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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The first Spanish Missionary headed by a Dominican priest in the name of Father Alejandro Vidal founded the municipality of Solano in 1767 which was then called ‘Lungabang’ meaning cave in the Gaddang dialect. The name was later changed to “Lumabang” by the Spaniards for convenience.

In 1851, by Executive Order, Governor General Antonio Urbiztondo declared Lumabang as a barrio of Bayombong for not having sufficient inhabitants and revenue to maintain itself. Only in 1860 when Governor General Ramon Solano Y Llanderal authorized the separation of Lumabang as the barrio of Bayombong, and later, its name was changed to Solano on April 25, 1863, to honor the Governor General.

The people’s lasting remembrance of the unparalleled wisdom of the late Father Juan Villaverde, who undertook the almost perfect planning of the town, is entangled with its history. The Poblacion, as designed, consists of fourteen (14) wide streets, each having a width of twenty (20) meters arranged in parallel running from north to south and east to west forming a total number of 100 square blocks having an aggregate area of more or less one hectare per block.

The Spanish government in Solano ended on September 14, 1898, when it laid down its arms to the revolutionary forces. A brief Revolutionary Government was put up on September 17, 1898, under the command of Major Delfin Esquivel, which gave way to an election of local revolutionary officials.

Solano then was under the American Government. The Commander of the American Troops in Nueva Vizcaya ordered the local revolutionary officials after taking the oath of allegiance to the US, to continue their tenure of office until the military rule lasted in 1901. This was followed by a Civil Government until the establishment of the Commonwealth in 1940. Since then, a regular election was conducted.

LIST OF ELECTED OFFICIALS SINCE SOLANO’S CREATION

Municipal Presidents Year
Hon. Pedro Piggangay 1899
Hon. Herminigildo P. Soto 1900
Hon. Felipe Lumicao 1901
Hon. Pio Romero 1901
Hon. Juan Velasquez 1903-1904
Hon. Joaquin Velasquez 1905-1909
Hon. Lorenzo Manat 1910-1911
Hon. Justo Baniqued 1912-1913
Hon. Justo Balonkita 1914-1915
Hon. DoroteoMondala 1916-1917
Hon. Joaquin Alayu 1918-1919
Hon. Julian Pinaroc 1920-1925
Hon. Tomas Lumicao 1923-1925
Hon. Juan Manzano 1926-1928
Hon. Patricio Castillo 1929-1931
Hon. Mariano del Fiesta 1932-1934
Hon. Herminigildo P. Soto 1935-1938

Municipal Vice Mayors Year
Hon. Felipe Lumicao 1898-1899
Hon. Justo Balonkita 1910-1911
Hon. Salvador Lannu 1912-1915
Hon. Teodoro Fernandez 1916-1918
Hon. Mariano Dumelod 1919-1924
Hon. Jose Corpuz 1925-1927
Hon. Mariano Ramos 1928-1930
Hon. Abelardo Angeles 1931-1933
Hon. Nicomedes Castillo 1934-1936
Hon. GenicioMagday 1937-1940
Hon. RaymundoLaureta 1946-1947
Hon. VictorianoLiban 1948-1951
Hon. Domingo Lorenzo 1955
Hon. Tomas P. Dacayo 1956-1959
Hon. ApolonioLaconza 1960-1963
Hon. ArsenioLapitan 1964-1966
Hon. Silvestre Gonzales 1967-1971
Hon. Pedro Tiongson 1972-1979
Hon. HipolitoGarma 1980-1985
Hon. Menardo Mercado 1988-1991
Hon. Ramon P. Ramento March 27, 1992-June 30, 1992 (OIC)
Hon. Santiago O. Dickson July 1, 1992-March 19, 1995
Hon. Benjamin B. Fernandez March 20, 1995-June 30, 1995 (OIC)
Hon. Gerry C. Gaw July 1, 1995-June 30, 1999
Hon. Wilson D. Salas July 1, 1999-May 16, 2004
Hon. Alexander R. Labasan May 17-June 30,2004
(By Succession)
Hon. Helena D. Dacayo July 1, 2004-June 30, 2007
Hon. Alexander R. Labasan July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2016
Hon. Philip A. Dacayo July 1, 2016 – present
Hon. HipolitoGarma 1980-1985
Hon. Menardo Mercado 1988-1991
Hon. Ramon P. Ramento March 27, 1992-June 30, 1992 (OIC)
Hon. Santiago O. Dickson July 1, 1992-March 19, 1995
Hon. Benjamin B. Fernandez March 20, 1995-June 30, 1995 (OIC)
Hon. Gerry C. Gaw July 1, 1995-June 30, 1999
Hon. Wilson D. Salas July 1, 1999-May 16, 2004
Hon. Alexander R. Labasan May 17-June 30, 2004
(By Succession)
Hon. Helena D. Dacayo July 1, 2004-June 30, 2007
Hon. Alexander R. Labasan July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2016
Hon. Philip A. Dacayo July 1, 2016 – present

Municipal Mayors Year
Hon. RufoParas 1939-1940
Hon. Nicomedes Castillo 1941
Hon. Victor Bobila 1942
Hon. Amado Logan 1943
Hon. Mariano del Fiesta 1944
Hon. Domingo Lorenzo 1941-1948
Hon. Jose Espino 1952-1954
Hon. LeodivicoPascual 1955 (Acting)
Hon. Antonio L. Tottoc 1956-1963
Hon. Santiago M. Hermoso 1964-1966
Hon. Arsenio C. Lapitan 1966-1967 (Acting)
Hon, Osias D. Cadiente 1968- April 1976
Hon. Pedro M. Tiongson April 1976-April 7, 1986
Hon. Roberto A. Balonkita Dec. 2,1987-Feb.2,1988 (OIC)
Hon. Menardo S. Mercado March 27,1992-June 30,1992 (OIC)
Hon. Epifanio LD. Galima, Jr. April 8,1986-Dec. 2,1987 (OIC)
Feb. 3,1988-March 26, 1992,
July 1, 1998-June 30, 2001
Hon. Heraldo D. Dacayo July 1,1992-June 30,1998,
July 1,2001-May 14, 2004
Hon. Wilson D. Salas May 17,2004- June 30,2004
(By Succession)
Hon. Santiago O. Dickson July 1, 2004-June 30, 2007
Hon. Philip A. Dacayo July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2016
Hon. Eufemia A. Dacayo July 1, 2016 – present

2018 ELECTED OFFICIALS
Municipal Mayor: Eufemia A. Dacayo
Municipal Vice-Mayor: Atty. Philip A. Dacayo
SBEduardo DL Tiongson
SB Maria Regina Valdez
SB Nezel Duque
SB RudieBueno
SB Rogelio Salunat
SB Joseph Alindada
SB Milady Dickson
SB Pedro Algeria, Sr.

OFFICIAL SEAL OF SOLANO AND IT’S MEANING

22 Stars: stands for the twenty-two (22) barangays of Solano
Rotary: depicts Solano as the center of trade & commerce in the province
Animal Heads: represents the main animal industries of which hog rising is the largest followed by cattle rising.
Plant Facsimiles: represents the main agricultural crops which are rice and corn of which a majority of the people earn their living
Mountain: represents the Singian Mountain range located on the northeastern portion of the municipality
Water: represents the Magat River serving as the major source of irrigation

VISION

The premier urban center of Region 02 in a globally competitive economy and balanced ecology with God-fearing and empowered citizen governed by dedicated and responsible leaders.

MISSION

In pursuit of its Vision, the Municipal Government of Solano is tasked with the following mission:

  • To provide the community with a peaceful, orderly and progressive environment;
  • To enhance its human resources as credible public servants instilling in them the values of professionalism, volunteerism, ethics, and competence;
  • To balance the utilization of its financial resources with its goal of protecting the environment, food security, infrastructure and socio-economic development and its sustainability;
  • To encourage the active participation of non-government, civil society, & peoples’ organizations in delivering basic services and facilities.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

  • Make the municipality as the commercial and financial hub of Nueva Vizcaya;
  • Implement strict zoning for the strategic arrangement of locations of future establishments within its territorial jurisdiction in accordance with the existing laws and ordinances;
  • Implement pertinent laws and ordinances with regard to the delivery of basic services and facilities;
  • Enhance the existing information communications technology and facilities that will make the municipality globally accessible.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SOLANO

The cosmopolitan population of Solano composed of the native Gaddangs, Ilocanos, Tagalogs, Pangasinenses, Kapampangans, Batangueños, Bicolanos, Chinese and the Ilongots and Ifugaos found among the hinterlands of Solano.

Solano is politically subdivided into 22 barangays with 6 urban barangays (Osmeňa, Quezon, Poblacion North, Quirino, Poblacion South and Roxas) and 16 rural barangays (Aggub, Bagahabag, Bangaan, Bangar, Bascaran, Communal, Concepcion, Curifanf, Ddap, Lactawan, P.D Galima, San Juan, San Luis, Tucal, Uddiawan, Wacal). The municipality was once the biggest in the Province of Nueva Vizcaya, however when 2 of its Barangays were separated and became part of the municipalities of Quezon for Barangay Caliat and Villaverde for Barangay Bintawan, thus reducing its area to 10,296.27746 hectares.

Situated by about 275 kilometers north of Manila, Solano is located at the middle of an agricultural area in the province of Nueva Vizcaya. The municipality is 3 kilometers away from the Municipality of Bayombong, the provincial capital and the seat of Provincial and National Offices. It is traversed by the Maharlika Highway leading to the provinces of Isabela northward, and to the province of Nueva Ecija southward.

Solano is now recognized as a major growth center in Region 02 as evidenced by the influx of enterprises doing business in the locality coming from various places not only from the neighboring municipalities but also those coming from the Region and Metro Manila.

The municipality is experiencing a booming economic activity with the various on-going constructions especially with the expansion of a three stories Commercial building owned and operated by the Local Government Unit and the presence of financing institutions now in operation in the locality.

The young and dynamic Mayor Eufemia A. Dacayo a project-oriented leader is steering the municipality in the fulfillment of its dream and aspirations of becoming the premier urban center in Region 02 and the 1st city for the Province of Nueva Vizcaya and in coordination with the Local Officials and in partners with governmental and non-governmental organizations and with the support of the majority of the populace, this dream of becoming a city will soon be a reality.

TOURISM

Tourism Industry as a vibrant economic activity in the municipality of Solano is on the process of tapping the natural resources in spite of the absence of developed tourist destination. As of this date, Solano’s tourist potential is limited only to man-made tourist facilities as evidenced by highway based tourism services like the presence of Hotels, Inns and Lodging houses.

Some of these establishments are accredited by the Department of Tourism with complete amenities and facilities and are classified as third class type.

Some foreign and local tourists alike preferred the municipality as their jump-off point/stop-over in going to the famous Banaue Rice Terraces of the Province of Ifugao and other tourist destinations.

Today, there are potential natural tourist attractions in which the municipality of Solano when fully developed may become an excellent tourist destination in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley). One of the Eco-Tourism Zones, as provided by the Ordinance, is the Uddiawan/Commonal Falls and the majestic Pa-Id Falls both found at upper Barangay of Commonal which is the ancestral domain of the Ayangan Tribe.

Uddiawan/Commonal Falls is approximately 12 kilometers away from the Poblacion which the length of the falls is measuring a height of 3 to 4 meters and a lagoon with an area of 100 square meters; while the Pa-Id Falls has a measuring height of falls of about10 meters more or less and 200 square meters lagoon and is approximately 17 kilometers from Poblacion and about an hour and a half long hike.

When these aforementioned falls will be fully developed, it can be used for swimming, fishing, and picnic grounds. Only a few huts are erected which are managed by the barangay. The areas are often visited by local tourists not only from Solano but from neighboring municipalities especially during summer and weekends to experience the cool and refreshing waterfalls.

Presently, the celebration of the Founding anniversary which is every April 25 of every year and Pagbiagan Festival every October is a tourism attraction undertaken by the municipality. Cultural presentations, food festival, and other related activities participated by the 22 barangays of the municipality and all concerned agencies both private and public.

ECONOMIC RESOURCES

Solano is identified as a major growth center and as a commercial and financial growth center for the Province of Nueva Vizcaya.

The Central Business District of the municipality is found at Barangay Poblacion South & North where the majority of the commercial establishments and activities are concentrated and where the 1.2 hectares & 2,000 square meters, 2 lots of Public Market is also located which is owned and operated and owned by the Local Government Unit.

The market is divided into various commercial sections such as dry goods section, the meat & fish section and the wet market section.

The market is on a daily basis where agricultural products and consumer products coming from different barangays and neighboring municipalities are brought to be sold at the market site at a fair market value.

The existing commercial areas of the municipality are mostly found in the six (6) center barangays (Barangay Osmena, Poblacion North, Poblacion South, Quezon, Quirino, and Roxas) that comprise Central Business District of the municipality.

FOODS AND PRODUCTS OF SOLANO NUEVA VIZCAYA

Tinapa (Smoked Fish)

That usually refers to fish cooked or preserved through the process of smoking.

Nilatikan Native Kakanin

Made from sweet rice or malagkit, sugar and coconut milk.

Biko (Rice Cake)

Sweet Sticky Rice With Latik Topping

Tupig (Intemtem)

Glutinous rice and coconuts strips wrapped in banana leaves cooked over charcoal

Mais (Maize or Corn)

It is often planted near the river and it is planted second to rice .

Bigas (Rice)

TOP 5 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achiever awardees in the entire country for rice sufficiency.