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Distance from the City Proper 61.65 kms
Political District District II
Historical Background

According to old folks, Barangay Tagasilay was formerly known as Malibasag which means "strong" because of the strong water current.  Even though the rain is not that heavy, the water that flows through the canal would still be very strong.

Consejal Mualip Indius was the first Consejal del Barrio.  Accordingly, when Mr. Noval, a surveyor, came to the barangay to survey the land of the people, he saw many Kansilay trees growing.  Due to curiousity, Mr. Noval asked the consejal the Muslim word for "have" is, to which the latter answered "taga".  So Mr. Noval said "tagakansilay" which means "have kansilay tree".  From then on, the barangay is called Tagasilay.


The mountain view of Tagasilay is bounded on the east by Sitio Marangan of Muti; on the west by Barangay Sibulao; on the north by Taguiti; and on the south by Barangay Calabasa.  It is cut across by the national highway going to the different municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte.

Barangay Tagasilay consists of eight (8) sitios, namely" Likatong, Kanitan, Sangali Diutay, Taniguiban Crossing Sibulao, Sikanan, Guinuman and Proper Tagasilay.

The area is characterized by flat, rolling and mountainous terrain which is suited for coconut planting.  Coconut and banana are the main source of income by farmers.  They also engage in other agricultural crops such as upland rice, corn and coffee.  The predominant soil type is bantog clay.  In spite of wide range of vacant areas, Tagasilay is also rich in gold mines but farmers do not entertain gold tunnels because it will destroy the terrain and crops planted in the area.

Barangay Fiesta August 16
Total Population (2007 Census) 3,138
Number of Households 545
Punong Barangay Hanisa I. Francisco
Barangay Kagawad Segundino F. Perez, Jr.
Edwin G. Ibañez
Jamala M. Mualip
Julmark M. Samson
Jalira P. Jaani
Bakang B. Pahanding
Salam A. Damang