Dinagat, Dinagat Islands

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For the province where this municipality is administratively governed, see Dinagat Islands. For the primary/main island of the province, see Dinagat Island.
Nickname(s): "The Mother Municipality of Dinagat Islands"
Motto: Pangga Dinagat!
Map of Dinagat Islands with Dinagat highlighted
Map of Dinagat Islands with Dinagat highlighted
Dinagat is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°57′N 125°37′E / 9.950°N 125.617°E / 9.950; 125.617Coordinates: 09°57′N 125°37′E / 9.950°N 125.617°E / 9.950; 125.617
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Dinagat Islands
Congr. district Lone district of Dinagat Islands
Established 1830
Barangays 12
 • Mayor Craig Ecleo
 • Total 139.94 km2 (54.03 sq mi)
 • Land 32.87 km2 (12.69 sq mi)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Total 12,786
 • Density 389/km2 (1,010/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8412
Dialing code 86
Website http://www.dinagat.gov.ph/

Dinagat is a municipality on Dinagat Island in the province of Dinagat Islands, Philippines. Its official population count as of the 2010 Census is 12,786.[4]


Barangays San Jose, Matingbe, Jacques, Aurelio, Mahayahay, San Juan, Don Ruben Ecleo, Justiniana Edera, Sta. Cruz, Cuarenta, Wilson and Luna was separated from the original territory of Dinagat to form the new municipality of San Jose on November 15, 1989 under Republic Act No. 6769.[5]

The town became a part of the province of Dinagat Islands in December 2006, when the province was created from Surigao del Norte by Republic Act No. 9355. However, in February 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional, as the necessary requirements for provincial land area and population were not met. The town reverted to Surigao del Norte.[6] On October 24, 2012, 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.[7]


Dinagat is politically subdivided into 12 barangays.

  • Bagumbayan
  • Cab-ilan
  • Cabayawan
  • Cayetano
  • Escolta (Pob.)
  • Gomez
  • Justiniana Edera
  • Magsaysay
  • Mauswagon (Pob.)
  • New Mabuhay
  • Wadas
  • White Beach (Pob.)


Population census of Dinagat
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 8,659 —    
1995 8,609 −0.11%
2000 9,883 +3.00%
2007 11,961 +2.67%
2010 12,786 +2.46%
Source: National Statistics Office[4]
Former mayor Gwendolyn Ecleo of Dinagat


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Dinagat Islands". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Socio Economic Fact Book". Socio Economic Fact Book. Dinagat Islands Provincial Planning and Development Office. 
  4. ^ 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 15 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Republic Act No. 6769" (PDF). House of Representatives of the Philippines. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ Tetch Torres (2010-02-11). "Dinagat Islands province back to being a town". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "IRA Shares for LGUs Jump by 37.5% in 2013". Office of the President of the Philippines. January 9, 2013. 

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