The Barangay Ambalayat is more or less 7 kilometers from Centro/Poblacion bounded by the following Rivers:
North : Barangay Pallogan
South : Barangay Sudipen la Union
East : Barangay Alilem
West :Barangay Cabaroan,Pula
- Type/Classification of Barangay:
Rural, Upland, Lowland , Agricultural, Fishing
Total Land Area in hectares: 8,501.904
- Total Income Php1,913,127.00
Internal Revenue Allotment Php1, 913, 127.00
Local Sources: RPT Share Php15, 000.00
Fees & Charges Php14, 000.00
Others: Provincial Aid Php1, 000.00
Municipal Aid Php1, 000.00
Community Tax Php5,000.00
( 80%) Farming
( 8%) Fishing
( 2%) Business
( 2%) Employed
( 7 %) OFW
( 1%) Construction
Population (Source: ___NSO __RBI) : 2,018
Number of Male : 1,023
Number of Female : 995
TOTAL : 2068
Number of families : 550
Number of Households : 410
Roman Catholic ( 90 %)
Iglesia ni Cristo ( 3%)
Protestants ( 1%)
Baptist ( 1%)
Jehovah Witnesses ( 0 %)
Islam ( 0%)
Others: Born Again (5%)
- Power Supply : Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative
No. of Families with Access to Electricity
No. of Families with Access to Potable Water
_____First 0 Number
____Second 129 Number
____Third 13 _ Number
- JEEP, TRICYCLE, MOTORCYCLE
- Means of Communication: (Internet ,mobile phones, indicate name of provider)
- CELLPHONE: Smart, Globe& Sun
Barangay Ambalayat is found in the eastern part of the town. It is seven (7) kms away from the heart of Tagudin. It is one of the farthest barangays but second biggest in population among the forty three (43) barangays.
Barangay Ambalayat is divided into three (3) namely:
Pandayan – named from on old man who used to make bolos for the men of the barangay who lived there.
Centro – being the center of the barangay and: Baac (means old) – being located nears the mountain called Bantay Baac, which the old folks considered very old.
It is surrounded by the Chico River or Karayan Bassit in the North and West and the Amburayan River or Karayan Dakkel in the South. These two rivers meet near Barangay Pula and the river under the bridge is the Barangay Bio which is a combination of the Karayan Bassit and Karayan Dakkel especially during rainy seasons.
Few visitors come to the place because of the distance and the danger in crossing the two wide and deep rivers, which can only be crossed by a raft.
When a visitor goes to the Barangay, he was given the best – a hearty lunch from their catch from the river, animals, fruits and vegetables they themselves had raised. No visitor ever went home empty-handed because the people of the purok (block) would offer a little of each kind of their product as a sign of welcome and friendship. Several men would have to carry the products for the visitors across the river or Almazan, the junction from the National Highway.
According to a tradition of the barrio, every newly married couple had to stay in a house built by a community until their own house is built. It was where they spent their honeymoon. Thus, it was fittingly called BalaytiAyat (House of Love). It is also because of this house that the Barrio became known as Balay ti Ayat or AMBALAYAT.
Today, this love is still felt in the warm welcome and hospitality extended to everyone who visits the place.
The Catholic school in Ambalayat, St. Vincent School was named in honor of Sister Vincent who was drowned in the river between the Barangay and Barangay Pula. The pioneer teachers were the late Mr. LEON LUCERO, Mr. SIMON MANTILLA and Mr. LORENZO LEAL. They were followed by Mr. ANATALIO BASSI.
After the war, the late Mr. PRIMITIVO ANDAYA and Mr. AURELIO LIMON handled two grades each. In 1949, the Grade 5 class opened with Ms. JESUSA LAGUARDIA as an additional teacher. Grade 6 class was opened in the next school year. Several teachers taught in Ambalayat and most of them were from the place.
After graduating from Elementary, the pupils continued their studies in St. Augustine’s School.
After fifty years of service, the barrio schools were given up, one after the other, starting in 1964 because of financial difficulties. St. Vincent School was one of the last schools to be given up, in 1969. Most of the buildings, including the school grounds which were turned over to the DECS.
Today, due to an increasing number of enrolees, a new – cemented structure has been constructed with the help of the community. The facade of the main building is like that of a church, which on Sundays is being use to hold masses. The other buildings are still used. To care for the health and education of pre-schoolers, a Day Care Center was built inside the school premises.
At this moment Ambalayat Elementary School has been elevated to Ambalayat Integrated School. It is a big help for students from nearby barangays especially our barangay to minimize expenses from going to town proper where in secondary schools were established.
Patronal Fiesta/ Foundation Days; April 19, 2014