Historical Background

          The municipality of Mutia was known before as sitio Salvacion of Barrio Sianib a part of  Dipolog Town (now Dipolog City). Said Barrio Sianib later on become a part of Polanco when the latter was created into a separate municipality. Finally, Salvacion became a barrio when takes as part of Piρan upon the creation of the latter municipality.

          Salvacion, which is geographically situated in the hinterlands, was originally inhabited by mountain tribe known as “Timoay”. The strongest and most cohesive clan among the Timoays was headed by Sumambog Basilio.  He had a son known for intelligence and was designated as “Gucom” or judge. The “Gucom “ solemnized marriage, settle disputes and led in the merry making especially during fiestas.

The Timoay tribes were the ones who opened the path for early Christian settlers coming all the way from Cebu, Leyte, Negros, Bohol and other provinces from Visayas islands.  These settlers had named the place then “Salvacion” as they had high hopes that the virgin lands could delivers themselves from economic hardship.

 
                                        HISTORY

The name is derivative from Spanish word “Salvacion” meaning save, Salvacion therefore means saver.  In the year 1950, prominent citizens made a sovereign decision for the creation of Salvacion into a separate municipality from a mother municipality of Pi1ρan. A committee was formed to affect such movement, viz.:

Felimon A. Torres, Sr. ………………….. Chairman
         
Saustiano C. Bohol ……………………… Vice-Chairman
          Moises Tenorio ………………………….. Secretary
         
Mauro S. Alvar …………………………… Adviser
          Luis Bicoy ………………………………… Member
          Leodegario Bicoy ………………………… Member
         
Conchita Suan ……………………………. Member
          Thomas Acbayan …………………………. Member
          Dionisio Baquinat ………………………… Member
         
Gil Empeynado ……………………………. Member
          Eustiquio Sales ……………………………. Member
          Santiago Sagario ………………………….. Member

                 The movement materialized upon the passage of resolution by the Municipal Council of Piρan proposing Salvacion as a separate municipality.  Before action could have taken on said resolution, the name of municipality was amended to Mutia as affected by the name of the Provincial Board. The reason for the change was to give lasting memory to a man who fought  and died in the service of his fellowmen.  This man was the late Sgt. Francisco Mutia.  At the height of lawless violence and other acts of criminality led by the Torreno brothers in the barrio of Salvacion, Sgt. Mutia with Catsen of the Philippine Constabulary and Police Sgt. Morelos and Civilian Volunteer Francisco Dagatan intensified the campaign of suppression.  One day Sgt. Mutia meet bloody encounter with the Torreno Brothers resulting into the dealt of the former and one of the Torreno brothers.

                 The municipality of Mutia acquired its juridical existence on July 22, 1960, by virtue of Executive Order   No. 402 signed by the late President of the Philippines, Carlos P. Garcia. The 26 years of existence of the municipality of Mutia has been nurtured by following executives known for their dedicated industry and integrity:

         1960-1963           Filemon A. Torres, Sr. …………. Appointed
         1963-1971           Dominador c. Atay …………….. Elected
        
1971-1980           Celso S. Cayud-ong …………….. Elected
         1980-1986           Celso S. Cayud-ong …………….. Re-Elected
         1986-present        Salustiano C. Bohol …………….. Appointed