Basilisa, Dinagat Islands

Basilisa, officially the Municipality of Basilisa, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Dinagat Islands, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 36,880 people.[3]

Municipality of Basilisa
Map of Dinagat Islands with Basilisa highlighted
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°03′56″N 125°35′49″E
Country Philippines
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceDinagat Islands
DistrictLone District
FoundedJune 17, 1967
Barangays27 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorOzzy Reuben M. Ecleo
  Vice MayorManuelito N. Piodo Jr.
  CongressmanAlan 1 B. Ecleo
  Electorate15,376 voters (2019)
  Total92.68 km2 (35.78 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
  Income class4th municipal income class
  Poverty incidence41.97% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)88,259,597.07 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)86
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Native languagesSurigaonon

It is formerly known as Rizal.

The town became a part of the province of Dinagat Islands in December 2006, when the province was created from Surigao del Norte by Republic Act No. 9355. However, in February 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional, as the necessary requirements for provincial land area and population were not met. The town reverted to Surigao del Norte.[5] On October 24, 2012, however, the Supreme Court reversed its ruling from the previous year, and upheld the constitutionality of RA 9355 and the creation of Dinagat Islands as a province.[6]


Basilisa is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.

  • Benglen
  • Catadman (Kapakyan)
  • Columbus
  • Coring
  • Cortes
  • Diegas
  • Doña Helene
  • Edera
  • Ferdinand
  • Geotina
  • Imee (Bactasan)
  • Melgar
  • Montag
  • Navarro
  • New Nazareth
  • Poblacion
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Rita Glenda
  • Roma
  • Roxas
  • Santa Monica
  • Santo Niño
  • Sering
  • Sombrado
  • Tag-abaca
  • Villa Ecleo
  • Villa Pantinople


Population census of Basilisa
YearPop.±% p.a.
1970 5,047    
1975 10,614+16.08%
1980 13,900+5.54%
1990 20,953+4.19%
1995 24,141+2.69%
2000 26,489+2.01%
2007 31,363+2.36%
2010 33,880+2.85%
2015 36,880+1.63%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8]


  1. "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. "Province: Dinagat Islands". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. Census of Population (2015). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. Tetch Torres (2010-02-11). "Dinagat Islands province back to being a town". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  6. "IRA Shares for LGUs Jump by 37.5% in 2013". Office of the President of the Philippines. January 9, 2013. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014.
  7. Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Caraga". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
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