Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur

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Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Mahayag highlighted
Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Mahayag highlighted
Mahayag is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°08′N 123°23′E / 8.133°N 123.383°E / 8.133; 123.383Coordinates: 08°08′N 123°23′E / 8.133°N 123.383°E / 8.133; 123.383
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga del Sur
District 1st district of Zamboanga del Sur
Founded March 9, 1960
Barangays 29
 • Mayor Lorna Saycon Espina
 • Total 194.90 km2 (75.25 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 45,015
 • Density 230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7026
Dialing code 62
Income class 3rd class; partially urban

Mahayag is a third class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 45,015 people.[3]


The town's name is derived from the Cebuano term "mahayag" (ma = to become + hayag = bright) which means to become bright or sunny. When the Visayan migrants first trickled into the area after World War II, the place was heavily forested, which, to some looks dark and forbidding. Local historical sources had it that when a large "Dao" tree which stands in the townsite was felt, the place becomes bright, hence the expression "mahayag".

Mahayag used to be sitio of barangay Molave of the municipality of Aurora. Early settlers of the area had endeavored for the creation of another municipality to fast-track development which is possible only by having a distinct political subdivision from the municipality of Molave. The town site for the new municipality was donated by Zacarias dela Torre and Pedro Alquizar.

The municipality of Mahayag was officially created on March 9, 1960, pursuant to Executive Order No. 393 by President Carlos P. Garcia, with Saturnino Mendoza as its first appointed and subsequently elected Municipal Mayor. It was formed by the separation of 20 barrios from the municipality of Molave and 3 barrios from the municipality of Dumingag.[4]


Mahayag is politically subdivided into 29 barangays.[2]

  • Bag-ong Balamban
  • Bag-ong Dalaguete
  • Boniao
  • Delusom
  • Diwan
  • Guripan
  • Kaangayan
  • Kabuhi
  • Lourmah (Lower Mahayag)
  • Lower Salug Daku
  • Lower Santo Niño
  • Malubo
  • Manguiles
  • Marabanan (Balanan)
  • Panagaan
  • Paraiso
  • Pedagan
  • Poblacion (Upper Mahayag)
  • Pugwan
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sicpao
  • Tuboran
  • Tulan
  • Tumapic
  • Upper Salug Daku
  • Upper Santo Niño


Population census of Mahayag
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 37,690 —    
1995 40,806 +1.50%
2000 42,462 +0.86%
2007 44,087 +0.52%
2010 45,015 +0.76%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Local government[edit]

2013-2016 Municipal officials:[1]

  • Mayor: Lorna S. Espina
  • Vice Mayor: Camila T. Diaz
  • Councilors:
  1. Jaime Edullantes
  2. Teomila A. Nobleza
  3. John Ranile
  4. Ping Caylan
  5. Boning Nobleza
  6. Helen Maglasang
  7. Raquel Frasco
  8. Abel Sebandal

Lorna Saycon Espina, the incumbent Municipal mayor, is the 9th Municipal Mayor of the Municipality of Mahayag. Past mayors include Paulino P. Fanilag, Carlito A. Lumacang as OIC-Mayor following the EDSA I Revolution, and Perpetuo C. Apale, the appointed Officer-in-Charge in the Office of the Municipal Mayor during the first election after the ratification of the 1987 Constitution.

Tourist destinations[edit]

Eriberta Resorts

Mahayag is also rich in naturals resources reserve. Tuburan, a remote barangay on the eastern part of the town, is famous for its cold and freezing natural springs. Three private resorts and swimming pools were put up to cater adventurous spirits.


In addition to the daycare centers in each barangay, at least one (1) public elementary school exists in each of the 29 barangays in the municipality.

There are four (4) public high schools and one private highschool run by the Catholic Church in the municipality.

Although permitted to operate and offer Collegiate courses since the later part of the 1990s, no tertiary courses had been offered by the Santa Maria Goretti College except during the time when it served as an extension campus of the Saint Columban College (Pagadian).

College students who cannot afford to obtain their education from far places like Ozamiz or Pagadian, may still attend college at the Pagadian Institute of Technology (PIT) campus in Mahayag, and Josefina H. Cerilles State College.


  1. ^ a b "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Executive Order No. 393: Creating the Municipality of Mahayag in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur". Official Gazette. Manila, Philippines: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. May 10, 1960. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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