Pitogo

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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.



In the early days, Pitogo used to be known as Sibongan, a name that was given by the early Subanen settlers due to the native plant that also goes by the same name that flourished along the shores where the Subanens first settled. The sibongan is particularly useful as a raw material used by the Subanen natives for weaving mats. When the Visayans eventually arrived in the early 50’s, they eventually made a sitio in the area and named it Pitogo because of the abundance of the Pitogo ornamental plants in the area. When the population grew over the years and a need for the establishment of a school was realized, they erected a school and finally named the place Pitogo in honor of the early Visayan settlers who pioneered the establishment of an educational institution.

Before it became a municipality, Pitogo was under the political jurisdiction of the municipality of Dimataling. However, during the times of Martial Law in the Philippines, Dimataling was the target of hostile attacks by Muslim rebels which eventually resulted in a lot of casualties in both the civilians and establishments, just as when Pitogo was about to become a municipality. The implementation of the said law was deferred because of it. Finally, on July 16, 1978, Pitogo finally operated as a regular municipality with its first municipality officials headed by Mayor Doroteo Garban. Since then, Pitogo has been the recipient of several government infrastructure projects that have benefited the municipality a great deal.

Pitogo is mainly an agricultural town, with about 85% of its soil devoted to agriculture. Major products include coconuts and upland rice. Farming is the livelihood of almost 80% of the population. Even those residing along the coastal town supplements fishing with farming.

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17 Responses to “Pitogo”

  1. venusjoy veradio on September 13th, 2009 10:04 pm

    we have already featured this municipality specifically panikian island in our school publication in smc(Advocate).well,the island is very fascinating.just add some improvements and it will surelly surpass all other world class spots.thanks to mayor yecyec.

  2. Junel banad on June 24th, 2010 12:12 am

    Pitogo’s place most adventurous place, i hve a lot of experience there going to polo beach the one of the most beautiful and adventurous beach in pitogo, it’s almost one (1) hour & 45 mins. from the proper of pitogo. Theres have a lot beaches there we want to recognize by developing thru the municipal government for the coming years it becomes a tourist spot. pitogo is the place when my wive stay’s her name’s Jocelyn A. Escala, was her late Father’s Jimmy Escala was the former 1st councilor of pitogo municipality. i have also 3 children s, namely, Pearl Faith E. Banad the only 1 girl and two boys John Michael E. Banad (JM) & Neil James E. Banad (NJ). Pitogo is most proudly to develop because it has many of spots like beautiful polo beach and the other beaches there. People’s earn money by fishing and farming, selling banana’s & coconuts..

    I love pitogo, i like to eat fish!.. i’ve miss it..

    Mabuhay kayo diyan.. for mayo yek-yek and his member down to the barangays

  3. Kelvin Cardenas on February 23rd, 2011 11:15 pm

    ang gnda ng lugar oh. i want to go there.. Sana mg start n duty namin sa RNheals program at ma resolved n ang mga problems. want to visit that place. SOON! very very soon

  4. vincent salvador on October 25th, 2011 7:07 am

    hey! i missed the place where i belong. i loved PITOGO much ‘coz it has lots of beaches and the people living there are so friendly.

  5. alvin holoyohoy on March 9th, 2012 3:28 am

    hope i can visit my family in panubigan pitogo…. i miss the place.

  6. jonniemolo on April 4th, 2012 5:09 am

    soon i will be there…….

  7. g on May 11th, 2012 10:33 am

    wow, i never thought such place exist in pagadian.

  8. jerome jabillo on July 9th, 2012 5:44 am

    wew!!what a ethereal beauty pitogo has…… i was just amaze.i wish i can go to pitogo….

  9. Anne on October 18th, 2012 10:23 am

    Can you recommend a nice hotel or travel inn in Pitogo?

  10. mei on March 24th, 2013 7:08 pm

    its shame that its my own place but never get a chance to visit there.These island is a paradise to me.Hopefully to visit soon when i get home.enjoying the chance to breath fresh air,eat fresh and delicious sea foods and Bonding with family.I really missed those times when i was young just pickin up shells,clams,crabs on the shore lookin towards these island and wishing i could have a boat to get there.

  11. al harvey suarin on June 4th, 2013 11:32 pm

    PITOGO!…the best!

  12. ian | limbonis.com on August 19th, 2013 4:38 am

    i was in a 13day backpacking trip in mindanao 2 weeks ago starting from Saranggani to Sulu. I noticed, in fact, that a lot of the locals are scared to go around their own places (and i can’t blame them for the security risks). But then, sometimes, I think we just have to let go of the fear and try it out.

    i posted my pitogo story here:

    http://www.limbonis.com/2013/08/panikian-island-pitogo-zamboanga-del-sur.html

  13. Joaquin cael on January 16th, 2014 1:51 am

    i’m a lumad from pitogo, I’ve experience the beauty of this place when im young but late 90’s a lot of trucks taking our very fine pebbles in most of pitogos shore, they didn’t stop until they finish all the fine pebbles. and now again I heared that pitogo small time fishermen is facing hard time catching fish now because of illegal fishing ” BIG FISHING BOAT” are catching fish near the shore, they didn’t follow rules in terms of how deep they could catch fish or how many nautical miles they are allowed to catch fish.we feel pity to our Muslim brother, Subanos and Bisayas fishermen hope pitogo government official will do something for it. and please protect also Pawikan egg in “pulo” I been there one time and I saw some people taking pawikan egg in island.

  14. Joaquin cael on January 16th, 2014 1:55 am

    i’m a lumad from pitogo, I’ve experience the beauty of this place when im young but late 90?s a lot of trucks taking our very fine pebbles in most of pitogos shore, they didn’t stop until they finish all the fine pebbles. and now again I heared that pitogo small time fishermen is facing hard time catching fish now because of illegal fishing ” BIG FISHING BOAT” are catching fish near the shore, they didn’t follow rules in terms of how deep they could catch fish or how many nautical miles they are allowed to catch fish.we feel pity to our Muslim brother, Subanos and Bisayas fishermen hope pitogo government official will do something for it. and please protect also Pawikan egg in “pulo” I been there one time and I saw some people taking pawikan egg in island.

  15. bert cuizon on June 10th, 2014 5:49 am

    i miss my place, i miss a lot of seafoods, everything i miss alll, mostly my brothers and sisters and relatives, this place Pitogo is my land when i was born here, but i got long story regardings my life situation for how many yrs.past by, theres some body almost kills me, but im very lucky, because i got a bestfriends Sheya Andale he help me, he rescue me in the 4 bad peoples to stop bad planning, the 3 peoples have side arm 45 kalibers and 2 meters of wire, the 2 meters of wires he using to tiht my hand, and one of the bad man he got m-14 rifle, and then he call me to run, but exactly Sheya Andale and 2 partner arrive from market and sow me, and Sheya Andale he use too the m-14 rifle to stop for the bad peoples!!! thanks very much Sheya Andale and 2 partners save my life!!!, i wanna come back soon my town in Pitogo!!! I love my home town PItogo!!!

  16. Vinci Parns on September 27th, 2014 10:22 pm

    mga parekoy pwede ta mangayo number sa mga church sa limbayan, pitogo, mag inquire mi sa baptismal sa ako cousin sa misamis oriental mi. thanks in advance

  17. Mart Krister Capri on July 15th, 2015 4:38 am

    All Hail PITOGO… I miss already this place, where I can able to eat different kind of sea foods bought in a very cheap price. And the beaches Oh My God. A_M_A_Z_I_N_G perfect white sand beach. perfect for a “sugba-sugba” and tagay with friends

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