You can’t miss Bayyo if you travel through the Bontoc-Banaue highway. In a land area of 5,787 hectares, 373 individuals from 103 families currently reside and earn their living in this barangay. The picture of the village beside rice fields terraced on a mountain slope strikes the passerby, unless the person is fast asleep.
The Spaniards who named the barangay encountered a group of women when they came to the area. They asked the women for the name of the place. Thinking that they were asked what they were doing, they answered, “Dakami in- bayo.”
The word Bayo was fished out from the sentence, and it later evolved to Bayyo. However, for the natives, the name of their place is Sagpatan.
When asked how the first people came to area, the answer was a story that began in Mt. Kalawitan.
Once there was a flood that spared only the peak of Mt. Kalawitan. The mountain became the dwelling place of the only two survivors - a boy and a girl who were siblings. They stayed there until the flood subsided. They had 5 children, the first ending up in Hapao, the last in Bayyo, and the rest in Bontoc,
The two survivors next lived in Ambatawal at the foot of Mt. Kalawitan. They built Ato Kilong was there. This was transferred when they relocated to Kimarongi.
Insects that were abundant there produced such irritating noise that at one point, it made the people decide to leave and look for a better place. They then went to Paddag. There was a strong river that was just as noisy and made them leave again. Finally, they settled in Lebeng where it was peaceful.
Chaos happened however when the people couldn’t understand each other. One of them even insisted that stones could be eaten. To punish them, God above sent a flood that scattered them to different places. Some of them followed a gusi swept by the waters and found themselves in Dalican. Some of them followed a house and ended up in Saclit,Sadanga. The rest of them followed a pig and arrived in Bayyo.
***Reference - TAWID: Celebrating 100 Years of Bontoc Township Experience
BRIEF DESCRIPTION of the BARANGAY
Barangay Bayyo is one of the 16th barangay of Bontoc. It is nestled in the southern part of the municipality of Bontoc at the boundary between Mountain Province and Ifugao with a total land area of 5,787 ha. 95% of the land is forest cover and a minimal 5% as Agricultural land. It is bounded on the north by Barangay Talubin, on the south by the Municipality of Banaue and Hungduan, Ifugao, on the east by the municipality of barlig, on the west by the municipality of Sabangan and on the northwest by the barangay of Gonogon.
Barangay Bayyo is composed of four (4) sitios namely: Pannad, Dorag, Bogtiw and Tangyaod and is 18 kilometers away from Poblacion Bontoc and 28 kilometers to Banaue, Ifugap. This is accessible to any type of land transportation through the Bontoc-banaue National Road. A concrete 800 meter barangay road connects the barangay to the national road.
Aside from Public Utility Jeep, daily transportation plying the route are the Vonvon Liner, AV Trans and Emmanuel Trans all pass by the barangay on trip to and from Santiago and Tabuk City and a luxury bus (CODA LINES) pyling to Manila from Sagada via Bontoc-Banaue National Road. The fare for this PUBs is 30php and for PUJ is 40php.
LAND USE PROFILE
FOREST LAND USE - comprising the biggest land area of 5, 300 has. The forest land has classified into the mossy and the pine forest. The mossy forest found on the outskirt of the barangay, while the pine forest found in the areas that is accessible to the community serve as hunting ground and watershed.
AGRICULTURAL LAND USE - are the riceland the "UMA" or root crop land and pasture land.
RESIDENTIAL LAND USE - it is where the houses public building and cemeteries are located.
Prosperous and Self Reliant BAYYO community thriving with farmers entrepreneurship who do business out of agriculture and who live in harmony with nature among themselves and in an environment characterized by freedom, spiritually, social justice and equity and adherence to its cultural heritage
The community shall endeavour to work for the provision of livelihood alternatives and opportunities of appropriate farm technologies to improve productivity and eventually raised. The standard living of the people without disregarding the principle of sustainable development to institutionalized the indigenous resource management system and policies and to support the appropriate program of the government and other agencies that lead to the fulfilment of the vision
Punong Barangay : Joseph B. Lacwin
- Clarencio M. Kia-ew
- William G. Gaston
- Froilan D. Puapo
- Jennifer G. Lippad
- Cenon W. Obanan
- Mary O. Bortikey
- Baltazar D. Kor-oyen
IPMR : Rufino B. Botikey
SK Chairperson: Melody T. Gaston
Barangay Secretary: Alicia W. Bongabong
Barangay Treasurer: Liezl B. Moyamoy