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Panabo City...
-Industrial Gateway to the World

Historical Background            

Long before the rich lowland was discovered by civilization, a group of stocky-haired aborigines called aetas have already staked a claim and declared this place their own. Far from being civilized, these aetas led nomadic life and co-existed with the living creatures of the wilds. They have few wants and were easily satisfied. With the used of their bow and arrow - "PANA-SA-BOBOY" as they call it - they hunted for food which primarily consisted of rootcrops and meat of wild boars. "Pana-Sa-Boboy" was their most essential tool and it became part of their life. When the Christian settlers came at the onset of the century, these friendly natives moved further to the hinterlands along with them their "pana-sa-boboy". These later evolved into present day name PANABO.

However, the aetas were not the only first migrant in Panabo. They came in unison with the Kalagans (now called Davao Muslims) and the Angs (non-Muslims and non-Christians) to settle permanently in a wide lowland.  These migrants grew in number until villages sporadically mushroomed.  They engaged in selling and bartering in trading place commonly reffered to as the "Panabo-an" meaning TABOAN in the Visayan dialect and trading center in English.  Through the subsequent years, Panabo-an evolved into the word Panabo, later used and declared as the official name of the place.

From being a humble barangay of Mag-ugpo (now Tagum City), Panabo metamorphosed into a municipality in 1949 through Presidential Proclamation No. 236 signed by the President Elpidio Quirino.

As the years passed, vast lands were planted with rice and corn while other areas were planted with coconuts.  The logging and lumber industry also began to flourish.  Expectedly, business began to boom with the Chinese-Filipinos leading in the commercial ventures.

In the ensuing twenty (20) years, the wheels of progress in Panabo rolled and spread in all directions.  Agri-business soared when national and multi-national company growers came in and planted hundreds of hectares with banana for exports.  One move towards the vision of a greater and more progressive Panabo was the initial construction of a government-owned wharf between the mangrove area and the golden-sanded beach of Bayawa, then the town's major resort.

In 1999, the vision of Citihood started gaining ground.  Resolutions were passed favoring the Citihood of Panabo, including Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 10.  A subsequent resolution requested the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for a favarable endorsement of Panabo Citihood to Congress.

Complying with the basic procedural requirements for citihood, Mayor Rey P. Gavina facilitated the conduct of the public hearing on October 14, 2000 by then Marikina Congressman Romeo Candazo and his party of senatorial and congressional dignitaries from all-over the country.  The hearing team was literally amazed by the overflowing attendance of those who witnessed the grand, historical affair.

With nothing but favorable recommendations, House Bill No. 8680 passed the Senate readings and was approved in the Senate as Republic Act No. 9015. It was later signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The last leg of the legislative and procedural journey was the plebiscite scheduled March 31, 2001.  99% of the voters had willingly cast the favorable "YES" vote and before the clock struck midnight, Panabo was declared a component City!



City's Vision, Mission and Goals


Panabo City is an important trading post, a thriving industrial center sandwiched by two urbanized cities in Region XI.  As flourishing export dollar earner, banana plantations and other industrial firms such as STANFILCO, MACONDRAY PLASTICS, ARCMEN Food Industries, evidences of a progressive City in the South.  This is further strengthened by the Department of Trade and Industry, thus making the city's vision as an "AGRI-INDUSTRIAL GATEWAY TO THE WORLD."


To make the people productive and self reliant where communities and cooperatives are propelled by an Agri-based industrialization, the framework of a balanced and sustainable ecology and a stable political system towards becoming the leading agri-industrial center of the South providing world class products.


Effective conversion of the people and cooperative into productive and self reliant communities that advocates agri-based industries with a sustainable and balance ecology.





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