Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur

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Map of Zamboanga del Sur showing the location of Tabina
Map of Zamboanga del Sur showing the location of Tabina
Tabina is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°28′N 123°25′E / 7.467°N 123.417°E / 7.467; 123.417Coordinates: 7°28′N 123°25′E / 7.467°N 123.417°E / 7.467; 123.417
Country  Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga del Sur
District 2nd District of Zamboanga del Sur
Barangays 15
 • Mayor Greg Dayondon
 • Total 86.90 km2 (33.55 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 24,110
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Income class 5th class town; Partially Urban
Population census of Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 19,422 —    
1995 20,210 +0.80%
2000 21,882 +1.60%
2007 23,798 +1.21%
2010 24,110 +0.44%
Source: National Statistics Office[1]

Tabina is a 4th class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 24,110 people in 4,615 households.


It is the southernmost town in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur, facing the area wherein the waters of Illana Bay flows out to the Cotabato Sea.


Tabina is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.

  • Abong-abong
  • Baganian
  • Baya-baya
  • Capisan
  • Concepcion
  • Culabay
  • Doña Josefina
  • Lumbia
  • Mabuhay
  • Malim
  • Manicaan
  • New Oroquieta
  • Poblacion
  • San Francisco
  • Tultolan


The Municipality of Tabina

Political Subdivision Tabina was carved out of the Municipality of Dimataling on August 16, 1961, by virtue of Executive Order No. 443 signed by the President Carlos P. Garcia. Upon its creation, Tabina has twelve (12) barangays which comprised its original territory.

• Abong-abong

• Baganian

• Bayabaya

• Culabay

• Concepcion

• Poblacion

• Malim

• Mabuhay

• Manicaan

• Lumbia

• Tultolan

• Limbayan

However, new barangays were later created.

• Capisan

• Doña Josefina

• New Oroquita

• San Francisco

But when the Municipality of Pitogo was created, barangay Limbayan was detached from the Municipality of Tabina to be added to the former, thus, bringing the total number of fifteen (15) barangays within its jurisdiction.

Brief History

Before Tabina became a Municipality of Zamboanga del Sur, it was just one of the Sitios of Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur. A man by the name of Gregorio Yanoc Ramis took it upon himself and with determination campaigned to promote Tabina to become a Barrio or Barangay of Dimataling. Gregorio Yanoc Ramis was appointed as the first Capitan del Barrio or Tenyente del Barrio. As Tabina progressed and the population increased he pursued his vision to have Tabina become a town or Municipality of Zamboanga del Sur. So he travelled back and forth to Dimataling by Banka or Canoe to represent the people of Tabina. His determination and selfless efforts convinced the government to convert Tabina into a municipality. Antonio Adaptar was appointed as the first mayor of Tabina. Gregorio Yanoc Ramis was the signature and energy that made Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur.

The name Tabina was derived from many interpretations. From the Subanen settlers “tabi maya o”, a polite Subanen expression meaning “excuse me”. The optimistic inhabitants also “tabi una”, with the same meaning “excuse me” is frequently heard. Immigrants on the other hand, possessing uncharitable tongues as “binga” which another set of Muslim called “ubina”.

As time went by, Christian immigrants in search of greener pasture both on land and on sea chanced to pass by this place. Inquiring about the name of the place, they always hear “bina” in response. These Christian settlers modified the word “bina” to “Tabina” and the word was changed ever since. Fast Facts of the Municipality

• Tabina is located on the southern tip of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur on the western shores of Illana Bay.

• It is sixty three (63) kilometers away from Pagadian, the nearest city.

• It consists of fifteen (15) barangays and 100 puroks distributed on its 8,690 hectares of land.

• A fourth class municipality and has a high density of growing settlements.

• Our Tambunan Protected Area is the 2009 2nd and 2011 3rd Most Outstanding Marine Protected Area of the Philippines.

• Cebu’s supplier of high quality.

• Fish supplier of Pagadian, Ozamis, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon provinces.

• In just a span of hardly two years, Tabina has grown by leaps and bounds a feat seemingly impossible before. The following is a litany of Mayor Greg A. Dayondon accomplishments from 2007 up to the present:

• Promoted the Income Class of the municipality from 5th to 4th Class

• Opening of J.H Cerilles State College

• Completed the construction of 9 SEDIP Laboratory and Academic school buildings which was started by the previous administration

• Construction of 2 units academic school buildings for San Agustin ES and Tabina Nat’l High School

• Conditional Cash Transfer to 4P’s beneficiaries

• Number one cassava/banana/coconut producer of the entire province of Zambo.Sur

• Construction of Trading Center, Commercial Building and Commercial Complex located at Poblacion (Tabina commercial center).

• 2 units boat landing at Poblacion and Baganian

• 2 units Grains Warehouse and Solar Dryer at Capisan and Manicaan

• 4 units barangay bridge at Manicaan, Malim, Abong-abong and Poblacion

• Road opening at Cabuso-Tubod, Dalaman-San Jose, and Culabay-Tinutongan

• Successfully maintained the Tambunan, Talisay, and Concepcion MPA’s and established the Manicaan and Baganian MPA’s (Marine Protected Area sanctuary).

• It is also credited that Tabina became a scuba diving destination. If the momentum of our progress under the leadership of Mayor Greg A. Dayondon will not slacken, the town’s people can expect to see a glorious Tabina at the end of his term.

Tourist Spot[edit]

  • Tambunan Beach and Marine Sanctuary
  • Talisay Beach and Barangay Malim Marine Sanctuary
  • Pod-ok Mangrove Boardwalk
  • Baliti Beach Resort
  • Baganian Beach Resort



Tambunan Marine Protected Area is supported by DAI and its local partners captured 2nd honors as the most outstanding MPAs in the Philippines at the 2009 "Para el Mar" awards event, held June 28–30 at the Conference of Coastal Municipalities in Cebu City. The 103-hectare Tambunan Marine Sanctuary won 2nd place next to Pilar Municipal Marine Park in Pilar town, located in the Camotes group of islands in Cebu, from a group of 12 finalists, which were in turn selected from a list of 70 nominees.


The Tambunan Marine Protected Area is located 3 km east of Poblacion in Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur.


• Declared a marine sanctuary through a Municipal Ordinance No. 03-91 and formally launched in July 2003 • 103 hectares core area within which 8.5 hectares are protected mangroves • 95 hectares marine sanctuary with large coral patches • Coral cover fair to good and dominated by massive, branching, and submassive types, notably Porites, Diploastrea, Goniopora, Fungia, and faviids


• Abundance of fishery resources around the MPA – mackerel and tuna-like fishes, jacks, round scads, sardines, sailfish, flying fish, and needlefish, including reef associated types such as parrotfish, eels, siganids, and goatfish • Rich in mollusks and crustaceans such as squids, octopus, cuttlefish, as well as lobsters, blue crabs, various shrimps, and mangrove crabs • Over 94 species of reef fishes accounting for medium-scale biomass, i.e., 10 to 30 mT/ km² • Pristine seagrass area with 7 species; mangroves within narrow sheltered embayment composed of Rhizophora apiculata, Avicennia lanata Ridley, and Sonneratia alba



  • Josefina E. Cerilles State College Tabina Campus



  • Saint Ambrose High School


  • Baganian National High School
  • Concepcion National High School
  • Culabay National High School
  • Malim National High School
  • Tabina National High School
  • Tultolan National High School


  • Abong-Abong Elementary School
  • Baganian Elementary School
  • Concepcion Elementary School
  • Culabay Elementary School
  • Mabuhay Elementary School
  • Malim Elementary School
  • San Antonio Elementary School (Baganian)
  • Tabina Central Elementary School


  • Lumbia Primary School
  • San Roque Primary School
  • Sto. Domingo Primary School


  1. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 

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