A barangay is the smallest local government unit in the Philippines and is very similar to a village or a town. Municipalities and cities are composed of barangays.

Each barangay is headed by a barangay captain (punong barangay) who leads the barangay council (sangguniang barangay) composed of barangay councilors (kagawad). Every barangay also has a Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) (Youth council), composed of the SK President or Chairman and SK Councilors, who direct the youth-oriented activities, such as basketball leagues, in the barangay.

Historically, the term barangay refers to a community of around 50 to 100 families. The word itself comes from the Malay balangay which means “boat.” This connection between community and boat supports theories on the history of the pre-colonial Philippines, that being, each original coastal “barangay” formed as a result of a single or a group of settlers arriving by boat from other places in Southeast Asia.

Planting Rice in the Barangay

Dipolog City of the province of  Zamboanga del Norte declared a City by virtue of Republic Act 5520 and was made its provincial capital since then. It is composed of twenty-one (21) barangays:  Sangkol, Punta Olingan, Galas, Sta. Filomena, Sta. Isabel, Miputak, Barra, Biasong, Estaka, Turno, Gulayon, Dicayas, Minaog, Sicayab, Lugdungan, and San Jose.

The barangay figures prominently in many aspects for a Dipolognon and his way of life, thoughts, opinion – political and economical, and lifestyle. It serves as its primary caregiver and socialization agent next to generic family of course, nevertheless, a potent and dominant aspect in his life.

The values and norms are transmitted affecting his life, welfare and development as member of the basic social political social, and economical unit of the country.

Notwithstanding changes in its population size, organization and political and geographical arrangement – barangays remain whole and intact through the years. Barangays continue to serve the functions and provides the needs of a Dipolognon that his immediate family may have failed to provide on the other hand it further enhanced what his family and education has provided.

We, the CITY OF DIPOLOG WEBSITE seeks to put together salient aspects, research, ideas, events, developments, progress and other aspects in the 21 barangays of the city and disseminate them to readers as information and learning materials for their personal perusal, for their own research and study.

It is meant to serve not just as a general reference but to exhaust the breadth and depth of existing studies on the 21 barangays of Dipolog City to provide the readers the more basic and  current news, events and findings that are happening and affecting each barangay and the individual resident in the said barangay from his own backyard and across the shore.

It answers the call as an information base to further the knowledge and understanding of the readers on the people, the Dipolognons and the 21 barangays of the city.

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Barangay Punta Rice Field