LAND USE AND TENURE
Roughly ninety-five percent (95.66%) of the total land area of the town is generally used in farming or agricultural activities. Built-up areas are mostly gathered along the roads and within the town proper or poblacion.
Built-up areas are distributed in the following uses:
- Open Space
- Road Networks
The above mentioned built-up areas have an aggregate area of 483.8 hectares constituting 4.07% of the total land area. The general pattern of built up areas follows the ribbon-type of development where residential, commercial and other urban establishments are mostly found along major roads and intersections.
ROAD NETWORKS AND TRANSPORTATION
Provincial road is built to access the neighboring city of Tarlac and other municipalities. Municipal and Barangay roads on the one hand are generally farm-to-market infrastructures. The road network of the town is approximately 149.76 km., characterized as follows:
Table 1: Existing Roads by Type of Classification
|Road Classification||Total Road Length||General Type of Pavement|
Records from the Department of Agriculture show that the total land area planted to Agricultural crops is estimated to be 9,558.44 hectares. With this figure, 2,495.03 hectares or 26.10% are rain-fed and are to be found in upland areas. About 6,649.02 hectares constituting 69.56% is being irrigated by water pumps.
The Municipality had provided a total number of water pumps of about 2,409 units. Through these water pumps, the farmers can increase their cropping patterns from first up to third cropping per year.
The primary source of water supply in the Municipality is its ground water. The type of existing source of water is shallow wells and artesian wells. Most of the household especially in the rural areas fetch their water in shallow wells for drinking, laundering, bathing and for domestic use.
Victoria water system is being run by the LGU through the NAWASA system. This serves the poblacion area, Sta. Lucia, San Fernando, San Vicente, San Nicolas, San Gavino and Sta. Barbara. It has a total house connection of about 1,316 household combined with water metered and non-metered connections.
Barangay San Gavino has the largest household connection of about 328 -house connection constituting 60 %, followed by Barangay San Fernando with 307 house connections equivalent to 50 %. Other poblacion areas with water connections are as follows: San Nicolas, Santa Lucia, Santa Barbara, and San Vicente.
POWER AND ELECTRIFICATION
Tarlac Electric Cooperative (TARELCO) serves at least 11,877 (91.20%) households served by the cooperative. The remaining 1,146 (8.2%) households make use of kerosene or candles as source of light.
The current power requirement of Victoria today is 1.0 megawatt for 13,028 households.
Table 2: Number of Connection and Average Power Consumption by Type of Consumer
|Number of Connections||11,877||269||35||660|
|Average Power Consumption||912,709 kw||87,114 kw||177,482 kw||52,320 kw|
The Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) plays as the major telecommunication provider of Victoria. It is currently expanding the number of subscribers in the municipality. It serves the 6 urban barangays and 3 of the rural barangays namely, Balbaloto, Bangar and Bulo.
The presence of mobile systems is significantly affecting the number of landline subscribers. To date, PLDT has only around 227 subscribers while mobile phones are estimated at an average 2 units per household. Table below shows the number of landline subscribers in the municipality.
Table 3: Number of Landline Telephone Subscribers
|Barangay||Domestic Connections||Commercial Connections||Total|
Philippine Postal Corporation caters postal service to the locality. It is situated at the Municipal Compound. Letter carriers are equipped with motorcycle for fast delivery.
The monthly averages of incoming and outgoing letters are 4,972 and 851 respectively.