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  region        = [[Zamboanga Peninsula]] (Region IX) |
  region        = [[Zamboanga Peninsula]] (Region IX) |
  capital        = [[Dipolog City]] |
  capital        = [[Dipolog City]] |
  founded        = [[June 23]], [[1635]] and [[June 6]], [[1952]] |
  founded        = June 23, 1635 and June 6, 1952 |
  pop2000        = 823,130 |
  pop2000        = 823,130 |
  pop2000rank    = 27th largest |
  pop2000rank    = 27th largest |

Revision as of 04:44, 26 June 2007

Province of Zamboanga del Norte
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Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Governor Rolando E. Yebes
Barangays 691
Physical characteristics
Area 6,618.0 km²
(8th largest)
Total (2000) 823,130
(27th largest)
Density 124/km²
(27th highest)

Zamboanga del Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in Mindanao. Its capital is Dipolog City and the province borders Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to the south and Misamis Occidental to the east. The Sulu Sea lies to the northwest of Zamboanga del Norte.



Zamboanga del Norte has a population of 823,130 according to the 2000 census. Its population density is 124/km². It is ranked 27th among the provinces both in terms of population and population density.

The main dialect spoken is Cebuano. English and Filipino are also spoken, indicative of a high level of literacy. The original and native Subanon dialect lives on, especially in the highlands.


About half of the province's land area is devoted to agriculture. Corn, coconut, and rice are major crops. The province being rich in marine and mineral sources, its fish production has accelerated through the development of fishponds. Commercial fishing has likewise steadily increased through the years, with the yellow fin tuna as the primary species.

In a recent study by the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), Zamboanga del Norte was found to be the Philippines's poorest province with a poverty incidence rate of 64.6% in 2003, an increase from 47% in 2000.



Zamboanga del Norte is subdivided into 25 municipalities and 2 cities. These are further subdivided into 691 barangays, and clustered into 3 congressional districts.




Zamboanga del Norte comprises the northern portion of the Zamboanga Peninsula. It is bounded on the north and west by the Sulu Sea, on the east by Misamis Occidental, and on the south by Zamboanga del Sur.

The province occupies a total land area of 6,618 square kilometers. It has an average elevation of 243.8 meters, with Mt. Dabiak in Katipunan as the highest peak at 2,600 meters. Other parts, near the coastlines, are plains. The province's irregular coastline runs 400 kilometers from north to south.

Zamboanga del Norte has a mild and moderate climate due to evenly distributed rainfall throughout the year. Its southern portion has a longer dry season.


The early history of Zamboanga del Norte is shared with that of Zamboanga City, which had been the center of the entire Mindanao area, most notably during the American Era. When Zamboanga City became a chartered city on October 12, 1936, it encompassed the southern tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula and the island of Basilan, making it the largest city in the world in terms of land area.

This all changed in 1948 when Basilan was made into a separate province, and further, when Republic Act No. 711, issued on June 6, 1952, created two more provinces out of Zamboanga City. One of these provinces was Zamboanga del Norte.

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