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Basic Socio-Economic and Demographic Data

The Barangay got its name some time ago by the elders. They call it “Baringcucurong” as the name of the barangay due to a big lumber tree named Baringcucurong Tree which is numerously found in the locality. According to the elders of this barangay, this kind of tree is good for housing purposes due to its durability. But because of its demand for housing, it has been abused, that’s why there were only a few trees of its kind these days. In 2008, the officials of this Barangay planted Baringcucurong trees at the point of entry (marker) but unfortunately, only a few survived.

            Along the Tagudin-Cervantes road, Baringcucurong is the westernmost Barangay and the first Barangay located upon entering the Municipality of Suyo. It is approximately twelve (12) kilometres far to the town proper.

            As per records of the Suyo Assessor’s Office, this Barangay has an agricultural land area of 8.0 square kilometres and a residential area of 95,030.04 square meters. Its terrain geographical characteristics are hilly and mountainous. The type of soil is clay loam. The 1.5 kilometers Tagudin-Cervantes national road traversing the Barangay was already concreted.

            The Barangay has a mini-dam wherein the water coming from the Chico River is trapped and distributed among the three irrigation canals to the agricultural areas supplying the farmers for a year round cropping, as well as the nearby Barangays of Tagudin and Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur. The farmers are engaged in planting rice, tobacco, corn, onion, garlic, tomato, string beans and other agricultural products.

            The Barangay has a total of seven (7) bridges- one (1) hanging bridge and six (6) footbridges. It has also a public elementary school, high school-annex, Barangay health center, Barangay hall, stage, a multi-purpose building and/or daycare center, multi-purpose pavement or Barangay plaza for all social activities. There are also six churches/chapel located in this Barangay namely Catholic Church, United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), United Methodist Church (UCM), The Pentecostal Freewill Baptist Church, and United Pentecostal Church. It has also its own public cemetery and there are four (4) waiting sheds put up in strategic locations.

            The Barangay, as of the latest count, has a population of 1, 657 wherein majority of which belongs to the cultural minorities. Farming is the main occupation which accounts for the formation of two (2) Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperatives in the Barangay but unfortunately these two cooperatives are no more operating. Surplus farm products are sold in the neighboring town markets. The rest of the residents are engaged themselves in business of various kinds, livestock raising, culture of fruit bearing trees and other sources of livelihood projects. Other are employed elsewhere, in government, private or self-employment and also some have sought employment abroad.

The Socio-Cultural Development

            Baringcucurong is a mixture of different tribes. The Bagos (mixture of lowlander and highlander), kan-kanaey and other ethnic tribes, there are also called pure ilocanos. The values and habits were the ancestral influence with hospitality, respect to elders, and other traits manifested by the colonizers of the locality.

            It was not a tradition that this Barangay celebrates fiesta but through the leadership of the former Barangay Captain Jesus L. Labador, who initiated the first ever Barangay fiesta held in 1996 in commemoration of the bomb that was failed to explode when it was drop in this Barangay during the World War II. Moreover, Barangay fiesta is celebrated to give thanks to our Almighty God for all the blessings in which the Barangay received.

Political Development

            The people of our town know very much that the former Mayor, National Under Secretary (DAR), Head Offices are mostly sons and daughters of Barangay Baringcucurong. Among the residents of the town, it is in this Barangay where the first registered nurse, certified public accountant, teacher, US navy, US air force, graduates from Philippine Military Academy, Lawyer and other professions.

The Barangay Officials of Baringcucurong in coordination with its Barangay Police and other law enforcement personnel managed to maintain peace and order in the barangay. Untoward incidents are not avoided but these were able to settle by the Barangay Officials and Barangay Police on duty.

            Barangay Baringcucurong is a peaceful Barangay to live in. There are assigned Barangay officials, Barangay police to perform their functions and duties even night time to maintain peace and order and to avoid illegal activities.

Brief History of the Barangay Man-atong

Barangay Man-atong is the most interior Barangay of Suyo. According to the olds, Man-atong got its name from a hot spring found at Man-atong proper. Due to the local dialect, HOT means Man-atong a Kankanaey native dialect, from there the Barangay, was named Man-atong. Most residents of Man-atong came from the different municipalities of Mountain Province and from the nearby Municipalities and most belong to Kankanaey tribe. Now at present Man-atong   has thirteen (13) sitios namely Coscosnong, Butac, Man-atong Proper, Sawmil, Baudan these are the sitios along the Tagudin Cervantes road and those who are not along the said road are Longboy, Bangcag, Botigue, Kurba Serrada, Tegteggamat, , Mantayao, Banata, and Dadtuco. The area is 31.40 square kilometers or 3,140 Ha. with a total population of 2’091 as of January 2016. The commercial center of the Barangay is at Sitio Butac whereby the Public market is located. 95% of households use electricity. About education at present, it has four complete elementary schools and was located at Butac, Bangcag, Man-atong Proper and Dadtuco. The main source of living is agriculture and most products are Tiger grass broom that made people does the Tiger Grass Broom making. Next to the broom making are root crops of all kinds like gabi, ginger, sweet potato. NGO’s makes and sell Ginger Tea. The past 50 years, banana is the number one source of living here in Man-atong, but due to massive sickness of banana, it falls down up to this days. Five to ten years from now, Man-atong will be the Rambutan producer of Region One (1) because the climate is suitable for this kind of fruit tree. Economic status is not far from other Barangay of this municipality, the houses show the improvement and progress of the residents. Residents are hard-working for they can manage to work heavy jobs like stone masonry, gold-digging on private mines and go working on vegetable garden at Mountain Province. Transportation is not a problem since Tagudin Cervantes Road was concreted seven years ago. On politics there are 1,276 registered voters as of June 2016, before, what the Chieftain will mandate what is to be voted, it is followed by everybody which in local dialect says SINTATAKO. But now, due to education, your wish is your command. The word Sintatako (United) is only used for Bayanihan work in the Barangay.

Man-atong is so-called the home of the Gigantic Stones because it is the scenic attraction of all visitors coming and passing by the place and the river whereby freshwater fish is abundant. About religion, lot of Pentecostal groups, Roman Catholic, Crusaders of the Divine Church of Christ is the number one group in the Barangay, but traditional practices still have done. And lastly, Fiesta is celebrated once a year held on held every 29 & 30th of December. Late 2012 Man-atong is a recipient of the Internet Connection which is a project of the Local Government Unit.

BRIEF HISTORY OF BARANGAY PATOC-AO

Long-time ago, in a mountainous area situated near the boundary of the Municipality of Suyo and Sigay, there lived a community of unchristian fond of celebration festivities, those activities were done in accordance to rituals such as weddings, baptisms, and thanksgiving. People prepare food for the whole community and for the visitors who will the festivities. Activities were initialized in their ethnic and Pagan ways. There was a practice in the community that every individual who attended the festivities or ceremony will bear a “PATOK” a gift or reward in a form of raw meat.

            One day, after the culmination of the thanksgiving as usual everyone who attended went with their way home “PATOK”. On his way home someone from the festivity encountered a group of travelers, one of the travelers noticed the thing held by the from the festivity and asked “IS THAT YOUR PATOK?” the from the festivity replied “AW” which means “YES” it was then that the customs of giving gifts to every visitors that attend the festivities was called “PATOK AND AW” the said community came to its own name PATOC-AO.

            At present, Barangay Patoc-ao is already a community of Christians and believers but still fond of festivities wherein visitors and travelers are most welcome.

Brief History of Barangay Poblacion, Suyo, Ilocos Sur

During the latter part of the Spanish regime in the Philippines, groups of people from the mountain province came to settle in this place. Years had passed, a couple was blessed with a baby boy. While this boy was growing, the couple noticed about the presence of very thick smooth hairs on the skin of their son like a cat, however they didn't hide the physical growth of the boy to their neighbors. According to the old folks, the place got its name after the physical appearance of the said boy which like a cat, so they called it ‘Kimposa’

            During the administration of the late honorable Lauriano, Barangay Kimposa changes its name to Brgy Poblacion because it is the place where they construct a Municipal building of Suyo, Ilocos Sur.

            The population of this Barangay was majority composed of those who originally settled in this place and the rest were come from other places by affinity and employment. It has now five sitios; Kinpanganiban, Cayapa, Lub-ong Vito and Kinapatubbog.

            Aside from paganism, the first religious sect that won the inhabitants to its fold was Iglesia Filipe Independiente followed by Roman Catholic Church. In addition to those mentioned, there is now a number of religious sects namely; UCCP, Jehovas Witnesses Pentecostal and Iglesia ni Kristo.

            Poblacion has a mountainous terrain. It has adequate arable lands where the people could grow productive agricultural crops. Rice lands are limited in the area. However, the presence of an irrigation system enables the people to plat rice thrice a year. The lands are fertile and vegetables. These products are being produced in commercial sales.

            Poblacion has is endowed with natural wonders. To mention are the waterfalls at Dawara and the left footprint of Angalo in sitio Tapao.

            Through the able leadership of the Barangay officials and consolidated effort of the present administration coupled with active participation of the entire populace, Poblacion continues to move on to the pedestal peace, prosperity and economic security through the accomplishment of various development projects and programs all aimed to promote and uplift the living standards of the people and progress of the Barangay as a whole.   

BRIEF HISTORY OF SUYO PROPER

            Long-time ago, this story was passed by the old folks. Bgy, Suyo proper came about when a typhoon strikes the place. The heavy rains caused the river to grow wild and mighty. The heavy rains caused the river to grow wild and mighty. The flowing river from the eastern part of the place hits Sabangan. It creates whirlpool with the help of the Sabangan stream. As the whirlpool goes wild, it throws mud and sand to the river forming a wide flat land. The world SUY-OK means ‘being thrown by’.

             The natives or Indigenous Peoples (IPS) from Mountain province believed that this land was formed by the mighty whirlpool and so they called ‘SUY-OK’. Sometimes in 1899 The American occupancy of the Philippines, the American asked the native/IPS the name of their place. Somebody said, ‘SUY-OK sir’ but the pronounce Suy-O the world suyo became SUYO until such time it was called SUYO PROPER because it is where the first Municipal Hall was establish. Suyo Proper became the central town in the municipality until was move to Brgy. Urzadan, finally move to Brgy. Kimpusa  now called POBLACION.

Brief History of Barangay Urzadan

            Kasakbayan ti tawen 1872, ken ibebettak iti maikadua a gubat iti sangalubongan 1030-1945. Adda idin dagiti agindeg a tattao iti away a maaw-awagan iti “NABANTEY”. Isuda dagiti tattao nga naggapu kadagiti nagduduma nga ili ti Mountain Province, kas kadagiti ili ti Sagada, Bontoc, ken dadduma pay nga ili.

            Nasaliwanwan ken naurnos ti panagbiagda, pa-addaen da dagiti kasapulan da babaen iti kinasalukag, kinapigsa ken kinagagetda a mangtrabaho iti daga nga nagdappatanda. Aguma ken agmula da kadagiti nagduduma nga kita dagiti bukbukel, natnateng, pagay ken dadduma pay a mabalin a pagapitan kadagiti taraon a mangsabet kadagiti pagkasapulan ti tao iti inaldaw aldaw. Managtarakenda kadagiti nagduduma nga dingoen a mabalin a pakairanudan. Aganup met dagiti dadduma kadagiti nagduduma nga kita ti atap nga animal manipud kadagiti kabakiran ken managpartuatda pay kadagiti naduduma a kagawaan iti uneg ti pagtaengan, ket dagiti dadduma a produkto da ilako wenno isukatda, kadagiti dadduma a produkto a kasapulanda manipud kadagiti dadduma nga barangay wenno ili.

            Iti panaglabas dagiti panawen ken saan a maliklikan ti panagadu dagiti agindeg iti Nabantey,  napanunot dagiti natataengan (Lal-lakay) kadagiti Familya ti posible a pagbanagan dagiti kaputotanda iti masakbayan, napagnunumoan ngarud babaen iti naaramid idi a panagtataripnong maipapan iti lugar a nasaysayaat ken mabalin nga umalisan dagiti tattao nga agnaed iti Nabantey, gapuna nga napagnunumoanda a manipud iti sigud a lugarda ket umalisdan, nagnagnada ngarud nga imetda dagiti kagawaanda a simmalog a nagturong iti napilida a lugar wenno away a masarakan iti sakaanan ti bantay, ti lugar a siguden a napanaganan idi ti URZADAN ket idiayda nga nagkabra iti daga a pagisaadanda kadagiti balay wenno pagtaengan da.

            Iti sigud a pagsasao dagiti nagkauna a tattao a nagnaed iti nabantey, ti sao nga URZA ket naggapu iti lakay a pagsasao ti Mountain Province a no maiyulog iti pagsasao nga Iloco ti kayatna a sawen ket “Dis-saagan” wenno “sakaanan ti bantay a dumna iti igid ti karayan” ken manipud idin inggana nga umad-adun ti bilang dagiti agnaed ditoy, nagtultuloy ti awag iti daytoy a lugar nga “URZADAN”. Kabayatan ti panaglabas dagiti adu a tawen ken panagnaed dagiti tattao ditoy Urzadan, naurnos ken naulimek ti panagbiag dagiti tattao, ken tugot-tugotda pay laeng ti kultura nga inda nabangonan kas kadagiti panagkaykaysa, panagkikinnaawatan, panatitinulong, panagtulnog ken panagdayaw wenno panagraem kadagiti naggannak, ken kadagiti natataengan a tattao, kangrunaan na ti panagbuteng iti Dios a mabigbigbig nga Apo Dios a mangmangted kadagiti isu amin a kasapulan, ket no aniaman dagiti nasken a matinong wenno mapagsasaritaan a pakaseknan ti pagsayaatan dagiti agindeg ket pagsasaritaan da lattan wenno solbaren iti lugar a ma-awawagan iti “dap-ay” wenno “abong” babaen kadagiti lalakay iti Urzadan.

Dimteng ti panawen a simmangbay ditoy Urzadan  dagiti kunkunada nga Misyonero nga Amerikano a mangibumbunannag iti sao ti Apo, ken nagserbida pay nga mannursuro, nga insursuro da no kasano ti agbasa ken agsurat ken dadduma pay nga wagas ti trabaho ken isu metten ti tiempo nga in-inut nga maipasdek ti damo nga pagadalan iti primary ditoy Municipal District ti Suyo, Ilocos Sur ditoy Urzadan.

Idi bimtak ti Maikadua nga Gubat nga Sangalubongan, ditoy Urzadan ti maysa nga nagkampoan dagiti Hapones. Kadagidi a panawen, nagsagrap iti rigat, bisin pannakaidadanes, panagdandanag ken panagbutbuteng dagiti tattao kabayatan ti kaadda dagiti natuturay a Hapones nga nagnaed ditoy Urzadan isu nga nagbakuit dagiti tattao. Adda dagiti nagturong iti parte ti Kumilat ken Sumalis- ngem adda latta dagiti nasurotan dagiti Hapones nga pinatpatay da. Manipud idin, dagiti nakalasat nga nagbakuit nasina-sina dan, napanda idiay Lubnac, Sigay ken iti Del Pilar.

Idin agtalnan ti aglawlaw ken simmayaat ti pannakilangen dagiti Hapones, pinagawid dan dagiti tattao ditoy Urzadan. Nagbabalay dagiti tattao iti “Abagatan”. Nagipasdek met dagiti Hapones iti Garrison da (iti disso nga ayan ti pagadalan Elementarya ita). Kadagidi nga panawen met ti kaadda ti Lepanto Mines nga imanmanehar met laeng dagiti sibilyan nga Hapones (iti segud nga disso ti napuoran nga kabalbalayan dagiti taga-Urzadan). Nagpatakder da kadagiti pasdek nga pagponpondoan iti naba nga maikarga iti tren nga maipan iti Sudipen, la Union. Nagipasdek da pay iti garahe/auto-shop ken balbalay nga pagianan dagiti trabahador ken sibilyan nga Hapones.

Idi simmanglad ni Hen. Mc Arthur iti Leyte, nagrugin ti gulo. Kapilitan nga nagbakuit manen dagiti tattao iti Sumalis-e ken Kumilat. Simmangpet ditoyen dagiti soldado nga Hapones nga nasunson manipud iti Abagatan ken Norte, nagkampoandan ti buo nga Urzadan. Idi sinerrek dagiti soldado nga Amerikano ken Pilipino (15th ken 121st Infantry Battalion) ti Suyo kalpasan nga maagawda ti kampo dagiti Hapones iti Bitalag, Tagudin nagpasurongda aminen ditoy Urzadan. Iti agtultuloy nga pannakasunson ken pannakaabakda, naglibas dagiti Hapones. Nagnada iti Nabantey nga nagturong iti Bessang, Cervantes nga nakapasamakan ti naudi nga ranget nga nakaabakan dagiti Hapones.

Ket  nupay adun ti tawen a naglabas in-inut nga napasubli ti sigud nga linak ken talna  iti uneg ken aglawlaw ti Barangay Urzadan

Brief History of the Brgy. Uso

Once upon a time, the place had only very few inhabitants and most of them were illiterate due to non-formal education during those days.

Our barangay is one of the smallest barangay of Suyo but people from other places and other countries are attracted to come and see the place because of the beautiful scenery specifically the clean and freshwater of the Chico River. Distance is not a problem because it’s along the national road going to Cervantes, some part of Benguet and Mountain Province. People before were walking as they travel from one place to another specially the foreigners, they choose to walk than to ride.

So one day, an American who was enjoying walking along the national road and at the same time watching the flowing of water in the river whom happened to met a man who just came from the riverbank, because he was very interested to know the name of the place he asked the man and the man answered “USOK”, because of illiteracy the man did not understand the question. He thought that what the foreigner was asking was the fish he was holding, an eel-like fish hanging which was caught by his hook-line and sinker. The American said oh! It's USO! USO! Because that’s what he heard from that time on the place was named “USO”.

          Adda agkabsat nga naggapo idiay Mountain Province nga agnagan ti Suyan ken Usan, ket gapu iti kinapanglaw ti panagbiag, saanda nga agbagbagat isu nga naidumdumada nga agkabsat idiay lugarda. Gapu idiay nga sitwasyonda, nagpanonotda nga agkabsat nga mapanda idiay paggapuan ti asin. Isu nga napanda sadiay, nadanunda ngarud ti maysa nga lugar, nga asideg ti pagalaan ti asin.

           Gapu ta mabutingda nga umas asideg idiay mismo nga pagalaan ti asin, nagyanda lattan idiay nga lugar. Manipud ide nagtulag da nga ni Suyan agyan idiay bangir nga parti ni Usan agyan met idiay bangir ta aguma da. Kalpasan nga makaumada ket inayabanda ngarud tip am pamilyada. Dimteng ti tiempo, inmay dagiti Espanyol, ket sinalodsud da ngarud no enya nga lugar dadiay, insungbat na nga Usan ket inbalikas dagiti Espanyol nga USO, nga manipod ide naawagan ti Uso.