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Municipality of Maco
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Monday, 23 May 2011

          Maco, like many of the municipalities of Compostela Valley Province, was once unknown in geography. It was a remote village located along the coast of Davao Gulf though only about twelve (12) kilometers from a bigger town called Magugpo (presently known as Tagum City).

          According to some immigrants (a few still living), the name Maco was originally derived from a word Mamacao, which means a big tree. For the native inhabitants, Maco came from another derivative Maraco, although referring to the same meaning, that is, a big tree found in the area. Moreover, to some Christian immigrants as the Boholanos, Maco simply means big.

          The original settlers of Maco were said to be various tribes of the Mansakas: Sungcu-an (1898), Ambitan, Kubid, Likayan and Lanu. The ancestors of these tribes were identified as Lintas, Buruku and Lapatan. Just like many tribes in Mindanao, the Mansaka used to build their houses inside the forest where they made patches of clearings and planted camote, rice and other crops mainly for their consumption. Abaca was planted and sold as a major source of living. Some Muslim groups were also found along the coastal areas of the town.

          Maco was under the political jurisdictions of Tagum at its early stage, but after the creation of the Municipality of Doña Alicia, now it was changed to Mabini, Maco became a part of that created municipality. On June 17, 1967, Municipality of Maco was born by virtue of Republic Act 4975. As a newly created municipality, the first set of municipal officials was appointed by the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, and assumed office on June 1967. The first appointed mayor was the late Exequil Benignos and the first elected mayor was Atty. Orlando S. Rimando. There were five other mayors who took turns in taking control of the municipal goverment and presently, a young and dedicated nephew of the first elected mayor in the person of Honorable Arthur Carlos Voltaires R. Rimando, the son of the late Arturo S. Rimando - the third elected mayor, boldly emerge from other political aspirants to hold the highest position of the municipality and became the sixth elected Municipal Mayor of Maco.

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