History of Barangay Dau
Barangay Dau traces its origins in 1843 when TEODORO LISING founded a small and sleepy community in the rolling plains some distance from the foot of the Zambales Mountain range. From its inconsequential beginnings as a mere community in the township of Mabalacat, Dau became a full-pledged Barrio in 1935 by virtue of a Commonwealth Act. It is the transitional Philippine-American government of president Manuel Quezon to which Dau owes its existence to.
In 1902, the American Army established Fort Stotsenburg in the grassy plains just across Dau started the future barrio’s strategic importance and it contributed ultimately to the creation of the barrio in its present location. The Americans, noting Dau’s importance, incorporated it in the planning and establishment of the military Fort by providing access to it by connecting it to the Manila-Dagupan Railroad System.
From this military roots, Dau underwent phenomenal growth even after the country gained its independence in 1946 democracy but the Americans never really left. Fort Stotsenburg, later renamed Clark Air Base, continued hosting the American military.
During World War II, Dau bore witness to battles between the imperial Japanese forces and the American colonists. Fort Stotsenburg suffered aerial attacks and later feel to Japanese land forces. After the pacific war ended, Fort Stotsenburg – now Clark Air Force Base, ushered in the US military base-dependent economy that signaled Dau’s bright future and presage the rise of the barrio as the PX(Post Exchange) Capital of the Philippines due to the lucrative black market for US(state-side) goods.
In the 1960’s, DIONISIO MENDOZA became the first Teniente Del Barrio of Dau. The country was under the grip of the Communist insurgency then and MENDOZA was abducted by armed men and disappeared, never to be seen alive again.
He was succeeded by LOPE PRESCO as KAPITAN DEL BARRIO in 1967 until his assassination in 1979. He was the incumbent Kapitan Del Barrio of Dau during the Martial Law Years. It was President Ferdinand Marcos who authored the shift from old Barrio to the new Barangay System. Under one of his New Society reforms, the term Kapitan Del Barrio became Barangay Captain.
FRANCISCO SALUNGA became PRESCO’S successor and served as Barangay Captain from 1979 until he succumbed to cancer in 1989. He was the incumbent Barangay Captain during the People Power Revolution that restored democratic freedom to the nation.
During that period, Dau grew in leaps and bounds, in terms of population and economy, owing to local migration and booming business activity. Entire communities from Angeles City and nearby towns were relocated and settled in areas of Dau now known as Dau Homesite. The new North Luzon Diversion Road, in addition to the ubiquitous McArthur Highway made Dau as central hub of transportation in Central Luzon and made easy access to Metro Manila.
The Cold War and its surrogate conflict; the Vietnam war cemented Clark Air Force Base strategic importance to the American superpower’s execution of its foreign military policy. The US 13th Air Force was based in Clark and provided combat, logistical and R&R(rest and recreation) facilities for American servicemen serving in the Indochinese campaign. It was during this period wherein Dau became the commercial center of the municipality and was even bigger and more progressive than Mabalacat itself.
In 1989, BENJAMIN M. MANLAPAZ was elected as Barangay Captain (Punong Pambarangay) and reinvigorated Barangay Dau with his dynamic and hands-on leadership. It was during his term that Dau reached legendary status in terms of the Katarungang Pambarangay. In 1990, (Republic Act 7160) The Local Government Code of 1990 laid down the foundations of local governments including that of the barangays. The concept and system of the Lupon Tagapamayapa was introduced and it was in this arena that Dau gained nationwide fame.
By launching massive information dissemination about the Katarungang Pambarangay and Lupon Tagapamayapa, Punong Barangay Manlapaz attained the twin objective of making the people aware of the Law and Justice and accepting the indigenous-grass roots level of conflict resolution. From thereon, Dau garnered awards given out by the Department of the Interior and Local Government for Outstanding Lupon Tagapamayapa year after year. This string of awards culminated to the three (3) consecutive years of Most Outstanding Lupon at the National level that ultimately gave Dau the “Hall of Fame Award – National Level”. The awarding ceremony was held in Malacanang Palace by President Fidel V. Ramos himself.
In 1991, Mount Pinatubo erupted and brought utter destruction to Central Luzon. Barangay Dau and nearby Angheles City, both suffered the “double-whammy” of the damages brought by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and the economic disaster of the closure of the Clark Air Force Base. But with the support and rehabilitation efforts of the national government, both local government units recovered in due time and continued their inexorable climb to progress.
In 2002, a young LOUIE P. CUNANAN took over as Barangay Captain. It was during his term that the present (2) storey Barangay Hall Building was constructed. He served a five (5) year term owing to an extension of term enacted by Congress.
In 2007, a new Punong Barangay was elected in MARINO “ATLAS” MORALES JR., scion and namesake of the incumbent mayor, who has served the longest continuous tenure of any local government official. He was re-elected in 2010 and has the distinction of being the Barangay Captain of Dau when Mabalacat became a component city in 2012 by virtue of Republic Act 10164. He unfortunately lost in his third bid as Barangay Captain in 2003.
The uncumbent Punong Barangay of Dau, DR. OSCAR RICO AURELIO, was elected by a wide margin over his opponent in 2013. Before becoming Dau’s 7th Punong Barangay, Doc. OCA was a three-term Municipal Councilor and later as City Councilor. He is also the incumbent Association of Barangay Councils (ABS) President and ex-officio City Councilor, a position he is very familiar with. He is also a practicing physician by profession.
We shall strive for good governance that is characterized by honesty, efficiency, transparency and integrity in all aspects of public service that we provide to the people.
We shall achieve this by:
- Developing the human resource of the entire community by providing all sectors the opportunities for education, employment, health and welfare and social services.
- Strengthening the democratic institution and mechanisms of the barangay government by developing a culture of transparency, public service and prudent use of resources.
- Developing the infrastructure facilities of the community to attract investments and generate employment.
- Instilling a participatory mode of governance that truly empowers the people in economic and social development.
Establish Barangay Dau as a dynamic center of wellness and development of the City of Mabalacat and improve the quality of life of the people.