Zamboanga Sibugay

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Zamboanga Sibugay
Probinsya sa Zamboanga Sibugay
Lalawigan ng Zamboanga Sibugay
Province
Official seal of Zamboanga Sibugay
Seal
Map of the Philippines with Zamboanga Sibugay highlighted
Map of the Philippines with Zamboanga Sibugay highlighted
Coordinates: 07°48′N 122°40′E / 7.800°N 122.667°E / 7.800; 122.667Coordinates: 07°48′N 122°40′E / 7.800°N 122.667°E / 7.800; 122.667
Country  Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula
Founded February 22, 2001
Capital Ipil
Government
 • Type Province of the Philippines
 • Governor Wilter Y. Palma (LP)
 • Vice Governor Rey Andre C. Olegario (Nacionalista)
Area
 • Total 3,607.8 km2 (1,393.0 sq mi)
Area rank 36th out of 80
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 584,685
 • Rank 46th out of 80
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
 • Density rank 49th out of 80
Divisions
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 0
 • Municipalities 16
 • Barangays 389
 • Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Zamboanga Sibugay
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ISO 3166 code PH-ZSI
Spoken languages Cebuano, Zamboangueño Chavacano, Tagalog, Subanen, Tausug, English

Zamboanga Sibugay (Cebuano: Probinsya sa Zamboanga Sibugay, Filipino: Lalawigan ng Zamboanga Sibugay) is a province of the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in Mindanao. Its capital is Ipil and it borders Zamboanga del Norte to the north, Zamboanga del Sur to the east and Zamboanga City to the southwest. To the south lies Sibuguey Bay in the Moro Gulf. Zamboanga Sibugay was created in 2001 when the third district of Zamboanga del Sur was carved out of that province. Zamboanga Sibugay is the 79th province created in the Philippines.

Geography[edit]

Zamboanga Sibugay Province has an approximate total land area of 3228.3 km2. It is geographically located at 7°48’N 122°40’E. To the north it intersects the common municipal boundaries of Kalawit, Tampilisan, and Godad in Zamboanga del Norte. In the west, it is bounded by the municipalities of Siraway, Siocon, Balinguian, and the province of Zamboanga del Norte. On the south it is bordered by Sibuguey Bay. In the east, the municipalities of Bayog and Kumalarang in the province of Zamboanga del Sur bordered it. It is further bordered on the southwest by Zamboanga City.

The climate of the province is moderately normal (climate type III). Annual rainfall varies from 1,599 to 3,500 millimetres (63.0 to 137.8 in). Temperature is relatively warm and constant throughout the year ranging from 22 to 35 °C (72 to 95 °F). The province is situated outside the country's typhoon belt.

Subdivisions[edit]

Political map of Zamboanga Sibuhay

Zamboanga Sibugay Province is subdivided into 16 municipalities.

These municipalities are further subdivided into 389 barangays. The province comprises two (2) congressional districts.

Largest Barangays of Zamboanga Sibugay[edit]

Barangay Municipality Population
Solar Olutanga 8,057
Poblacion Malangas 7,951
Poblacion Buug 7,852
Poblacion Talusan 6,918
Sanito Ipil 6,566
Poblacion Titay 6, 112
Poblacion Imelda 5,605
Don Andres Ipil 5,548
Poblacion Ipil 5,004
Guinoman Diplahan 4,620
Veterans Village Ipil 4,380
Libertad Tungawan 4,377
Poblacion Payao 4,348
Taguisian Mabuhay 4,251
Poblacion Diplahan 3,934

History[edit]

Zamboanga Sibugay was formerly part of Zamboanga del Sur. Attempts to divide Zamboanga del Sur into separate provinces date as far back as the 1960s. Several bills were filed in the Philippine Congress, but remained unacted. The new province was finally created by Republic Act No. 8973[2] passed on November 7, 2000 and signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 24, 2001. Zamboanga del Sur Third District Representative George Hofer was elected as its first governor in 2001.

In the 2010 local elections, Governor Hofer's daughter, Dulce Ann Hofer, the incumbent Second District Representative, lost the gubernatorial race to Rommel Jalosjos. In the 2013 elections, Dulce Ann Hofer resoundly defeated Romeo Jalosjos, Jr. in the congressional race and former Diplahan mayor Wilter Palma defeated Rommel Jalosjos.

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Demographics[edit]

As of the 2010 census, Zamboanga Sibugay has a population of 584,685 people, and a population density of 160/km2. It is ranked 29th among the provinces of the Philippines in terms of both population and population density. The annual population growth rate is 16.09%. Population trend:[1]

  • Population in 2010: 584,685
  • Population in 2007: 546,186
  • Population in 2000: 497,239
  • Population in 1995: 450,340
  • Population in 1990: 407,038

The vast majority of the people of Zamboanga Sibugay speak Cebuano. Other languages such as Hiligaynon, Subanen, Zamboangueño Chavacano, Tagalog and other ethnic tongues are also spoken, as is English.

Economy[edit]

The leading industries are in the areas of semi-processed rubber, rice and corn milling, ordinary food processing, wood and rattan furniture making, dried fish & squid processing, and home-made food processing. New industries include concrete products, garments, wax and candle factories, lime making, and other home and cottage industries.

Major crops produced include rice, corn, coconuts, rubber, fruit trees, vegetables, tobacco, coffee, cacao, and root crops. Livestock and poultry productions are predominantly small-scale and backyard operations. Coal mining in large and small scale and precious metal mining in small scale category are likewise present in some areas of the province.

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