Sibagat, Agusan del Sur

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Municipality of Sibagat
Nickname(s): The Home of Philippine Eagle in Caraga Region; The Municipality of Abaca; The Heart of Caraga
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
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Agusan del Sur
District 1st district of Agusan del Sur
Barangays 24
 • Municipal Mayor Maria Liza L. Evangelista (NUP)
 • Total 567.82 km2 (219.24 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 30,442
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8503
Dialing code +63 (0)85
Income class 1st

Sibagat is a first 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. It is the first municipality when you enter the province of Agusan del Sur from Butuan City via Pan-Philippine Highway.

The town of Sibagat is also known as "Abacá capital"[4] of the province and the "Home of Philippine Eagle in the Caraga Region". The town is also a major producer of agriculture products like coconut, banana and vegetables and major player of abaca industry in the province.


The word Sibagat is from the word "bagat" which means meet or meeting place. According to the oral history, the river near Sibagat which is also called Sibagat River is 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.


Sibagat was formerly part of the town of Esperanza, of the former undivided province of Agusan. In 1961, when the former barrio of Bayugan, which was also formerly part of Esperanza town, was granted with an Executive Order No. 440[5] of the late President Carlos P. Garcia to become a separate municipality, Sibagat was transferred and one of the original barangays comprising the newly created municipality of Bayugan. In 1980, former Mahayahay Barangay Captain Vicente B. Benigian, Sr. who was also the ABC Federation President of Bayugan and former Bayugan Municipal Councilor Cipriano Palban with the help of former Agusan del Sur Assemblyman/Governor Democrito O. Plaza lead the petition of creating a separate municipality of Sibagat which was approved by virtue of Batas Pambansa No. 56[6] on February 1, 1980 by the late President Ferdinand Marcos. The seat of Municipal Local Government is located in Barangay Sibagat which is now called Barangay Poblacion. On November 6, 1980, the first set of Municipal Officials assumed into office and Mr. Vicente B. Benigian, Sr. was first appointed Municipal Mayor of Sibagat.


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


Sibagat is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.[2]

  • Afga
  • Anahawan
  • Banagbanag
  • Del Rosario
  • El Rio
  • Ilihan
  • Kauswagan
  • Kioya
  • Magkalape
  • Magsaysay
  • Mahayahay
  • New Tubigon
  • Padiay
  • Perez
  • Poblacion
  • San Isidro
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Maria
  • Sinai
  • Tabon-tabon
  • Tag-uyango
  • Villangit
  • Kolambugan


Municipality of Sibagat has a Type II climate where there has no dry season but with pronounced maximum rain period that occurs from December to January.[7]


Population census of Sibagat
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 11,392 —    
1995 27,517 +17.97%
2000 30,879 +2.50%
2007 30,074 −0.36%
2010 30,985 +1.09%
2015 30,442 −0.34%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8]

The population of Sibagat in the 2015 census was 30,442 people,[3] with a density of 54 inhabitants per square kilometre or 140 inhabitants per square mile.

Most of the people living in the town are mostly Visayan migrants coming from Bohol, Cebu, Leyte and Negros Provinces.

Indigenous People:


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

It also plays a major role in Abacá Industry not only in the Province of Agusan del Sur but the whole Caraga Region.

It is 29 km away from the Regional Center Hub of Caraga region and 34 km distance from the nearest airport in Butuan City. It is also 14 km away from the City of Bayugan, the only city of the province. The town is geographically situated sandwiched between the two cities of Butuan and Bayugan.

Investment opportunities in Sibagat includes agriculture, forestry, plantation and mining.[9]


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

When you're in the town, the means of transportation are Tricycles and Motorized tricycles that will convey you to short distance destination within the town and to other accessible adjacent barangays. Motorcycle taxi or locally known as Habal-habal is a single motorcycle modified to seat more than two persons is also being used to cater 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.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Managong Falls - the biggest and tallest falls in the province located in Brgy Padiay.
  • Tughongon Falls - located in Brgy Kolambugan
  • Camponay Falls - located in Sitio Camponay in Brgy Tabon-tabon
  • Katugsok Falls - located in Brgy Poblacion
  • Wawa Bridge - the longest steel bridge in the province that serves as road boundary of Bayugan City and Sibagat, Agusan del Sur
  • Wawa River - the largest river in the town, a tributary river to Agusan River
  • Wawa River Dam and Irrigation System - located adjacent of the Wawa bridge in Brgy San Vicente
  • Sibagat River - a secondary river named after the town, a tributary river to a larger Wawa River
  • Municipal Hall and Plaza[9]

Local festivals and events[edit]

  • Sibagat Town Fiesta - Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, celebrated every 13th day of June
  • Bagat-bagat Festival - held every 6th day of November (Araw ng Sibagat). The term bagat is a native term for "encounter". It is convergence of natives of surrounding areas of Wawa and Sibagat and highlighted by Manobo dancers and industrial fair[7]

Local government[edit]

Elected municipal officials 2016-2019:

Executive officials:

Municipal Councilors:

  • 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]

Name of School District Barangay
Sibagat Central Elementary School District I Brgy. Poblacion
Afga Central Elementary School District II Brgy. Afga

Secondary schools[edit]

There are Six (6) High Schools in the town.

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


Name of School Owner Type Address
Father Saturnino Urios College of Sibagat, Inc. (FSUCSI) Private Poblacion, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: AGUSAN DEL SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "CARAGA". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
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