Zamboanga del Norte

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Zamboanga del Norte
Province
Provincial Capitol in Dipolog City
Provincial Capitol in Dipolog City
Flag of Zamboanga del Norte
Flag
Official seal of Zamboanga del Norte
Seal
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°08′N 123°00′E / 8.133°N 123.000°E / 8.133; 123.000Coordinates: 08°08′N 123°00′E / 8.133°N 123.000°E / 8.133; 123.000
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Founded June 23, 1635 and June 6, 1952
Capital Dipolog City
Government
 • Type Province of the Philippines
 • Governor Roberto Y. Uy (LP)
 • Vice Governor Senen O. Angeles (LP)
Area[1]
 • Total 7,301.00 km2 (2,818.93 sq mi)
Area rank 9th out of 81
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 957,997
 • Rank 24th out of 81
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
 • Density rank 60th out of 81
Divisions
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 2
 • Municipalities 25
 • Barangays 691
 • Districts 3 districts of Zamboanga del Norte
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7100 to 7124
Dialing code 65
ISO 3166 code PH-ZAN
Spoken languages Cebuano, Subanen, Zamboangueño Chavacano, Tagalog, English
Website www.zanorte.gov.ph

Zamboanga del Norte, officially the Province of Zamboanga del Norte, (Filipino: Hilagang Samboanga; Subanen: Utara Sembwangan; Cebuano: Amihanang Zamboanga) is a province of the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in Mindanao. Its capital is Dipolog City and the province borders Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to the south and Misamis Occidental to the east. The Sulu Sea lies to the northwest of Zamboanga del Norte. Zamboanga del Norte is the largest province of Zamboanga Peninsula in terms of land area.

History[edit]

Prior to its creation as a separate province, Zamboanga del Norte formed the northern portion of the historical province of Zamboanga.

Further information: Zamboanga (province)
The historical province of Zamboanga in 1918

The early history of Zamboanga del Norte is shared with that of Zamboanga City, which had been the center of the entire Mindanao area, most notably during the American era. When Zamboanga City became a chartered city on October 12, 1936, it encompassed the southern tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula and the island of Basilan, making it the largest city in the world in terms of land area.

When Basilan was made into a separate Chartered City, and further, when Republic Act No. 711,[3] issued on June 6, 1952, created two more provinces out of Zamboanga City. One of these provinces was Zamboanga del Norte.

Geography[edit]

Zamboanga del Norte comprises the northern portion of the Zamboanga Peninsula. It is bounded on the north and west by the Sulu Sea, on the east by Misamis Occidental, and on the south by Zamboanga del Sur.

Dakak riverside in Dapitan City

The province occupies a total land area of 730,100 hectares (1,804,000 acres).[1] It has an average elevation of 243.8 metres (800 ft), with Mount Dabiak in Katipunan as the highest peak at 2,600 metres (8,500 ft). Other parts, near the coastlines, are plains. The province's irregular coastline runs some 400 kilometres (250 mi) from north to south.

Climate[edit]

Zamboanga del Norte has a mild and moderate climate due to evenly distributed rainfall throughout the year. Its southern portion has a longer dry season.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Zamboanga del Norte is subdivided into 25 municipalities and 2 cities. These are further subdivided into 691 barangays, and clustered into 3 congressional districts.[4]

City or
municipality
District[4] Area
(km²)[4]
Population
(2010)[4][5]
Density
(per km²)
No. of
barangays
ZIP
code
Income
class[4]
Coordinates

Baliguian 3rd 439.26 21,190 48.2 17 7123 3rd 7°48′38″N 122°08′43″E / 7.8105788°N 122.1452236°E / 7.8105788; 122.1452236 (Baliguian)
Dapitan 1st 390.53 77,441 198.3 50 7101 3rd 8°39′17″N 123°25′20″E / 8.6548508°N 123.4221268°E / 8.6548508; 123.4221268 (Dapitan)
Dipolog 2nd 241.13 120,460 499.6 21 7100 3rd 8°35′10″N 123°20′28″E / 8.5861558°N 123.3410168°E / 8.5861558; 123.3410168 (Dipolog)
Godod 3rd 190 17,788 93.6 17 4th 7°59′54″N 122°50′30″E / 7.9983772°N 122.8417397°E / 7.9983772; 122.8417397 (Godod)
Gutalac 3rd 492.86 32,153 65.2 33 7118 2nd 7°58′21″N 122°23′58″E / 7.9724102°N 122.3994112°E / 7.9724102; 122.3994112 (Gutalac)
Jose Dalman (Ponot) 2nd 135 27,033 200.2 18 7111 5th 8°26′33″N 123°01′20″E / 8.442446°N 123.0221128°E / 8.442446; 123.0221128 (Jose Dalman)
Kalawit 3rd 217.89 22,157 101.7 14 7124 4th 7°54′17″N 122°31′35″E / 7.9048075°N 122.5265265°E / 7.9048075; 122.5265265 (Kalawit)
Katipunan 2nd 244.12 43,339 177.5 30 7109 2nd 8°30′46″N 123°17′05″E / 8.5128791°N 123.2847201°E / 8.5128791; 123.2847201 (Katipunan)
La Libertad 1st 69.51 7,771 111.8 13 7119 5th 8°28′07″N 123°31′33″E / 8.4685946°N 123.5257405°E / 8.4685946; 123.5257405 (La Libertad)
Labason 3rd 169.58 40,375 238.1 20 7117 3rd 8°03′52″N 122°31′28″E / 8.064547°N 122.5244826°E / 8.064547; 122.5244826 (Labason)
Leon B. Postigo (Bacungan) 3rd 255.5 24,643 96.5 18 4th 8°09′10″N 122°55′30″E / 8.1528913°N 122.924931°E / 8.1528913; 122.924931 (Leon T. Postigo)
Liloy 3rd 128.43 39,015 303.8 37 7115 3rd 8°07′24″N 122°40′46″E / 8.123448°N 122.6793485°E / 8.123448; 122.6793485 (Liloy)
Manukan 2nd 246.35 35,589 144.5 22 7110 3rd 8°30′57″N 123°05′39″E / 8.5159224°N 123.0940457°E / 8.5159224; 123.0940457 (Manukan)
Mutia 1st 73.58 11,975 162.7 16 7107 5th 8°25′12″N 123°28′34″E / 8.4200946°N 123.4761654°E / 8.4200946; 123.4761654 (Mutia)
Piñan (New Piñan) 1st 93.75 20,088 214.3 22 7105 4th 8°28′46″N 123°26′59″E / 8.4793176°N 123.4497935°E / 8.4793176; 123.4497935 (Piñan)
Polanco 1st 206.88 37,472 181.1 30 7106 3rd 8°31′52″N 123°21′47″E / 8.531082°N 123.3629972°E / 8.531082; 123.3629972 (Polanco)
President Manuel A. Roxas 2nd 206.25 37,611 182.4 31 7102 5th 8°30′52″N 123°13′57″E / 8.5143716°N 123.232612°E / 8.5143716; 123.232612 (President Manuel A. Roxas)
Rizal 1st 80.03 14,111 176.3 22 7104 5th 8°31′32″N 123°33′06″E / 8.5255759°N 123.551774°E / 8.5255759; 123.551774 (Rizal)
Salug 3rd 206.6 31,157 150.8 23 7114 3rd 8°06′25″N 122°45′25″E / 8.1070088°N 122.7570796°E / 8.1070088; 122.7570796 (Salug)
Sergio Osmeña Sr. 1st 556.44 29,453 52.9 39 7108 2nd 8°17′57″N 123°30′30″E / 8.2992399°N 123.5082817°E / 8.2992399; 123.5082817 (Sergio Osmeña Sr.)
Siayan 2nd 494.75 34,989 70.7 22 7113 2nd 8°15′05″N 123°06′48″E / 8.2513312°N 123.1134484°E / 8.2513312; 123.1134484 (Siayan)
Sibuco 3rd 782.54 31,982 40.9 28 7122 1st 7°17′33″N 122°04′01″E / 7.2923727°N 122.0668569°E / 7.2923727; 122.0668569 (Sibuco)
Sibutad 1st 65.57 16,783 256 16 7103 5th 8°36′46″N 123°28′49″E / 8.6126898°N 123.4801814°E / 8.6126898; 123.4801814 (Sibutad)
Sindangan 2nd 451 94,146 208.7 52 7112 1st 8°14′04″N 122°59′58″E / 8.2343274°N 122.999338°E / 8.2343274; 122.999338 (Sindangan)
Siocon 3rd 503.2 41,637 82.7 26 7120 1st 7°42′24″N 122°08′22″E / 7.7067501°N 122.1395465°E / 7.7067501; 122.1395465 (Siocon)
Sirawai 3rd 222.5 24,583 110.5 34 7121 4th 7°35′15″N 122°08′24″E / 7.5873894°N 122.1400738°E / 7.5873894; 122.1400738 (Sirawai)
Tampilisan 3rd 137.75 23,056 167.4 20 7116 4th 7°58′27″N 122°39′52″E / 7.974174°N 122.6643705°E / 7.974174; 122.6643705 (Tampilisan)
 †  Provincial capital and component city      Component city      Municipality
(Italicized entries indicate the generic location. Otherwise, they mark the vicinity of the city or town center).
  • Italicized names are former names.
  • Dashes (—) in cells indicate unavailable information.
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Government[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Population census of
Zamboanga del Norte
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 676,862 —    
1995 770,697 +2.46%
2000 823,130 +1.42%
2007 907,238 +1.35%
2010 957,997 +2.00%
Source: National Statistics Office[2]

Zamboanga del Norte has a population of 957,997 according to the 2010 census.[2] Its population density is 130/km². It is ranked 24th among the provinces in terms of population and 60th in terms of population density.

The main language spoken is Cebuano. Other languages include Suban-on, Tausug, Zamboangueño, Tagalog, Spanish, and English.

Religion[edit]

The predominant religion is Roman Catholicism with 80 percent adherence while Islam is a significant minority. There are also followers of other Christian religions such as Born-again Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baptists, Iglesia Ni Cristo, Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, Methodists and Seventh-day Adventist.

Economy[edit]

About half of the province's land area is devoted to agriculture. Corn, coconut, and rice are the major crops. The province being rich in marine and mineral sources, its fish production has accelerated through the development of fishponds. Commercial fishing has likewise steadily increased through the years, with the yellow fin tuna as the primary species.

In 2006, a study by National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), found Zamboanga del Norte Province to be the Philippines' poorest province with a poverty incidence rate of 64.6%, an increase from 47% in year 2000 statistical figures.[6]

Despite of its rich and sea and land resources, it is still the poorest province incident rate of 64.6%. Large foreign mining companies are in the causing adverse effect to the culture and traditions of the indigenous Subanon and other poor settlers.[7]

Media[edit]

Newspapers
Television
  • ABS-CBN Dipolog
  • OneTV Dipolog
  • Positiv Channel (formerly iTV Prime Dipolog)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of Provinces". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "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. 
  3. ^ "Republic Act No. 711 - An Act to Create The Provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Province: Zamboanga del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority - National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "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 13 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ten poorest provinces in 2003". Press Release. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. 6 June 2006. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysPQSzMXpb8

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