History of the Community


            Based on the unwritten history of Barangay Gonogon which was handed down from early civilization to the present generation, living old folks today still confirmed the veracity of the story narrated to them by the deceased ancestors.

            Once upon a time there lived a couple at Palale, one day their pregnant mother pig went stray, the wondering mother pig followed and exited passing through the mountain side bound southward until the sow found a better place covered by cogon, the resting place is called “LAGLAGAN”, now the site of the Gonogon Elementary School within sitio LEGAB. The name Gonogon is derived from the word “COGON” signifying the importance of the grass that attracted the mother pig to settle down and delivered seven piglets.

            Soon thereafter, the man or owner of the missing pig searched far and wide travelling from mountain to mountain. He followed the footprints of his pig until he arrived in a place covered by cogon and rattan where he finally found his mother pig together with seven piglets. The man lost no time and gathered cogon and built a temporary shelter for his piglets to protect them from the heat of the sun and raindrops.

            Unable to carry alone the mother pig and seven piglets back to PALALE, the man decided to construct also a temporary shelter for him using the cogon and rattan as building materials. The man used dried leaves as pillows like his pigs.

            When other members of the family learned about the discovery of their mother pig, they followed the man to LEGAB. Finding the place better than PALALE the whole family decided to build a permanent dwelling place. Some of the tribes men left behind join with them. As the tribe increase in number, they expanded their settlement area. Some went to a place now called sitio SUMBAGAN. Others went up to a place called SAYUDANG. The present existing sitios are LEGAB, SUMBAGAN and SAYUDANG comprises barangay GONOGON.

Location and Access

            Barangay Gonogon is the last barangay of Bontoc Municipality situated on the south, thirteen (13) kilometres away from the capital town and closer to the border of Sabangan, bounded on the north by the villages of Balili, Alab Proper and Alab Oriente, on the south by the Municipality of Sabangan, on the west is the village of Tambingan, Sabangan, and on the east by the vast virgin forest of Mount Kalawitan with overflowing springs and haven for indigenous birds and animals.

            It comprises three (3) sitios namely, Legab, Sayudang and Sumbagan, all Sandwich by two high mountains bisected by the parallel winding Chico River and Halsema Highway.

Land Area and Topography

            Geography it is mountainous, sloppy, rolling place with approximately 45 degrees. It is an approximate total land area of 768 hectares. Wide portion is mountainous, rocky and covered with pine trees not suited for agricultural purposes.

            However, the remaining limited area especially along the creeks and the Chico River is purely devoted to socio-economic development.


            Barangay Gonogon enjoys a temperature climate the whole year round. Like the capital of Bontoc proper with an elevation of 3,000 ft above sea level, during summer time it becomes warm. The climate changes from November to February, people feel the effect of cold weather.

Soil Types

            Although the place is embedded with rocks, clay and loam soil is found, certain plants like vegetables and fruits can thrive within the barangay.



Household Distributions

            Barangay Gonogon has 183 household distributed in three sitios, namely Legab with the highest number of household, followed by sitio Sumbagan with and sitio Sayudang, majority of the households are situated at Legab.


            As of December 2019, Barangay Gonogon has a total population of 744.


            Of the many religious denominations, only five (5) have been established in the barangay. These are Roman Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Born Again and Spiritista. The RC lead the bigger number followed by the Anglican due mainly to the fact that they were the first established churches in the barangay.



Ten years from now, Barangay Gonogon will be economically progressive, compassionate, health conscious, environmentally friendly, functionally literate, educated, alert residents and managed jointly by effective and supportive constituents and leaders.


  • To support Environmentally Friendly barangay officials and constituents should preserve our nature’s beauty and be part of Government Clean and Green Program.
  • To strengthen leadership capabilities, be a model of the next leaders of the barangay.
  • To enhance economic progress in the barangay through the use of resource as one way of pulling the families who belong to the poverty level.
  • To make citizens become a concern citizen.
  • That their eyes and mind should stay open regarding cleanliness, peace and order situations and specially barangay projects and accomplishments.
  • Support literacy program of Dep-Ed – encourage youths who are out of school to continue their schooling for greener pasture, they can also enrol TESDA of Palatong, Tambingan, Sabangan, Mountain Province.


  • Strict Implementation of ordinances
  • Maintain Peace and Order
  • Implement Solid Waste Management
  • Conduct Trainings for the community for Disaster Preparedness
  • Promote Tourist spots/sites
  • Conserve and protect forest and rivers
  • Malnourished Free Barangay
  • Increase of Local Revenue



 Punong Barangay : Rudy B. Gittabao

Barangay Kagawad:

  • Oscar P. Dao-ayen
  • Ricardo S. Cabay
  • Elena B. Elwas
  • Elpidio A. Baldo
  • Anastacio M. Basingao
  • Reynaldo B. Mangapan
  • Allan Peter L. Bannawi
  • Teresito M. Cawayan- IPMR
  • Demfloyd L. Dalilis - SK Chairperson

Barangay Secretary: Amy Flor C. Ay-yato

Barangay Treasurer:  Eugenia B. Dodoy