Salug, Zamboanga del Norte

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Municipality of Salug
Map of Zamboanga del Norte with Salug highlighted
Map of Zamboanga del Norte with Salug highlighted
Salug is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 8°02′N 122°50′E / 8.03°N 122.83°E / 8.03; 122.83Coordinates: 8°02′N 122°50′E / 8.03°N 122.83°E / 8.03; 122.83
Country Philippines
RegionZamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
ProvinceZamboanga del Norte
District3rd District
Barangays23 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorJeffrey T. Lim
 • Electorate19,551 voters (2016)
 • Total206.60 km2 (79.77 sq mi)
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total32,204
 • Density160/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)65
Climate typeTropical climate
Income class3rd municipal income class
Revenue (₱)98.7 million  (2016)
Native languagesSubanon language

Salug, officially the Municipality of Salug, (Subanen: Benwa Salog), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 32,204 people.[3]


Municipality of Salug is bounded on the north by the municipality of Godod the north-west by Liloy, to the east by the municipality of Leon B. Postigo, and to the south by Sindangan Bay.


Salug falls within the third type of climate wherein the seasons are not very pronounced. Rain is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. Because of its tropical location the municipality does not experience cold weather. Neither does it experience strong weather disturbances due to its geographical location (being outside the typhoon belt) and also because of the mountains that are surrounding the Municipality.


Salug is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.

  • Bacong
  • Balakan
  • Binoni
  • Calucap
  • Canawan
  • Caracol
  • Danao
  • Dinoan
  • Dipolod
  • Fatima (Pogan)
  • Ipilan
  • Lanawan
  • Liguac
  • Lipakan
  • Mucas
  • Pacuhan
  • Poblacion (Salug)
  • Poblacion East
  • Pukay
  • Ramon Magsaysay (Tugop)
  • Santo Niño
  • Tambalang
  • Tapalan


It could be said without fear of contradiction[opinion] that most names of the Municipality of Zamboanga del Norte including the province itself derived from the earliest settlers, the Subanon tribes.

In the earlier part of the history of Sindangan, there were two barrios: Labason and Liloy. Salug then was a mere sitio of the rustic village of Liloy. Legend has it then an adventurous young man from the village of Liloy, on reaching a certain river, was affronted the problem of crossing as there were no signs of available means to ferry him to the other side. While engrossed with this problem, a Subanon coming from nowhere he knew, made a sign asking him if he wish to cross the river. In return, he asked the almost naked Subano man the name of the place. The Subano man thinking he was being asked if there may be a possibility of crossing the river, answered "Salog", a Subanon terminology meaning that the current of the river was very strong.

In his departure, the Christian carried into his memory "Salug" is the name of the place beyond the other side of the river he wanted to cross. Thus Salug become a popular name until it was officially declared so upon its creation into a municipality.

By virtue of Republic Act 2310 dated June 21, 1979, the Municipality of Salug was created; however, Araw ng Salug (Salug Day) is annually celebrated on the 18th day of September,

Mayors' protest[edit]

On December 28, 2007, Salug Mayor Jesus Lim, president of the Zamboanga del Norte Mayors’ League, led 20 mayors of Zamboanga del Norte who protested the Department of Justice's incarceration of former congressman Romeo Jalosjos. Flags in their respective towns were flown at half mast and black ribbons were displayed at town halls.[4]


Population census of Salug
YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 13,486—    
1970 28,688+7.83%
1975 32,709+2.67%
1980 39,088+3.63%
1990 25,702−4.11%
1995 28,411+1.90%
2000 28,914+0.38%
2007 29,960+0.49%
2010 31,157+1.44%
2015 32,204+0.63%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

Salug Municipality is predominantly Christian with Philippine Independent Church or Aglipayan and Roman Catholics constitutes the majority of the Christians. Salugnon is composed of Visayan speaking locals and the minorities that compose of the lumad or aborigine Subanon tribe.


Cebuano and Subanon are majority spoken languages. The majority of the population can speak and understand English.[citation needed]


The Integrated Bus Terminal, located at the center of the municipality, serves short- and long-distance trips connecting other municipalities, cities in Zamboanga del Norte and neighboring provinces. The public modes of transportation within the municipality are sikad-sikad and habal-habal and pedicabs. Jeepneys, van, and bus Rural Transits are available for long-distance travels.


The Port of Liloy is located 30 minutes[vague] away from the Municipality of Salug facing the Sindangan Bay It serves the cargo port for transporting products to and from Zamboanga City, Sindangan and Cebu.


The main airport is Dipolog Airport, located in the City of Dipolog, a ​3 12-hour drive from the Poblacion. There is also a neighboring community airport in Liloy but it serves only private and government aircraft for official visits in the adjacent areas.

Local government[edit]

Current municipal officials (2016–2018):

  • Mayor: Jeffrey T. Lim
  • Vice Mayor: William D. Maribojoc
  • Councilors:
    • Jonathan R. Balucos
    • Rebecca L. Baguio
    • Mercedario N. Pamil
    • Gerardo T. Literatus
    • Allan D. Saldia
    • Salatiel S. Dialo
    • Oscar M. Acas
    • Edgar A. Sultan
    • Cerelino Mercado - ABC President


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Zamboanga del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ ", 20 Zamboanga Norte mayors protest Jalosjos imprisonment". Retrieved 15 June 2017.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of Zamboanga del Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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