Barangay Can-ayan is found in the western party of Malaybalay . It is only about 7 kilometers fron the urban center of Malaybalay.
The barangay is composed of five (5) Puroks and eigth (8) sitios with the total land area of 13,090 hectares. At the same time, it has 10,189 hectares are classified as Forest Land and the remaining area of 2,228.24 hectares is classified as Alienable and Disposable. It is bounded on the north by Barangay Kibalabag, in the south by Barangay San Jose, in the east by Barangay Mapulo and in the west by Sumpong. The terrain is flat and mountainous and the soil is clay loam.
Ang Barangay Opisyal sa Barangay Can-ayan, mao gayo’y mangulo , ug nagasaad aron adunay himsog , malipayon ug malinawon nga kumonidad. Adunay epekto nga plano sa maayong edukasyon ug malambu-on nga pangibuhian sa katawhan, ug adunay katakos nga molihok sa maayong pasilidad, ug pagprotektar sa balanse nga ekolohiya .
Barangay Can-ayan tinubdan sa masustansya ug nagkalain-laing produktong pang-agrikultura ngadunay himsog, malinawon ug mahigugmaon nga kumunidad, may haum nga edukasyon ug malambu-on nga panginabuhian inubanan sa balanse nga ekolohiya ug mapuslanon nga pasilidad , inabagan sa nagkahiusa, makusganon ug makugihon nga mga haligi nga tigdumala
In the early part, people from Pulangi , Tagoloan, Kitanglad and other places in the eastern part find a small plateau near a river which they named‘’ Kilao-gawan’’. This place became their “Can-ayan or eating area. They registered this as the official name the barangay.
The first settlers were 40 families headed by Datu Ampelino Lito as appointed Barrio Lieutenant. He cannot read and write but by word and ability he can control his men in a peaceful manner. As Barrio Lieutenant, Ampelino Lito decided to find a place for the barangay site and an area where the barangay is presently located.
In 1947, they requested the Provincial Government for a school building and teacher. The same year their request was granted. When Ampelino Lito died, the people elected Mr. Anecito Lunsayan Sr. as the new Barrio Lieutenant entrusted to improve the barangay. In his term of office, school rooms and teachers were added and the Home Economic Building was constructed. He served for eight years.
In 1967, another Barangay Captain, Mr. George Fukai from Luzon was elected. Again, he requested additional rooms and teachers for the increasing school population. People of different tribes like Ilocanos, Ilongos, Tagalogs and Bukidnons migrated in the barangay.
In 1972, Mr. Bennie Odino, another active man was elected as Barangay Captain. He was succeeded by Mr. Marcos Lindaban in 1981. Like Mr. Odino, he was also entrusted by the people until 1991. He served as barangay Captain for almost ten (10) years.
In 1992, Mr. Enrique G. Vista was elected as Punong Barangay. During his term there were many improvements in the barangay particularly at different sitios and puroks. During his term, Tintinaan Primary School was opened in 1995. He served as Barangay Captain for 11 years and died on October 05, 2003.
In 2003, Yorita S. Cajardo heads the barangay by succession after the death of Punong Barangay Enrique G. Vista. She was also elected as the Punong barangay in October of 2007.
Presently, Rommel S. Seblian , 39 years of age was elected as Punong Barangay last October 2010 up to present.