Muños City was called before as Sitio Papaya. In 1886, the name was changed into ‘Muñoz’ to honor Don Francisco Muñoz, the province’s alcalde mayor, and the community’s first appointed gobernadorcillo. Muñoz was annexed as a barrio of San Juan de Guimba municipality. Settlers trickled in from Bulacan and the Ilocos Region. In 1911, Factoria (now San Isidro town), the provincial capital, was totally flooded. Muñoz was then considered a possible new capital of the province.
At about the same time, the people of Barrios Muñoz and San Antonio, also in San Juan de Guimba town, and Palusapis in Sto. Domingo municipality, together with Sitios Kabisukulan, Rang-ayan, Mataas na Lupa, Siniguelas, Purok Agrikultura, and Pulong Maragul in Talavera town, were organizing themselves to be separated from their three respective municipalities to become a new independent municipality. They were prepared to construct a municipal hall and a school building for the emerging town.
In July 1992 with the administration of Engineer Efren L. Alvarez, Muñoz municipality he envisioned the total development and transformation of the place into a center of Science and Technology, trade commerce and Agro-Industry. Eventually the place was declared as Muñoz Science Community by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on September 3, 1993 due to its emerging science and art, research facilities.
Then on June 1995, the master plan of Muñoz Science Community was finalized. The author of the said plan was Dr. Rodolfo C. Undan, the current President of CLSU. President Fidel V. Ramos visited Muñoz on April 15, 1997 and publicly announced his support and approval for the creation of Muñoz Science City.
Population/ Language/ Area
Muños City has a total population of 75,462 (2010 population census) with its annual growth rate of 2.28%. Predominant language used is Tagalog while others speak Ilocano, Pampango, and other languages of Pangasinan, Bicol and Negros.
The total land area of the Science City is 16,305 hectares. Distribution of land use is mainly on Agricultural with 9,819 hectares of the total land area, Residential with 2,847 hectares, Commercial and Industrial with 784 hectares, Forest Hills and Pasture with 1,215 hectares, and the rest of the land use is for other facilities.
Muños City has fertile lands and bodies of water such as the Baliwag River serving as the primary source of sand and gravel for infrastructure projects in the vicinity; the Panlasian and Cumabol Rivers, as well as creeks and lake-like watersheds. The lands’ soil consists of Maligaya clay loam, Maligaya clay and Quinqua silt loam. And generally, the land’s topography is flat and equivalent to 0-3% slopes.
Products and Services
Agriculture is the primary economic activity of the people. Main products are rice, garlic, onion, peanut, corn, livestock and poultry. Fishisng is done in the rivers and in fishponds, Agro-industrial activities include dairy production, fruit and vegetable processing, meat processing, and bamboo craft making.
The Science City of Munoz has a bright future to become the hub of technological innovation. Investors are welcome to participate in the commercialization of technologies developed by the research institutions in this city. The manufacture of processed foods, medicines, essential oils, and packaging materials are some of the businesses that can be put up. Likewise, the production of feeds, fertilizers, farm implements, and other agricultural chemicals are being promoted.
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