Pursuant to Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 197 enacted by the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on May 9, 2006 and signed into law by Regional Governor Zaldy Puti Uy Ampatual on July 3, 2006, the Commission En Banc promulgated on September 3, 2006 Minute Resoultion No. 06-1028 calling for the conduct of a plebiscite to ratify the creation of the Municipality of Sibutu out of the mother Municipality of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi on October 21, 2006
Sitangkai has a land area of 187.5 square kilometers (sqm.), while the proposed Municipality of Sibutu, populated by 21,515 inhabitants has a land area of 55.64 sqm. The proposed municipality thus meets the required land area of 30 sqm. without reducing the land area of the mother municipality leaving it with a population of 28,257 inhabitants.
The island of Sibutu has a flourishing seaweed industry, largely untapped vast tracts of agricultural land and vibrant home-based furniture crafts. Sibutu Island is also the seat of Sitangkai’s municipal government. The municipal hall, the district hospitals, several schools, the PNP station, and the Philippine Air Force detachment are all located within the island.
The creation of the municipality of Sibutu would no doubt spur economic growth and improve the lives of the populace.