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 →

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 →

The early years of the American occupation in the Philippine islands saw a great transition of governance as models and forms of civilian governments were formed and transformed. Old Spanish encomiendas and military districts were either further subdivided or fused together. In Mindanao, the military districts of Cotabato, Davao, Lanao, Sulu, and Zamboanga formed the Moro Province, which could probably be the single largest province in Philippine history. In the wide expanse of Agusan Valley, a new province was created by the Philippine Commission under Dean C. Worcester. By virtue of Act No. 1693, Agusan was made into province on August 20, 1907. Malaybalay wasRead More →