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Common tradition attests to the legend on how Sigaboy got its name. Accordingly, the word Sigaboy comes from two words “Siga” and “(ba) boy”. Legend has it that one day one day there was an apparition seen by the settlers in the little islet of Sigaboy with Sant’ Elmo fire called by the natives as “siga” with the presence of the pig called “baboy”. The first settlers then asked as to where this first apparition occurred, pointed fingers to that small islet (at present, fronting Barrio Tibanban) coupled with mumbled words like “Sigaboy!” since then on, the whole area (latter, also renamed into Governor Generoso) was called to both settlers and passers-by.
It was said that Sigaboy was aboriginally settled by the Manobo and Tagacaulo tribes. But the Tagacaulo settlers latter on immigrated to the southern side of the archipelago just adjacent to the Malita, Davao del Sur, as they are presently found in the hinterlands of Malita area. The early Manobo settlers had traces to the nearby Asian cultures like Malaysia, Indonesia and China as shown by some artifacts excavated in the area. Intermarriages between foreigners and the natives resulted in the many mestizas and mestizos in Sigaboy. Up to the present times, local immigration still thrives in the area due to the promising fishing industry ands other agri-business ventures.
Upon the arrival of the Spaniards in the Philippine archipelago, Sigaboy experienced being visited by the some European colonizers especially in the area called Cape St. Agustin as it was so important for strategic navigational demarcation as it lies at the tip of the south-eastern part of Mindanao known of old as “Provincia de Caraga, 1609” (inclusive of Cape of Surigao [north-end] to Cape St. Agustin [north-and]). Common tradition has this say around 1550, St. Francis Xavier was known to have anchored at Sigaboy particularly at the Cape St. Agustin and even celebrated the Holy Eucharist on the stones of the Cape naming the cathedral-like form of the stone-façade as “Altar” [n.b., up until now the inhabitants calls it that name]. In fact, the given patron saint of Sigaboy, St. Francis Xavier was attributed to that personal presence of the saint himself at Sigaboy.
Sigaboy was recommended for the creation into a Municipal district in November 16, 1914 through a Session of the Provincial Board of Davao attended by no less than Davao’s Governor R.E. Mcfie, the Sec.-Treasurer N.A. Maxey, Francisco Bangoy. Such a recommendation was realized only after seven years of waiting. That in Feb. 22, 1921 the Governor General of the Philippines, Francis Buton Harrison issued an Executive Order No. 8 creating the Municipal District of Sigaboy inclusive of the barrios of Poblacion Sigaboy, La Union, Luzon, Tiblawan,a nd Surop. The text of the said Executive Order No. 8, Series of 1921 goes:
“Beginning at the center line of the outlet, on the gulf of Davao, the Cuabo River, thence due east and westrange of mountains forming the watershed and likewise the western boundary line of the Municipality of Mati to point San Agustin, thus, the barrios composing the Municipal District were La Union, Poblacion Sigaboy, Luzon, Tiblawan and Surop, Batobato, Talisay.”
Some reason for the approval of the creation of the Municipal District of Sigaboy were also stipulated in the proceedings: first, it was recommended by the Provincial Board per Resolution Nos. 29, 73, and 93, Series of 1921; second, concurred by the Director of the Bureau of the Non-Christians Tribes and the Secretary of the Interior; third, it was in pursuance to the provisions of Administrative Code No. 68 of 1917.
Its Creation into a Regular Municipality
On August 1, 1948, two years after the creation of the Republic of the Philippines in 1946 after the Japanese occupation, President Elpidio Quirino issued an Executive Order No. 156, Series of 1948, creating the Municipality of Governor Generoso (Sigaboy) in honor of the late Governor Sebastian Generoso of Davao who died in 1937. He was himself a son of Sigaboy. President Quirino appointed Ramon Generoso, the brother of the late Governor Generoso, to be the first appointed Municipal President of Sigaboy.
The local election of 1950 installed Catalino Sajulla as the first elected mayor of the Municipality of Governor Generoso. He served the municipality from 1950 up until 1966. the sixteen years of his tenure in office brought about the implementations various development and projects to the municipality. By the end of his office in 1966, the barrio of San Isidro, Batobato was elevated into a separate Regular Municipality from the Municipality of Governor Generoso. Such was one of the ambitious successes\ of the administration of Mayor Sajulla.
After the creation of the Province of Davao Oriental in July 1, 1967, a local election was held. Paterno Atencio became the second elected mayor of the Municipality of Governor Generoso in November of 1967. Already introduced to government service for the past years, Mayor Atencio continued the implementation and completion of some projects of the municipality. He extended his government service to the Provincial level when he won being one the board members of the Province of Davao Oriental in 1980.
In that same year of 1980 also, Felixberto C. Catada, Sr. became the elected mayor of the Municipality of Governor Generoso. He labored with concrete accomplishments of projects and programs for his municipality. For that reason, he was re-elected during the 1984 national and local election, an election pressured upon by the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in 1983 during the Marcos regime of martial law (declared since 1972), and was fermented into the well-known Filipino\style “People Power” at EDSA Revolution of 1986. Consequently, Marcos was exiled to Hawaii that led the transition of government from the Marcos regime to the Aquino administration. The transition of governance made Mayor Catada vacate his post for another appointed Office-In-Charge Mayor of Governor Generoso municipality to come in.
The year 1986 to 1988 were years of political instability of the municipality of Governor Generoso when several appointments for the OIC Mayor’s office were served. In so doing, its municipal projects and development were so much adversely affected. These were the lists of OIC mayor’s appointees: first, Celerino Luayon was appointed OIC Mayor of Sigaboy in 1986, but that was a short-lived appointment with his untimely death a year after; second, Tomas Centillas was then appointed OIC Mayor in 1987; an appointment so contested that led to another appointment moths latter; third, Quirino Amarille was designated OIC Mayor; but again the situation was still unstable that led to the fourth OIC Mayoralty appointee, Daniel Dulzura; fifth, by 1988, the OIC Mayor appointee was German Bautista right before the upcoming local election of May 1988. Five OIC mayor appointees in a roe made the office of mayoralty of the Municipality of Governor Generoso a very hot seat, malice set aside!
Felixberto C. Catada was re-elected mayor again in the May 1988 local election. With his legitimate return to the mayor’s office, Mayor Catada continued the realization of his unfinished projects. From 1988 to 1992, he accomplished the construction of some municipal projects like, public market, slaughterhouse, gym, hospitals, and the like.
In 1992, Vicente D. Orencia won the electoral race as mayor of Sigaboy. Mayor Orencia won the three consecutive terms of this executive office of the mayor which ended up in 2001 to make it nine years of service to the municipality of Governor Generoso. Among his projects were the water system, drainage system, communication and transportation network, public market, health station, pabahay program, tourism and agriculture development.
Mayor Jerry V. dela Cerna was elected mayor in 2001 and 2004 elections. He did manage to take care of the ecological balance and natural resources conservation in the whole of his term of office.
In 2007 election, Mayor Vicente Orencia is given elected by the majority of Sigaboy’s constituents and is now commencing his regained mayoral post with so much hope and aspirations.
At present, the Municipality of Governor Generoso served the twenty (20) barangays under her care. Much has been expected to this municipality due the presence of a promising Barangay Tibanban socio-economic boom especially in terms of its fishing industry and other lucrative business ventures. In fact, observable populations of the municipality are highly increasing and developing in this area due to the influx of job and business opportunities.