Dumingag shall become an ecologically balanced, productive and abundant agricultural community, nurtured and managed with god-loving and responsible stewards in district ethnic origins, reliant and assured towards sustaining a sufficient development.


The municipality of dumingag, deriving its mandate from executive order no. 283, dated December 27, 1957. Has the mission of uplifting the quality of life of its constituents through maximizing agricultural production, integrated ecological solid waste management adoption and optimum utilization of all natural and material resources and with a corps of public servants with utmost sincerity and dedication.

Brief Profile

The municipality of Dumingag was created on December 27, 1957 by virtue of Executive Order No. 283 signed by the Pres. Carlos P. Garcia.

"The Subanen Tribe originally occupied the place but due to their nomadic farming negotiating the uplands while the settlers from the neighboring provinces as well as from provinces of Visayas slowly acquired their lands. According to accounts, Barrio Guitran, the "taboan" became the first geographic foundation of the municipality with then Barrio Lieutenant Jose Montuerto. The municipality, pristine as it was became the food of imagination of miners, loggers and farmer settlers. The name Dumingag originated from the two most popular folklore: According to one, it was fused from the names of the two native couples Dumi and Ingag then known for their generosity with their tribesmen and the settlers alike. The other tale was from the word 'duminag' meaning "win", according to this tale, a group of natives playing alongside a road were asked by a passerby about the name of the place, thinking if they were asked about their game, they answered Dumingag! The word later evolved to Dumingag!"

Mayor Isidoro Y. Real, Sr. was the first Local Chief Executive of the municipality who governed from 1957-1979. He was followed by Mayor Julian C. Kho from 1979-1985. When EDSA broke out, Mayor Domiciano E. Real was OIC and later became Mayor by virtue of the electoral process from 1986-1998. Mayor Nacianceno M. Pacalioga, Jr. took the lead after winning the 2007 elections and the recently 2010 election.

The popularized Genuine People's Agenda (GPA), otherwise known as 15 Point Agenda of government, gave hope to the economy of the municipality, especially to the poor farmers. Economic development through intensifying agriculture and improving farm productivity are the major development agenda of the present administration. It is the LGU's direction the envisioned of liberating the people from poverty, sickness and hunger. Under his leadership, the total implementation and adoption of organic agriculture was enforced.

LGU Brief Development

The municipality of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur is located in the eastern portion of Salug Valley. It has a total population of 46, 039 per 2007 NCSO report.

The municipality has 95 elementary schools, 5 high schools and a tertiary school. Rice, corn, and coconut farming is the primary livelihood of the people. Dumingag is about an hour and a half away from Pagadian City, the Provincial Capitol and Regional Center of Regional IX provinces. With a total land area of 61, 850 hectares, Dumingag has 11 lowland barangays and 33 barangays are uplands.

Accessibility was once a primary problem of the people but today, only 2 among the 44 barangay do not have a road, however the road opening construction of these areas are on-going. Accessibility was greatly improved in the early part of 2000 with the presence of LGU-owned heavy equipment’s plus the eleven(11) bridges under the Tulay ng Pangulo Program.

SMART & GLOBE Cell sites are present in Dumingag, people have even greater access to news and information program via a cable-TV ventured into by one progressive cooperative in town.

The Tulay ng Pangulo costs several millions of pesos, Dumingag has eleven units of it. This greatly improved accessibility and eventually alleviates somehow, even minimally the quality of life of Dumingagnons in the uplands. Farm to market roads on the hand is established and maintained with the LGU's set of heavy equipments.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) - Community Integrated Delivery of Social Services (CIDSS) significantly helped the communities and barangays in Dumingag with millions worth of different projects. Cooperatives are likewise strengthened in response to the farmers needs in uniting for the benefit of their livelihood endeavors. This is further reinforced by skills training for alternative livelihood sources of the populace in coordination with the DOLE, TESDA and DTI.


The municipality of Dumingag is located in the eastern portion of Zamboanga del Sur and is known as one of the eastern municipalities. It is located in the Northwest (NW) portion of Salug Valley with following geographical boundaries:

East     : Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur

West : Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte

North : Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte

South : Sominot & Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur


Half of Dumingag's land area is rugged and the other half is hills, lowlands and plateaus. Majority of the barangays are situated in the uplands. Only 9.41% are considered as lowland barangay.


The municipality of Dumingag has a gross land area of 61, 850 hectares which represents 8.39% of the total land area of Zamboanga del Sur, and 3.30% of Region IX. It has 44 barangays including the 2 urban barangay, San Pedro and San Pablo of the Poblacion.


Dumingag - Pagadian City, Provincial Capitol : 57.54 kms

Dumingag - Pagadian City, Nearest City         : 58.74 kms

Dumingag - Pagadian City, Nearest Airport : 58.00 kms

Dumingag - Tangub City, (Mis. Occ.)             : 50.00 kms

Dumingag - Ozamiz City, (With Sea and Airport): 69.00 kms

Water Bodies

Dumingag is traversed by six (6) principal rivers:

River Name   -      Origin/Destination

Dekayo River   -      Headed towards Sergio Osmeña, ZDN

Dipolo River  -       From Salvador and Dulop

Ecuan River  -     Headed to Sindangan, ZDN

Guitran River  -      Ridges of Mt. Paraya, Brgy. Sinonok

Dumingag River- From barangay Dapiwak

Timonan River Canibongan and Guintananan



The regions of Dumingag have basically 2 types of climate. The northern portion of the municipality fundamentally comprised of mountain ranges has a quarter of dry season with less than 75mm. Rainfall per month. The central portion, which form part of Salug Valley have most of the months covered by 75 mm of rainfall and even greater during the last quarter.


Dumingag has an invigorating climate, from June to December temperature ranges from 26.7 degrees Celsius to 26.8 degrees Celsius. December recorded a 17.4 degrees Celsius low while may has 36.6 degrees Celsius high.


Natural protective mountain ranges shielded the municipality from ravaging typhoons.

Mt. Malindang             :     East

Mt. Dapiak             :     North

Midsalip Mountains     :     South

Siayan Mountains     :     West


The 44 barangays of Dumingag have transceiver radio units owned by the barangay governments. With the presence of SMART and GLOBE Cellular Sites, communication has become easier for majority of the people. For news access, the cooperative is venturing into cable TV operation catering to majority of the households in the Poblacion.

Potable Water Sources

The Dumingag Water District catering to almost 600 household within the Poblacion provides potable water. There are also 16 barangays operating the Level II Communal Water System which were previously assisted by the KALAHI CIDSS. Other rely on artesian wells and a few have water pumps.

Mother Tongue

Residents in the municipality composed of several tribes, to mention: Cebuano, Ilongo, Subano, Muslim, Boholano and others. Among these tribes, the cebuanos are the most dominant in number.

Population Trends

The population of Dumingag as recorded at different census years, from 1980 to 1995 showed a normal rate of increase. The population had increased within the period 1980 to 1990 by 1.59 percent, from which population was 28,614 during 1980 and 33,514 during 1990. From 1990 to 1995, it showed a rate of 2.62, with a total population of 38,155 during 1995. In 2007, the population is recorded at 46,039 per NCSO Report.

Geographic Distribution Density 

The population of Dumingag is mostly living in the rural areas. In the 1990 census, the record showed that only 16.31 percent are urban residents while 83.69 percent, a majority, are rural residents. In 1995, urban residents decreased to 14.21 percent and rural residents increased to 85.79 percent.

The population of Dumingag are not concentrated in one area, but evenly distributed throughout the municipality except in the Poblacion and some barangays mentioning Barangays of Dulop, Lower Landing, Maralag, Libertad, New Basak and Upper Timonan which greater number of population. These areas have access to transportation lines and market centers.

The total population density of Dumingag at different census years, as tabulated had increased from 0.54 person per hectare in 1990 to 0.62 person per hectare in 1995. The urban density had increased from 27.70 persons per hectare to 27.48 persons per hectare from 1990 to 1995, while the rural density had increased from 0.45 person per hectare in 1990 and 0.53 person per hectare in 1995.

Land Area

The municipality has a total land area of 61,850 hectares representing 8.39% of the gross land area of Zamboanga del Sur and 3.30% of the total land area of Region IX.

Land Area and Percentage-

Locality Land Area Percentage to Total

Dumingag 61,850 has 100%

District I     245,865 has 25.11%

Zamboaanga del Sur 735,769 8.39%

Land Use-

Land Use  Area in Hectares Percentage

1. Classified Agricultural Land

  a. Agricultural Lowland 5,536.5894 8.97

  b. Pastureland             1,226.5984 1.99

  c. Upland Plain (Plateau) 1,428.0160 2.31

  d. Agricultural Land         19,923.4016 32.28

Subtotal 28,115.0000 45.55

2. Unclassified Agricultural Land 33,614.0000 54.45

Total 61, 850.0000 100.00

Economic Profile


Agriculture is the main activity of the people in Dumingag. Around 75% of the total populations are into farming. Rice and corn are the most widely cultivated food crops while the most dominant industrial crops grown include coconut, cassava, banana and others. Farmers could produce in large quantity of these crops, which could likewise supplement their income from rice and corn farming, and livestock raising.

This industry employs more than half of our total labor force. Per 2003 data of Minimum Basic Needs (MBN) survey, it reached to 67% of the total labor force. Thus, increase in agricultural productivity has to be generated not only to achieve self-sufficiency in food but also to improve employment and welfare levels in the rural areas, where most of the people live.

In Dumingag, rice is the most important and dominant commodity. It is because of 60% of the total population of the municipality is using rice as their food. Being the staple, rice is the main source of carbohydrates and protein necessary to maintain a healthy and sound body.

Livestock and Poultry

Services under livestock and poultry of the Department of Agriculture include deforming, treatment, technology assistance, diseases prevention through vaccination and artificial insemination. Programs under this category also prioritizes upgrading program, breeding load program and livestock disperal.

Aside from crop farming, most farmers also engaged in backyard animal raising and gardening. These industry also supports and supplement the household income the family to meet their basic needs.


There are 32 cooperatives within the municipality that are officially registered to the concerned agency. Out of the number, only one-half (1/2) are actively operating. The non-operative cooperatives were inactive due to some mismanagement of the personnel in several aspects, and lack of capitalization to support the operation.

To date, these cooperatives were gradually operating back in respond to the development agenda of government spearheaded by the present administration. Several capacity building activities were conducted in order to bring back the hope of the people in alleviating and improving themselves through their own efforts.

FITS Center

Farmers Information and Technology Services or Techno Pinoy. Dumingag LGU also established and cater services to the farmers, processors, traders and entrepreneurs by making information and technology services accessible during critical decision making on production, processing, trading and marketing activities. Effective and efficient access to information and technology improves agri productivity and sustained development in the countryside.

Population of Dumingag as of August 1, 2015 from Philippine Statistics Authority
Bagong Kauswagan 336
Bagong Silang 369
Bag-ong Valencia 758
Bucayan 599
Calumanggi 600
Canibongan 585
Caridad 1,819
Danlugan 802
Dapiwak 1,140
Datu Totocan 997
Dilud 982
Ditulan 1,106
Dulian 572
Dulop 2,555
Guintananan 704
Guitran 1,472
Gumpingan 398
La Fortuna 737
Labangon 1,330
Libertad 1,212
Licabang 1,136
Lipawan 682
Lower Landing 2,218
Lower Timonan 1,579
Macasing 576
Mahayahay 1,236
Malagalad 412
Manlabay 1,152
Maralag 1,895
Marangan 1,190
New Basak 1,198
Saad 944
Salvador 1,523
San Juan 275
San Pablo (Pob.) 2,239
San Pedro (Pob.) 4,241
San Vicente 383
Senote 742
Sinonok 729
Sunop 446
Tagun 425
Tamurayan 335
Upper Landing 1,602
Upper Timonan 1,254
TOTAL 47,485