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Baliwasan

Distance from the City Proper 3.50 kms
Political District District I
Historical Background

Before the Spaniards came, there were four Subanun brothers living in the area of what is now Zamboanga City. They were: Tubunaway, Dumulalandan, Sumolidlid and Idsak.

When the Spaniards came, brothers Tubunaway, Dumulalandan and Sumolidlid left for other parts of Mindanao.

Brother Idsak remained and resided in Tetuan. One of his sons, named Liwasan and his followers took up residence in an area that is now known as Baliwasan.

Descendants of Idsak and his children and their followers spread out along the west coast of Zamboanga where the Subanun presence can still be noticed.

Description

The barangay is adjacent to five other barangays, namely: Campo Islam, San Jose - Gusu, Sta. Maria, Canelar and San Jose - Cawa-Cawa.  It has seven sitios designated as Zones and has eight schools within its jurisdiction: twoelementary schools, two high schools and four colleges/universities.

Main source of livelihood is employment by private firms and/or government agencies.  Medium-scale and small-scale business enterprises predominate in the community.  Large-scale business enterprises located in the community employ more than 50% of its personnel from other barangays in the city.  Another source of livelihood is fishing which is predominant in the coastal areas of the barangay.

There are fish ports in the barangay where fish caught from other areas are landed for distribution to the various markets in the city.  This also offers non-regular basis of employment to the community.

Barangay Fiesta Last Saturday of October
Total Population (2007 Census) 19,763
Number of Households 3,650
Punong Barangay Marxander Jaime N. Cabato
Barangay Kagawad Ma. Jamielyn Czarina N. Cabato
Benhar T. Araban
Eric L. Ducay
Edson C. Uro
Annual Sadat M. Ismael
Rodel T. Pioquinto
Meriam M. Akari
Secretary
Treasurer