Jose Paolo Jude L. Natividad
Mike A. Mamacog
Calixto F. Carreon
Venancio L. Pacquaio
Leonora C. Arana
Juliet G. Halawig
Laurienz Janine R. Fernandez
Shirley L. Layog
|Date of Anniversary||December 9|
|Teritorial Boundary||North: Brgy. Labangal|
South: Brgy. Sinawal
East: Brgy. Dadiangas Heights
West: Brgy. San Jose
|Brgy. Proper||Foundation Anniversary||Dec. 9|
|Prk. DARBCI Homes||9th Senior labrador Patronal||May 27|
|Prk. 7 Sto. Nino||12th Foundation Anniversary||May 27|
|Prk. 6 New Society||San Isidro Lab. Patronal Fiesta||May 14|
|Sogod Upper Lot 1||Patronal Fiesta||May 13|
|Purok Foremost Phase II||2nd Foundation Anniversary||January 17|
|Prk. La Consolacion Phase II||3rd Foundation Anniversary||June 3|
|PrK. 2 Lanton||Santa Cruz Patronal Fiesta||May 2|
|Rosadel Village, Lanton||Foundation Anniversary||Feb.11|
|Purok 4 Lanton||Patronal Fiesta/ San Jose||March|
|Lanton||Sts. Peter & Paul||June|
|Purok 6 Lanton||Purok Anniversary||December 29|
Barangay Apopong is located in the northwestern side of the City of General Santos along the National Highway going to Marbel, Koronadal, South Cotabato about 5 kilometers away from the city. The word “Apopong” is a B’laan term, which means “Heart”.
In 1954, when General Santos City was still a Municipality of Buayan, Apopong was named Sitio New Society of Sinawal. The Bureau of Lands surveyed it on the same year. The survey was finished in 1956 and the subdivision plan was signed and approved by the Director of Lands on May 21, 1958.
Land area of Apopong is 1,907 hectares or 3.56% of the total land area of the entire city. The barrio site is about 28.3 hectares, more or less, composed of more than 500 lots which was known as Apopong Public Land Subdivision, PLS-356. Lot No. 1 of PLS-356 known as the Sitio New Society was earmarked by the Bureau of Lands as barrio site but it was subdivided into 12 lots, surveyed, approved and titled to individual applicants except Lots 1-k, 1-f and 1-j.
After the survey, the population of the sitio grew rapidly as the migratory trends of the people towards General Santos City also increased by the thousands annually. Establishment of more businesses never stopped and the economic boom of the city started.
The first settlers in the area were the families of Alilaya, Ibad, Pragados, Hernandez, Lapong, Cabanit, Isidro and Villavende among others. In 1972, the settlers grouped themselves and formed an organization, which they call Muslim-Christian Association. Mr. Melchor Legaspi and Mr. Sammy Akmad came out to be their President and Vice-President, respectively. This association served as the bridge of the residents to the local government during the term of the late Mayor Antonio C. Acharon.
In 1974, during the term of Bernardino Lozano, a barrio captain of Sinawal, Apopong became a part again of Sinawal. On December 9, 1976, the Sangguniang Bayan favorably endorsed to the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos though the Department of Local Government and Community Development (DLGCD) through a Resolution No. 55-A, Series of 1976, and the proclamation of Apopong as a barangay.
Due to the clamor of the populace, the then District Supervisor, Mr. Jacobino J. Java issued a memorandum sometime in 1991 to Mrs. Perla Sol Amboy, one of the teachers in Dadiangas West Elementary School through the order of the Schools Superintendent, Mrs. Leonor E. Peñalosa to open a primary school in the area and accept enrollees in Grades I and II pupils and find ways and means to hold classes for the enrollees.
Few days after, a temporary school was erected through the help of the residents and classes in Grades I and II started in June 1991 with 91 pupils in Grade I and 32 pupils in Grade II. Ms. Erlinda Anie was the first teacher in the said school.
It was only in August 24, 1982 when Minister Jose A. Roño of the Ministry of Local Government in his letter addressed to Mr. Pablo Manon-og Solis of Apopong, extended his recognition and the existence of the said barangay was duly recognized. In his letter, he also approved that the barangay may now be organized through the election of barangay officials.
In August 1988, Ex-City Councilor Mr. Ciriaco Cornelio donated 2,000 square meters of lot at the western side of New Society Elementary School in favor of the barangay where to construct a barangay hall and other public buildings. This deed of donation was made possible through the efforts of former OIC City Mayor Dominador A. Lagare and then Barangay Captain Delia Rabanes.