Pagadian. After his brief tenure as town "Presidente", a regular election was held with the Hon. Francisco Consolacion becoming the first elected municipal mayor.
Later, Congressman Roseller T. Lim authored R.A. 711 dividing Zamboanga into two provinces -- the Norte and Sur -- on June 6, 1952. Pagadian became the capital town of Zamboanga del Sur which was itself inaugurated on September 17, 1952. Pagadian became a chartered city on June 21, 1969 through R.A. 5478.