San Fernando, Bukidnon
San Fernando is a 2nd class Municipality in the Province of Bukidnon, Philippines. According to the Population Commission 2007 data, it has a population density of 44,959 people.
Background of San Fernando, Bukidnon :
The natives of Bukidnon known as Tigwahanons and Matigsalugs are the pioneer settlers in this area. They are the settlers who then settled along the river valleys of the Tigwa and Salug rivers. These people were nomadic by nature and subsisted mainly by hunting and eating forest products but they also maintained small plots of corn and root crops in places were they built their temporary shelters. They have a feudal type of government headed by a political chieftain known as “Datu”, who also acted as their religious leader and armed forces chief.
The municipality was formerly a district of the municipalities of Maramag, Dangcagan and Valencia City pursuant to Executive Order No. 347 of Pres. Carlos P. Garcia dated July 29, 1959. During the reign of Gov. Teodoro Oblad and Cong. Cesar Fortich, a proposal was submitted to the defunct Congress for the creation of this district into municipality. On June 18, 1966, San Fernando was created into a municipality under R.A. 4789 and was named in honor of Fernando Damasco, the Father of former Gov. Catalino Damasco. The first set of government was installed at Barangay Namnam, approximately 48 kilometers away from Valencia City. Then later, in July 27, 1970, the Poblacion was eventually moved to Barangay Halapitan, which the locals now considered as their main trading center, by virtue of the resolution passed by the municipal council.
The government resettlement program for Mindanao during the 1960s and 1970s attracts migrants from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The arrival of the migrants, fascinated by the town’s rich agricultural potential, created more settlements in the area and contributed much in the development. The pioneer settlers of the town, the Tigwahanon and the Matigsalug, were then replaced by these lowlanders or “dumagats””. Only few natives remained in the lowland and the majority of them settled in the interior and mountainous location of the municipality.
Official Seal of the Municipality :
San Fernando is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.
On Economic Activity :
The municipality is predominantly agricultural with corn as the major product followed by rice and abaca. Rattan, banana, bamboo, vegetables and root crops are also produced in the municipality.
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Some Photos of San Fernando for you to glean and have some idea on how it looks like : photo courtesy by Con Tour Blog | A Philippine-Photo-Travel-Blog