|— Municipality —|
|Region||Ilocos (Region I)|
|District||5th District, Pangasinan|
|• Mayor||Mina Joy C. Pangasinan|
|• Total||81.88 km2 (31.61 sq mi)|
|• Density||540/km2 ( 1,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||3rd class; rural|
|Population Census of Sison|
Sison is a third class and northernmost municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 43,979 people (urban, 10344.00 and rural population, 30611).
Sison originated from San Fabian, that is, from Bulaoen, then into Alava in 1862 and finally to Poblacion, the present site. In 1907, Esperanza, northeast of Alava, was formed into Pinmilapil, Agat, Sagunto, Cauringan, Bila and Colisao (now in San Fabian). Labayug was formed also into Inmalog, Calunetan, San Andres, Alibeng, Bacayao and Killo.
Esperanza and Labayug were joined as Artacho, its Poblacion. The former town of Alava had been in a move to expand its jurisdiction. The township of Artacho had also a move to become a regular municipality. As a result of their efforts, they fused as one. Senator Pedro Ma. Sison sponsored the town's birth while Governor Wood decreed Sison, Pangasinan as a new town on May 11, 1918.
It is geographically located on the northern portion of Pangasinan lying within the provincial boundaries of La Union and Benguet. It has a total land area of 81.88 square kilometers. It is bounded on the north by Rosario (La Union), Tuba (Benguet); on the south by Pozorrubio; on the southeast by San Manuel and Binalonan; on the west by San Fabian .
The municipality is approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Manila, 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of San Fernando City, where the regional office of the national government agencies in Region I are located, 53 kilometres (33 mi) east of Lingayen (via Pozorrubio), the capital of Pangasinan, and 43 kilometres (27 mi) south of Baguio City.
Municipal Government and politics
Just as the national government, the municipal government of Sison, is divided into three branches: executive, legislative and judiciary. The judicial branch is administered solely by the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The LGUs have control of the executive and legislative branch.
The executive branch is composed of the governor for the provinces, mayor for the cities and municipalities, and the barangay captain for the barangays.Local Government Code of the Philippines, Book III, Department of Interior and Local Government official website.
The legislative branch is composed of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial assembly) for the provinces, Sangguniang Panlungsod (city assembly) for the cities, Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly) for the municipalities, Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the youth sector.
The seat of Government is vested upon the Mayor and other elected officers who hold office at the Sison Town hall. The Sanguniang Bayan is the center of legislation, stationed in Sison Legislative Building or Town hall.
Specifically, Sison's mayor and Chief Executive is Atty. Mina Joy Pangasinan. The sangguniang bayan, the legislative body of the municipality is composed of the municipal vice-mayor as the presiding officer, Bensaulozacheus L. Marinas, 8 Sanguniang Bayan Members, ABC President and SK Chairman. (Section 440, Local Government Code of 1991)
Sison is politically subdivided into 28 barangays.
- Asan Norte
- Asan Sur
- Bantay Insik
- Bulaoen East
- Bulaoen West
- Poblacion Central
- Poblacion Norte
- Poblacion Sur
The Supreme Court of the Philippines has jurisdiction, control and supervision (through the Office of the Court Administrator) over Pangasinan regional trial courts and metropolitan or municipal trial courts within the province and towns, that have an over-all jurisdiction in the populace of the province and towns, respectively.
Batas Pambansa Blg. 129, "The Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980", as amended, created Regional, Metropolitan, Municipal Trial and Circuit Courts. Regional Trial Courts. (a) Fifty-seven Regional Trial Judges shall be commissioned for the First Judicial Region. Twenty-one branches (Branches XXXVII to LVII) for the province of Pangasinan and the cities of Dagupan and San Carlos, Branches XXXVII to XXXIX with seats at Lingayen, Branches XL to XLIV at Dagupan, Branches XLV to XLIX at Urdaneta, Branch L at Villasis, Branches LI and LII at Tayug, Branch LIII at Rosales, Branches LIV and LV at Alaminos, and Branch LVI and LVII at San Carlos.
Municipal Trial Courts in cities. — In every city which does not form part of a metropolitan area, there shall be a Municipal Trial Court with one branch, except as hereunder provided. Three branches for Dagupan City.
The law also created Metropolitan Trial Court in each metropolitan area established by law, a Municipal Trial Court in each of the other cities or municipalities, and a Municipal Circuit Trial Court in each circuit comprising such cities and/or municipalities as are grouped together pursuant to law; in every city which does not form part of a metropolitan area, there shall be a Municipal Trial Court with one branch. In each of the municipalities that are not comprised within a metropolitan area and a municipal circuit there shall be a Municipal Trial Court which shall have one branch, except as hereunder provided.
The courts of law are stationed in Halls of Justices of the Province and towns. In Sison, the Municipal Trial Court is stationed at the Town hall.
Sison has the following landmark attractions and events:
- Begnas: Sison celebrates the October Begnas festival at the New Public Market yearly with foreign residents participation (Sagada word, "thanksgiving"). National Cultural Minorities under the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples' October joined the yearly event with outsiders from Baguio City, Laoac, Pozorrubio, Bago, Kankanaeys, Ibalois and the Aplays.
- 34th Eastern Pangasinan BSP Mini Jamboree
- Antong Falls
- Bued Toll Bridge (Pangasinan-La Union boundary) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo unveiled on June 21, 2010) the newly-reconstructed three-span superstructure Bued Bridge marker in Sison, Pangasinan (destroyed by the October 2010 typhoon Pepeng) the restoration of the three-span superstructure started in January 2010(P120-million repair under the President’s Bridge Program).
1898 (Heritage) Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Sison, 2434 Pangasinan) was canonically erected in 1896-1898. It is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Urdaneta (from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Archdioecesis Lingayensis-Dagupanensis, created on May 19, 1928, elevated to Archdiocese on February 16, 1963, comprising the capital of the province, 2 cities and 15 municipalities in the central part of Pangasinan; Suffragans: Alaminos, Cabanatuan, San Fernando, La Union, San Jose, Nueva Ecija and Urdaneta; Titular: St. John the Apostle and Evangelist). 
The November 20, 1896 Spanish Royal Decree created Alava as a Parish of Diocese of Nueva Segovia. In 1918 the town was renamed to Sison honoring Senator Pedro Ma. Sison.
In 1928 the Parish Church was included into the Diocese of Lingayen-Pangasinan. In the 15th Centenary Anniversary of the Council of Ephesus, the Sison Parish was consecrated under “La Reina Del Monte Carmelo” (Our Lady of Mount Carmel), forming part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Urdaneta in 1985. But is was only on its Centennial founding on November 20, 1996 that the Parish Church became a Diocesan Shrine. Its feast day is every 16 July. The Parish Priest:is Father Adolfo T. Paroni Jr. The Vicar Forane is Father Elpidio F. Silva Jr.
- "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "Province: PANGASINAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- About Sison: Facts and Figures, Municipal Government of Sison, retrieved 2012
- Sison Official Website
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Philippine Census Information
- Local Governance Performance Management System
||Rosario, La Union||Tuba, Benguet||Itogon, Benguet|
|San Fabian||San Manuel|