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Municipality of Sibagat
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
The Last Frontier of Agusan del Sur
Map of Agusan del Sur with Sibagat highlighted
Map of Agusan del Sur with Sibagat highlighted
Sibagat is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 8°49′N 125°41′E / 8.82°N 125.69°E / 8.82; 125.69Coordinates: 8°49′N 125°41′E / 8.82°N 125.69°E / 8.82; 125.69
Country Philippines
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceAgusan del Sur
District1st District
Barangays24 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorMaria Liza L. Evangelista
 • Electorate18,027 voters (2016)
 • Total567.82 km2 (219.24 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total30,442
 • Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)85
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)144.1 million  (2016)
Native languagesAgusan language

Sibagat, officially the Municipality of Sibagat, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Sibagat; Tagalog: Bayan ng Sibagat), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 30,442 people.[3]

Located in the northeastern tip of the province, the town is 29 kilometres (18 mi) away from Butuan City.

The town is a major producer of agriculture products such as coconut, banana, vegetables and especially abaca[4] in the province.


The word Sibagat is from the word bagat which means "meet" or "meeting place". According to the oral history, the Sibagat River near Sibagat was the place where the warring tribes meet and fight. Sibagat River is tributary of a bigger river, the Wawa River. The losing tribe would retreat downstream to the Wawa River and disappear.


The territories of Sibagat were formerly part of the town of Esperanza, in the historical province of Agusan. In August 1961, through Executive Order No. 440, s. 1961, the barrios and sitios of Bayugan, Maygatasan, Nueva Sibagat, Verdo, Mambutay, Salvacion, Caridad, Sagmone, Calaitan, Sinadyap, Malindao, Noli and other adjacent barrios and sitios were separated from Esperanza and constituted into the newly created municipality of Bayugan.[5] On February 1, 1980, Sibagat was created into a municipality when the barangays of Ilihan, Sinai, Sibagat, El Rio, Afga, Tabontabon, Perez, Magsaysay, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, San Isidro, Villangit, Del Rosario, Anahauan, Mahayahay and San Vicente were segregated from the municipality of Bayugan and organized into the newly created ton, through Batas Pambansa Blg. 56.[6] The seat of Municipal Local Government is located in Barangay Sibagat, now called Barangay Poblacion. On November 6, 1980, the first set of Municipal Officials assumed office and Mr. Vicente B. Benigian, Sr. was the first appointed Municipal Mayor.


Sibagat is located at 8°49′N 125°41′E / 8.82°N 125.69°E / 8.82; 125.69.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 567.82 square kilometres (219.24 sq mi)[2] constituting 5.68% of the 9,989.52-square-kilometre- (3,856.98 sq mi) total area of Agusan del Sur.

Sibagat is bordered by the province of Surigao del Sur to the north and northeast; Bayugan City to the east, southeast, south and southwest; Butuan City and Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte to the west; and Cabadbaran City, Santiago, Agusan del Norte and Remedios T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte to the northwest.

Sibagat is 29 kilometres (18 mi) away from the Regional Center Hub of Caraga region and 34 kilometres (21 mi)from the nearest airport in Butuan City. It is also 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) away from Bayugan, the only city of the province. The town is geographically situated between the two cities of Butuan and Bayugan.


Sibagat has a Type II climate which has no dry season but with pronounced maximum rain period occurring from December to January.[7]


Sibagat is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.[8]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[9]
160314001 Afga 9.8% 2,995 3,151 −0.96%
160314002 Anahawan 2.0% 597 639 −1.29%
160314003 Banagbanag 2.2% 677 719 −1.14%
160314004 Del Rosario 0.9% 262 284 −1.52%
160314005 El Rio 4.8% 1,463 1,443 0.26%
160314006 Ilihan 3.5% 1,057 1,087 −0.53%
160314007 Kauswagan 1.1% 338 378 −2.11%
160314008 Kioya 2.1% 635 651 −0.47%
160314024 Kolambugan 6.5% 1,974 1,981 −0.07%
160314009 Magkalape 0.6% 178 264 −7.23%
160314010 Magsaysay 3.2% 968 934 0.68%
160314011 Mahayahay 3.8% 1,172 1,429 −3.70%
160314012 New Tubigon 3.7% 1,113 1,099 0.24%
160314013 Padiay 5.3% 1,627 1,573 0.64%
160314014 Perez 3.0% 923 1,055 −2.51%
160314015 Poblacion 19.7% 5,998 5,875 0.40%
160314016 San Isidro 2.8% 850 955 −2.19%
160314017 San Vicente 4.2% 1,278 1,087 3.13%
160314018 Santa Cruz 1.5% 444 492 −1.94%
160314019 Santa Maria 2.4% 720 704 0.43%
160314020 Sinai 1.8% 551 621 −2.25%
160314021 Tabon-Tabon 10.0% 3,053 2,943 0.70%
160314022 Tag-uyango 2.2% 678 644 0.98%
160314023 Villangit 2.9% 891 977 −1.74%
Total 30,442 30,985 −0.34%


Sibagat Town Hall
Population census of Sibagat
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 24,004—    
1995 28,185+3.05%
2000 28,685+0.38%
2007 27,455−0.60%
2010 27,011−0.59%
2015 30,442+2.30%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][9][10][11]

In the 2015 census, Sibagat had a population of 30,442.[3] The population density was 54 inhabitants per square kilometre (140/sq mi).

Most of the inhabitants are Visayan migrants from Bohol, Cebu, Leyte and Negros provinces. Indigenous people include the Manobo and Higaonon.


The economy of Sibagat is dependent heavily on subsistence agriculture. Its major agricultural products are coconut, corn, coffee, cacao, fruits, vegetables, and root crops.

It also plays a major role in Abacá Industry in Agusan del Sur as well as the entire Caraga Region.[12]



  • Global Sibagat Hydro Power Corporation - is a subsidiary of Jowood Industries Inc., Philippines. The company has initially awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) a Renewable Energy (RE) Service contracts for multiple hydropower projects in the Municipality of Sibagat with a combined potential capacity of 24-Megawatts (MW). The said contracts were executed through a ceremonial signing with Global Sibagat President James G. Ong and the then Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla last February 6, 2014. The RE projects are the Managong Hydroelectric Power Plant (6MW), Wawa Hydro Power Plant (13MW) and Bugsukan Hydro Power Plant (5MW) all located in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur.[18]

Hydro Power Plant Projects[edit]

The Department of Energy (DOE) have identified various Renewable Energy power plant projects and awarded service contracts to the below list of hydropower projects all located in the Municipality of Sibagat.[19]

Banking and Finance[edit]

  • People's Bank of Caraga, Inc. - a Rural Bank branch in the Municipality of Sibagat located in Brgy. Poblacion.[20]

Other Financial Center[edit]


The Wawa Bridge

Its primary mode of transportation are PUB, PUJs and Passenger Vans plying the routes from Butuan to Bayugan and vice versa via the Pan-Philippine (Maharlika) Highway connecting Agusan and Davao provinces.

In town, Tricycles and Motorized tricycles convey passengers to short distance destination within the town and to other accessible adjacent barangays. Motorcycle taxi, locally known as Habal-habal, is a single motorcycle modified to seat more than two persons that caters passengers to barangays with rough and steep terrain. In Sibagat, the more complex Habal-habal can seat up to twelve persons or more including their baggages.


DXCN-FM 99.1 Radyo Kaagapay - the only broadcast radio station in the town of Sibagat. The Nutriskwela Community Radio is a Project of the National Nutrition Council (Philippines) to address the problem of hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines by providing correct and updated Nutrition and Health information to areas with high prevalence of malnutrition and no access to broadcast media. It was implemented in 2008, and Radyo Kaagapay in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur was its pioneering recipient in Caraga.[21]

Local government[edit]

Elected municipal officials 2016-2019:

Executive officials[edit]

Municipal councilors[edit]

  • Diosdado G. Villarivera
  • Ephraim B. Badajos, Sr.
  • Rolando S. Buag
  • Rodolfo S. Valencia, Sr.
  • Felipe D. Mabasle
  • Mardovic T. Benigian
  • Aurelio P. Dacera, Jr.
  • Marlon P. Muldez

Educational institutions[edit]

Central elementary schools[edit]

Sibagat Central Elementary School
Name District Barangay
Sibagat Central Elementary School District I Poblacion
Afga Central Elementary School District II Afga

Secondary schools[edit]

There are Six (6) high schools in the town.

Name Type Barangay
Afga National High School (ANHS) Public Afga
Father Saturnino Urios College of Sibagat, Inc. (FSUCSI) Private Poblacion
Magsaysay National High School (MNHS) Public Magsaysay
New Tubigon National High School of Home Industries (NTNHSHI) Public New Tubigon
Padiay National High School (PNHS) Public Padiay
Sibagat National High School of Home Industries (SNHSHI) Public Poblacion


Name Type Barangay
Father Saturnino Urios College of Sibagat, Inc. (FSUCSI) Private Poblacion

Other Schools[edit]

Name Type Barangay District
Afga Central Elementary School Public Afga District II
Anahawan Elementary School Public Anahawan District II
Balonbon Elementary School Public Padiay (Km. 29) District II
Banagbanag Elementary School Public Banagbanag District II
Bantolinao Elementary School Public Padiay (Purok 8) District II
Causwagan Elementary School Public Kauswagan District I
Dandanon Elementary School Public Kolambugan District II
Del Rosario Elementary School Public Del Rosario District II
El Rio Elementary School Public El Rio District II
Father Saturnino Urios College of Sibagat, Inc. (Kinder and Elementary) Private Poblacion District I
Goshen Primary School Public New Tubigon (Goshen) District I
Ilihan Elementary School Public Ilihan District I
Kioya Elementary School Public Kioya District I
Kolambugan Elementary School Public Kolambugan District II
Magkalape Elementary School Public Magkalape District II
Magsaysay Elementary School Public Magsaysay District II
Mahayahay Elementary School Public Mahayahay District I
New Tubigon Elementary School Public New Tubigon District I
Padiay Elementary School Public Padiay District II
Perez Elementary School Public Perez District II
San Isidro I Elementary School Public San Isidro District I
San Isidro II Elementary School Public Afga District II
San Roque Elementary School Public Magsaysay District II
San Vicente Elementary School Public San Vicente District I
Sinai Elementary School Public Sinai District I
Sibagat Central Elementary School (SCES) Public Poblacion District I
Sta. Cruz Elementary School Public Sta. Cruz District II
Sta. Maria Elementary School Public Sta. Maria District II
Tabontabon Elementary School Public Tabontabon District II
Tag-oyango Elementary School Public Tag-oyango District I
Villangit Elementary School Public Villangit District I

Other Educational and Learning Institutions[edit]

Name Type Barangay
Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development, Inc. (ALCADEV) Learning Center Padiay
Bible Baptist Church Children's Learning Center of Sibagat, Inc. Learning Center Sibagat
Light and Life Learning Center of Sibagat, Inc. Learning Center Poblacion
Sidlak Child Development Center Learning Center Poblacion (Purok 1)
Negosyo Center (NC) Sibagat Learning Center Poblacion
HOPE Center Sibagat Learning Center Poblacion
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC) Learning Center Tag-uyango
Poder y Prosperidad dela Comunidad (PODER) Day Care Center Learning Center Poblacion
Poblacion Sibagat Day Care Center Learning Center Poblacion
Barangay Day Care Centers Learning Center All Sibagat Barangays


Religious Churches in Sibagat[edit]

Pinandagatan Falls-Sibagat, Agusan del Sur
The bridge connecting Brgys. Tag-oyango and Poblacion in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur

Tourist Attractions[edit]

Nature and Man-made Attractions[edit]

Pinandagatan Falls the hidden paradise in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur


  • Bagat Festival — held every 6th day of November (Araw ng Sibagat). The term bagat is a native word for "encounter". The festival is the convergence of natives of surrounding areas of Wawa and Sibagat and is highlighted by Manobo dancers and industrial fair.[7][30]

Notable people[edit]


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