The Province of Lanao del Sur is the slightly bigger southern half of the former Province of Lanao. During the American occupation of the Philippine Islands, the Philippine Commission implemented a national government and political reorganization. Pursuant to the provisions of Act No. 83 or otherwise known as The Provincial Government Act of 1901, Act No. 787 was approved on June 1, 1903 and made effective on July 15, 1903. Thus the Moro Province was created. The Municipality of Zamboanga was made as its capital (section 1). On July 23, 1914, Act No. 2408 renamed Moro Province as the Department of Mindanao and Sulu. ItRead More →

The Province of Zamboanga del Sur is a small piece in the bigger and former Spanish colonial era Zamboanga province. The latter originally encompassed the whole of the present-day Zamboanga Peninsula Region and the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. Pursuant to the provisions of Act No. 83 or The Provincial Government Act of 1901, the Philippine Commission implemented a national political reorganization. In accordance with Act No. 787 approved on June 1, 1903 and made effective on July 15, 1903, the Moro Province was created out of Mindanao. It excluded provinces of Surigao and Misamis which were previously created under Act No. 127 andRead More →

Misamis Occidental is a province that protrudes in the northeastern side of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region. It is the western half of the former Spanish Province of Misamis which by the power of the Philippine Commission was re-created by virtue of Act No. 128 approved on May 15, 1901. The full provisions of Act No. 83 or The Provincial Act of 1901 was extended to effect such recreation. The Province of Misamis also included the island of Camiguin and small adjacent islands. Act No. 128 designated the town of Cagayan as the provincial capital. It should be noted that the former undivided provinces of SurigaoRead More →

The American civilian government in the Philippines implemented nationwide reorganization of political units. On June 1, 1903, Governor William Howard Taft signed Act No. 787 which called for the creation of the Moro Province composed of Cotabato, Davao, Lanao, Sulu, and Zamboanga Districts. Then on September 1, 1914, Governor Francis Burton Harrison approved Act No. 2408 otherwise known as the Organic Act for the Department of Mindanao and Sulu. Act No. 2408 also created the Province of Cotabato (CHAPTER II – THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS. ARTICLE 8 – PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS. Sec. 19. The provinces. Sub-section C). President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed into law Republic Act No.Read More →

One of the districts of the defunct Moro Province and later known as the Department of Mindanao and Sulu was Davao. Davao and Agusan, Bukidnon, Cotabato, Lanao, Sulu, and Zamboanga were converted to provinces when the Philippine Commission approved Act No. 2408 (under Chapter II, The Provincial Governments; Article 8, Preliminary Provisions; Section 19) on September 1, 1914. Because of its sheer size owing to the fact that it nearly occupied one-fifth of the island of Mindanao, the Davao province was further subdivided into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental. On May 8, 1967, President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed into lawRead More →

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