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San Clemente

The Municipality of San Clemente is the 2nd smallest municipality of the Province of Tarlac. In terms of geographic size and appearance, it is a narrow or elongated municipality with a total land area of 5,965 hectares representing 2.14% of the total land area of the province. The municipality is located at the westernmost part of Tarlac and it is bounded by the municipalities: Camiling (Tarlac) on the east, Mayantoc (Tarlac) on the south, Mangatarem (Pangasinan) on the west and Bayambang (Pangasinan) on the north The San Clemente lies within the longitude of 120°22’ E and latitude  15°43’ N. See figure 1. Location Map of San Clemente.

The San Clemente is a 35 km long municipality with a width of 4 kilometer spread. A national road (Romulo Highway) traverses the municipality going to the Province of Pangasinan. The Northern part is marshy rice lands while the southern part are typically rolling hills with forest cover extending into the foot of the Zambales Mountain Ranges



“We envision San Clemente as the premiere agri-industrial center and eco-tourism destination in the Province of Tarlac inhabited by healthy, educated and peaceful citizenry living in a pristine, ecologically-balanced and sustainable environment with well-planned, adequate and efficient infrastructure and a competitive, progressive and green economy while being led by transparent, accountable and responsive local government”


The Local Government Unit of San Clemente will promote the general welfare of our people. We shall endeavor to promote health, education and safety, enhance the right of the people to a balanced ecology while providing employment opportunity in agriculture, eco-tourism and agriculture-based industries, promote social justice, maintain peace and order, preserve the comfort and convenience of its inhabitants by providing efficient and adequate facilities.

Based on the 2010 Census of Population, the Municipality of San Clemente has a total population of 12,510 consisting of 2,769 households with an average family size of 4.52 members. Males outnumbered the females at 6,337 males against 6,173 female.

The population distribution indicates that ages 1 to 24 comprise the highest count in the population, which is 66% of the total. It gradually lowers starting from ages 25 to 69. Age 60 and above constitute only 4.15%. Apparently, this distribution shows that San Clemente has a young population wherein over 50% of its population is below 19 years old.


Commercial and trade areas comprise 1.8735 hectares, spread and occupied sporadically by establishments for hardware, drug stores, consumers, store (sari-sari store), agricultural inputs (fertilizers and feeds). Trade and commerce are not operating quite vigorously. Business transactions have yet to attain a certain level of potential. People’s tendency is to procure or sell products to nearby towns of Camiling and Mangatarem for more competitive leverage. The public market for instance, has not been eliciting significant vendors and costumers since it was transferred from the old site to the new and more spacious location along the Romulo Highway donated by the Dumlao clan. An appropriate approach must be instituted in order for the structure/facility to attract business-minded people from and outside of the community to venture into entrepreneurship.


The town is not known as a place for tourism, at least not as yet. There are, however, potential picnic and swimming grounds where nature’s beauty could be better appreciated. The Tumangguyob waterfalls with around fifty (50) feet high can be found in SitioLippet in Barangay Maasin. This natural wonder is quite unique in the sense that the waterfalls flows down on an extraordinary vast boulder carved and shaped by nature like a basin through years of exposure to the continuous force of the water pouring from atop a fifty feet height.

Most industries are hinged on agriculture-based endeavors ranging from crops, livestock and fishery production, rice milling, rice trading, machine shop, electronics repair shop, welding shop, etc. Small-scale business enterprises are confined in Barangays of Poblacion Norte and Poblacion Sur while micro industries like poultry and hog raisings are undertaken in various barangays.

Livestock and native chicken production in San Clemente are widely growing on a backyard scale.

Inland fishery production in San Clemente is growing significantly. At present, there were 35.78 hectares cultivated for inland fishery farming. Most of the barangays are currently engaged in these promising entrepreneurial activities as a means of economic livelihood.

Landline and Wireless Communications

Landline phones are available in San Clemente since 2005. The service is provided by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company but due to costly installation and monthly maintenance cost, it only has a few subscribers. The number of cellular phone subscribers has risen due to factors such as mobility and affordability.

Computer and Internet Services

At present, there are only two service providers of wireless communication in the municipality which put up cellular towers: Globe Telecommunication (GLOBE) and Sun Cellular Communication (SUN). Their towers are located in Brgy Pob. Sur. However, Smart Communication, Inc. (SMART) wireless services can be accessed through its signal transmission tower in the nearby Mangatarem, Pangasinan. Because these companies have subsidiaries which also provide wireless communication services, the subscribers can access the services of Touch Mobile, Co. (TM), Talk and Text, Co. (TNT), and Red Mobile.


Almost every barangay (except Poblacion Sur which shares with Poblacion Norte and Nagsabaran which shares with Catagudingan) has elementary school buildings, which is a major contributor to the municipality’s high literacy rate of 95%. Specifically, San Clemente has ten complete elementary schools, one primary elementary school, one multi-grade school and 3 secondary schools with a total of 117 classrooms manned by 75 teachers to serve the basic educational needs of the municipality.


San Clemente has one Rural Health Unit composed of one physician, one nurse, four midwives, one medical technologist, and an on-call dentist. The municipality also has a total of 43 active barangay health workers manning the barangay health units.

Sports and Recreation

Full-sized basketball courts are conspicuously present in every barangay. Other sports like volleyball, table tennis, track and field, chess and billiards also draw enthusiasts, but to a minimal level, possibly due to lack of facilities and/or specialized space and equipment. An open park is located almost across the Municipal Hall but is already part of Barangay Poblacion Sur. A proposed Eco-tourism Picnic Park in SitioDueg is currently being evaluated for its viability.

Road Networks and Bridges

Land transport is the only mode of transportation in the municipality. The 4 km Tarlac – Lingayen Road, now renamed Romulo Highway and which stretches from east to west, connects the province of Tarlac with the province of Pangasinan. It traverses a portion of the following barangays: Poblacion Norte, Poblacion Sur, Cataguidingan, Nagsabaran, and Doclong 2nd. Although landlocked by the big towns of Camiling, Tarlac and Mangatarem, Pangasinan, San Clemente has varied types of road networks composed of national roads, 4 km in total length; provincial roads with a total length of 25.206 km; municipal roads 9.885 km in total length, and barangay roads with a total span of 38.221 km.

Public Utility Transportation Services

More often, only short trips are generated from the municipality. These trips are either towards Camiling, Tarlac or Mangatarem, Pangasinan. These are catered by mini – buses and jeepneys that are usually available from 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM only. However, long distance transportation services, such as towards Metro Manila and other intra-province locations, are provided by big transport companies which are based in Bolinao and Alaminos, Pangasinan and Tarlac City. Some of these companies are Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus Company, Santrans, Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines, Five Star, and Country Bus Lines. These buses leave for every 10 to 30 minutes interval. Trips within the municipality are serviced by tricycles that are available at designated parking areas. The system of their operation is regulated by the local government, especially with regards to fare rates. As of present time, there is no public integrated transport terminal in San Clemente.

Based on San Clemente’s Solid Waste Management Plan 2007-2017, an average of 0.3475 or 0.35 kg of waste is being generated by an individual per day. The daily volume of domestic solid waste is estimated at 4,360 kg/day. It is projected to be at 4,718 kg/day in ten (10) years time. The total household waste is estimated to be at 1,591,400 kg. per year or at 1,591.4 tons/year. This is also equivalent to 1,722.07 tons/yr in ten years time.

The average monthly crime rate in the municipality is lower compared to the provincial average. The most common types of offense monitored were reckless imprudence resulting to damage of property, light to serious physical injury, and scandal. No serious types of crime are reported that may have caused instability in the peace and order situation in the municipality. Currently, the town has 23 policemen and policeman to population ratio of 1:508. This ratio is slightly below the standard, which is 1:500. The municipality, however, has targeted an additional complement of 5 more policemen in order to reach the desired ratio. The town has a police station and a municipal jail situated in the municipal building. The said facilities, though, are smaller compared to the standard size.

As per the data from the Municipal Police Station, there was an increase of 9.7 average monthly crime rate in the locality from 2009 to 2010. However, the Crime Solution Efficiency has increased by 3% in the given years. The data also show that in 2009 the highest case of crime committed is theft. The case, though, decreased significantly in 2010. On the other hand, traffic accidents, notably increased in 2010 compared to the previous year.

History of San Clemente

Story passed from one generation to another indicate that this town was so named as a bestowal of people’s gratitude to the heroics of a figure who emerged with a sword in hand battle-ready sentinel at the approach of the bridge separating Tarlac from Pangasinan.