The City of San Juan (Filipino: Lungsod ng San Juan) is a city in Metro Manila in the Philippines. Before the creation of Metro Manila, it was part of Rizal Province. Currently the smallest city in the region and the country in terms of area, San Juan is one of the smallest among the cities and municipalities in the metropolis, second only to Pateros. This was the site of the first battle of the Katipunan, the Filipino revolutionary organization, against the Spanish colonizers.
During the pre-Spanish times, San Juan was a mere village until it became a small encomienda in 1590. Formerly a barrio of Santa Ana de Sapa, which was ruled by King Lacantagean and his wife Bouan, the town derived its name from the patron saint San Juan de Bautista (Saint John the Baptist), and “Del Monte,” often annexed to it, was named after the hilly structure of the land.
In 1602, the Dominican friars built a retreat house for their immediate use, where aging convalescing friars stayed. Later, the Dominicans Constructed a convent sanctuary and a stone church dedicated to the Holy Cross, a church destined to be ravaged during the Spanish occupation. To this day, the thrice-rebuilt Church of the Holy Cross stands on the same site, with the Aquinas School for the boys and the Dominican College for the girls. In 1783, San Juan became independent of Sta. Ana but it was still then a barrio.
History remained silent in the town of San Juan until August 30, 1896 when Spanish-Filipino war erupted and became the most inspiring battle in our history, the Battle of San Juan Del Monte.
1. Formulate and adopt plans and programs of the City
2. Develop human resources through accessible programs from local, national and international sources.
3. Enact relevant legislation responsive to the needs of the city.
San Juan: A City of Excellence
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9388 [H. No. 5828]
An Act Converting the Municipality of San Juan Into a Highly Urbanized City to be Known as the City of San Juan
Conversion of the Municipality of San Juan into a Highly-Urbanized City
For quite some time, the effort to convert the Municipality into a highly-urbanized city had been difficult. Not only because of its small land area and limited income, but its population, according the National Statistics Office, seemed to be decreasing every census year despite the influx of people due to establishment of high-rise condominiums and business enterprises in the municipality.
In 2006, Representative Ronaldo Zamora re-filed the cityhood bill in the House of Representatives geared with a special computation of its population and boasting of the remarkable 200% increase in its income. It was approved and later forwarded to the Philippine Senate. Both Houses approved the bill and, on March 2008, it was transmitted to the Office of the President for signature. The 30-day veto period lapsed which automatically entitled the provision to a plebiscite.
After months of campaign, the plebiscite was held and received more than 96% of YES votes. On June 17, 2008, Republic Act 9388 Converting the Municipality of San Juan into a Highly Urbanized City was approved.
Your Say, Juan! is the official website of San Juan City Council. It enables, engages and empowers the citizens and stakeholders of San Juan City the betterment of the community. It offers a platform wherein the city
government and key offices can deliver relevant issues to its citizens and stakeholders. By providing the citizens and stakeholders with the latest information about the legslation of the city, they can easily influence their government by voicing out their opinions, ideas and concerns on matters that affect them. With the active participation of the citizens, the government is aided
to achieve good governance among their people.
There are two main modules in this website. The first one is the Information Repository Module. This module is responsible for delivering important and relevant information to the citizens and stakeholders of San Juan City through news articles, videocasts, newsletters and posted events. Information regarding the executive government, councilors, city charter and citizen's charter are posted in the About Us. The second module is the Legislation Database. This module aims to make information on legislation being implemented are made available to the citizens and stakeholders. Users can view the ordinances and resolutions of San Juan City in this module. It features tools such as sort, filter and search in order to provide minimal effort for the users in searching for a legislation. Lastly, users can share the legislation to social networking sites for easier access and visibility.