Immediately after the liberation, former mayor Ricardo Lagtapon was appointed Acting Mayor of Hinigaran. When he was appointed administrator of the PRATRA, he was replaced by Agustin Efraim S. Guanco.
In 1947 election, Mrs. Maria Gonzaga vda. De Yulo was elected Mayor of Hinigaran. In 1955, Atty. Carlos N. Agustin was appointed acting Mayor, he was later succeeded by Mayor Cesar S. Aguilar, who won his mayoralty seat in 1957. He ran for another term unopposed and was succeeded by former Mayor Mariano M. Yulo, who served from 1964 to 1980. In 1980 local elections, the incumbent Mayor Hermilo L. Aguilar running as independent candidate was elected and assumed office on March 1, 1980. The victory of Mayor Hermilo L. Aguilar was considered by many as political phenomenon.
After the EDSA Revolution, Mayor Hermilo L. Aguilar was replaced by an OIC Mayor. When the elections for local officials were held in 1987 Mayor Hermilo L. Aguilar won. He was again re-elected in 1990 local elections for the third term, and re-elected in 1990 local election for the third term, and re-elected for 1995 for his fourth term. He was succeeded by his Vice Mayor Caroll Y. Guanco who won his mayoralty seat in 1998 local elections.
Destructive typhoon struck Hinigaran frequently. Typhoon Amy which hit the town in 1949 brought widespread havoc on crops and infrastructures. In 1968, Typhoon Senyang with its torrential rain inundated low-lying barangay sans causing enormous damage to property. Senyang was followed by another typhoon Nitang in 1984 which left considerable damage in crops and infrastructure. In 1990, typhoon Ruping, dubbed by many as “Killer Typhoon” battered Hinigaran with heavy rain and cyclonic wind. For the first time in the history of Hinigaran, the public plaza and the low-lying barangay with under water for many days. Four (4) death and six (6) injured were reported by the DSWD. Hundreds of houses were destroyed. Damage on infrastructure and agricultural crops run into million of pesos.
Hinigaran has attained remarkable progress in the recent years. The local government unit has reclaimed three hectares of swampland, which is now the site of the Fish Wharf and Fish Market and relocation of squatters area for squatters. Municipal street had already concreted funded by the country wide by the Countrywid3e Development Fund of Congressman Mariano M.Yulo and the local government’s Internal Revenue Allotment. Multi Purpose pavements, school buildings, library and Senior Citizens Center and farm-to-market roads were constructed funded by the CDF and local government unit (LGU). Eight (8) kilometers of Hinigaran-Isabela National Road had been concreted with the funding appropriation from Senator Nikki Coseteng’s CDF of Congressman Mariano Yulo’s and regular INFRA. Twenty four (24) barangays are now energized with the subsidy of provincial government. Peace and order health services vehicles- firetruck, a police patrol jeep, dumptrucks and four unit ambulance received from Philippine Charity Sweepstakes and through the effort of Congressman Yulo and Congressman A. Lozada, Jr.,.
Fifty (50) Day Care Centers for Pre-Schoolers have been opened in different barangays. Health services and Medical Clinic have been improved with the construction of Pediatric and Maternity Wards and Emergency Room funded by the Hinigaranon as American and Senator Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Mrs. Nieves Mombay-Ramsier. Water supply system has been improved with the additional source in Barangay Paticui funded by the loan from the World Bank. Sports also received a boost with the improvement of the covered court funded from the CDF of Senator Nikki Coseteng and Senator Franklin Drilon.
The Municipal Hall constructed in 1936, had been renovated with the construction of the second floor, housing the session hall, offices of the Budget Officer, Municipal Engineer, and the Municipal Accountant and the Sangguniang Bayan.
Hinigaran has the potential of progressive town. What needed is the enlightened leadership and vision and unity of purpose of it political leaders and the involvement of concerned citizens in any government programs. Because of its location and rich natural resources, Hinigaran can look forward to become a trade and industrial center in the Southern Negros.