Tapul, Province of Sulu

Summary data
Typemunicipality
Island groupMindanao
RegionAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
ProvinceSulu
Barangay count15
Postal code7410
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesCelebes Sea
Philippine major island(s)Tapul
Area (2007)89.17 km2 (34.43 sq mi)
Population (2015)18,197
Density (2015)204 / km2 (529 / sq mi)
Coordinates5° 42' North, 120° 53' East (5.7050, 120.8813)
Estimated elevation above sea level4.4 meters (14.5 feet)

Tapul is a coastal municipality in the island province of Sulu.

The municipality has a land area of 89.17 square kilometers or 34.43 square miles which constitutes 2.59% of Sulu's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 18,197. This represented 2.21% of the total population of Sulu province, or 0.48% of the overall population of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 204 inhabitants per square kilometer or 529 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Tapul has 15 barangays as shown in the following table.

Demographic profile of barangays
BarangayPopulation percentage (2015)Population (2015)Population (2010)Change (2010‑2015)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)
Alu‑Kabingaan8.79%1,599555188.11%22.32%
Banting3.72%6776336.95%1.29%
Hawan6.24%1,1351,0824.90%0.91%
Kalang14.07%2,5602,5530.27%0.05%
Kamaunggi8.86%1,6131,4967.82%1.44%
Kanaway4.13%7517480.40%0.08%
Kanmangon5.13%9349300.43%0.08%
Kaumpang3.91%7127080.56%0.11%
Pagatpat5.68%1,0349706.60%1.22%
Pangdan9.39%1,7081,6771.85%0.35%
Puok6.57%1,1961,1860.84%0.16%
Sayli4.25%7737591.84%0.35%
Sumambat3.64%6636482.31%0.44%
Tangkapaan6.93%1,2611,2520.72%0.14%
Tulakan8.69%1,5811,17334.78%5.85%
Tapul Total18,19716,37011.16%2.03%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Tapul for the fiscal year of 2016 was 56,550,816.00.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
200932,885,903.00
201034,982,538.006.38%
201137,868,837.008.25%
201236,687,735.00-3.12%
201339,549,504.577.80%
201444,790,273.0013.25%
201551,270,661.0014.47%
201656,550,816.0010.30%

End notes:

  • Annual Regular Income = Locally Sourced Revenue + Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) Current Year + Other Shares from National Tax Collection
  • Locally Sourced Revenue = Real Property Tax (General Fund) + Tax on Business + Other Taxes + Regulatory Fees + Service/User Charges + Receipts from Economic Enterprises

Demographics

Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in Tapul is 5 to 9, with 2,763 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 25 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 1294
1 to 42,424
5 to 92,763
10 to 142,682
15 to 191,788
20 to 241,336
25 to 291,302
30 to 341,109
35 to 391,343
40 to 441,183
45 to 49882
50 to 54444
55 to 59242
60 to 64181
65 to 69109
70 to 7459
75 to 7931
80 and over25
Total18,197

Historical population

The population of Tapul fell from 18,577 in 1960 to 18,197 in 2015, a decrease of 380 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 2.03%, or an increase of 1,827 people, from the previous population of 16,370 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
18,577
20,6941.06%
28,3406.51%
23,472-3.70%
10,111-8.08%
12,3923.88%
14,8814.00%
17,4302.20%
16,370-2.26%
18,1972.03%

Location

The municipal center of Tapul is situated at approximately 5° 42' North, 120° 53' East, in the island of Tapul. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 4.4 meters or 14.5 feet above mean sea level.


Distances

Based on the great-circle distance (the shortest distance between two points over the surface of the Earth), the cities closest to Tapul are Isabela City, Lamitan, Zamboanga City, Pagadian, Cotabato City, and Tangub. The nearest municipalities are Lugus, Siasi, Pandami, Parang, Maimbung, and Indanan. Its distance from the national capital is 982.90 kilometers (610.75 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

  • Lugus, Sulu, 6.87 kilometers (4.27 miles) to the West (S88°W)
  • Siasi, Sulu, 19.35 kilometers (12.02 miles) to the South‑Southwest (S22°W)
  • Pandami, Sulu, 20.03 kilometers (12.45 miles) to the South‑Southwest (S26°W)
  • Parang, Sulu, 23.14 kilometers (14.38 miles) to the North (N7°E)
  • Maimbung, Sulu, 29.73 kilometers (18.48 miles) to the North‑Northeast (N33°E)
  • Indanan, Sulu, 31.27 kilometers (19.43 miles) to the North‑Northeast (N18°E)

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 982.90 kilometers (610.75 miles) to the North (N1°E)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 18,197, ranked 1,244 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 34.43 square kilometers, ranked 1,043 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 204 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 903 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 2.03%, ranked 731 out of 1,634

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Data on annual regular income is from the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Department of Finance
  3. Postal code information is from the Philippine Postal Corporation.
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