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Campo Islam

Distance from the City Proper 4.50 kms
Political District District I
Historical Background

The Barangay was founded on August 29, 1935. On that historic day, Governor Frank Murphy declared Lot 290 as Reservation, exclusively for the use of the Moros, under Proclamation No. 841. Lot 290 is the present Campo Islam Panamin or Seaside. The name Campo Islam originated from the native word “Kampung Islam”, which means “Islam Village”.

Later on, then Municipal Government of Zamboanga ordered the resettlement of Muslim dwellers of Magay and Cawa-Cawa to the Reservation (1939-36). The resettlements were headed by several known Muslim leaders then, among those were: Raja Muda Mandi, Datu Facundo, Datu Taupan, and Imam Utama Amping. The strong leadership of these traditional leaders had brought the barrio into a vibrant and well-organized community.

On the other hand, a Muslim chieftain known as Panglima was responsible in the administration of the adjacent communities of Stanvac and Lower Calarian. Notable among those was Panglima Maruji.

On January 1956 by virtue of RA 1408, Imam Utama Amping was elected into office as the first elected Barrio Lieutenant of Campo Islam.

Continuous migration of people from nearby islands and provinces had transformed this community into a vibrant and densely populated Barangay today. Notable among the migrations were: Japanese Occupation, 1940’s; the conflict between the Ilagas and Blackshirt, 1960’s; and the secessionist war of the MNLF against the Philippine government.

Presently, Barangay Campo Islam is subdivided into four (4) sitios, namely: Campo Islam Panamin, Campo Islam Kasalamatan, Stanvac and Lower Calarian. The whole Barangay was declared Industrial Zone under Zoning Ordinance No. 29 of 1978, despite strong objections from the residents.

On April 2004, Zamboanga City was divided into two (2) congressional districts. Barangay Campo Islam became part of the first congressional district or the west coast district, together with 35 more Barangays.

Barangay Fiesta Fiestas are not celebrated since the inhabitants are predominantly Muslims.  Instead, festivities are observed during Hariraya Ei'dil Fitri as the culmination of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Total Population (2007 Census) 11,523
Number of Households 1,580
Punong Barangay Faizal B. Jamalul
Barangay Kagawad Hji. Nazhive T. Jikiri
Abdulmutalib M. Usab
Nuridjam K. Abdula
Sahabil S. Gustaham
Alkhami E. Amping
Nader M. Jalani
Utoh Utoh S. Amil
Secretary Sitti Hazer A. Harvey
Treasurer Farsayda I. Sarabi