HISTORY

GEOGRAPHY

        Siocon Municipality is located in the southern part of the province of Zamboanga del Norte. It lies on latitude 7o36" South, longitude 122o23" 
East and 122o5" West. It is situated on the northern quadrant of Region 
IX and North of Zamboanga  City, the Regional Center. Siocon lies 
Southwest of Dipolog City, the Provincial Capital of Zamboanga del Norte 
and covers an area of 503.2 square Kilometers and with the latest
population count of 28,196 inhabitants.

 
SIOCON CHARTER

      The local Government of Siocon attained its status as regular Local
Government Unit on December 23, 1936 by virtue of Executive Order No. 77  
issued by the Department of Interior, Manila. However, the creation of Siocon as a municipality duly acknowledged by the people was March 10, 1937. Henceforth, "Araw ng Siocon" is celebrated every 10th of March of each year. Prior to the creation into an independent municipality, Siocon was a part of the municipality district of Sibuco where the president, the forerunner of the Municipality Mayor held office.
      In December 18, 1989, pursuant to Batas Pambansa Bilang101, seven (7) northern barangays were separated and was formed into another municipality named Baliguian.
     The first appointed Municipal Mayor of Siocon was the late Dionisio E. Riconalla. The first elected Municipal Mayor was the late Justiniano P. Miranda on 1938-1941 and in the election that ensued, then Dionisio E. Reconalla was elected and lay his dedicated service as Municipality Mayor from 1942-1946. After the liberation of independence, service of local Chief Executive was elected as follows, namely; Gregorio Alano, 1947-1951; Genaro Campaner, 1952-1956, Andres L. Micubo, Sr. 1957-1960, Angel B. Brillantes, 1961-1975 and Dr. Bernardo B. Cabral, from 1976 to April, 1986. Prior to the election, just after the EDSA Revolution, the former Chief of Police, Isabelo G. Torrefranca was appointed as Office-In-Charge. For two months before the 1988 election, Bonifacio Canama was appointed Officer-In-Charge. The election in 1988, Mrs. Jesus R. Pastor was proclaimed the winner and she finished her three terms = until May 31, 1998. The 1998 Local election proclaimed Municipal Mayor = Ceasar C. Soriano as the incumbent Municipal Mayor.

 
ORCHIDS - SIOCON MUNICIPAL FLOWER

      On September 2, 1991, the Legislative Body of this municipality passed and adopted a resolution adopting ORCHIDS as the Municipal Flower. It symbolizes oneness. ORCHIDS Flower is composed of white flowers and green leaves which represent the female populace. Aside from this, it is a common flower found in this locality.=20

 
MUNICIPAL TREE

      Narra is our national tree, red and white in color is the municipal = tree. It represents the male populace. It could be found in the forested = area of Siocon. Narra Timber is commonly found in this municipality and are commonly used as materials in building houses, furnitures, etc.

 
ANCIENT HISTORY

      Ancient relics discovered and attested to the fact that this
municipality has been inhabited long before the coming of the Spaniards.
Some of these links to the past where China wares were excavated at
Kayatian Hill where a church facade was also found by the early
settlers. These settlers are farmers raising such staple crops as rice,
corn, camotes and other products such as abaca and coconut. It is
evident that the first settlers were the Subanons, Maguindanaos and
Kalibugans who occupied the hinterlands while the Tausog lived and
settled along the shorelines.
      The inhabitants of this municipality considered Port Sta. Maria as
historical spot whereby Spaniards made their headquarters during the Spanish time.

 
MEANING OF SEAL

      The official Seal of this municipality reflects the four (4) major = source of income. Rice as one of the major resources considered Siocon 
as the rice granary of the southern part of Zamboanga del Norte. With
its location facing the Sulu Sea. The place is an ideal fishing ground
that a fisherman riding his vinta can catch can feed more than enough of
his family. The virgin forest of this municipality where timber abounds
have offered job opportunities to the inhabitants. Siocon municipality
is a coconut producing municipality just like any other municipalities
in Mindanao.

 
BRIEF INFORMATION OF THE FOLLOWING

  Economy

      Siocon is primarily aagriculturalmunicipality with farming as the major source of livelihood and income for the people. It absorbs a
considerable portion of the 70% of the labor force engaged in
agricultural related industries including fisheries, forestry and
hunting. The total agricultural area of 9,735 hectares of the total land
area of 50,320 hectares. This 9,735 hectares can be divided into crop
areas:

       1. Rice lands            -      2,016.5
      2. Corn Land            -      1,330
      3. Coconut Land       -      3,240
      4. Vegetable/Fruits   -        200.25
      5. Other Crops         -      2,948.25
                       Total             9,735.00

      Fishing is the next largest source of livelihood in Siocon. There are about 30 fishpond concessions operating in the area, covering
approximately 240 hectares. The two major types of fishery production in
this municipality are deep sea fishing and sustenance fishing.
      The total Forest land in Siocon is 40.428 hectares. This constitute
80.34% of the municipal land area of 50,320 hectares.

 
Health Services

      The health and medical problems of the municipality of Siocon is
primarily attended by the Siocon Health District Services. The said
hospital has twenty five (25) bed capacity. It's Medical Staff included
two (2) Physicians, seven (7) nurses and four (4) attendants. One(1)
private clinic is found here in Siocon owned by Dr. Bernardo B. Cabral
and Dr. Monina Cristina . Cabral. They are catering the needs of general medicine and pediatrics.
      Aside from the above mentioned, the health needs of the municipality is also being taken cared of by the Rural Health Unit which has one (1)
Main Health Unit is manned by a municipal Health Officer, one (1) Public
Health Nurse, six (6) Rural Health Midwives, one (1) Dentist, one (1)
Dental Aide, and one (1) Sanitary Inspector.
      There are four (4) drugstores in the municipality: one (1) Hospital Pharmacy and three (3) Private Pharmacies.

 
Sports Facilities

      A Gymnasium is located in the Poblacion, which although unfinished has been the vessel of numerous basketball leagues, social activities and
cultural presentations. It has a capacity of around 1,4000 spectators.

 
Playgrounds

      Within the public plaza in the Poblacion is a multi-purpose pavement 
with the tennis court, volleyball and basketball court. Practically, all the barangays utilize their multi-purpose pavements as basketball courts, school grounds and  serve as community playgrounds.

 
Protective Services

      This municipality has a total PNP force of thirty two (32) policemen. It has one (1) Police Headquarter complementing the police force in the maintenance of peace and order in the area in the 3rd District PNP Mobile Force, 33rd Army Battalion and several CAFGUs.
      There are at least seven (7) firemen to cope with fire incidence in the municipality.

 
Welfare Services

      The welfare service needs of the people of this municipality is primarily served by the municipal social welfare and development.

 

Civic and Religious Associations

      The inhabitants of this municipality is predominantly Roman Catholic followed by Protestants, Aglipayan, then Seventh Day Adventist and Islamic Religion.

 

Mode of Transportation

      Siocon has 44 Kilometers Provincial Roads, 2 kilometers Barangay Roads, 14.645 kilometers Municipal Streets and 2.735 kilometers are concreted = roads. The most common and popular means of land transportation in the = municipality is the tricycle.
       It is estimated that there are approximately 200 units of motored tricycle plying the Poblacion and nearby barangays. To barangays that do 
not have roads, however, bull carts are still used by the people. Single motorcycles commonly known as habal-habal are also used in commuting from barangays. Water transportation is accessible in going to this municipality. During good weather condition, launches that ply the Siocon-Zamboanga  and vice versa route will only unload at Port. Sta. Maria, a newly completed 9x35 meters port located at Sta. Maria about 10 kilometers from Poblacion, Siocon.

 

Communication Facilities

      1. The Municipalities of Siocon has one (1) government postal service = station under the Bureau of Post.    
     
2. There is one telegraphic service station which cater the needs of = the constituents, the government owned Bureau of Telecomunication.
      3. There are also single side band radios at the National Food Authority, Siocon District Health Hospital and the Philippine National Police.
      4. There are at least 45 band held radios or ICOM, privately owned by the REACT and SMART and Local Government heads of offices and legislative body members. The extent of the communication is within Siocon only.
      5. There is one Cable Station: The Siocon Cable Corporation with five (5) channels direct from Manila: Channel 2, 4, 7, 11 and 12.

 
Other Recreational Facilities
      1. Cockpit -one of the major recreational activities during Saturdays  and Sundays.
      2. Betahouses- There are six (6) betahouses operating in this municipality.
      3. Park  - The town plaza serves as park for people who would like to

 
      At present, no hotels, only lodging house or pension house is available in this municipality, however, private houses or residential homes can  accomodate visitors or guests.

Topography

      The topographic features of the municipality range form plain to nearly

 

Geology

      Spreading within the geologic structure are the metamorphic supertine 
schist, genesis and quartsite rocks. The volcanic rocks consisting of 
basalt, tuff and agglomerate overlie the metamorphic rocks. These sediments are interbedded in the coastal areas. The sedimentary rocks formation that overlie the basement complex are thinly bedded,
suggesting low suitability alluvium which overlies limestone and loosely consolidated formation with sand, gravel and clay. The attitude of the
bed generally plays north to northwest parallel with the coastline.

 

Climate

      The municipality of  Siocon like most of the municipalities of the province of Zamboanga del Norte belongs to the fourth type of climate, mild and moderate where rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the
year. There are two pronounced season in the municipality: the wet starts from January to May. The highest rainfall was recorded in the month of June at 68.1 mm and the lowest at 64.4mm. The average rainfall 
therefore, is 66.3 mm. Fortunately, the municipality does not fall on 
the typhoon belt and seldom experienced heavy floods.

      Siocon including the whole of Zamboanga del Norte, being located at the western part of Mindanao is paved by the country's tropical cyclones.       The recorded temperature of the municipality ranged from 26.4 degree centigrade to 28.7 degree centigrade with January and May as the lowest and highest recorded temperature respectively. As to its relative 
humidity, the highest  was on the month of November at 89% and the lowest is in January, March and April at 80%.

 

Demography

      The 1995 Census on population showed that the municipality of Siocon has registered a population of 28,196 which constitute only 3.92% of the =

total population of the province of 676,024. Record shows that Barangay Poblacion  Barangay Molambuhangin has the highest and lowest population respectively.

 

People

      Its people consist of three groups, Christians, Muslims and Subanon. There are 18,243 Christians, 7, 692 Muslims and 2, 258 Subanuns (NCSO 1995). Christians contributes only 64.7% Muslims 27.28% and Subanuns 
8.01% to the total population of the municipality. The people took along with them their local customs and practices, with in a large measure 
enrich the cosmopolitan and multitribunal cultures being people together 
in the new home of municipality of Siocon. Traditionally, the Christian people live in the lowland area to manage their lowland farming, trade 
and commerce, then Subanen settled in the hinterlands, developed the upland farming as their main source of livelihood, and most of the muslim people live in the coastal area to concentrate on fishing activities.

      Among this three groups of people Cebuano (Visayan) language is predominantly spoken which is about 58.13 of the municipality's total population, then followed by Tausog 13.14% and Maguindanao of 11.60%
      About 64.77%of the people in the municipality are Christians divided among religious such as Catholic, Protestants, Seventh Day, Adventist, Iglesia Ni Kristo, Jehova's Witness, Aglipays Alliance and the Assembly 
of God.

 

Natural Resources

 
Forestry

      The total forest and watershed area in the municipality as gathered from the Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 
is 32, 605 hectares; 20, 699 hectares for unclassified public forest; 
850 hectares for swamp and marshes; 8, 147 hectares for alienable and disposable land and there is no commercial forests as of the moment. Siocon has only one forest licensee or concessionare which is operating 
on there public land with timber under depterocarp specie. Based on 
records  and on actual survey, the municipality still have the potential forest products although most of the portion of the forest were already 
distroyed by Kaingineros.

 

Minerals

      Just like in any areas of the country where minerals are abundant, the municipality has its mineral deposit which is found to be of commercial quantity. Coal is the major type of mineral deposit that is found and is presently the object of interest for a large scale of exploitation. 
Small scale mining exploitation of gold is now operated in the eastern 
part of this municipality particularly in Sitio Canatuan and some 
portion of Guinabokan, barangay Pisawak and Candiz. These barangays have 
experienced a high influx of people coming from different places just to earn their living through small scale mining. This potential mining area
has not been connection by roads from the Poblacion of this
municipality. People in this area transport their food supply by means
of a horse or some others got their supply from the Municipalities of Tungawan and R. T. Lim Zamboanga del Norte which are found to be very far from that place. Small scale mining contributed much on the taxes collected by this municipality.
      Exploitation of these minerals is the past years has been hampered by the peace and order condition in the area. Other deposits such as silica
and lime stone can also be found in some area of the municipality.

 
Marine
      Deep sea and sustenance fishing are the two major types of fishery resources in the municipality in the fishing grounds of Siocon Bay, Panubigan, A. L. Micubo, Sr., Latabon, Sta. Maria and Molambuhangin. These areas have proven to be rich of tuna, cravella, oceanic, bonito, 
sailfish, skipjack, spanish mackerel, grouper, snapper, ceanic, spotted pomadasid, acolopsid, theraponid, nemipterid, strip rudder fish, javan saganid, alip mouth, spotted moon fish, round sead, two - finned rudder thread fish, barracuda, garfish, half - break, long eyed soad, stripped mackerel, Indian sardines, anchovies, Flying fish and other bethnic fishes. Fresh water catfish striated murrel are to non - common species caught in island fishing. Other marine products which have become the sources of livelihood of hinterlanders are abalones lobsters, crabs and oysters.

 

Agriculture

      Agriculture is the dominant sector in the municipality's economy. The Municipality was able to produce a surplus in the net production of rice 
and corn. But other crops, such as mango, vegetables, root crops and 
other fruits could hardly meet the needs of the populace due to lack of applied modern technology in farming and the area was not extremely utilized in the planting of such crops. Production of coconut should be increased so that it can supply the demand of the newly operated oil 
mill at the Municipality of Sirawai, a neighboring municipality of Siocon.

 

MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS

Hon. Ceasar SORIANO
Mayor
 

 Hon. Andres, MICUBO, Jr.
Vice Maytor
 

Councilors:
Emir ARABI
Roberto    CARAGAN
Rosalio
  CARDENAS, JR.
Joseph   GARCIA
Constantino
SORIANO, JR.
Florian  APULI
Lunie
   LUCAS
Boslon  DANDUH
Rogelio M. Cañete ABC Fed. Pres.
Mhomar Q. Banguih SK Fed. Pres.

 

  SIOCON SCHOOLS  

Siocon District

Siocon CS

 

 

Balagonon ES

 

 

Bliss ES

 

 

Bucana ES

 

 

Bulacan ES

 

 

Candiz ES

 

 

Canibungan

 

 

C. Callao ES

 

 

D. Riconalla

 

 

Lituban ES

 

 

Malipot ES

 

 

Ma. Ybarsabal

 

 

Matiag ES

 

 

Pisawak ES

 

 

Siay ES

 

 

Stya. Maria

 

 

Tibangao ES

 

 

Cuyan ES

 

 

Latabon ES

 

 

Mambong CS

 

 

Siocon NHS

The Spectrum

 

   Sta. Maria Annex

 

 

   Siay Extension

 

 

Holy Cross Academy – Foundation of Siocon

 

 

Siocon National Vocational School

 

 

Jose Rizal Memorial State College – Siocon

Og Sing Kulong

 

BARANGAYS-AREA
NameCaptainArea (hectare)
1.  A.L. Micubo, Sr. 657.00
2.  Balagonan   588.00
3.  Bucana  103.20
4.  Bulacan  583.37
5.  Candiz     4,989.00
6.  Datu Sailila  140.00
7.  D. Riconalla 552.75
8.  J. P. Brillant  376.87
9.  Latabon 741.25
10. Makiang   446.87
11. Malipot 225.00
12. Manaol  450.00
13. Matiag    374.00
14. M. Francisco 280.00
15. Molambuhangin   1,661.20
16. New Lituban 435.93
17. Pangian   347.75
18. Pisawak   697.50
19. Poblacion  126.00
20. S. Arabi  435.00
21. S. Cabral 612.00
22. Siay   650.00
23. Sta. Maria  737.00
24. Tabayo 1,935.50
25. Tagaytay 108.00
26. Tibangao    367.18
Total18,650.37
Forest Land 31,669.63
TOTAL LAND AREA50,320.00 hectares

GENERAL INFORMATION


     Location:                                                  Lot 7 47'N. Long.7 36'S
                                                                122 23'E and 122 5'N

      Income Classification:                           3rd class

       Land Area:                                              50,320.00 has.

       Land Use:
                     Agriculture                                 10,734.80 has
                     Woodland                                  20,699.00 has
                     Wetland                                      850.00 has

      No. of Barangays:                                  26

       Population:                                              28,196 (1995)

       Population Density:                                56 persons/sq.km

       Major Religion:
                       Roman Catholic                      55.06%
                       Protestant                                0.93%
                       Islam                                         31.72%
                       Iglesia Ni Cristo                      2.17%
                       UCCP                                     1.65%
                       SDA                                         1.43%

       Indigenous People/Tribal Community:
                                                           Subanen, Muslim, Kalibugan 

         Dialects Spoken:
                      Cebuano                                   58.13%
                      Subanen                                    7.72%
                      Tausug                                      13.14%
                      Maguindanao                           11.60%
                      Ilocano                                      4.34%
                      Maranao                                   0.93%

        Topography
                   Mountain ranges:                    25 - 35%
                   Valleys:                                     5 - 18%
                   Land Forms:                             0 - 3%

           Climate:                                                 Type IV

           Mean Temperature:                             32 degrees C

          Distance to Dipolog City:                    353 kms.

 

ECONOMY

        Major Products:
                                                               Rice, Corn, Coconut, Fish,
                                                                 Banana,  Rootcrops

      Major Source of Livelihood:          Farming and Fishing

 

SOCIAL AND HEALTH FACILITIES


         Hospital:
                                                           1 (25 bed capacity)

         Barangay Health Centers:                             6            

          Educational Institutions:
                         College                                              1
                         High Schools                                    2
                         Elementary schools                        23

         Social and Health Indicators:
                           Literacy rate                                       56.75%
                           Mortality rate                                        3.28%
                           Morbidity rate                                      23.40%
                           Birth rate                                             12.18%
                           Crude Birth rate                                 12.18%

          No. and percentage of malnourished children:
                            Low                                                     2,004 - 73%
                            Moderate                                               630 - 23%
                            Severe                                                      70 - 25%

 

ENVIRONMENT


        Mineral resources available in the area:
                                      Gold, Silver, Copper, Carbon, Coal, and Limestone

        Major rivers/bays/springs/watersheds/lakes:
                                     Siocon River, Siocon Bay, Matunoy  Spring

  National Park:

        Recreational Facility:            Siocon Recreational Center

 

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

            
           1 Rural Bank and 2 Lending Institutions

 

INFRASTRUCTURE


    Means of Transportation:                                Land, Sea, and Air

     Bus Companies operating:                             None

      Road Network: (kms)

 

 

Concrete

Gravel

Earth

National

1

 

12

Provincial

2

 

30

Municipal

2.735

11.910

 

Barangay

0.99

158.36

34.94

     Major bridges:                         1 Bailey Bridge and 2 Spillways

     Water Facilities Available:
                                Level 1                          10 units
                                Level 2                          1 unit
                                Level 3                          1 unit                                

     Energization (Source: ZAMSURECO II )           No. of consumers:

 

 

 

 

 

Zamboanga del Norte: Municipality of Siocon
 
 Location: Lot 7 47'N. Long.7 36'S 122 23'E and 122 5'N, along the coast line. It has a land area of 50,320 hectares
 and a population of 28,000. The municipality is classified a 3rd class. Present Mayor is Ceasar C. Soriano
   

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