year and stars: 1937 is the date of creation of Pagadian as a regular municipality and 1969, its conversion into a chartered city; three stars in gold symbolize the three stages of political growth

Fishing vinta, coconut, land, rice and corn fields: the chief industries of the city

man on carabao: represents the pioneer farmers who blazed the trails for agricultural development

crescent and cross: represent the Muslim inhabitants and Christian population of the city