Molave

Molave is one of the oldest municipalities of the province of Zamboanga del Sur. It is located on the northernmost eastern part of the province, under the first district. Zamboanga del Norte lies directly on its north. It is bounded on the east by both the municipalities of Josefina and Tambulig, on the west by Mahayag, and on the south by Ramon Magsaysay. Molave is classified as a 2nd class municipality with a population of 48,215 people as of August 1, 2007. Currently, the municipality has 25 barangays comprising it. Molave is some 37.94 kilometers away from the provincial capital of Pagadian City.
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Lapuyan

Lapuyan is a 4th class municipality in Zamboanga del Sur’s second district. It is partly a coastal town, but is still bounded by municipalities, with Lakewood on the north, Margosatubig on the south, San Miguel on the east, and Kumalarang on the west. Southwest is the Dumanquillas Bay, the municipality’s primary source of aquatic produce. It is 46 kilometers northwest of Pagadian City, the provincial capital. Lapuyan currently has 26 barangays that make up its 329 square kilometers of land; three of those barangays are urban while the rest are rural. Lapuyan itself is partially urban. As of August 1, 2007, Lapuyan has a population of 26,118.
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Guipos

Guipos located near the heart of Zamboanga del Sur. It is a landlocked municipality, bounded on the north by the municipality of Tigbao. The east side is mostly bounded by the municipality of Dumalinao, while on the west can be found San Miguel. South is the municipality of Dinas while on the southeast, one can find the municipality of San Pablo. Guipos is a rural municipality, classified as 5th class. As of August 1, 2007, the population is around 19,616.
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Tigbao

Tigbao is a landlocked municipality located in the middle of the Zamboanga del Sur province. On the north and the east, it is bounded by the municipality of Dumalinao. The south sees the municipality of Guipos while the west is the municipality of Lakewood. It is included in Zamboanga del Sur’s second congressional district. According to the census that was done as of the year 2000, Tigbao has a population of 16,914 people in about 3,089 households. From the provincial capital of Pagadian City, Tigbao is located some 30 kilometers away. It can be reached via land and sea through the provincial capital.
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Vincenzo A. Sagun

Zamboanga del Sur is a coastal province; that is, half of its area completely faces the Moro Gulf, which is a part of the greater Celebes Sea that is found on the south of the Philippine Archipelago. As a result, a considerable percentage of Zamboanga del Sur’s municipalities are coastal towns. Vincenzo Sagun is among those which are found in the southern part of the province’s coast.
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Tukuran


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Tukuran is a municipality located in the eastern part of Zamboanga del Sur. It is categorized as a 4th class municipality with a population of 33,747 people in 6,760 households as of 2000. Geographically, its coordinates are 7 degrees, 51’5″ north and 123 degrees, 34’32” east.
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Tabina

Tabina is a 5th class municipality located on the southernmost part of Zamboanga del Sur. 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. As of the 2000 census, Tabina has a total population of 21,882 people in 4,017 households.
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Sominot

Most locals of Zamboanga del Sur (as well as the neighboring provinces) cannot help but giggle upon hearing the name Sominot. To most locals, the name just invokes something funny, like a practical name joke or some such. This is because the twang is unusual and somewhat comedic that there are actually people who think that it was just a funny nickname coined by some enterprising comedian. The fact is, however, that Sominot does exist, and it is found landlocked in the Zamboanga del Sur province.
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Labangan

Considered as one of the oldest settlements in Zamboanga del Sur, Labangan was founded as early as 1912 when a civil war government was established in Militar, an old Spanish fort, under the supervision of an old American military official. It is classified as a 4th class municipality which has a population of 34,530 people, as of the year 2000 census. The municipality has a total aggregate area of 17,721 hectares distributed among the 25 barangays that composes it, making about 2% of the total land area of the province. Labangan is located on the eastern portion of Zamboanga del Sur, bounded on the west by Pagadian City, on the northeast by the municipalities of Tukuran and Midsalip, and on the south by Illana Bay.
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Josefina

Josefina is one of Zamboanga del Sur’s smallest municipalities; in fact, it is classified as a 6th class municipality. As of the 2000 census, Josefina only has about 1,773 households, with a total population of about 8,758. It is located on the top-rightmost corner of the the province. On the north, the municipality is bounded by the provincial boundary of Zamboanga del Norte, while on the south, the municipality of Tambulig can be found. The west is bounded by the municipality of Molave and the east is another provincial boundary, this time by Misamis Occidental. Geographically, it is located eight degrees, 11’60 north and 123 degrees, 31’60 east. Josefina has a total area of 9.734 hectares, divided across 14 barangays.
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Midsalip

Midsalip is what can be described as an interior municipality that is located just slightly on the eastern part of Zamboanga del Sur. It is some 21.8 kilometers inland from the national highway and about 46 kilometers away from the capital of the province, Pagadian City. According to the 2000 census, Midsalip has a population of 28,909, with a household figure of 5,479. Geographically, it is located 8 degrees, 10’1″ north and 123 degrees, 16’10” east. Midsalip is classified as a 4th class municipality.
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Tambulig

Tambulig is a municipality located on the northeast part of the Zamboanga del Sur. It is composed of 31 barangays; four of them are urbanized while the rest are still classified as rural lands. According to the 2000 census, Tambulig has a population of 31,299 people dispersed through 6,078 households. All in all, Tambulig has a total land area of 15,766 hectares, which makes up about 2.14% of all of the total land area of the whole Zamboanga del Sur province. The 4 urban barangays make up an approximate area of 1,570 hectares (9.9% of the municipal area) while the 27 barangays make up 14,209 hectares of the municipality. Tambulig is classified as a 4th class municipality.
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San Pablo

San Pablo is another coastal municipality of Zamboanga del Sur, located southeastern part of the province. It is a 4th class municipality, with a population that more or less totals to about 23,450 people, according to census data in the year 2000. The whole municipality has a household total of 4,739. The town’s boundaries are the municipality of Dumalinao on the north, the municipality of Guipos on the west, the municipality of Dinas on the south, and Illana Bay on the east. San Pablo’s total land area is 149.9 square kilometers. This is divided to the 29 barangays that currently make up the municipality.
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Lakewood

Located in the eastern part of the central Zamboanga Peninsula, the municipality of Lakewood is bounded by seven municipalities: Midsalip and Siayan on the north, Kumalarang and Lapuyan on the south, Pagadian City and Tigbao on the east, and Bayog on the west. It is classified as a 4th class municipality, with a population of about 16,317 people as of the 2000 census, distributed among 3,122 households. From Pagadian City, it is about 42 kilometers away along the Zamboanga City – Pagadian City highway. Geographically, it is 7 degrees, 49′ 60″ north and 123 degrees, 9′ 0″ south.
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Margosatubig


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Margosatubig is one of the two oldest municipalities in Zamboanga del Sur (the other one being Pagadian City). It is classified as a 4th class municipality with a total population of 34,461 people in 6,560 households, according to the census done in 2000. In terms of population and programmes, it stands as the biggest in the second congressional district in Zamboanga del Sur. Margosatubig is situated 52 kilometers away from the Pagadian City. It is bounded by the municipality of Lapuyan on the north, the Moro Gulf overlooking the Celebes Sea on the south, the municipalities of Dimataling and San Miguel on the east, and Dumanquillas Bay on the west. The municipality has a total area of 11,169 hectares, divided among 17 barangays. Annually, it gets about P23 million in revenues. Margosatubig is a one of Zamboanga del Sur’s coastal towns.
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San Miguel

San Miguel is a 4th class municipality located in the center of the Baganian Peninsula. Although the whole area is characterized by moderately rolling hills and steep mountain terrains, the municipality itself is situated on a plateau some 210 meters above sea level. San Miguel has a population of 15,259 people in the 2000 census, although based on the economic potential of the municipality, that number may increase to the high 18,000s by 2009’s end. The municipality is subdivided into 18 barangays. There are a couple of big rivers as well as several creeks running through the municipality that serve as avenues for drainage. The more popular of these are Limonan and Dao-an Rivers.
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Ramon Magsaysay

Ramon Magsaysay is a landlocked, 4th class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur. It occupies a total area of about 113.70 square kilometers of land, whose population of 25,282 people (projection as of year 2005) are distributed among the 27 barangays that the municipality is currently politically subdivided into. The majority of the municipality’s land is sloping and is mostly devoted to farming, especially coconuts. Ramon Magsaysay is easily accessible via land and sea via the province’s capital, Pagadian City.
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Pitogo

Pitogo is located on the southernmost part of Zamboanga del Sur. It is classified as a 5th class municipality, with a total population of 21,064 people distributed among 4,235 households, as of 2000. The population is composed of several ethnicities and with Cebuanos consisting 60% of the population, followed by Subanens at 25%, and finally Muslims, which make up the remaining 15%. Geographically, Pitogo lies in the Baganian Peninsula of the province. It is about 60 kilometers south of Zamboanga del Sur’s capital, Pagadian City, and it can be reached either by boat (through Pagadian City and Margosatubig) or by land through the provincial highway.
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Bayog

Located on the westernmost part of Zamboanga del Sur, Bayog is a 3rd-class municipality in the province. According to the the year 2000 census, it has a population of 26,248 people distributed across 5,060 households. Bayog is bounded on the north by Godod, Siayan, and Bacungan — all municipalities of Zamboange del Norte. On the east, it’s Lakewood, and on the south, it’s by Kumalarang, Buug, and Diplahan. The west is already Zamboanga Sibugay territory, which is the municipality of Kabasalan.
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Dimataling

With the distinction of being one of Zamboanga del Sur’s oldest towns, Dimataling is a 4th class municipality that is located some 56 kilometers northwest of the province’s capital of Pagadian City. Its geographical coordinates are 7 degrees 31′ 55″ North and 123 degrees 21′ 59″ East. According to the census, as of 2000, Dimataling has a population of 25,843 people in 4,949 households. All the 24 barangays are distributed over 141.8 square kilometers of land, majority of which are flat lands and rolling lands. Those who want to go to Dimataling will find that it is accessible via land and sea via Pagadian City.
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Dumingag

Dumingag is a municipality of Zamboanga del Sur that is located in the heartlands of the Zamboanga peninsula. It is northwest of the fertile Salug Valley and its land boundaries are the municipality of Sergio Osmeña, Sr. of Zamboanga del Norte in the north, the municipality of Mahayag in the east, the municipalities of Sominot and Midsalip in the south, and the municipality of Siayan in the west. Dumingag is classified as a 3rd class municipality and, as of the August 2007 census, has a population of about 46,039.
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Kumalarang

Kumalarang is classified as a 4th class municipality of Zamboanga del Sur. It is bounded by Lakewood on the north, by Lapuyan on the east, on the south by Dumanquillas Bay, and Buug on the west, which is already part of the Zamboanga Sibuyan province. Kumalarang has a total area of 151.49 square kilometers, populated by around 24,926 people as of 2000, distributed to 4,520 households. As of 1995, the population is divided into 75% Christians, 18% Subanens, and 7% Muslims. Kumalarang is politically subdivided into 18 barangays.
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Dumalinao

Dumalinao is classified as a 3rd class municipality of Zamboanga del Sur. Geographically, it is located 7 degrees 49′ 3″ north and 123 degrees 22′ 12″ east. As of year 2000, the population of Dumalinao is 26,030, distributed to 5,119 households. These facts are according to a census done that year. Dumalinao has a total land area of 11,748 hectares, which makes about 1.8% of the total area of Zamboanga del Sur.
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Dinas

Dinas is a municipality that is situated within the middle of the Baganian Peninsula. It is classified as a 4th class municipality, with a population of 31,570 people across 6,033 households, according to a census done on the town on 2000. The whole area is generally characterized by moderately rolling terrain to steep mountains; the municipality proper itself is located on a hilly area. Dinas is bounded on the north by San Pablo, on the south by Dimataling and Margosatubig, on the east by Malubog Bay, and on the west by San Miguel and Lapuyan. It is 39.6 kilometers away from the province’s capital. Dinas has been the cradle of Islamic culture and civilization in the province and the bulwark of anti-Hispanic sentiments and colonization in the entire peninsula of Zamboanga del Sur.
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Mahayag

Mahayag is located on the northern part of Zamboanga del Sur. It is classified as a 3rd-class municipality, with a population of 42,462 people in 8,026 households, according to the 2000 census. Geographically, it’s coordinates are 7 degrees 31′ 1″ North and 123 degrees 19′ 39″ East.
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Aurora

Aurora is classified as a third-class municipality of Zamboanga del Sur. It was discovered sometime in 1927 by sixteen Cebuano pioneers, although it wasn’t officially created until the 22nd of August, 1942, under Executive Order No. 353. The town got its name from the first lady of the late President Manuel L. Quezon, Doa Aurora Aragon Quezon.
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