EDUCATION

There are 151 educational institutions offering various educational programs from early childhood education to higher education catering the demands of school-age population and adult population who are availing education and training in the City of Santiago. Likewise, school-age population of other neighboring towns who opt to study in the city comprised the 30 percent of the City’s education participation rate.

Educational Institutions and School Facilities by Level, City of Santiago, SY 2020-2021

Type of Education Institutions and School FacilitiesEducation Levels/ ProgramNo. of Schools/ Education Facilities
PUBLIC
Child Development CenterEarly Childhood Care & Development Program64
Supervised Neighborhood Playgroups (SNP)Early Childhood Care & Development Program3
Child-Minding CenterPlay and Learn1
Public Elementary SchoolsKindergarten to Grades 1-6 Integrated School32
Public High SchoolsJunior High School Senior High School9
Higher Education InstitutionsHigher Education1
 
Private Child Minding Centers/ Play GymsPlay Activities5
Private SchoolsPreparatory Program/ Kindergarten Classes Elementary (Grades 1-6) Junior High School Senior High School26
Higher Education InstitutionsHigher Education10
TOTAL151
Source: City Planning and Development Office

HEALTH

The City of Santiago has 8 hospitals, one of which is government-owned and seven are privately-owned. The City Government health services complemented with the operation of the government-owned Southern Isabela Medical Center (SIMC) and seven (7) private hospitals which are strategically located in urban barangays.

Medical Health Facilities, City of Santiago, Year 2019

Name of Health FacilityBrgy.OwnershipCapacity (No. of Beds)Condition
Hospitals/Clinics
Private
Adventist Hospital Santiago City, Inc.MabiniPrivate50O
Callang General Hospital and Medical Center, Inc.Centro EastPrivate55O
Corado Medical Clinic & HospitalVictory NortePrivate14O
De Vera Medical Center, IncCalao EastPrivate50O
Flores Memorial Medical CenterVillasisPrivate40O
Renmar Specialists HospitalPlaridelPrivate16-40O
Santiago Medical CityRizalPrivate109O
Public
Southern Isabela Medical CenterPublic350 
Source: City Planning and Development Office

The SIMC, a Level III hospital accredited by DOH has 350 bed-capacity, while Santiago City Birthing Center a Primary- PhilHealth accredited RHU for maternal and child care has 6 bed-capacity. The 7 private hospitals have accreditations ranging from Level I to III which have a combined total bed capacity of 340. This translates to a bed-to-population ratio of 1:204 (Year 2019), surpasses the ideal ratio of 1:500. All health facilities mentioned above are compliant to RA 1082 describing DOH standards. With the presence of eight (8) hospitals, people from neighboring towns come to the city for health and medical care and services thus adding the transient/daytime population with the city population, translates to a bed-to-population ratio of 1:263 which is still above the DOH ideal ratio.

The City Health Office as a preventive, promotive and curative arm of the Department of Health is tasked to respond to the increasing health problems and needs of Santiagueños. The City Health Office is a Sentrong Sigla Phase I Level II Certified, PHIC accredited for TB DOTS, OPB, Maternal and Child Package (MCP) and newborn screening. The city government has 37 barangay health stations, 4 birthing centers and a City Birthing Complex.

The 37 Barangay Health Stations (BHS) as the initial health unit dispenses basic health care i.e. maternal and child care, immunizations, treatment of simple medical conditions, nutrition, family planning, sanitary health care, emergency treatment and health education. The recommended service zone is from three (3) to five kilometers considering transport availability for both the patient and the medical staff and serving population of 5,000. The BHS is handled by full-time midwife. Usually, centrally located and grouped with other institutional facilities such as chapel, school and parks/playground.

HOUSING

Based on 2019 HPSM CBMS, the city has a total of 35,940 housing units. 31,835 of which are single house type, 2,605 are duplex type, 1,238 are multi-unit residences, 124  are commercial, 112  industrial and  agricultural  buildings, 26 are in other types of dwelling units.

As of February 2021, the city has 50 subdivisions developed with a combined land area of 320.67 hectares. The number of subdivisions went up from forty – seven (47)         in 2019 to fifty (50) in 2021. These incessant programs in housing attract developers in the city were attributed by the high migration and level of development of the city.

Based on 2019 CPDO-DILG data on Inventory of Lands for Socialized Housing, the city has 41.958 hectares of land inhabited by 1,215 families who are informal settlers and poor families displaced due to natural and human-made disasters. The lands for socialized housing sponsored by the City Government are located at barangays Calao East and Sinili. The City Government co-sponsored 6 housing projects namely, the Habitat for Humanity (3 sites located at barangays Naggasican and Balintocatoc), the Gawad Kalinga (2 sites located at barangays Rizal and Bannawag Norte) and the DSWD Core Shelter Assistance Project (1 site located at Bannawag Norte).

Protective Services

The Santiago City Police Office

In terms of Peace and Security, the Santiago City Police Office is composed of 443 police force in 2021. It operates 2 substations (located in Dubinan West and Villasis) and 5 police outposts (located at barangays Sinsayon, Patul, Baluarte, Abra, Batal and Rizal) to effectively monitor peace and order situation and to quickly respond to emergency incidences within its respective jurisdiction. This translates to a police-to-population ratio of 1:335, surpassed the ideal police-population ratio of 1:500. The peace and security force is being supplemented by 45 DPOS personnel. Nine (9) DPOS are in-charge of the traffic management in major thoroughfares of the city.

The Crime Investigation Division Group (CIDG) that operates in the city provides essential support to the police force. To further enhance the Santiago City public safety and maintenance of peace and order, the LDRRMC Operations Center (formerly known as Public Safety and Command Center) was established in 2012. The OpCen is a 24/7 surveillance facility equipped with the state-of-the-art area monitoring equipment supervised by the Santiago City Police Office.

The Social Welfare & Protection Services

In terms of Social Welfare and Protection Services, the City Social Welfare and Development Office leads in sustaining a holistic helping intervention to individuals, families and communities in need of social protection by way of protective services, social action and policy intervention dubbed as the BESPREN sa KALINGA. The CSWD supervises the daily operation of the Half-way Home and Balay Namnama which provide protective care for the victim-survivors and CICL respectively.

Aside from the Department Head and Assistant Department Head the agency has six social workers and 3 development workers handling the core programs of the agency addressing the concerns of Children in need of Special Protection (CNSPs) and Out-of-School Youth (OSY), families in need of special protection, older persons, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Women in Especially Difficult Circumstances (WEDC), community-based programs and center-based programs.

The protective services of the city are supplemented with the presence of functional PNP Children and Women’s Desk and the citizen’s active role in the Stop VAWC Campaign and the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) at 37 barangays. There are five active NGOs (Helga Mosey Children’s Home, World Vision, Pamana and ULS Pananagutan Center) providing welfare and protective services to families in need of special protection.

The Bureau of Fire Protection

In terms of Fire Protection, the Santiago City fire protection service is delivered by the main local branch of the Bureau of Fire Protection under the supervision of the Regional BFP. It is equipped with 5 serviceable fire trucks. The station lacks substation sites to entirely cover the city’s fire protection response and demand. The BFP has 133 personnel that translate to 1:1,117 firefighter-to-population ratio to complement the increasing population of the city needing fire protection services. The city has been maximizing the generous assistance of the Santiago Sports Athletic Association Fire Volunteers operated by Filipino-Chinese Fire volunteers equipped with two advanced fire- truck and well-trained firefighters.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology located at Batal, Santiago City has an area of 5,000 sq.m. which is below the minimum area requirement of 1 hectare. The BJMP District Jail accommodates inmates of the MTC and RTC and detainees/ prisoners of the fourth district of the province of Isabela. As of 2016, 889 inmates are imprisoned at the BJMP Batal, of which 98 are female which translates to 1:10 jail guard-to-inmate population ratio. Apprehended minors or children in conflict with the law were housed at Balay Namnama and at Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth in Enrile, Cagayan.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office handles Rescue operation which was actively supported by the private groups, volunteers and disaster coordinating councils of the 37 barangays. The City Government is equipped with 4 ambulances and 3 rubber boats in emergency response and disaster operation. Hailed as the Hall of Fame of the Gawad Kalasag, the city has been continuously implementing its Disaster Risk and Reduction Plans and Programs making Santiago City pro-active and resilient in reducing the risk and disaster to its people and to the environment. The programs and projects include mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation.