San Francisco, Surigao del Norte

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San Francisco
Municipality of San Francisco
Map of Surigao del Norte with San Francisco highlighted
Map of Surigao del Norte with San Francisco highlighted
San Francisco is located in Philippines
San Francisco
San Francisco
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°44′N 125°25′E / 9.73°N 125.42°E / 9.73; 125.42Coordinates: 9°44′N 125°25′E / 9.73°N 125.42°E / 9.73; 125.42
Country  Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Surigao del Norte
District 2nd District
Barangays 11 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Guia Nimez Plaza-Sabanal
 • Electorate 10,592 voters (2016)
 • Total 56.72 km2 (21.90 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 14,552
 • Density 260/km2 (660/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8401
PSGC 166719000
IDD:area code +63 (0)86
Climate type tropical rainforest climate
Income class 5th municipal income class

San Francisco, officially the Municipality of San Francisco, is a 5th class municipality in the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 14,552 people.[3]


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. Through 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.

During the time of Mayor Francisco Delani, through House Bill No. 1768, approved May 20, 1971 by the House of the Senate, its unique and indigenous name Anao-aon was changed into San Francisco in honor of the Patron Saint, Saint Francis Xavier only to find out that it is creating a big confusion about its name because there are lots of municipalities in the Philippines already named after San Francisco, but then it's too late for its politician authors and supporters to make the move to revert into its original name of Anao-aon.

Local government[edit]

Municipal officials 2016-2019:

  • Mayor: Guia N. Plaza-Sabanal
  • Vice Mayor: Val P. Pinat
  • Councilors:
    • Vincent Eric Thomas K. Delani
    • Miguel E. Gastardo
    • Roderick P. Bacol
    • Genaro R. Jacob
    • Jelly P. Pol
    • Edgar N. Plaza
    • Henry C. Japzon
    • Rogen R. Orillo


  • Amontay
  • Balite
  • Banbanon
  • Diaz
  • Honrado
  • Jubgan
  • Linongganan
  • Macopa
  • Magtangale
  • Oslao
  • Poblacion


Population census of San Francisco
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 1,481 —    
1960 6,272 +2.56%
1970 6,486 +0.34%
1975 7,572 +3.15%
1980 8,674 +2.75%
1990 9,445 +0.86%
1995 10,005 +1.09%
2000 11,521 +3.07%
2007 12,449 +1.07%
2010 13,335 +2.53%
2015 14,552 +1.68%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Surigao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Province of Surigao del Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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