Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay

Municipality of Ipil
Bayan ng Ipil (Tagalog)

Nickname(s): Heart of Zamboanga Peninsula
Motto: "Ipil: Our place, our responsibility, our pride!"

Map of Zamboanga Sibugay with Ipil highlighted

Location within the Philippines

Coordinates: 07°47′N 122°35′E / 7.783°N 122.583°E / 7.783; 122.583Coordinates: 07°47′N 122°35′E / 7.783°N 122.583°E / 7.783; 122.583
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga Sibugay
District 2nd District
Founded July 26, 1949
Barangays 28
  Mayor Eldwin M. Alibutdan (NP)
  Vice Mayor Anamel C. Olegario (NP)
  Total 241.60 km2 (93.28 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
  Total 74,656
  Density 310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ipileños
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7001
Dialing code 62
Income class 1st class
Website ipilsibugay.gov.ph

Ipil (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Ipil; Zamboangueño:Municipalidad de Ipil) is a first class municipality and the provincial capital of Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 74,656 people.[3]

Ipil is located three hours from the key cities in the region, including Dapitan, Dipolog City, Pagadian City and Zamboanga City. The Ipil seaport is 4 kilometres (2 mi) south of the town center.


Ipil is subdivided into 28 barangays.[2]

  • Bacalan
  • Bangkerohan (Campo Muslim)
  • Buluan
  • Caparan
  • Domandan
  • Don Andres
  • Doña Josefa
  • Guituan
  • Ipil Heights
  • Labi
  • Logan
  • Tirso Babiera (Lower Ipil Heights)
  • Lower Taway
  • Lumbia
  • Maasin
  • Magdaup
  • Makilas
  • Pangi
  • Poblacion
  • Sanito
  • Suclema
  • Taway
  • Tenan
  • Tiayon
  • Timalang
  • Tomitom
  • Upper Pangi
  • Veteran's Village


Ipil used to be known as Sanito, a place under barrio Bacalan under the Municipality of Kabasalan. It was a swampy area and a docking spot for pioneering Ilocanos who settled in the upper areas of Titay. Ipil was a jumping point for their lantsa sailing to Zamboanga City. The first mayor of Ipil was Gregorio Dar an Ilocano who came from Titay. The Dar Family were the second batch of Ilocanos who settled upon the invitation of Mariano Families who are among the first batch of Ilocanos from Luzon.

Early Ilocano routes

The first Ilocanos used Ipil as the nearest jump point in connecting Titay with Zamboanga City. They would walk via Lumbia then to Longilog then Gabo reaching Mayabang their original settlement. It was this route that they do not have to cross the rivers as it is uphill. It was the Ilocanos who first set foot on these areas.


Population census of Ipil
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 43,031    
1995 43,991+0.41%
2000 52,481+3.86%
2007 60,686+2.02%
2010 64,939+2.50%
2015 74,656+2.69%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]



Several radio stations operate in the area: dxLR- 98.1 FM, Radyo Kilat 99.7, Hitz 98.9, Magic 103 FM, 94.3 dxIR FM, dxDS FM, Igsoon FM and Radyo Lipay AM; and several newspapers are published here, including the Zamboanga Sibugay Tribune and the The Sibugay Express.


  1. "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Province: ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
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