Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur

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Municipality of Tabina
Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Tabina highlighted
Map of Zamboanga del Sur with Tabina highlighted
Tabina is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°28′N 123°25′E / 7.47°N 123.42°E / 7.47; 123.42Coordinates: 7°28′N 123°25′E / 7.47°N 123.42°E / 7.47; 123.42
Country  Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga del Sur
District 2nd District
Barangays 15 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Fruby Dayondon
 • Electorate 12,885 voters (2016)
 • Total 86.90 km2 (33.55 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 25,061
 • Density 290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7034
PSGC 097327000
IDD:area code +63 (0)62
Climate type tropical climate
Income class 4th municipal income class

Tabina, officially the Municipality of Tabina, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 25,061 people.[3]


It is the southernmost part of Zamboanga del Sur, facing the area wherein the waters of Illana Bay flows out to the Moro Gulf.It is about 63 kilometers away from Pagadian City, the province’s capital. Its boundaries are the municipality of Dimataling on the north, the Celebes Sea on the south, the municipality of Pitogo on the west, and another body of water, Illana Bay, on the east. Tabina can be reached via land through a provincial road passing through five municipalities so those who are thinking of going to Tabina should prepare for a long journey through rural places. The municipality has a land area of 8,690 hectares and these are distributed to the municipality’s current 15 regular and de facto barangays.


Tabina is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.

  • Abong-abong
  • Baganian
  • Baya-baya
  • Capisan
  • Concepcion
  • Culabay
  • Doña Josefina
  • Lumbia
  • Mabuhay
  • Malim
  • Manicaan
  • New Oroquieta
  • Poblacion
  • San Francisco
  • Tultolan


Tabina was formed out of the Municipality of Dimataling on August 16, 1961, by virtue of Executive Order No. 443 signed by President Carlos P. Garcia. Upon its creation, Tabina has twelve (12) barangays which comprised its original territory.

4 new barangays (Capisan, Doña Josefina, New Oroquita, San Francisco) were later created. When the Municipality of Pitogo was created, barangay Limbayan was detached from the Municipality of Tabina to be added to the new municipality, thus, resulting in a total number of fifteen (15) barangays within its jurisdiction.

Historically, the earliest settlers of Tabina were the Subanens who have settled in the different parts of the Zamboanga Peninsula. They are followed by the Muslims, and then the Christians. The name itself has many different origins, open to interpretation. One states that it comes from the inhabitants’ expression of “tabi-una”, a polite expression meaning “excuse me”. Another points out to the inhabitants’ characteristic expression of being talkative which, in the local tongue, is being “tabi-an”. Meanwhile, the Muslim immigrants were said to be attracted by the abundance of local seashells known as “binga” in their native tongue. It also happened to be called “ubina”. The Christians who happened to pass by Tabina inquired about the name of the place and, always hearing “bina”, modified it to “Tabina” and the name has stuck ever since. Most of Tabina is characterized as having steep mountains and undulating hills. The majority of the barangays tower to about 50 to 200 feet above sea level. There are no coastal plains or valleys in the municipality; the coasts themselves run down to shores and high cliffs. There are several tourist attractions in Tabina as well. There’s the Tambunan Beach and Marine Sanctuary, the Barangay Malim and Marine Sanctuary, Talisay Beach, and the Pod-ok Mangrove Boardwalk.


Population census of Tabina
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1970 11,364 —    
1975 14,099 +4.42%
1980 15,190 +1.50%
1990 19,422 +2.49%
1995 20,210 +0.75%
2000 21,882 +1.72%
2007 23,798 +1.16%
2010 24,110 +0.48%
2015 25,061 +0.74%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

Tourist Attractions[edit]

  • Tambunan Beach and Marine Sanctuary
  • Talisay Beach and Barangay Malim Marine Sanctuary
  • Pod-ok Mangrove Boardwalk
  • Baliti Beach Resort
  • Baganian Beach Resort



  • Josefina E. Cerilles State College (Tabina Campus)



  • Saint Ambrose High School


  • Baganian National High School
  • Concepcion National High School
  • Culabay National High School
  • Malim National High School
  • Tabina National High School
  • Tultolan National High School


  • Abong-Abong Elementary School
  • Baganian Elementary School
  • Concepcion Elementary School
  • Culabay Elementary School
  • Lumbia Elementary School
  • Mabuhay Elementary School
  • Malim Elementary School
  • San Antonio Elementary School (Baganian)
  • San Roque Elementary School
  • Tabina Central Elementary School
  • Sto. Domingo Elementary School (Malim)


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  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Zamboanga del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Province of Zamboanga del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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