Barangay Magsaysay is formerly a part of Barrio Dagupan then called as Sitio Appas Norte and Ubbog, Hence, the Municipal Council of Tabuk, in Resolution No. 4, dated January 15, 1962, recommended the creation of a new barrio in answer to the petition fied by about more than two-thirds (2/3) of the then electors of Sitios Appas Norte and Ubbog, Barrio Dagupan Municipality of Tabuk, Mountain Province now Kalinga. That said petition called for the segregation of Sitios Appas Norte and Ubbog from the mother barrio of Dagupan to compose a “new, independent, and distinct barangay” and be named as “Barrio MAGSAYSAY” to compose said Sitios Appas Norte and Ubbog.
After due deliberation of the aforementioned matter by the Municipal Council of Tabuk, said Resolution was unanimously carried in accordance with Section 3 of Republic Act No. 2370, and that Barrio Magsaysay will be composed os Sitios Appas Norte and Ubbog in the Municipality of Tabuk, then Mountain Province now Kalinga Province.
The first settlers of barangay Magsaysay came from the hinterlands of Ilocos Sur and most popularly known as the BAGO tribes. Among them were Pedro Balacang, Carmen Bannawi, Valentina Daplian and Ruben Dapeg, Sr. who hailed from Supiden, La Union. The other groups were also from Cervantes, Ilocos Sur consisting of Antonio Gonzalo, Victorino Galut, Tomas Bonilla, and Fulgencio Candelario who first occupied the Western part near a flowing crystal clear water commonly name to them as “Ubbog”
In 1962, the neighboring groups finally thought of organizing themselves. Mr. Ruben Dapeg, Sr. led them where they filed a petition seeking their creation as a barrio, which was eventually approved and named Barrio Magsaysay in honor of the late President Ramon Magsaysay. Election later followed where Mr. Felomino Subagan was subsequently elected as the first Tenyente del Barrio with Antonio Gayyad, Antonio Gonzalo, Rufiino Api, Gideon Baduyen and a certain Mr. Teppangen as Council members.
Helping them were the other appointed barangay officials with Epafrodito Munda and Antonio G. Ramos as the Barangay Secretary and barangay Treasurer respectively.
The Punong Barangays who were then leaders of the barangay since its creation through Provincial Board Resolution No. 632, series of 1962 were as follows;
1. Felomino Subagan (1962-1967)
2. Gideon Baduyen (1967-1971)
3. Maximo Banntog (1971-1984)
4. John Luyaben (1984-1985)
5. Ireneo B. Balisong, Sr. (1985-1989)
6. Ernesto P. Licudine (1989-1994)
7. Rodrigo S. Ramos (1994-2007)
8. Benito D. Caysoen December, 2007 up to the present
On June 24, 2007, a plebiscite was conducted in the former Municipality of Tabuk regarding its transformation into a City and had a positive result and Barangay Magsaysay is among the urban barangays that composes the City of Tabuk.
Barangay Magsaysay as one of the urban barangays belonging to the City of Tabuk, which is a component City of the Province of Kalinga, is situated along the Provincial Road (Eastern and Western). It is the first barangay to be reached from Dagupan Centro and the third barangay from from the Provincial Capitol at Bulanao, Tabik City, Kalinga.
The total land area of Barangay Magsaysay is Five Hundred Four (504) hectares. Agricultural land covers 95.05% while the rest of the land area covers residential, commercial, and idle lands owned by the government.
Barangay Magsaysay is bounded on the North by barangays Dagupan Weste, Dagupan Centro, Casigayan and Dilag with Gen. Luna Street as boundary (Shell gasoline station), on the East by Barangay Ipip with the Baligatan Cree as boundary, on the West by Barangay New Tangalag with the Chico River as boundary and South by Barangay Appas with Ag-a Street (old KAELCO office) as boundary.
On the case of Sitio San Francisco located at the Western part of the barangay, there is no fix boundary yet however, the barangay Magsaysay and barangay Dagupan West declared the boundary with just an agreement after consultation has been made to all the residents of this area.
The distance between Barangay Magsaysay and Dagupan Centro (Business Center of the City) is approximately one (1) kilometer (Barangay Hall as landmark) and it is more or less five (5) minutes travel by tricycle, which is the main transportation of the locality.
The distance between Barangay Magsaysay and Provincial Capitol at Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga is approximately eight (8) kilometers. Travel time of ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes by multi-cab/jeepneys.
The different Sitios of the barangay is also accessible from the Provincial Road due to the presence of streets and newly constructed farm to market roads so that any type of vehicle can easily reach the innermost part/sitio of the barangay
The presence of tricycles from each boundary is maintained to cater all commuters at anytime of the day.
As the other barangays of the City, the residents of Barangay Magsaysay has only one (1) means of communication and that is through spoken language. The predominant dialect spoken is Ilocano, although the populace belongs to the different ethnic groups such as the Kalingas, Igorots from Benguet and Mountain Province, BAGO from the Ilocos region, Ilocano’s from the nearby prvinces of Cagayan and Isabela, Tagalogs and Muslims from the region of Mindanao.
The Muslim dialect is spoken by the Muslims who are situated at the Kibara compound along General Luna Street (boundary of Barangay Magsaysay and Dagupan Centro), at Sitio Ubbog and at Sitio San Vicente (Nagbugsutan).
Other dialects like kankanaey and panggalatok are spoken mostly at homes and during occasions. The Kalinga dialects spoken by some of the migrants to the barangay from the upper stream have similarities, however, there is only a slight difference in vocabulary, grammar and pronounciation.
The weather Bureau recognizes prevailing climate in the Kalinga Province under type 111. It has two (2) pronounced seasons – the dry season which is observed from the month of March to June and wet season during the rest of the year.
The coldest months are usually December and January while the warmest months are April and May. Typhoons occur during the period from July to October.
Nevertheless, the locality is experiencing weather changes due to worldwide climate change phenomenon. The dry season (summer) has become colder and as to the PAG-ASA advisory, the country will experience wet summer this year.
The land characteristic of Barangay Magsaysay is plain lowland, which comprises mostly of agricultural lands.
There are three (3) existing creeks, which serves as the main supplier of water/irrigation and natural drain to the barangay namely; Amecbecan creek located at Sitio Ubbog, Abogado creek in Magsaysay Centro, and the Baligatan creek located between the boundary of Barangay Magsaysay and Barangay Ipil.
The Amecbecan Communal Irrigation System located at Lapog, Sitio Ubbog serves as irrigation to farmlands situated in this area and is maintained by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).
The total population of Barangay Magsaysay is Three Thousand Five Hundred Forty (3,540) which comprises of seven Hundred Seventy Six (776) numbers of households. This is as of January, 2010 census conducted by the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) from the different puroks/Sitio that composes the barangay namely; Ubbog, Orocheta Street, Kin-iway, San Felipe (Silsilet), San Vicente (Nagbugsutan), P. Balacang Street (Nasgueban Bagliw), Balbin Subdivision and Centro.
Having a total population of 3,540 and a total land area of 504 hectares, Barangay Magsaysay has a population density of seven (7) persons per hectare. There is an increase of two persons per hectare comparing that of the population on the year 2008.
II. Creation – January 15, 1962
III. Land Area – 504 hectares
IV. No. of sitios/puroks – 8 sitios
V. Population – 3,540
VI. Major Products – Rice, corn & vegetables