Bayog is a highly-developed town steered by competent, politically-willed and proactive manpower with adequate infrastructure facilities, driven, responsibly utilizing natural resources in an ecologically-balanced environment, and a haven a god-fearing, child-friendly, self-reliant, well informed, empowered, culture-sensitive, and a drug-free community geared towards improved quality of life.
To provide fast and efficient of basic social, economic and infrastructure services by enhancing agri-mining productivity thru responsible utilization of natural resources by competent, politically-willed leaders and proactive manpower.
If one may look back into what Bayog was before especially those pioneers who settled in the area as early as 1950, certainly they would feel greatly elated to see that their dreams have been realized. Before, the inhabitants in the locality had to travel for two to three days through the jungles of Baking, Lakewood, Nilo, Maragang passing through the swampy areas of Lamare, Galit (now Villacastor), Gaulan and Diplahan by means of either a bamboo or wooden raft through Sibuguey River.
It was in the year 1953, that large numbers of immigrants started settling permanently in this area which was then sparsely populated by the native Subanen. Thus, barrio Bayog came into existence under the Municipality of Malangas. Bayog was adopted as the official name of the barrio, as this place was originally known to the natives due to the abundance of the “Bayog” trees in the locality.
Bright opportunities in agriculture, business and employment attracted more settlers into the area, particularly during the year 1957 and 1958. the influx of settlers was given more impetus when the SAMAR MINING COMPANY (SAMICO) constructed the existing forty two (42 kms) kilometers SAMICO road from Bobuan to its wharf in Pamintayan. By 1959, Bayog was already quite big for a barrio. So another barrio was created which is now the present barangay Kahayagan. When the municipality of Buug (also a former barrio of Malangas) was created in 1960, barangay Bayog and Kahayagan were among the barrios under it.
As early as 1963, three years after the SAMICO road was completed and the company was in full-blast operation, the population of Bayog already warranted the creation of a new municipality. Thus, on November 14, 1964, Bayog started to function as a corporate municipality separate and distinct from the Municipality of Buug by virtue of Executive Order No.112 issued by the then President Diosdado Macapagal. However, on February 15, 1966, the infant municipality was dissolved and reverted back into its former status as one of the barangays of the Municipality of Buug by virtue of a Supreme Court decision in the case of Pelaez vs. Auditor General. The then Senator Pelaez contented that the creation of a new municipality through an executive Order was against the law as the same was a prerogative of Congress.
The continued support and cooperation of the people substantially contributed much to the rapid growth and development of the community. It was the late Congressman Vincenzo Sagun who fought for the creation of the municipality. On May 8, 1967, Republic Act No. 4872 was enacted creating Bayog as a regular municipality.
The Municipality of Bayog is situated on the western part of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur. It is approximately eighty-two kilometers (82 kms.) from the City of Pagadian, the Provincial Capital and the Regional Center, and approximately 222.5 kilometers from Zamboanga City.
The Municipality is bounded on the north by the Municipality of Sindangan, Province of Zamboanga del Norte, on the south by the Municipality of Buug, on the east by the Municipalities of Kumalarang and Lakewood, and on the west by the Municipalities of Diplahan and Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay. It has a total land area of 37,473 hectares distributed among 28 barangays.
Land capability classification is a scheme for grouping soil units according to the best use of lands in order to optimize production, preserve and prevent soil damage through improper use. The classification indicated the relative suitability of land for agriculture and the corresponding land management requirements. This is serves as one of the important basis in recommending the use of land especially for areas to be retained for agriculture. The four major factors considered in capability classification are:
- Soil properties (indicated in the soil series) - slope/topography of the land - degree of erosion, and - drainage and flooding hazards.
The land capability classification of the Municipality of Bayog falls under the A and D classification:
Land capability class “A” This class are generally lowland areas. Due to strategic location, lowland soils are highly fertile and have a high organic matter content. This class is best suited for rice, corn, vegetables, legumes, and other diversified crops.
Land capability class “D”. This class includes fairly good land, but is strongly severely to very severely erode due to excessive run-off. It can be cultivated and handled with care. This class requires very careful management and complete practices. This best suited to pasture, tree farms and forest. This upland lands are as belonging to this type of land capability.
|Population of Bayog as of August 1, 2015 from Philippine Statistics Authority|
|Pangi (San Isidro)||532|