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Saguday, officially the Municipality of Saguday, is a 5th class municipality in the province of Quirino, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 16,070 people.[3]

Municipality of Saguday
Official seal of Saguday
Map of Quirino with Saguday highlighted
Map of Quirino with Saguday highlighted
Saguday is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°31′N 121°36′E / 16.52°N 121.6°E / 16.52; 121.6Coordinates: 16°31′N 121°36′E / 16.52°N 121.6°E / 16.52; 121.6
Country Philippines
RegionCagayan Valley (Region II)
DistrictLone District
FoundedJune 21, 1959
Barangays9 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorMarcelina M. Pagbilao
 • Vice MayorRic B. Cadiente
 • CongressmanJunie E. Cua
 • Electorate9,203 voters (2016)
 • Total55.50 km2 (21.43 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total16,070
 • Density290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)78
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class5th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)55.5 million  (2016)
Native languagesIlocano


Among the most memorable event in the chronicle of Saguday is June 21, 1959, the founding of this town as a regular municipality of then Province of Nueva Vizcaya by virtue of House Bill No. 2541, authored by Leonardo B. Perez, then Congressman of the Lone District of Nueva Vizcaya which pursuant to the provisions of Article VI, Section 20 (1) of the Philippine Constitution, became a law without the signature of President Carlos P. Garcia, entitled Republic Act No. 2519. Pursuant to Section 1 of this law, the seven barrios composing the Municipality of Saguday are as follows: La Paz, Saguday (now Rizal and Magsaysay), Salvacion, Sto. Tomas which were separated from the Municipality of Diffun; while Dibul, Mangandingay and Tres Reyes were separated from the Municipality of Aglipay.

Originally, Saguday was a barrio of the Municipality of Santiago, Isabela, however, upon the final settlement of the boundary dispute between Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya, Saguday became a regular barrio of Diffun by virtue of an Executive Order No. 386, issued by then President Elpidio Quirino.

The naming of Saguday has no legendary story or folktale. It was named by Mr. Jose Cardenas of San Jose, Nueva Ecija, the grandfather of former Mayor Leandro G. Cardenas who came to visit his kins in Saguday. The word Saguday is an Ilocano term which connotes that one possesses good traits and blessed with clean mind, heart and soul.

The first settlers of Saguday were spearheaded by the adventurous and hardworking Ilocanos composed of the families of Corpuz, Cortez, Cabiles, Guzman and Bacani who hailed from the Province of Pangasinan, the Pagbilao and Olonan family from Ilocos Region, and the families of Cardenas, and Tomas from the Province of Nueva Ecija, who all came to exploit the vast virgin lands and forest of this very promising valley.

In August 16, 1959, the founding set of Local Officials to govern the Local Government Unit appointed by then President of the Republic of the Philippines Carlos P. Garcia have assumed office, with then Luis C. Lucas, Sr. as the Municipal Mayor, while the late Nicanor Pagbilao as the Municipal Vice Mayor.

Saguday was born as a sixth class municipality composing of seven (7) barrios, however, in the year 1980 and 1981, two (2) additional barangays were created. Barangay Cardenas was created in 1980 pursuant to Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 02, series of 1980, while Barangay Gamis was founded in 1981, pursuant to Resolution No. 05, Series of 1981. At present, Saguday is still a 5th Class Municipality due to its limited income which is attributed to scarce resources.

Upon the creation of the Municipality of Saguday, the urban core was divided into two barrios : District I now Barangay Magsaysay has been the seat of the Municipal Government from then up to present, and District II now Barangay Rizal.


Saguday will be a prime agro-industrial and residential investment destination in the province nurtured by God-loving, informed, empowered, and healthy citizens who live in a competitive and sustainable economy in a peaceful and pro-active community under a transparent, accountable and ethical governance.


To promote, uplift and transform the way of life of the people towards a competitive and sustainable economy through a good organizational climate, culture of change, and the delivery of accessible, comprehensive and quality services by means of a transparent, accountable and ethical governance.


Saguday is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.

  • Cardenas
  • Dibul
  • Gamis
  • La Paz
  • Magsaysay (Poblacion)
  • Rizal (Poblacion)
  • Salvacion
  • Santo Tomas
  • Tres Reyes


YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 3,264—    
1970 4,866+4.07%
1975 5,935+4.06%
1980 6,673+2.37%
1990 9,918+4.04%
1995 10,900+1.78%
2000 12,217+2.48%
2007 13,479+1.37%
2010 14,596+2.94%
2015 16,070+1.85%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Quirino". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Quirino". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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