ARDISHIER M. ARSAD
Researcher / E-librarian / Website Admin
Barangay UP Campus
Hadji Panglima Tahil Municipality
Bangas is an island barangay of Hadji Panglima Tahil Municipality, Province of Sulu. It is composed of three sitios, namely; Poblacion, Subah and Likud. Poblacion is the center of the municipality being the seat of the mayor’s office.
Bangas Island is located right in front of the pier of Jolo. The distance is only about 3.6 nautical miles. It takes an average of 30 minutes to reach Bangas Island from the mainland by pumpboat. And normally the weather is good.
Criminality is virtually non-existent in Hadji Panglima Tahil Municipality, most especially in Barangay Bangas. A fact attested to by Government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
Among the municipality’s 5 barangays, Bangas has the smallest share of land area with only a total of 284.7 hectares, which is only around 5.8% of 4, 950 hectares total land area of the entire municipality. But it is the densely populated among them.
Bangas Island is a promising eco-tourism site. But huge task is ahead before the project could be realized. On top of it all is perhaps, the preparation of the community’s mind, manpower, security and sustainability.