“Mahayag” was derived from its root word hayag, a Visayan term, which means glowing or glaring. During the post-war era, the Visayan occupants slowly settled into the heavily forested area. As the folks narrated, a large “Dao” tree grew at the town site, which illuminated the whole place. Consequently, the expression “mahayag” arose.
Mahayag used to be under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Molave. In order to accelerate the advancement of the place that can only be sustained through a political subdivision, the early settlers appealed for the creation of another municipality. This paved the way for the official creation of the municipality of Mahayag on March 9, 1960, pursuant to Executive Order No. 393 by former President Carlos P. Garcia. In the present, Mahayag is classified as third rate in the province of Zamboanga del Sur. It has a total of land area of 19, 490 hectares with various plain and mountainous areas. It is subdivided into 29 barangays: Bag-ong Balamban, Bag-ong Dalaguete, Boniao, Delusom, Diwan, Guripan, Kaangayan, Kabuhi, Lourmah (Lower Mahayag), Lower Salug Daku, Lower Sto. Nino, Malubo, Manguiles, Marabanan (Balanan), Panagaan, Paraiso, Pedagan, Poblacion (Upper Mahayag), Pugwan, San Isidro, San Jose, San Vicente, Santa Cruz, Sicpao, Tuboran, Tulan, Tumapic, Upper Salug Daku, and Upper Sto. Nino.
Currently, our group consisting of nine members are assigned to render community service at Barangay Manguiles. The foundation history of this barangay sets back to the year 1953, when it was created.Tingkisan Banguis, the first person who came in the place, called the barangay as “Manguiles” because the place is sandy or “balas-balason”. The name originated from the Subanen language. A large portion of Barangay Manguiles is an agricultural land. With this, the primary livelihood of the people is riceland farming. They also utilize their land for cultivating variety of crops such as corn, coconut, rubber, banana, durian, mango and cassava. Aside from farming, households also raise livestock that includes chicken, cow, carabao, goat and hog.
The population for the year 2016 is 1, 200. Out of the total population, 48% (583) are males and 52% (622) are females. With a difference of 4%, it can be inferred that there is an even distribution of both males and females. Based on the CBMS survey results of 2009, majority (57.88%) of the residents are single. Others are married (34.11%), in common law live-in (3.96%), widowed (3.12%) and separated (0.93%). Although most residents engage in farming, there are others who invest in trade and industry. Sari-sari stores are predominant in all five (5) puroks. There are other residents who work as laborers, government and private employees, skilled workers, and for community service.
The number of employed residents in each type of employment are as follows:
12 Employees (Government and private institutions)
5 Skilled Worker
5 Other community service
Currently, there is no working health facilities in the barangay. For each purok, there is a total of five(5) Barangay Health Workers (BHW) in the barangay assigned to a corresponding purok. All of the BHW’s are being led by the BHW of Purok 1.The e assigned midwife and nurse frequents the barangay every second Friday of the month. The Community Health Team is under Ms. Susan Rafanan, the designated midwife of the barangay.
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