Barangay Balnate of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, got its name from the name of the tree called “BANATE” that grows almost all part of the place, the first occupants of the place which are the “BLA-AN” named the place as “Banate” meaning a place of Banate trees. As years passed many people were coming to this place mostly are Cebuanos, Boholanos and spoke different dialect as that of the Bla-an people. They visayan people pronounce the word “BANATE” to “BALNATE” until the community residents used to called the place as “Barrio” Balnate.
On November 5, 1958, the “Barrio” Balnate was officially declared as one (1) of the Barangay of the Philippines bearing the official name “BALNATE”.
- 1959-1970, barangay Balnate was under the leadership of the late Silvestre Potestas As “Teniente del Barrio” now called “Punong Barangay”, then followed by others;
- 1971-1979 the late Buenaventura Estomo
- 1980-1988 the late Layuman Cudog
- 1989-2002 Crispin S. Dalunan
- 2002-2010 Lucio R. Gajo
Barangay Balnate is located in the western part of the municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. It is about three (3) kms. Away from the municipality. It is composed of Nine (9) Puroks. Balnate has a total land area of 1,365 hectares of land, distributed as plain, Hilly and rolling. Balnate can be reache by riding motorcycle as means of transportation. Community residents and visitors in the area usually experienced difficulty in transportation during rainy days.
Visayan is the dialect generally spoken by the people in this barangay, although 40% of the residents are Bla-an.
Ronnie T. Samling Sr.
- Alberto E. Besinan
- Loreto V. Orcullo
- Jufiels R. Potestas
- Luzine D. Cudog
- Mario C. Plaza
- Lucio R. Gajo
- Alfredo H. Estribilio
SK President: Crisjie E. Potestas
Secretary: Romel Loon
Treasurer: Kyle Mae Enarciso