Diocese of Daet
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In a land area of 2,200.01 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers the civil province of Camarines Norte.

Camarines Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. Its capital is Daet. One of the six provinces that make up Region V (Bicol), it is bounded on the north by the Pacific Ocean, in the east by the Pacific Ocean and San Miguel Bay, in the west of Lamon Bay, and in the south by Quezon province and the adjoining province of Camarines Sur.

Camarines Norte is a lone district composed of 12 towns (Capalonga, Sta. Elena, Jose Panganiban, Paracale, Vinzons, Labo, Talisay, Daet, Mercedes, San Vicente, Basud and San Lorenzo Ruiz) and 282 barangays.

Population

In the diocesan territory, the population was 513,785 as of August 2007. Among the ethnic groups are the Agtas (Negritos).

Language

Two principal dialects are spoken in the province; one is tagalog which is spoken by 60.0% of the whole population and Bikol which is spoken by 38.17%. The remaining 1.83% is the dialect spoken by Cebuano, Ilocano, Ibanag, Pangasinan, Waray, Maguindanao, Maranao, Binisaya, Binukid, Chinese and English.

The towns which dominantly speak Bikol dialects are: Daet, Basud, Mercedes, Talisay, San Vicente and San Lorenzo Ruiz, while the towns of Labo, Vinzons, Jose Panganiban, Paracale, Capalonga and Sta. Elena dominantly speaks Tagalog.

History

Suffragan of Caceres Created: May 27, 1974 Erected: September 1, 1974 Comprises the entire province of Camarines Norte (Region V) Titular: The Most Holy Trinity Diocesan Patron: St. Joseph the Worker, May 1

The history of Camarines Norte has been closely linked with that of its sister province, Camarines Sur since the sixteenth century. At that time they were just one province which the Spaniards called Tierra de Camarines - land of grain storehouses, as the place abounded with stored grain.

Christianity was first introduced in the Bicol area in 1569 by Fray Alonso Jimenez, OSA. Then Captain Andres Ibarra explored the region. Captain Juan Salcedo was reported to have passed through Paracale, founded a settlement which he named Ciudad de Caceres, after Caceres in Spain. In 1594 the Camarineses were placed under the jurisdiction of the Franciscans, and this arrangement lasted till the end of the Spanish regime.

In 1829 Ambos Camarines - both Camarineses - were separated into two provinces, but were merged again in 1824. They were separated again in 1857 and merged again in 1893. In 1919 the Philippine Legislature decreed the final separation of the single province into Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.

In 1595 the Diocese of Caceres was created, and covered the territories of the Camarineses, Albay, Masbate, Catanduanes, Samar and Tayabas. Bishop Luis Baldonado was its first bishop. In 1910 the Diocese of Lipa was established and took over the other provinces leaving only the Bicol Region to the Diocese of Caceres.

In 1951 the Diocese of Nueva Caceres became an archdiocese. On May 27, 1974 the Diocese of Daet was born and became a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Caceres. The Most Reverend Celestino Enverga was installed as its first bishop.

VISION A community of disciples of Jesus Christ rooted in the Word of God, guided by the Magisterium and nourished by the Eucharist and the other Sacraments, responding to the signes of the times, promoting Love, Freedom, Justice and Peace and committed to the attainment of Salvation through total human development.

MISSION To attain this vision, we, the people of God of the Dioceses of Daet, responding to the call of the Holy Spirit, commit ourselves to become a discerning, witnessing, caring and self-relying community of disciples through;

a) renewed evangelization, catechesis and education,
b) meaningful, participative and indigenous Liturgy,
c) deepening of Spirituality,
d) programs and projects of Social Action- Justice and Peace
e) formation of Basic Ecclesial Communities and Pastoral Councils,
f) integration and re- orientation of formerly mandated organizations,
g) youth formation, participation and involvement, and
h) promotion of responsible politics especially through the formation of conscience

Political

A Philippine province is headed by a Governor. A Provincial Council (Sangguniang Panlalawigan) is composed of a Vice Governor (Presiding Officer) and Provincial Board Members. A Philippine city or municipality is headed by a Mayor. A City Council (Sangguniang Panlungsod) or Municipal Council (Sangguniang Bayan) is composed of a Vice Mayor (Presiding Officer) and City or Municipal Councilors. A barangay is headed by a Barangay Captain, who is also the presiding officer of the barangay council. The Barangay Council is composed of seven (7) Barangay Kagawads. A similar unit called a Youth Council (Sangguniang Kabataan) is headed by an SK Chairperson with a similar rank to a Barangay Captain. The council is composed of SK Members.

Transportation

Airport Bagasbas Airport also known as Daet Airport, it is an airport serving the general area of the town of Daet, located in the province of Camarines Norte in the Philippines. It is the only airport in Camarines Norte. The airport is classified as a secondary airport, or a minor commercial domestic airport. The airport, in service since the 1930s, derives its name from its location in Barangay Bagasbas in Daet.

Seaport The province has an international seaport located at Barangay Osmeña, Jose Panganiban town servicing one of its major industries. The seaport is approximately five kilometers from the town proper and an hour ride to the capital town of Daet. The province also has 13 fishing ports in the coastal municipalities and one feeder airport in Bagasbas, Daet.

Modes of transportation By Land: Camarines Norte is about nine (9) hours drive from Manila (via South Luzon Expressway). Leave Manila before dawn and before noon, you'll be in Daet, the capital, in time for business or pleasure. By Air: Camarines Norte can also be reached by air through the Pili Airport in Camarines Sur. From the airport you can take a bus or a cab to Daet via Naga City, Camarines Sur's capital and home to Bicol's Patroness - Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.

Going Around There are tricycle for short distances and interbarangay routes and jeepneys and buses for intermunicipal routes and for travel outside the territory.

Economy

Annual per capita income (in Philippines Pesos) 20,457 (USD457 as of April 2010). Coconut and Abaca, a species of banana native to the Philippines are its traditional agricultural crops. The province is the largest producer of pineapple in the region. It has abundant reserves of gold, iron, copper, uranium, lead and zinc. With its long coastline, a thriving fishery industry has gained importance among the seacoast towns.

Telecommunication

Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), BayanTel and Digitel communications. Globe and Smart also provide cellular phone networks.

North Camarines Telephone Company, Bayantel, Digitel, Labo Telephone System, PT&T, Smart, Mobiline, Globe Telecom, RCPI, and Bureau of Telecommunications serve the telecommunication and postal requirements of the people of Camarines Norte. Apart from the province wide communications network provided by the Bureau of Telecommunications (Butel), the people of the province are served by the North Camarines Telephone Company (Vinzons), Bayantel (Daet, Mercedes, Basud, and Vinzons), Digitel (Daet, Jose Panganiban, Talisay), the Labo Telephone System (Labo), PT&T (Labo).

There are three radio stations in Camarines Norte one of them is an FM station. Among them are DWKSFM of the Manila Broadcasting Company, DZMD-AM of the People's Broadcasting Network, and DZVX-AM of the New Sound Broadcasting Network, all based in Daet, Camarines Norte. The cable television systems are STV-6, Skylink TV, and Mambulao CTV.

Education

The literacy rate (simple literacy) is 93 percent.

Culture

Pinyahan sa Daet Daet, Camarines Norte 15-24 June Pinyahan sa Daet is considered to be the most colorful festival in Camarines Norte. The festival started in 1992, and is about the province's prime agricultural product, which is the "Queen of Formosa" pineapple. Noted for its sweetness and flavor, this kind of pineapple is produced only in Camarines Norte, thereby making it a specialty in the province. Join the locals as they celebrate the Pineapple Festival featuring a colorful street presentation complemented by art exhibits, trade fair, cultural dances, and sport events.

Bantayog Festival Bantayog Festival is celebrated annually in Daet, Camarines Norte Philippines. The Bantayog Festival celebration coincides with the Camarines Norte Foundation Day. Daet is known as the surfing capital of the Bicol Region.