Mayor Nur-Fitra Pajiji-Ahaja is a prominent figure in Sibutu Municipality, known for her dedication to public service and commitment to the welfare of her community. Born as the fourth child of former mayor Hji Kuyoh Pajiji, the Founding Father of Sibutu Municipality, she grew up in a family with a strong political background. Despite her humble beginning as a mother, she was able to join politics without reluctance and hesitation for she believes; service to the people is her one ultimate goal and higher calling.

In 2013, she successfully campaigned and was elected vice mayor of Sibutu Municipality. Her tenure as vice mayor lasted for three terms, during which she demonstrated her sincerity and dedication to serving the people. Her genuine concern for the welfare and unity of her constituents earned her the trust and support of the community.

Due to her exceptional performance and unwavering commitment, Mayor Nur-Fitra Pajiji-Ahaja was elected municipal mayor. As the first lady mayor of Sibutu Municipality, she carries the responsibility of leading her constituents towards progress and development. Her primary mission is to unite the people of Sibutu and foster a collaborative environment where everyone can work together for the common good.

Mayor Nur-Fitra Pajiji-Ahaja is not only a devoted public servant but also a loving wife and a mother. She is married to a former vice governor Michail “TATI” Kong Ahaja and they are blessed with four children.  Her family background and personal experiences have instilled in her the values of compassion, empathy, and integrity, which she brings into her role as the mayor. She successfully finished her degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at Southwestern University, Cebu City.

With her leadership, Mayor Nur-fitra Pajiji-Ahaja aims to create positive change and improve the lives of her constituents. Her strong determination and genuine concern for her people make her a respected and admired figure in Sibutu Municipality.


Island of Sibutu was named after the first community established in the 13th Century where the first Islamic Missionary Sheik Karimul Makdum was firstly landed. The first community was called Kampung Butun presently situated somewhere in the mid of Barangay Hadji Bidin and Barangay Ambutong Sapal in recent days where “Kampong” literally means community or Barangay in our present day term and “Butun” is a name of a tree that is scattered along the sea shore of the community island. After the passage of time and generation, from root word “butun” slightly turns out to becomes Sibutu in the present day generation which was told in our local history by the forefathers of the people of Sibutu. It was also told that Islam shapes the people of the community by the descendants of the first Arab Missionaries Shiek Karimul Makdum as leaders after his death until this date. The missionary’s tomb is in Tampung, Tandubanak nowadays called Shiek Makdum Shrine, Barangay Shiek Makdum, Sibutu, Tawi-Tawi. (as it mentioned in a book of Hurley, Swish of the Kris and Muslim in the Philippines by Caesar Adib Majul)

Barangay Hji. Bidin

October 21, 2006

Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act (MMAA) No. 197

Located at the southernmost tip of the Philippines between 4°34’ to 4°59’ Latitude and 119°25’ to119°41’longitude.

Bounded on the West by the Municipality of Sitangkai, in the East by Sibutu Passage, to the North by Sulu Sea, and in the South by the Celebes Sea

11,432.75 Has.(114.3275 KM²) DENR 2015

6th Class Municipality

Terrain is generally flat and rocky with intermittent elevations ranging from 2-5 meters and there is only one small portion of land that rises to 131 meters above sea level, which is known as Sibutu Hill.