The people of Dinas envision a progressive peaceful, harmonious society and improve quality of life empowered by openness to new knowledge and enlightened participatory governance, in a healthy environment of properly managed upland and coastal resources.


Dinas commits to improve quality of life and harmonious society through healthy governance, proficient administration, enhanced values and culture, and proper management of upland and coastal resources for their sustainable use and development.

Several theories have been woven and advanced to explain the origin of the now famous municipality of Dinas, which had been the cradle of Islamic Culture and civilization and the bulwark of anti-Hispanic colonization of the entire Baganian Peninsula in Zamboanga del Sur.

According to ancient history which has been accepted and educated by the scions of the great grand Sultan Kudarat, a descendants of the renowned Shariff Kabungsuan of Maguindanao was that the name Dinas was taken from a Maguindanao tern Di Nas where "Di" means "Not" and "Nas" means "Bad Luck or Unlucky".

Hence, the early settlers who migrated from the province of Cotabato found their new haven as not unlucky or "Di Nas" because the mouths of all rivers emptying into the coastlines are facing East which according to their belief is a sign of good luck.

The most popular legend handed down to this generation is that Dinas got its name by coincidence as a result of communication gap between a native and foreigner.

When the Spaniards came to our shores, there was already a little settlement in Dinas organized by the followers of Shariff Kabungsuan. Withing the community, there was only one sari-sari store wherein household necessities being supplied by the Chinese traders, who frequently visited the place from Zamboanga City.

One day, a group of Spaniards happened to visit the place as part of their Christianization campaign. They roamed around until they reached the only store within the settlement. They asked what the name of the place was. The store owner did not understand a single word from the Spaniards. He thought that the Spaniards were asking what he was selling because they were pointing at the piles of sardines inside the shelves. Immediately, the store owner replied, "Sardinas", the native word of sardines. The foreigner nodded convincingly, "Ah, Dinas" and the Spaniards thought that the name of the place is Dinas. This is how Dinas got its name.

Dinas was formerly a municipal district under the municipality of Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur. Later, it was annexed to the municipality of Pagadian, now a city, until the outbreak of World War II in 1941.

After the war, Dinas became a barrio of Pagadian until the creation of Dimataling on June 17, 1950 into a separate municipality of Pagadian City. Province of Zamboanga del Sur. Five months later, Dinas was separated from its mother municipality of Dimataling.

On November 9. 1950, Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur was formally created into a municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 362 series of 1950. It was originally composed of twelve (12) barrios, namely: Poblacion, Tinikol (now West Migpulao), Mirapao, Legarda, Libuganon (now San Miguel municipality), Calipapa and Kapamanok, (now under San Pablo municipality).

The municipalities of San Pablo and San Miguel, were separated from their mother municipality of Dinas, in 1957 and 1960 respectively. Due to this, a total area of 16,000 hectares was slashed from the original land area of 36, 090 hectares (Municipal Assessor's data) with a total population of 34,768 and consists of thirty of Barangays.

Dinas is 39.60 kilometers from the Pagadian City, the Provincial Capitol of Zamboanga del Sur, 29.20 kilometers from Margosatubig and 41.40 kilometers from San Pablo.

It is located in the Southern part of Zamboanga del Sur, bounded on the North by the municipality of San Pablo, on the South by the municipalities of Dimataling and Margosatubig, on the East by Malubong Bay and on the West by the municipalities of San Miguel and Lapuyan. It is located at the heart of Baganian Peninsula.

Dinas Poblacion is situated between 7'42" and 123'151" to 122'16" northeast longitude.

Population of Dinas as of August 1, 2015 from Philippine Statistics Authority
Bacawan 647
Benuatan 2,437
Beray 629
Don Jose 1,178
Dongos 990
East Migpulao 1,730
Guinicolalay 2,283
Ignacio Garrata (New Mirapao) 1,320
Kinacap 878
Legarda 1 1,899
Legarda 2 1,707
Legarda 3 1,082
Lower Dimaya 957
Lucoban 782
Ludiong 590
Nangka 620
Nian 1,103
Old Mirapao 1,304
Pisa-an 589
Poblacion 2,096
Proper Dimaya 1,422
Sagacad 1,776
Sambulawan 1,151
San Isidro 653
Songayan 701
Sumpotan 1,638
Tarakan 1,251
Upper Dimaya 428
Upper Sibul 805
West Migpulao 858
TOTAL 35,504