Brief Profile

Origin of the Name from the word “Bangaw” which in local term is the name of a bird specie similar to the bird “heron” that inhabited the mountain ranges of the island in abundance during those days
Date Created July 1, 1958
Legal Basis of Creation E.O 355
Municipal Classification 2nd Class
Local Chief Executive Hon. Mayor Jimuel S. Que
Descriptive Title of the Municipality Capital Town and Urban Growth Center of Tawi-Tawi
The Show Window of the Province of Tawi-Tawi
Tawi-Tawi’s Center of Trade and Commerce
Estimated Annual Income (FY 2017) IRA = PhP 187,770,605.00
Local Sources = 15,600,000.00
Total = PhP 203,370,605.00
Location Approximately located at map coordinates from 5⁰ to 5⁰15′ latitude and from 119⁰44′ to 120⁰ longitude
Lies at the southwestern tip of the main island of Tawi-Tawi
Boundaries East are the municipalities of Panglima Sugala and Languyan
South is the municipality of Simunul
North and West is the Sulu Sea
Number of Barangays 35 barangays scattered in 3-major islands (Bongao, Sanga-Sanga and Pababag) and in the southwestern tip of the main island of Tawi-Tawi
Land Area NSO 1980 = 11,490 hectares
DBM 2012 = 16,595 hectares
Type of Climate 4th Climatic Type (no pronounced wet and dry seasons)
Hottest months are from March to September
Coldest months are from October to February
Topography Flat terrain, lowlying hills, white sandy shorelines and deep harbors
Highest Mountains Bongao Peak (340 meters above sea level) & Mt, Pajar
Population NSO 2015 = 100,527
2017 (projected) = 110,494
Annual Growth Rate 4.84 % (2010-2015)
Population Density 606 persons per square kilometer
Number of Household 16,755
Average Household Size 6
Major Ethnic Group & Dialect Spoken Sama, Tausug, Tagalog and Bisaya
Indigenous People Badjao Tribe
Major Denomination Islam, Roman Catholic
Health Facilities:
No. of Hospital 3 ( DHSMH, Holy Family, Bongao Doctors)
No. of RHU 1 (at barangay Pag-asa)
No. Of BHS 5
Other Health Facilities several private medical clinics in the Poblacion & neighboring barangays
Educational Facilities
No. of Colleges & Universities 5 (MSU-TCTO, TRAC, ACLC, Mahardika Inst., Twt Midwifery)
No. of Secondary Schools 12 (MSU Prep, MSU Science High, NDB, TTPOSF, TRAC, TTSAT, Sanga-Sanga National High, Bongao Advent Academy, MIT, Abubakar Computer Learning Center, Pagasinan National High, Baloboc Science High)
No. of School Districts 4 ( District 1,2,3 & Bongao Central)
43 elementary schools emplaced in the different barangays
No. of Private Pre-Schools 5 (NDB, Christian Alliance & Bongao Adventist, Bongao Advent Academy, Bongao Discovery)
No. of Day Care Centers 76
Housing Projects 13 sites (including 3-sites for Badjao Housing)
Major Fields of Employment government offices and private establishments
Major Sources of Income Farming, Fishing, Trade & Commerce
Major Agricultural Crops Cassava
Assorted Fruits
Soil Type Tagburos & Bolinao Clay Loam are dominant
Livestock Goat, Chicken and cattle
Fishing Ground Tawi-Tawi Bay, Sulu Sea
Tourist Attractions Bongao Peak
Balobok Pre-Historic Rock Shelter
White Sand Beaches
Dive Sites
Lapid-Lapid Mangrove Eco-Park
Banks PNB, Land Bank and Metro Bank
Hotels , Pension Houses and Restaurants Beachside Inn & Restaurant
Hotel Juana & Restaurant
DanMar Beach Resort & Restaurant
Sandbar Beach Resort & Restaurant
Ibbo Beach Resort
Rachels Place Hotel & Restaurant
Porch Bay Hotel & Restaurant
Esther Pension House, Fortune Inn, Arron’s Pension, Triple M Travellers’ Inn, Raayat Pension, Kuya’s Travellers’ Inn, Harry’s Passengers’ Place
Major Ports Bongao Wharf
Chinese Pier Municipal Wharf
Airport Sanga-Sanga Airport (1 hour daily flight time to/from Zambonga via Cebu Pacific scheduled on T-Th-S// 2- flights every M-W-F & Sunday (morning and afternoon)
Shipping Lines Aleson, Ever (Bongao to Zambo or Jolo routes and vice versa)
Water Supply Sources Bongao Water District (serves 13 barangays)
Other sources are dug wells/artesian wells/water tanks
Power Supply Sources TAWELCO (serves 13 barangays)
Other sources are solar photovoltaic, generator
Transportation Jeepneys & Tricycles within Poblacion & neighboring areas
Motor Launches & motorized bancas for inter-island travel
Boats, and airplanes from/to Zamboanga City
Communication (local tel. company) Bongao Nationwide Telephone System, Inc.
(cellular network co.) SMART, GLOBE, TM and SUN
Cable TV Bongao CATV, Cignal, Dream, G Sat
Radio Stations Powermix FM, Radyo Natin FM, DXDC Radyo ng Bayan, DXGD
Internet Services a number of internet cafes are found in downtown area