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Lamitan
Component City
Datu Kalun Shrine in Lamitan City
Datu Kalun Shrine in Lamitan City
Map of Basilan with Lamitan highlighted
Map of Basilan with Lamitan highlighted
Lamitan is located in Philippines
Lamitan
Lamitan
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 06°39′N 122°08′E / 6.650°N 122.133°E / 6.650; 122.133Coordinates: 06°39′N 122°08′E / 6.650°N 122.133°E / 6.650; 122.133
Country Philippines
Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Province Basilan
District Lone district of Basilan
Founded 1886
Cityhood June 8, 2007
Barangays 45
Government[1]
 • Mayor Rosita U. Furigay
Area[2]
 • Total 264.45 km2 (102.10 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 68,996
 • Density 260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7302
Dialing code 62
Income class 6th class
Website lamitancity.gov.ph

Lamitan, officially City of Lamitan (Chavacano: Ciudad de Lamitan), is a sixth class city in the province of Basilan, Mindanao, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 68,996 people.[3]

The city is bounded on the east by the municipality of Tuburan, on the south by Tipo-Tipo, on the west by Isabela City and on the north by Basilan Strait.

Geography[edit]

The terrain is relatively plain along the coastal areas and hilly in some areas. The urban area is 2.5 meters above sea level and gently sloping to 300 meters toward the hinterlands.

Climate[edit]

The climatic condition is the same with other areas in the entire Basilan Island. It has a "D" type of climate and rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year.

Lamitan is politically subdivided into 45 barangays.

  • Arco
  • Ba-as
  • Baimbing
  • Balagtasan
  • Balas
  • Balobo
  • Bato
  • Boheyakan
  • Buahan
  • Boheibu
  • Bohesapa
  • Bulingan
  • Cabobo
  • Campo Uno
  • Colonia
  • Calugusan
  • Kulay Bato
  • Limo-ok
  • Lo-ok
  • Lumuton
  • Luksumbang
  • Malo-ong Canal
  • Malo-ong San Jose
  • Parangbasak
  • Santa Clara
  • Tandong Ahas
  • Tumakid
  • Ubit
  • Bohebessey
  • Baungos
  • Danit-Puntocan
  • Sabong
  • Sengal
  • Ulame
  • Bohenange
  • Boheyawas
  • Bulanting
  • Lebbuh
  • Maganda (Pob.)
  • Malakas (Pob.)
  • Maligaya (Pob.)
  • Malinis (Pob.)
  • Matatag (Pob.)
  • Matibay (Pob.)
  • Simbangon

History[edit]

On June 18, 2007 voters in Lamitan ratified Republic Act 9393,[4] An Act Converting the Municipality of Lamitan in the province of Basilan into a component City to be known as the City of Lamitan.

According to Lamitan Mayor Roderick Furigay, 26,636 voted "yes" while only 177 voted against the ratification of RA 9393. Lamitan has 34,909 registered voters.

In 2008 Lamitan lost its cityhood, along with 15 other cities, after the Supreme Court of the Philippines granted a petition filed by the League of Cities of the Philippines, and declared the cityhood law (RA 9393) which allowed the town to acquire its city status, unconstitutional. The said cities, the court ruled, did not meet the requirements for cityhood.

On December 10, 2008, under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's time, Lamitan and the other 15 cities affected filed a motion for reconsideration with the Supreme Court. More than a year later, on December 22, 2009, acting on said appeal, the Court reversed its earlier ruling as it ruled that "at the end of the day, the passage of the amendatory law (regarding the criteria for cityhood as set by Congress) is no different from the enactment of a law, i.e., the cityhood laws specifically exempting a particular political subdivision from the criteria earlier mentioned. Congress, in enacting the exempting law/s, effectively decreased the already codified indicators."[5] As such, the cityhood status of Lamitan is effectively restored, but not for long.

The Supreme Court, for the second time under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, has reversed its decision on the elevation of municipalities as cities. In a 16-page resolution dated Aug. 24, the full high court declared as “unconstitutional” the 16 so-called cityhood laws, which converted municipalities to cities during the 14th Congress, including one for Lamitan, Basilan.[6] Since its second and last reversion on August 24, 2010, Lamitan reverted into a municipality, leaving neighboring Isabela City the only remaining city in Basilan.

However, voting 7-6, with two justices not taking part, the SC reinstated its Nov. 18, 2008 decision declaring as unconstitutional the Republic Acts (RAs) converting 16 municipalities into cities again.

On February 17, 2011, the supreme court upheld for the 3rd time the cityhood of Lamitan and 15 other towns in the Philippines.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Population Census of Lamitan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 47,859 —    
1995 54,433 +2.44%
2000 58,709 +1.63%
2007 82,074 +4.73%
2010 68,996 −6.12%

Historical sites[edit]

Datu Kalun Shrine – Built as a tribute to a famous Yakan leader and founder of Lamitan. His descendants are the Antonio-Cuevas-Pamaran clan.

Museum of Lamitan – Showcases the color and highlights of the Lami-lamihan festival. It also serves as the information center for the development of this town.

Education[edit]

Tertiary[edit]

Lamitan is home to one (1) state college and three (3) private colleges. The Basilan State College is an extension college of the main SUC in Isabela City. The three HEIs are the Mindanao Autonomous College, the Mariam School of Nursing and Furigay Colleges, Inc. (FCI).

The Mariam School of Nursing was established in 2004 as part of its Chairwoman's educational outreach program and was named Mariam or Mother Mary - a unifying and guiding figure among the Christians and Muslims. Also offers 11 Tesda Qualifications for National Certificates.

Secondary[edit]

Lamitan City has Seven Secondary Schools: one Private Secondary School; the Claret School of Lamitan,one Laboratory School of Basilan State College and five National High Schools i.e. Lamitan National High School, Look National High School,Colony National High School,Ubit National High School and Parangbasak National High School.

Elementary[edit]

There are five districts that composed of thirty nine elementary schools namely; Lamitan East District, South District,Central District, West I District and West II District. There are four private elementary schools.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Land Area". www.basilan.gov.ph. Province of Basilan. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  4. ^ [1] Republic Act 9393 - An Act Converting the Municipality of Lamitan in the province of Basilan into a component City to be known as the City of Lamitan ]
  5. ^ SC reverses self, upholds creation of 16 cities
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=17453

External links[edit]


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Zamboanga Today Online
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:41:15 -0800

Because of its unwavering commitment to provide better services to the people and its contribution to good governance, Lamitan City under the helm of Mayor Rose Furigay has already been recognized and awarded with various merits both at the regional ...

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Fri, 02 Jan 2015 04:22:30 -0800

The incident came after an improvised bomb was discovered shortly after noon time Friday aboard a passenger jeep parked at the public market of Lamitan City. Lamitan City Police Chief Gean Gallardo said the improvised bomb was placed in a basket full ...
 
Zamboanga Today Online
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:12:19 -0800

For her hard work and managerial skills, Lamitan City Mayor Rose Furigay has been recognized as one of the Regional Outstanding Lady Executives (ROLE) by the Civil Service Commission of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

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Inquirer.net
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:30:00 -0800

Rommel Banlaoi, executive director of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, said the peace process “if sustained will contribute to peace-building.” Arlyn Jawad, a councilor of Lamitan City, said what was needed was ...
 
Manila Standard Today
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:56:15 -0800

“WE want to accord him the traditional Ibaloi rituals before we send him to his wife, who is a native of Lamitan, Basilan. He will be buried in Zamboanga,” the Tabdi said. His name Gednat was coined from the names of his father and mother, G coming ...

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Minda News
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:52:30 -0800

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 November) – A baggage found in a school in Lamitan City in Basilan yielded an improvised explosive device, officials said Monday. The explosive was found around 7:50 a.m. Monday at the back of one of the classrooms ...

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GMA News
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:50:16 -0700

A suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), who allegedly figured in the Lamitan siege 13 years ago, was arrested in Basilan on Friday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said. PNP spokesperson Superintendent Wilben Mayor said Nasser ...

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Philippine Star
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:07:30 -0800

Tabde, who hails from Mountain Province in the far north, left behind his six-months pregnant wife Leah. Leah, a registered nurse working as a casual employee in the Lamitan city government in Basilan, married Tabde in 2014. “(Tabde) was very happy ...
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