Historical Profile 

Cultural History- On the southwestern shore of the Zamboanga Peninsula, in the island of Mindanao, lies a municipality called Sirawai. No one knows how and when Sirawai started as a community. Perhaps, Sirawai existed, even before the coming of the Spaniards to our shore. Old residents of the town believed that Sirawai started as a cluster of houses of the subanens, kalibugans and samals whose main economic bases were farming ( kaingin system ) or the slash and burn method, hunting and fishing. The natives of Sirawai engaged in bartering their farm product with the traders from other coastal towns. Sirawai flourished in the middle part of the 19th century as a result of the logging operation in the area. Due to the demand for staple food, the residents developed the production of agricultural products, as one of its major industries. 

Political History- Sirawai was formerly a barrio of the municipality of  Siocon. It formally became a municipal district of Siocon in 1918. On June 15, 1968, by virtue of Republic Act No. 5234 signed by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sirawai gained its status as one of the corporate municipalities of the province of Zamboanga del Norte with 34 barangays within its territorial jurisdiction. However, its creation took effect after the 1971 local election. Thus, on January 1, 1972, the first set of elected local officials assumed to office. 

   The municipality is celebrating its annual town fiesta every 3rd Sunday of January in honor of patron Saint Sr. Santo Nio.