BRIEF HISTORY OF BARANGAY BELMONTE

Barangay Belmonte is situated in the eastern part of the poblacion of San Andres. Formerly this barangay was a part of Salvacion. Until now, Belmonte is still a part of barangay Salvacion as far as religious activities are concerned.

Almost two – thirds of the area of the Barangay was owned by the late Honorable Lieutenant Governor Deogracias Belmonte.

The area owned by the Lieutenant Governor was formerly called Capilihan. The people of this place mostly depend on farming as their means of livelihood.

In 1969, when Honorable Augusto T Antonio was the Municipal Mayor the poblacion was divided into eight political divisions. A part of the poblacion where the Capilihan was situated became one division. It was Mayor Augusto T. Antonio who was responsible in giving the name Belmonte in recognition to in valuable, sincere and dedicated service for Catanduanes, which was a sub province of Albay before and to his hometown as well.

In 1968 the head of the barrio was called Teniente Del Barrio and it was Honorable Napoleon Osorio who was given the title as Teniente Del Barrio having won the barrio election in January 1968. Due to illness he died before finishing his term of office so he was succeeded by the late Honorable Pablo Sumalde being the highest elected barrio councilor.

In 1983 to 1994 the Barangay was headed by Honorable Anselmo Belmonte. The division was no longer called a barrio but a barangay. He tendered his resignation as Barangay captain on March 1994 due to his appointment as General Manager of the San Andres Water District. He was then replaced by a Barangay Kagawad, Nila Camacho. Her position as Barangay Captain lasted only for three months since the election was held last May, 1994.

Honorable Roberto D. Iñigo was the Barangay Captain from June 1994 to May 1997.

In May 1997, another Barangay captain was elected and assumed his position in June 1997. He is no other than Honorable Faustino Walter Belmonte, a descendant of the late Lieutenant Governor Deogracias Belmonte.

In the early days, there were no houses in capilihan except the house of the owner of the land. Later Capilihan was sub – divided and was occupied by the descendants of the late Governor and the rest were sold to interested families.

As of July 1997, the population of the Barangay is six hundred sixteen (616), 316 of which are males and 300 are female.

The Barangay has produced seventy – eight professionals as of July 1997.