BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Barangay 76-A (Bucana) celebrated on April 10, its 23rd Araw ng in grand fashion worthy of its being Davao City’s most prosperous, most populated and biggest barangays.
Barangay captain Robert Olanolan led his constituents in the celebration of the founding anniversary joined by Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and other city officials during its culminating events.
With annual revenue of more than P30 million, Barangay Bucana is the city’s richest barangay. The current flood of investments in the city is perking up farther the economic atmosphere with new investors choosing to locate in the coastal barangay considered as among the city’s busiest business districts.
Its population (200,000 with registered voters of 60,000) is a potent mixture of humanity. While Barangay Bucana is home to the government’s Slum Improvement and Rehabilitation (SIR) Phase I project—a World Bank-funded urban poor mass housing program established in 1985—there are several high-end subdivisions like Ecoland, among the city’s expensive gated villages.
The biggest barangay — 466 hectares—Barangay Bucana is a business and tourism haven. Times Beach, the city’s lone public beach has become a major tourist destination. Sandawa Road and Quimpo Blvd. are major business districts.
Responding to basic public services to its big population and large area has prompted the barangay to spread its wings. Barangay Bucana is the lone barangay that has two Barangay Halls: Barangay Bucana in Quezon Blvd. to serve coastal constituents and SIR Barangay Hall in Sandawa Road to serve inland residents.
The name of the barangay is derived from the Spanish word “voca” meaning mouth, the outlet of the Davao River, the city’s biggest river.
The barangay is bounded by Davao Gulf to the East, Barangay 21 to the North, Barangay 37-D to Northwest for Bucana proper, across the Lt. Edward Bolton Bridge and at the eastside is the Agro Industrial Foundation Colleges of the Philippines, west upgrading area towards Gov. Sebastian Generoso Bridge, then to Ateneo Elementary and High School Campus, eastside of Mc Arthur highway then passing three blocks towards Mercado Area then to Times Beach and Muslim Village thru Emar’s Beach Resort, North of Times Beach is the Isla Suerte Area, then to the mouth of Davao River passing the new accretion land, the Malamboon.