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ZAMBOANGA CITY FACT SHEET

 
 Brief Profile

Zamboanga City is the center of commerce and industry in Western Mindanao. The city is also the regional center for administration, culture, arts and education, hosting the various regional offices of government, private institutions, and a cluster of high-standard educational institutions.

Zamboanga has been the historical capital of Mindanao and SuIu. Called the "City of Flowers", "The Precious Pearl of Mindanao", and "the Land of Beautiful Women" in poetry and song, the city is a proverbial melting pot, a product of the blending of many cultures from Chinese, Malaysian, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic and Caucasian blood.

June 23,1635 marked the change of the name of the place from "Samboangan a to its present name, ZAMBOANGA. For almost three centuries, the Spaniards held over what is now Zamboanga City with Fort Pilar as the center of settlement. The presence of the Spaniards amidst many Filipino ethnic groupings resulted in the development of a unique dialect ”chavacano” a mixture of Spanish and the native dialects, which is still the predominant medium of communication in the city today.

In 1898, a year after the Treaty of Paris, the Philippines was ceded to the United States of America and the Americans occupied Zamboanga City. From 1903 to 1913, Zamboanga was the capital of the Moro Province which was the whole of Mindanao, comprising five districts, namely: Cotabato, Davao, Sulu, Lanao and Zamboanga. The period led to the construction of our present day City Hall.

On September 15, 1911, the governing body of the Moro Province, the legislative council, passed Act. No. 272 converting the municipality of Zamboanga into a city with a commission form of government. This act took effect on January 1, 1912 with the appointment of American Christopher Frederick Bader as the first City Mayor Victoriano Tarrosa succeeded as the first Filipino Zamboangueno Mayor of the city when Bader resigned in 1914.

On October 12, 1936, Zamboanga became a chartered city under Commonwealth Act. No. 39 with the island of Basilan as part of the territory, thus making Zamboanga the largest city in the world. It was on November 22, 1983 when Zamboanga was declared a highly urbanized city in accordance with the provision of the Local Government Code of 1983 (BP337).

 
Basic Features
 

Geographical Location      

Zamboanga City is located at the southernmost tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula in the island of                Mindanao, approximately 460 nautical mile south of Manila, 365NM northeast of kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), 345NM northeast of Menado (Indonesia), bounded to the west by the Sulu Sea, on the east by the Moro Gulf, and on the south by the Basilan Strait and the Celebes Sea. Its distance from Cebu City is about 372 nautical mile and from Davao City about 340 nautical mile.

Land Area

142,089.89 hectares (plus an additional 6,248.60 hectares of island barangays)

Climate

Falls under the third and fourth types of climate. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from the December to April, minimal rain from May to August and wet on September and October. The city Is rarely visited by typhoons.

Projected Population

601,794 (May 1, 2000)

Average Growth Rate

3.56% (May 1, 2000)

Population Density

1,298 persons/sq. km. (May 1,2000)

Congressional Districts

Lone District of Zamboanga City

Barangays

98 barangays (28 urban barangays and 70 rural barangays)

Major

Chavacano, Tausug, Samal, Yakan, Tagalog, Maranao, Cebuano,

Dialects/Languages

English, Hiligaynon (Ilongo) and Mandarin

Religions

Roman Catholic, Islam, Protestant

Churches

Roman Catholic

23

 

Islam

7

 

Protestants

10

Literacy Rate

92.36% (2001)

Employment Rate

90.6% (2001)

Labor Force (2001)

Total 15 years old and over

369,000

Persons in the Labor Force

182,000

Employed

163,000

Unemployed

19,000

Not in the Labor Force

144,000

Employment Rate

90.6%

Unemployment Rate

9.5%

Visibly Underemployed Rate

1.0%

LF Participation

54.1%

Distance from Major

CITY

DISTANCE

Travel Hours (air)

Cities

Cebu

372.57 nautical miles

45 minutes

 

Manila

460 miles

1 hr. & 15 minutes

 

Davao

340.17 nautical miles

45 minutes

 
Investment Opportunities:
             ·      Processed Foods
             ·      Ornamental Horticulture
             ·      Gift, Toys and Housewares
             ·      Furniture
             ·      Seaweeds
             ·      Processed Fish
             ·      Mango
 
Investment Incentives:
             ·      BOI
             ·      PEZA
             ·      RA# 7903 (ZAMBOANGA FREEPORT)
             ·                TaxExemptions
             ·                Income Tax Holidays
             ·                TaxCredits Non-Fiscal Incentives

VI.                  
 Registration and Licensing Requirements to Start a Business (including Fees charged):

LICENSES

FEE CHARGES

GOOD FOR

Business Name Registration

If Single Proprietorship

If Corporation/Partnership

 

Php 300.00

Php 500.00

 

5 years

5 years

Mayor's Permit

Php 360.00

1 year

City Engineers Office

Php 80.00

1 year

City Health Office

Php 125.00

1 year

Bureau of Fire Department

Php 20.00

1 year

Barangay Clearance

Php 20.00

1 year

Police Clearance

Php 30.00

1 year

Veterinarian Office

Notarization Only

1 year

 
Contact Person
 

                     MR. SEVERINO M. LANDINGIN
                     Provincial Director
                     Department of Trade and Industry
                     Zamboanga City Office
                     2F SKT Bldg., #41 Rizal St., Zamboanga Ci4y
                     Tel. Nos.          (062) 991-2704
                                             (062) 991-2705
                     Fax No.            (062) 993-0594
                     E-mail : dtizambo@jetlink.com.ph

 
 

 
 

 

 

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