People of Datakan believed that its name originated from the word “DATA” and “CAN” an Ibaloi and English Term respectively. According to the residents, the story goes this way:

There was an old man who was flattening a can when suddenly an American came to ask him “What is the name of this place”? The old man came to understand that the American was asking what was the name of the thing he was busy about so he answered him “data, data” at the same time pointing to the can. The American was surprised and said “What? That is a can!” The old man insisted saying “Apil, data itan, data itan!” Until such time the first settlers of the place who have heard the argument of the two named the place “DATACAN”, combining the word “DATA” and “CAN”. Eventually, they spelled it DATAKAN.

Another version of the story says that during the early days, the land was all forested; a place could hardly be distinguished except by the presence of landmarks such as rocks, hills, mountains, trees and lakes. And Because of this travelers and hunters got lost in this wilderness were it not for the landmarks.

In the midst of the wilderness stood a towering tree called “Shalakan”, its local name. This tree could be seen even at a far distance. Every time the hunters went hunting they agreed to meet at this tree. Since that time, they named their meeting place as “Shalakan.” It was later spelled Datakan.



A. Location

Barangay Datakan is located in the Eastern part of Kapangan with an approximate of 2.5 kilometers away from the Poblacion and 32 kilometers away from Baguio City or an average of 2 hours ride from Baguio City.

Datakan is bounded on the:

North — Barangay Ambungdolan, Municipality of Tublay

East — Barangay Ba-ayan, Tublay, Benguet

South — Barangay Labueg, Kapangan, Benguet

West — Barangay Pongayan, Kapangan, Benguet

B. Land Area

Datakan has a total land area of 600 hectares representing about 3.25 % of the total land area of the municipality of Kapangan. It is comprised of ten (10) sitios namely: Aso, Balok, Bodengewngew, Bua, Cabanawan, Danewshew, Longilong, Ili, Proper and Shontog.

C. Topography/Terrain

Generally, Datakan is predominantly hilly to mountainous area. The elevation is being used for agricultural / farming purposes.

D. Climate

Datakan is considered a temperate barangay; it is classified under the type “A” climate having the two pronounced seasons, dry from November to April andwet during the rest of the year.

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