Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte

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Nickname(s): Fishing capital of Zanorte
Map of Zamboanga del Norte with Sindangan highlighted
Map of Zamboanga del Norte with Sindangan highlighted
Sindangan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°14′N 123°00′E / 8.233°N 123.000°E / 8.233; 123.000Coordinates: 08°14′N 123°00′E / 8.233°N 123.000°E / 8.233; 123.000
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga del Norte
District 2nd district of Zamboanga del Norte
Founded December 22, 1936
Barangays 52
 • Mayor Nilo Florentino "Boy" Z. Sy
 • Total 451.00 km2 (174.13 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 94,146
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7112
Dialing code 65
Income class 1st class

Sindangan (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Sindangan Subanen: Benwa Sindangan) is a first class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 94,146 people.[3]

There are plans to change the status of Sindangan from municipality to a city, since the growth of its economy is enough for its conversion to become a city.


As to how Sindangan got its name, several stories have been told. The first version narrates that a native fisherman carrying a basket full of fish was on his way home met a Guardia Civil, military guards during the Spanish regime, who asked this question, "Que es el nombre de este lugar, amigo?" And the Subanon fisherman who did not understand the Spanish language answered "indangan", believing he asked on the kind of fish he caught. The stranger heard this as "Sindangan", thinking that was the exact answer to his inquiry to the fisherman about the name of the fish. From then on, the natives used Sindangan to name the place until it became into a municipality on 1936.


On December 23, 1936, by virtue of Executive Order No. 77 issued by President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon, the municipalities of Sindangan, Siocon, Margosatubig, Pagadian and Kabasalan were created out of the muninicipal districts of Sindangan, Panganuran, Labangan, Dinas, Sibuko, Sirawai, Margosatubig,Malangas, Kabasalan and Bangaan. The Municipality of Sindangan covered the area of Sindangan and Panganuran.[4]

Bartolome Lira Sr. was appointed to organize the Municipality of Sindangan and was its first Municipal President. As his appointive tenure expired, he was elected as the first Municipal Mayor of Sindangan until 1941.

In 1955, four barrios were created:

  • Dicoyong - sitios of Labakid, Layawan, Morob, Gusani, Domalogdog, Maoal, Nato, Diongan, Makasing, Dipolo and Dicoyong Proper;
  • Bacungan - sitios of Palandok, Rison, Bogabongan, Manil, Gusao, Talinga and Bacungan Proper;
  • Lagag - sitios of Milaub, Mangalop, Gopit, Pase, Lipaga, Mianib, Siayan, Litolit, Balok, and Lagag Proper; and
  • Bitoon - sitios of Misok, Hagonoy, Lico, Guban, Makinong, and Bitoon Proper.[5]

In 1959, the sitios of Gonayen, Gowayan, Domogok, Dinoyak, Mangilay, Pange, Balak, Laclac, Siriac, Macasing and Diongan were constituted into the barrio of Gonayen.[6]


Sindangan is politically subdivided into 52 barangays.[2]

  • Bago
  • Balok
  • Bantayan
  • Bato
  • Benigno Aquino Jr.
  • Binuangan
  • Bitoon
  • Bucana
  • Calatunan
  • Caluan
  • Calubian
  • Dagohoy
  • Dapaon
  • Datagan
  • Datu Tangkilan
  • Dicoyong
  • Disud
  • Don Ricardo G Macias (Dinokot)
  • Doña Josefa
  • Dumalogdog
  • Fatima
  • Gampis
  • Goleo
  • Imelda
  • Inuman
  • Joaquin Macias
  • La Concepcion
  • La Roche San Miguel
  • Labakid
  • Lagag
  • Lapero
  • Lawis
  • Magsaysay
  • Mandih
  • Maras
  • Mawal
  • Misok
  • Motibot
  • Nato
  • Nipaan
  • Pangalalan
  • Piao
  • Poblacion
  • Santo Niño
  • Santo Rosario
  • Siari
  • Talinga
  • Tigbao
  • Tinaplan
  • Titik
  • Upper Inuman
  • Upper Nipaan


Population census of Sindangan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 66,148 —    
1995 72,098 +1.63%
2000 80,133 +2.29%
2007 87,720 +1.26%
2010 94,146 +2.61%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

List of former Mayors[edit]

  1. Bartolome Lira, Sr. (Appointed) 1936–1941
  2. Emilio Ortuoste (Elected) 1942–1945
  3. Joaquin Macias (Elected) 1946–1953
  4. Abundio Siasico (Elected) 1954–1957
  5. Joaquin Macias (Elected) 1958–1963
  6. Filomena Macias (Elected) 1964–1967
  7. Jose Tan (Elected) 1968–1971
  8. Mariano S. Macias (Elected) 1972–1979
  9. Ricardo S. Macias (Elected) 1980–1985
  10. Crescente Y. Llorente, Jr. (Appointed) 1986–1987
  11. Crescente Y. Llorente, Jr. (Elected) 1988–1991
  12. Crescente Y. Llorente, Jr. (Re-elected) 1992–1995
  13. Winnie O. Albos (Elected) 1995–1998
  14. Winnie O. Albos (Elected) 1998–2001
  15. Winnie O. Albos (Elected) 2001–2004
  16. Crescente Y. Llorente, Jr. (Elected) 2004– (July - November 2004)
  17. Bert S. Macias (Succeeded) 2004–2007
  18. Bert S. Macias (Elected) 2007–2010
  19. Nilo Florentino Z. Sy (Elected) 2010–present

Notable people of Sindangan[edit]

In June 2011, Junrey Balawing joined the list of Guinness World Records as the shortest man on earth. He is the son of a poor blacksmith and measures 23.6 inches (60 cm) tall.[7]

General Alexander B. Yano was the 38th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the highest position in the AFP hierarchy. His Vice Chief of Staff was Lt. Gen. Cardozo M. Luna and his Deputy Chief of Staff was Lt. Gen. Rodrigo F. Maclang. Alexander Yano also served as the commander of the Philippine Army and Southern Luzon Command. He is also the first general born from Mindanao.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 14 August 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 14 August 2014. 
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  5. ^ "R.A. No. 1313, An Act Converting into Barrios Certain Sitios in the Province of Zamboanga Del Norte". Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  6. ^ "R.A. No. 2110, An Act Creating the Barrio of Gonayen in the Municipality of Sindangan, Province of Zamboanga Del Norte". Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  7. ^ Everett Rosenfeld (June 14, 2011). "New ‘World’s Shortest Man’ Celebrates Birthday, World Record". Retrieved 14 August 2014. 

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