Zamboanga Sibugay is a
province of the
Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in
capital is Ipil and it borders Zamboanga del Norte to the north, Zamboanga del Sur to the east and Zamboanga City to the southwest.
To the south lies Sibuguey Bay
in the Moro
. Zamboanga Sibugay was created in 2001 when the third
district of Zamboanga del Sur was carved out of that province.
Zamboanga Sibugay is the 79th province created in the
As of the 2000 census
, Zamboanga Sibugay has
a population of 497,239 people, and a population density of
161/km². It is ranked 29th among the provinces of the Philippines
in terms of both population and population density. The annual
population growth rate is 2.09%.
The major languages spoken in the province are Subanen
and other ethnic tongues are spoken
as well, as is English
The leading industries are in the areas of bakery, rice and corn
milling, food processing, and rattan and wood furniture production.
New industries include concrete products, garments, wax and candle
factory, and other cottage industries.
Major crops produced include rice, corn, coconuts, rubber, fruit
trees, vegetables, tobacco, coffee, cacao, and root crops.
Livestock and poultry productions are predominantly small-scale
backyard operations.Coal mining is also present in some areas of
Zamboanga Sibugay Province has an approximate total land area of
3228.3 km². It is geographically located at 123o 04’ 49.75”
longitude and at 7o 42’ 14.89” latitude. To the north it intersects
the common municipal boundaries of Kalawit, Tampilisan, and Godad
in Zamboanga del Norte. In the west, it is bounded by the
municipalities of Siraway, Siocon, and Balinguian, and the province
of Zamboanga del Norte. On the south it is bounded by Sibuguey Bay.
In the east, the municipalities of Bayog and Kumalarang both in the
province of Zamboanga del Sur bound it. It is further bounded on
the southwest by Zamboanga City.
Zamboanga Sibugay Province is subdivided into 16 municipalities
These municipalities are further subdivided into 389 barangays
. The province comprises two (2) congressional districts
Zamboanga Sibugay Province has a land area of 3,087.9 km². It is
geographically located at 123°04'49"N and 7°42'14"E. It is bounded on the
north and west by Zamboanga del Norte; on the east by Zamboanga del Sur; on the south by the Sibuguey Bay; and on the southwest by Zamboanga City.
The climatic condition of the province is moderately normal
(climate type III). Annual rainfall varies from 1,599 mm to 3,500
mm. Temperature is relatively warm and constant throughout the year
ranging from 22o C to 35o C. The province is situated outside the
country's typhoon belt.
of Zamboanga Sibugay was formerly a part of Zamboanga del
Attempts to divide Zamboanga del Sur into
separate provinces date as far back as the 1960s. Several bills
were filed in congress, but remained unacted. The new province was
finally created by Republic Act
No. 8973 on