Josefina, Zamboanga del Sur

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Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Josefina highlighted
Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Josefina highlighted
Josefina is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°12′N 123°32′E / 8.200°N 123.533°E / 8.200; 123.533Coordinates: 08°12′N 123°32′E / 8.200°N 123.533°E / 8.200; 123.533
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga del Sur
District 1st district of Zamboanga del Sur
Founded November 11, 1977
Barangays 14
 • Mayor Maria Fe M. Pitogo
 • Total 56.35 km2 (21.76 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 10,826
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7027
Dialing code 62
Income class 5th class

Josefina is a fifth class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 10,826 people.[3]


Josefina is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.[2]

  • Bogo Calabat
  • Dawa (Diwa)
  • Ebarle
  • Gumahan (Pob.)
  • Leonardo
  • Litapan
  • Lower Bagong Tudela
  • Mansanas
  • Moradji
  • Nemeño
  • Nopulan
  • Sebukang
  • Tagaytay Hill
  • Upper Bagong Tudela (Pob.)


In the early years the lands of which is now Josefina was part of the Municipality of Aurora. In later years, Molave separated from Aurora and became a town; at that time Tambulig and the area now within the jurisdiction of the present municipality were still part of the former. Some years later Tambulig became independent and was recognized as a township with the land of Josefina still tagged as part of its territories. During this time the first Visayan settlers came to live in the area. These settlers came from Tudela, Misamis Occidental, a barrio part of Tambulig was established and was named Bagong Tudela.

Some years passed and the Paredes family, one of the first settlers, was able to acquire properties there and named it "Salug Estate". A member of the family was a rubber technologist at that time and worked in Borneo. He brought along his learnings and expertise and together with the locals, "the Subanen", planted his land with Rubber Trees. By then the Rubber Technologist, Nicholas Paredes, coined the name "New Town" for the new rubber plantation.

With the rubber plantation, the place was then locally called as "Gumahan". This became a new trading center and small businesses came bustling. With the increased activity in this new location it was then christened as "Upper Bagong Tudela". This eventually became the center of the new community.

In the early 1970s, the people of Gumahan and its outlying barrios made a move, through the leadership of Nicholas Paredes, to create a town. They were able to submit the proposal to congress, through the sponsorship of then Cong. Cerilles, and it passed the 2nd congressional reading. When scheduled for the 3rd and final congressional reading, Martial Law was declared dissolving the Congress.

On November 11, 1978, by virtue of Presidential Decree 1240, 13 barangays of Tambulig were separated and formed into the independent municipality Josefina.[4] During this time Nicholas Paredes (who was the point person of the township proposal) stood as the first Mayor (appointed). Mayor Paredes donated the land where now stands the Market Area, the school, the Municipal Hall and the Catholic Church. The town center is also located within the properties of the Paredes family.

As to this day Josefina is still commonly known as "Gumahan".


Population census of Josefina
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 7,591 —    
1995 9,024 +3.29%
2000 8,758 −0.64%
2007 10,796 +2.93%
2010 10,826 +0.10%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ 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 16 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 1240: Creating the Municipality of Josefina in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur". The Lawphil Project. Arellano Law Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 

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