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Location in the Philippines
|Founded||February 22, 2001|
|• Type||Province of the Philippines|
|• Governor||Wilter Y. Palma (LP)|
|• Vice Governor||Rey Andre C. Olegario (Nacionalista)|
|• Total||3,607.75 km2 (1,392.96 sq mi)|
|Area rank||36th out of 81|
|• Rank||45th out of 81|
|• Density||160/km2 (420/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||50th out of 81|
|• Districts||1st and 2nd districts of Zamboanga Sibugay|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|ZIP code||7001 to 7039|
|ISO 3166 code||PH-ZSI|
|Spoken languages||Cebuano, Zamboangueño Chavacano, Tagalog, Subanen, Tausug, English|
Zamboanga Sibugay (Cebuano: Probinsya sa Zamboanga Sibugay, Filipino: Lalawigan ng Zamboanga Sibugay) is a province in the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in Mindanao. Its capital is Ipil and it borders Zamboanga del Norte to the north, Zamboanga del Sur to the east and Zamboanga City to the southwest. To the south lies Sibuguey Bay in the Moro Gulf.
Zamboanga Sibugay is the 79th province created in the Philippines, when its territories were carved out from the third district of Zamboanga del Sur in 2001.
Zamboanga Sibugay was formerly part of Zamboanga del Sur. Attempts to divide Zamboanga del Sur into separate provinces date as far back as the 1960s. Several bills were filed in the Philippine Congress, but remained unacted. The new province was finally created by Republic Act No. 8973 passed on November 7, 2000 and signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 24, 2001. Zamboanga del Sur Third District Representative George Hofer was elected as its first governor in 2001.
Presently, former Diplahan Mayor Wilter Palma is the governor of the province, while the representatives of the first and second districts are Atty. Belma Cabilao and Dr. Dulce Ann K. Hofer, respectively.
Zamboanga Sibugay has an approximate total land area of 3,607.8 square kilometres (1,393.0 sq mi). It is geographically located at 7°48’N 122°40’E. To the north it intersects the common municipal boundaries of Kalawit, Tampilisan, and Godod of Zamboanga del Norte. It is bordered to the west by the municipalities of Sirawai, Siocon, and Baliguian, to the south by the Sibuguey Bay, and to the east by the municipalities of Bayog and Kumalarang of Zamboanga del Sur. It is further bordered on the southwest by Zamboanga City.
The climate of the province is moderately normal (climate type III). Annual rainfall varies from 1,599 to 3,500 millimetres (63.0 to 137.8 in). Temperature is relatively warm and constant throughout the year ranging from 22 to 35 °C (72 to 95 °F). The province is situated outside the country's typhoon belt.
|Population census of
|Source: National Statistics Office|
As of the 2010 census, Zamboanga Sibugay has a population of 584,685 people, and a population density of 160/km2. It is ranked 29th among the provinces of the Philippines in terms of both population and population density. The annual population growth rate is 16.09%.
The vast majority of the people of Zamboanga Sibugay speak Cebuano. Other languages such as Hiligaynon, Subanen, Zamboangueño Chavacano, Tagalog and other ethnic tongues are also spoken, as is English.
The province is predominantly Roman Catholic with 65 percent affiliation while Muslims are a significant minority. Various Christian groups also present such as Baptists, Born-again Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, Iglesia Ni Cristo and Seventh-Day Adventist.
The leading industries are in the areas of semi-processed rubber, rice and corn milling, ordinary food processing, wood and rattan furniture making, dried fish and squid processing, and home-made food processing. New industries include concrete products, garments, wax and candle factories, lime making, and other home and cottage industries.
Major crops produced include rice, corn, coconuts, rubber, fruit trees, vegetables, tobacco, coffee, cacao, and root crops. Livestock and poultry productions are predominantly small-scale and backyard operations. Coal mining in large and small scale and precious metal mining in small scale category are likewise present in some areas of the province.
Well known private schools include:
- Marcelo Spinola School (MSS)
- Marian College (MC)
- Dr. Aurelio Mendoza Mermorial Colleges (Dr. AMMC)
- Universidad de Zamboanga (UZ)
- Sibugay Technical Institute, Inc. (STII)
- "List of Provinces". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities" (PDF). 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
- "Republic Act No. 8973; An Act Creating the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay from the Province of Zamboanga del Sur and for Other Purposes". PhilippineLaw.info. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
- "Province: Zamboanga Sibugay". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority - National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010 (Zamboanga Peninsula)" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
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