the earliest days, Ponot was inhabited by the Subanen Tribes, who
evidently found the place worth settling that they gradually built their
homes and settled there. Is was these settlers that the Spaniards found
when they colonized the country in 16th century, thereby
establishing settlement especially in the western part of Mindanao.
Jose Dalman is called Ponot. It is derived from the word “Pongot”
(stressed on the first syllable), a local term that means thick bushes
of tall grasses and shrubs, which abound along the municipality’s
legendary tale that accounts to how Ponot got its name is one of the
country;s heinous crime ever committed in history.
is said that on the 17th century, a Spanish missionary,
Father Francisco Paliola, S.J.; was on his way home from Sindangan to
Dapitan (now a city) rode his horse when a lone bandit with a long bolo
suddenly appeared from “Pongot”, attacked and beheaded him. The
priest was then buried along the wide stretch of beach at Sitio Tabang
near the town site and still could be found even at the present.
when another wave of Spanish colonizers came and noticed the wide
stretch of thick bushes found upon entering Ponot shores, asked what
place it was, the natives readily answered “Pongot”, thinking that
the Spaniards were asking the place where the Spanish missionary was
killed and buried. Since then, the place was called “Ponot”, at
which the Spaniards dropped the letter “G” as it is hard for them to
years later, Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines National Hero, together
with his disciple, Jose Dalman upon seeing the bounties of its natural
resources as they passed by Ponot, said on the dialect, “Jose, sa
panahon nga bulagon na kita sa kapalaran, baliki kining lugaraha ug
dinhi igambalay ug tukura ang kaugmaon sa kinabuhi.” Thus, inspired by
these words, the young Dalman went back to Ponot from their sojourn from
Dapitan after Rizal was to face his fate from the Spaniards.
was then Jose Dalman, with the help of his contemporaries, a certain
Adaza and Aseniero, founded the second settlement of Ponot after the
Municipalities of Ponot, prior to its creation was one of the biggest
barangays of the Municipalties of Manukan.
in the year 1978, Parliamentary Bill No. 148 sponsored by Assemblyman
Guardson R. Lood was submitted to the Batasang Pambansa for the creation
of the Municipality of Ponot in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.
Then the said bill was passed into law thereby approving the creation of
the Municipality of Ponot.
the municiaplity exercised its first legal function on August 10, 1979
after Hon. Iniego G. Dalman was sworn into office by then Governor
Virginio B. Lacaya.
its creation, there were eight (8) barangays composing themunicipality
namely: Poblacion, Siparok, Tabon, Tamil, Manawan, Madalg, Dinsan and
Lopero. In 1985, ten (10) barangays were created under the
administration of Mayor Ludwig H. Adaza, namely: Balakan, Litalip,
Sigamanok, Labakid, Ilihan, Lumaping, Tamrok, Marupay, Bitoon and Lipay,
thus totallingthe eighteen (18) barangays within its juridical
Then on April 8, 1983, Parliamentary Bill 1857 sponsored by then Assemblyman Guardson R. Lood through the effort of the municipal government headed by Iniego G. Dalman, in honor of the late Jose Dalman, for the deeds he has done for the development of the town and also for the donating the lot where the townsite is located.