San Francisco, Agusan del Sur

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San Francisco
Municipality of San Francisco
Official seal of San Francisco
Map of Agusan del Sur with San Francisco highlighted
Map of Agusan del Sur with San Francisco highlighted
San Francisco is located in Philippines
San Francisco
San Francisco
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°30′N 125°59′E / 8.500°N 125.983°E / 8.500; 125.983Coordinates: 08°30′N 125°59′E / 8.500°N 125.983°E / 8.500; 125.983
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Agusan del Sur
District 2nd district of Agusan del Sur
Established June 21, 1959
Barangays 27
 • Mayor Jenny Diesto de Asis
 • Vice Mayor Agusani Ananoria
 • Total 392.53 km2 (151.56 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 70,986
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8501
Dialing code 85
Income class 1st

San Francisco (sometimes colloquially shortened to "San Franz") is a first class municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 70,986 people.[3] The municipality's land area is 39,253 ha.


The birth of San Francisco has always been associated with the history of the provinces of Agusan and Surigao del Sur. Before San Francisco became the municipality that it is now, it was part of the District of Gibong, which was then governed by the late Deputy Governor Francisco Cataylo. During this period, the district comprised the barrios of Santa Ana, Caimpugan, Ebro, Borbon, La Caridad, Prosperidad, Azpetea and Los Arcos, with Santa Ana the seat of government. Like other barrios, Santa Ana comprised several sitios, including Sitio Hagpa, which was the site of the present day San Francisco. Hagpa was coined from a Manobo word for “swampy” as the sitio was a small village nestled along the Adlayan River and inhabited by Manobo tribes.

The opening of the Province of Agusan del Sur to most parts of Mindanao came during the government of the late President Ramon Magsaysay who ordered the first road survey to be conducted by the Department of Highway in 1952. In the early part of 1954, road construction began paving the way for the institution of public land subdivision. The road construction also paved the way for the in-migration of different local tribes and converging along the newly constructed national highway as well as with other in-migrants coming from the provinces of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon areas.

With its humble beginning as small sitio, Hagpa was later renamed San Francisco in honor of Deputy District Governor Francisco Cataylo. In the early part of 1955, the first local government was established as San Francisco was created as a Municipal District. The late Mrs. Francisca Tesoro Samson was appointed as the first Municipal District Mayor by the then Provincial Governor Felixberto Dagani. In June 21, 1959, by virtue of Republic Act No. 2518, San Francisco was officially created into a regular municipality of the Province of Agusan. In this same year, the first local officials of the municipality were elected with the Atty. Paquito Fuentes as the first elected municipal mayor, who served for three consecutive terms of office. He was succeeded by his vice mayor, the late Cresencio Ausmolo who stayed in office by operation of law during the latter half-portion of his last term.

Eight years after its creation as a regular municipality, on June 17, 1967, by virtue of Republic Act No. 4979, the Province of Agusan was divided into the Provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, in which San Francisco was part of the latter. The continued growth of Agusan del Sur also saw the development of the municipality of San Francisco. Its growing population later paved the way for the creation of the municipality of Rosario through Republic Act No. 5760 approved by President Diosdado Macapagal on June 21, 1969, just two years after the creation of Agusan del Sur. As a result, the several barrios of San Francisco including Bayugan III, Wasi-an, Sta. Cruz, Cabawan, Cabantao, Marfil and Tagbayagan were incorporated in the newly created municipality. The barrios of Buenasuerte, Caimpogan, Pasta, Lapinigan, Ebro, New Visayas, Bayugan II, Borbon, Tagapua, Pisaan, Sta. Ana, Hubang, Alegria, San Isidro, Das-agan, Ladgadan, Lucac, Bitan-agan and Poblacion consisting of five barrios as stated in PD No. 86 dated December 31, 1972 remained to form part of the 39,253 hectare Municipality of San Francisco. The barrios of Rizal, Ormaca, Mate and Karaos were later created and added to form final 27 barangays of the present day San Francisco.


San Francisco is politically subdivided into 27 barangays:[2]

  • Alegria
  • Bayugan 2
  • Borbon
  • Caimpugan
  • Ebro
  • Hubang
  • Lapinigan
  • Lucac
  • Mate
  • New Visayas
  • Pasta
  • Pisa-an
  • Barangay 1 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 2 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 3 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 4 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 5 (Pob.)
  • Rizal
  • San Isidro
  • Santa Ana
  • Tagapua
  • Bitan-agan
  • Buenasuerte
  • Das-agan
  • Karaos
  • Ladgadan
  • Ormaca


Population census of San Francisco
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 43,878 —    
1995 50,844 +2.80%
2000 56,968 +2.47%
2007 62,881 +1.37%
2010 70,986 +4.51%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


San Francisco (San Franz) the "Commercial Capital of ADS", the center of trade and commerce in Agusan del Sur. As growth center with vast natural resource, San Francisco serves as the primary commercial and service center in the province of Agusan del Sur. Being situated at the crossroad leading to other production centers in the region, San Francisco will serve as the primary distribution point of goods and people for the province. The presence of malls, hotels, inland resorts, colleges, private/public national, provincial and local offices, restaurants, banks, communication and transportation facilities makes San Francisco the training convention center of the province and a favored place for visitors to stay. The beauty of Mt. Magdiwata adds ambiance to the area for quest to appreciate.

The First and Most Outstanding Department Store in town is:

  • Meena Department Store

"The Lowest Price in Town"

and There are three(3) major commercial centers in town namely :

  • Gaisano Grand Mall San Franciso
  • Gaisano Capital San Francisco
  • Central Warehouse Club Inc. (San Franz)

Other notable commercial centers includes:

  • Double MJ Net Cafe and Supplies
  • NOVO Shopping Center
  • WANLY Shopping Center
  • South Island Trading
  • YONGLY Shopping Center
  • Triple 999 Shopping Center
  • Majestic Shopping Center
  • Saigon Shopping Center
  • Honglan Shopping Center


  • Hibaya Supermarket 1, 2, and 3
  • Ang Store
  • N Hibaya Store
  • Generic Pharmacy
  • San Franz Pharmacy
  • Botica Hibaya 1 and 2
  • De Leon Pharmacy
  • Mercury Drugstore
  • Gaisano Capital Supermarket
  • Farmacia Merica
  • Rose Pharmacy (Gaisano Capital)

Fastfoods/Restaurants/Bakeshoppes/Refreshment Parlors/Pizza Parlors:

  • Goldilocks
  • Jollibee
  • Mister Donut 1 and 2
  • Mandarin Tea Garden
  • Mang Inasal
  • bon appeTEA
  • Minute Burger
  • Famous Belgian Waffles
  • Black Pearl
  • Master Siomai
  • Rose Bakeshop 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8
  • Lynz Fastfood
  • Rosario's Grill Haus
  • Rosario's Seafood Resto & Grill House
  • Maya's Grill House
  • Cafe Cristina Victoria
  • 3 KC's Dine Inn
  • Biano's Pizzaderia
  • R.Kelly's Pizza
  • More Bites Pizza
  • Siomai King
  • Pizza Pedricos (Gaisano Grand San Francisco)
  • Raquel's
  • Panaderia sa Agusan
  • Julie's Bakeshoppe
  • Arbee's Bakeshoppe
  • Patty's Bakeshoppe
  • Mana-ay Seafoods House
  • Rosario's Dimsum House
  • Mabe's Savory Place
  • Potato Corner (Gaisano Grand and Gaisano Capital San Francisco)

Couriers/Money Transfers/Pawnshops:

  • LBC
  • JRS
  • Air21
  • Western Union Outlet's 1,2,3,4,5,and 6
  • Palawan Express 1,2 and 3
  • RD Pawnshop 1 and 2
  • MLhuillier Pawnshop 1 and 2
  • Cebuana Lhuillier
  • 4-A Pawnshop
  • Charis Pawnshop
  • Sarah Gem Pawnshop
  • Telecom
  • Philpost


List of Public/Private educational institutions:

  • Light and Life Christian Learning Center (Pre-school & Elementary)
  • San Francisco Pilot Central Elementary School (Kindergarten & Elementary)
  • San Francisco SPED Learning Center
  • San Francisco West Central Elementary School (Kindergarten & Elementary)
  • Mount Carmel College (Kindergarten,Elementary,High School & College)
  • San Francisco SDA Elementary School (Kindergarten & Elementary)
  • Agusan del Sur National High School
  • Lapinigan National High School
  • Bayugan 2 National High School
  • D.O Plaza National High School
  • Tagapua National High School
  • San Francisco Colleges (High School & College)
  • Divine Mercy Play School (Preschool & Kindergarten)
  • Bukidnon State College
  • Saint Francis Xavier College
  • Southway College of Technology
  • Informatics Computer Institute (ICI)
  • STI College
  • AMA Computer College


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: AGUSAN DEL SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 

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