This quiet and idyllic village was created on February 25, 1972 by virtue of Provincial Board Resolution No. 29 Series of 1972. This Barangay was named after former Supreme Court Justice and La Union Governor Juvenal K. Guerrero. It was carved from the southern portion of Payocpoc Norte Este, its mother barangay. It lies about 3 kilometers south of Poblacion on the eastern side of the National Highway.
BARANGAY PAYOCPOC NORTE ESTE
This brief history of barangay Payocpoc Norte Este was painstakingly prepared through the cooperative and collective efforts of the barangay officials. The data contained in these profiles were gathered through interviews and research from senior natives of the Barrio. This was the only source of information the writer can make use of due to non-existence of official records to substantiate the birth and development of this small but progressive barangay/community.
Originally, Payocpoc Norte Este was a big barangay having in domain a vast of arable land with an area of approximately 108,839.15 square meters. It is bounded on the north by barangays Calumbaya, Nagrebcan and Parian Oeste; on the east barangays Boy-utan and Limmansangan; on the south by barangay Santiago and Pilar and on the rest is a vest plain agricultural land. It is traversed from north to south by the national highway and the railroad, making it accessible by transportation either by land or sea.
Due to the mobility of its people and the once scarcely populated barrio and because of the rapid population growth compounded by the emergency tribal groups, political activities became complicated in the barangay level so that the subdivision of Payocpoc was imperative. This subdivision resulted in the existence of Payocpoc Sur, Payocpoc Norte Oeste and Payocpoc Norte Este barangays. Lately due to the increase in population of barangay Payocpoc Norte Este, this barangay was divided into two, thus barangay Guerrero was created which occupies almost one-half of the land area, southern part.
BARANGAY PAYOCPOC NORTE WESTE
We envision an independent and progressive barangay advocating principles that help build and nurture honesty and responsibility among its public officials and employees and take appropriate measures to promote transparency in transacting with the public
To be able to actively carry out the mandate and ensure transparency, honesty and efficiency in the delivery of services in the barangay.
During the early days, a band of drifters or refugees from unknown places landed on an unnamed shore of Lingayen Gulf abundant with tiny beach craves devoid of living mammals. The aboriginal mountain tribes called this creatures “walang” which when applied to a place means desert-drifted sort of organized and permanent habitat. When those refugees found the place suitable for a settlement, they established their residences along the sandy portion of the plain; this settlement was called “walang” by the nearby tribes. From then on, the place and its inhabitants carried the description “walang” and retained this term up to the present.
One day a devastating cyclone swept over the place destroying everything that stands along its path, scooping sand and dust and tossing them upward like a column of smoke that formed smog above the settlement. Afterwards, it scattered all over like a shower of sludge. The phenomenon was witnessed by all the people and characterized as a tragic and catastrophic event carrying with it some sort of a bad omen. The catastrophe was described in the dialect as “pumaypayapoc” or “pumayocpoc a tapoc ken darat”. This event was interpreted as sign of approaching disaster and the people were prompted to move out of the place and seek for a safer place. Eventually, the place was called Payocpoc, a contraction of the phrase to signify that this settlement come from the place of the “pumayocpoc a tapoc ken darat”.
From the foregoing talk, it is summarized that the early settlers came from the north via sea route and downward came the mountain tribes.
The convergences of these groups brought about the establishment of the early barangay, the forerunner of the divided Payocpoc.
Due to people’s mobility and fertility, the populated Payocpoc became cradle of rapid population compounded by the convergences of diverse tribal groups. Socio-economic activities increased by leap and bound. Political administration becomes more complicated in the barangay.
The division of the place Payocpoc resulted in the emergence of Payocpoc Norte Weste, Payocpoc Sur and Payocpoc Este and lately a portion of these adjoining barangays gave way to the creation of Barangay Guerero.
BARANGAY PAYOCPOC SUR
The barangay people of Payocpoc Sur, Bauang, La Union envisions a healthy, united, peaceful and progressive community where empowered families have access to development services, opportunities and are capable of maximizing their existing resources to meet present and future needs.
To become self-reliant barangay with people’s longer life expectancy, better quality of life and greater potential for productivity especially of the in-need sectors through package of sustainable livelihood and income enhancement programs, projects and community services.
During the early days, a brand of drifters or refugees from unknown places landed on an unnamed shore of Lingayen Gulf abundant with tiny beach crabs but devoid of living mammals. Aware of landing, the aboriginal mountain called this group “walang” which applied to a place means deserted or forsaken. When referred to people, it means wayward drifters-short of organized and permanent habitat. When these refugees found the place suitable for a settlement, they established their residence along the sandy portion of the plain. This settlement was called “walang” by the near tribes. From then on, the place and its important inhabitants carried the description “walang”. Until present time, though there were no remnants of the past, still the place retained its term. Calamities happened at interval on this settlement and one day a devastating cyclone swept over the place destroying everything that stands along the path, scooping sand and tossing them upward like a column of smoke that formed smog above the settlement and afterwards scattering it all over like shower of sludge. The phenomenon was witnessed by all the people and characterized it as tragic and catastrophic event carrying with it some sort of bad omen. The catastrophe was described in the dialect as “pumayocpoc a tapoc ken darat”. This event was interpreted as a sign of approaching disaster and that prompted the people to move out from the place and seek for a safer place eastward. The group settled at the feet of the hills away from the shore and safe from the “pumayocpoc a tapoc ken darat”. Eventually, the place was called “PAYOCPOC”, a contraction of the phrase, to signify that this settlement came from the place of the “pumayocpoc a tapoc ken darat”. Until then, the place is called PAYOCPOC.
From the foregoing tale, it is surmised that the early settlers came from the north via the sea route and from the east downward came the mountain tribes. The convergence of these groups brought the establishment of the early barangay, the forerunner of the new divided PAYOCPOC.
Due to the people’s mobility and fertility, the populate Payocpoc became a cradle of rapid population compounded by the convergence of diverse tribal groups. Socio-economic activities increases by leap and bound. Political administration became more complicated in the barangay level. So, the division of the place were Payocpoc Sur, Payocpoc Norte Oeste, and Payocpoc Norte Este and lately a portion of this adjoining barangays were slashed to give way to creation of GUERRERO.
This barangay has no concrete records pertaining as to when and where its name was derived. From interviews of the old folks who were still alive, its name Limmansangan began after a story that was related after the World War II. This place before was a thick forest full of big trees, bamboos and other plants. During World War II people used to run into this place or inside the forest to hide from the Japanese troops which were patrolling in the air. The forest served as their hidden place till the Japanese troops left the air vicinity. So the word “LIMM” from “Limm-ansangan” came from the Ilocano word “LIMMENGAN” which means in English as hidden place or “taguan”. Meanwhile the word “ANSANGAN” was derived from the word “LANSANGAN” which means a one man trail but this one man trail looked like a branch or “sanga-sangang” daan. After the war, the people slowly constructed and widened the main trail to make it as the road of this barangay. The people fused the word LIMM from LIMENGAN and ANSANGAN from LANSANGAN to make one word as LIMMANSANGAN. From this story the name of this barangay was known as Limmansangan since then. PALUGSI was derived from two words PAL and LUGSIT. According to one of the oldest men in the barangay, Vidal Dumo, there was a big robust tree where most of the “pastores” or shepherds took their rest after shepherding their animals. This big robust tree bore fruits. While the shepherds rested under this big tree, they got the fruits of this tree. They PALPALEN or battered or pounded the fruits of this tree then LUGSITEN or crushed the fruits.
This was done by the shepherds to lull their time away.Barangay Limmansangan and Barangay Palugsi fused together as one barangay called PALUGSI-LIMMANSANGAN because the population and number of household before were very few. It did not meet the municipal standard requirement so that one barangay could be led by one barangay captain.
This barangay is located east of barangay Guerrero and Payocpoc Sur, south of barangay Payocpoc Norte-Este, barangay Boy-utan and barangay Bucayab, west of barangay Cabalayangan and barangay Sta. Monica and north of barangay Casilagan and barangay Santiago.