Piñan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 18,669 people in 4,108 households.


“By year 2027, Piñan, the premier agro-tourism destination of

Zamboanga Peninsula with an empowered, healthy, and God-

loving citizenry living in a peaceful, clean and disaster resilient

community governed by committed and responsible leaders”


To uphold its drive for excellence providing basic socio-economic and cultural services through dedicated public servants and empowered citizenry.


The municipality of Piñan came into existence in 1951. By virtue of the executive Order No. 467 by the late President of the Philippines, President Elpidio Quirino, the municipality of Piñan was created on August 22, 1951 and on December 8, 1951 at 2:35 P.M., it was inaugurated through the painstaking effort of Honorable Serapio Datoc, Provincial Governor of Zamboanga(now Zamboanga del Norte) at that time. It was separated from its mother municipality of Dipolog (now Dipolog City).

How Piñan Got Its Name

There are two anecdotes enlisted about how Piñan got its name.
First, the word Piñan had originated from the subanen term “pinyayan” which means “trading place” in English and “tabuan” in Visayan.

Before Piñan was established as a formal settlement, the exchange of goods or products between Christians and Subanens and other settlers has been practiced. It is said that sometime in the year 1903, a military governor in Zamboanga(now Zamboanga del Norte) named Captain Finley established the “pinyayan” and declared the place as an official place for bartering goods between natives and ambulant peddlers.

Second anecdote states that the word Piñan got its name from the native word “piña”, because pineapple fruits grow abundantly in the locality during the early days.

At the Present

The municipality of Piñan is classified as fourth class municipality of the province of Zamboanga del Norte. It has a land area of 17,023 hectares which comprises twenty-two (22) barangays. Having been identified as agricultural area, its major source of livelihood is farming.

It boasts for its natural landmarks such as the Boboringan Hills and Luzvilla Falls. It hopes for a brighter and more abundant future.