Vigan was converted to a city on December 28, 2000 through Republic Act No. 8988, otherwise known as “An  Act Validating and Recognizing the Creation of the City of Vigan by the Royal Decree of September 7, 1757 issued by Fernando VI, King of Spain”. The Bigueños unanimously ratified the creation of Vigan City during the January 22, 2001 plebiscite conducted in Ilocos Sur.

The Office of the City Schools Division Superintendent was created by virtue of Article VIII, Section 49 of Republic Act No. 8988. It was separated from the Department of Education, Province Division of Ilocos Sur on January 24, 2004, by virtue of the City Charter of Vigan.