A. General Profile

Dipolog’s earliest recorder history started in 1834 when the colonizing Spaniard organized a civil government of Misamis Province which included Dipolog as a barrio of Dapitan. There was a stable succession of leadership of Dipolog as a barrio of Dapitan since Don Domingo Ruiz took the leadership as the first “Capitan”.

Despite the volatility of the socio-political situation in the country in the year 1896, Dipolog remained peaceful. Dipolog is greatly influenced by the Catholic faith that the Spaniards introduced, thus, taking pride of the historical Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary wherein the first mass was celebrated on June 29, 1894. The altar of the cathedral was designed by the Dapitan exile, Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Thirteen years after the Philippines gaining independence from the Spanish colonialism on July 1, 1913, Dipolog gained its status as a municipality. The municipal hall, of which main structure and façade is still preserved, is at present the site of the City Hall of Dipolog.

In 1942, the seat of provincial government of the province of Zamboanga was transferred from Zamboanga City to Dipolog, thus, making Dipolog the capital in-fact of Zamboanga Province. On June 5, 1952, by virtue of R.A. 711, Zamboanga Province was divided into Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, and Dipolog became the capital town of Zamboanga del Norte. Since then, it sustained its function as the center of service and trade in the province.

Date Created: July 1, 1913

Law (Basis) : R.A. 5520- Making Dipolog a chartered city effective July 1, 1970


Congressional District : District 2

Number of Barangays : 21 (5 urban, 16 rural)


Land Area Urban barangays ……… 255 hectares

Rural barangays ……… 13,373 hectares

Total ……… 13,628 hectares


Land Use

Location : In Southern Philippines, Dipolog City sits on the western edge of Mindanao Island, at the northwestern rim of the Zamboanga Peninsula

Climate : Mild and Moderate

Topography : Rolling with lowlands

Demography : Total Population 2010 NSO ………………120,460

2014 proj……………….130,697

Number of Households 2010 NSO ………… 23,165

2014 proj……………….. 25,134

Religion (2000 NSO)….Roman Catholic (89.94%)

Dominant Language/Dialect Used (2000 NSO)….Cebuano, Filipino, English

Labor Force

Major Fields of Employment: Agriculture and Fishing, Trade and Services, Quarrying, Manufacturing, Electricity, Gas, Water, and Construction

Local Festivals

Sinulog sa Dipolog..4th Saturday of January

Katkat Sakripisyo – Good Friday

Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer – 3rd Saturday of May

Dipolog P’gsalabuk Festival -3rd week of April to 4th Saturday of May

Dahunog sa Dipolog – Last week of September to October 7

Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary – October 7

Pasko sa Dipolog (PASADI) – December

Araw ng Dipolog – July 1


B. Resource

Income Class/Source ………….3rd Class City

IRA ………….343,241,733.00

Locally Sourced …………..222,022,741.26

Special Revenues ………….. 8,388,840.55

Total Income …………..573,653,314.81



C. Social Services


Preparatory: Private-22; Public-25

Elementary : Private- 14; Public-38

Secondary : Private-9; Public-10

Tertiary : Private-3; Public-1

Vocational : Private-7; Public-1



Private-3; Public-1

Restaurants/Fastfood Centers – 44


Economy Hotels – 2

Standard Class -2

Motorist – 9

Lodging House – 4

Apartele – 2

Pension House – 16


D. Economic and Business

Major Products – Coconut, rice, corn, bottled sardines, processed meat, fresh and processed meat and fish, and nito handicrafts

Financial Institutions – 23 Banks; 50 Lending services


E. Transportation and Utilities

Road Network (kms) Total ………………….303.9594

National …………..33.7828

City Roads …………26.8454

Barangay Roads….243.3312


Number of Bus Companies- 6

Distance from Dipolog Airport – 2.5 kms

Number of Airline Companies – 2 (PAL and Cebu Pacific)

Distance from the Pulawan Wharf of Dapitan City – 11 kms

Water Supply Source – Level 3 – Dipolog City Water District and Level 2 – Government Installed

Power Supply – Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative

Communications : Broadcast Media 8; Print Media 5; Telecommunications 7 and Cable Operators 2

Banks (23)

Turno – Development Bank of the Philippines (1)

General Luna – China Bank; Metro Bank; Phil. National Bank; 1st Valley Bank; RCBC (5)

Rizal Avenue – BPI; BPI Globe; PCIB; Banko Dipolog;, PS Bank (5)

Quezon Avenue – Zambo Norte Cooperative Bank; Rural Bank of Katipunan; UCPB; East West Bank; Land Bank of the Phil.; Security Bank; Banco de Oro; Asia United Bank; Metro Bank (9)

Magsaysay St. – First Consolidated Bank (1)

Osmena St. – One Network Bank (1)