Sibagat, Agusan del Sur
|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
|Region||Caraga (Region XIII)|
|Province||Agusan del Sur|
|District||1st district of Agusan del Sur|
|• Municipal Mayor||Maria Liza L. Evangelista (NUP)|
|• Total||567.82 km2 (219.24 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||54/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Dialing code||+63 (0)85|
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" 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.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Places of interest
- 8 Local government
- 9 Educational institutions
- 10 Notable people
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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 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 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.
- Del Rosario
- El Rio
- New Tubigon
- San Isidro
- San Vicente
- Santa Cruz
- Santa Maria
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.
|Population census of Sibagat|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
The population of Sibagat in the 2015 census was 30,442 people, with a density of 54 inhabitants per square kilometre or 140 inhabitants per square mile.
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.
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
- 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
Local festivals and events
- 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
Elected municipal officials 2016-2019:
- Municipal Mayor: Maria Liza L. Evangelista, CPA, REB
- 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
|Name of School||District||Barangay|
|Sibagat Central Elementary School||District I||Brgy. Poblacion|
|Afga Central Elementary School||District II||Brgy. Afga|
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|
- 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.
- Ulysses Puzon - (Brgy. San Vicente), a Filipino Professional Boxer born in Sibagat. He had numerous local and international fights before he retired on 2003.
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Province: AGUSAN DEL SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
- "CARAGA". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
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