San Jose, Dinagat Islands

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San Jose
Official seal of San Jose
Nickname(s): "The Place of Mystical Adventure"
Location within the Dinagat Islands
Location within the Dinagat Islands
San Jose is located in Philippines
San Jose
San Jose
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°00′30″N 125°35′20″E / 10.00833°N 125.58889°E / 10.00833; 125.58889Coordinates: 10°00′30″N 125°35′20″E / 10.00833°N 125.58889°E / 10.00833; 125.58889
Country  Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Dinagat Islands
District Lone district of Dinagat Islands
Founded November 15, 1989
Barangays 12
 • Mayor Allan B. Ecleo II
 • Total 27.80 km2 (10.73 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 27,487
 • Density 990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8427
IDD:area code +63 (0)86
Income class 4th municipal income class
PSGC 168506000
Electorate 14,535 voters as of 2016

San Jose is a municipality and the capital of the province of Dinagat Islands, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 27,487 people.[3]

San Jose is the seat of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA).


The Municipality of San Jose was named in honor of Jose Ecleo who was its pioneer and the father of the late renowned mayor of the Municipality of Dinagat, Ruben Edera Ecleo Sr.

It was once a part of the municipality of Dinagat. Even then, San Jose has been significantly progressive compared with the Poblacion until its creation as a municipality on November 15, 1989 by virtue of Republic Act No. 6769 authored by Glenda B. Ecleo, during the time of President Corazon C. Aquino.[4] The creation was amended on December 20, 2009, an act to amend Section 1 of the above-mentioned Republic Act through Republic Act 9859 covering an area of 3,422 hectares. It was within its jurisdiction twelve (12) barangays namely; San Jose, Matingbe, Aurelio, Jacquez, San Juan, Mahayahay, Don Ruben, Justiniana Edera, Sta. Cruz, Cuarinta, Wilson and Luna.

San Jose has many roads, a commercial establishment, a concrete port, a college and other urban uses not common to rural communities.


San Jose is politically subdivided into 12 barangays.[5]

  • Aurelio
  • Cuarinta
  • Don Ruben Ecleo (Baltazar)
  • Jacquez
  • Justiniana Edera
  • Luna
  • Mahayahay
  • Matingbe
  • San Jose (Poblacion)
  • San Juan
  • Santa Cruz
  • Wilson


Population census of San Jose
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 30,405 —    
1995 27,481 −1.88%
2000 25,532 −1.56%
2007 28,398 +1.48%
2010 31,035 +3.28%
2015 27,487 −2.28%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]


Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association Shrine built for Ruben Edera Ecleo Sr. the founder of the PBMA Inc. Situated at Aurelio, San Jose.
Islander's Castle.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Dinagat Islands". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Republic Act No. 6769; An Act Creating the Municipality of San Jose in the Province of Surigao del Norte". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 15 November 1989. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Philippine Standard Geographic Code listing for San Jose - National Statistical Coordination Board
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Province of Dinagat Islands". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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