NO. 2524) REPUBLIC ACT NO. 711
An act to create the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and
Zamboanga del Sur.
it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
Philippines in Congress assembled:
1. The province of Zamboanga is hereby divided into two
provinces, to be known as Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del
Sur, in the following manner:
The province of Zamboanga del Norte shall consist of that
portion of the present province of Zamboanga, which comprises
the municipalities of Dapitan, Rizal, Dipolog, Katipunan,
Sindangan, Labason, Siocon, Polanco, New Pinan, Liloy, and
The province of Zamboanga del Sur shall consist of that
other portion of the present Province of Zamboanga comprising
the municipalities of Molave, Aurora, Labangan, Pagadian,
Dimataling, Margosatubig, Ipil, Kabasalan, Dinas, Malangas, and
2. The capital of Zamboanga del Norte shall be Dipolog and that
of Zamboanga del Sur shall be Pagadian.
3. Except as hereinafter provided, the provisions of law now or
hereafter applicable to the regularly organized provinces shall
be applicable to the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and
Zamboanga del Sur.
4. The elective provincials of the present Province of Zamboanga
elected at the last general election for local officials shall
continue to govern the Province of Zamboanga del Norte until
their successors shall be elected in the next general election
and shall be qualified. The provincial governor, the provincial
treasurer, and provincial fiscal of Zamboanga del Norte shall
continue to receive the salaries they are receiving at the time
of the approval of this Act, until a new readjustment of
salaries is affected in accordance with existing law: Provided,
That in the readjustment of salaries the minimum salary or
compensation provided by the Minimum Wage Law.
5. The first provincial governor and members of the provincial
board of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur shall be appointed by
the President of the Philippines with the consent of the
Commission on Appointment, and shall hold office until their
successors shall have been elected at the next general election
and shall have qualified.
6. Upon the approval of this act, the funds, assets and other
properties and the obligations of the Province of Zamboanga
shall be divided equitably between the Province of Zamboanga del
Norte and the Province of Zamboanga del Sur by the President of
the Philippines upon the recommendation of the Auditor General.
7. The cities of Basilan and Zamboanga shall form part of the
representative of Zamboanga del Sur.
8. The present representative of Zamboanga shall continue to be
the representative of the Province of Zamboanga del Norte, of
the Province of Zamboanga del Sur, and of the cities of Basilan
and Zamboanga until the expiration of his term of office.
9. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Official Gazette, Vol. 48. No.6 pp.2133-2134
On June 6, 1952:
The province was created by virtue of Republic Act No.
711 authored by then Congressman Roseller T. Lim of the lone
district of Zamboanga and signed by then President Elpidio T.
Quirino on June 6, 1952 at the 7:03 p.m. at the Ceremonial Hall
of Malacanang Palace.
Present during the signing of R.A. 711 were Congressman
Roseller T. Lim and Mrs. Lim, Governor Felipe B. Azcuna of
Zamboanga del Norte, Governor Serapio Datoc of Zamboanga del Sur,
Senator Quentin Paredes, Senator Sergio Osmena, Jr. Dr.
Germanico A. Carreon of Dapitan, Executive Secretary Mariano
Roque and Secretary Pablo Lorenzo of the Department and Public
Republic Act No. 711 divided the Old Zamboanga province
into two provinces, namely: Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga
del Sur with Dipolog and Pagadian as the capital respectively.
At the same time of creation of Zamboanga del Norte on
June 6, 1952, the province was composed of eleven (11)
municipalities, namely: Dapitan, Rizal, New Pinan, Polanco,
Dipolog, Katipunan, Manukan, Sindangan, Liloy, Labason, and Siocon.
The first appointed provincial officials were: Hon.
Felipe B. Azcuna, Governor and two board members: Hon. Antonio
Adaza and Hon. Teofilo Buslon.
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