Sison, Pangasinan

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Baley na Sison
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Official seal of Sison
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Sison
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Sison
Sison is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°09′25″N 120°31′20″E / 16.15694°N 120.52222°E / 16.15694; 120.52222Coordinates: 16°09′25″N 120°31′20″E / 16.15694°N 120.52222°E / 16.15694; 120.52222
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Pangasinan
District 5th district of Pangasinan
Barangays 28
 • Mayor Mina Joy C. Pangasinan
 • Total 81.88 km2 (31.61 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 43,979
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2434
Dialing code 75
Income class 3rd class; rural

Sison (Pangasinan: Baley na Sison) is a third class and northernmost municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 43,979 people.[3]

It was formerly called Alava.[4][5]


It is geographically located on the northern portion of Pangasinan, bordering the provincial boundaries of La Union and Benguet. It has a total land area of 81.88 square kilometers. It is bounded on the north by Rosario (La Union), Tuba (Benguet); on the south by Pozorrubio; on the southeast by San Manuel and Binalonan; on the west by San Fabian .

The municipality is approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Manila, 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of San Fernando City, where the regional office of the national government agencies in Region I are located, 53 kilometres (33 mi) east of Lingayen (via Pozorrubio), the capital of Pangasinan, and 43 kilometres (27 mi) south of Baguio City.


Sison is politically subdivided into 28 barangays.[2]

  • Agat
  • Alibeng
  • Amagbagan
  • Artacho
  • Asan Norte
  • Asan Sur
  • Bantay Insik
  • Bila
  • Binmeckeg
  • Bulaoen East
  • Bulaoen West
  • Cabaritan
  • Calunetan
  • Camangaan
  • Cauringan
  • Dungon
  • Esperanza
  • Killo
  • Labayug
  • Paldit
  • Pindangan
  • Pinmilapil
  • Poblacion Central
  • Poblacion Norte
  • Poblacion Sur
  • Sagunto
  • Inmalog
  • Tara-tara


Sison originated from San Fabian, that is, from Bulaoen, then into Alava in 1862 and finally to Poblacion, the present site. In 1907, Esperanza, northeast of Alava, was formed into Pinmilapil, Agat, Sagunto, Cauringan, Bila and Colisao (now in San Fabian). Labayug was formed also into Inmalog, Calunetan, San Andres, Alibeng, Bacayao and Killo.

Esperanza and Labayug were joined as Artacho, its Poblacion. The former town of Alava had been in a move to expand its jurisdiction. The township of Artacho had also a move to become a regular municipality. As a result of their efforts, they fused as one. Senator Pedro Ma. Sison sponsored the town's birth while Governor Wood decreed Sison, Pangasinan as a new town on May 11, 1918.[6]


Population Census of Sison
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 32,892 —    
1995 35,625 +1.51%
2000 40,955 +3.03%
2007 42,791 +0.61%
2010 43,979 +1.00%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][7]

Municipal government[edit]

Sison Town hall, seat of Government

Just as the national government, the municipal government of Sison is divided into three branches: executive, legislative and judiciary. The judicial branch is administered solely by the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The LGUs have control of the executive and legislative branch.

The executive branch is composed of the mayor and the barangay captain for the barangays.[8] The legislative branch is composed of the Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly), Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the youth sector.

The seat of Government is vested upon the Mayor and other elected officers who hold office at the Sison Town hall. The Sanguniang Bayan is the center of legislation, stationed in Sison Legislative Building or Town hall.

Specifically, Sison's mayor and Chief Executive is Atty. Mina Joy Pangasinan. The sangguniang bayan, the legislative body of the municipality is composed of the municipal vice-mayor as the presiding officer, Bensaulozacheus L. Marinas, 8 Sanguniang Bayan Members, ABC President and SK Chairman. (Section 440, Local Government Code of 1991)[9]


La Union-Pangasinan Boundary Gate

Sison has the following landmark attractions and events:

  • Begnas: Sison celebrates the October Begnas festival at the New Public Market yearly with foreign residents participation (Sagada word, "thanksgiving"). National Cultural Minorities under the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples' October joined the yearly event with outsiders from Baguio City, Laoac, Pozorrubio, Bago, Kankanaeys, Ibalois and the Aplays.[10]
  • 34th Eastern Pangasinan BSP Mini Jamboree
  • Antong Falls
  • Bued Toll Bridge (Pangasinan-La Union boundary) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (unveiled on June 21, 2010) the newly reconstructed three-span superstructure Bued Bridge marker in Sison, Pangasinan (destroyed by the October 2010 typhoon Pepeng) the restoration of the three-span superstructure started in January 2010(P120-million repair under the President’s Bridge Program).


Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel[edit]

Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Sison, 2434 Pangasinan) was canonically erected in 1896-1898. It is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Urdaneta (from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Archdioecesis Lingayensis-Dagupanensis, created on May 19, 1928, elevated to Archdiocese on February 16, 1963, comprising the capital of the province, 2 cities and 15 municipalities in the central part of Pangasinan; Suffragans: Alaminos, Cabanatuan, San Fernando, La Union, San Jose, Nueva Ecija and Urdaneta; Titular: St. John the Apostle and Evangelist). [13][14][15][16]

The November 20, 1896 Spanish Royal Decree created Alava as a Parish of Diocese of Nueva Segovia. In 1918 the town was renamed to Sison honoring Senator Pedro Ma. Sison.

In 1928 the Parish Church was included into the Diocese of Lingayen-Pangasinan. In the 15th Centenary Anniversary of the Council of Ephesus, the Sison Parish was consecrated under “La Reina Del Monte Carmelo” (Our Lady of Mount Carmel), forming part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Urdaneta in 1985. But is was only on its Centennial founding on November 20, 1996 that the Parish Church became a Diocesan Shrine. Its feast day is every 16 July. The Parish Priest is Fr. Antonio E. Reyes, Jr. [17][18][16]

Image gallery[edit]

Panorama of the green fields

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