HISTORICAL PROFILE

TABUAN-LASA is a newest created municipality in Basilan. It is carved out from the municipality of Sumisip by virtue of Muslim Autonomy Act (MMAA) no. 187 of the fifth (5th) Legislative Assembly on July 10, 2007.

It is an Island Municipality and has twelve (12) Barangays. The name is an acronym of the four Islands that comprises the Municipality, namely; Tapiantanah, the largest among the four, Bubuan, Lanawan and Saluping.

TABUAN-LASA was supposed to be one among the ten (10) Municipalities components of Basilan when it was created into province by Presidential Decree by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1973. It was later amended to only seven Municipalities components and TABUAN-LASA merged into Sumisip due to inappropriate population requirement.

In 1988, then Congressman Gerry A. Salapuddin, filed a bill in congress proposing the creation of TABUAN-LASA into municipality, but failed for the same reason, its population status. In the last NSO census enumeration of 2007, there was a dramatic increased of population in the whole province, and TABUAN-LASA successfully obtained a total population of 25, 975, which qualify him to separate from Sumisip as a Municipality.

Late Congressman Wahab M. Akbar strongly indorsed its creation even during his term as Governor of the province but it was only materialized when he assumed the seat of representative for Basilan until his death in December 207. The unaccomplished task was delegated to Mayor Haber Asarul of Sumisip with the support of Sangguniang Bayan, and plebiscite was held last March 29, 2008.

The first appointed mayor and currently the Chief Executive of the municipality is Hon. Muctar Junaid, Al Haj. and Hon. Abadia M. Abdulgani, his vice-mayor. Their first Municipal Councilors are the Following; 1.Ashier M. Abdulla, 2. Jihad M Amilhamja, 3.Najer P. Jakaria, 4.Nuhi O. Hussain, 5.Sajid A. Harun, 6.Hadji Khalid Abbas, 7. Sara U. Haris and 8. Angkibo Abdurasan.

During the height Moro revolt in the 70’s, the whole Island of TABUAN-LASA became MNLF Base Command and always the center of skirmishes between the Bangsa Moro and the Government forces during the Marcos Martial Law regime.

However, after the war, this Island became the center of economic activity in the southern part of the province and commerce was in its peak between the Basilan and the neighboring Malaysia in the 1980’s. But due to continuing conflict among the prominent clan and negligent of administration from the mainland, prosperity was diminished and to the extent that development almost non existence for the last 20 years.

 
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION
TABUAN-LASA is an Island Municipality of Basilan and located approximately between latitude 122˚ 01’ 15” west to 122˚ 13’ 22” east, longitude 6˚ 00’ 20” south to 6˚ 32’ 00” north. It is bounded in the north by the municipality of Sumisip, on the South by the Municipality of Banguingui (Tongkil) of Sulu and on the East and West by the Celebes Sea and Sulu Sea, respectively. It is eighty seven (87) kilometers from Isabela City.
 
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
The Municipality of TABUAN-LASA has an approximate land area of 80.50 Square Kilometer or 8,497 hectares and generally coastal and partly agricultural community and 750 Sq. Km of marine rich fishing ground.

Major crops include coconut, cassava and banana and abundance of aqua-marine resources along its shores such as the high-valued seaweeds.
 
TOPOGRAPHY
TABUAN-LASA topography can be identified as flat in the Island of Saluping and hilly to gently sloping towards the coastal for the Islands of Tapiantanah, Bubuan and Lanawan. There are no major rivers but a number of creeks that can be found and serve as natural drainage. Elevation ranges from 1msl to a hundred meters amsl. Its highest peak is the Mt. Tapiantanah.

Except for Saluping Island, almost all the portion of the other three Islands has moderate slopping landscape, having slopes ranges from 3% along the coastlines to 10% towards the center of each Island.
 
CLIMATE
The climate of the municipality of TABUAN-LASA falls within the fourth climate type which is characterized by a rainfall evenly distributed throughout the year.

Average annual rainfall is 172.3mm and the annual average temperature is placed 30.6˚ C. The month of April and May is the driest and wettest month of the year.
 
POPULATION
The population of TABUAN-LASA municipality is 25,959 based on the NSO survey of December 2007.

Of the total population, around 12,461 or 48% are male and 13,498 or 52% are female. Total Household is 4,330 and the population density of 32.63% per hectare.

Ethnic Origin
Bagui-gui is predominantly spoken dialect in the Municipality, considering they are the majority group followed by the Tausug people who are originated from Sulu.

Religion
Almost all of the Moro ethnic groups are follower of Islamic Monotheism, except for the Badjao tribe who are still practiced paganism.
 
COMMUNICATION & TRANSPORTATION
TABUAN-LASA is an Island Municipality, the only means of transportations presently available are motorized boat. Travel time varies from two (2) to 3 hours either from the Isabela City or from Maluso town. Local road network that connect its Barangays is still non-existence, residents use only sea transport when they traveling inter-Barangay.

Although there is no cell site of telecommunication present in the area, Globe and Smart communication signal can be traced in selected site in the municipality. Local residents often use the two-way radio (i-com) for communication.
 
COMMERCE AND TRADE
The municipality still do not have town center, their products are usually marketed to Maluso town and the cities of Isabela and Zamboanga. Oftentimes, during market day (Tabuh), they trade with the nearby coastal town of mainland municipalities.
           
Efforts by the present administration to improve economic activity have always been the top priority for the municipality to move forward.

Major Products
The Municipality of TABUAN-LASA has a vast area of fishing ground, extending up to 20.0 kilometer deep into Celebes Sea, including its undisturbed shoreline and pristine coral reefs, has made him abundance in marine life and resources.
           
Varieties of Tuna, Mackerel, Sardines, Lapu-Lapu and other high value species of fish can be found in municipal water. Seaweeds is at present the source of income of the local resident aside from fishing.
 
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