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Distance from the City Proper 6.64 kms
Political District District I
Historical Background

Barangay Zone II was created on July 10, 1973, together with Zones I, III and IV pursuant to Executive Order No. 6, issued by then Mayor Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr. through the Secretary Jose Ma. Bucoy, under Presidential Decree No. 86, dated December 31, 1972.

Long before the coming of the Spaniards to Zamboanga, the places here had no name. It was only upon the arrival of the Spaniards when the places here got their names. This is how Cabatangan was named.

The first thing that the Spaniards did on their arrival was to go sight-seeing and get better acquainted with the place and the people. One day, the Spaniards reached the place where they saw natives trekking down the hills carrying long bamboo tubes which apparently were to be filled with water from the river.

Though the Spaniards did not know the dialect, their curiosity was such that one of them asked the natives, what the name of their village was. Thinking that the former wanted to know what they were carrying, the natives answered “Batango”.

After the incident, the place was called “CABATANGAN” by the Spaniards.


The barangay consists of seven (7) sitios, namely: Lower Cabatangan, Upper Cabatangan, Hidden Valley, Sunset View, Lantawan-Cabatangan, Uwak-Cabatangan and Lumbang Cabatangan.

Barangay Fiesta May 1, in honor of St. Joseph
Total Population (2007 Census) 8,670
Number of Households 1,076
Punong Barangay Antonio J. Saavedra
Barangay Kagawad Valentino B. Lingcon
Allan E. Dagun
Girlie B. Lozano
Rowel H. Arquiza
Isabel A. Carpio
Edilberto R. Francisco-Jalon
Edwina R. Francisco-Jalon