Ramon Magsaysay

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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.

Ramon Magsaysay was originally called Liargao, long before the Spaniards came to Zamboanga del Sur. It got this name from the native Subanens, who named it “Ligaw”, which means “lost on the way”, due to the river in the area whose direction is unusual: it seems to go up the mountain instead of going down to the sea.

It wasn’t until February 13, 1957 that the President of the country that time, President Ramon Magsaysay, issued Executive Order No. 239 which created made Liargao into a municipality. There were 22 barrios that were included in its judicial borders at that time, and the first appointed municipal mayor was the Hon. Alfonso M. Donaire, Sr. He was inducted into office on April 21, 1957 by Governor Bienvenido Ebarle. That same year, the House on Congress passed Republic Act No. 2788, which changed then name of the municipality from Liargao to Ramon Magsaysay. Mayor Donaire served as the town’s Chief Executive until his retirement in May 1986.

The livelihood of the people of Ramon Magsaysay is mostly agriculture and agro-forest industrial based. Aside from the main produce which is coconuts, the province is also quite well known for the production of the sawali, more locally known as amacan. It is mostly made up of sliced bamboo, manually woven, and is used as a substitute for plywood or hardiflex boards. Sawali weaving has already become a tradition in the town since the early 50’s, and became prominent upon the issuance of SB Resolution No. 15-2004 which requires the planting on bamboos, especially in riverbanks.


10 Responses to “Ramon Magsaysay”

  1. Joan on November 28th, 2009 12:40 am

    im am happy so much to read your information about ramon magsaysay zamboanga del sur.and i hope you put more of images of there place so that more people will interest there place.like the bobongan falls you try to get the pictures.

  2. SALVADOR BICOY LALIM on March 6th, 2010 7:24 pm


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  4. Shina on February 17th, 2011 7:48 am

    hi to all, i am part of our place, my parents living now at Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur. & and i been bought 8hectars land (niyogan) last 2008 at Eastern Bobongan, Ramon Magsaysay ZDS. Now I’m working in Qatar Financial Center Company, Qatar.Now we stay here Doha, Qatar with my hubby.

  5. Shina on February 17th, 2011 7:54 am

    Please Post More Pictures in Our place so that we can recall and my mind could still remember to be present in our place… we appreciated for posting more pictures… 🙂

  6. john on June 7th, 2011 10:39 pm

    nice town

  7. Leny Yurong Macra on June 22nd, 2011 1:54 am

    Hi… Ramon Magsaysay is quite not yet fully developed town. I live in one of the barangays in this town… There are many beautiful spots in this place for recreation and wandering… Hope I can see more pictures to be posted in this website… especially the Panoramic view in Paradise which you can see the overview of some of the neighboring towns… go go go… Ramon Magsaysay…!

  8. mmm on July 18th, 2011 8:20 pm

    hello, kinsay nakabalo dri sa contact number sa LCR Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur? Please let me know

  9. hotdog on August 27th, 2011 5:51 am

    hello to all people of ramon magsaysay just drp by i like ds place…

  10. chai on February 7th, 2012 5:01 am

    please post more pictures of ramon magsaysay. ive been there once and im looking forward to come back again…im from TUBASIS clan..ur place were very cool were planning to build our house and live there hopefully by next 2 years time.

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