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Department of Mindanao and Sulu
Former division of the Philippines

1914–1920

Coat of arms of Mindanao and Sulu

Coat of arms

Location of Mindanao and Sulu
The modern provinces which were administered by the Department of Mindanao and Sulu
Historical era American Occupation
 •  Established 1914
 •  Disestablished 1920
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Moro Province
Agusan (province)
Bukidnon
Cotabato
Sulu Province
Lanao (province)
Zamboanga (province)
Davao Province
Today part of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Cotabato, Sulu, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga City, South Cotabato, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Maguindanao, Saranggani and Davao.

The Department of Mindanao and Sulu was an agency of the United States colonial administration in the Philippine Islands tasked to administer all Muslim-dominated areas in the territory. It was established on July 23, 1914, pursuant to Act No. 2408, replacing the Moro Province after the latter was divided into the then districts of Zamboanga, Lanao, Cotabato, Davao, and Sulu.[1] It was later split into the current provinces/regions organized under the Department of Mindanao and Sulu, along with Agusan, Bukidnon and Surigao but excluding Lanao.[2]

Government[edit]

A civil government replaced the Moro Province's government. The Legislative Council was replaced with an advisory body called the Administrative Council and its legislative power was diverted to the Philippine Commission.

The provincial government of the seven provinces was vested in a Provincial Board to be composed of a governor, a secretary-treasurer, and a third member. The governor and the secretary-treasurer is appointed by the Department governor subject to the confirmation of the Governor-General. The third member is elected by the presidents and councilors of all the municipal districts of province.

Provinces[edit]

Suffrage[edit]

The right to vote for the municipal officers was given to males of at least twenty-five (25) years of age with at least six (6) months legal residence in the town. One who held a position before the American occupation; had an annual property worth ₱500.00 or paid at least ₱30.00 in taxes annually; and could spell, read or write English or Spanish.

Abolition[edit]

It was eventually abolished in 1920, after the responsibility for the administration of Moro lands was transferred to the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes of the Philippines' Department of the Interior. It was headed by a governor, subordinate to the U.S. Governor-General of the Philippine Islands. Frank C. Carpenter served as its governor from 1914 to 1920.

References[edit]


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16 news items

 
Zamboanga Today Online
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:11:15 -0700

This article is aimed to correct the historical distortion of the Sultanate of Sulu. With Part I of this article published last August 25,2015, the history of Sulu Sultanate statehood was properly narrated showing its historical records and legal ...

Inquirer.net

Inquirer.net
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:18:45 -0700

... under the Kiram-Bates Treaty of 1899 should instead be held as the status quo, and thus prevail over the establishment of a Philippine republic and the creation of the Moro Province (later the Department of Mindanao and Sulu), under the unitary ...
 
Philippine Star
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:07:11 -0700

His story begins with his birth in Mindanao as one of eight children of a lawyer who became judge of the Court of First Instance of Misamis, the first Filipino to head the Department of Mindanao and Sulu, then as Director of the Bureau of Non-Christian ...

Inquirer.net

Inquirer.net
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 02:32:22 -0700

In 1914, the province of Lanao was born with the organization of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu. Lanao was the site of some of the bloodiest revolts in Philippine history. Hundreds of natives battled thousands of American troops in the wars in the ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:56:15 -0700

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has never offered to drop its Sabah claim in exchange for Malaysia's support for Manila's arbitration case against China over the West Philippine Sea issue, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.
 
Zamboanga Today Online
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:38:04 -0800

... the Sultanates of Maguindanao (inclusive of minor and major royal houses in Mindanao) and Sulu, first to constitute a military district, shortly after, the Moro Province, and then the Department of Mindanao and Sulu established on July 23, 1914 by ...
 
Minda News
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:46:32 -0800

While originally, the policy was only for the Filipinos to be included in the U.S. Insular Government of the Philippines, it affected the Moros when the Moro Province was abolished to become the Department of Mindanao and Sulu administered by Christian ...
 
BusinessWorld Online Edition
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:54:30 -0800

His grandfather, Teofisto Guingona Sr., was governor of Agusan from 1913 to 1917; acting governor of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu from 1918 to 1920; first director of the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes from 1920 to 1921; senator for the 12th ...
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