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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.

Being one of the earliest municipalities of Zamboanga, it got its municipal districthood in 1917, with the first municipal mayor being Hon. Francisco Paragas. Even then, for the longest time, it has remained isolated from the other old municipality, Pagadian City, reachable only via sea crafts, in spite of the horse trails that criss-cross the area’s hillsides. Margosatubig’s isolation finally ended thanks to the Philippine-Australian Development Assistance Program that made possible the construction of asphalt roads that linked Margosatubig with Pagadian City and other areas that are traversible by national highway.

Margosatubig topography has three distinct areas: Plateau, found in the western section, from Barangay Bularong to Barangay Lumbog, the moderately sloping to rolling hillsides that moderately cover a great portion of the eastern sections, and the flatlands that are mostly dominant in the central and southern sections. Isolated mountains and low-lying hills complete the municipality’s geographical surface.

Margosatubig is primarily an agricultural town, with 6,915 of its total hectares being planted with coconut intercropped with corn and rice. A further 1,453 hectares of those are planted with coffee, bananas, and other agricultural crops. The rest of the area are used for residential, commercial, and other individual uses.


21 Responses to “Margosatubig”

  1. Vincenzo A. Sagun : Zamboanga del Sur on March 20th, 2009 4:47 pm

    […] of the province’s capital of Pagadian City. As for its boundaries, the municipality of Margosatubig can be found on the north, while the south is occupied by Maligay Bay and Dumanquilas Bay, on the […]

  2. Pitogo : Zamboanga del Sur on March 20th, 2009 10:02 pm

    […] 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. In the early days, Pitogo used to be known as […]

  3. Edgar on September 22nd, 2010 11:37 pm

    Someone I know has died last Sept 20 2010 and he hailed from Margos sa Tubig. I want to contact his family. His name is Victor Maglangit. His father is Felipe Maglangit. Any one who could help me please call me his friend Lovely at 09995887824.

  4. jeffrey igana on March 6th, 2011 8:43 pm

    i have two friends i lost contact with they are carlito fernandez and al comendador.any info on them ill appreciate it.thanks!

  5. dale cabillon on May 14th, 2011 1:02 am

    I want to go back there . coz ive leaved in lapuyan 20yrs ago and every memories in lapuyan di q talga malimutan specially with my frenz there. if you know jem jem mercado just tel nmn to email me =) tnx

  6. Jay Razon on May 18th, 2011 5:09 am

    I’m gonna visit margosatubig one of these days, my friend Chloe lives there and I miss her so much…..

  7. fred on May 23rd, 2011 1:16 am

    good afternoon margosatubig! please help me to have an access to my friend at margosatubig regional hospital doctor danilo alfaro. please send me message on my email or facebook account thanks…

  8. zendy baya on June 13th, 2011 5:34 am

    im searching a certain person named CARMELITA “MELY” ORDINEZA, her fullname when she still single on 1970″s, i dont know her family name now. she’s working in Caborihan, Zamboanga City last 1974…If someone knows her exact location now, please contact this number 09186824915 or email me at…i’d be so happy if someone will help me find her…

  9. grace abellanosa on December 17th, 2011 7:34 am

    my mother is from Margos sa tubig.She had his brother there.Epifanio Mallari.which they have no contact since 1956.We dont kno w if he still alive.If someone knows him or any people having this family name mallari. pls contact this no.09067009778.bec. maybe you are our cousin.

  10. grace abellanosa on December 17th, 2011 7:49 am

    I!m looking for my uncle Epifanio Mallari from margos sa tubig. or any people whos family name is Mallari.bec maybe they are my cousin.My mother is from margos sa tubig and she had his brother left therewhich she have not seen for almost 50 years.I hope someone could help me.

  11. ian on January 1st, 2012 7:42 pm

    love this place where i was!!

  12. conny on January 11th, 2012 8:54 pm

    I Miss really miss this place…….

  13. ronel villamor on January 22nd, 2012 2:12 am

    i really miss my hometown….

  14. ronel villamor on January 22nd, 2012 2:13 am

    i really miss my hometown…

  15. alexander jasson sarita on February 12th, 2012 1:10 pm

    i want to know the location and picture of my dad ROMY DAPO. frm limbatog

  16. kim on March 27th, 2012 10:29 am

    on our way to pagadian from zamboanga city, my friends and i find out that we were in a wrong direction.. instead of a route going to pagadian.. we find out that we are heading our way to margosatubig and immediately stop the car when we saw women, men and children (between 7 to 9 yrs of age) wearing white tops and just smiling at us, and seems already anticipated our arrival… we were shocked coz it was 2AM.. we were wondering who were those people.. we immediately made u-turn when we realized that we lost our direction going to pagadian……

  17. Eliza Zhacel Fuentes on June 26th, 2012 7:03 am

    I’m from Lumbog, Margosatubig. I leave that place when I was 9yrs. old. and now here in Bulacan. I miss my KABABATA. I wish. they all miss me too. :)) sana magkaroon ako ng kontak sa kanila :((

  18. Eliza Zhacel Fuentes on June 26th, 2012 7:08 am

    If you know me. Kindly text me Ü 09164483871 globe users.

  19. riza on June 30th, 2012 4:12 am

    I miss the old safe and peaceful MArgosatubig…Wish I could go home na….I miss my HS friends, michelle and mario, irish, basty, jerlane, noelle, ellen, joey cobar, jeyeen, joema,,,hays ang dami nyo….i miss you all…

  20. allan hortilano on November 29th, 2012 9:43 am

    atong pasalamatan si mayon minor sa iyang pag lingkod sa atong lungsod nga maoy nakahatg ug kalambouan sa atong lungsod, ug mao kini ang lungsod nga ako natanhan i love margos sa tubig

  21. allan hortilano on December 6th, 2012 9:11 am

    sa lungsod sa margus tubig napakanindot sa talan- awon labina sa mga karsada,sa mga dagat ug uban pa sa mga adunay kalamboan.

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