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Department of Mindanao and Sulu
Former division of the Philippines


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)
Sulu Province
Surigao (province)
Zamboanga (province)
Misamis (province)
Davao Province
Today part of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Cotabato, Sulu, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga City, South Cotabato, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, 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]


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.



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.


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.


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14 news items

Minda News
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:37:30 -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 ...
Zamboanga Today Online
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:33:45 -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 ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:42:49 -0700

... which started in 1903 only as a district under what the Americans called the "Philippine Moro Province." The Lanao District became a province in 1914, governed by the "Department of Mindanao and Sulu," when the country was still under American rule.
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:30:30 -0800

"There is big talk being made in the Filipino papers about the large amount of money being spent in the Department of Mindanao and Sulu over its income for the uplift of the Moros, all of which is a farce as it is not being spent for Moros but for the ...
Minda News
Sat, 24 May 2014 05:29:21 -0700

2408 – titled “An Act Providing a Temporary Form of Government for the Territory Known as the Department of Mindanao and Sulu, Making Applicable Thereto, with Certain Exceptions, the Provisions of General Laws Now in Force in the Philippine Islands, ...
Zamboanga Today Online
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:38:48 -0700

Ayala retained its barangay status when Zamboanga City was reverted to municipality upon the establishment of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu in 1914 and ceased to be the Capital City of Mindanao when the department of Mindanao and Sulu was ...
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Thu, 05 Jul 2012 13:37:52 -0700

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Philippine Star
Sat, 02 Mar 2013 08:06:35 -0800

The treaty was signed in Zamboanga between the then Sultan of Sulu Hadji Mohammad Jamalul Kiram and Frank Carpenter, governor of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu. “Under this agreement, the United States government assured full measure of ...

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