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SINDANGAN, Zamboanga Del Norte

Sindangan is a coastal town with about 80,133 residents. Over the years, the development of basic infrastructuresand services has been instrumental in its continued transformation from a backwater town to a flourishing municipality.

 

History

The municipality of Sindangan was created on December 22, 1936 by virtue of Executive Order 97 signed by then President Manuel L. Quezon.

Formerly an isolated barrio of the municipality of Katipunan, Sindangan is now among the top revenue generating municipalities of the province of Zamboanga Del Norte.

Exactly how Sindangan got its name is shrouded in mystery, however there are two popular versions being spread around town, the fish version and the flower version.

The flower story speaks of beautiful flowers growing in the place (Sindangan is still known for its orchids until the present). A Spaniard chanced upon the flower and asked the locals if there were any pests in the plant. With their very little knowledge of Spanish, the locals answered "sin dangan" or "no pest". Henceforth, the area was called the place with no pests or "sindangan"

The version on the fish relates a story of a fisherman walking home carrying with him a basket of fish. The Spanish Guardia Civil stopped him and he was asked what the name of the place was. Thinking he was being asked what type of fish he was carrying, the fisherman answered "indangan". The Spaniard heard it to be Sindangan and the place was called the name ever since.

The early natives or settlers in the municipality were the Subanen. Over the years, and partly due to the existence of a military camp nearby, people from Luzon, Visayas and other Mindanaoans migrated to the area, pushing the Subanen to the nearby mountains.

Municipality Profile

Sindangan is a second class municipality with 52 barangays.  It is roughly 86 kilometers from Dipolog City.  Like in most areas of the country, It has a type IV climate with a mean temperature of 21 Degrees Celsius. Its economy is primarily agricultural and fishery in nature, with some trading in between. The main produce are rice and corn, fish and other sea harvests, mango, coconut and copra.

The municipality provides road links to several destinations in the two provinces of Zamboanga: Dipolog City to Zamboanga City and vice versa, Dipolog City to Ipil and vice versa and Zamboanga City to Pagadian City via the town of Molave.

Location. Sindangan is situated between Ipil and Dipolog City in the Southern part of Zamboanga Del Norte. It is located 122.8-123.10 East and 8.00-8.25 North. It is bordered by the municipality of Jose Dalman to the North, Leon Postigo to the South, Siayan to the East and Sulu Sea to the West.

Transportation. People commute its 52 barangays via bus, jeepney, tricycle or motorcycle. At least three bus companies (Lilian, Mary Mae and Godspeed) operate in the area and provide a means of transportation to the neighboring cities and municipalities.

Light and Water. The Zamboanga Del Norte Electric Cooperative provides electricity to the area. At present, over 5,000 households have been energized.

The Sindangan water system consists of a deep well source with pumping station capable of producing 348 gallons of water per minute, a water reservoir, kilometers-long network of distribution, transmission and service lines that supplies adequate piped potable water to some 15,000 residents through more than 1,500 metered service connections scattered in the poblacion and 14 other barangays of the town.

The present system was built and completed in December 1994 through a P12 million loan provided by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) to the Sindangan Water District (SWD) which was created by the local Sangguniang Pambayan.

Land Area. The municipality of Sindangan occupies 204.9 square kilometers of land. 35% of the land is slightly rolling to rolling while 15% are plain areas. 48.63% of the land area is devoted to crop production while 8.63% are forest lands.

Demography. The 2000 NSO Census showed the population of Sindangan at 80,133 and there were 15,651 recorded households. For 2004, the population of Sindangan is expected to hit 83,087 (projected). Population growth rate is 2.29% (1995 vs. 2000 Census).

Health. The municipality has 14 barangay health centers and 3 hospitals. 34 medical/health workers, 286 active barangay health workers and 37 trained birth attendants provide medical and health services. There are also private medical practitioners in the area. As of 2002, the ratio of population to health workers is 226 :1.

Education. Sindangan has 1 private and 54 public elementary schools, 1 private and 5 public high schools.

Location. Sindangan is situated between Ipil and Dipolog City in the Southern part of Zamboanga Del Norte. It is located 122.8-123.10 East and 8.00-8.25 North. It is bordered by the municipality of Jose Dalman to the North, Leon Postigo to the South, Siayan to the East and Sulu Sea to the West.

Transportation. People commute its 52 barangays via bus, jeepney, tricycle or motorcycle. At least three bus companies (Lilian, Mary Mae and Godspeed) operate in the area and provide a means of transportation to the neighboring cities and municipalities.

Light and Water. The Zamboanga Del Norte Electric Cooperative provides electricity to the area. At present, over 5,000 households have been energized.

The Sindangan water system consists of a deep well source with pumping station capable of producing 348 gallons of water per minute, a water reservoir, kilometers-long network of distribution, transmission and service lines that supplies adequate piped potable water to some 15,000 residents through more than 1,500 metered service connections scattered in the poblacion and 14 other barangays of the town.

The present system was built and completed in December 1994 through a P12 million loan provided by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) to the Sindangan Water District (SWD) which was created by the local Sangguniang Pambayan.

Land Area. The municipality of Sindangan occupies 204.9 square kilometers of land. 35% of the land is slightly rolling to rolling while 15% are plain areas. 48.63% of the land area is devoted to crop production while 8.63% are forest lands.

Demography. The 2000 NSO Census showed the population of Sindangan at 80,133 and there were 15,651 recorded households. For 2004, the population of Sindangan is expected to hit 83,087 (projected). Population growth rate is 2.29% (1995 vs. 2000 Census).

Health. The municipality has 14 barangay health centers and 3 hospitals. 34 medical/health workers, 286 active barangay health workers and 37 trained birth attendants provide medical and health services. There are also private medical practitioners in the area. As of 2002, the ratio of population to health workers is 226 :1.

Education. Sindangan has 1 private and 54 public elementary schools, 1 private and 5 public high schools.

The Future

It is envisioned that after silently striving for socio-economic stability and progress, Sindangan will be a candidate for cityhood and will eventually be declared the third city in Zamboanga Del Norte (after Dipolog and Dapitan).

 

Address and Contact Numbers

For more information on the municipality of Sindangan, write or call:

Municipality of Sindangan

LGU, Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte

Telephone Numbers: +63 (65) 224-2053, +63 (65) 224-2054

Fax Number +63 (65) 224-2255

 

 
     
 
 
 

The NSCB Regional Unit IX office is located at
 
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Email to: nscb09@gmail.com
 Tel. No. (062) 991-2243

Updated 01/13/2010