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SAGADA QUICK FACTS
Mayor: JAMES POOTEN
Vice Mayor: BENJAMIN G. CAPUYAN
Land Area (in Hectares): 8,332
Total Population*: 11,244
No. of Registered Voters**: 6,632
Income Class: 5TH CLASS
No. of Barangays: 19

 

History and Government

 

Biag, the founder of Sagada, bothered by the dangers posed by headhunting enemies and the destruction caused by wild pigs on his kaingins, left the mountains together with the families of his brothers and sisters and found themselves settling somewhere in Candon, Ilocos Sur. Wary of attempts by Spaniards to have them baptized with Spanish surnames, he left Candon together with his family and moved back to a place further west. Later he started back to the mountains until he finally came to what is now Sagada. Biag brought with him a cultural background, enriched by his experiences from “Loco”, the Igorot name for the lowland coast, into this land “Golot”, the name Igorots gave their place of origin.

 

Deducing from the facts surrounding the story of Biag, Sagada came about in the 1830’s. This was about the time Governor Claveria was enforcing the giving of Spanish surnames to the Filipinos. Biag instituted a ground religious festival that took place every ten years wherein the dried tails of pigs sacrificed for the occasion were kept in a basket knapsack of Biag which had been preserved to the present. The period of Biag could be established by the count of the tails.

 

The name Sagada came about when a group of Spanish soldiers coming from Besao met a man near Danum Lake who was carrying a bamboo basket for catching fish. The soldiers asked the man what the name of next place was. Thinking that they were asking what he was carrying, the man answered, “sagada”. From then on the settlement of Biag went down on Spanish record as Sagada.

 

Ignacio Daoas was elected mayor for the 1988-1992 term, Maximo B. Dawas for the 1992-1995 term, and Thomas A. Killip for two terms, 1995-1998 and 1998-2001.

 

The municipality is composed of nineteen barangays. These barangays are Aguid, Ambasing, Ankileng, Antadao, Ballugan, Banga-an, Dagdag, Demang, Fidelisan, Kilong, Madongo, Nacagang, Pide, Poblacion, Suyo, Taccong, Tanulong, Tetepan Norte and Tetepan Sur.

 

 BARANGAY POPULATION*
1 Aguid 596
2 Ambasing 796
3 Angkeling 994
4 Antadao 360
5 Balugan 813
6 Bangaan 703
7 Dagdag (Pob.) 814
8 Demang (Pob.) 758
9 Fidelisan 462
10 Kilong 393
11 Madongo 485
12 Nacagang 254
13 Poblacion (Patay) 1,537
14 Pide 362
15 Suyo 395
16 Taccong 315
17 Tanulong 402
18 Tetepan Norte 397
19 Tetepan Sur 408

References:

    *   - 2010 NSO Census of Population
    **  - 2010 Partial Data from COMELEC

 

Its Land

 

Sagada lies in a small valley at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level in the Cordillera mountain range of Northern Luzon, 415 km. from Manila via Baguio and 18 km. from Bontoc, which is situated in a larger valley beside the Chico River.

 

The municipality has two kinds of climate, the dry season and the wet season. During the dry season the warmest months when temperature can reach as high as 32 degrees Celsius are March, April and May. Months when temperature drops down to as low as 4 degrees Celsius are December, January and February.

 

Its Inhabitants

 

The people of Sagada are Malays and speak a language called Kankana-ey. They are generally referred to as Igorots. They are sturdy and industrious. As of 1995, the municipality's population was 10,354, 95% of which are Igorots of the northern Kankana-ey tribe, and 5% are from other tribes.

 

Its Economy

 

The main occupation of the people is agriculture. Nearly all households have a small piece of land from which they raise rice, corn, vegetables and fruits. Swine-raising in small scale is engaged in by practically all households as additional source of income and as a source of meat supply vital to the performance of rituals.

 

Business is limited to sari-sari stores, buy-and-sell, weaving, lodging houses, restaurants and cafes. The famous Sagada weaving industry and the operation of lodging houses and restaurants have economically uplifted the community. The influx of tourists to the municipality has motivated residents to engage in this kind of business.

 

Tourist Attractions and Places of Interest

  • Sumaging Cave
  • Lumiang Cave
  • Loko-ong Crystal Cave
  • Balangagan Cave
  • Sugong Cave
  • Masferre Photographs
  • Bokong Waterfall
  • Bomod-ok (Big waterfall)

 

REFERENCE:
CORDILLERA ALMANAC
By: DILG-CAR, Copyright 1999
Vol. I - Local Government Units

 

 

 

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CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION   QUICK FACTS
Land Area (sq.Km.): 19,611.10
Population (2010): 1,616,867
No. of Provinces: 6
No. of Municipalities: 75
No. of HUCs: 1 (Baguio City)
No. of Component Cities: 1 (Tabuk City)
Total No. of Barangays: 1,176
Legal Basis of Creation: EO 220
Date of Creation: 7/15/1987
PROVINCE / CITY NO. OF REGISTERED VOTERS (Oct 31, 2015)
ABRA 156,968
APAYAO 64,867
BENGUET 204,497
BAGUIO CITY 147,794
IFUGAO 112,328
KALINGA & TABUK CITY
121,375
MT. PROVINCE 98,351
TOTAL
906,180

 

 

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CLUSTERED GEOHAZARD MAPS
ABRA
 
 
 
Bangued
Licuan-Baay
Manabo
 
Sallapadan
Tineg
 
APAYAO
 
 
 
Calanasan
Kabugao
Lenneng
 
 
Pudtol
 
Baguio City
BENGUET
 
 
 
 Atok Kabayan  Mankayan
IFUGAO
     
 Bunhian Lagawe  
KALINGA
     
Lubuagan Salegseg City of Tabuk
MT. PROVINCE
     
 Bontoc Paracelis  Sadanga
Reference: Geohazard maps were extracted from the  Geological Database Information System (GDIS) of the Mines & Geosciences Bureau (MGB) portal through this link.
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