Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur

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Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Mahayag highlighted
Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Mahayag highlighted
Mahayag is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°08′N 123°23′E / 8.133°N 123.383°E / 8.133; 123.383Coordinates: 08°08′N 123°23′E / 8.133°N 123.383°E / 8.133; 123.383
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga del Sur
District 1st district of Zamboanga del Sur
Founded March 9, 1960
Barangays 29
 • Mayor Lorna Saycon Espina
 • Total 194.90 km2 (75.25 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 46,516
 • Density 240/km2 (620/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7026
IDD:area code +63 (0)62
Income class 3rd municipal income class
PSGC 097315000
Electorate 26,137 voters as of 2016

Mahayag is a third class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 46,516 people.[3]


The town's name is derived from the Cebuano term "mahayag" (ma = to become + hayag = bright) which means to become bright or sunny. When the Visayan migrants first trickled into the area after World War II, the place was heavily forested, which, to some looks dark and forbidding. Local historical sources had it that when a large "Dao" tree which stands in the townsite was felt, the place becomes bright, hence the expression "mahayag".

Mahayag used to be sitio of barangay Molave of the municipality of Aurora. Early settlers of the area had endeavored for the creation of another municipality to fast-track development which is possible only by having a distinct political subdivision from the municipality of Molave. The town site for the new municipality was donated by Zacarias dela Torre and Pedro Alquizar.

The municipality of Mahayag was officially created on March 9, 1960, pursuant to Executive Order No. 393 by President Carlos P. Garcia, with Saturnino Mendoza as its first appointed and subsequently elected Municipal Mayor. It was formed by the separation of 20 barrios from the municipality of Molave and 3 barrios from the municipality of Dumingag.[4]


Mahayag is politically subdivided into 29 barangays.[2]

  • Bag-ong Balamban
  • Bag-ong Dalaguete
  • Boniao
  • Delusom
  • Diwan
  • Guripan
  • Kaangayan
  • Kabuhi
  • Lourmah (Lower Mahayag)
  • Lower Salug Daku
  • Lower Santo Niño
  • Malubo
  • Manguiles
  • Marabanan (Balanan)
  • Panagaan
  • Paraiso
  • Pedagan
  • Poblacion (Upper Mahayag)
  • Pugwan
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sicpao
  • Tuboran
  • Tulan
  • Tumapic
  • Upper Salug Daku
  • Upper Santo Niño


Population census of Mahayag
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 37,690 —    
1995 40,806 +1.50%
2000 42,462 +0.86%
2007 44,087 +0.52%
2010 45,015 +0.76%
2015 46,516 +0.63%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6]

Local government[edit]

2013-2016 Municipal officials:[1]

  • Mayor: Lorna S. Espina
  • Vice Mayor: Camila T. Diaz
  • Councilors:
  1. Jaime Edullantes
  2. Teomila A. Nobleza
  3. John Ranile
  4. Ping Caylan
  5. Boning Nobleza
  6. Helen Maglasang
  7. Raquel Frasco
  8. Abel Sebandal

Lorna Saycon Espina, the incumbent Municipal mayor, is the 9th Municipal Mayor of the Municipality of Mahayag. Past mayors include Paulino P. Fanilag, Carlito A. Lumacang as OIC-Mayor following the EDSA I Revolution, and Perpetuo C. Apale, the appointed Officer-in-Charge in the Office of the Municipal Mayor during the first election after the ratification of the 1987 Constitution.

Tourist destinations[edit]

Eriberta Resorts

The town of Mahayag has a high eco-tourism potential, particularly, the cold springs in Barangay Tuburan, the cave system in Barangay Kaangayan, and the Salug River that traverses the Municipality.

Although the municipality has good eco-tourism potential, to date, only the cold springs in Barangay Tuburan have been developed as evidenced by the three private resorts in the area. This is the only tourist destination in Mahayag as of this time.

Government investment to promote and to develop eco-tourism remains to be desired. The cave system in Barangay Kaangayan, for example, due to its proximity to the national highway, can be developed to promote spelunking activities. On the one hand, studies can be undertaken on the feasibility of promoting whitewater rafting in the rapids of Salug River.


In addition to the daycare centers in each barangay, at least one (1) public elementary school exists in each of the 29 barangays in the municipality.

There are six (6) public high schools and one private high school run by the Catholic Church in the municipality.

Although permitted to operate and offer Collegiate courses since the later part of the 1990s, no tertiary courses had been offered by the Santa Maria Goretti College except during the time when it served as an extension campus of the Saint Columban College, Pagadian City.

College students who cannot afford to obtain their education from far places like Ozamiz or Pagadian, may still enroll post secondary classes or TESDA accredited short-term courses at the Pagadian Institute of Technology (PIT) campus in Mahayag, and college degrees like Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSED), Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEED) and Associate in Information Technology (AIT) at Josefina H. Cerilles State College- Mahayag External Studies Unit.


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "Executive Order No. 393: Creating the Municipality of Mahayag in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur". Official Gazette. Manila, Philippines: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. May 10, 1960. Retrieved 22 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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