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|Distance from Manila: 184 KM|
|It lies along the coastline of Lamon Bay. Coastal length of the municipality is declared as Tourism Zone Area. The world-known "Siain Port" can still be found in town.|
By virtue of Republic Act No. 3493, "the barrios of Siain, Ilusong, Concepcion, Duhat and Tanauan are separated from the municipality of Atimonan, Province of Quezon and constituted into a district and_ independent municipality of Plandel, same Province". The Act further decreed that "the seat of government of the new Municipality shall be in the urban center of the present barrio of Siain". The first mayor, vice mayor and councilors of the new municipality shall be appointed by the President with the consent of the Commission on Appointments and shall hold office until their successors shall have been elected in the next general elections for local officials and shall have qualified".
President Diosdado Macapagal signed the Act into law on January 16, 1962. Both House of the fifth Congress based it on House Bill No. 822 introduced by Congressman Eladio A. Caliwara of the second district of Quezon and passed on its first regular session.
The creation of this municipality was not as brief and effortless as the words in the Act. Much labor and frustrations preceded it.
Years before the movement for the creation of the five Atimonan barrios into a separate and independent municipality, township was merely a flicker of hope. The flicker of hope developed into an aspiration as politician after politician wooed the populace to his side during election time with the promise of township to the more than 5,000 voters.
Inspired by the political promised, the barrio officials, as early as 1956, started sending resolutions to the Municipal Council of Atimonan and the Provincial Board of Quezon, clamoring for municipal status. The resolutions, however, were more of a "feeler".
From the beginning to the very end of the movement for township, the Municipal Council of Atimonan, not to say the whole town itself was adamantly opposed to the plan. The opposition was understandable enough. The plan, if realized, meant a big slice of revenue from the income of Atimonan. The copra export firms in Siain are paying business, warehousing and other licenses and fees to the tune of more than P 20, 000.00 yearly.
Then Governor Leon G. Guinto and his Congresman-son, Leon, Jr. who is from Atimonan were on the side of the Atimonan Municipal Council. They argued that while they favored the creation of Plaridel town, the time was not yet ripe.
The Plaridel advocates bided their time.
The assumption of Dr. Claro R. Robles of Tiaong in 1960, to the governorship of Quezon marked the beginning of an intensified movement for the creation of Plaridel town. The new governor, in fulfillment of an election promise, gives the "green light" to the drive. The then barrio council Siain headed by Barrio Lieutenant Victorino Javellana and community leaders rolled up their sleeves and went heart, body and pocket into the movement, with Governor Robles at their side.
Aware of the difficulty of winning their cause via legislation in Congress because of the influence there of Congressman Leon Guinto, the Plaridel advocates took their clamor to the President Carlos P. Garcia, with an executive order in mind. The president expressed favor on the Plaridel plan and told the advocates to prepare the necessary papers on the proposed town. Barrio lieutenant Victorino Javellana and his task force went to work.
Their cause appeared to have been won when on January 16, 1961; President Garcia signed an executive order proclaiming the creaoon of Plaridel as an independent and distinct municipality from Atimonan. One requirement, however, had yet to accomplished and that was the signature of Executive Secretary Natalio P. Castillo who dilly-dallied on the signing and releasing the order due to the intervention of the Plaridel oppositionists.
Meanwhile, the fight for the mayoralty of the proposed town was being waged with the names, of Leandro Reyes and George L. Young in the forefront. Reyes openly announced his bid for the mayorship and worked hard to get it. The followers of Young did the campaigning for him. At the instance of Governor Claro R. Robles, a plebiscite was held in Siain to determine the choice of the residents. Young was overwhelmingly chosen.
But the enthusiasm of the Plaridel residents turned into dismay when Executive Secretary Natalio Castillo continued to withhold his signature from the executive order. up to the time President Garcia and his official family left Malacañang on December 30, 1961 to give way to President Diosdado Macapagal who came out victorious in the November elections of the preceding year, the signature of Executive Secretary Castillo has not yet been affixed to the executive order.
The victory of Eladio A. Caliwara in the congressional fight in line second district of Quezon in that election sparked anew the aspiration and determination of the leaders and residents of Plaridel. During his campaign in the locality, Caliwara assured the people of township if and when elected. He did not falter in his commitment. A few days after he established himself in Congress, he wired Victorino Javellana to bring the Plaridel papers to him. The congressman forthwith filed a bill in Congress creating the Municipality of Plaridel. Plaridel was fortunate that the Congressman Caliwara belong to the new Liberal administration and very close to President Macapagal. The bill easily passed both members of Congress. President Maoapagal signed the bill into law on June 16, 1962. Caliwara was hailed as the Father of Plaridel.
Following the mandate of the plebiscite held by the residents of Plaridel in 1961. Congressman Caliwara recommended George L. Young to President Macapagal for appointment as first mayor of the new town. The congressman also recommended a complete set of municipal officials to the President. On September 12, 1962, President Macapagal in Malacañang swore Young and Francisco Abuel to office as mayor and vice mayor, respectively, of the new Municipality of Plaridel. The appointed councilors are Antonio N. Alva, Nicolas B. Cal, Rosendo R. Felicia, Saturnino F. Saavedra, Ciriaco V. Vera Cruz, and Jorge V. Villareal.
October 27, 1962, was the inauguration of the independent and distinct Municipality of Plaridel, Quezon.
The flicker of hope became a flame of reality.