Sison

Lying within the provincial boundaries of La Union and Benguet, Sison is a third class municipality in the province of Pangasinan. Its mother town used to be San Fabian, until locals from Barrio Bolaoen signed a petition asking to be separated as another pueblo. It was filed to the gobernadorcillo of San Fabian and was later endorsed to the alkalde mayor of Lingayen on August 8, 1858.  After the definition of the jurisdiction of the proposed new pueblo, the administrative proceedings began with the mayor of San Fabian himself. On December 15, 1862, a royal decree was finally issued declaring the creation of a pueblo independent of San Fabian’s civil jurisdiction. The pueblo was called Alava.  Under the following American regime, a bill incorporating the town of Artacho to Alava was approved on March 25,1918, through the sponsorship of Senator Pedro Ma. Sison. Following this incorporation, Alava was renamed Sison in honor of Don Perfecto Sison, first provincial governor of Pangasinan. The town’s principal means of livelihood is agriculture, but it is also famous for its woodworks. Wood carving is a significant source of income and product of the town people, which attracts many visitors from all over the world. The town is also known for its cement industry, and the Northern Cement Corporation, which produces 100% Filipino-made cement, is situated here.  Sison is accessible by land transportation through Pozorrubio – Binalonan – Baguio – Manila Road. It is approximately 200 kilometers north of Manila  and it takes approximately 4 hours to travel by bus, 50 kilometers south of San Fernando City where the regional offices of the national government agencies in Region 1 are located, 53 kilometers east of Lingayen (via Pozorrubio)  and 43 kilometers south of Baguio City.

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