Buenavista, Agusan del Norte
Buenavista, officially the Municipality of Buenavista, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Buenavista; Tagalog: Bayan ng Buenavista), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Agusan del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 61,614 people.
|Municipality of Buenavista|
Map of Agusan del Norte with Buenavista highlighted
|Region||Caraga (Region XIII)|
|Province||Agusan del Norte|
|Founded||January 1, 1937|
|Barangays||25 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Norbert B. Pagaspas|
|• Vice Mayor||Amy C. Pagaspas|
|• Congressman||Ma. Angelica Rosedell A. Matba|
|• Electorate||45,888 voters (2019)|
|• Total||475.61 km2 (183.63 sq mi)|
|• Density||130/km2 (340/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)85|
|Climate type||tropical rainforest climate|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||180,552,390.25 (2016)|
|Native languages||Agusan language|
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The written history of Buenavista start in the year 1877. It was said that during this year a group of nomadic Manobo from the frontiers of Agusan found an ideal place for their tempora-fishing retreat and rendezvous.
Soon, the village of Tortosa was founded by two Christian pioneers, Innocentes Paler and Marcelo Dalaguida, who were later on joined by Luis Gupana and a handful of Manobo. Credited with a name to the village were a group of natives and Spaniards who visited the place to trade with the villagers and found the place to be abundant with the sea tortoise.
The fame of Tortosa as a good fishing was heard by the people of the neighboring Butuan. Thus a fresh wave migrants came to settle.
Later, Tortosa was renamed to Kihaw-an in memory of a white deer held sacred by the early inhabitants. It was said that this deer was found dead by the natives near the bank of the river which encircles the village. Its carcass was placed all over the village thus the village got the name Kihaw-an, a derivative of a local dialect "Baho-an", which literally mean "to smell", or "source of bad smell".
Soon the village got another new name. It was said that Adolfo Calo, a native of Butuan, together with some natives and Spaniards visited the place. They expanded their visits not only the coastal areas where flourishing because of the abundance of fish. At the top of the hill they saw the village overlooking the sea. They appreciated the beauty of nature in abundance. They exclaimed "Bien Vista", which means "Good View" thus the present name Buenavista.
Enticed by the abundance of fish and the good prospect for agriculture, a new wave migrants from the neighboring areas continued to flock to Buenavista. Between the years 1897-1907, settlers and their families were known to have settled in the place.
The only means of transportation was by banca or fishing boats, and by horseback trudging the small mountain trails. It was only sometime in the 1920s when Buenavista was connected to Butuan by means of road. It was also given power by the Marcon Electric Company of the Marcon family but later on, operation was taken over by the government-owned electric distribution facility.
Efforts of the pioneers paid off, because sometime in early 1920s, Buenavista was declared a regular barrio of the then Municipality of Butuan. As a barrio, Buenavista was able to form its own law-making body which was locally called Ang Tingug Sa Lungsod, whose members were known as podientes.
"Municipality of Buenavista" through the efforts of Assemblyman Apolonio D. Curato and Governor Jose R. Rosales, Commissioner of Mindanao and Sulu Teofisto Guingona Sr., and Secretary of Interior, Elpidio Quirino, with a set of appointed officials to serve for a period of one year.
Buenavista is located at.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 475.61 square kilometres (183.63 sq mi)  constituting 17.42% of the 2,730.24-square-kilometre- (1,054.15 sq mi) total area of Agusan del Norte.
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Buenavista had a population of 61,614. The population density was 130 inhabitants per square kilometre (340/sq mi).
- Abilan Elementary School
- Agong-ong Elementary School
- Bagang Elementary School
- Buenavista Central Elementary School
- Buenavista Institute (Grade School)
- Buenavista Special Education Elementary School
- Calaitan Elementary School
- Cogon Elementary School
- Dalao-an Elementary School
- Datu Saldong Elementary School
- F.S. OMAYANA Elementary School
- Kabalalahan Elementary School
- Labong Elementary School
- Lekda Elementary School
- Linao-linao Elementary School
- Lomboyan Elementary School
- Lower Olave Elementary School
- Macalang Elementary School
- Malapong Elementary School
- Manapa Elementary School
- Manapa IS (Grade School)
- Matabao Elementary School
- Monteverde Elementary School
- New Bohol Elementary School
- Rizal Elementary School
- Sacol Elementary School
- San juan Elementary School
- San Roque Elementary School
- Sangay Elementary School
- Simbalan Elementary School
- Talo-ao Elementary School
- Tanutao Elementary School
- Tapnigue Elementary School
- TINAGO Elementary School
- Upper Olave Elementary School
- Abilan IS
- Agong-ong IS
- FS Omayana Elementary School (Alubihid)
- FS Omayana National High School (Alubihid)
- Buenavista Institute
- Buenavista National High School
- Buenavista SPED- High School
- Guinabsan National High School
- Lekda National High School
- Manapa ISS
- Rizal IS
- Saint James High School
- Sangay National High School
- Simbalan National High School
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