HON. MAYOR BAI PRINCESS RIHAN MANGUDADATU SAKALURAN
Lutayan, before it became a town, was a secluded barrio of Buluan in the southern part of Koronadal. This community had been progressive even before the Second World War. It had been very known and popular due to its markets which became a distributing center of businessmen coming from the provincial capital of Cotabato, Dadiangas and even from the different towns of barrios of the neighboring province of Cotabato.
Aside from horses, Carabao and similar animals, the traders travelled by boat through rivers, lakes and swamps. These trips took several number of hours and days and the travellers became weary and tired upon reaching Lutayan where they stopped to rest and refresh themselves. The word coming on the mouth of the people when they stopped to rest was “LUTAY”, a Maguindanaon vernacular for exhaustion , hence , the name Lutayan origins where people wants to rest before continuing their trips stick up to this day.
Practically, most of the residents of the community are the Filipino Muslims. They are happy and joyful people living abundantly, for the place is a vast of fertile land, which is very much suited for almost any kind of agricultural crops. Muslims leaders of the community, conscious of their constituents cultural and educational developments, tried their very best to influence the Christians who are living in the community. Most of the Christians settlers coming from Luzon and Visayas have discovered that Lutayan is a much better place for their family to live. They join hand-in-hand with their brother Filipino Muslims in making the place productive, progressive and conducive for their children, grandchildren and future generation to come to duel. The emancipation and/or the enactment of the mentioned Republic Act No. 4864, creating the Municipality of Lutayan was the fruit of the hard labors of both Muslim and Christians leaders who were then working as municipal of Buluan.
The final realization of the fruit of their long hard struggle came to reality on May 8, 1967 the day of the implementation of Republic Act No. 4864, creating the municipality of lutayan with the following barrios: -Antong, Bayasong, Blingkong, Manili, Tamnag, Maindang, Sampao, Sisiman, and Lutayan Proper. The following year, effective the first day of January, 1968, the first elected municipal officials function as the first local government officials of the newly enacted municipality. The first elected Mayor was a lady, Hon. Mayo BAI SALILANG MANGELEN. Starting from nothing ,the new set of officials worked hard to start the building and growth of the municipality.
When the province of Sultan Kudarat was created in 1973 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 341, Lutayan became part of the political jurisdiction of the said province.
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