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La Paz

Distance from the City Proper 18.50 kms
Political District District I
Historical Background

Barangay La Paz was once known as "Cadalagan" which may have been coined from the Tagalog word "dalag", a species of the freshwater fish caught in large numbers in the creeks and poodles in the area and the Cebuano word "dalagan" meaning “running” which refers to escaping prisoners from the San Ramon Penal Colony that normally pass through the Barangay in their futile dash to freedom.

The place was once densely vegetated with hardwood species and was a booming and prosperous hub of large scale commercial logging in the 1950's up to mid-1990's. Dacon and Zamboanga Timber lorded over the forest resources and established Camp Susana in the upper portion of the Barangay as their base of operation. Commercial logging ceased in the late 1990's with the implementation of the selected logging and then recently the total log ban.

The residents through the Sangguniang Barangay changed Cadalagan to La Paz to honor their patron saint La Virgen de La Paz. Cadalagan was retained as the name of a sitio in Lower La Paz.

Description

At the longest point, from the boundary of Barangay Ayala on the south to the boundary of Zamboanga del Norte on the north, it stretches to an estimated length of more than 36 kilometers.

The Barangay has no regular mode of public transportation in going to and from the city. It can be reached through the boundary of Barangay Ayala (where all modes of transportation are available) and from there, a single motorcycle locally called "habal-habal" ferry the passengers into the interior highland sitios of the Barangay.

La Paz starts with relatively soft rolling terrain, becoming more rugged as one enters the interior, with a gradient ranging from moderately steep to very steep slopes. The lowest elevation in the southern portion is about 600 meters above sea level, while on the northern part, near the boundary with Zamboanga del Norte, elevation ranges from 1,000-1,500 meters above sea level-all exhibiting very steep slope, with some areas almost vertically aligned.

The soil is predominantly loam type with its reddish-brown to dark color. As observed, vegetables and forest trees adapt well to the soil in the area.

Some parts are protected watershed and forestlands and are being managed by various government institutions.

The condition of the land, with its mostly unpaved roads, makes it hard for regular transport services to operate. Farmer-residents, fighting cock breeders and resort owners resort to using trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles to commute and ferry vegetables from upland to the lowland and the city's markets.

The cool climate in the interior makes it an ideal place for vegetable growing. Some game fowl enthusiasts find the place ideal for cock breeding.

Barangay Fiesta Last Saturday of February
Total Population (2007 Census) 6,581
Number of Households 911
Punong Barangay Ancelita M. Dalingay
Barangay Kagawad Ronald D. Lilio
Arturo T. Librero
Crisencio Aballe
Felixwaldo Bentain
Edgar Chavez
Anastacio M. Gerosaga

Gregorio C. Mondarte, Jr.
Secretary
Treasurer