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ZAMBOANGA CITY PROFILE

 The City of Zamboanga is a 1st class, highly urbanized city in the Philippines and one of the first chartered cities in the country. Commonwealth Act No. 39 signed by President Manuel L. Quezon on October 12, 1936 in Malacañang created and established it as a chartered city. It has been known as "El Orgullo de Mindanao" (The Pride of Mindanao). Today, the city is nicknamed the "City of Flowers" and is affectionately called by Zamboangueños as "Zamboanga Hermosa," Spanish for "Beautiful Zamboanga".

The city's birthdate is also the date when the popular Fiesta del Pilar is celebrated in honor of the city's patron saint, Our Lady of the Pillar, whose statue is prominently embossed above the façade of the meter-thick walled fort on the northern side, El Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza (called El Real Fuerza de San José in its early days), built on June 23, 1635 by the Spanish Jesuit priest Fr. Melchor de Vera as a Spanish military fort in defense against the moro pirates. Zamboanga City is one of the oldest cities in the country and the most hispanicized. It is also one of the largest cities in the world in terms of area, with over 1,483 km², including its 28 surrounding islands.

 

 TABLE A: CITY BASELINE INDICATORS

INDICATOR

DATA MEASUREMENT

SOURCE/FORMULA

 

 

 

Total Population (2000)

601,794

NSO

Projected Population (2005)

716,817

CPDO

Total Barangays

98

CPDO

Rural Barangays

68

CPDO

Urban Barangays

30

 

CPDO

7 Km. Radius

 

Coastal Barangays

35 (Mainland)

10 (Island Barangays)

CPDO

Urban Population (2000)

345,532

NSO

CPDO, 411,575 Urban Pop Projection of 2005

Population by Under 16 Years Old (2000)

236,811

NSO

39.35% to Total Population

Population from 6-12 (2000)

106,038

NSO

17.62% to Total Population

Population 13-16 (2000)

51,849

NSO

8.62% to Total Population

Administrative Land Area (Sq.Km.)

1,483.3849 Sq.Km.

1975 Framework Plan of ZC = 1,483.3849 Sq.Km.

OCAss = 1,420.8999 Sq.Km land Area & 62.485 Sq.Km. other islands within the territorial jurisdiction of ZC making the total land area of 1,483.3849 Sq.Km.

NAMRIA = 141,470.00 Has or 1,414.70 Sq.Km, excluding mangroves & islands

Urbanized Land Area

78.10 Sq.Km.

OCPDC, MDP-ZC                           

Upland Forest = 478.2430 Sq.Km

Mangrove Forest = 36.8855 Sq.Km.

Number of Households (2000)

117,152

NSO

2005 Projected HH = 139,540

716,817/5.137 (Ave. HH Size)

Number of Urban Households (2000)

66,190

NSO

56.5% to Total Households Population

Estimated Employment by Industry Sector

199,000

NSO

April 2003

Primary(agri, fishery, forestry)

27,000

Secondary (manufacturing, mining, processing)

34,000

Tertiary(services, banking, insurance, wholesale/retail trade)

138,000

What are the City’s geographical advantages?

 

 

- Regional Center

  (Commercial, Industrial, & de Facto Regional Center  )

ü

Presence

- Accessibility to an international airport

ü

Presence

- Accessibility to an international port

ü

Presence

- Special Economic Zone & Freeport Zone

ü

Presence

- Fishing port (PFDA)

ü

Presence

- Privately-owned ports

ü

Presence

- Southern Command, & other Military Facilities

ü

Presence

- Watersheds (Old growth forest)

ü

Presence

 

 
     
 
 
 

The NSCB Regional Unit IX office is located at
 
NZUE Bldg. Room 310, Tomas Claudio St., Zamboanga City

Email to: nscb09@gmail.com
 Tel. No. (062) 991-2243

Updated 01/13/2010