Municipality of San Francisco

  There has been many stories concerning the origin of the town but the most common is about the two lovers, Anao and Aon, the most beautiful woman and daughter of a powerful datu, who ruled the town which was formerly a barangay.  Anao and Aon vowed to be true to their love despite the datu’s objection.  The datu wanted to break their love, he failed since the lovers were found dead near the riverbank in cold embrace.  Thus, the name Anao-aon in memory of the two lovers.

            Anao-aon was a municipio in the early part of the Spanish regime.  It was reverted to a barrio after the Spanish-American War.  But on May 24, 1957 by virtue of a Presidential Proclamation it was restored to its original status as a sixth class municipality.

            Thru House Bill No. 1768, approved May 20, 1971, by the House of the Senate, Anao-aon was changed into San Francisco in honor of the Patron Saint, Saint Francis Xavier, from then on the town progressed.

            San Francisco, a municipality with a population of 10,207 (1986) is the nearest town to the provincial capital about 12 kilometers away.  Second class roads linked all its 11 barangays to the Poblacion.  Its 28 kilometers shoreline facing Surigao Strait is suited for tourism development.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
            There has been many stories concerning the origin of the town but the most common is about the two lovers, Anao and Aon. Anao was a handsome, strong hunter who fell in love with Aon, the most beautiful woman and daughter of a powerful datu, who ruled the town, which was formerly a barangay. Anao and Aon vowed to be true to their love, despite the datu’s objection. The datu wanted to break their love, however, he failed since the lovers were found dead near the riverbank in cold embrace. Thus, the name Anao-aon in memory of the two lovers.

            Anao-aon became a pueblo after the abolition of the encomienda system in the early part of the Spanish regime with Lorenzo Tremedal, a bonafide resident of Surigao, as the Kapitan del Pueblo.

            During the Spanish-American War, the town was almost reduced to ashes hence, it was reverted into a barrio until the earlier part of 1957.Thru the undying efforts of Martillano Diaz, father of Ex-Board Member Macario M. Diaz, Anao-aon was emancipated and regained its status as a municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 249 on May 24, 1957 during the time of President Carlos P. Garcia. Macario M, Diaz was given the title of Father of the Municipality of Anao-aon. On August 15, 1957 the municipality was inaugurated.

            Thru House Bill No. 1768, approved May 20, 1971 by the House of the Senate, Anao-aon was changed into San Francisco in honor of the Patron Saint, Saint Francis Xavier. From then on, the town progressed under the leadership of the following mayors;

  1. Macario M. Diaz
  2. Hermigildo Naparota
  3. Simon Reyna (6 months before 1963 election)
  4. Celso Bernal
  5. Francisco Delani
  6. Agapito A. Angob
  7. Col Tomas G Japzon (Ret)
  8. Agapito A. Angob
  9. Emeliano T. Senaca
  10. Emeliano T. Senaca
  11. Nestor A. Olvis

2007 Present –  Simplicia P. Bacol

            Due to confusion in mail deliveries and some administrative matters, the Local Government Unit is inclosing the former name “Anao-aon” in any communication and addresses relative to the operation of the LGU.

General Information
Name of LGU :  San Francisco (Anao-aon)
Date Created :  May 24, 1957
Enabling Act :  Executive Order No. 249
Land Area :  4,736 Has.
Total No. of Barangays :  11 (8 Coastal Brgys. Including Town Proper & 3 Upland Barangays)
Total Population :  11,521 (as of May 2000 NSO CENSUS)
Total No. of Households :  2,755 
Classification :  5th Class Municipality 
General Geographic Location :  West of Surigao City 
General Climate :  Type II Climate 
General Terrain :  Dominant Mountainous Areas and limited plain
Distance from LGU to Center :  12 Km. 
Distance from LGU to Airport :    8 Km.
to Bus Terminal :  12.5 Km. 
Jeep Terminal :  12.0 Km.
Ferry/Wharf :    9.0 Km. 
Land Use 
Agricultural 
Crop Land : 2,849.046 Has.
Rice Land : 264.586 Has.
Built-Up Areas : 1,086.527 Has. 
Agro-Industrial/Grassland/
Pasture : 164.661 Has.
Forest Land : 1,263.000 Has.
Mineral Forest Land : 39.030 Has.
Tourism : 5.070 Has.
Swamp Land : 0.080 Has.
Total : 5,672.000 Has.

Major Economic Products

Cereal :   57.3%
Meat :   23.8%
Root crops :   15.1%
Fruits :     3.8%__ 
Total :  100.00%

Local Government Unit

Sub-units :   11 Barangays
Employees :   65
Precincts :   43
Registered Voters :   7,795
Legislative Body Members :   11  
Planning Body Members :   20
SK Members :   564
Protective Services
PNP Personnel :   12
Fire Control :   None
Military Detail :   2
CAFGU :   30____
Total : 44

Communication Services
Private        
TAWAG Station (Telephone) :   1
Wireless Communications :   2 (GLOBE & SMART)
Public
Postal Outlets :   1
VHF Transceiver :   1

Educational Institutions
Private School :   1
Public – Primary :   5
Elementary :   12
High School :   2
Total No. of Enrollees : 1,989

Public Facilities
Municipal Health Center :   1
Barangay Health Center :   8
School Building :   38
H.E. Building :   3
Principal’s Office :   1
Mun. Farmers Trng. Center :   1
Multi-Purpose Center :   9 unfinished & 2 existing
Barangay Hall :   11
Municipal Building :   1 (old bldg. For Renovation)
:   1 Existing Building
:   1 Legislative Building
:   1 ABC Building
Municipal Garage :   1
Municipal Wharf :   1

Line Agencies Present

  • National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP)
  • Department Of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
  • Philippine National Police (PNP)
  • Bureau of Jail Management & Penology (BJMP)
  • Municipal Local Government Operations Office/DILG


Major Sources of Livelihood

Formal Employment :   11.8 %
Farming :   39.8 %
Fishing :   30.2 %
Self Employment (other than Fishing/farming) :   18.2 %
Total :  100.00 %

Major Ethnic Grouping

Surigaonons :   89.0 %
Mamanuas :     1.2 %
Cebuano’s, other :     9.8 % 
Total :  100.00 %

Major Religious Denominations
Catholic :   91.31 %
Pentecostal :     4.49 %
Jehovahs Witnesses :     2.21 %
Protestants, etc. :     1.99 %
Total :  100.00 %

Existing Road Network
Provincial Roads :   16 Km.
Municipal Roads :   3.882 Km.
Barangay Roads :   23.102 Km.
No. of Bridges :   17

Major Transport Available
Land – Bus :   None
PUJ (Multicab) :   15 as per schedule until 9:00 P.M.
Tricycle :   Anytime
Motorcycle w/out sidecar :   Anytime
Water – Motorized Banca :   Anytime
Banca Inter-island Boats :   Anytime

DEMOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION:
Filipino :   11,521
Water Level Supply :   Level III

IDENTIFIED TOURIST DESTINATIONS:
LS BY THE SEA Beach Resort :   Tigbao, Balite, S.F., SDN.
Quizon Beach :   Tigbao, Balite, S.F., SDN
JL Beach Resort :   Oslao, SF, SDN.
OSLAO Beach Resort :   Oslao, SF, SDN.
BANBANON Beach :   Banbanon, SF, SDN.
Liver Pool Beach :   Banbanon, SF, SDN.
Green Beach :   Banbanon, SF, SDN.
CAGAPE Beach Resort :   Punong, Poblacion, SF, SDN.