Dinagat, Dinagat Islands

Dinagat, officially the Municipality of Dinagat, is a 5th class municipality in the province of Dinagat Islands, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 10,632 people.[3]

Municipality of Dinagat
Mother Municipality of Dinagat Islands
Pangga Dinagat!
Map of Dinagat Islands with Dinagat highlighted
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°57′22″N 125°35′36″E
Country Philippines
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceDinagat Islands
DistrictLone District
Barangays12 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorSimplicio S. Leyran Jr.
  Vice MayorPetnel O. Sombrado
  CongressmanAlan 1 B. Ecleo
  Electorate8,080 voters (2019)
  Total139.94 km2 (54.03 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density76/km2 (200/sq mi)
  Income class5th municipal income class
  Poverty incidence43.89% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)60,621,325.90 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)86
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Native languagesSurigaonon


Barangays San Jose, Matingbe, Jacques, Aurelio, Mahayahay, San Juan, Don Ruben Ecleo, Justiniana Edera, Santa Cruz, Cuarenta, Wilson and Luna was separated from the original territory of Dinagat to form the new municipality of San Jose on November 15, 1989 under Republic Act No. 6769.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]


Dinagat is politically subdivided into 12 barangays.

  • Bagumbayan
  • Cab-ilan
  • Cabayawan
  • Cayetano
  • Escolta (Poblacion)
  • Gomez
  • Justiniana Edera
  • Magsaysay
  • Mauswagon (Poblacion)
  • New Mabuhay
  • Wadas
  • White Beach (Poblacion)


Population census of Dinagat
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,050    
1918 8,382+6.97%
1939 9,533+0.61%
1948 11,105+1.71%
1960 10,095−0.79%
1970 6,714−3.99%
1975 22,284+27.20%
1980 36,726+10.50%
1990 8,659−13.46%
1995 8,609−0.11%
2000 9,883+3.00%
2007 11,961+2.67%
2010 12,786+2.46%
2015 10,632−3.45%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8][9][10]


  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. "Republic Act No. 6769" (PDF). House of Representatives of the Philippines. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 28, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  6. 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.
  7. "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 2014-08-31.
  8. Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Caraga". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Caraga". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  10. "Province of Dinagat Islands". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
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