Tubay, Agusan del Norte

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Official seal of Tubay
Map of Agusan del Norte with Tubay highlighted
Map of Agusan del Norte with Tubay highlighted
Tubay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°10′N 125°32′E / 9.167°N 125.533°E / 9.167; 125.533Coordinates: 09°10′N 125°32′E / 9.167°N 125.533°E / 9.167; 125.533
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Agusan del Norte
District 2nd district of Agusan del Norte
Barangays 13
 • Mayor Fidel E. Garcia Jr.
 • Total 138.09 km2 (53.32 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 20,426
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8606
Dialing code 85
Income class 4th
Website tubayagusan.

Tubay is a fourth class municipality in the province of Agusan del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 20,426 people.[3]

It was created from the barrios of Tubay, La Fraternidad, Tinigbasan, Cabayawa, Victory, Sta. Ana, and Tagmamarcay of the municipality of Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte in 1947, by virtue of Republic Act No. 188.


Tubay is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[2]

  • Binuangan
  • Cabayawa
  • Doña Rosario
  • Doña Telesfora
  • La Fraternidad
  • Lawigan
  • Poblacion 1
  • Poblacion 2
  • Santa Ana
  • Tagmamarkay
  • Tagpangahoy
  • Tinigbasan
  • Victory


The town of Tubay is named after its legendary founder Datu Tabay, and lays claim to being the second Spanish Settlement in Agusan and was known as a Pueblo as early as 1751. Formerly, the people settled in the wilderness of Ilihan, then transferred to sitio Malabog and later to Tubay-Tubay and Sabang near the mouth of the Jabonga River. However, the danger of constant inundation and Moro attacks convinced the succeeding leader of the place to move the pueblo to Daang Lungsod where the massive magkuno post of once spacious and strongly built church now stand. It was here where the settlement firmly took place.

Since 1898, Tubay was a prosperous town. But when the Americans visited Tubay and Cabadbaran, they were convinced that the latter was the better place for the seat of government. Therefore, in 1903, Tubay was reduced to a barrio to give way to its equally thriving neighbor, Cabadbaran. Although reduced to a barrio status, it still remained the center of commercial activity due to the presence of Chinese merchants. Booming business in Tubay was still noticeable until the fabulous 20’s when the navigable Jabonga River was the chief artery of its copra and hemp traffic. However, when the road connecting Tubay-Santiago and Cabadbaran was finished, business in Tubay began to decline and trade through the Jabonga River disappeared.

On June 22, 1947, the Congress of the Philippines enacted Republic Act No. 188 which created (or more properly, recreated) the town of Tubay.[4] By virtue of said law, President Manuel A. Roxas issued Presidential Proclamation No. 44 on October 20, 1947, thus making Tubay regain its township status.[5]


Population census of Tubay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 15,248 —    
1995 16,672 +1.69%
2000 17,668 +1.25%
2007 18,674 +0.77%
2010 20,426 +3.32%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: AGUSAN DEL NORTE". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "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. 
  4. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Tubay, province of Agusan". LawPH.com. n.d. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  5. ^ Municipality of Tubay (2010-01-11). "History Of Tubay". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 

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