Brgy. Lagao

Republic of the Philippines
General Santos City
Barangay Lagao
Barangay Hall, Tiongson St., Lagao, G.S.C.
Tel no.: (083) 301-8951/ 301-9313
            In 1939, four (4) Settlement Districts were created by the National Land Settlement Administration (NLSA) headed by the late General Paulino T. Santos. These districts were Marbel, Tupi, Polomolok and Lagao of Northern Koronadal, Middle Koronadal and Southern Koronadal, Cotabato respectively. Cotabato Province was not yet fragmented into provinces during those days. Each of these has one (1) town and barrios (Barangay) was necessary in order to spread out the population and new arrival of settlers so that the individual farmers should not be too far away from his farm land. The Lagao town was under the municipal district of Buayan under the deputy governor from Cotabato who assumed jurisdiction over the municipality of clan whose first appointed mayor was Datu Sarif Zainal Abedin. The town of Lagao was established on March 03,1939, five (5) days after the first batchers of settlers arrived from Manila via SS Basilan Compania Maritima. It lies 3.5 kilometers Northeast of Dadiangas, (Dadiangas was nameless at that time) the port of Koronadal, was the administration center of distribution of whole Koronadal project of NLSA. Hence, General Santos and his office in Lagao in number and other houses there were occupied by the employees of NLSA. The town of Lagao consisted initially three (3) barrios namely: first barrio, second barrio and third barrio (first barrio and third barrio were merged into one, now known as Lagao except second barrio which was separated, became another Barangay known as San Isidro).
Source – Pioneer Settlement in the Asiatic Tropics: Studies on Land                                                        Utilization and Agricultural Colonization in Southern Asia
               By: Karl J. Pelzer
               Research Work of Lagao Barangay  Secretary, Mrs. Teodora Q.                                  


Each Barrio was under the charge of Tenyente Del Barrio and an assistant Tenyente Del Barrio chosen by the NLSA manager overseer from the rank of the settlers on the basis of leadership, intelligence and industry.
Lagao was chosen as the supply distribution and administration center for it is near Dadiangas which though not included in the settlement district, served as the landing point of settlers and goods and was the terminal of the National Highway between Sarangani Bay and Dulawan on the lower Cotabato River.
The settlement of Lagao was started by the NLSA with Sixty-two (62) settlers and fourteen (14) employees. In 1941 Lagao’s settlers had increased from the initial sixty-two (62), who with six (6) dependents had landed on February 27, 1939 at Dadiangas to 582 with 1,709 dependents who were distributed over eight (8) barrios clustered around the new town of Lagao. In assertion, eighty five (85) employees with 135 dependents lived in the town. Within the span of two (2) years since the first arrival of settlers, the NLSA provided the community with large warehouse, stores (where settlers could avail credit) machine shop, farm machineries, trucks, motorcars, motorcycles, road grader, hospital, school, and electrical plant, thresher maize and rice mill.
On June 29, 1941, Bishop Luis Del Rosario of the Roman Catholic apostolic church came to Lagao District and established formally the erection of St. Peter and Paul Parish church with the assistance of the NLSA chief construction Engineer Leonardo Salazar. Thus, the Parish of Lagao district then, was the central town (Trading Center) of the whole of South Cotabato. But unfortunately, on December 9 of the same year.
Source – Pioneer Settlement in the Asiatic Tropics: Studies on Land                                                        Utilization and Regional Colonization in Southern Asia
               By: Karl J. Pelzer
               50th year Golden Jubilee Souvenir Program 1940 – 1990


But all the fruits of their sacrifices were razed into grounds when the Japanese invaders started their bombings all over the country. The Japanese Air Squadron bombed the municipal district. General Santos visited all the districts for the purpose of boosting their morale. He continued the campaign for food production to all settlement areas he created despite of the war. In April 1942, the Filipino-American forces surrendered to the Japanese imperial army and many of the settlers evacuated from Lagao.
On August 1,1944, President Manuel L. Quezon died from tuberculosis at Saranak Lake, New York USA, 18 days before his birthday. So, President Jose P. Laurel took over the responsibility and General Paulino T. Santos was called to Malacanang for other task and never come back to his family in Lagao. He died on August 29,1945 and was buried that same day by his lone guard Sgt. Juan Ablan in a place chosen by him, General Paulino T. Santos. (After the war, his remains were transferred to Camiling, Tarlac and in September 1991, thru courtesy of the Aguman ng Kapangpangan was transferred  again and buried right at the base of his life-sized statue at General Santos City. Garcia Park in which the City was named after him.)
In 1947, 9.3 hectares of land was bought by Father Francis McSorley wherein the concrete Sts. Peter and Paul church and Notre Dame of Lagao for boys and girls presently stand and were developed gradually since its establishment in 1948.
Source – Golden Jubilee Souvenir Program 1940-1990
               The last days of General Santos-latest version
               Based on interviews


In 1957, Buayan District became a full pledge Municipality (General Santos City now) under the Mayor ship of Irineo Santiago, the former Buayan. Since then, waves of achievements in Lagao
and other developments outside the barrio were noticeable.
Sometime in 1940-1941, Mr. Felicito Balayo Sr., an official photographer and confidential man of NLSA was appointed by General Paulino T. Santos, Sr. as the first barrio lieutenant to administer the area of Lagao (1st,2nd, and 3rd barrio). The Barrio lieutenant did not encounter many problems because the area was generally peaceful and irrigation canals were dug up to make Lagao self-sufficient.
In 1942-1957, Mr. Constancio Letigio was appointed barrio lieutenant then General manager of NLSA (General Santos) replacing Mr. Balayo. During his reign as barrio lieutenant, they collaborated with the Japanese so they can exist normally and were able to build roads and other infrastructure projects, other projects of administration were church and chapel. In the absence of the school buildings, they also used the chapel as a place for instructions to school children.
In 1957-1967, Mr. Leoncio Alburo was elected to office by the people of Lagao as barrio lieutenant replacing Mr. Constacio Letigio. Meanwhile, the municipality of Buayan then was handed by a new elected official, Mayor Pedro Acharon, the successor of Mayor Irineo Santiago. Mr. Alburo’s achievements on that ten (10) years term were among was a lot donated by him which a concrete Barangay Hall with uncovered court and Puericulture Center Stands.
Source - A study on the Political Leadership of Lagao.
              Interview/Narration by Mr. Constacio Letigio
              Existing records at Barangay Hall of Lagao


In 1967, local election in the Barangay level was conducted and Mr. Leodegario Arradaza won and became the first man to be called Barangay Captain of Lagao with seven (7) Barangay Councilmen. Mr. Antonio C. Acharon then was also the first city Mayor of General Santos, who in one way or another assisted Barangay C aptain Arradaza in his infrastructure and livelihood projects. Squatters from Bula were also resettled in Pag-asa (also Purok 8) The barangay secretary Treasurer then was Minardo K. Avila, Sr.
In 1972, election for Barangay Captain and Councilmen all over the country was conducted. Mr. Minardo K. Avila Sr., former Barangay Secretary-Treasurer of Lagao won the position of Barangay Captain. Barangay Captain Avila was elected for two (2) terms and held the position up to 1989. During his administration in the barangay, his achievements were the completion of the Barangay Hall and Auditorium, erection of the General Santos National Trade School, Catolico Elementary School, Balite Elementary School,  Dadiangas Heights Elementary School and several Day Care Centers and the most vital important one was the completion of the TB Pavillion Hospital (District road, the Lagao Public Market and the completion of Sts. Peter and Paul church’s bell tower.
In the barangay election of March 1989, many political parties sprouted in the barangay who eventually filed their candidacy for the barangay posts and whoever will be the top notcher in the election will be a Barangay Captain and the first six (6) will be councilmen as mandated by law.
Fortunately, Mr. Minardo A. Avila Jr., son of the ex-barangay captain garnered the highest vote and so, he headed the Barangay of Lagao up to this point in time. Eventually, the Public market of Lagao is under renovation which is supported by the administration of Mayor Adelbert W. Antonino. Although, its area was reduced to 1,413.36 hectares because of separation of 492.63 hectares for Barangay City Heights, it does not affect well the source of income of the locality. The biggest department store and warehouse plaza of General Santos City is situated in the jurisdiction of Lagao. Today, the development projects of other barangay of the city of General Santos City is getting stronger and popular like the big “ALAGAO” trees where the name of the barrio was copied 53 years ago.
Source – A Study on the Political Leadership of Lagao, Based on interview
 NAME: Barangay Lagao  TEL.NO.: (083)301-8951/(083)301-9313
 DATE ESTABLISHED: March 3,1939  CLASSIFICATION: Highly Urbanized
 ADDRESS: Tiongson Street, Lagao, GSC  POPULATION: 53,450
 EMAIL ADD.:  CLIMATE: Sunny and Rainy
 OFFICER-IN-CHARGE: Rolito R. Blando, Sr.  NO. OF EMPLOYEES: 167 pax



Punong Barangay: Rolito R. Blando Sr.

Barangay Kagawad:

  • Eduardo S. Sunga
  • Jocelyn Abrea B. Cobreros
  • Minardo A. Avila, Jr.
  • JosephV. Brown
  • Jan Michael S. Tanzo
  • Rodolfo O. Llido, Jr.
  • Eduardo D. Leyson III







 1.  Sherlita Cualquera  Prk.1 President  Tiongson St.  845  4,225
 2. Teresita Senora  Prk.2 President  Capareda St. 401 2,005
 3. Marietta Sua  Prk.3 President  G. Misa St. 230 1,150
 4. Fernando Contreras  Prk.4 President  Capareda St. 602 3,010
 5. Evelyn Sunga  Prk.5 President  NLSA Road 457 2,285
 6. Jerson Albendo  Prk.6 President  Odi St. 626 3,130
 7. Rolando Dante  Prk.7 President  Ardonia St. 251 1,225
 8. Dominga Blando  Prk.8 President  Molave St. 967 4,835
 9. Reino Dumas  Prk.9 President  Llido Subd. 242 1,210
 10. Epefanio Geraldez  Prk.10 President  MCDC Comp. 292 1,460
 11. Jaime David  Prk.11 President  San Roque St 147 735
 12. Susan Brown  Prk.12 President  Rosario Vill. 784 3,920
 13. Anita Rodavia  Prk.13 President  Sitio Toning 11 891 4,455
 14. Rodolfo Hicban, Sr.  Prk.14 President  Hicban Subd. 182 910
 15. Remedios Javier  Prk.15 President  Stephen frm 262 1,310
 16. Kruzaldo Nonol  Prk.16 President  Johnny Ang Subd. 438 2,190
 17. Scefelina Lanzadares  Prk.17 President  LLELOHA Vill 132 660
 18. Eddie Marcos  Prk.18 President  Nursery Rd. 1,167 5,835
 19. Efren Alngog  Prk.19 President  San Vicente 253 1,265
 20. Carlito Bombeo  Prk.20 President  Mateo Com 393 1,965
 21. Joey Villanueva  Prk.21 President  Loveland Subd. 342 1,710
 22. Sherwin Malantao  Prk.22 President  Lagao-Bula Rd. 406 815
 23. Ruth Lastimado (Tessie De Castro)  Prk.23 President  Sunrise Valley 623 3,115
TOTAL:  10,933 53,450


Address Activity Date
Barangay Lagao Foundation Anniversary Feb.27,'1939
Rosario Village Patronal Fiesta/Sto Rosario October
Caparida Street San Isidro Labrador May
Yumang Street San Vicente Ferrer April
Hicban Subd. Nuestra Señora del carmen July
Carcon Zone 1 San Jose May
Toning Sto Niño January
Casa Luisa Subd. Divine Mercy 1st Sunday after resurrection (Holy Week)
San Pedro Street Sta Cruz May
Capareda Street St. Catherine of Siena July
Love Land Sto Niño January
Bask of Emergency Hosp. San Antonio de Padua June
Vintelacion Street San Miguel September
San Pedro St. Extention San Vicente Ferrer April
NLSA Road San Juan Neponeceno May
NLSA Road San Juan Bautista June
Pinoneer Village Immaculate Conception December
Odi Street Mother Of Perpetual Help June
Yamson Subd. Sta Rita May
Natad Subd. San Agustin August
Purok Masikao San Pedro June
Ardonia Street Our Lady of Miraculous November
Tendalu Street Our Lady of Fatima/Pag-asa October
Balite San Roque August
Balite Jesus Nazareno January
Narra Ext. Patronal Fiesta / Sta Catalina November
Purok 11 San Roque May

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  1. TingTing Conol 5 years ago  

    progressive gyud ang barangay Lagao . limyo ug naa gyud mga Street lights.maayo ma sugdan napod ang paghimo ug street drainage canals labi na deri sa Ventilacion St., San pedro St, and G. Mesa St kay mahimo na ug suba ang dalan labi na tag ulan.
    Choose Magandang Lagao.

    • Winny 5 years ago  

      Yes fix the drainage … Thank you

  2. sharon 6 years ago  

    please give me the list of barangay captains previous to present, thanks!

  3. thonixsunga 6 years ago  

    wOw Lagao Linis Lagao.. Magandang Gensan Everyone