Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi

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Map of Tawi-Tawi with Sitangkai highlighted
Map of Tawi-Tawi with Sitangkai highlighted
Sitangkai is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 04°40′N 119°24′E / 4.667°N 119.400°E / 4.667; 119.400Coordinates: 04°40′N 119°24′E / 4.667°N 119.400°E / 4.667; 119.400
Country Philippines
Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Province Tawi-Tawi
District Lone district of Tawi-Tawi
Founded August 26, 1959
Barangays 9
 • Mayor Serbin Canon Ahaja
 • Vice Mayor Tiblan Canon Ahaja
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 30,514
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7506
Dialing code 68
Income class 2nd

Sitangkai is a second class municipality in the province of Tawi-Tawi, and it is the southernmost place of the Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 30,514 people.[2]

It is called the "Venice of the Philippines" due to the use of boats as primary transportation, although footbridges connect one house from another. The major sources of livelihood are fishing and farming, although there is very sparse agricultural land available.


Sitangkai was created as a municipality on August 26, 1959, by virtue of Executive Order No. 355 of President Carlos P. Garcia. On October 21, 2006, with the ratification of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 197, 16 of its 25 barangays were transferred to the newly created municipality of Sibutu. All of which are located on Sibutu Island.


Sitangkai is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.[2]

  • Datu Baguinda Putih
  • Imam Sapie
  • North Larap
  • Panglima Alari
  • Sipangkot
  • Sitangkai Poblacion
  • South Larap (Larap)
  • Tongmageng
  • Tongusong


Population census of Sitangkai
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 34,493 —    
1995 36,027 +0.82%
2000 52,772 +8.53%
2007 40,641 −3.54%
2010 30,514 −9.90%
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. 

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