Sometime in the year 1880, the first known settlers in the island were the Abong brothers led by Eusebio Abong popularly known as Kapitan Sebio. They were grown fishermen from Sicogon Island, Carles Iloilo.
At that time, the whole island had no name to call on. Kapitan Sebio together with his brothers Francisco and Atong cleared the island and utilized the area as pasture of their herbs. They divided the area among themselves for them to settle and the most frequent place for gathering is the place of Atong which they called it Cangatong, a cebuano word which means, “its Atong’s place.”
Incidentally, Cangatong is also a place where a big Mocaboc tree grows that most transient fishermen usually took their siesta time. The said Mocaboc tree is a kind of mangrove that was very famous at that time as medicinal tree. Then, it was Francisco who suggested to name the island Mocaboc after the tree considering the abundance of the species in the island. However, the Spanish authorities cannot pronounce Mocaboc properly so they inserted the syllable “lo” making it Molocaboc. From that time on, the place bore the name “Molocaboc” and is now noted for various species of mangroves lining its coast and of bubble shell deposit.



Barangay Molocaboc comprises three (3) islets namely; Molocaboc Dako, Molocaboc Diot and Matabas. It is located in the North Eastern part of Sagay City. It is adjacent to Barangay Vito and about six (6) nautical miles from Vito Feeder Port and 21.6 kilometers away from Poblacion of Sagay City. The barangay proper has an elevation of 6 meters above sea level per record of NAMRIA. It is bounded on the North and East by Visayan Sea and on the South and West by Tañon Strait.


Barangay Molocaboc has a total land area of 281.1700 hectares. Based on the latest Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of City of Sagay for the period of 2006 to 2015. The land area are classified, as follows, to wit:

Residential 6.9085 hectares
Agricultural 66.4199 hectares
Institutional 3.0915 hectares
Parks, Open Space & Easement 99.7501 hectares
Mangrove 105.0000 hectares

Type of Soil:



Sagay City has a tropical climate with season not very pronounced; relatively dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.

Political Boundaries:

Barangay Molocaboc has ten (10) Puroks, namely:

1. Purok Lungsuran 6. Purok Looc
2. Purok Punta 7. Purok Luyo
3. Purok Fatima 8. Purok Tugas
4. Purok Magay 9. Purok Bakwitan
5. Purok Cotcoton 10. Purok Matabas



Based on the Census Population conducted by Philippine Statistic Authority (formerly NSO) Barangay Molocaboc has a total population, as follows, to wit;

Census Year Census Reference Date Population
2015 August 1, 2015 4,302
2010 May 1, 2010 4,241

Population Density:

Per computation as of latest Census Population the population density of Barangay Molocaboc is 15.30 persons/hectare or 1530 persons/square kilometers.

Registered Voters:

Barangay Molocaboc has a total registered voters of 2,311, with thirteen (13) precinct numbers as of July 30, 2016 per record of
Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Sagay City.


The population is predominantly Catholic interspersed with small groups or percentage of other sects.


Barangay Molocaboc comprises three (3) islets, namely; Molocaboc Daku, Molocaboc Diot and Matabas. These three islets has each owned date of celebration. Molocaboc Daku celebrates its annual fiesta for three(3) consecutive days every August 14 to August 16 in honor of “Saint Roch” while Molocaboc Diot and Matabas they also celebrates their fiesta every June 6-8 and June 24, respectively.


Principal dialect is Cebuano, however, the populace are able to speak Ilonggo considering that most barangays of the city speak Ilonggo. English is still generally spoken as business language.

Labor and Employment:

The bulk of the labor force is engaged in fishing while most of the women are engaged in shell craft making.


Barangay Molocaboc is an island barangay with coastal features of mangroves, white sand beaches and coral reef formations. It is one of a rural barangay of Sagay City. The economy is based mainly on fishing. The volume of fish catch are either sold as fresh or dried. The island is noted for its dried boneless danggit, variety of shells and squid products. Its dominant crop is sugar apple or commonly called “atis”. Some residents are engaged in shell craft making and others have sari-sari stores scattered in the island to augment their income everyday.

Other attraction noted in the island is the white sand beach the Kang-atong Beach and the Pasil area where you can find coral reef formations. The forest green Mangroves Plantation that covers and protects the island during bad weather, Sea-Ranching and the unique footwalk connected from Molocaboc Daku to Molocaboc Diot. This footwalk is covered by sea water during high tide and uncovered by sea water low tide and it is used by the residents coming in and out of said two islets thru walking or riding motor vehicles.

Record showed at NEGOSYO CENTER (One Stop Shop Office) of Sagay City, Barangay Molocaboc has only two (2) approved business license permits for the year 2016. Only two (2) Fish Dealers are registered and nothing else.

Barangay Income and Expenditures for the Past Five years

Year Income (pesos) Expenditures (pesos)
2012 2,084,717.94 2,151,085.09
2013 2,271,481.82 2,488,720.84
2014 2,601,826.78 2,480,738.10
2015 2,966,868.31 2,845,115.51
2016 3,253,238.90 2,934,325.01

Source: Sagay City Accounting Office


Barangay Molocaboc has one(1) Public Integrated school and two (2) Public Elementary Schools. Per record of Department of Education, Division of Sagay, as of school year 2016-2017, are as follows, to wit:

  • Molocaboc Integrated School is located at Molocaboc Daku. It has total enrollees of 913 students. Preparatory level has 65 students, Elementary level has 511 students and Secondary level has 337 students.
  • Molocaboc II Elementary School is situated in the islet of Molocaboc Diot. It has a total enrollees of 187 students. Preparatory level has 22 students and Elementary level has 165 students
  • Matabas Elementary School has total enrollees of 118 students. Preparatory level has 17 students and Elementary level has 101 students.


The Barangay has two (2) Health Stations manned by two (2) midwives. It has twenty one (21) Barangay Health Workers. It has four (4) Day Care Centers for the kids and two (2) Barangay Nutrition Scholars.


There are movie houses/video houses in the barangay. Some residents spend their leisure time in these establishments. It has one covered court and and ten (10) open basketball courts scattered in some puroks for recreational purposes and sport activities.



The local mode of transportation is by means of trisikad and tricycle within the barangay. There are motorized and non-motorized boats that ply to and fro the island. There is an available long footwalk at the barangay terminal that provides passage to pedestrians during low tide.

Power Supply:

Diesel generating set provides power to the island. It is operated by the Molocaboc Island Multi-purpose Cooperative. There also are private individuals that use small generators for their own power consumptions and some use solars.

Water Supply:

Residents of Barangay Molocaboc utilize rainwater as their main water source. Others acquire their potable water by purchasing it from the adjacent barangay Vito through containers.


Tele-communications are available through cellphones and radio handsets. Newspapers and magazines are available in commercial outlets/stores.


Barangay Captain: ANTONIO S. PASAYLO
Barangay Kagawads: REBECCA A. CARANZO
Barangay Treasurer: RAUL A. DELA PEÑA
Barangay Secretary: SHEBA N. CAMISO