Magsaysay is a landlocked municipality in the coastal province of Davao del Sur.
The municipality has a land area of 268.09 square kilometers or 103.51 square miles which constitutes 6.20% of Davao del Sur’s total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 53,876. This represented 8.52% of the total population of Davao del Sur province, or 1.10% of the overall population of the Davao Region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 201 inhabitants per square kilometer or 520 inhabitants per square mile.
Magsaysay, officially the Municipality of Magsaysay (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Magsaysay; Tagalog: Bayan ng Magsaysay), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Davao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 53,876 people.
As with much of the rural area of Davao del Sur, the predominant economic activity is based on rice farming.
In the early 50’s, Magsaysay used to be a barangay of the Municipality of Bansalan. It was commonly known then as “Kialeg”, a name derived from a native chieftain, known for his bravery but was later slain in a duel with another local chieftain called “Guinang”.
In 1959, by virtue of Congressional Action, upon the recommendation of the Barrio council, KIALEG was renamed Magsaysay in honor of Pres. Magsaysay who died in an airplane crash on March 17, 1957. On September 28, 1964, Pres. Macapagal issued Executive Order No. 103, that created the Municipality of Magsaysay. It officially functioned as a municipal corporation on March 13, 1965 with the appointment of Dr. Pedro Tecala and Mrs. Rosario P. Navidad as the first Mayor and Vice-Mayor, respectively.
The existence of the municipality was however short-lived. A case was filed in court entitled “Pelaez vs. the Auditor General” contesting the validity of its creation. Later in December 1965, the Supreme Court handed down its decision with finality that declared the creation of the municipality null and void, thus, reverting back to barrio status.
However, the dream of creating the municipality of Magsaysay did not died down. Through the initiative of the late Congressman Lorenzo S. Sarmiento of the then undivided Davao Province, he authored House Bill No. 386, creating the municipality of Magsaysay. The Bill became Republic Act No. 4976 on June 17, 1967 sans executive approval.
In the local election of 1967, Araceli Villafuerte-Malag, the local head of the Liberal Party clinched victory as the first elected woman Municipal Mayor along with Wilfredo Co-ong of the Nacionalista Party as Vice-Mayor. Among the significant accomplishments of the Malag administration were the construction of the Municipal Hall at its present site and opening of major roads in the municipality.
Accordingly in 1975, the term of office of elective local officials was extended. Mayor Malag requested for a leave in 1978 and Councilor Marcial Flores was designated as Officer-In-Charge of the Office of the Municipal Mayor. Then, on March 19, 1979, Councilor Pilar F. Navidad was appointed Municipal Mayor. In the first local election in 1981 after Martial Law, Mayor Pilar Navidad handily won the mayoralty race including her Vice-Mayor and six of her candidates in the Sangguniang Bayan. It was during this period, when the municipality intiated various developmental projects.
When President Corazon C. Aquino assumed the presidency of the Philippine Republic through the People Power Revolution of 1986, Jhun G. Reyes as Officer-In-Charge replaced Mayor Pilar F. Navidad. The legitimacy of his assumption as local chief executive was affirmed when he ran and won the local elections on February 3, 1988. This feat was repeated during Synchronized Elections of 1992 and 1995, respectively, when he was successively re-elected to serve three (3) full terms as Municipal Mayor. Citizen participation and cooperative development were the main thrusts of the Reyes Administration.
In the 1998 local elections, Engr. Davin won by landslide for the mayoralty post, the youngest ever to hold the topmost position in the municipality. Now on his third and last term, he has laid down an ambitious yet authentic blue-print for the development of the municipality with the formulation of a Municipal Comprehensive Development and Land Use Plan (1998-2005) and his Executive Agenda for Development (2002-2004).
Today, the municipal administration stands committed to the task of building a peaceful and progressive community in strong partnership with civil society organizations and private sector organizations.
The municipality prides itself as one of the twenty finalists in the 2002 National Search for “Galing Pook” Award, a yearly contest sponsored by the Galing Pook Foundation, Ford Foundation, Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Asian Institute of Management, for infusing innovative approaches in the delivery of basic services to its constituencies through its Paglilingkod Abot-Kamay Program.
Dubbed as the “rice granary” of the Province of Davao del Sur, Magsaysay is home to almost fifty thousand people of diverse origin and culture yet united by common interest of pursuing their shared vision of development and progress.
Mission & Vision
WE, THE STRONGLY MOTIVATED LEADERS AND CONSTITUENTS ARE COMMITTED TO WORK IN SOLIDARITY TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE GENERAL WELL-BEING AND TO TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES INTO AGRICULTURALLY PRODUCTIVE, ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND, PROGRESSIVE, ECONOMICALLY ACTIVE, PEACEFUL, RESPONSIVE AND PARTICIPATIVE IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE.OUR MISSION
A PROSPEROUS MUNICIPALITY WITH EMPOWERED, LAW ABIDING AND GOD-FEARING CITIZENRY WHO ARE CAPABLE AND COMMITTED OF MAINTAINING A SOUND ECOLOGY GUIDED THROUGH LEADERSHIP BY TRANSPARENCY, PROFESSIONALISM AND PEOPLE EMPOWERMENT GEARED TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITH THE END-IN-VIEW OF IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE.OUR VISION