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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)
Cotabato Province (1914-1973)
Sulu Archipelago
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/provinces of Zamboanga, Lanao, Cotabato, Davao, and Sulu.[1] It was later split into provinces/regions organized under the Department of Mindanao and Sulu, along with the former provinces of Agusan, Surigao and current province of Bukidnon, 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 Department encompasses seven provinces:


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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43 news items

Zamboanga Today Online
Sun, 01 May 2016 21:07:30 -0700

Frank Carpenter, a civilian, served not only as the last Governor of the Moro Province from December 15, 1913- July 23, 1914 but also retained the governorship of the moroland when it was renamed Department of Mindanao and Sulu which included the ...
Minda News
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 07:08:05 -0800

He was appointed 12th district Senator comprising and representing the Twelfth Senatorial District of Mt. Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Agusan, Bukidnon, Cotabato, Davao, Lanao, Sulu, Zamboanga (or for the Department of Mindanao and Sulu and Baguio as its ...


Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:22:20 -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 ...
Manila Bulletin
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:03:25 -0700

Idjirani said the 100–year–old accord signed on March 22, 1915 by then Sultan Hadji Mohammad Jamalul Kiram and Frank W. Carpenter, governor of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu, provided that the United States would assist the sultanate in case of ...


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
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 ...

Philippine Headline News

Philippine Headline News
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:33:45 -0700

... States of America and the Moroland under the Kiram-Bates Treaty of 1899 should instead be held in status quo, and prevail over the establishment of a Philippine Republic and the creation of the Moro Province (later the Department of Mindanao and ...
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 ...

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