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Executive Order No. 295 issued by President Carlos P. Garcia on April 24,1958 officially separated the barrio of Sulop and its adjacent barrios and sitios from the Municipality of Padada and organized the adverted barrios and sitios into an independent Municipality of Sulop. Through the said order, it can be gleaned that the existence of Sulop as a political subdivision dated back many years before its creation as a Municipality.
The name Sulop was derived from the Tagacaolo Word “SULOP” which means swampy place surrounded by second growth forest and habitat of wild pigs. The Tagacaolo, B’laans and Bagobos are the early inhabitants of this place.
In the early part of the 19th century, a wave of immigrants from the Visayas, mostly from Cebu came to the place. Settlers from Leyte, Iloilo and Bohol also came during the period. They acquired lands from the natives and converted the swampy and forested place into an agricultural production areas.
The development of Sulop as a Municipality underwent eight (8) changes of leadership under various political situations. The first set of officials which was headed by Nestorio Comabig were appointed by President Garcia. The succeeding sets of officials assumed office by popular elections except of those who assumed office by appointment after the EDSA REVOLUTION.
The greatest achievement of the first Municipal Mayor was the assignment of residential lots to interested parties consistent to the town site development plan. Six months after he assumed office, Mayor Nestorio Comabig resigned from his post, then Antonio Go Pace took charged of the responsibility. He then facilitated the construction of the municipality’s town hall.
The first light of progress of the municipal economy was observed when Sebastian C. Mondejar, Sr. succeeded the post after the death of Mayor Pace in 1974 and facilitated the coming of Cocoa Investors, Incorporated (CII), a multi-million pesos corporation engaged in Cacao beans production. It was during the height of Insurgency in 1982 when Mayor Sebastian C. Mondejar, Sr. was killed in an ambush. He was then succeeded by Perfecto O. Sagarino, whose greatest achievement was the construction of Sulop Public Market building. Unfortunately, by stroke of events, Mayor Perfecto O. Sagarino relinquished his position after the EDSA revolution in 1986. Atty. Leopoldo C. Diones, Jr. was then installed as an Officer-In-Charge. He retained his post by winning the 1987 and 1992 elections. His greatest achievement was the restoration of Peace and Order in the Municipality.
In 1995 election Atty. Jose Jimmy S. Sagarino, son of former Mayor Perfecto O. Sagarino, Sr., emerged the winner in the mayoralty race. He then aggressively pursued the dreams of the past Local Chief Executives to bring Sulop into the forefront of development.
By then, He initiated the formulation of the vision of Sulop and the expansion of the Sulop Waterworks Operation, worked for the completion of the Municipal Comprehensive Development Plan for CY 1995-2005, caused the construction of the new government center of Sulop and forge a joint venture agreement with the private sector for the construction and operation of Sulop Overland Transport Terminal. After exhausting the nine (9) consecutive year’s limit of holding elective public office, he was succeeded by Mayor Restituto C. Ornales. In his quest to sustain the obtaining momentum of development, he placed agricultural productivity as the center of his development thrusts and initiated the construction of Labon-Clib Steel Bridge.
The latest change in leadership took place on June 30, 2007, when the newly elected-mayor assumed post at 12:00 noon marking the return of Atty. Jose Jimmy S. Sagarino, wherein, under his new terms as Local Chief Executive, celebrated the Golden (50 years) Founding Anniversary of the Municipality. At present, one among the development efforts of the current leadership is also focused on Agricultural Industry anchored on Goat Production that was officially declared as One Town One Product (OTOP) of the municipality, in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). He also continued and gave more emphasis in his former initiated pet project dubbed as “Barangay Immersions and Mobile Government Program” being sustained through the concerted efforts of the officials and employees by bringing government basic services nearer to the people in the barangays.
HON. SEBASTIAN C. MONDEJAR, JR.
Chairman, Committee on Finance, Appropriations and Ways and Means,
Agriculture and Cooperatives
HON. MICHAEL JOSE A. MACASAET
Chairman, Committee on Social Welfare, Health and Sanitation,
Senior Citizens, Women and Cultural Minorities
HON. ABITO N. ACUSAR
Chairman, Committee on Education, Culture, Heritage and Tourism
HON. JOSE N. CANUBAS
Chairman, Committee on Infrastructure and Energization
HON. BIENVENIDO L. MONTECILLO
Chairman, Committee Peace and Order and Public Safety,
Environmental Protection, Climate Change, Housing and Urban Development
HON. EDGAR F. DAPUSALA
Chairman, Committee on Transportation, Communication, Labor and Employment,
Youth, Sports Development, Games and Amusements
HON. ANACLETO E. RASAY
Chairman, Committee on Rules, Privileges, Good Government, Public Ethics,
Accountability, Human Rights, and of Revision and Style
HON. GIOVANNI G. TINGSON
Chairman, Committee on Commerce, Trade, Industry, and Economic Enterprise
HON. RESTY S. DEALA
Chairman, Committee on Barangay Affairs