San Jose del Monte City (or simply San Jose) is a 2nd class urban component city in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. It is bordered by Caloocan City and Quezon City, both in Metro Manila, in the south; by Rodriguez, Rizal in the east; Santa Maria and Marilao, both of Bulacan, in the west and Norzagaray, Bulacan in the north. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 439,090 inhabitants (315,807 people in 66,179 households in census 2000).
San Jose del Monte has experienced serious economic development, evidenced by the presence of major commercial banks, fast food chain outlets, real estates, and wide coverage of landline and cellular phone services.
It has its own representative to the House of Representative having been separated from the fourth district of Bulacan in 2004.
The MRT 7 proposal is a combined 45-km of road and rail transportation project from Bocaue exit North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to MRT3 at North Avenue-EDSA. The 22-km, 6-lane asphalt road will connect the NLEX to the major transportation hub development in Tala, San Jose del Monte. The 23-km mostly elevated MRT starts from Tala and ends at the integrated MRT 3/MRT7 station at EDSA.
The construction period is expected to last 3-1/2 years starting in 4th Quarter of 2007 until 2010. The Proponent will operate and manage the system on behalf of the government over 25 years while gradually transferring ownership of the system to government in proportion to payments of annual capacity fees.
The Project is estimated to cost US$ 1.20 Billion, including interest during construction. Project cost will be financed by a combination of debt (75%) and equity (25%).
The Project offers investors excellent financial rewards, with substantial upside profitability and limited downside risk. Under a build-Gradual Transfer-Operate and Maintain (BGTOM) arrangement with the government, investors are expected to reap a 16.8% after tax, return of equity over the 25-year project life. Schedule of MRT-7 Project
a. Quirino Highway - a vital national road which stretches from the town of Norzagaray to North Caloocan City.
b. Sta. Maria - Tungkong Mangga Road - a vital provincial road which links the city to the town of Sta. Maria and to the North Luzon Expressway.
c. San Jose - Marilao Road - links the city with theMunicipality of Marilao and to the North Luzon Expressway. This is now a permanent full exit.
d. Sapang Palay Road- links the Sapang Palay Resettlement Project to Quirino Highway and in the opposite end to Sapang Palay Proper.
e. Igay Road - links the upper barangay to Quirino Highway and Rodriguez, Rizal.
f. Bulacan-Rizal-Manila-Cavite Regional Expressway - the expressway that is under construction. It can go to Rizal, Metro Manila, and Cavite.
Two(2) Postal Codes
Two(2) Television Cable Provider
San Jose del Monte City is divided into two district for representation purposes. It is politically subdivided into 59 barangays of which 23 comprise the first district while the rest comprise the second district .
The city is host to numerous schools in the primary, secondary and tertiary level, among which includes the government-funded Paradise Farm National High School, the San Jose del Monte High School and Sapang Palay National High School.
Sto. Rosario Sapang Palay College (formerly Assumption Sapang Palay College) is a Catholic school whose rector is appointed by the bishop of the Diocese of Malolos. The city is also home for two Catholic congregational schools: Siena College (under the Dominican order) and Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Bulacan (under the Franciscan order), both are administered by nuns.
Some schools in Pleasant Hill Subdivision are Jesus the Greatest Name Christian College, Spirit of Joy School, Hillsdale Academy, Sun Heaven Academy, and Our Lord's Glory Academy.
The Bulacan State University Sarmiento Campus, was established in 1998. Cong. Angelito M. Sarmiento donated a 2-hectare lot in Kaypian, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan to the Bulacan State University that shall serve as an extension campus of the University. In June of the same year, BSU-SJDM opened its extension classes at the Sarmiento Garments bldg. In Poblacion. Through the act of generosity, BSU-SJDM was named after the Sarmientos, BSU-Sarmiento Campus. This endeavor, further enhanced a vision in the making, an institution that would offer quality education geared towards the vision of the University.
Early accounts on the founding of this town, as gathered from the old people, yielded information that it was formerly a part of the town of Meycauayan. The town reportedly got its name from Saint Joseph whose statue was found was a veritable forest; the hunters called it San Jose Del Monte. In all probability, the hunters reported their find to the parish priest of Meycauayan. It was said that the priest built a stone church at the site where the town proper is now located. The statue was installed in the new church. Extant Catholic Church records reveal that the first parish priest was Father Antonio de Moral. He took charge of the parish in 1845. The first town inhabitants came from Meycauayan.
During the revolt against Spain, the town became a battleground between the Katipuneros and the Spain forces. The revolutionists lost and the vengeful Spanish soldiers burned down the settlement. The town people fled for their lives to nearby towns.
At the advent of the American rule, it was made a part of Sta. Maria until 1918 when the town was created and Ciriaco Gallardo was appointed the first municipal president. Public schools where opened at the start of the American regime but due to the scarcity of the population, the highest grade organized was the fourth grade.
During the Japanese occupation, the town became an ideal hiding place of the Filipino soldiers and guerillas because of the town's hilly and wooden terrain. When the Americans came, peace reigned but not for long. At the height of the Huk activity, the town was raided on October 10, 1950. The Huks burned down the town hall. The town was raided for the second time on March 21, 1951. The Huks did not succeeded because of the precautionary measures instituted by the town officials. The Huk menace was gradually eliminated until the town became peaceful and progressive as we find it today.
With the coming of recent settlers to San Jose Del Monte, its population increased tremendously. In the past few years several residential subdivisions have been established here to accommodate the spilled-over population of Metro Manila.
San Jose del Monte is gradually transforming from an agricultural area to a residential suburb, with farms shrinking as more land is converted to subdivisions to provide housing.
Its proximity to Manila and Quezon City had made San Jose del Monte an ideal place for a quite and peaceful living. The place is hilly with a mountain background, the Sierra Madre provides a panoramic backdrop to the town. San Jose del Monte promises to become one of the industrial sites in this part of the province with the way things are going.
It became a city in 2000 through the efforts of Hon. Angelito M. Sarmiento the author of Republic Act 8797 which is formerly Representative of 4th District of Bulacan, City Mayor Eduardo V. Roquero M.D. and the city government of San Jose del Monte.