araw ng Montalban, Town Fiesta
Address: Municipal Hall, JP Rizal Ave. Brgy. Balite, Rodriguez, Rizal
Phone: (02) 423-1410