THE NAME “Palanas” was derived from a native word which means a “large flat stone”. Untrue to popular belief, the coming of the Spaniards  had nothing to do with its origin because Palanas had already been a defined settled area called as such before they came. The large flat stone for which it was named may refer to the flat sedimentary rock formations that look like pavements stretching through most of the coral reef areas of the municipality.

          The development of Palanas actually begun sometime before 1560 B.C.,as evidenced by the carbon-dating of archeological artifacts dug in 1980 and 1981 at Bagumbayan, Poblacion, barely 25 meters east of Alvarez a couple of archeologists from liecester University, London. Human occupation of Palanas,unless disproved,there,antedated that of any of it neighboring municipalities. Artifacts of pre-Chinese era were also found in Tomongan, 2kms.East of the Pobalcion in an Iron Age burial ground, purporting that human habitation in Palanas had been intensive even before Europeans came to the Philippines.

         The earliest known record of Palanas as a settlement of considerable size both in area and population  shows that in 1884, there were 895 people in it. It grew in two years to 1,849 out of the total population of Masbate of 5,489 out of the total population of 2,655 out  of the population of Masbate of 19,517.When Masbate had a population occupying 140 hectares of cultivated lands,24,703 cogonland, and 12,753 woodland.

         As early as 1885, Palanas had been a Cabeza de Barangay with Potenciano Tamayo appointed as the Alcalde Mayor. Its jurisdication covered what are now Dimasalang, Cataingan, Pio V. Corpuz, Placer and Esperanza.
When Uson was also made a cabeza de barangay, Dimasalang became the natural boundary of Uson and Palanas.
         The Alcalde Mayor of Uson wanted to extend the boundary across Suba river virtually annexing Dimasalang. The timely marriage of Alcalde Mayor Tamayo to a native of Suba saved the day for Dimasalang. But unfortunately, with the marriage, the seat of government was transferred from Palanas to Dimasalang in 1920 thus leaving Palanas a barangay of Dimasalang.
Half a century later, by virtue of Republic Act 639, dated December 19, 1951, Palanas was separated from Dimasalang as a distinct municipality.


A recognized agrotourism municipality with significant level of socio-economic, cultural growth and improved quality of life of the populace


To improve the quality of life of the constituents through the effective governance and delivery of sustainable program and services and by harnessing its natural,. Human and fiscal resources.
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It is for this premise, that I congratulate our own people for the exertive efforts to make our  official website more informative, We are now on a level of Information Techonology. I wish that this masterpiece  can make each everyone of you helpful specially for the people of Palanas.

As your Local Chief Executive, I always envision to give better basic services for our people as you deliberately witness for more than a decade.

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