Maco, like many of the municipalities of Compostela Valley Province, was once unknown in geography. It was a remote village located along the coast of Davao Gulf though only about twelve (12) kilometers from a bigger town called Magugpo (Presently known as Tagum City).
The origin of its name. According to some immigrants (a few still living), the name Maco was originally derived from a word Mamacao, which means a big tree. For the native inhabitants, Maco came from another derivative Maraco, although referring to the same meaning, that is, a big tree found in the area. Moreover, to some Christian immigrants as the Boholanos, Maco simply means big.
The original settlers of Maco were said to be various tribes of the Mansakas: Sungcu-an (1898), Ambitan, Kubid, Likayan and Lanu. The ancestors of these tribes were identified as Lintas, Buruku and Lapatan. Just like many tribes in Mindanao, the Mansaka used to build their houses inside the forest where they made patches of clearings and planted camote, rice and other crops mainly for their consumption. Abaca was planted and sold as a major source of living. Some Muslim groups were also found along the coastal areas of the town.
The creation of the municipality. Maco was under the political jurisdictions of Tagum at its early stage, but after the creation of the Municipality of Dona Alicia, now it was changed to Mabini, Maco became a part of that created municipality. On June 17, 1967, Municipality of Maco was born by virtue of Republic Act 4975.
As a newly created municipality, the first set of municipal officials was appointed by the late President Diosdado Macapagal, and assumed office on June 1967. The appointed officials were headed by the late Exequil Benignos as Maco’s first municipal appointed mayor, who served as Mayor up to December 1967. Other mayors who served the municipality were Atty. Orlando S. Rimando (1968-1977), the first elected municipal mayor, Atty. Restituto T. Suelto (1977-1986), was appointed as municipal mayor in 1977-1979 and was then elected on 1979 election, making him the second elected mayor in the municipality. Atty. Arturo S. Rimando (1986-1992), was appointed last 1986 to November 1987 during the time of People Power and as he ran for mayorship after the past two (2) years, Mr. Acilo B. Kudera (Dec. 1987 – Jan. 1988) was then appointed and was considered as the fourth appointed mayor in the municipality. January 18, 1988 election came and passed, Atty. Arturo S. Rimando won an overwhelming vote. He was then the third elected Municipal Mayor of the Municipality of Maco after its creation and transformed Maco into an Agri-Industrial premier in Davao del Norte. In 1992 election, Cesar D. Richa (1992 to June 2001) was elected and became the fourth elected Mayor of Maco. After the term of Hon. Cesar D. Richa, he was succeeded by Dr. Miller L. Alaba (July 2001 to June 2004), making him the fifth elected Municipal Mayor of the Municipality of Maco. Hon. Arthur Carlos Voltaire R. Rimando (July 2004 to June 2013) became the sixth elected Municipal Mayor, as he continuously won an overwhelming vote during the 2007 and 2010 elections, he ended-up his term as Municipal Mayor last June 2013. He was then succeeded by his older sister Dra. Veronica Alvera R. Rimando (July 2013 to present), a medical practitioner by profession, making her the seventh elected Municipal Mayor and the first lady Mayor of the Municipality of Maco.
Source: MPDO (Municipal Planning and Development Office)