I. Basic

LGU Name: Pagudpud

LGU Type: Municipality

Province: Ilocos Norte

Congressional District: 1st District

Income Class: 4th Class

List of Barangays

BARANGAYAREA (Ha)Population as December 1999Population Density
Poblacion 120.0850188394
Poblacion 236.1785250869

II. Historical Background

Pagudpud, prior to its creation as a municipality was just an ordinary barrio of the town of Bangui. It has self-propelling and self-governing populace and elders thought separating it from its mother town, Bangui. They then formed organizations to practice the management of a government and gave birth to the most powerful and most well managed association at that time called “The Pagudpud Crusaders.” The educated elders under the leadership of Mr. Angelino Calvan, a public school teacher, manned this. Through this association, self-independence began.

Later, the elders made petitions to the President Ramon Magsayay through the then governor of the province of Ilocos Norte, Damaso Samonte, so that Pagudpud could be created as a municipality. However, Bangui, was very reluctant for the separation of Pagudpud because the latter has very rich forests and mountains where timbers abound. Logging was a very lucrative business and the office of the Treasurer was collecting lots of revenue from this. The separation would therefore be a great loss for them. This motivated the elders to ask personally the late president Ramon Magsaysay for the separation. A delegation was formed headed by the late Constantino Benemerito with Francisco Curammeng, Mateo Robianes, Wenceslao Magarra, Juan Calventas, Rafael Dalumay, Jacinto Castro, Martina Albano, Maria Laguatan, Ignacio Alnas and Juan Edurice and proceeded to Malacañang.

The President headed their plea, hence by virtue of Executive Order No. 13, dated February 14, 1954, issued by His Excellency—Ramon Magsaysay, Pagudpud was created a municipality and became the 19th municipality of the Province of Ilocos Norte with only around 500 inhabitants. Constantino Benemerito was appointed by the president as the first Mayor and Francisco Curammeng as the first Vice Mayor. Appointed Councilors wer Mateo Robianes, Wenceslao Magarro, Rafael Dalumay and Juan Calventas.

Julio Tamargo was appointed by the Mayor as the first Municipla Secretary and Jose Malapit as the Municipal Treasurer. It carried with its nine (9) barangays namely: Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Burayoc, Caunayan, Pasaleng, Baduang, Dampig and Tarrag.

The first inhabitants were Ilocanos. There were those who migrated from other places like San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte and the place where they settled was called Casanicolas. There were families who came from Gaang, Vurrimao and other place where they settled here was Cagaangan and the people were called Igaang. Still others who came from other places like those whose surname began with letter “R” came from San Vicente and Santa Catalina Ilocos Sur. Those whose surnames began with letter “T” originated from Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur. There were a few Bicolanos, Tagalogs, and Bisayanos because of intermarriages. Some Apayaos resided at the remotest sitios of the Barangays.

The residents were described as peace-loving and no cases of theft and destructive activities were reported. There were no complaints of high prices of commodities, for they were able to produce most of their needs and they could easily buy the things that were not able to produce with their earnings. The bayanihan system and the tayo-tayo system were very evident. They helped one another in times of need.

Many religious sects were practiced by the people. The Philippine Independent Church (Aglipayano) had the most number of devotees, followed by the Roman Catholic Church, Iglesia ni Cristo, Jehovah’s witness and Seventh Day Adventist.

Transportation at that time was very scarce and there were only few buses plying the Laoag-Pagudpud area, and some the Cagayan-Laoag area. Most of the people were used to walking when they wanted to go somewhere within the Poblacion. Those coming from the barangays used carts driven by a cow or a carabao and some also used sleds driven by a carabao. These were done by farmers who came to town to sell their products.

After several years, a municipal hall made of wood and nipa was constructed. The officials did not loses hope in making the municipality progressive. It was just like an infant being cared of and nurtured with love, patience and hard work.

Many other buildingts and facilities were established as years went by including roads and bridges which were constructed mostly in the different barangyas and a concrete municipal hall. Local officials and the people together with the civic organizations worked hand in hand to come up with a municipality in which they could be proud of.





To improve the quality of life anchored on a peaceful and orderly community, with emphasis on environmental protection, sustainable tourism and socio-economic development.


An eco-friendly, safe, well-developed and resilient community with a pro-active and responsive governance in the 21st century.

VI. Contact Information

A. Contact Number: 09475525443 or 09567307407

B. Official website: pagudpudiln.gov.ph/

C. Official email address: ommpagudpudilocosnorte@gmail.com

D. Official Facebook Page: 2019 Municipal Government of Pagudpud