Santiago, Agusan del Norte

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Official seal of Santiago
Map of Agusan del Norte with Santiago highlighted
Location within Agusan del Norte province
Santiago is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°16′N 125°34′E / 9.27°N 125.56°E / 9.27; 125.56Coordinates: 9°16′N 125°34′E / 9.27°N 125.56°E / 9.27; 125.56
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Agusan del Norte
District 2nd district of Agusan del Norte
Founded January 1, 1937
Incorporated 1969
Barangays 9 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Zenaida Corro Lim
 • Total 275.61 km2 (106.41 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 24,200
 • Density 88/km2 (230/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 11,095
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8608
IDD:area code +63 (0)85
Income class 4th municipal income class
PSGC 160210000
Electorate 11,095 voters as of 2016

Santiago, officially the Municipality of Santiago (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Santiago; Filipino: Bayan ng Santiago), is a municipality in the province of Agusan del Norte in the Caraga (Region XIII) of the Philippines. The population was 24,200 at the 2015 census.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 11,095 registered voters.[4]


In the later part of 1898, a group of natives fleeing from the municipality of Jabonga settled in a place recognized by the municipality of Cabadbaran as barrio Santiago, However, in 1924 the Aciga River swelled its banks, destroying all properties, crops and animals along it. This forced the inhabitants of Santiago, Cabadbaran to transfer to barrio Jagupit. In 1936, the same Aciga River wrought extensive damage which made the inhabitants decide to transfer at the foot of the hill, particularly at Sitio Paypay, which was inhabited by two groups of natives-the Manobos and the Mamanwas, then.

The construction of the national highway, which passes thru sitio Paypay, lured more people to settle in the place.

On April 26, 1959, the name Paypay was changed to Santiago through Republic Act 2170,[5] in honor of Senior Santiago or Saint James.

In 1964, the barrio officials of Santiago indicated their desire to become a separate municipality. Finally, on June 15, 1968, the barrios of Santiago and Jagupit were separated from Cabadbaran and constituted into the new municipality of Santiago, through Republic Act 5242.[6]


Santiago is located at 9°16′N 125°34′E / 9.27°N 125.56°E / 9.27; 125.56.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 275.61 square kilometres (106.41 sq mi)[2] constituting 10.09% of the 2,730.24-square-kilometre- (1,054.15 sq mi) total area of Agusan del Norte.


Santiago is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.[7]

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PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[8]
160210002 Curva 8.9% 2,155 2,041 1.04%
160210010 Estanislao Morgado 7.5% 1,817 1,347 5.86%
160210003 Jagupit 10.5% 2,538 2,254 2.29%
160210005 La Paz 6.7% 1,630 1,520 1.34%
160210012 Pangaylan-IP 7.3% 1,776
160210007 Poblacion I 22.4% 5,418 5,442 −0.08%
160210011 Poblacion II 17.4% 4,214 3,931 1.33%
160210008 San Isidro 10.1% 2,450 2,334 0.93%
160210009 Tagbuyacan 9.1% 2,202 2,086 1.04%
Total 24,200 20,955 2.78%


Population census of Santiago
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 12,775 —    
1995 15,616 +3.83%
2000 17,925 +3.00%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 18,931 +0.76%
2010 20,955 +3.77%
2015 24,200 +2.78%

In the 2015 census, Santiago had a population of 24,200.[3] The population density was 88 inhabitants per square kilometre (230/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 11,095 registered voters.[4]


In 1972, the first elected Mayor was Nenita Morgado. She served her terms of office until 1986.

From 1986 to 1998, Franklin D. Lim served his terms of office as Mayor of Santiago. During his term, service areas of governance, administration, social, economic and environmental considerations were prioritized.

From 1998 to 2007, Zenaida C. Lim served as the elected Mayor of Santiago. From 2007 to 2013, once again Franklin D. Lim became the elected Mayor of Santiago. He was elected President of the League of Mayors of the Province of Agusan del Norte. Subsequently, he became the National Auditor of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) during his term.

From June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2016, Santiago's Mayor is Zenaida C. Lim. Various improvements were experienced by the local folks particularly on improving rural accessibility, reducing rural poverty, and increasing household incomes.

In 2015, the Municipality of Santiago passed four areas of Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), namely: Financial Housekeeping, Business-Friendliness, Peace and Order, and Environmental Protection.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Agusan del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Caraga". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ "Republic Act No. 2170 - An Act Changing the Name of the Barrio of Paypay in the Municipality of Cabadbaran, Province of Agusan, to Santiago". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 26 April 1959. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Republic Act No. 5242 - An Act Creating the Municipality of Santiago in the Province of Agusan". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 15 June 1968. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Municipal: Santiago, Agusan del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Caraga". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Province of Agusan del Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Caraga". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. 

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