Dinagat Islands are a group of islands constituting a province in the Caraga region in the Philippines, located on the south side of Leyte Gulf. The island of Leyte is to its west, across Surigao Strait, and Mindanao is to its south. Its main island, Dinagat, is about 60 kilometres from north to south.

The municipality of Basilisa was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 4986 dated June 17, 1967 choosing the name Rizal after our foremost National Hero. Later the municipality was renamed Basilisa by virtue of R.A No. 5775, which took effect on June 21, 1969. The name “Basilisa” was derived from the mother’s name of the late first mayor Jose P. Meso.
Cagdianao became a municipality by virtue of executive order 367 issued by the late president of the Philippines Carlos P. Garcia upon recommendation of the Provincial Board of Surigao Del Norte based on resolution No. 63 series of the Municipal Council of Cagdianao. It is situated in the eastern tip of Dinagat Islands. Cagdianao originated from the word “CADA DIA DANAO” meaning peaceful lake until it was coined into Cagdianao.
The word Dinagat was named by a stranger reached the place in search of greener pastures. He approached a native and asked him what the inhabitants do for a living, and he answered that they farm and fish to live. His interest in fishing prompted him to inquire where the fish, and he replied and pointed to a place, saying in this native tongue, “DINHI NIINI NA DAGAT”, which when translated in English means, here, from this bountiful seawaters. The stranger thereafter called the place Dinagat. Since then and until now the name Dinagat has not change.
Municipality of ALBOR was proclaimed by Pres Carlos P. Garcia with Executive Order Number 5981 on February 29, 1960. ALBOR is the combination of the surnames of the two municipal mayors of Dinagat and Loreto. “AL” from the name ALFARO and “BOR” from the name BORJA. On June 17, 1967, it was renamed from ALBOR to LIBJO which came from the word ”LIBOO”, a kind of mussel or clam found in abundance from its swamps and mangroves.
The first settlers of Loreto Municipality were established by the Boholano on 1847. Loreto is originally called ‘’MABUA’’ because of the ever-foaming river that runs right into the heart of the community. By the year 1881 the name Mabua was renamed LORETO in honor of the wife of the Alcalde Mayor of the Province of Surigao.
San Jose municipality is the capital town of the Province. It was named in honor of Jose Ecleo, the father of the late renowned mayor of the Municipality of Dinagat, Ruben Edera Ecleo Sr. It was once a part of the Municipality of Dinagat until its creation as a municipality on November 15, 1989 by virtue of Republic Act. No. 6769 authored by Hon. Glenda B. Ecleo, during the presidency of former President Corazon C. Aquino. San Jose is the seat of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA).
Municipality of Tubajon was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 5643 enacted on June 21, 1969 at the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos. The word TUBAJON originated from the plant locally known as “TUBA-TUBA”. Tuba-tuba fruit was formerly used by the local fishermen to poison fish aside from its herbal usages. Most of the fishermen used “tuba-tuba” fruit to have a good catch.


Mystical Islands, these are the two best words that will describe this heavenly island. There are so many people who refer to this island as mysterious and magical. Aside from that, there are other people who claim that this is a healing island. But still, you need to spend time in the place to uncover such mysteries. They say that people who do not fear to go to this place will certainly understand the legend behind this naturally architectural place. Moreover, those individuals who have pure hearts will only be the ones who will see the real meaning of the Dinagat Islands mystery.

Province of Dinagat Islands Leaders

History of DIPPO