Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay

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Municipality of Ipil
Bayan ng Ipil (in Tagalog)
Official seal of Ipil
Nickname(s): The Heart of the Zamboanga Peninsula, The Crossroads of Region IX
Motto: "Ipil: Our place, our responsibility, our pride!"
Map of Zamboanga Sibugay with Ipil highlighted
Map of Zamboanga Sibugay with Ipil highlighted
Ipil is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 07°47′N 122°35′E / 7.783°N 122.583°E / 7.783; 122.583Coordinates: 07°47′N 122°35′E / 7.783°N 122.583°E / 7.783; 122.583
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga Sibugay
District 2nd District
Founded July 26, 1949
Barangays 28
 • Mayor Eldwin M. Alibutdan (NP)
 • Vice Mayor Anamel C. Olegario (NP)
 • Total 241.60 km2 (93.28 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 74,656
 • Density 310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7001
IDD:area code +63 (0)62
Income class 1st municipal income class
PSGC 098305000
Electorate 46,464 voters as of 2016
Website ipilsibugay.gov.ph

Ipil (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Ipil; Chavacano: Municipalidad de Ipil; Filipino: Bayan ng Ipil) is a first class municipality and the provincial capital of Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 74,656 people, being the most populous municipality of Zamboanga Sibugay.[3]

Ipil is located three hours from the key cities in the region (Dipolog, Pagadian and Zamboanga City). The Ipil seaport is 4 kilometres (2 mi) south of the town center.


Ipil is subdivided into 28 barangays.

  • Bacalan
  • Bangkerohan (Campo Muslim)
  • Buluan
  • Caparan
  • Domandan
  • Don Andres
  • Doña Josefa
  • Guituan
  • Ipil Heights
  • Labi
  • Logan
  • Tirso Babiera (Lower Ipil Heights)
  • Lower Taway
  • Lumbia
  • Maasin
  • Magdaup
  • Makilas
  • Pangi
  • Poblacion
  • Sanito
  • Suclema
  • Taway
  • Tenan
  • Tiayon
  • Timalang
  • Tomitom
  • Upper Pangi
  • Veteran's Village


Ipil used to be known as Sanito, a place under barrio Bacalan under the Municipality of Kabasalan. It was a swampy area and a docking spot for pioneering Ilocanos who settled in the upper areas of Titay. Ipil was a jumping point for their lantsa sailing to Zamboanga City. The first mayor of Ipil was Gregorio Dar an Ilocano who came from Titay. The Dar Family were the second batch of Ilocanos who settled upon the invitation of Mariano Families who are among the first batch of Ilocanos from Luzon.

Early Ilocano routes[edit]

The first Ilocanos used Ipil as the nearest jump point in connecting Titay with Zamboanga City. They would walk via Lumbia then to Longilog then Gabo reaching Mayabang their original settlement. It was this route that they do not have to cross the rivers as it is uphill. It was the Ilocanos who first set foot on these areas.

Ipil Massacre[edit]

On the morning of 3 April 1995, Ipil was attacked by approximately 200 heavily armed Abu Sayyaf militants who fired upon residents, strafed civilian homes, plundered banks, took up to 30 hostages and then burned the centre of the town to the ground.[4][5]

The militants allegedly arrived in the town by boat and bus, and a number of them had been dressed in military fatigues

The town's Chief of Police was reportedly killed in the attack and close to a billion pesos were looted from eight commercial banks.[6] Army commandos pursued some rebel gunmen in nearby mountains while officials said that the rebels were looting farms and seizing civilians as "human shields" as they fled the town of [7] About 40 rebels, who may have taken hostages, were cornered in a school compound west of Ipil on the 6th of April when an elite army unit attacked. In the fighting that followed, the television station GMA reported, 11 civilians were killed.[7]


Population census of Ipil
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1960 21,141 —    
1970 32,478 +4.38%
1975 35,798 +1.97%
1980 43,540 +3.99%
1990 43,031 −0.12%
1995 43,991 +0.41%
2000 52,481 +3.86%
2007 60,686 +2.02%
2010 64,939 +2.50%
2015 74,656 +2.69%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8][9][10]


  • Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Hospital
  • Dr.Henry De Villa Memorial Hospital
  • Dr. M. Simon Hospital
  • Ipil Doctors Hospital


Several radio stations operate in the area: dxLR- 98.1 FM, Flazh-FM 99.7, Hitz 98.9, Magic 103 FM, 94.3 dxIR FM, dxDS FM, Igsoon FM and Radyo Lipay AM; and several newspapers are published here, including the Zamboanga Sibugay Tribune and The Sibugay Express.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Province: ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Troops seek killers of 53 in Philippines". Ocala Star-Banner. 12 April 1995. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gunmen raid Philippine town, 100 dead". Times-Union. Associated Press. 4 April 1995. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "VICTORIA CALAGUIAN: Photojournalist". L.A. Zamboanga Times. December 22, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "World News Briefs; Filipino Troops Corner Rebels After Attack". New York Times. April 7, 1995. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Province of Zamboanga Sibugay". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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