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Municipality of Margosatubig
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: 7°34′42″N 123°09′57″E / 7.578264°N 123.165914°E / 7.578264; 123.165914Coordinates: 7°34′42″N 123°09′57″E / 7.578264°N 123.165914°E / 7.578264; 123.165914
Country Philippines
RegionZamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
ProvinceZamboanga del Sur
District2nd District
Barangays17 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorDr. George M. Minor
 • Vice MayorAlejandro E. Agua III
 • CongressmanLeonardo L. Babasa Jr.
 • Electorate21,405 voters (2019)
 • Total111.69 km2 (43.12 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total37,873
 • Density340/km2 (880/sq mi)
 • Income class3rd municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence31.13% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)94,987,102.09 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)62
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesSubanon language

Margosatubig, officially the Municipality of Margosatubig, is a 3rd 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[5]

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.[6]

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
YearPop.±% 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][7][8][9]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Zamboanga del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  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. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ "An act to create the municipality of Dimataling in the province of Zamboanga". Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  6. ^ "An Act Creating the Municipality of Malangas in the Province of Zamboanga". Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. ^ "Province of Zamboanga del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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