Tubod, Lanao del Norte

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Municipality of Tubod
The welcome marker of the Provincial Capitol in Tubod, Lanao del Norte
The welcome marker of the Provincial Capitol in Tubod, Lanao del Norte
Official seal of Tubod
Map of Lanao del Norte with Tubod highlighted
Map of Lanao del Norte with Tubod highlighted
Tubod is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 8°03′N 123°48′E / 8.05°N 123.8°E / 8.05; 123.8Coordinates: 8°03′N 123°48′E / 8.05°N 123.8°E / 8.05; 123.8
Country Philippines
RegionNorthern Mindanao (Region X)
ProvinceLanao del Norte
District1st District
FoundedOctober 17, 1946
Barangays24 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorLeoncio C. Bagol
 • Vice MayorClifford J. Jumalon
 • CongressmanMohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo
 • Electorate27,907 voters (2019)
 • Total246.80 km2 (95.29 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total47,165
 • Density190/km2 (490/sq mi)
 • Income class2nd municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence36.8% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)136,324,963.18 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)63
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesMaranao

Tubod, officially the Municipality of Tubod, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Tubod; Maranao: Inged a Tubod; Tagalog: Bayan ng Tubod), is a 2nd class municipality and capital of the province of Lanao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 47,165 people.[3]

It is strategically located along the Southeastern shores of Panguil Bay and is about 60 kilometers South West of Iligan City, 10 kilometers South of Ozamiz City and about 2 kilometers West of Tangub City.

It is bounded by Panguil bay and the Municipality of Kolambugan on the North, and Magsaysay on the North East, the municipality of Munai on the East, and the municipalities of Salvador and Nunungan on the South, and the municipality of Baroy on the South West. It has a regular terrain with low planes in the interior and undulating hills to rugged mountains along the Northern portion down to South Eastern portion of the municipality.

Tubod has 24 barangays and occupies a land area of 24,000 hectares. Rainfall present every month although it is outside the typhoon belt. It has an annual mean temperature of 26.67C and a mean monthly rainfall distribution of less than 74 millimeters. Of the total area of the municipality, 289.05 hectares as public lands both alienable and disposable and forestal land, 310 hectares rice land, 73.24 hectares as fishpond and swamp lands and 117.44 hectares as residential land.

The Panguil Bay Bridge, once completed, will be Mindanao's longest bridge, and will connect Tubod to Tangub City in Misamis Occidental. The project, that will cost around ₱4,860,000,000.00, will be obtained through Official Development Assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The bridge will be constructed from January 30, 2018 and is expected to be commissioned on December 28, 2020.[5]


Tubod derived its name from the spring located at Sitio Baybay in Barangay Poblacion. According to the old folks, even during the longest dry season, the spring will not drain. Tubod comes from the Cebuano language, meaning “the water source”. History pointed out that Christian immigrants from Luzon and Visayas settled in this part of the region.


Tubod is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.

  • Barakanas
  • Baris (Lumangculob)
  • Bualan
  • Bulod
  • Camp 5
  • Candis
  • Caniogan
  • Dalama
  • Kakai Renabor
  • Kalilangan
  • Licapao
  • Malingao
  • Palao
  • Patudan
  • Pigcarangan
  • Pinpin (Tadura)
  • Poblacion
  • Pualas
  • San Antonio
  • Santo Niño
  • Taden
  • Tangueguiron
  • Taguranao
  • Tubaran


Population census of Tubod
YearPop.±% p.a.
1948 32,171—    
1960 18,511−4.50%
1970 23,138+2.25%
1975 20,129−2.76%
1980 24,740+4.21%
1990 36,083+3.85%
1995 41,295+2.56%
2000 43,067+0.90%
2007 44,095+0.33%
2010 46,332+1.82%
2015 47,165+0.34%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

Place of interest[edit]

Mindanao Civic Center
Mindanao Civic Center (Stadium)

Tubod is the site of the Mindanao Civic Center which houses a hotel, cafeteria, gym, swimming pool, oval, and other sports facilities. MCC is a 71-hectare integrated complex with 5-hectare provincial trade center, 18-hectare sports facilities with 48-hectares still open for the proposed 18-hole golf course, picnic park and sports academy. The gymnasium capacity was 3,500 and the main stadium was 5,000[9]. MCC was the first sports hub of the First Mindanao Friendship Games.

And also, MCC is the site of several motorcross events in the country, giving the distinction of Tubod and the whole province as the "Motorcross Capital of the Philippines".[10]


History pointed out that migrant from the Christian provinces in Visayas and Luzon settled in this part of the region. Latest survey shows that the Christian-Muslim in the municipality is about 97.3.

Republic Act No. 58 separated the Barrios of Tubod, Baroy, Lala, Daromawang, Bolod, Taguiquiron, Sagadan and Princesa from its mother municipality of Kolambugan to become a municipality "Tubod" effective October 17, 1946. On February 3, 1982, Parliamentary Bill No. 568 was enacted by the Batasang Pambansa in session assembled, transferring the site of Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte from Iligan City to Municipality of Tubod, making it the "Capital town" of the Lanao del Norte.

Rufo dela Cruz was sworn into office as the appointed Municipal Mayor on March 14, 1947. In the local election of 1947, Fausto Alvia as elected as Municipal Mayor.

On March 22, 1949, President Elpidio Quirino issued Executive Order No. 208, creating the municipality of Lala from the barrios of Rawaan, Gumagamut, Lala (poblacion), Simpak, Daromawang, Abagan, and Lanipao.

On June 10, 1949, the President Quirino issued Executive Order No. 222 creating the Municipality of Baroy whereby all the elected Municipal Officials except the councilor Arsenio A. Quibranza, opted to served Baroy thus leading to the appointment of the Municipal Officials of Tubod with the Arsenio A. Quibranza as Municipal Mayor effective June 24, 1949.

In 1951 local elections the latter was elected as the Municipal Mayor and was re-elected twice during the 1955 and 1959 local elections, his term ended on March 8, 1962 when he was appointed by President Diosdado Macapagal as Vice Governor of Lanao del Norte. By the law of succession, the Vice Mayor Trifon A. Tabuco became the Municipal Mayor of Tubod and held the position until December 31, 1963. In the 1963 election, Jesus Perez was elected Municipal Mayor and was re-elected also in the 1967 election whose term ended on December 31, 1971. In 1971 election, the Marcelino Pepito was elected Municipal Mayor whose term ended on January 31, 1979 when Romana dela Cruz Neri too her oath and assumed office as appointed Municipal Mayor. In 1980 election, the latter was elected as the Municipal Mayor whose term ended as an aftermath of the February 25, 1986 EDSA Revolution. The Municipal government of Tubod was governed since by OICs Panfilo dela Cruz, Rooseque B. Calacat and Panfilo Labunog, respectively, until January 31, 1988. In the February 2, 1988 election, the Romana dela Cruz Neri was elected again as the Municipal Mayor of Tubod. She held the same office until she was defeated by Constancio A. Pepito in 1992 synchronized national and local elections, who held the position for three consecutive terms. In 2001 elections, Eduardo C. Mansueto was elected as Municipal Mayor and held the position for three consecutive terms. During the national and local election in 2010, the Nelieta Quibranza-Noval, who boarded the wagon of politics just like her father the late Arsenio A. Quibranza, was elected as Municipal Mayor and re-elected during the 2016 national and local election but she died on September 7, 2016.[citation needed]


Tubod is primarily an agricultural towny. Of its land area of 24,000, 80.7% is dedicated to agricultural use with a large percentage planted with bananas. Therefore, the ups and downs of the economic situation of the people in the interior barangay is more or less dependent on banana Industry. Cognizant with the bright prospect of banana products playing a vital role of livelihood of the people, in 1986, the LGU of Tubod,Lanao del Norte initiated the conceptualization of a festival that would give an all out emphasis on Council was organizeds to assist the LGU of Tubod in designing what is now known as the Sagingan Festival,as well as to determined priority measures to enhance the product of the economic symbol of Tubod. With close coordination of the Department of Agriculture,the banana yields of Tubod were given special treatment ( ex. Research, variety classification,soil analysis,etc.). In 1987, the first Sagingan Festival celebrated by Tubod during the commemoration of the Towns creation (Charter day October 17). The celebration highlighted the presentation of the different varieties of bananas In Tubod (52 varieties as of last count). Seeing the festival enlightens the Tubodnons on the importance of Bananas in generation income, it was enhanced, developed, and sustained by the LGU of Tubod. Indeed, from the time, a portion of the LGU’s 20% development fund was allocated for the Sagingan Festival. In 1992, Sagingan Festival was officially accredited with the Department of Tourism and included in the calendar festival in the entire Philippines. There festivals are highlighted with Street dancing Competition, Best Decorated Caromata, Booth Contest, Search for Ms. Sagingan Festival which use of 75% of Banana materials, banana Festival, and Agro-industrial Trade Fair. Folk Dance Competition and Sports Competition were incorporated to add and grandeur to the celebration. Romana dela Cruz-Neri is known as the Grandmother of the Sagingan Festival.



  • Tubod Community Hospital


  • DXNE 94.3Mhz
  • Radyo Kalambuan was established in 2013 by the National Nutrition Council in partnership with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte under the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program Phase III.
At the time of its establishment, the prevalence of underweight among pre-school children in the province of Lanao del Norte is 10.01% (Operation Timbang, NNC) while prevalence of underweight among pre-school children in Tubod was 10.44% (Operation Timbang, NNC).
  • DXNE-FM 94.3 RADYO KALAMBUAN started airing on 29 February 2013.
  • DXNE-FM 94.3 RADYO KALAMBUAN is located at the MEDIA CENTER of the MCC Sports Complex, Barangay Sagadan, Tubod, Lanao Del Norte.
In 2015, The National Nutrition Council upgraded the transmitter of Radyo Kalambuan from 100 watts to 300 watts with ERP (Effective Radiated Power) of 600 watts.
In Bisaya, “kalambuan” means "development".


  • Elementary
    • All 24 barangays
  • Secondary
    • Mercy Junior College (Private)
    • A.A.Q.N.H.S (Bualan)
    • T.A.Q.N.H.S (Pualas)
    • L.N.P.S.H.S (Malingao)
    • Dalama National High School
  • Vocational
      • MAIN Campus (BUALAN)
      • SATELLITE Campus (TUBOD)
  • Tertiary
    • Tubod College - the first tertiary school in town (2018-2019)


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  2. ^ "Province: Lanao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ http://build.gov.ph/Home/Summary/45?Agency=DPWH
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of Lanao del Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex". Province of Lanao del Norte. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  10. ^ [1] Lanao del Norte hosts first international motocross summit - GMA News Online

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