Zamboanga Del Sur History
Profile of Zamboanga Del Sur Province (Geography)
Location –> Zamboanga Peninsula Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Zamboanga del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Lanao Del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay
Capital –> Pagadian City
Area –> 4,499.46 km2 (1,737.25 sq mi)
Population –> 1,010,674 (2015 census) *Excluding Zamboanga City
Terrain –> Mountainous and hilly with broad coastal plains
Industries –> Agriculture, Mining
Major Products –> Rice, Coconut, Rubber
People/Language –> Bisaya, Subanon, Chavacano, Tausug, Iranun, Maranao, Sama-Bajau, and Yakan
Cities –> Pagadian, Zamboanga
Municipalities (Towns) –> (26) Aurora, Bayog, Dimataling, Dinas, Dumalinao, Dumingag, Guipos, Josefina, Kumalarang, Labangan, Lakewood, Lapuyan, Mahayag, Margosatubig, Midsalip, Molave, Pitogo, R. Magsaysay, San Miguel, San Pablo, Sominot, Tabina, Tambulig, Tigbao, Tukuran, Vincenzo A. Sagun
Governor –> Victor Yu
Predecessor –> Antonio Cerilles
Vice Governor –> Roseller Ariosa
Predecessor –> Juan Regala
Representative (1st District) –> Divina Grace C. Yu
Representative (2nd District) –> Leonardo Babasa Jr.
Predecessor –> Aurora E. Cerilles
Zamboanga Del Sur of History
The original inhabitants of the province were the Subanen tribal group. Later, other tribes such as Sama-Bajau, Yakan, Tausūg, and Maranao settled in the coastal areas. Historically, the province was formerly part of the huge Zamboanga Province with Zamboanga City as the capital. On June 6, 1952, Zamboanga Province was split into Del Norte and Del Sur provinces through Republic Act 711. Again, in February of 2001, Republic Act No. 8973 was enacted creating Zamboanga Sibugay province out of some western municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur.
Roseller T. Lim was the first congressman of Zamboanga del Sur after the split of Zamboanga Province into two. He was succeeded by Canuto S.M. Enerio (1957–1961) followed by Vincenzo Sagun (1961-1969) and Vicente M. Cerilles (1969-1972. When the 1987 was promulgated, the province was apportioned two legislative districts.
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Economy of Zamboanga Del Sur
The economy of Zamboanga Del Sur is based on agriculture where rice, corn, coconut, and rubber are produced. The province is rich in minerals and some mining companies have operated in the area for a long time. Tourism is being promoted as an alternative source of livelihood.
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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region
Map of Province