San Jose, Dinagat Islands

San Jose, officially the Municipality of San Jose, is a 4th class municipality and capital of the province of Dinagat Islands, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 27,487 people.[3]

San Jose
Municipality of San Jose
PBMA Founder's Shrine, San Jose

The Place of Mystical Adventure
Map of Dinagat Islands with San Jose highlighted
San Jose
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°00′30″N 125°35′20″E
Country Philippines
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
ProvinceDinagat Islands
DistrictLone District
FoundedNovember 15, 1989
Barangays12 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorYngwie Hero B. Ecleo
  Vice MayorFelix Q. Portullano
  CongressmanAlan 1 B. Ecleo
  Electorate16,296 voters (2019)
  Total27.80 km2 (10.73 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
  Income class4th municipal income class
  Poverty incidence36.19% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)75,479,827.06 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)86
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Native languagesSurigaonon

San Jose is the seat of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA).


The Municipality of San Jose was named in honor of Jose Ecleo who was its pioneer and the father of the late renowned mayor of the Municipality of Dinagat,

It was once a part of the municipality of Dinagat. Even then, San Jose has been significantly progressive compared with the Poblacion until its creation as a municipality on November 15, 1989 by virtue of Republic Act No. 6769 authored by Glenda B. Ecleo, during the time of President Corazon C. Aquino.[5] The creation was amended on December 20, 2009, an act to amend Section 1 of the above-mentioned Republic Act through Republic Act 9859 covering an area of 3,422 hectares. It was within its jurisdiction twelve (12) barangays namely; San Jose, Matingbe, Aurelio, Jacquez, San Juan, Mahayahay, Don Ruben, Justiniana Edera, Santa Cruz, Cuarinta, Wilson and Luna.

San Jose has many roads, a commercial establishment, a concrete port, a college and other urban uses not common to rural communities.


San Jose is politically subdivided into 12 barangays.[6]


Population census of San Jose
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 30,405    
1995 27,481−1.88%
2000 25,532−1.56%
2007 28,398+1.48%
2010 31,035+3.28%
2015 27,487−2.28%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]


  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; An Act Creating the Municipality of San Jose in the Province of Surigao del Norte". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 15 November 1989. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  6. Philippine Standard Geographic Code listing for San Jose - National Statistical Coordination Board
  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.
  9. "Province of Dinagat Islands". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
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