Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay

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Municipality of Ipil
Bayan ng Ipil (Tagalog)
Official seal of Ipil
Nickname(s): Heart of Zamboanga Peninsula
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
Dialing 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; Zamboangueño:Municipalidad de 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, including Dapitan, Dipolog, Pagadian and Zamboanga City. The Ipil seaport is 4 kilometres (2 mi) south of the town center.


Ipil is subdivided into 28 barangays.[2]

  • 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.


Population census of Ipil
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 43,031 —    
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][4][5]


  • 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 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. ^ a b "Province: ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 

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