Some people still call Barangay Sto. Niño by its old name "Irawan" which means a long dry season.
Some people still call this barangay by its old name “Irawan”, which means a long dry season. Formerly a sitio of neighboring Alimanguan, barangay Sto. Niño gained its present status in 1989 after nine years of lobbying with municipal and provincial officials. It is named after its patron saint, the child Jesus. Migrants from Samar form the largest ethnic group, followed by those from Masbate and Mindanao. Fishing is the main source of livelihood, but most residents turn to farming during the monsoon season in the second half of the year. Compressor-aided fishing was practiced in the barangay until the municipality outlawed the method in 1995. Rice is grown mostly for local use. Some people practice slash-and-burn farming in the forests, which also provide the main source of firewood and building materials.
SITIOS : Maymanok, sitio Proper, Ombo
LAND AREA: 2,997.442 hectares
POPULATION: 1,033 individuals in 181 households (1995 census)
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Visayan, Tagalog, Ilonggo, Cuyunon, Masbateño
RELIGIONS: Roman Catholic, Iglesia ni Kristo, Pentecostal, Endtime Message
MOST COMMON ILLNESSES: Malaria, pulmonary diseases, measles
SCHOOLS: 1 barangay elementary school (Grades 1 - 6)
ORGANIZATIONS: 7 purok associations, Sto. Niño Mothers’ Club, Barangay Water & Sanitation
Association, Sto. Niño Compressor Fishermen’s Association, Samahan ng Magbubukid at Mandaragat ng Sto. Niño
HEALTH SERVICES: 1 day-care worker
WATER SOURCES: 13 handpumps, 3 Jetmatic pumps, 4 natural springs