History and Government
Paracelis is believed to have derived its named from the Baliwon word “Palasilit”, named after the creek from which a native man had drawn water using a rattan backpack. Miraculously, the water did not spill out of the holes of the rattan backpack.
The present municipality was originally the municipal district of Calao during the Commonwealth period. After some time, Calao Municipal District was abolished and absorbed by the municipality of Natonin of the same province.
Paracelis finally attained its status as a separate municipality under Republic Act No. 3488 enacted on 6, 1962. It was originally composed of fourteen barrios and was named Paraceles. This name was changed to Paracelis by virtue of Republic Act No. 4738 passed on June 24, 1964.
Cesar Rafael was the town mayor for three terms (1988-1998) and was succeeded by housewife, Paz Rafael whose term started in 1998 to end in the year 2001.
Paracelis is now composed of nine barangays, namely: Anonat, Bacarri, Bananao, Bantay, Bunot, Buringal, Butigue, Palitud and Poblacion. The farthest barangay, which is Anonot, is thirty kilometers away and the nearest which is Bantay, is six kilometers away from Poblacion.
Paracelis is situated at the easternmost part of the province. It is bounded on the west by the municipality of Natonin; on the north by the province of Kalinga; on the south by the province of Ifugao; and on the east by the province of Isabela.
The total land area of the municipality is 55,160 has. as per record of the DENR-CAR. Only 4,686 hectares or 8.5% of the total land area is classified as alienable and disposable. The bigger part which is, 50,474 has., is designated as public forest. Woodland comprises the biggest area (25,851 hectares) followed by grassland/shrubland (23,041 hectares). Agricultural areas consist of 5,748 has. or 10.42% of the total land area.
Built-up areas consist of 350 hectares or 0.63% and the riverwash is 170 hectares or 0.31% of the total land area. Forest abounds in the northern and western part but is being denuded due to unabated logging and swidden farming. The total built-up and agricultural areas of 6,098 has., exceed the 4,686 has. designated as alienable and disposable. This is due to the fact that the main source of livelihood of the people is agriculture.
Results of the 1995 Census of Population show that Paracelis has a total population of 15,882, a total of 3,028 number of households with an average household size of 5.25 and a population growth rate of 3.78% covering the year 1990-1995.
The municipality has the biggest agricultural land in the province. Crop lands and pasture lands are very promising but most of these are inaccessible. Transport of agricultural inputs and produce is a great problem to the barangays which are widely spread. Some could be reached only through foottrails.
Most farmers in the area are producing for household consumption only. But the municipality could supply the dietary requirements of the province in terms of protein and carbohydrates if fully developed and if only its products could be marketed. Inaccessibility of the municipality compels its farmers to sell their produce to middlemen of the nearby provinces of Isabela and Cagayan at very low, low prices.
The major crops produced are corn and rice. Other secondary crops include camote, vegetables and fruits like banana and mango. Some farmers raise native breeds of swine, poultry and cattle.
Tourist Attractions and Places of Interest
By: DILG-CAR, Copyright 1999
Vol. I - Local Government Units