Sibagat, Agusan del Sur

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Map of Agusan del Sur with Sibagat highlighted
Location within Agusan del Sur province
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 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • 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)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 18,027
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8503
IDD:area code +63 (0)85
Income class 1st municipal income class
PSGC 160314000
Electorate 18,027 voters as of 2016

Sibagat, officially the Municipality of Sibagat (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Sibagat; Filipino: Bayan ng Sibagat), is a municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur in the Caraga (Region XIII) of the Philippines. The population was 30,442 at the 2015 census.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 18,027 registered voters.[4] 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[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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 to the east, southeast, south and southwest; Butuan City and Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte to the west; and Cabadbaran, Santiago, 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.[8]


Sibagat is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.[9]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[10]
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%


Population census of Sibagat
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 11,392 —    
1995 27,517 +17.97%
2000 30,879 +2.50%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 30,074 −0.36%
2010 30,985 +1.09%
2015 30,442 −0.34%

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.

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 18,027 registered voters.[4]


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.[13]


Its primary mode of transportation are PUB's[clarification needed], 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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • Sibagat River — a secondary river named after the town, a tributary river to a larger Wawa River
  • Municipal Hall and Plaza[13]


  • 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 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.[8]

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

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

Notable people[edit]


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