The history of Alegria started in the year 1920’s under the governance of the mother town Mainit. It was founded by the people who migrated from the municipality of Bacuag. Alegria was originally known as Sitio Anahaw located near the shore of lake Mainit and the river bank of Magtiaco River, one of the major tributaries of the said lake. The Sitio was always over flowed during rainy season and this caused the early inhabitants to move to higher ground and safer place southward near the provincial boundary which they called it later “Alegria”.
Land Area: 6,670 hectares
The municipality of Alegria is situated at latitude 9º23 –9º27’ and longitude 125º44’-30”. It is bounded in the North by the Municipality of Mainit and in the South by the Municipality of Kitcharao.
Pongtud Hotspring is the smallest among the fourteen hydrogeological hot springs found in the municipality . It is in the lower basin near the Minit lake in Barangay Pongtud. Its circumference measures 15 meters in diameter with a discharge of 8 Liters per second and found to have a sulfuric content that is good for the healing of skin disorders. A side from this , it is a sight to be hold because of its natural beauty.
The Lumundo Waterfalls of Barangay Budlingin has natural endowments.It is located notheast about two kilometers from the barangay. It has height of approximately 30 feet and has estimated to be within an area of not more than two hectares. This water falls one of the big source of water for the households and rice fields. The place is one of the declared protected watersheds.
Buses bound for Surigao,Butuan,Cagayan de Oro, and Davao cities ply the major roads, the jeepney (PUJ’s) also carry out transportation services along the national highway. The tricycles which are the typical Filipino motorbike with side car make available services within the minor town roads. These transport vehicles provides transportation works everyday especially on the market days.
MEDICAL AND HEALTH FACILITIES:
The Municipal Health Center has a public health physician. It provides conterminous medical support with highly consultation services only. Some Barangay health centers are established to give free health check access nearest to the public.
A public calling station of the Philcom serves the public from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily. This telecommunication office can receive and contact both international and domestic calls . This existing SMART cell Site can provide signal coverage area for all SMART cellphone users nationwide.
The Green Bank of Caraga located at Barangay Poblacion along the national highway is open to serve its clients from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM every Monday to Friday.
Churches of all Christian sects are open to the residents’ spiritual needs. The population is predominantly Roman Catholic. Other religious groups existing are Iglesia Ni Kristo, Philippine Independent Church, Assembly of God. United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Baptist Chuch, Jehovah’s Witness, and the Seventh Day Adventist.