Map of the Dinagat Islands
|Region||Caraga (Region XIII)|
|Founded||December 2, 2006|
|• Governor||Glenda Ecleo (Nacionalista)|
|• Vice Governor||Benglen Ecleo (Nacionalista)|
|• Total||1,036.34 km2 (400.13 sq mi)|
|Area rank||75th out of 81|
|• Rank||77th out of 81|
|• Density||120/km2 (320/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||63rd out of 81|
|• Independent cities||0|
|• Component cities||0|
|• Districts||Lone district of Dinagat Islands|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|ZIP code||8411 - 8415; 8426, 8427|
|ISO 3166 code||PH-DIN|
|Spoken languages||Cebuano, Surigaonon, Tagalog, English|
The Dinagat Islands (Tagalog: Kapuluang 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, 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. On March 30, 2011, 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.
Dinagat Islands Province is divided into six municipalities including the capital:
|Population census of Dinagat Islands|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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 Ecleo Villaroman||2007||2010|
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- Official Website of the Province of the Dinagat Islands
- Charter of the Province of Dinagat Islands (Republic Act No. 9355)
|Southern Leyte / Surigao Strait||Philippine Sea|
Surigao del Norte