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Sibutu Island, Tawitawi.JPG
Location in Tawi-Tawi province
Location in Tawi-Tawi province
Sibutu is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 04°41′N 119°28′E / 4.683°N 119.467°E / 4.683; 119.467Coordinates: 04°41′N 119°28′E / 4.683°N 119.467°E / 4.683; 119.467
Country Philippines
Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Province Tawi-Tawi
District Lone district of Tawi-Tawi
Founded October 21, 2006
Barangays 16
 • Mayor Kuyoh Pajiji
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 28,532
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7510
Dialing code 68
Income class 6th

Sibutu is a sixth class municipality and island in the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 28,532 people.[2] It lies about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of the coast of Sabah, Malaysia. The municipality covers the main island of Sibutu as well as four small uninhabited islands 3.5 to 6 kilometres (2.2 to 3.7 mi) south of the main island, which are, from north to south: Sicolan Calch Island, Sicolan Island, Sicolan Islet, and Saluag Island, the latter being the southernmost island of the Philippines.

Sibutu Island has an area is 109 square kilometres (42 sq mi). It is an important site for nature conservation.[3]


Due to an administrative error in the Treaty of Paris, Sibutu was the last Spanish possession (alongside Cagayán de Sulu) in the Philippine islands.

It was created out of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, by virtue of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 197,[4] which was subsequently ratified in a plebiscite held on October 21, 2006.[5]


Sibutu is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.[2]

  • Ambutong Sapal
  • Datu Amilhamja Jaafar
  • Hadji Imam Bidin
  • Hadji Mohtar Sulayman
  • Hadji Taha
  • Imam Hadji Mohammad
  • Nunukan
  • Sheik Makdum
  • Sibutu (Poblacion)
  • Talisay
  • Tandu Banak
  • Tandu Owak
  • Taungoh
  • Tongehat
  • Tongsibalo
  • Ungus-ungus


Population census of
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 35,377 —    
2010 28,532 −7.53%
Source: National Statistics Office[2]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "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 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Danielsen, Finn & Treadaway, Colin G., 2004: Priority conservation areas for butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) in the Philippine Islands. Animal Conservation, 7, 79-92.
  4. ^ "Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 197; An Act Creating the Municipality of Sibutu in the Province of Tawi-Tawi, and for Other Purposes" (PDF). Regional Legislative Assembly, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  5. ^ MMA Act No. 197 : An Act Creating the Municipality of Sibutu in the Province of Tawi-Tawi

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