MUNICIPALITY OF TITAY
Mayor MARIA ESPERANZA CORAZON D. RILLERA
The Municipality of Titay is another thriving town in Zamboanga Sibugay that offers different doors and windows of opportunities. Located at the western part of Zamboanga Peninsula, it is the last municipality going to the province of Zamboanga del Norte and is therefore the passageway of travelers going to the different provinces and cities of Zamboanga Peninsula.
According to the annals of Titay’s history, the ray of progress dawned on this town in 1935 when three Ilocano families from Nueva Ecija settled in the clearing that they made in the forests here. Upon their return to their hometown they invited friends and relatives to their newfound home that abounded with fertile lands and lush vegetation. Words spread out to neighboring settlements on the opportunities available in the valleys of Titay. Thenceforth, settlers from both neighboring and far places came to settle and farm in the area. The place became known as Sitio Taytay. The term “taytay” means bridge to the Subanen and Kalibugans which they used to refer to foot paths which were then commonly seen in front of the huts of the natives. The name Taytay was later shortened to Titay. Titay was created as a municipality of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur on May 24, 1960 through Executive Order No. 395 which was issued by the president at that time, President Carlos P. Garcia. The place flourished into the Titay that is known today. What place would not be when it is blessed with natural wealth and hard-working people who utilizes their resources to address the needs of the community.
Economic activities in the municipality are outgrowths of the community’s agricultural-based products like rice, corn, rubber, and coconut that enliven the economic activities of the municipality. Farmers also grow fruits and vegetables which they sell in the market. Other activities include cottage industries like bag making, mat weaving, basket making, bamboo beds making, and furniture and amakan weaving. These products are mostly sold in Ipil and in the municipality. Titay is also a potential tourism destination with eight (8) waterfalls but there are still others that are still unexplored. One of its barangays, Barangay Culasian is the site of the provincial local government’s eco-tourism development. There is also one resort in Barangay Moalboal which can be a perfect getaway for those who want to be with friends and families and away from the humdrum of daily activities in the workplace.