Dilasag is the northernmost of the Province of Aurora, roughly 145 km. From Baler, the capital town of the province. It lies between 16O 18’ 21” to 16O 30’ 47” north latitudes and 122O 00’ 18.5” to 122O14’ 45” east latitudes. The municipality is bounded on the north by Dinapigue, Isabela, on the northwest by Quirino Province, on the south by Casiguran town and on the east by great Pacific Ocean.
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION AND LAND AREA
Dilasag is composed of 12 Barangays with an aggregate area of 42,997.84 ha. The largest Barangay in terms of land area is Dilaguidi with 6, 663.10 ha. While Barangay Masagana and Maligaya have the smallest land area of 561.5 and 692.5 ha., respectively.
Climate is collectively referred to as the long-term condition of the weather, which includes precipitation levels (rainfall), temperature, wind direction and magnitude, relative humidity and other elements. The climatic data used in this report were obtained by the Casiguran Synoptic Stations this is the weather station to the Municipality of Dilasag.
TYPE OF CLIMATE
Dilasag like the other municipalities of Aurora Province is situated in an area where a type IV climate of the Corona’s Classification System exists. This classification system is an empirical system based on the temporal distribution of the rainfall derived from the northeast monsoon (November to February) and the southeast monsoon (July to September). This is the reason why rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
The high and extreme rainfall events are most likely to occur in the period from October, November and December (438.4 mm. 567.7 mm, and 421.1 mm) when condition in the western Pacific are more conducive to the formation of the tropical depressions, storms and the typhoons and the normal tract of typhoons is across Luzon. A “Direct Hit” in Aurora can lead to very heavy rainfall intensities, for example was the rainfall amount of 401.1 mm on 13 March 1971.
TEMPERATURE AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY
The recorded annual average maximum, minimum and mean temperatures in the municipality of Dilasag were 31oC, 21.4oC, and 26.2oC, respectively.
At the sea level, the municipality has an atmospheric temperature of 26.50C, while the temperature lapse rate is close to 0.50C per 100 meters increase in elevation. Thus, at the highest point of the municipality, which is 1,621 meters, the temperature is about 180C.
The relative humidity ranges from a maximum of 89 percent to a minimum of 86 percent with an annual mean of 87.5 percent
Dilasag can be reach from Baler through the national road (coastal road) via the municipalities of Dipaculao, Dlnalungan and Casiguran. It is also accessible by means of sea transportation by those coming from other coastal municipalities of Aurora or even in Palanan, Isabela. Network of Barangay road connect the Barangay to the national road, eventually with the Poblacion. Medium of land transportation includes tricycle hand tractors (Kuliglig) and jeepneys. The poor conditions of the municipality’s road network makes travels and hard and inconvenient for traveler.
Dilasag is generally rugged and mountainous. About 49% of its total land area is moderately high-to-high elevation highlands exceeding 500 meters above sea level. These highlands are source of rivers, streams and mountain springs that drain toward to the Pacific Ocean. The rest of the municipalities land area, about 51% composed of hills, lowlands and coastal area.
About 48% of the municipality’s land areas are categorized steep to very steep (30 to 50% slopes) hills and mountains. These areas are the most susceptible to erosion and landslides since soil depth are generally shallow. While areas of the municipality with undulating to moderately steep slopes (8 to 30%) are the most abuse part of the municipality where hill farming activities are mostly found. Undulating to moderately steep slopes areas accounted for 36%of the municipality’s land area. The rest are low land with slopes ranging to 0 to 8% and where agricultural activities and build up areas are found.
Dilasag is classification into two (2) major land classifications, namely: forestland and alienable and disposable (A & D) land which coverage of 34, 693.96 and 8, 303.88 hectares or 18 and 19% of the municipality’s land areas, respectively.
R –Recent. This formed of landslide and avalanche deposits consisting of rounded and angular boulders of volcanic breccias and quartz diorite, sometimes it set in a futureless, sticky, orange-brown clay matrix. This fan deposits consists of poorly sorted conglomerates in an earthly matrix. This fan deposits and older landslide were occasionally covered by loose mud, silt, sand and gravel. The recently formed rocks are found in the lowland portion of the municipality.
NI – Neogene’s Intrusive Rock. These rock formations are igneous rock type consisting largely of infra-Miocene quartz diorite mostly batholiths and stock of some lacolith, also sills and dikes, including granodiorite porphyry facies and late Miocene dacite; Lava widespread in early Miocene and rock sequences.
This rock formation is found mostly at the southern part of Dinalungan as well as areas between the forestland and lowland.
KPG – Undifferentiated. This rock type is undifferentiated as to age, probably cretaceous and paleogene. Its composition is largely greywacke and methaphorposed shale interblended and or intercalated with spillitic basic and intermediate flows and or pyroclastic. More the half of the land area of Dinalungan is covered by this rock formation and is specifically covering the northern portions of the municipality.
BC – Basement Complex. Thos rock type formation was formed during the pre-Jurassic period. It consists of metamorphic rock altered from sedimentary and igneous origin due to intense pressure and temperature. This rock comprises of indifferentiated amphibolites, quartzofeldspahatic and mica schist, and phyllite – slates frequently associatiated with marble and quartzite. Broadly folded, some narrow zones of close folding broken by upthrusts. Prevailing schistosity generally parallel, some oblique and / or perpendicular to bedding. This rock formation occupies the eastern portion of Dilasag.
The municipality of Dilasag is divided into three (3) major physiographic units, namely: soil s of the lowlands, soil of the uplands, soils of hills and mountains. These physiographic units are further sub-divided into twenty (20) smaller units.
Lowland soils of the municipality are considered young and formed from fluvio-marine sediments and alluvial materials. These are sub-categorized into coastal and alluvial landscape. Coastal landscape is composed of active tidal flats (natural mangroves and nipa) and beach ridges and swales (08). On the other hand, alluvial landscape is composed of swampy areas (03) mixed with grassy marshes; none/ slightly (09j) to moderately flooded (09K) broad alluvial plains (seasonally flooded due to overflow and run- off) and the deep soils (18 B/C) and shallow? Gravely phase (18 A/Y) collu-alluvial fans.
The swampy areas (03) and tidal flats (02) are general poorly drained and waterlogged with brackish and salt-water intrusion. These areas best used for aquacultures. As much as possible, these areas must be used as buffer strips that protect near shore areas from an immediate pollution of high input activities in nearby lowlands, such as lowland rice cultivation.
Broad alluvial plains (09J and 09K) are generally poorly drained areas, presently grown to rive and coconuts. Most settlements are found in these are areas and in most situations, where economic growth is evident, are the first areas and in most situations, where economic growth is evident, are the first areas subjected to land use convenience to non-agriculture uses. These areas have soil with fine loamy to clayey textures, moderately deep to very, no apparent erosion and with slight to moderate flooding.
Collu-alluvial fans (18 13/c and 18A/Y) are moderately to well drain areas, consisting of soils that are fined loamy to clayey, shallow to very deep. Some of these areas (18 B/C) have no apparent erosion while others (18 A/Y) have slight to moderate erosion, particularly along rivers and creeks. Flooding is not a problem as these are flood-prone free areas.
Upland soil are found in areas characterized as: slightly to moderately dissected low volcanic hills complex smooth and sharp ridges, undulating to rolling slopes(80); slightly to moderately dissected low dioritic hills with undulating to rolling slopes (83): slightly moderate dissected low metamorphic hills with undulating to rolling slopes (88): severely dissected high metamorphic hills with rolling to very steep slopes(106) severely dissected high volcanic hill s with complex. Smooth and sharp ridge, rolling to very steep slopes (98); and severely dissected high dioritic hills with rolling to be steep slopes (10). These areas are generally mismanaged, due to hill farming activities, resulting top soil degradation and rapid loss in soil fertility.
Mountain soil are formed in landform characterized by moderate dissected metamorphic mountains, steep to very steep slopes, and shallow soils (131 Q/RA); the moderately dissected dioritic mountains, steep slopes (131 P); the severely dissected metamorphic mountains, steep to very steep slopes, and shallow soils (131 Q/RA); the moderately dissected dioritic mountains, steep to very steep slopes, and shallow soils (135 Q/RA).
Due to steepness with shallow soil, landslides commonly occur on these areas, particular mountainous portions with less vegetation.
The miscellaneous land types, which include build up area (146), beach sand (149) and river wash (152), have the same soils types as that of the lowland soils discussed earlier, particularly broad alluvial plains.
Data presented in this section focused on the current socio-economic status of the municipality. Most of the facts and figures presented are secondary data from the Barangay Socio-Economic Inventories (BSEI). These information are Augmented by primary data obtained through interviews.
POPULATION AND GROWTH RATE
During the last 39 years, percentage increment in population had demonstrated a decreasing trend. However, given a steady annual change from1999 level. Between 1970 to 1975 there was a marked decrease in the number of population from 5,995 down to 3,566. This decreased can be attributed to the deteriorated peace and order situation of the area, which drove the population to move to safer places, particularly to adjacent Province.
The decrease in the 1975 censual population was reverse in 1980, which increase by 88%. This was the time when people who evacuated before returned back to Dilasag as peace and order situation started to establish. Coincidentally, the same range of the censal years to 1970 to 1975 and 1975 to 1999 has the lowest (-8%) and the highest (17.6%) annual average on growth rate.
Generally, Dilasag is a sparsely populated municipality with population density of 34 person/Km2. in terms of population density by Barangay, Masagana and Ura have the highest and lowest population densities of 301 and 6, respectively. Masagana is closely in followed by Barangay Maligaya with 241 persons/Km2. While the rest of the Barangay have recorded population densities ranging from 8 to 90 persons/Km2.
The recorded high population densities in Barangay Masagana and Maligaya can be attributed to the concentration of the majority of the population of Dilasag in these areas, particularly within the Poblacion whose jurisdiction is partly within these two barangays. In addition, the area coverage of Barangay Masagana and Maligaya are the lowest among the barangays of Dilasag. Area is on the parameters in population density determination the other one is population.
HOUSEHOLD NUMBER AND SIZE
In 1999, Dilasaag has a total household number of 2, 915 with an average household size of 5. The highest and the lowest households are found in barangays Diagyan and Lawang with 724 and 69 households, respectively. Te high number of household in Barangay Diagyan is attributed to the presence of logging company (PATECO) where the majority of the families in the area are employed. Employment in logging activities therefore the cost of concentration of household living around the compound of the logging company.
EDUCATION SERVICES AND FACILITIES
Dilasag has an overall literary rate of 91 percent with male slightly higher than female with 46% against 45%, respectively.
SCHOOL LEVELS, NUMBER OF TEACHER, PUPILS AND SCHOOL LAND AREA
The municipality of Dilasag has 11 elementary school and 2 secondary schools. The elementary schools are located in 9 of the municipality’s 12 barangays with Barangay Diniog accounted for two of this school, one in Sitio Dipasaleng and the other one is in the Barangay proper. Only Barangay Maligaya has no elementary school with its schooling elementary pupils being served by the Dilasag Central School in Barangay Masagana. While Barangay Dibulo has no record provided as this Barangay already consider itself under the jurisdiction of Dinapigue, Isabela. In the secondary level, two (2) high school are found each in Barangay Masagana (Poblacion) and Manggitahan.
The elementary school building s has a total number of 67 classrooms, manned by 66 teachers serving 2,546 pupils. About 52% of the pupils are males and 48% are females. These school is located in an aggregate land area of 15.47 has. On the other hand, high school buildings consist of 15 classrooms, accommodating 912 students and teaching force of 26 teachers. Male students accounted force 47% while 43% are females.
The high school in the Poblacion is situated in an area of 5.97 has. While the Manggitahan high school occupies an undetermined land area within the Manggitahan Elementary School Compound.
HOUSING AND BUILDING
Single house type is the dominant type of houses in the municipality numbering 3,041 units. The majority of these types are found in Barangay Diagyan, which accounted for 986 units, while Barangay Lawang is the smallest number of housing with 96. Twelve (12) of duplex houses type are also found in the municipality distributed in the barangays Diagyan (3 units), Dimaseset (2 units), Masagana (1unit) and Ura (6 units). Building on the other hand apartment (6 units), commercial (6 units), industrial (3 units) and institutional (18 units).
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has recorded in 1998 a total of 692 IPs’ population in the municipality of Dilasag. Of this total, 469 or 68% were Igorots while 223 or 32% were Dumagats. In terms of number of families, Igorots accounted for a total of 98 families while 48 families for Dumagats.
The Igorots of population are found in Barangays Manggaitahan, Diagyan, Esperanza, Ura nad KabunuanganI(Dimaseset). While Duamgats, who live mostly along seashores and rivers, are found in Barangays Diagyan, Sitio Casapsapan of Diniog/Culat, Esperanza and Ura (E-Bukid).
The LGU Dilasag is extending financial, medical and technical supports of this IPs. Moreover the NCIP, being the official agency responsible for IP’s concern, has a foiled office in Barangays Calabgan, Casiguran serving as coordinating office for the rest of the northern municipalities of Aurora including Dilasag.
POPULATION AND HOUSEHOLDS NUMBER OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
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The municipal social and development Office provides both technical and financial assistance to the indigent and less fortunate population of Dilasag. Among the current active programs of the MSWD areas follows: Emergency Relief Assistance Program (ERAP) for emergency and relief purposes, Core Shelter Assistance Kababihan (SEA-K) for women initiated for family based micro enterprise project.
Relief operation and medical initiatives are also under taken by provincial and national agencies in Dilasag.
Several games and amusement facilities exist in the area. Basketball courts are the most common facilities, which are visibly present in every Barangay. The number of VHS or Beta-viewing indicates that it’s a favorite past time in the area. Picnic area and rest house provide outdoor recreation more exciting and tourist attracting natural environment and the backdrop.
AGRICULTURAL CROPS PRODUCTION
Farming is a major source of income of the majority of Dilasag’s population. This is evidently shown by the municipality’s having six (6) agricultural farming structures. These farming structures are the staple crop farms, cash crops farms, coconut intercrop farms, orchard farms, vegetable farms, spice farms and fish farms.
Rice, coconut, banana and peanut are the primary crops grow in Dilasag and planted on the area of 1,261, 413 and 84 has, respectively. Secondary crops include root crops, pineapple, coffee, citrus, various vegetables crops, and spices. About 44 ha., are devoted to fish farms where Tilapia are grown.
The majority of farmers of Dilasag follow mono cropping and intercropping farming systems. For irrigated rice, farmers normally harvest an average of 3.0 metric tons/hectare per cropping season, while non-irrigated or upland palay yields an average of 2 metric tons/ha.
Farm produces where marked either within the locality or transported to other municipalities in Aurora like Casiguran and Baler. The National Food Authority supports palay farmers by offering reasonable prices of their produced. Traders from various places regularly visit the area to by palay, coconut, banana, and agricultural products in bulk. These agricultural products is assembled in the central town and directly transported to Nueva Ecija and other trading areas outside the province.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION
Production of livestock product is a viable enterprise in the area, considering the municipality’s potential for grazing land. A number of heads of the carabao are indicated that traditional farming practices is still dominant in rice farming areas. Goats (878 head) and Hogs (860 heads) are considered to be the most preferred livestock for backyard raising. On the other hand, the number of cattle heads reveals a need for expanded ownership and production. Based on the data below, there are 5,381 heads of poultry distributed as 4,275 chickens; 890 bucks; 180 turkeys; and 36 for other fowls.
Charcoal making is most common household enterprise in Dilasag, especially in Barangay Diagyan, engaging 34 households. The majority of these charcoal makers reside within the vicinity of PATECO, is a logging company. Mat and hat weaving also serve as source of additional income to some 31 individuals households. Rattan craft production comes third along cottage industries. In the past 20 years, rattan raw materials are abundantly found in the area until its near depletion in the last decade.
Cannoer White Beach, Janica Beach Resort, Parang Diniog, Taregteg Point and Dilaguidi Falls are considered to be the most tourist areas in Dilasag. Development interventions are made by private individuals like in the Janica Beach Resort and in Cannoer. However the MPDO and the PPDO have planned for future development of this site.
The municipality is rich in forest resources. About 32,438 ha. Or 75% of its total land area are classified as forestland of this total, virgin forest (Old Growth Dipterocarp forest) accounted for 8,829 has., located both in altitude (<800 meters) and high altitude (>800 meters) elevations. Other forest cover categories include the residual forest or logged over areas, sub marginal forest, mossy forest and mangroves with area coverage of 17,227 ha., 208 has., 5,952 has.,, and 232 has., respectively. The rest of the municipality’s land coverage are categorized by brush land (4,124 ha), grassland (1,086) and other (4, 37).
Since the last forest cover inventory of Aurora Province conducted in 1991, these forest categorized will no longer holds true. It’s possible, during the writing of this report, that much of the virgin forest are already logged over before adding to the coverage if the residual forest. In like manner, other forest categorized such as mossy forest, sub-marginal and mangroves are also possibly reduce into lesser level of volume of trees they contain.
Side from timber, minor forest products is found in the forestland. They may include Rattan; Banban, Lukmoy, Hagnaya and Nito. These minor products are major source of raw materials in the production of handicraft.
Wilds animals and plants also tribes in the forestland of the municipality. It may include some endangered species of birds, mammals, orchids and undiscovered medicinal plants
The municipality of Dilasag, like the other Municipality in Aurora Province, is rich in the water resources. With its vast mountain areas lush with forest vegetation, fresh water both surface and undergrounds are abundantly coming from. Its numerous rivers provide both water irrigation supply for its farmlands and domestic water supply for its population.
Through its has been raised that one of the problem of the municipality is lack of potable water, the real problem is not on the inadequate water availability but lack of facilities or distributions line to bring supplies to the populace.
In the Poblacion, pump out water, for domestic proposes, is reportedly salty as this comes from a shallow water table where salt intrusions from the sea normal occur.
The solution in this problem in the Poblacion is to install deep wells that will reach confined aquifers where fresh water is found coming from the upper watersheds.
The mineral resources of this municipality are still young and untapped. Copper and gold are possibly among the minerals that can be found in its mountain areas.
The Cattaca Mining Exploration Company, as of November 1998, is the lone mining company that applied for mining exploration permit under the “Exploration Agreement” with the Bureau of mine and Geo-Science. The application covers an area of 16,200 hectares.
ROADS/BRIDGES AND TRANSPORT FACILITIES
The municipality transport network includes a provincial, municipals and Barangay roads. Dilasag is about 145 kilometers away from town proper of Baler and 228 kilometers away from Dingalan via Palayan City.
The provincial roads stretch from Barangay Esperanza to Barangay Diagyan with an approximate distance of 21 kilometers. Dilasag has the total length of Barangay road network of 39.318 kilometers. From this figure, a mere 4.042 kms. Are concrete paved and 35.276 are earth gravel filled. The Poblacion is the only place of 2,992 kilometers. The majority of the Barangay roads is in poor condition and need improvement.
There are 17 bridges existing (4 concrete; 3 semi concrete; 7 wooden) in the municipality with the total linear meters of 264 and one spill way with 20 1m. These bridges are constructed across rivers/creeks of Barangays Masagana, Diniog, Maligaya, Dimaseset, Dicabasa, Dilaguidi, Manggitahan and Ura. Three wooden bridges were washout by flood and typhoon. The municipality could hardly repair those bridges due to lack of funds. Almost all of these bridges are in poor conditions and need repair/improvement.
There are also 10 footbridges found in the municipality, 3 each in Barangay Diniog and Dilaguidi, 1 each in Diagyan and Dicabasan and 2 in Manggitahan.
The mode of transportation in the municipality includes land and water transportation, tricycles are most common use in travel around Poblacion and surrounding barangays is considered. There are 91 tricycles in the municipality, the majority are found in the barangays Masagana and Maligaya having 72 units. For longer travel that is, Dilasag-Baler and Dilasag-Cabanatuan, jeepneys are use which the municipality registered 17 units. For water transportation, motorized bancas are used. There are 64 units of motorized bancas in the municipality. These are use in passengers’ bancas and for fishing activities. Likewise, wharf/pier is found in Barangay Diagyan and Masagana and was constructed by PATECO and DRDC, respectively.
WATER SUPPLY FACILITIES/SEWERAGE SYSTEM
Of the 2,915 of Dilasag, 1,341 rely on shallow wells (pitcher pumps) as source of potable water supply. Other souce of water are spring development with 20 units, deep wells 2 units in Dilaguidi, artesian well (5 units) 4 in Diagyan and 1 in Dimaseset, pipe water connection (2 units) – a communal water pipes. Regarding sewerage systems, 1,851 households have toilets, meaning 1,064 households have no such sewerage systems.
POWER SUPPLY AND COMMUNICATION
Four Barangays of Dilasag have power supply lines already installed by the AURELCO, but power supply is still inadequate as it is provided in a 12-hour basis only. Sometimes power supply from the NAPOCOR’s Sub-station in Lual, Casiguran is cut several days, weeks or even months caused by fuel unavailability or generators malfunctioned to mechanical trouble.
As alternative power supply source, generator units are found in the different barangays of Dilasag numbering 72 units. Likewise, 1 power plant in Barangay Masagana is owned by DRDC which sometimes shares power to the municipal compound in Dilasag. Another power generator is located in Barangay Diagyan owned by PATECO and shares power to 35 households who are directly attached to the logging company.
Communication facilities in the municipality include a post office, telegraphic office, and a single side radio transceiver, all located within the municipal compound.
There are 369 locals consumers of AURELCO’s power supply. They were able to consume 12,076 KWH in 1999, costing 75,399.56. These consumers are from the four (4) Barangay of Masagana, Maligaya, Dimaseta and Manggitahan, plus the street lights of the Poblacion.
In terms of types of consumers, residential dominates the user numbering 347, while commercial, public buildings and streets lights numbering to 3, 16, and 3, respectively.
The prefix “Di” which means abundance in the native tongue is added to the word “Lasag” which means meat to the aborigine. The coined word Dilasag, however, does not only mean abundant of meat in the place but also, refer to extreme supply of forest products, marine or other aquatic products, and minerals, including the Yamasita treasures believed to be buried along the municipality’s coastal areas.
In early 1982, a group of settlers from the Province of Tarlac, composed of the families of Yñigo, Dugo and Briones arrived to Casiguran. Due to unfriendly treatment of the residents thereat, they ventured to move along the coastline going north and settled finally to what is now called Dilasag.
The place is considered habitable, because friendly natives called Dumagats inhabit it. Sooner, the site was cleared. Many more families came making the place a community. This community soon recognized by the Local Chief Executive of Casiguran formerly a Municipality of the Province of Quezon. It was declared a Sitio of Barangay Culat and eventually a Barrio of Casiguran in consideration of its rapid progress and development.
In 1959, House Bill No. 2863 was introduced in the House pf Representatives by the late congressman Manuel Enverga. As a result, Republic Act No. 2452 was approved by Congress on June 21, 1959 making Dilasag a Municipal District.
The creation of Dilasag into municipal District resulted to the appointment of the late Hon. Panfilo de Leon, as the first Mayor to run the Municipality for the period of six (6) years 1959 – 1965. During his incumbency, he instituted initial progress and development in various aspects. However, on the second time of his political battle, he lost to Deogracia Briones, who governed the Municipal Government of Dilasag for eight (8) years. During the period of Mayor Brione’s administrators, phases of various development and progress had gradually elevated, hence, radiated to different barangays of the Municipality. At the midst of Mayor Briones terms anxiety and scarcity of goods were suffered by the populace due to insurgency problems in 1972. The peace and order situation in the Municipality deteriorated forcing the President of the Philippines to suspend Mayor Briones and appointed Emilio Almazan as Military Mayor of the Municipality for a period of six (6) years 1974 – 1980.
During the late seventies, families fled to different provinces to avoid the worsening peace and order situation of the place, leaving their homes and farms. However, after a couple of years in 1980 the President of the President of the Republic of the Philippines declared the holding of Local Elections, in order to revived the administrator and returned the leadership of civilian rule. This local election was won by Hon. Jesus Briones. However, in 1986 when political structure was changed, an OIC Mayor was appointed in the person of Hon. Jacinto L. Tablang, Sr.
The 1998 local election Hon. Dionisio S. Marzan, Sr. was elected. During Mayor Marzan’s administration, development was considered very slow compared to other municipalities of Aurora due to the lack of financial resources of the financial government of Dilasag. In 1992, another local election was held and won again by the incumbent Mayor Dionisio S. Marzan, Sr. this time, development started to boost. Local election was again held in 1995 and for the third time, the incumbent Mayor won the said election. This was his last term as Local Chief Executive as mandated by R.A 7160, Articles 76 (b) which stated “No Elective Local Official shall serve for more than three (3) consecutive terms in the same position”.
As embodied in the Omnibus Election Code, the National and Local Election were simultaneously held in 1998. It was predicted that political race would be a tight battle considering that three candidates came from prestigious families and being Backup by strong political parities. The resulted of the election as expected, was won by Vicente dela Cruz a native of Dilasag who displayed his supremacy over his two opponents. He won the lection through the landslide victory. This was the first time in the history of Dilasag that the mayor ship position was won in such a manner. On July 1, 1998, upon assumption of his office, big changes toward the attitudes of employees were enforced. Development, which was temporarily held at bay by super typhoons and flashfloods, were being restored. Peace and order situation was maintained and various illegal activities are minimized. The constituents of the Dilasag, no doubt, have chosen the good and effective leader who will administer of this municipality to meet their dreams come true, putting Dilasag in a map of developed municipalities not only in Aurora province but in the entire Philippines.
Mayor Hon. Victorio B. Briones
Vice Mayor Hon. Enrique C. Soriben
Hon. Romner A. Agustin
Hon. Reydee G. Bartolome
Hon. Domingo E. Marzan Jr.
Hon. Emmanuel G. Bernabe
Hon. Joey A. De Gracia
Hon. Lauro R. Dizon
Hon. Rufino A. Dizo
Hon. Jacinto G. Moises
Brgy. Diagyan – Gregorio Agustin, Jr.
Brgy. Dicabasan – Roberto DC. Valdez
Brgy. Dilaguidi – Gerry Gamrot
Brgy. Dimaseset – Consuelo M. Castillo
Brgy. Diniog – Patricio P. Pascua
Brgy. Esperanza – Mennie Joe A. Engaran
Brgy. Lawang – Cesar A. Basco
Brgy. Maligaya – Rogelio Y. Briones
Brgy. Manggitahan – Leonardo R. Gorospe
Brgy. Masagana – Sonny P. Marzan
Brgy. Ura – Oliver M. Mahor