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Distance from the City Proper 29.00 kms
Political District District II
Historical Background

The place Busay of Sacol Island became a barangay upon the enactment of Commonwealth Act No. 39, s. 1937. It is one of the 98 barangays of Zamboanga City.

There are numerous tales about the mystery or origin of Sacol Island. Sacol island is composed of four Barangays namely: Busay, Pasilmanta, Landang Laum and Landang Gua. The biggest of these four Barangays is Landang Gua. Busay is only a small Barangay but it has more population and households than the three other Barangays in the island. One hundred percent (100%) of the population is Yakan.

Busay is at the back of Landang Gua, fronting Barangay Taluksangay across the sea, more or less 10 kms apart.  From Taluksangay, Busay can be reached by motor boat in more or less 10-minute ride. Sacol Island is separated from the mainland of Zamboanga City.

One of the mysteries of the origin of the name Busay, tells of a story of a group of people during that time in the island, mostly farmers and fishermen. And so, when they went for fishing they a use small banca (boat). They were using a small flat lumber, more or less one meter long, as a propeller (paddle). The flat lumber they were using is calledBusay. That's probably the time they also called the Barangay as Busay.

Barangay Fiesta Fiestas are not celebrated since the residents are mostly Muslims.  Instead, festivities are observed during Hariraya Ei'dil Fitri as the culmination of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Total Population (2007 Census) 2,433
Number of Households 305
Punong Barangay Hakim S. Hamonnoh
Barangay Kagawad Botong A. Arajani
Jairin M. Pitoh
Mohammad Nur J. Puyuh
Fatima I. Mustalin
Halilulla A. Adin
Sahim P. Pantangan
Batman J. Hamonnoh
Secretary Husin B. Mayyarin
Treasurer Ibnuhajal P. Asmawil