By the year 2015, The Municipality of Josefina has enjoyed genuine spirit of peace and unity with better and sustainable economy, good farm-to-market roads and other basic infrastructure, a healthy and empowered citizenry with a balance environment.
Networking and linkages for sustainable partnership with the committed public servants from the LGU, CSO towards achieving an optimum skills development and growth with equity, through formal education, training, and capability formation through specific integrated technology approach alleviation.
The municipality of Josefina was created in November 11, 1977 by virtue of Presidential Decree 1240 sign into Law by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The political subdivision of Josefina was once under the political jurisdiction of the municipality of Aurora, then to Molave, and then to Tambulig its mother town. The municipality has been under the management and supervision of the late Hon. Nicolas E. Paredes as its first Chief Executive.
The municipality name "Josefina" is a Filipina equivalent of Josephine from Josephine Bracken. Accordingly, during the process of creation, then Congressman Vicente M. Cerilles said: there are times it is fitting and proper to give recognition to persons who have provided us with courage, inspiration and perseverance to carry on, in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds. Take the case of Dr. Jose P. Rizal who in his finest year was inspired by Josephine Bracken... So how about a Filipina name "Josefina"? It was adopted and so the municipality got is official name.
Josefina is a 6th class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. Josefina is politically subdivided into 14 barangays. These are Bogo Calabat, Dawa (Diwa), Ebarle, Gumahan (Poblacion), Leonardo, Litapan, Lower Bagong Tudela, Mansanas, Moradji, Nemeno, Nopulan, Sebukang, Tagaytay Hill and Upper Bagong Tudela (Poblacion).
In the early years the lands of which is now Josefina was part of the Municipality of Aurora. In later years Molave separated from Aurora and became a town; at that time Tambulig and the area now within the jurisdiction of the present municipality were still part of the former. Some years later Tambulig became independent and was recognized as a township with the land of Josefina still tagged as part of its territories. During this time the 1st Visayan settlers came to live in the area. These settlers came from Tudela, Misamis Occidental, a barrio part of Tambulig was established and was named Bagong Tudela. Some years passed and the Paredes family, one of the first settlers, was able to acquire properties there and named it "Salug Estate". A member of the family was a rubber technologist at that time and worked in Borneo. He brought along his learnings and expertise and together with the locals, "the Subanen", planted his land with Rubber Trees. By then the Rubber Technologist, Nicholas Paredes, coined the name "New Town" for the new rubber plantation. With the rubber plantation, the place was then locally called as "Gumahan". This became a new trading center and small businesses came bustling. With the increased activity in this new location it was then christened as "Upper Bagong Tudela". This eventually became the center of the new community.
In the early 70s the people of Gumahan and its outlying barrios made a move, through the leadership of Nicholas Paredes, to create a town. They were able to submit the proposal to congress, through the sponsorship of then Cong. Cerilles, and it passed the 2nd congressional reading. Scheduled for the 3rd and final congressional reading before its township Martial Law was declared dissolving the Congress. The hope of the people to have a town of their own was dashed and the idea was set aside. On November 11, 1978, by virtue of Presidential Decree 1240 Josefina was declared as a municipality. During this time Nicholas Paredes (who was the point person of the township proposal) stood as the first Mayor (appointed). Mayor Paredes, in his efforts to improve the municipality, then donated the land where now stands the Market Area, the school, the Municipal Hall and the Catholic Church. The town center is also located within the properties of the Paredes family. As to this day Josefina is still commonly known as "Gumahan".
|Population of Josefina as of August 1, 2015 from Philippine Statistics Authority|
|Lower Bagong Tudela||300|
|Upper Bagong Tudela (Pob.)||1,700|