Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur

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Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Lakewood highlighted
Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Lakewood highlighted
Lakewood is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 07°51′N 123°10′E / 7.850°N 123.167°E / 7.850; 123.167Coordinates: 07°51′N 123°10′E / 7.850°N 123.167°E / 7.850; 123.167
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga del Sur
District 2nd district of Zamboanga del Sur
Founded November 11, 1977
Barangays 14
 • Mayor Canuto C. Enerio Jr.
 • Total 201.30 km2 (77.72 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 20,374
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7014
IDD:area code +63 (0)62
Income class 4th municipal income class
PSGC 097333000
Electorate 11,338 voters as of 2016

Lakewood (Subanen: G'benwa Danaw) is a fourth class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 20,374 people.[3]

The municipality was founded on November 11, 1977, when Barangays Gatub and Bagong Kahayag of the Municipality of Kumalarang and Barangays Lakewood, Bolalawan, Sebugay, Bisuangan, Lokoan, Backing, Dagum, Sapang Pinolis, Tubod, Gasa, Tiwales and Matalang of the Municipality of Lapuyan were separated and formed into an independent municipality named after Lake Wood, a large lake on which the poblacion is located.[4] The most popular species of fish in the province can only be caught in the lake: the carpa and porang.

The Subanen tribe is the major ethnic group living in the suburban areas; they cultivate vegetables and corn for their own use. Subanens have their own dialect, but they also speak Cebuano as a common dialect for conversation.


Lakewood is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.[2]

  • Bagong Kahayag
  • Baking
  • Biswangan
  • Bululawan
  • Dagum
  • Gasa
  • Gatub
  • Lukuan
  • Matalang
  • Poblacion (Lakewood proper)
  • Sapang Pinoles
  • Sebuguey
  • Tiwales
  • Tubod

The old name of Lakewood is Danaw Likowai and Tubod is Obod. Now Barangay Tubod is the largest barangay and most populated barangay, serving as a gateway to the town. Its name derives from the Cebuano term tubod which means "spring". It has a hospital, the Singidas Medical Clinic, which is regarded as the cleanest hospital of the town. The Lily's Hidden Spring in the upper part of Tubod, and Mainit Waterfall in the lower part of Gatub are among Lakewood's tourist attractions.


Population census of Lakewood
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 13,376 —    
1995 14,601 +1.66%
2000 16,317 +2.41%
2007 18,562 +1.79%
2010 19,645 +2.09%
2015 20,374 +0.70%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6]


  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 Census of Population (2015). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 1236: Creating the Municipality of Lakewood in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur". The Lawphil Project. Arellano Law Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ 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. 

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