Brgy. Duljo-Fatima

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During the Spanish regime, the Katipuneros of Cebu City lived somewhere in Tisa, Buhisan and other mountain barangays in Cebu City.

If they planned to attack the Spaniards in the city, they would cross Labangon River. Labangon is a Cebuano term, which means, “to go across”. This is where Barangay Labangon derived its name. This river headed its way towards the shores of Duljo.

The Katipuneros called their trail “dulhog” which means to go down. Barangay Duljo then derived its name from this Cebuano term.


Once there lived a couple in a far away place. This wife was so ill that her sickness was believed to be incurable.

One night the sick wife dreamed of a lady who was clothed with white silk and wore a necklace of beads. She was very beautiful. With a soft voice she said, “Go to Maria Gochan Subdivision and see me there.” When the wife woke up, she told her husband about her dream.

Convinced with the dream, they started their search for Maria Gochan Subdivision.

They visited many chapels and grottos, but they could not find the one in the dream. Then, after the long search, they finally found Maria Gochan Subdivision.

At the first sight of the chapel, the sick wife knew that it was the one she saw in her dream. She couldn’t help but cry tears of joy. She sighed and shouted, “She is the Lady I saw in my dream!” She knelt and prayed hard. This caught the attention of many people, who later gathered around her.

The caretaker of the chapel was hesitant to welcome the couple and the people then called the sitio, "Fatima” the Miraculous Lady.


Barangay Duljo-Fatima belongs to the South District of Cebu City. Composed of 36 sitios, the barangay is bounded by Kinalumsan River in the south, Carlock Street in the north, the sea shore in the east, and Brgy. Labangon in the west.

Based on the Census 2000, Duljo Fatima hosts a total population of 15, 223. The number of families, which averages to five members each, totals to 3,221.


There are no livelihood programs in the barangay. Likewise, there are no organizations or institutions that initiated any livelihood program.

Because of very limited opportunities, people resort to vending, trisikad driving, laundry, and even drug pushing or “running”.

  • Rank Types of Livelihood
    1 Vending
    2 Employment
    3 Shabu “running”
    4 Shabu “Pushing”
    5 Employment in the government
    6 Pagpangarpa (porters)
    7 Trisikad driving
    8 Fishing
    9 Tailoring
    10 Pagpamarada (rig driving)
    11 Puso-making (making of hanging rice)
    12 Laundry
    13 Collecting
    Drying horse manure
    14 Cleaning vegetables

The above table implies that majority of the working people in the barangay are in the informal labor. In fact, informal laborers are estimated at 75% of the population of working people in the barangay.

Shabu running is defined by the residents as carrying shabu to and from the buyer. Shabu pushing, on the other hand, supplying/sourcing the shabu.


Upper Class Middle Class Poor Very Poor
Definition - live in subdivision
- own house and lot
- with stable income
- engaged in personal business ventures
-have personal vehicles
- do not necessarily own a house and lot but able to acquire home appliances
- still have savings
- are squatting
- earn barely enough for their families’ needs
- do not have savings
- do not have sufficient income
- can barely meet their needs
- are indebted
- usually have big families
- are forced to engaged in drug dealing
Percentage 10% 25% 50% 15%

While the above percentage are rough estimates- determined based on the residents’ subjective judgment- the figure shows that more than half (65%) of the population in the barangay is poor.

A big part of the family’s monthly budget is spent on basic needs such as food, water and electricity, tuition for students, and rent for the house or the lot. In some families, however, a part of the budget is spent on gambling , smoking, drinking and other leisure activities.


  • Problems concerning the children in the barangay
    - Many children are left uncared for by their parents;
    - Many children learned gambling;
    - Some children are battered (physically abused) by their parents, the co-members of their families , or their playmates;
    - Some children are asked by their parents to buy or “run” drugs. This has become a practice, as being innocent, children are least suspected for drug use, drug buying, or drug pushing;
    - Some children learned to drink alcoholic beverages at a very young age;
    - Some joined gangs;
    - Other do not have the interest to go to school, while others are not sent by their parents to school.

Data on the number of abused children in the barangay is not available. As to the children in conflict with the law (CICL), Free Rehabilitation, Economic, Education and Legal Assistance Volunteers Association, Inc. (FREELAVA) reported 58 CICL cases as of July 2004.

The barangay health center, on the other hand, reported that of the 516 malnourished children in December 2002, 474 were underweight and 42 were overweight.


Only two concerns related to their citizens were seen:
1) the non-recognition of the senior citizens’ card, and
2) the absence of pension for the seniors.

Note that the first concern is done not just establishment within the barangay, but also within the city. The second concern on the other hand, needs a city-even a national- level advocacy.

Cases of violence against women (VAW) exist in the barangay. However, as in the case of children, the barangay does not have a system of recording and documentation of VAW cases.

Note that a number of women also learned to “run” drugs. Drug “running” is known as “pagpamarok” among the residents of the barangay.

Lalaki Babaye
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Mga Bulahaton sa Panimalay 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
X X X Paglimpyo sa Balay X X X X X X X X X X
X X Pagluto X X X X X X X X X X

X Paglaba X X X X X X X X X X
X Pagpamlantsa X X X X X X X X X X

X Pag-asikaso sa mga anak X X X X X X X X X X
X Pagtuon/pagtudlo sa mga anak X X X X

X Pagpamalengke X X X X X X X X
Lalaki Mga Kalingawan Babaye
X X X X X X X X X X Tong-its X X X X X X X X X X
X X X X X X X X X X Mahjong X X X X X X
X X X X X X X X X X Inom X X X X X X
X X X X X X X X X X Pagvideoke X X X X X X X X X X
X X X X X X X X X X Pagdula og basketball
X X X X X X X X X X Pagtan-aw og tv X X X X X X X X X X
X X X Pagpaninaw og radio (drama/music) X X X X X
Lalaki Pagpanarbaho (adunay kita nga ikabuhi sa pamilya) Babaye

The above data clearly reflect that majority of the women do the household chores. It is interesting to note however, that of all the household chores identified, teaching/ tutoring the children is the least done by women. Four out of every ten women do child rearing, while only one out of every ten men do such task.

The data support prior observation that many children in the barangay are not properly cared for by their parents.

Majority of the men do all of the identified leisure activities except for radio listening.

On the other hand, more men are earning income for the family than women. This observation might be attributed to the prevalence of gender-role stereotyping in the barangay, wherein women are widely expected to perform household chores while men are expected to perform income-earning jobs for the family.


Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors, Inc. (FORGE) AND Duljo-Fatima Barangay Council entered into partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in February 2004.

This barangay profile forms part of FORGE’s commitment to its partnership with the barangay. Salient points in this profile were used as bases in the formulation of Duljo Fatima’s Barangay Development Plan (BDP).


The profile was produced through Participatory Learning and Action (PLA), a type of research “ where people are given the opportunity to analyze their situation and plan for themselves by themselves”. (Institute of Politics and Governance, 2002)

PLA is grounded on the principles of a) active participation by the members of the community; b) flexibility; c) learning from the people; and d) experiential learning.

FORGE trained 13 community leaders to compose the PLA team, whose tasks included the groundworking of participants for the PLA conduct, brainstorming on the workshop processes, and facilitating the workshops.

In September 2004, the barangay council called for a general assembly–cum–PLA, which was attended and participated by 83 residents of the barangay.

The residents were divided into four workshop groups with each group assigned to either of these sectors: Economic, Environment and Infrastructure, Human Resource Development, and Developmental Administration.

To obtain additional data and enrich those that were gathered through the workshop, two focus group discussion (FGD) were conducted. Each FGD was participated by ten residents.

Subsequent secondary data gathering and key informant interviews were conducted to reinforce the data gathered through the workshops and the FGDs.

Whilst FORGE and Duljo Fatima’s PLA team tried best to come up with a comprehensive profile, the over-all results of the PLA is not at all exhaustive. This profile could be used as springboard for further studies and discussions.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 June 2011 10:26