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Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines: The city of Isabela is capital city of the island of Basilan. The island of Basilan is within the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), however, the city of Isabela is not part of the ARMM and is administratively listed within Region IX.

  • Location and Geography of Isabela City, Philippines:

Isabela City is only 30 minutes away via sea jet boats from Zamboanga City.

Isabela is located in the Northern part of Basilan Island, North 63 degrees, 45 minutes Latitude and South 121 degrees, 58 minutes Longitude.

Distance between Zamboanga and Isabela City is 27.16 km. This distance is equal to 16.88 miles, and 14.66 nautical miles.

Its political boundaries are; the town of Lamitan bounded on the east; on the west by the town of Lantawan; on the south by the towns of Sumisip and Maluso; and on the north by the Basilan Strait, which separates the Island from Zamboanga Peninsula.

Land Area. The city of Isabela has a total land area of 22,373 hectares, part of which is distributed to the islands of Malamawi, Lampinigan and Balatanay. The city consist 45 barangays with 18 urban barangays and 27 rural barangays.

List of the 17 Regions in the Philippines
National - Capital Region I - Ilocos II - Cagayan III - C. Luzon IV-A - Calabarzon IV-B - Mimaropa V - Bicol VI - W. Visayas VII - C. Visayas VIII - E. Visayas IX - Zamboanga X - N. Mindanao XI - Davao XII - Soccsksargen XIII - Caraga XIV - CAR XV - BARMM

Within these 17 regions in the Philippines, there are 42,046 barangays, 1488 municipalities, 146 cities, 81 provinces. It has a democratic form of government and the freedom of speech is upheld by law. English is the "lingua franca" and is the mode of instruction in all high schools, colleges and universities. Laws and contracts are written in English.

Barangays of Isabela City within Region 9 in the Republic of The Philippines
AguadaBalatanayBalunoBegangBinuanganBusayCabunbataCalvarioCarbonDikiDona Ramona T. AlanoIsabela EastsideIsabela ProperKapatagan GrandeKapayawanKaumpurnah Zone IKaumpurnah Zone IIKaumpurnah Zone IIIKumalarangLa PiedadLampiniganLanoteLukbutonLumbangMakiriMaligueMarang-marangMarketsiteMasulaMenziPanigayanPanunsulanPort AreaRiversideSan RafaelSanta BarbaraSanta CruzSeasideSmall KapataganSumagdangSunrise VillageTabiawanTabukTampalanTimpul

The Philippines has been a "decentralized" form of government since 1991, contrary to what most Filipinos think. Ever since the creation of Republic Act 7160, each LGU is responsible for its own domain. Even the smallest LGU the barangay creates its own Budget. It is not dependent on handouts from the city, municipality or province. "IMPERIAL MANILA IS A MYTH!", it does not exist anymore. The Philippine budget formulation system is not centralized. "Budgetary planning has been DECENTRALIZED since 1991". It is the responsibility of each LGU to submit their budgetary needs for review. Failure to submit is the problem.

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List of 11 Municipalities in the Basilan province within Region XV - ARMM in the Republic of The Philippines
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Isabela City is not part of the ARMM, the BARMM or the Bangsamoro. Our city welcomes all followers of all religions. We love UNITY.
We will not bow down to an Islamic invasion.
We will not be ruled by Sharia Law. We want to live in peace with everybody.
Bangsamoro, LEAVE US ALONE!
Stay out of Isabela City. Do not try to infiltrate our government.
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Seal of Isabela City, withing the island of Basilan
Interactive Google Satellite Map of Isabela City, Philippines
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Map of Isalbela City and its barangays
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Isabela City within the Island of Basilan
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Locator Map of Basilan
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Isabela City Hall
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Hall of Justice of port area, Isabela City

Herbal Medicine, Heals Naturally and Maintains good health! Allows us to live Long and Prosper! We are one with Flora. Throughout time humans and the animal kingdom have relied on the healing power of herbs. We used them in several ways: we have ingested them, rubbed them on our bodies, bathed in them, even used them in our cooking to flavor our foods.Herbal Medicine, Heals Naturally and Maintains good health! Allows us to live Long and Prosper!

We are one with Flora. Throughout time humans and the animal kingdom have relied on the healing power of herbs. We used them in several ways: we have ingested them, rubbed them on our bodies, bathed in them, even used them in our cooking to flavor our foods.

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Port of Isabela City
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Coast Guard Detachment, Port Area
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Philippine Ports Authority, Port Area
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Kaun Purna Mosque
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Masjid Mahabba Mosque, Port Area, Isabela City

Wars of ancient history were about possessions, territory, power, control, family, betrayal, lover's quarrel, politics and sometimes religion.

But we are in the Modern era and supposedly more educated and enlightened .

Think about this. Don't just brush off these questions.

  • Why is RELIGION still involved in WARS? Isn't religion supposed to be about PEACE?
  • Ask yourself; What religion always campaign to have its religious laws be accepted as government laws, always involved in wars and consistently causing WARS, yet insists that it's a religion of peace?


There are only two kinds of people who teach tolerance:
  1. The Bullies. They want you to tolerate them so they can continue to maliciously deprive you. Do not believe these bullies teaching tolerance, saying that it’s the path to prevent hatred and prejudice.
  2. The victims who are waiting for the right moment to retaliate. They can’t win yet, so they tolerate.
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Social Security System, Port Area, Isabela City
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2nd Municipal Circuit Trial Court, Port Area, Isabela City
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Philippine National Red Cross, Port Area, Isabela City
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General Hospital, Binuangan, Isabelela
:History of Isabela City, Philippines

By virtue of Republic Act No. 9023 Isabela was granted Cityhood.

Isabela's first City Mayor then was Luis R. Biel II, elected in 1998.

BRIEF HISTORY: Isabela City is the business center and capital of the Island province of Basilan, with its islets lies in the midst of the waters of the Celebes Sea, the Moro Gulf and the Sulu Sea, situated at the tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula.

In the ancient times, this beautiful island province was called “TAGUIMA”, while Isabela was referred to by its ethnic groups (the Yakans, Samal Bangingih, Badjaos and Tausogs) as “PASANGAN”, which name it still holds among the natives. In 1844 the Spaniards occupied “Pasangan”, and in July of the following year was named Isabela, in honor of Queen Isabel II of Spain by Don Ramon Lubo, Marine Chief of Zamboanga and Don Catyetano Suarez de Fiqueroa, Governor of the District.

During the Spanish regime and the American occupation, Basilan was part of the Zamboanga Province, which then also included the Province of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte. In 1937, the City of Zamboanga brought into existence and made Basilan as part of the newly created City.

On July 1, 1948 by virtue of Republic Act No. 288, sponsored by then Congressman Juan S. Alano, Basilan island became a chartered City, separating it from City of Zamboanga, with three Districts, namely – Isabela, Lamitan and Maluso. Mayor Nicasio Valderoza was the first appointed City Mayor, who served until December 31, 1953, when he retire, Leroy S. Brown took his oath as the next appointive Mayor of the City, who later became the first and the last elective Mayor of the City of Basilan.

On December 27, 1973, President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Presidential Decree No. 356 creating Basilan Province. The Province had three Municipalities: Lamitan, Maluso and Isabela, the latter being its capital. Basilan City which previously had an area of about 1,359 square kilometers was left with an area of barely one square kilometer.

On December 2, 1974, P.D. 593 was issued amending P.D. 356 and increasing the area of Basilan Province to about 3 square kilometers and creating ten municipalities to comprise the province – Isabela, Lamitan, Maluso, Lantawan, Sumisip, Tipo-Tipo,Tuburan, Tapiantana, Malamawi and Pilas.

On December 11, 1975, Presidential Decree No. 840 was issued by President Marcos reducing the number of municipalities comprising the province from ten to seven, namely: Isabela, Lamitan, Maluso, Lantawan, Sumisip, Tipo-Tipo and Tuburan. The former City of Basilan and the Municipality of Malamawi were absorbed by the Municipality of Isabela with an area of about 22,373 hectares.

On December 12, 1975, Atty. Ricardo G. Mon, number one Councilor of the defunct City of Basilan, took his oath of office as Mayor of the Isabela Municipality before regional Commissioner Rear Admiral M. Espaldon in Zamboanga City. On January 1, 1976, Atty. Mon, officially assumed as Mayor of the Municipality of Isabela.

On March 5, 2001 Republic Act No. 9023 “An Act Converting the Municipality of Isabela, Province of Basilan into a component city to be known as the City of Isabela” was signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Then on April 25, 2001 the Isabeleños ratified Isabela City.

The following persons served as Mayors under this charter:

    • Hon. Ricardo G. Mon 1975-1980
    • Hon. Alvin G. Dans 1980-1986
    • Hon. Hermino M. Montebon, OIC 1986-1988*
    • Hon. Benjamin R. Valencia 1988-1991
    • Hon. Leonardo A. Pioquinto 1991-1998**
    • Hon. Luis R. Biel II 1998-2006
    • Hon. Rodolfo Y. Tan 2006-2007
    • Hon. Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar 2007-2010-2013
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People of Isabela City, Philippines

  • Population of Isabela City (as of 2020 Census)= 130,379
  • Population of Isabela City (as of 2015 Census)= 112,788
  • Population of Isabela City (as of May 1, 2010 Census)= 97,857
  • Population of Isabela City (as of Aug 1, 2007 Census)= 87,985

  • Registered Voters of Isabela City as of (2010) oe COMELEC= 37,983

Elected Government Officials of Isabela City, Philippines

The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.

They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.

Budget of Municipalities and Cities: The Philippine budget formulation system is not centralized. It has been decentralized since 1991. It is the responsibility of each LGU to submit their budgetary needs for review. Failure to submit is the problem. "IMPERIAL MANILA IS A MYTH!".

  • Elected government officials of Isabela City for the term of 2019-2022
  • Mayor of Isabela City: HATAMAN, SITTI DJALIA TURABIN
  • Vice-Mayor of Isabela City: SALLIMAN, JHUL KIFLI LLACUNA
  • Councilors of Isabela City:

  • Elected government officials of Isabela City for the term of 2016-2019
  • Mayor of Isabela City: Al-qaid Akbar
  • Vice-Mayor of Isabela City: Cherrlyn Akbar
  • Councilors of Isabela City:
  1. Jashim Tiplani
  2. Faigdar Jaafar
  3. Candu Muarip
  4. Sara Sali-ismael
  5. Jay Casas
  6. Alan Ritchie Luis Biel
  7. Kifli Salliman
  8. Ar-jhemar Ajibon
  9. Maria Jennesa Tubongbanua
  10. Abner Rodriguez

  • Elected government officials of Isabela City for the term of 2013-2016
  • Mayor of Isabela City: Cherrylyn Santos Akbar
  • Vice-Mayor of Isabela City:Abdulbaki Jahandal Ajibon
  • Councilors of Isabela City:
    2. AKBAR, AL-QAID (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 6505 6.67%
    3. CASAS, JAY (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 6463 6.63%
    5. Moumar Lipai Muarip LIBERAL PARTY 5725 5.87%
    7. DANS, NIDA INDEPENDENT 5361 5.50%
    8. James Abner Suson Rodriguez LIBERAL PARTY 5221 5.35%
    9. MARCOS, EDWIN (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 4746 4.87%

Barangay's power and authority: A must read for all barangay officials


This is the "Barangay Code of the Philippines".

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A Barangay Clearance is NEEDED in order to get a Business License.
So why is the barangay name not in most business addresses?
Ask your Barangay Captain/Chairman to create a Resolution to make it mandatory to put the barangay name in all Business addresses.
Every Government Unit in the Philippines is within a Barangay. The municipal hall, city hall, the provincial capitol building, and even the Malacañang Palace where the president resides is within a Barangay.

The barangay has power and authority over its domain. The improvement of the barangay rests on the barangay officials. The barangay chairman, the barangay council and the local businessmen forge the prosperity of the barangay. Not the president of the Philippines, senate, nor congress. Not the governor of the province, not the mayor nor council of the municipality or city. Poor barangays stay poor because of weak and/or ignorant(uninformed) barangay leaders.

When roads or any infrastructure need to be built, improved or repaired, all the barangay officials have to do is make a resolution and present it to the city or municipality council. The resolution will force the city/municipal council or responsible government office to hear the legitimate demands. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

Each city or municipality is represented by the "barangay association or federation". The elected president of the Association of Barangay Council and the President of Kabataan (SK) association each have a seat in the City/Municipality council. Their powers are the same and equal to the elected city/municipality councilors. They are there to help lobby the demands of the barangays. They are not there just to collect a big salary and rub elbows with the regular elected city/municipality council, but to also represent the needs of the barangays.
The duties of the barangay officials are specifically written in Chapter III(Punong Barangay) and Chapter IV (The Sangguniang Barangay). Read it..

Practically anything that has to do with the barangay, the barangay officials have a say on it and most likely the authority over it. The majority of the barangay officials are not aware of their duties and power. They depend on the city council or mayor. The elected barangay officials are afraid of the mayor and city/municipality's "Sangguniang Panlungsod". They are in fear of being ousted or removed from office. The truth is, the "Sangguniang Panlungsod" does not have the power to remove or suspend any elected barangay officials from office. Only the COURT OF LAW can do this (judicial branch of the government). Elected public officials can't be suspended by the DILG or the office of the president unless an official complaint has been filed, there must be proof and there must be due process. Republic Act 7160 chapter 4, Section 60. Information is power. Be informed. Do not be intimidated by the president, senator, congressman, governor, mayor, vice-mayor, or councilors. Do your job.

The control of traffic is not up to the city council or chief of police. It is controlled by the barangay. If the barangay needs traffic enforcers, the barangay can make a resolution to demand it from the city or municipality council. When the electric coop or the water district do not maintain their lines, the barangay can directly demand for the maintenance from the utility companies. No need to wait for city council.

The citizens also has the power to make demands to the barangay officials. In case the officials get blinded. Simply file an official complaint with the barangay secretary naming the Punong barangay as the respondent representing the barangay.

If the power lines are sagging, don't go to the power company, go to the barangay office. Ask the barangay for a DEMAND resolution against the power company.
If the water lines are busted, don't wait for the water company, go to the barangay office. Ask the barangay for a DEMAND resolution against the water company.
If the potholes in the road are not fixed, don't wait for the The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), go to the barangay office. Ask the barangay for a DEMAND resolution against the DPWH.
Are you beginning to get the point?

Cleaning the shorelines, drainage systems, streets, rivers, and parks within your barangay is YOUR responsibility. You are accountable for this. It is not the responsibility of the City/Municipality officials. The citizens and officials of the barangay are responsible. Stop blaming others.

  • BUDGET: As far as the preparation for the budget expenditures, it starts at the barangay level, then moves on to cities, municipalities, provinces and regions. The barangays need to exercise their authority. They need to put their yearly budget together for their administration and future projects. The majority of the barangays leave this job to the municipality and city. This is so wrong. Then when the budget doesn't come or is lacking, they complain.
  • The budget for the barangays does go to the City or Municipality, but simply for holding and later distribution. The city or municipality DOES NOT approve the budget. It was already approved by congress. The city or municipality simply "distributes" the approved budget.
  • The bureau of internal revenue is in cahoots to subdue the barangays, municipalities and provinces. They call the rightful shares to the taxes collected as "Internal Revenue Allotment Dependency". It is not a dependency. It is the lawful and rightful share of the LGU as specified in "TITLE III, SHARES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS IN THE PROCEEDS OF NATIONAL TAXES, CHAPTER I, Allotment of Internal Revenue Taxes, Section 284."
  • "IMPERIAL MANILA IS A MYTH!", it does not exist anymore. The Philippine budget formulation system is not centralized. "Budgetary planning has been DECENTRALIZED since 1991". It is the responsibility of each LGU to submit their budgetary needs for review. Failure to submit is the problem.
  • DURING ELECTIONS: Where do City and Municipality politicians go to campaign? They seek the support of the Barangay officials. They plead to the barangay folks for the votes. Even the candidate for president. But after the election they ignore you. Do not ever forget the power of the barangay.

Ignorance keeps the pinoys thinking that Manila rules. Be informed, be educated and make your barangay prosper.

  • Absolutely NO need for FEDERALISM. It is a ploy to give the Bangsamoro an Islamic State where the religion of Islam is financed by the Philippine government. Bangsamoro will be a HOMELAND not for all Filipinos but for only the Muslim Filipinos. It violates the constitution's "separation of church and state". Religion is always good for the people but it should never be embraced or financed by government. Tax exemption is not tantamount to financing. Every non-profit organization is tax-exempt.

Businesses in Isabela City, Philippines

How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood

The Philippine Livelihood Program: The Philippine government provides several programs to enhance the livelihood of the Filipino people. The department of Science and Technology through its Technology Research Center (TRC) regurlarly conducts various types of hands-on and personalized training programs.

  • DOST - Website
  • UPLiFT stands for Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training. - Website
  • DSWD Pro-poor and Livelihood Programs - Website

Take a picture of your Business (from a Sari-Sari Store to a Mega Mall). Upload that picture here in and that picture can immediately be your business webpage. It is that easy. Here are two examples of how a picture becomes the webpage of the business: FHM Garden Grill and Catering and ABC Shopping Center

  • Give your business a good description. Add your address and contact number if available.
Possible Businesses
  • Auto, Trucks, Motorcycle and Bicycle dealers
  • Banks, Lending Firms, Pawnshops, and Financial Institutions
  • Clinics, Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals
General Hospital, Binuangan, Isabela City
Community Hospital, San Rafael, Isabela City
  • Pharmacies, Drug Stores, Agri-Vets
  • Convenient Stores, Hardware and Supplies, General Stores, Sari-Sari Stores, Internet-Cafes
  • Department Stores and Appliance Stores
  • Supermarket, wet market, Fish Markets
  • Hotels, Motels, Pension Houses, Boarding houses and Resorts
  • Repair Shops: Shoe repair, Cellphone, Bikes (bicycles), motorcycles etc...
  • Restaurants, Carenderias, Coffee Shops, and Bakeries (Bakeshops)
  • Salons, Spas, Beauty Shops and Barber Shops
  • Gas Stations, Water Stations, Propane Stations

Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Isabela City, Philippines

  • If you have real estate property, whether its commercial, residential, farm land, or just an empty lot in Isabela City, you can list that property for FREE HERE.
  • You can list your House and lot or farm land for sale or lease for free here.
  • If you are a real estate developer, you can list your subdivision, condominiums, high rises, apartment complexes, shopping strips or malls, open market developments here for Free.

Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Isabela City, Philippines

The name of your church, mosque, or place of worship can be listed in this community page. Take a picture of the facade of your church or place of worship and it can be posted here. We can even provide you with a free webpage. You can enter the data (story about your place of worship) here yourself, email the information or pictures to ( or via Facebook.

    Freedom of religion, yes. Equality, yes. But no favoritism.

  • Sta. Isabel Cathedral
    • Named in honor of the patron saint of Isabela City. Located in the heart of the town, this pet project of former Bishop Jose Ma. Querexeta js of modern architectural design.
    • Chapel of Peace, Calvario Peak - A project of the religious sector 400 meters above sea level; an excellent site for photo enthusiasts. It is 15 kms. from Isabela proper but is only a 15-18 minute ride by bus or jeepney.
  • Kaun Purna Mosque
    • An old and imposing mosque, the sight of which greets visitors aboard ferries as they sail the channel into Isabela.

The name of your church, mosque, or place of worship can be listed here. take a picture of your place of worship and we can put it here for the world to know. We can even provide you with a free webpage for you. We can help you.

Schools in Isabela City, Philippines

  • Take a picture of your school building(s) and send your pictures via email to ( or message me via Facebook. I will then post the pictures in this page.

Due to Covid19: Pursuant to the instructions of President Roa Duterte, and as recommended by the DepEd, classes for the year 2021-2022 will be opened but will be monitored.

  • List of schools: >>> click

PUBLIC NOTICE: Why pretend that the National language of the Philippines is Tagalog? It should be English. To be a Teacher, doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect, nurse, computer technician; what books do you learn from? English books of course. All your tests are in English. The constitution of the Philippines is written in English. All the laws and new laws introduced by congress are in English. For that matter, you can't be a teacher in a school system unless you know English. The "Licensure Exam for Teachers" is in ENGLISH! Who are these people forcing Tagalog down our throats? Tagalog is simply one of the many dialects of the Philippines. Keep your dialects but learn and be fluent and proficient in ENGLISH.

High Schools in Isabela City

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Sports and Recreation in Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines

  • We invite you to provide everyone with information on your favorite sports teams or recreation in Isabela City.
    • The name of your sports/recreation, address, phone number.
  • Upload the picture of your place of sports or recreation.

Arts and Culture in Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines

  • Let the world explore and relate to the creative and living experience that is unique to Isabela City.
    • Design Arts, Film, Literature, Music, Entertainment, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and any cultural identity that says: Isabela City!
  • Upload the pictures of your favorite Arts & Culture topic.

Economy of Isabela City, Philippines

  • If you have an article that talks about the improvement of the economy of Isabela City you can post that article here. If you come across any news item that talks about the economy of Isabela City, you may post it here. Of course you have to reference the writer of the article. Any improvement to transportation, power and service usually improves the economy of the community, so go ahead and report that too.

Jobs in Isabela City

If you have a job available and that job is within Isabela City, Philippines, you may post it here.
Remember to be as descriptive as possible and to post your Company name, Contact person, physical address, email address and Phone number.
Post expiration of Job Application. Go ahead and Click HERE to Insert your job offer in the "Jobs in Isabela City" page.

Natural Resources of Isabela City, Philippines

Protect the environment

It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.

Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!

Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.

The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More

We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.


  • Secretary Roy Cimatu - since May 8, 2017
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626

We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.

Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power and thermal energy conversion. We have too many black outs.

Tourist Attractions, Parks, Landmarks and Resorts of Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines

  • Help us add some of the tourist attractions of Isabela City in Z-wiki. This will help boost the local economy of Isabela City. Anything that is unique or anything that stands out in your community may be a tourist attraction.

Points of Interest in Isabela:

    1. White Beach - A fine beach found in Malamawi Island. Good for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing.
    2. Malamawi Island - The gateway to Basilan. Here, the parola of the lighthouse guides ships and vintas to the channel. Here can also be found the traditional resting place of the nomad sea-faring Badjaos and Sama-Luans-Banguingui. It also boasts of the only lake in the province with wild ducks. Also found in Malamawi is the Panigayan fishing village where spearfishing is recommended.
    3. Tabiawan & Busay Waterfalls - Located in Isabela and good for picnics and bathing.
    4. Balagtasan Waterfalls - The biggest waterfalls in the province where the Basilan hydroelectric plant is located.
    5. Kumalarang River - This has a 14-meter waterfall and is a proposed site for a hydroelectric plant. Ideal for picnics and photo shoots.
    6. Sumagdang Beach - A natural site for swimming, passing through coconut plantations, small rice fields, and fish ponds. Only 4 kms. from Isabela proper and easily accessible by jeepney, tricycle, or bus.
    7. Block 35 Falls - This is found inside the Menzi Plantation.
    8. Balas Beach - A cove-shaped beach about 25 minutes away from the town hall; ideal for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, and snorkeling.
    9. Menzi Agricultural Plantation - See the actual processing of rubber, coffee, black pepper, and African palm oil in this plantation now owned and run by a local cooperative.
    10. Houses on Stilts at Malamawi and Kaun Purna - Rising from the waters at the shorelines are communities that seem to float houses on stilts and home to those whose closeness to the sea is a philosophy of life itself.
    11. Claretcraft, a display center for native handicraft such as bags, mats, all fashioned from buri and the unique Yakan cloth.
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Fiestas and Traditions of Isabela City, Philippines

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The cities or municipalities usually have yearly festivals where all the barangays participate. The cities or municipalities hold contests for the best floats in parades.

Featured News of The Philippines

Updated: March 21, 2023

Sipalay City showcases unique, colorful kites in 'Burangoy' fest.
BACOLOD CITY – The southern Negros city of Sipalay, dubbed the "Kite Tourism Capital of the Philippines", will promote this traditional Filipino culture by showcasing various types made of biodegradable materials during the 9th Burangoy Tourism Kite Festival. The festival, to run from March 23 to 26 and which name was derived from the words “burador” or kite, and “barungoy” a local term for flying fish, is the first to be held after Sipalay was conferred the title by the Kite Association of the Philippines (KAP) for its "enduring commitment in promoting the traditional Filipino kite culture as an annual tourism activity" during the culmination of the event's eight edition last year.


P1.3-M suspected shabu seized in Dumaguete buy-bust
DUMAGUETE CITY – Operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police arrested a suspected drug pusher and seized some PH1.3 million worth of suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation in this capital city on Tuesday afternoon. A report from the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office identified the suspect as Jay Pujol Omelan, 35, resident of Batasan Hills, Quezon City. The suspect was arrested at around 3:10 p.m. at Purok Panaghiosa in Barangay Calindagan.


Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling

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  • ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
  • CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
  • Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>

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Mayor Akbar leads Women's Month celebration in Isabela City
By Faisal Saddalani

Isabela City, Basilan (19 March) -- It is a whole day affair to almost 3,000 women of Isabela City representing different women organizations headed by no less than the Lady Chief Executive of the City, Mayor Cherrylyn Santos Akbar in celebrating this year's observance of Women's Month last March 16.

The activity started with a kick off parade attended mostly by the members of the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) together with Mayor Akbar to show the highlights of women's achievement and empowerment from the time she took Office as the Chief Executive of the City.

Despite of the obstacles in life and critics in her administration, the Mayor in her speech proudly informed Isabeleñas of her several projects and programs being implemented for the City, especially those that help the women sector through alternative livelihood assistance and medical attention.

"It is hard to lead as your Mayor with several detractors, but I need to show that I am a woman with principle, to give what is necessary for Isabela City and I asked you to help me in providing even more," the Mayor said.

Mayor Akbar also added that her life indeed is an achievement and the symbol of success for every Isabeleña where she described herself being raised from a poor family but with a great ambition and determination in life, gave her the way to succeed.

"I would like to remind you that we don't need to be rich, beautiful and intelligent to be provided with importance. What we need is only to exert our right as a woman, do our responsibility, be brave and be strong to fight for those rights", she added.

Former City Administrator Ramon T. Nuñal, Jr. in his opening remarks described women nowadays working like a man, like helping raise their family and children not only at home but also in finding the means for livelihood.

NAGDILAAB Foundation Executive Director Miriam L. Suacito, on her part, emphasized the role of women in project and program management, participation in decision and policy making that leads to good governance.

According to her, women today are indeed "Babae Tagumpay Ka Ng Bayan" because based on studies, female executive outnumbered male counterpart and as becoming the main agent in the implementation of projects and programs, notwithstanding that there are still more women who became victims of kidnapping and violence, apparently referring to her companion in the foundation.

After the opening program, the City Government also organized games and raffle to entertain participants where they have the chance to receive home appliances and other surprises such as grocery items from the Lady Chief Executive.

In addition, the Mayor also informed the crowd that in the succeeding days, Pinoy's favorite past time Bingo Alegria will also be held in different barangays as part of the celebration.

Aside from the members of KALIPI, the activity was also participated by some government agencies like Philippine National Police, Philippine Marines, Isabela Water District, Day Care Workers, City Government Employees, Barangay Officials and other private and non government organization.

Signed by former President Corazon C. Aquino on March 1, 1988, Proclamation No. 224 declares March 8, 1988 and every year thereafter as Women's Rights and International Peace Day.

The Proclamation affirmed the solidarity with the United Nations and recognized Filipino women's contribution in the struggle for national independence, civil liberties, equality and human rights.

The celebration of Women's Month was also further strengthened by virtue of R.A. 6949 in which every March 8 of the year is declared as special working holiday and enjoining employees from the government and private sector to participate in the activities conducted by their offices.

This year's theme is "Babae, Tagumpay Ka Ng Bayan".

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