Turtle Islands, Province of Tawi-Tawi

Summary data
Typemunicipality
Island groupMindanao
RegionAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
ProvinceTawi-Tawi
Barangay count2
Postal code7507
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSulu Sea
Area (2007)62.50 km2 (24.13 sq mi)
Population (2015)4,727
Density (2015)76 / km2 (196 / sq mi)
Coordinates6° 4' North, 118° 19' East (6.0741, 118.3131)
Estimated elevation above sea level6.3 meters (20.7 feet)

Turtle Islands, formerly known as Taganak, is a coastal municipality in the island province of Tawi-Tawi.

The municipality has a land area of 62.50 square kilometers or 24.13 square miles which constitutes 1.72% of Tawi-Tawi's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 4,727. This represented 1.21% of the total population of Tawi-Tawi province, or 0.13% of the overall population of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 76 inhabitants per square kilometer or 196 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Turtle Islands has 2 barangays.

Demographic profile of barangays
BarangayPopulation percentage (2015)Population (2015)Population (2010)Change (2010‑2015)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)
Likud Bakkao28.58%1,3511,3420.67%0.13%
Taganak Poblacion71.42%3,3762,43038.93%6.46%
Turtle Islands Total4,7273,77225.32%4.39%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Turtle Islands for the fiscal year of 2016 was 37,263,678.67.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
200923,134,813.00
2010
201126,272,181.50
201225,427,308.80-3.22%
201326,741,572.935.17%
201430,013,533.0012.24%
201533,697,401.8012.27%
201637,263,678.6710.58%

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 Turtle Islands is 5 to 9, with 615 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 75 to 79, with 21 individuals.

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Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 195
1 to 4507
5 to 9615
10 to 14513
15 to 19489
20 to 24440
25 to 29445
30 to 34378
35 to 39297
40 to 44244
45 to 49200
50 to 54190
55 to 59111
60 to 6475
65 to 6943
70 to 7429
75 to 7921
80 and over35
Total4,727

Historical population

The population of Turtle Islands grew from 536 in 1960 to 4,727 in 2015, an increase of 4,191 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 4.39%, or an increase of 955 people, from the previous population of 3,772 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
536
389-3.09%
79915.54%
2,19722.41%
2,2960.44%
2,3590.51%
3,6009.49%
6,1947.77%
3,772-16.52%
4,7274.39%

Location

The municipal center of Turtle Islands is situated at approximately 6° 4' North, 118° 19' East, in the island of Taganak. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 6.3 meters or 20.7 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 Turtle Islands are Puerto Princesa, Isabela City, Zamboanga City, Lamitan, Pagadian, and Sipalay. The nearest municipalities are Mapun, Sibutu, Sitangkai, Bongao, Panglima Sugala, and Simunul. Its distance from the national capital is 986.18 kilometers (612.78 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 986.18 kilometers (612.78 miles) to the North‑Northeast (N17°E)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 4,727, ranked 1,535 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 24.13 square kilometers, ranked 1,226 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 76 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 1,352 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 4.39%, ranked 110 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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