|Municipality of Sibagat|
The Last Frontier of Agusan del Sur
Map of Agusan del Sur with Sibagat highlighted
|Region||Caraga (Region XIII)|
|Province||Agusan del Sur|
|Barangays||24 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Maria Liza L. Evangelista|
|• Electorate||18,027 voters (2016)|
|• Total||567.82 km2 (219.24 sq mi)|
|• Density||54/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)85|
|Climate type||tropical rainforest climate|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||144.1 million (2016)|
|Native languages||Agusan 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.
Located in the northeastern tip of the province, the town is 29 kilometres (18 mi) away from Butuan City.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Barangays
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Economy
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Communication
- 9 Local government
- 10 Educational institutions
- 11 Religious
- 12 Tourist Attractions
- 13 Notable people
- 14 References
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. 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. 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.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 567.82 square kilometres (219.24 sq mi)  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.
|Population census of Sibagat|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Sibagat had a population of 30,442. The population density was 54 inhabitants per square kilometre (140/sq mi).
- Buena Palma Corporation - Address: Purok 2, Afga, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. Established in 2010 as a corporation producing organic coconut sugar as natural low glycemic index sweetener. The coconut sugar they used has been selected from the time of harvesting through the assessment of the quality of the sap (Neera) of Coconut water to produce the best sap (Neera) to make the HBM Featured sweetener product, the Organic Premium Pure Coconut sugar. Their certified organic products went famous and global when their company had joined with DTI - Caraga Region to an International Food Expo in Malaysia. Buena Palma Corporation, one of the famous regional food companies in Caraga that brought their products were cited by world's food firms in the recent 7th Sabah International Expo 2012 held at the Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Officials of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-13) said that these products recognized by the international business community will spur the economic prosperity in this fastest-growing region in Southern Philippines. The Sabah International Expo or SIE is Sabah's premier trade fair organized biennially since 2000. Since its inception, SIE has become one of the largest and most successful trade events in BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines - East Asean Growth Area).
- Sibagat Federation of Abaca Weavers Association, Inc. - as Sibagat town is leading and major producer of "sinamay" (woven abaca fiber) who played vital role in the growing and production of abaca products in the province. Abaca is the identified "One Town One Product" (OTOP). Their major product is Sinamay, a woven stalks of the abaca tree which fiber is stronger than cotton or silk, and as a result of that sinamay holds a very firm shape. Sibagat "sinamay" shines every time they will participate in trade fairs in both regional and national events. Members of Sibagat Abaca Weavers Association (SAWA) make rolls of fabric from sinamay or the first-class fiber from the Tagongon and Laylay varieties of abaca. The woven fabric is used as material for handicraft, housewares and fashion accessories, which are sold in the home and export markets.
- Kolambugan Tribal Tree Farmers Association (KATTFA) - a major player of abaca trading and a licensed abaca local trader based in Kolambugan, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur authorized and registered by the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PFIDA).
- 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.
Hydro Power Plant Projects
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.
- 13MW Wawa Hydropower Plant Project -
- 6MW Managong Hydroelectric Power Plant Project - Location: Managong Falls, Brgy. Padiay
- 5MW Bugsukan Hydropower Plant Project - Location: Bugsukan River
- 5MW Hilong-hilong 4 Hydropower Plant Project - Location: Brgy. Kolambugan
- 7.7MW Wawa 1 Hydropower Project - Location: Wawa River, Brgy. Kolambugan and Padiay
- 7.0MW Wawa 2 Hydropower Project - Location: Wawa River, Brgy. Kolambugan and Padiay
- 5.6MW Wawa 3 Hydropower Project - Location: Managong River, Brgy. Padiay
Banking and Finance
- People's Bank of Caraga, Inc. - a Rural Bank branch in the Municipality of Sibagat located in Brgy. Poblacion.
Other Financial Center
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.
Elected municipal officials 2016-2019:
- Municipal Mayor: Maria Liza L. Evangelista, CPA, REB, REP
- Municipal Vice Mayor: Allan M. Lanas
- 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
Central elementary schools
|Sibagat Central Elementary School||District I||Poblacion|
|Afga Central Elementary School||District II||Afga|
There are Six (6) high schools in the town.
|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|
|Father Saturnino Urios College of Sibagat, Inc. (FSUCSI)||Private||Poblacion|
|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
|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
- Saint Anthony of Padua Parish church - Poblacion
- Saint Isidore the Laborer Parish church - Afga
- Seventh-day Adventist Church - Baluyot
- Seventh-day Adventist Church - Kahayag
- Seventh-day Adventist Church - Mahayahay
- Seventh-day Adventist Church - New Tubigon
- Seventh-day Adventist Church - Padiay
- Seventh-day Adventist Church - Perez
- Seventh-day Adventist Church - Poblacion
- Seventh-day Adventist Church- Tabontabon
- Afga Free Methodist Church - Afga
- Sibagat Free Methodist Church - Poblacion
- United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) - Poblacion
- United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) - El Rio
- United Pentecostal Church Philippines, Inc. - Oneness Pentecostal tradition|Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal - Poblacion
- United Pentecostal Church Philippines, Inc. - Oneness Pentecostal tradition|Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal - Camponay
- Pentecostal Church of God - Poblacion
- Iglesia ni Cristo Chapel - Lokal ng Poblacion
- Iglesia ni Cristo Chapel - Lokal ng Afga
- Iglesia Filipina Independiente Church - Poblacion
- Bread of Life Ministries - Poblacion
- Born Again Christian Church - Poblacion
- Kingdom Hall of Jehova's Witnesses - Poblacion
- Church of Christ - Poblacion
- Baptist Church - El Rio
- Jesus is Lord Church - Poblacion
- Maharlican Ecumenical Catholic Apostolic Church of Christ Jesus, Inc. - Tabontabon
- Things to Come Mission Philippines, Inc. - Grace Gospel Church of Christ - Afga
- Things to Come Mission Philippines, Inc. - Grace Gospel Church of Christ - Kioya
- Things to Come Mission Philippines, Inc. - Grace Gospel Church of Christ - Padiay
Nature and Man-made Attractions
- Pinandagatan Falls — a newly discovered untouched hidden paradise, a beautiful in nature, fantastic and amazing waterfalls with a jaw-dropping view located in Brgy. New Tubigon. According to Caraga Backpackers Group, Pinandagatan Falls could be the best waterfalls they saw in the entire Caraga Region.
- Camponay Falls — located in Sitio Camponay in Brgy. Tabon-tabon
- Managong Falls — the biggest and tallest falls in the province located in Brgy Padiay.
- Tughongon Falls — located in Brgy. Kolambugan
- Katugsok Falls — located in Brgy. Poblacion
- Sibagat River — a secondary river named after the town, a tributary river to a larger Wawa River
- Wawa River — the largest river in the town, a tributary river to the Agusan River
- Wawa River Dam and Irrigation System — located adjacent to the Wawa bridge in Brgy. San Vicente
- Wawa Bridge — the longest Steel Bridge in the province that serves as road boundary of Bayugan City and Sibagat
- Managong River — a tributary river to a larger Wawa River located in Brgy. Padiay
- Tambagoko River — a tributary river to a larger Wawa River located in Brgy. New Tubigon and Magsaysay
- Municipal Hall and Plaza
- Poblacion-Tag-oyango Hanging Bridge - a beautifully designed suspended 200-meter hanging footbridge worth PhP 11 Million that connects Brgy. Poblacion to Brgys. Tag-oyango and Kioya and is now artery that links farmlands in the Poblacion to the National Highway.
- 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.
- Dennis Laurente — (Brgy. Mahayahay), a Filipino Professional Boxer and a former holder of World Boxing Council Asian Boxing Council (WBC ABC) Super Welterweight Champion belt. Born in Palompon, Leyte but raised in Brgy. Mahayahay, Sibagat. He attended his early education at Mahayahay Elementary School and secondary at Sibagat National High School of Home Industries until he relocated in Manila when he pursued his boxing career.
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