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The City of Zamboanga (Chavacano: Ciudad de Zamboanga) is a highly urbanized city located in the island of Mindanao, in the Philippines. It has a population of 807,129 as of May 1, 2010.  Zamboanga is the 6th most populous and 3rd largest city by land area in the Philippines.  It is the commercial and industrial center of the Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula).

Zamboanga City is located at the southernmost tip of Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula).  It is one of the oldest cities in the country. It has a rich and colorful history.  As early as the 13th and 14th centuries, it was the center of barter trade among the Chinese-Malays and local natives. The Spaniards made their presence felt in 1593 and the cornerstone of what is now known as Fort Pilar was laid down on June 23, 1635.  The Americans occupied Zamboanga in 1898. On October 12, 1936, Zamboanga became a chartered city under Commonwealth Act no. 39. It was declared a Highly Urbanized City (HUC) On November 22, 1983.  Even before, and more so at present having been declared a highly urbanized city, Zamboanga City is not a component city and not part of any Philippine province.  However, the Philippine Standard Geographic Code (PSGC) number series classifies it under the province of Zamboanga Del Sur.  This results to most datasets used by the Philippine government and private databases erroneously classifying it as under the province of Zamboanga Del Sur.

Asia's Latin City

In 2006, the City re-branded its name from "City of Flowers" to "Asia's Latin City" to support its vision of becoming a globally competitive city. Among the factors considered in the city’s branding was the preservation of the City’s history and global positioning—being the only city in the Philippines and Asia where majority of its populace speak Chavacano (a Spanish Creole).

Economic Activities

The City's key economic activities are manufacturing, service establishment, trading, exports, and agri-fishery. The City is most known for as (i) the only city in the entire country and entire Asia where majority of its populace speak Chavacano; (ii) the sardines capital of the Philippines -as most of the canned sardines in the Philippines are manufactured in the city; and (iii) the commercial, industrial, banking, education, convention, sports, medical, tourism, and growth center of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region (Region IX) of the Philippines.

City Vision

The City's vision is to be "A unique premier city of Southeast Asia, endowed with rich history, culture, and natural resources. An international gateway and economic hub that is globally competitive with a balanced and sustainable development, and sound governance empowered by capable, united, peace-loving, and God-fearing citizenry."

City Mission

The City's mission is to (i) improve the quality of life of its citizenry through sound local governance that delivers efficient and effective basic services and provides the necessary infrastructure; (ii) preserve and celebrate its rich history and cultural heritage, protect and develop its natural resources; and (iii) establish itself as a global player in the transshipment of goods and services in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines - East Association of Southeast Asian Nations Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and the international gateway of the region.

The City's major strategies in pursuit of its vision are (i) preservation of history, culture, and protection/development of natural resources; (ii) improvement of the City's financial capability for further development of the City's infrastructure and  delivery of basic services; (iii) promotion of conducive and friendly investment climate for the generation of more business activities, employment and livelihood, and strategically position Zamboanga City as an international gateway and a major transshipment point in BIMP-EAGA; (iv) development of human resources for global competitiveness; (v) development of new growth areas and business districts; (vi) production of agricultural raw materials for further food processing; (vii) build upon the City's barter trade tradition and establish Zamboanga City as national and international shopping center; (viii) strengthen a cultural consensus among ethnic-cultural communities; and (ix) manage population growth rate.



Source:  Local Government Unit of Zamboanga City, February 2007, City Development Strategies Report (updated to the latest available population census).