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Distance from the City Proper 85.45 kms
Political District District II
Historical Background

In the early 40’s during the World War II when Philippines was invaded by the Japanese Imperial Army under General Yamashita, the Philippine Army recruited civilian volunteers to help fight the Japanese soldiers as guerillas.

Before these guerillas were issued firearms, they have to undergo one month training. During their training, several Philippine Army instructors were sent to Zamboanga City from Cebu. Visayan dialect was used as a medium of instruction in the training.

The volunteers, mostly Zamboangueños, were not familiar with the dialect. During their exercises, the trainees were not able to correctly execute the command “liku mo”. As a result, the trainees were punished by the instructor upon order of the commanding officer.

At that time there was a mass evacuation of the civilians from Tungawan, Zamboanga del Sur to Zamboanga City. Having no transportation at that time, they traveled by hiking toZamboanga City for fear of the Japanese occupation of the area.

Upon reaching the place which is now Licomo, one of them asked one of the trainees for the name of the place, he answered “liku mo”. From that time on, the place was calledLicomo.

Barangay Fiesta October 24
Total Population (2007 Census) 5,022
Number of Households 970
Punong Barangay Eduardo B. Caloyloy
Barangay Kagawad Jesus A. Sanson, Jr.
Eleuterio T. Gomonit
Canicio L. Mendoza
Marcela B. Bonda-on
Bernardino C. Macasling
Elizabeth G. Balasa
Timoteo M. Suson, Jr.