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Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
District Lone district of Tawi-Tawi
Founded October 21, 2006
Barangays 16
 • Mayor Kuyoh Pajiji
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Income class 6th

Sibutu is a sixth class municipality and island in the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of people.[2] It lies about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of the coast of Sabah, Malaysia. The municipality covers the main island of Sibutu as well as four small uninhabited islands 3.5 to 6 kilometres (2.2 to 3.7 mi) south of the main island, which are, from north to south: Sicolan Calch Island, Sicolan Island, Sicolan Islet, and Saluag Island, the latter being the southernmost island of the Philippines.

Sibutu Island has an area is 109 square kilometres (42 sq mi). It is an important site for nature conservation.[3]


  • History 1
  • Barangays 2
  • Demographics 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Due an administrative error on the Treaty of Paris, Sibutu was the last Spanish possession (alongside with Cagayán de Jolo) in the Philippine islands.

It was created out of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, by virtue of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 197, which was subsequently ratified in a plebiscite held on October 21, 2006.[4]


Sibutu is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.[2]

  • Ambutong Sapal
  • Datu Amilhamja Jaafar
  • Hadji Imam Bidin
  • Hadji Mohtar Sulayman
  • Hadji Taha
  • Imam Hadji Mohammad
  • Sibutu Poblacion
  • Nunukan
  • Sheik Makdum
  • Taungoh
  • Talisay
  • Tandu Banak
  • Tandu Owak
  • Tongehat
  • Tongsibalo
  • Ungus-ungus



  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ Danielsen, Finn & Treadaway, Colin G., 2004: Priority conservation areas for butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) in the Philippine Islands. Animal Conservation, 7, 79-92.
  4. ^ MMA Act No. 197 : An Act Creating the Municipality of Sibutu in the Province of Tawi-Tawi

External links

  • Landsat images
  • NSCB: newly created provinces, municipalities, barangays, converted city Accessed on March 9, 2006.
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