Dinagat Islands

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Dinagat Islands
Former Province of Philippines
2006 – 2010 30px
Location of Dinagat Islands
 - established under Republic Act no. 9355 December 2
 - nullified by the Philippine Supreme Court February 11

Dinagat Islands was a province in the Philippines, located on the south side of Leyte Gulf. Leyte is to its west, across Surigao Strait, and Mindanao is to its south. Its main island, Dinagat, is about 60 km from north to south.

Dinagat Islands was part of the First District of Surigao del Norte until it became a separate province on December 2, 2006 through Republic Act No. 9355, the Charter of the Province of Dinagat Islands.

The islands and mushroom islets of the province offer a Shangri-La for the adventurers. Its caves, rock formations, waterfalls, bonsai forests, white beaches, and mountain lakes provide a perfect ambiance for the thrill seekers and nature-loving individuals.

It is also the site of the greatest and historic Battle of Surigao Strait during World War II. Loreto, the northernmost municipality of the province, is the entry point in the Philippines of the American and Filipino Liberation Forces under Gen. Douglas MacArthur before proceeding to Leyte to fulfill his promise to return and liberate the Philippine Islands from the Japanese Imperial Army.

San Jose is the capital of the province and is where the headquarters of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, Inc., founded by the late Ruben Ecleo, is located.

The province is known as one of the archipelago's holiest sites in the Pre-Christian native religion. It is here where the God of Hurricanes was persuaded to relent his attacks on the islands by Da, the God of Peace.

Dinagat Islands styles itself as the "Mystical Island Province of Love."

However, on February 11, 2010 the Supreme Court of the Philippines declared the creation of Dinagat Islands province null and void due to the insufficient land area and population as stipulated by the Local Government Code for the creation of provinces.<ref>http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=548745&publicationSubCategoryId=67</ref>

The people primarily speaks Cebuano and Waray, as their second tongue. The people generally speaks Filipino and English as well.

Political divisions

Dinagat Islands was divided into 7 municipalities.

Municipality No. of
Pop. density
(per km²)
Ph seal dinagat islands basilisa.png Basilisa (Rizal)
<center> <center>26,489 <center>
Cagdianao <center>14 <center> <center>12,886 <center>
Dinagat <center>12 <center> <center> 9,883
Ph seal dinagat islands libjo.png Libjo (Albor) <center>16 <center> <center>16,610 <center>
Ph seal dinagat islands loreto.png Loreto <center>10 <center> <center> 8,751 <center>
San Jose <center>12 <center> <center>25,532 <center>
Tubajon <center> 9 <center> <center> 6,800 <center>


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