8th District of Cavite
31,886 (as of 2015 Census)
1,666.67 has (1670 has.)
Number of Barangays
The Municipality of Mendez-Nuñez which is one of the upland municipalities in the District 7 of Cavite is an Urban-Rural community; however, it is slowly growing into an Urban Community which can be attributed to its proximity to the City of Tagaytay. Almost 95% of its total road networks are concrete. Urbanization can be seen in all Barangays since most of them have their own Barangay Hall, Chapel, Brgy. Health Center, Day Care Centers, Schools and Concrete Paved Roads.
Mendez-Nuñez economy is still agriculture base. Most of the farmers still uses the “Multi-Storey Farming System” which means the use of a parcel of agriculture lot is maximized from planting coconut trees, fruit bearing trees and beneath these are coffee, different kinds of vegetables like chayote, and root crops.
An economic trend slowly growing in the municipality is the “Agri-Eco Tourism” wherein an agriculture farm includes amenities like swimming pool, a couple of weekend houses/rooms rented to local tourist; Area is usually small (below on hectare), so it caters to local tourist.
The Municipality of Mendez-Nuñez is one of the upland towns of the Province of Cavite situated in the southern part of the province at 120⁰ 05’ longitude and 140⁰ 08’ latitude. It is bounded on the northwest and northeast by the Municipality of Indang; on the southwest by Tagaytay City; and on the southwest by the Municipality of Alfonso. The municipality can easily be reached through the Aguinaldo Boulevard (Coastal Road) – Tagaytay –Batangas Road; the Las Piñas – Tagaytay Road and Aguinaldo Highway via Trece Martires City – Indang Road. It is 66 kilometers away from Metro Manila and 19 kilometres from the Provincial Capitol. Mendez-Nuñez, has a total land area of 1670 hectares and 6th among the smaller towns in the Province of Cavite.
Topography and Slope
It has high elevation rising from 458 meters to 560 above sea level. Its terrain is moderately sloping, undulating and rolling with sloped ranging from 0-3% to 3-8%.
Soil Composition and Suitability
Mendez-Nuñez is blessed with rich fertile soil suited for agriculture. Soil types are Tagaytay Sandy Loam soil which covers the south-eastern part of the municipality (Brgy. Galicia I, II, III) and is suitable for all kinds of upland crops, Tagaytay Loam covers the north-western part of the municipality crossing all Barangay Anuling Cerca I & II and Anuling Lejos I & II all the way to Tagaytay boundary and Tagaytay Steep Phase covers the rest of the municipality
The Municipality of Mendez-Nuñez is an agricultural town with its climate and type of soil highly suitable to the growing of coffee, abaca, coconuts, upland rice, corn, root crops, vegetables and other fruit trees. Of the total land area of Mendez comprising to 1,666 hectares about 1,100 hectares or 70% is available for agriculture. The rest or less than 600 hectares area for residential and industrial purposes, streets, creeks, and for other purposes. At present, almost all of the agricultural area of Mendez is planted to permanent crops like coffee, fruit trees and coconuts. Most of the annual crops and other temporary crops like bananas and papaya, root crops like cassava, gabe, and ube are actually planted inside the coffee plantation. Even fruit trees like jackfruit, santol and lanzones are planted between rows of coffee serving as shade trees for the coffee. Many coconut trees are also found scattered specially around the coffee plantation.
Mendez-Nuñez has one of the most healthful tropical climates in the world- this is according to Dean C. Worcester, a famous historian and traveller, suitable for year round faming. The distinct seasons are – dry season from January to June and wet season from July to December. The months of November to February are the time of the year when Mendezenian experience cold weather condition.
Prior to the latter part of August or early part of September 1923, the town’s potable water supply including those of the barrios came entirely from the eight springs, namely:
1. ULO SPRING in barrio Panungyan for the people of barrio Panungyan. Ulo Spring which has a big running water is also the place where the people not only of barrio Panungyan but also barrio Galicia, Poblacion and barrio Asis use to wash their dirty clothes.
2. LAGADLAD SPRING is also located in barrio Panungyan. Lagadlad Spring is connected to Ulo Spring. A small spring is also found in the place and is use as a source of portable water; the big running water has been utilized for washing dirty clothes by the people of the population, barrio Galicia and barrio Asis.
3. ANULING SPRING for the people barrio Anuling
4. BAGONG TUBIG SPRING in barrio Galicia is the principal source of potable water for the people of Galicia and barrio Asis. The capacity of this spring is very small and is not enough to supply water requirements of the growing population of the above-mentioned barrios and poblacion, especially during the dry months of the year. Often times the supply of water is exhausted and the people have to get their water supply from as far as Anuling Spring.
5. BUCAL SPRING in barrio Galicia is a small spring that is usually dry during the dry months of the year, April to June. It is the source of water supply of the farmers living around the place. The people of Galicia and Poblacion seldom get water from this spring except when Bagong Tubig Spring is closed.
6. IMUS AND SABANG SPRING in barrio Asis are small springs with very limited water supply and only a few people in the barrio are benefited by these springs.
During the end of August, early part of September 1923, the Mendez Waterworks System started to operate. The construction of this waterworks system was initiated by Damaso Panganiban who was the first elected President (Mayor) of Mendez in 1916. Upon his assumption of office, he started soliciting contribution from among the people with the assistance of councilor Buenvenuto Ruiz. They have not collected enough money for the project and their work was continued by Agustin Dimaranan who was the next elected Municipal President of Mendez in 1919. The project was started with the assistance of the late Antero Soriano who was the Cavite Provincial Governor at that time. The project was not however finished during the three-year term Agustine Dimaranan. In the election of 1922, Pedro Aure Alegre was elected the next Municipal President of Mendez. He continued the work started by the two past presidents and finished it almost one year after he assumed office in 1922. The water was pumped from Kaybubuton Spring located below the precipice in Sitio Bitin Tagaytay City and flow to the different faucets scattered in the different streets in barrio Galicia, poblacion and barrio Asis. Since that time, it was only when the water system was out of order that the people of Galicia, poblacion and Asis resorted to getting their portable water from the different springs mentioned above. When the Mendez Waterworks System was absorbed by the City of Tagaytay, the Municipal Government succeeded in getting water from the Ulo Spring in barrio Panungyan by the use of water pumping machine, through the efforts of Mayor Honesto Mojica in 1963. The pumped water benefits the barrio of Panungyan, Galicia, poblacion and Asis. With increased population it was found later that the pumped water from Ulo Spring was not enough to meet the water requirements of the above-mentioned places. To remedy the situation, the different barangays organized their own waterworks system to be able to get their water supply from the deep well. At present, the deep well in Sitio Payapa in Barrio Galicia is in operation supplying water to the people of Payapa. The people of barrio Asis also grouped together and succeeded in getting their own deep well with connecting faucets in the streets around the barrio. Barangay 6 in the poblacion has newly constructed deep well which is also in operation and supplying the water requirements of the barangay. Barrio Anuling has also a newly dug deep well system which is already in operation. It has been reported that Barrio Palocpoc has a very good source of potable water supply from deep well. It now appears that the future water supply of Mendez will likely come from deep well rather than from springs as we have it at present especially in barrio Galicia and the greater portion of the poblacion.