Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur

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Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Margosatubig highlighted
Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Margosatubig highlighted
Margosatubig is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 07°35′N 123°10′E / 7.583°N 123.167°E / 7.583; 123.167Coordinates: 07°35′N 123°10′E / 7.583°N 123.167°E / 7.583; 123.167
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga del Sur
District 2nd district of Zamboanga del Sur
Founded 1936
Barangays 17
 • Mayor Roy E. Encallado
 • Total 111.69 km2 (43.12 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 37,873
 • Density 340/km2 (880/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7035
IDD:area code +63 (0)62
Income class 3rd municipal income class
PSGC 097317000
Electorate 18,830 voters as of 2016

Margosatubig is a third class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 37,873 people.[3]


Center River of Margosatubig

The Subanens were believed to be the first people to have settled in this land, right near the swift flowing river that now traverse the Margosatubig Pilot School and Guiwan district. “Malagus Tubig” was the original name of the town, which was taken after the swift river current that kept changing its course towards the mouth of the Dumanquilas Bay. In the 15th century, the Spaniards arrived and found that its bay is a natural refuge from bad weather for their ships. Soon it became their choice settlement changing Malagus Tubig to its present name Margosatubig. They built a huge stone fort on top of a hill that served as their bastion against Moro pirates who used to raid the settlements along the Dumanquillas Bay and its vicinity. The fort was known as Cotta Heights. In 1963, it was demolished and is now the site of Pax High School. The Spaniards reigned for years and left as their heritage most evidently, the Chavacano dialect. Suffice it to say that more than a hundred years ago, Margosatubig already existed as a settlement of migrants and natives in the 19th century.

From 1917 to 1936, Margosatubig stayed as a municipal district of the city of Zamboanga. During the Commonwealth Government and by virtue Executive Order No. 17 dated December 23, 1936 signed by President Manuel L. Quezon, Margosatubig finally became a regular and distinct municipality with eight original barrios. It can be said that Margosatubig is the oldest town in Zamboanga del Sur; older even than the undivided Province of Zamboanga.

In 1950, the barrios of Punta Flecha, Pitogo, Qugbay, Balong-balong, Libertad and Dumanguilas were transferred to the newly created town of Dimataling[4]

In 1951, the barrios of Malangas, La Dicha, Diplo, Gusem, Buug, Matinaw, Gaulan, Tinungtungan, Manangon, Lindang, Luop, Silupa, Minsulao, Paruk, Lubing, Balabao, Mali, Baluran, Sampuli and Bacao, all from Margosatubig were separated to form the town of Malangas.[5]

Margosatubig, in spite of being a pioneer town, still remained isolated and reachable only by sea craft. In 1976, it was finally opened to the rest of Zamboanga del Sur by an asphalt road connecting it to Pagadian. This was facilitated by the Zamboanga del Sur Development Project undertaken by the Philippine-Australian Development Assistance Programme (PADAP), and its Electrification by ZAMSURECO-1 followed in 1979.


Map of Margosatubig

Margosatubig is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.

  • Balintawak
  • Bularong
  • Digon
  • Guinimanan
  • Igat Island
  • Josefina
  • Kalian
  • San Roque (Kolot)
  • Limamawan
  • Limbatong
  • Lumbog
  • Magahis
  • Poblacion
  • Sagua
  • Talanusa
  • Tiguian
  • Tulapok


Population census of Margosatubig
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1918 7,598 —    
1939 23,536 +5.53%
1948 28,587 +2.18%
1960 25,052 −1.09%
1970 34,413 +3.22%
1975 32,309 −1.26%
1980 37,781 +3.18%
1990 28,747 −2.70%
1995 29,597 +0.55%
2000 34,461 +3.32%
2007 34,939 +0.19%
2010 35,596 +0.68%
2015 37,873 +1.19%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]


Educational Institutions[edit]

Margosatubig Academy



  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "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. ^ "An act to create the municipality of Dimataling in the province of Zamboanga". Retrieved 2011-04-09. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "An Act Creating the Municipality of Malangas in the Province of Zamboanga". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Province of Zamboanga del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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