The City is generally characterized by sloping to gently sloping to steeply sloping landscapes, influenced by the mountain networks on the north and western frontiers.

Elevation in the urban area ranges from one (1) MSL near Pagadian Bat to about one hundred (100) MSL in the area of Barangay San Jose.

Rising 684 feet above sea level with its based located at the intersection of the Lanao-Pagadian-Zamboanga City Highway and the municipal boundary of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, west of the city proper, is Sanai-like Mount Palpalan.

Mount Begong, near Barangay La Suerte, rises at 770 feet above sea level; Mount Pinukis, 1,300 feet; and Mount Sugar Loaf Lison Valley, 1,432 feet. The city has mixed topographic relief. Figure 1.9 is the topographic map of the city.

The northwestern portion with strongly sloping terrain and steep hills and mountains covers an estimated area of 17,046 hectares or 45% of the total area of the city. The central and north areas 17,804 hectares or 47% of the total land area has gently sloping to moderately sloping landscape while the southern and most of the eastern parts of the city are level or nearly level area which covers approximately 3,030 hectares or 8% of the total land area.

Table 1.3 shows the city’s slope classification in hectares.


Figure 1.3
Slope Classification, by Percent Share


Table 1.3
Slope Classification by Percent Share and land Area in Hectares

CODE Description


Level or nearly level


Gently sloping


Moderately sloping


Strongly sloping


Steep hills and Mountains


Source: Municipal Planning Directory (Land Use Information System) Pagadian City