A God-centered and well-developed municipality of diverse cultures, living harmoniously and working together in a sustainable economic, social and ecologically-friendly community, that is progressive and propelled by a participative governance.
The people of Pitogo shall work together to enhance the ecological wealth, enrich the cultural heritage, strengthen the spiritual life and promote the integrity of every family; provide effective services, improve infrastructure and facilities, and hasten equitable socio-economic progress through responsive governance and active multi-stakeholder's participation.
Pitogo was popularly known in the early days as Sibahongan, a native name given by the original Subanen settlers after a native plant SIBAHONG that densely flourished along the shores were the subanen lived. This plant is among the best raw materials used by natives for the weaving of mats and or hats.
With the coming of visayan pioneers in early 50's, the nearby site was occupied and they later organized into a sitio called PITOGO because of the abundance of ornamental PITOGO plant in the area. Years later, as the population increased and the need to established a school because pervasive, together they put up a school and finally called the place PITOGO in honor of the early visayan settlers who pioneered the establishment of and education institution. This is how name PITOGO came into being.
The municipality of Pitogo lies in the western shore of a portion of a land proceeding towards the south of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur the Baganian Peninsula. Poblacion Pitogo is about 40 kilometers south of the capital city of Pagadian, which can be reached either by boat from ports of Pagadian and Margosatubig or through the provincial highway. Its 7,984.8369 hectares of land is generally suited for agriculture with vast and rich fishing and spawning ground.
Pitogo was part of the political jurisdiction of the Municipality of Dimataling prior its creation into a district and independent municipal entity. It was created under Republic Act 6490 which was finally passed by the 7th congress of the Philippines during its 3rd Regular Session on April 20, 1972. The implementation of the said law was deferred due to the proclamation of martial law on the same year then at that time the municipality of Dimataling suffered terrible and hostile attacks by the muslims rebels which also resulted the burning into ashes almost all residential, commercial and government establishments and claimed several hundreds of civilian lives and caused eventual massive dislocation.
It was only on July 16, 1978, the municipality of Pitogo started to operate as a regular municipality with the first municipal officials headed by Mayor Doroteo F. Garban. Since then, the Municipality was become recipient of various infrastructure projects including the opening of the Provincial Road from the city of Pagadian through the Philippine Australian Development Assistance Program (PADAP) and the Installation of Electricity by the Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative (ZAMSURECO - I).
What you will see today is the product of the collegian efforts, leadership and dedication of the municipal and barangay officials of the 32 years anniversary of the creation of Pitogo. Pitogo todays on its stride to booming development with implementation of the Economic Zone in strategic areas of the town.
|Population of Pitogo as of August 1, 2015 from Philippine Statistics Authority|