Color: Yellow - for light or progress. Red - for courage and vigor.

Shield: provincial seal of Surigao del Sur where the municipality belongs.

COCONUT TREe: represents the major agricultural product of the municipality.More than half of the area is planted with coconut trees.

OCEAN and FISHES: represent the abundance of marine products. Cortes is the supplier of fishes and other marine products to the capital town of Tandag.

Mountains & Rice Fields : Symbolize the abundance of forest products and rice.