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Allacapan, Cagayan

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Allacapan

Municipality

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Map of Cagayan showing the location of Allacapan

Allacapan

Location within the Philippines


Coordinates:

1815N 12135ECoordinates:

Country

Philippines

Region

Cagayan Valley (Region II)

Province

Cagayan

District

2nd District

Barangays

27

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Government[1]
Mayor

Leonila C. Onia

Area[2]
Total

306.80 km2 (118.46 sq mi)

Population (2010)[3]
Total

31,662

Density

100/km2 (270/sq mi)

Time zone

PST (UTC+8)

ZIP code

3523

Dialing code

78

Income class

3rd class

Allacapan is a third class municipality in the province of Cagayan, Philippines. According to the
2010 census, it has a population of 31,662 people. It is situated in the northwestern periphery of
Cagayan, bordering Apayao.
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Contents
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1 History
2 Barangays
3 Demographics
4 References
5 External links

History[edit]
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Allacapan has its beginning as a small village in the jungle vastness, inhabited by Negritoes, also
known as Aetas. Ilocanos mainly from Ilocos Sur, among them future town mayor Santos Martinez,
discovered it in quest for better land and eventually dominated the area.

Allacapan was founded as a municipal district of Tawit, Mountain Province, in 1926. It was ceded to
Cagayan in 1928, and finally became a regular municipality in 1945 by virtue of Commonwealth Act
No. 590 authored by Congressman Miguel Pio.
The history of Allacapan has a series of existing episodes and transitions. During the Japanese
occupation, the Japanese forces established a garrison in the heart of the community from where
echoed moars of torture inflicted upon prisoners of war, most often, innocent civilians. Later on, the
Japanese burned the municipal hall, including the school building in the old site of Daan-Ili. The
incident aggravated the fear of the civilians and they fled to the mountains.
After liberation, disgruntled ex-Army men who were not satisfied with their backpay checks took to
the hills with their rifles and joined the underground movement. Allacapan then became a hotbed of
the Huks (HUKBALAHAP or Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon). Their atrocities resulted in the
kidnapping of then Mayor Agustin Gorospe in September 1951, the burning of the newly constructed
town hall, and the looting of the local treasury.
The construction of the highway from Magapit, Lallo to Bangag, Aparri traversing Allacapan and the
opening of the Magapit Bridge to traffic, facilitated mobility of trade and commerce. Allacapan
suddenly became a local point. It is now accessible from all points and is fast becoming an urban
community.
The municipality's name came to be when Francisco Umengan, an ex-municipal president from
Aparri, was annoyed by the skittering of dried leaves heaped within the vicinity. On his inquiry about
the significance of the noise, his Negrito guide told him "alla-appan" meaning "trap." Umengan then
named the place "Allacapan" and the name has remained to the present.

Barangays[edit]
Allacapan is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.

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Bessang
Binubungan
Bulo
Burot
Capagaran (Brigida)
Capalutan
kapanickian Norte
kapanickian Sur
Cataratan
Centro East (Pob.)
Centro West (Pob.)
Daan-Ili
Dagupan
Dalayap
Gagaddangan
Iringan
Labben
Maluyo
Mapurao
Matucay
Nagattatan
Pacac

San Juan (Maguininango)


Silagan
Tamboli
Tubel
Utan

Demographics[edit]
Population census of Allacapan

Year

Pop.

% p.a.

1990

21,916

1995

23,997

+1.71%

2000

26,960

+2.53%

2007

29,821

+1.40%

2010

31,662

+2.20%

Source: National Statistics Office[3]