Dinagat Islands

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This article is about the province. For the municipality, see Dinagat, Dinagat Islands. For the primary island of the province, see Dinagat Island.
Dinagat Islands
Official seal of Dinagat Islands
Map of the Dinagat Islands
Map of the Dinagat Islands
Coordinates: 10°06′N 125°36′E / 10.100°N 125.600°E / 10.100; 125.600Coordinates: 10°06′N 125°36′E / 10.100°N 125.600°E / 10.100; 125.600
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Founded December 2, 2006
Capital San Jose
 • Governor Glenda Ecleo (Nacionalista)
 • Vice Governor Benglen Ecleo (Nacionalista)
 • Total 1,036.34 km2 (400.13 sq mi)
Area rank 75th out of 81
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 126,803
 • Rank 77th out of 81
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
 • Density rank 63rd out of 81
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 0
 • Municipalities 7
 • Barangays 100
 • Districts Lone district of Dinagat Islands
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8411 - 8415; 8426, 8427
Dialing code 86
ISO 3166 code PH-DIN
Spoken languages Cebuano, Surigaonon, Tagalog, English
Website dinagatislands.gov.ph

The Dinagat Islands (Tagalog: Kapuluang Dinagat, Cebuano: Mga Isla sa Dinagat) (PSGC: 168500000; ISO: PH-DIN) is a group of islands constituting a province in the Philippines, located on the south side of Leyte Gulf. The island of Leyte is to its west, across Surigao Strait, and Mindanao is to its south. Its main island, Dinagat, is about 60 kilometres (37 mi) from north to south.


Dinagat Islands had been a part of the First District of Surigao del Norte Province until becoming a province on its own on December 2, 2006 with the approval of Republic Act No. 9355 (Authored by Cong. Glenda B. Ecleo), the Charter of the Province of Dinagat Islands, in a plebiscite.

On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines declared the creation of Dinagat Islands Province null and void on grounds of failure to meet land area and population requirements for the creation of local government units. Dinagat Islands then reverted to Surigao del Norte Province.[3][4][5][6] On October 24, 2012, however, the Supreme Court reversed its ruling from the previous year, and upheld the constitutionality of RA 9355 and the creation of Dinagat Islands as a province.[7]


Dinagat Islands Province is divided into seven (7) municipalities including the capital:[8]


Population census of Dinagat Islands
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 98,865 —    
1995 100,537 +0.31%
2000 106,951 +1.33%
2007 120,813 +1.70%
2010 126,803 +1.78%
Source: National Statistics Office[2]
Map of the Caraga region showing the location of Dinagat Islands


The Governor of the Dinagat Islands is the local chief executive of the province of the Dinagat Islands.

# Name Took office Left office Party
1 Geraldine B. Ecleo-Villaroman 2007 2010
2 Glenda B. Ecleo 2010 2013 Lakas-Kampi
2013 present Nacionalista


  1. ^ "List of Provinces". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities". 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dinagat Islands province back to being a town". Inquirer.net. [dead link]
  4. ^ "SC says Dinagat Islands no longer a province". ABS-CBN News. 
  5. ^ http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/news/courtnews%20flash/2010/02/02111002.php[dead link]
  6. ^ "G.R. No. 180050". Philippine Government Supreme Court Judiciary. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "IRA Shares for LGUs Jump by 37.5% in 2013". Office of the President of the Philippines. January 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Province: Dinagat Islands". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 

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