Municipality History


     Jasaan is a second-class municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines.

    It is approximately 28 kilometres (17 mi) east of the capital city of Cagayan de Oro. It borders on the municipalities of Villanueva, Claveria and Balingasag, while Macajalar Bay is to the west.

   Jasaan is politically subdivided into 15 barangays, of which 8 are coastal barangays (Aplaya, Solana, Luz Banzon, Kimaya, Lower Jasaan, Bobontugan, Jampason and San Antonio) and 7 inland barangays (Upper Jasaan, Corrales, San Isidro, Natubo, Danao, San Nicolas, and I.S. Cruz).


     The history of the Municipality of Jasaan, just like other municipalities of Misamis Oriental, can be traced back from the pre-Spanish era. Jasaan, as early as l840, was already an existing municipality. It was reduced to a barangay in the year 1903 and was placed under the jurisdiction of Balingasag with the occupation of the Americans who governed the country after the Spaniards.

      Jasaan was named by a Spanish missionary who chanced upon a native sharpening his bolo in Sapong Spring in what is now called Kota, Aplaya. The missionary asked for the name of the place, however, the native replied “Ag-hasaa” meaning, “I am sharpening my bolo”. The missionary, thought that he was answered correctly, called the place “Ag-hasaa”, but finding it difficult for him to pronounce the word, he called it “Hasaan” instead. Then it was changed to “Jasaan”.

       Hasaanons were challenged to work for the restoration of their municipal status. Thus, the Municipality, by virtue of Executive Order No. l65, issued by President Elpidio Quirino, regained its municipal status effective Sept. 1, 1948.

     On November l0, l948, a formal inauguration took place and the first set of appointed municipal officials assumed office.

     From a sleepy and sparsely populated community, Jasaan grew and developed into one of the agro-industrial municipalities of Misamis Oriental.