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ETYMOLOGY

Santol, as a municipality now being called, derived its name from the fruit called Santol. A story being told from generations, it got its name during the Spanish-American War in the Philippines. It was a day when a small Spanish Military Unit which was heading on the place while on patrol met women carrying on their heads basket full of ripe santol fruits. Santol fruits were ones abundant in this place wherein inhabitants would use it to barter for some clothing and other basic needs in the lowlands.

One of the Spaniards asked the name of the place. Not understanding Spanish, and thinking that the soldiers wanted to know the contents of their baskets, the eldest among the group answered “santol apo” (This is a santol fruit, sir). The patrol leader did not understand the dialect but noted the word “santol”. This stayed on for record and it’s how the place jotted its name Santol.


CREATION OF THE MUNICIPALITY

Originally, Santol was then a mere barrio of Balaoan, La Union. Subsequently in 1908, through the able leadership of a village head named Camilot, it succeeded in organizing into a township to the sub-province of Amburayan, Mountain Province. Eventually, Camilot was appointed Municipal President. The first seat of township building was immediately built in Barrio Tubaday which is one of the easternmost barangay of the municipality today.

Fourteen years later, the Mountain Province relinquished the Township of Amburayan River of which Santol became a Municipal District of the Province of La Union. Pedro Arellano became the first Municipal President. Finally, it was in April 30, 1949 that Santol was reclassified into a regular municipality under Exec. Order No. 214 by late President Elpidio Quirino.

The Municipality was still then composed of ten barrios namely: Corrooy, Lettac Norte, Lettac Sur, Mangaan, Paagan, Poblacion, Puguil, Ramot, Sasaba and Tubaday. It was in 1972 when then Sitio Sapdaan of Barrio Sasaba was then created into barrio because of its increased population and its area factor.


SOCIO-ECONOMIC-POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

Santol Ilocanized

The early settlers of the municipality were from cultural communities of Mountain Province. Most of them include Kankanaey, Bago and Bontoc tribes which are found in the mountain areas of the municipality. One reason that can be deduced on the “Ilocanization” of Santol is the intermarriage made where in younger generations speaks Ilocano and most of them now are adherents of the western culture.

Development Pursued

Santol is predominantly agricultural sector. Majority of the population are directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Its inhabitants raised crops such as rice, tobacco, corn, root crops, vegetables, and fruits as their primary products. Some raised livestock and poultry.

The municipality is also famous for its forest products. Neighboring municipalities continued to come to Santol to buy their firewood requirements in flue-curing their Virginia Tobacco products. Noted also are light bamboos (called “bolos”) which are usually sold here and even reached as far as Ilocos Sur and Benguet.

But the terrain of the municipality contributed to the slow and inefficient delivery of government services thereby giving limited impact on the welfare of the neediest segments of the population. Notwithstanding these hindrances of development, the municipality gradually developed at par with other municipalities in the region through the initiative of its leaders and the people themselves with the assistance of the government. Public market was established, barangay roads and other major infrastructures were constructed and social infrastructures such as school buildings and health stations were installed, which made the people become development-oriented.

The concrete paving of Santol-Balaoan Provincial road, Poblacion-Mangaan-Ramot-Puguil, and Poblacion-Lettac Sur Farm to-Market-Roads opened the municipality to a brighter development prospect. The Municipality is classified as a fourth (4th) class municipality. Its revenues were derived mostly from national aids and its agricultural production. Banking for higher growth cannot be solely attained without the significant role played by the past and present leaders of the municipality. Without them, Santol could have remained undeveloped community. Listed below are those leaders who become Municipal Presidents and Mayors who have served the people for the last 98 years, to wit:


INCLUSIVE YEARS
NAME
POSITION
NATURE OF POSITION
1908-1909
Camilot (One Name)
Municipal President
Appointed
1910-1911
Sagay (One Name)
Municipal President
Appointed
1912-1914
Pedro Tangiban
Municipal President
Appointed
1915-1918
Angel Arellano
Municipal President
Appointed
1919-1922
Graciano Arellano
Municipal President
Appointed
1923-1926
Pedro Arellano
Municipal President
Appointed
1927-1930
Leo Valdez
Municipal President
Appointed
1931-1934
Mariano Del-is
Municipal President
Elected
1934-1935
Emilio Langas
Municipal President
Acting
1935-1938
Mauro Camat
Municipal President
Elected
1939-1945
Aniceto Ordillo
Municipal Mayor
Elected
1946-1947
Mariano Del-is
Municipal Mayor
Elected
1948-1949
Fulgencio Ordillo
Municipal Mayor
Elected
1950-1951
Cirilo Sansano
Municipal Mayor
Acting
1952-1955
Prospero Ordoño
Municipal Mayor
Elected
1956-1963
Aniceto Ordillo
Municipal Mayor
Elected
1964-1967
Roberto Martinez
Municipal Mayor
Elected
1968-1979
Anastacio Orbillo
Municipal Mayor
Elected
1980-1986
Floresto C. Sayangda
Municipal Mayor
Elected
1986-1987
Alejandrino Ragasa
OIC-Municipal Mayor
Appointed
1988-1992
Floresto C. Sayangda
OIC-Municipal Mayor
Elected
1992-1995
Jorge Ledda
Municipal Mayor
Elected
1995-1998
Jorge Ledda
Municipal Mayor
Elected
1998-2001
Floresto C. Sayangda
Municipal Mayor
Elected
2001-2004
Floresto C. Sayangda
Municipal Mayor
Elected
2004-2007
Floresto C. Sayangda
Municipal Mayor
Elected
2007-2010
Daisy A. Sayangda
Municipal Mayor
Elected
2010-2013
Daisy A. Sayangda
Municipal Mayor
Elected
2013-2016
Daisy A. Sayangda
Municipal Mayor
Elected
2016-Present
Engr. Magno A. Wailan
Municipal Mayor
Elected

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