Fast Facts and Figures
17, 819.04 Hectares
22 Barangays; Total Population: 32, 838 (2018)
Bauko envisions to be a first class municipality characterized by a progressive economy, globally competitive, self-reliant and God-loving citizens; showcasing the magnificent sceneries and indigenous culture while upholding environmental integrity and promoting a disaster resilient community through a moral and transparent leadership
- To make Bauko a prime tourist destination while maintaining its rich culture and a well-balanced ecology;
- To promote marketability of local products;
- To attain social and economic growth by nurturing human potentials and skills leading to a sustainable livelihood and improved quality of life;
- To uphold social integrity by raising a moral and a drug-free community; and
- To raise climate change consciousness among the local community through the implementation of risk resilient social programs
Bauko was administratively under Pedro Duran de Monteforte and other rulers during the Spanish regime in 1663-1897. The town was then still part of the old Mountain Province comprising Benguet, Bontoc – Lepanto, Amburayan, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Apayao. During the American Administration (1898-1935), through General Order No. 03, Series of 1899, amended by General Order No. 40, series of 1900, municipalities were sanctioned to be the first form of Local Government Unit to be organized.
On January 31, 1909, Act No. 82 was approved and provided by the Governor
General of the Philippines for the organization of the Municipality, thus in 1911 Bauko was created as a separate Municipality. Before this, or soon after the Americans took over the rule of the Philippines from the Spaniards, the seat of the local government was in Baugen (Bagnen).
With the executive order of the Governor General of the Philippines making Bauko as the township, not Baugen, a suitable building had to be located in Bauko to house the municipal government. The presidencia was then temporarily transferred to nearby Guinzadan. However, it did not take long to find a house. The house of an Ilocano immigrant named Sarol was utilized. The owner of the house, a literate person, was appointed as the Municipal Secretary-Treasurer.
The municipal building was not permanently built as it was transferred from place to place until finally a concrete building was constructed in Abatan, Bauko, Mountain Province. This was under the incumbency of late Congressman Hon. Luis Hora and Hon. Gregorio Awisan as Mayor in 1964-1967.