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Pagadian was converted into a city upon the passage and approval on June 21, 1969 of Republic Act 5478,
known as the Charter of the City of Pagadian.
The City of Pagadian is located at the geographical coordinates of 07„a 49¡¦ 42¡¨ latitude and 123„a 20¡¦ 04.61¡¦ longitude. It is geographically situated in the northeastern side of the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Region IX, Mindanao, Philippines. It has a total land area of 33,380 hectares or 333.80 square kilometers of rolling terrain, delineated by the municipal boundaries of Midsalip in the north; Labangan in the northwest and east ; Lakewood in the west; and Dumalinao in the southwest.
The City has thirteen (13) urban barangays and forty-one (41) rural barangays . It had a population of 142,515 in May 2000 census with an average annual growth rate of 2.82% and has an estimated population of 146,534 for CY 2001.
Ranked as second class city, it has a total realized revenue of P 285,373,016.72 in CY 2001 which is approximately 8.83% lower than the actual collection of P 313,002,289.91 in CY 2000.
The City Development Council, as the City¡¦s planning arm, assumed a very important role in the formulation of development goals and strategies for the city and is tasked to oversee, among other things, the following:
(1) Acceleration of the socio-economic infrastructure development of the city ;
(2) Maximization of the agricultural production and encouragement of agri-based industry to generate local employment opportunitiesand improve income levels;
(3) Provisions of basic and essential services and utilities ; (4) Improvement of local government administrative machinery with particular emphasis on personnel management, fiscal administration and auditing regulations; and (5) Development of the capability for effective, efficient and economical development planning implementation. The local government unit in enhancing the City laid down the following basic development policies : (1) Recognizing agriculture as the city¡¦s prime means of livelihood and source of income, the government shall provide manpower and other resources necessary to support agriculture and agri-industry ; (2) The City Government will provide the necessary infrastructure and other facilities within its means for implementation of various development projects; (3) The City government will assist present local regulations on facilities and services and will take necessary actions to complement its development objectives; (4) Efforts at streamlining the City Government administrative machinery for coordinated planning and implementation shall be pursued; (5) Greater labor utilization shall be encouraged through establishment of labor intensive and income generating industries; (6) Continuing support to the educational system shall be provided to develop manpower skills; (7) Utilization and better management of available local resources and environmental protection; and (8) Cooperation and coordination with National and Regional Government in development efforts of local interest shall be promoted. The City's Five-Year Development Investment Program ( CDIP ) prepared by the Capital Investment Program Committee (CIPC) translates the development strategies and policies formulated by the City Development Council into programs and projects in line with the Regional Development thrusts for Region IX as identified in the Regional Development Investment Plan (RIDP) for the planning period specifically required. Public sector development efforts for the City of Pagadian are directed towards the realization of development concepts, targets, goals, objectives, and policies as reflected in our development plans as follows: (1) Increase Food Production; (2) Rural Water Resources Development ; (3) Public Services in support of community Employment /Livelihood Activities in Programmed barangays; (4) Roads and Bridges ; (5) Social Services ; (6) Educational Facilities and Buildings; and (7) Ports and Airports. Together with the above development thrusts, the City Government of Pagadian shall continuously pursue its mandate by keeping a progressive pace to conform with reforms designed to stimulate sustained growth in major sectors of our economy by implementing programs and projects of greater significance to our people. Moreover, the City Government of Pagadian with a vision for CY 2020 , ¡§ the regional center for government, agri-industry, trade commerce and services in Western Mindanao with a quality of life that is economically productive, socially responsive and culturally and spiritually developed,:¡¦ has vigorously preparing the realization and fulfillment that has been envisioned. ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT The creation of the City of Pagadian on June 21, 1969, brought forward a new vision and a better future. Its operation was basically the same organizational structure with slight changes introduced over the years. With the need to restructure the present administrative machinery of the City and in order to make it more responsive to the demands of our people and the changing needs of time, the city implemented the approved staffing pattern by the Joint Commission on April 1, 1989 and on September 1, 1989, the salaries of all City officials and employees had been adjusted pursuant to Republic Act No. 5768 particularly known as the Standardization Law. In CY 1993, additional offices/department were created pursuant to the Local Government Code of 1991 such as the Economic Enterprise Management Office, General Services Office, City Legal Office, Office of the City Administrator, City Accountant¡¦s Office and Office of the City Civil Registrar, while devolution of the functions of the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Community Development was implemented.