Lanao del Norte

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Lanao del Norte
Flag of Lanao del Norte
Official seal of Lanao del Norte
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°02′N 124°00′E / 8.033°N 124.000°E / 8.033; 124.000Coordinates: 08°02′N 124°00′E / 8.033°N 124.000°E / 8.033; 124.000
Country Philippines
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Founded May 22, 1959
Capital Tubod
 • Governor Mohammad Khalid Q. Dimaporo (LP)
 • Vice Governor Cristy Atay (LP)
 • Total 3,346.57 km2 (1,292.12 sq mi)
Area rank 40th out of 81
  Excluding Iligan City
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 607,917
 • Rank 43rd out of 81
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
 • Density rank 47th out of 81
  Excluding Iligan City
 • Independent cities 1
 • Component cities 0
 • Municipalities 22
 • Barangays 462
including independent city of Iligan: 506
 • Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Lanao del Norte
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP codes 9201 to 9222
Dialing code 63
ISO 3166 code PH-LAN
Spoken languages Cebuano, Maranao, Tagalog

Lanao del Norte (Cebuano: Amihanang Lanaw; Tagalog: Hilagang Lanaw), is a province in the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region. Its capital is Tubod.

The province borders Lanao del Sur to the southeast, Zamboanga del Sur to the west, Illana Bay to the southwest, Iligan Bay to the north, Iligan City to the northeast, and is separated from Misamis Occidental by Panguil Bay to the northwest. According to the 2010 census, the province has a total population of 607,917 people.[2]

Situated within Lanao del Norte is the highly urbanized city of Iligan, which is governed independently from the province.


The province of Lanao existed from 1914 until 1959. Republic Act No. 2228 divided Lanao into two (2) provinces giving birth to Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.[3] The new province was inaugurated on July 4, 1959 making Tubod as the capital. Salvador T. Lluch was the first Governor of Lanao del Norte. Second was Mohammad Ali Dimaporo, from January 1960 to September 1965 when Governor Dimaporo ran and won the congressional seat of the province. By operation of the law of succession, Vice Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza became the third Provincial Chief Executive of the province. By the mandate of the inhabitants, Governor Quibranza was elected Governor in 1967 and almost unanimously re-elected in 1971 and again in 1980.

In 1977, President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Resolution No. 805 series of 1977 of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Parliamentary Bill No. 586) sponsored by Assemblyman Abdullah D. Dimaporo, into Presidential Decree 181 transferring the province's capital from Iligan City to the municipality of Tubod.

In October 1984, inaugural ceremonies were held to celebrate the occasion of the transfer of the Provincial Capitol from Poblacion, Tubod to the Don Mariano Marcos Government Center (now Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center) at Pigcarangan, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

By virtue of the power and impact of the People’s Power Revolution at Edsa, Manila on February 25, 1986, local government all over the Philippines changed the political atmosphere overnight. Lanao del Norte became one among the many provinces affected by the sudden changes brought by the “Snap Election” on February 1986. Local heads of offices and employees particularly those holding political positions were destabilized but with the installation of President Corazon Aquino as president, OIC Atty. Francisco L. Abalos became the appointed governor of the province on March 3, 1986. On February 2, 1988, Atty. Abalos was elected as governor of the province.

In the Synchronized National Election of May 11, 1992, Congressman Abdullah D. Dimaporo, a legislator and economist, was elected Provincial Governor. The Provincial government embarked on a comprehensive planning and set the groundwork for the development of the province

In the 1998 national and local elections, Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, wife of Governor Abdullah. D. Dimaporo was elected as Provincial Governor. Despite the outbreak of the conflict of the MILF and the Philippine Army in Kauswagan last March 2000, through the provincial government's effort, peace and order was restored in the province.

The Provincial Government was also able to bring the province into the limelight with full media coverage, through the hosting of the First Mindanao Friendship Games at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod on November 11–15, 2001. Participants came from all over Mindanao representing the various LGUs in the island. The event was opened by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.


Lanao del Norte is a rugged province that ranges from the coastal shorelines in the north to the high plateaus and mountains in the south. It has also diverse flora and fauna.

It occupies a total land area of 3,092 square kilometres (1,194 sq mi). When Iligan City is included for geographical purposes, the province's land area is 3,905.37 square kilometres (1,507.87 sq mi).[1]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Lanao del Norte is subdivided into 22 municipalities. The city of Iligan administers itself independently as a highly urbanized city.

City or
District[4] Area
(per km²)
No. of

Bacolod 1st 104.1 21,818 209.6 16 9205 4th 8°11′25″N 124°01′13″E / 8.1903°N 124.0204°E / 8.1903; 124.0204 (Bacolod)
Baloi 1st 90.98 50,387 553.8 21 9217 3rd 8°06′52″N 124°13′16″E / 8.1145°N 124.2211°E / 8.1145; 124.2211 (Baloi)
Baroy 1st 72.35 20,948 289.5 23 9210 4th 8°01′32″N 123°46′44″E / 8.0256°N 123.7789°E / 8.0256; 123.7789 (Baroy)
Iligan lone 813.37 322,821 396.9 44 9200 1st 8°13′43″N 124°14′17″E / 8.2286°N 124.2381°E / 8.2286; 124.2381 (Iligan)
Kapatagan 2nd 242.89 53,916 222 33 9214 2nd 7°53′54″N 123°46′11″E / 7.8982°N 123.7697°E / 7.8982; 123.7697 (Kapatagan)
Kauswagan 1st 60.37 24,006 397.6 13 9202 3rd 8°11′29″N 124°05′17″E / 8.1914°N 124.0881°E / 8.1914; 124.0881 (Kauswagan)
Kolambugan 1st 134.55 26,445 196.5 26 9207 4th 8°06′43″N 123°53′45″E / 8.1119°N 123.8958°E / 8.1119; 123.8958 (Kolambugan)
Lala 2nd 140.25 65,355 466 27 9211 1st 7°58′23″N 123°44′51″E / 7.9730°N 123.7475°E / 7.9730; 123.7475 (Lala)
Linamon 1st 76.38 17,484 228.9 8 9201 5th 8°10′58″N 124°09′42″E / 8.1828°N 124.1616°E / 8.1828; 124.1616 (Linamon)
Magsaysay 2nd 151.83 16,442 108.3 24 9221 5th 8°02′08″N 123°54′49″E / 8.0355°N 123.9135°E / 8.0355; 123.9135 (Magsaysay)
Maigo 1st 121.45 20,131 165.8 13 9206 4th 8°09′33″N 123°57′32″E / 8.1592°N 123.9590°E / 8.1592; 123.9590 (Maigo)
Matungao 1st 45.74 12,217 267.1 12 9203 5th 8°08′00″N 124°09′59″E / 8.1334°N 124.1664°E / 8.1334; 124.1664 (Matungao)
Munai 2nd 197.5 27,600 139.7 26 9219 4th 7°58′21″N 124°03′42″E / 7.9725°N 124.0618°E / 7.9725; 124.0618 (Munai)
Nunungan 2nd 473.28 16,304 34.4 25 9216 3rd 7°48′39″N 123°56′39″E / 7.8108°N 123.9442°E / 7.8108; 123.9442 (Nunungan)
Pantao Ragat 2nd 124.3 23,122 186 20 9208 4th 8°03′36″N 124°10′56″E / 8.0601°N 124.1823°E / 8.0601; 124.1823 (Pantao Ragat)
Pantar 1st 70.4 18,440 261.9 21 9218 5th 8°03′52″N 124°15′47″E / 8.0644°N 124.2630°E / 8.0644; 124.2630 (Pantar)
Poona Piagapo 2nd 260.07 23,451 90.2 26 9204 4th 8°04′58″N 124°08′27″E / 8.0827°N 124.1408°E / 8.0827; 124.1408 (Poona Piagapo)
Salvador 2nd 113.99 27,348 239.9 25 9212 5th 7°54′10″N 123°50′28″E / 7.9027°N 123.8411°E / 7.9027; 123.8411 (Salvador)
Sapad 2nd 140.03 19,479 139.1 17 9213 5th 7°50′43″N 123°50′13″E / 7.8452°N 123.8369°E / 7.8452; 123.8369 (Sapad)
Sultan Naga Dimaporo (Karomatan) 2nd 230.99 52,430 227 37 9215 5th 7°47′42″N 123°42′55″E / 7.7951°N 123.7152°E / 7.7951; 123.7152 (Sultan Naga Dimaporo)
Tagoloan 1st 69.7 11,674 167.5 7 9222 5th 8°07′37″N 124°16′33″E / 8.1269°N 124.2757°E / 8.1269; 124.2757 (Tagoloan)
Tangcal 2nd 178.62 12,588 70.5 18 9220 5th 7°59′47″N 123°59′50″E / 7.9964°N 123.9971°E / 7.9964; 123.9971 (Tangcal)
Tubod 1st 246.8 46,332 187.7 24 9209 2nd 8°03′12″N 123°47′30″E / 8.0534°N 123.7917°E / 8.0534; 123.7917 (Tubod)
 †  Capital municipality      Municipality
     Highly urbanized city (geographically within but independent from the province)
  • Coordinates are sorted according to latitude.
(Italicized entries indicate the generic location. Otherwise, they mark the vicinity of the city or town center).
  • Italicized names are former names.
  • Income classifications for cities are italicized.


Population census of
Lanao del Norte
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 387,524 —    
1995 440,783 +2.44%
2000 473,062 +1.53%
2007 538,283 +1.80%
2010 607,917 +4.53%
Excluding Iligan City
Source: National Statistics Office[2]

The population of Lanao del Norte (excluding Iligan City) was 607,917 people in the 2010 census, with a population density of 181.7 inhabitants per square kilometre (471/sq mi). When Iligan City is included for geographical purposes, the province's population is 930,738 people, with a density of 223.7 inhabitants per square kilometre (579/sq mi).

The people in Lanao del Norte are a mixture of Maranaos and Cebuanos, with some Chabacanos, Tausugs, Yakan, and Bajau. Historically, immigrants who came from the Christian provinces of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon tended to settle in the Northern part of Lanao while the Maranaos inhabited the south. There are also a minority of Higaunons settling in the hinterlands of Iligan City.

The Maranao is an ethnic group of Malay descent. They settled in the area long before the advent of the Spaniards in the Philippines. They possess their own culture and civilization which makes them quite unique. Their language, customs, traditions, religion, social system, costumes, music, and other features are factors that make Lanao peculiar and distinct from other Philippine provinces.

The main languages are Maranao and Cebuano. Other language spoken is Chabacano, spoken by both Christians and Muslims.


Most people of Lanao del Norte adhere to Christianity (predominantly Roman Catholic) most of them are Cebuanos and Chabacanos. In 2006, 76.9% are Roman Catholic according to Iligan (Diocese) [Catholic-Hierarchy], a suffragan of Archdiocese of Ozamiz. Practitioners of Islam comprises almost 22%.


The economy in Lanao del Norte is predominantly based on agriculture and fishing. Factories are mostly based in Iligan City. Lanao del Norte is the home of Agus Power plants 4-7 that stretch from Baloi to Iligan City. It serves at about 70% of power supply in Mindanao. Tourism is also a growing economy in the province.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "List of Provinces". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities" (PDF). 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Republic Act No. 2228 - An Act to Create the Provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Province: Lanao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority - National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census of Population and Housing: Population Counts - Northern Mindanao" (PDF). National Statistics Office (Philippines), April 4, 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 

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