Municipality of Midsalip


Vision

The municipality of Midsalip, a productive, self-reliant locality with sustainable and equitable socio-economic development, through people’s participation and cooperation. Living in an ecological balance ,resilient in climate change, clean and green, secured and litter free environment with God Fearing, healthy and law-abiding people, managed by transparent and responsible local leaders who are desirous of improving Midsalip into better place of living.

Mission

Through honest, transparent, responsible and dedicated public servants working hand in hand with vigilant, empowered, God Fearing, and law-abiding people, guided by a well-defined plan, in partnership with the Provincial Local Government Unit and National Government Agencies and other Institutions, socio-economic development with ecologically balanced, resilient in climate change, secured, and litter free environment will be obtained. 

History

Midsalip prior to it creation was a flourishing settlement under the municipality of Pagadian. It was later passed on to the municipality of Aurora then to become a part of the jurisdiction of the municipality of Molave. Prior to its becoming a municipality it was a Barangay of the municipality of Liargao, now Ramon Magsaysay.

Midsalip is one of the progressive towns in the province of Zamboanga del Sur. Its brandishing riches and fertile land dazed by the gleaming treasures stimulate the people to inhabit the place. It comprises 33 barangays enveloping the heart of the town. These barangays are eventually feeders of treasure being endowed with gems being enjoyed and cherished by the people for their existence.

Legendary Background

Long before the Japanese occupation and the installation of the Puppet Republic (Second Philippines Republic) in the years between 1942-1945,Midsalip has been given the birth by early settlers who migrated into the place. The early settlers were Subanen tribes under the political leadership of Datu Lumbos Guilingan who settled himself at a certain barrio under the municipality of Labangan. Datu Lumbos Guilingan was revered by the Subanens and Muslims alike that they would always pay homage to him being the Datu and fearless leader. These early settlers who were scattered in the different places of Midsalip found the name of their place where they lived in, and Midsalip is one of those places given its name as “Migsalip”. Midsalip by its origin was a name given by the Subanens to a river separating lebilop (Bibilop) and Bakahan (Bacahan). It is this river which accumulates all the waters coming from different small rivers and creeks, such as Talipunan River, Guma, Susu-an, Cumarom and Bacahan rivers. Several numbers of creeks eventually become feeders of the water of all these constituent rivers. Migsalip River collects this water and empties it thru Ecuanriver, which is seemingly big because it also collects water from big rivers of Migsalip, Canipay, Bakulan and other big rivers.This Migsalip River was subsequently known by almost all settlers who were dwelling therein and also gained its popularity by those people who were visioning to come into this place and share the richness of the place. Datu Guilingan who was then a visiting Datu over his political dominion confirmed it to be the name of the river, but become the founded name Migsalip River and adopted it to be the name of the place as a barangay. Migsalip then was not only the name of the river, but become the name of the place. Migsalip or Magsalip got its name from the river Migsalip. The word Migsalip is a Subanen term, which literally means, “Collect” or “Accumulate”. Others pronounce it as Magsalip or Mocsalip. This is so, because Subanen people deliver it with the hard stress and with glottal difficulty.

It is noted above that early settlers customarily gave the name of the place where they are settling. It follows then that all names given to all the barangays in Midsalip at present were not original names one who come in the later years nor insisted changes of them, but rather they are original names given by the early Subanen settlers and subsequently confirmed and adopted by Datu Lumbos Guilingan.

Early Settlers

Years before the second World War, several groups of Christians and Subanens migrated into the place. They ventured to come after hearing that Midsalip was a flourishing place for livelihood. These early first settlers were known as the group of Apolonio (Aboan) Lagarnia who arrived in Midsalip in the year 1943, when Midsalip was yet a virgin forest. He was born on May 5,1874 at Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. Apolonio Lagarnia and his group traveled from Sindangan to Midsalip crossing several mountains, rivers, and hills. His group was met by another travelers who found their way from eastern part of the municipality of Tambulig. They were the group of Cano Calling and Canuto (Canut) Tosing. They settled themselves at barrio Buloron which accordingly was yet a vast tract of forest that only wild pigs and monkeys were dominating. Subsequently, the groups of Kandong, Antipas, Abelon, Galisandan and Sacandao found their place at Bacahan, Bibilop and Canipay. They inhabited therein peacefully and lived in abundance.

In the year 1948, a group of settlers from Tangub, Misamis Occidental journeyed from Molave passing Liargao and reaching Midsalip. This group guided by the advancement of education was composed of Candido Aljas, Valeriano Balayong, Isidro Macalolo-oy, Alejandro Albor and then they settled themselves in a temporary vinta while overseeing the wonders and treasures of Migsalip. The group started to cultivate the area along with the Subanens. In order to fulfill their desire of owning the vast tract of land, Candido Aljas who was the most educated among the Christian group petitioned the government to release the land to the rightful individual cultivators. Fortunately, the petition was granted by the government and as a result. Engineer Fabian of the Bureau of Lands Stationed at Molave, this province, was sent to the place to conduct the survey and then worked out for the release of the surveyed land to the individual cultivator.

Migsalip To Midsalip

In view of the glottal difficulty experienced by the educated group in pronouncing the word Migsalip, they found it with the great ease to pronounce Midsalip than Migsalip.This advancement was brought along with a political steps forward. Reasons for changing was reflected, such that Midsalip is found in a remote place, and it become the rendezvous for travelers who journeyed from Dipolog, Misamis Occidental, Pagadian then a town to Molave. Midsalip then took to its own substantive meaning, “Mid” means Middle or Center and “Salip” is a rendezvous. The word has its Spanish derivations so that Midsalip partakes the associated meaning of a place for “center of rendezvous” or “center of meeting”.

Location & Topography

Midsalip is an interior municipality located in the eastern part of the province of Zamboanga del Sur. It is 46 kilometers away from the capital city of Pagadian. From the national highway, it is 21.8 kilometers inland. The municipality is bounded on the north by the municipality of Dumingag, and on the south by the city of Pagadian and municipality of Labangan, on the east by the municipality of Sominot and on the west by the province of Zamboanga del Norte. It is situated approximately between latitude 8° 2” north and longitude 123° 19” east.

Land Area

The total land area of the Municipality is approximately 29,873.4557 hectares representing 4.06 percent of Zamboanga del Sur’s total land area. Of the Municipal area 2.19 percent or 654.7645 hectares constitute the Poblacion A and Poblacion B while the remaining percentages are distributed among 31 rural barangays.
Population of Midsalip as of August 1, 2015 from Philippine Statistics Authority
Bacahan 916
Balonai 1,509
Bibilop 1,243
Buloron 1,993
Cabaloran 1,199
Canipay Norte 1,053
Canipay Sur 810
Cumaron 1,179
Dakayakan 299
Duelic 1,154
Dumalinao 644
Ecuan 436
Golictop 815
Guinabot 671
Guitalos 485
Guma 783
Kahayagan 290
Licuro-an 474
Lumpunid 1,510
Matalang 1,367
New Katipunan 826
New Unidos 374
Palili 1,105
Pawan 615
Pili 602
Pisompongan 1,018
Piwan 531
Poblacion A 1,755
Poblacion B 2,351
Sigapod 1,595
Timbaboy 1,122
Tulbong 467
Tuluan 884
TOTAL 32,075