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South Cotabato
Lalawigan sg South Cotabato
Lalawigan ng Timog Cotabato
Province
Flag of South Cotabato
Flag
Official seal of South Cotabato
Seal
Map of the Philippines with South Cotabato highlighted
Map of the Philippines with South Cotabato highlighted
Coordinates: 6°10′N 125°00′E / 6.167°N 125.000°E / 6.167; 125.000Coordinates: 6°10′N 125°00′E / 6.167°N 125.000°E / 6.167; 125.000
Country  Philippines
Region SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)
Founded June 18, 1966
Capital Koronadal City
Government
 • Type Province of the Philippines
 • Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes (NPC)
 • Vice Governor Inday Diel (UNA)
Area
 • Total 3,936.0 km2 (1,519.7 sq mi)
Area rank 34th out of 80
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,365,286
 • Rank 31st out of 80
 • Density 350/km2 (900/sq mi)
 • Density rank 17th out of 80
Divisions
 • Independent cities 1
 • Component cities 1
 • Municipalities 10
 • Barangays 199
including independent cities: 225
 • Districts 1st and 2nd districts of South Cotabato (shared with General Santos City)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 9500, 9504, 9505, 9506, 9507, 9508, 9509, 9510, 9511, 9512, 9513
Spoken languages Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Tagalog, English, T'boli
Website South Cotabato Official Site

South Cotabato (Filipino:Timog Kotabato) is a province of the Philippines located in the SOCCSKSARGEN region in Mindanao. Its capital is Koronadal City, and it borders Sultan Kudarat to the north and west, Sarangani to the south and east, and Davao del Sur to the east. To the southeast lies Sarangani Bay.

General Santos, located on the shores of Sarangani Bay, is the largest city in the region, and is a major seaport. The province of Sarangani used to be part of South Cotabato until it was made an independent province in 1992.

History[edit]

Centuries ago, the area that would be the South Cotabato was sparsely inhabited by Malay Pioneers which later evolved into various ethnic groupings that still exist in the Province today. Settlers, who would lay the foundation of what would become a progressive province, started trooping down 1914.

The significant thrust occurred during the term of President Quezon in late 1930s. Gen. Paulino Santos, a man whose undaunted pioneering spirit inspired thousand, led the first of wave of settlers that time. After World War II, the final exodus of settler from Luzon and Visayas poured into the virgin land of promise.

In the early 1960s as population, trade and industries grew in southern part of Cotabato, a clamor of local self-governance arose. Thus, on July 18, 1966, South Cotabato was finally formed as an independent province raring to push its own development.

In 1992, South Cotabato gave birth to a new province. Seven towns in southern and coastal section of the province now form part of the Province of Sarangani . This was a new challenge. In addition, South Cotabateños, with their indomitable pioneering spirit have proven once more their ability to face and hurdle diverse challenges ably went through with the demands of time.

South Cotabato sparks new interest having emerged as a favorite venue for conventions and big events of national significance like the National Secondary School Press Conference, Palarong Pambansa and 9 th Mindanao Business Conference to name few.

The new millennium ushers in a new beginning for the province with the coming in of regional offices in the area in consonance with EO 429 dated October 12, 1990 issued by President Corazon C. Aquino and EO No. 36 dated September 19, 2001 issued by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, provide for the reorganization of the new Administrative Region in Mindanao and having the city of Koronadal as the regional center of Region XII.

In four decades since its provincehood, South Cotabato has already surpassed dozens of provinces establish half a century ahead in almost every aspect of development. In a short span, it becomes one of the leading provinces in Mindanao . What it got to show today are vivid result of human synergy and the richness of its resources.

People and culture[edit]

Southern Cotabato Campaign
Part of World War II
Date 1945
Location Southern Cotabato (now. Sarangani)
Result Filipino victory
Belligerents
 Philippine Commonwealth  Empire of Japan
Strength
6th Infantry Division, Philippine Commonwealth Army
10th Infantry Division, Philippine Commonwealth Army
101st Infantry Division, Philippine Commonwealth Army, USAFFE
102nd Infantry Division, Philippine Commonwealth Army
10th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Constabulary
Japanese 14th Area Army
Japanese 35th Area Army
Casualties and losses
700 killed
1,300 wounded
7,000 killed
11,650 wounded
400 captured

Language[edit]

The people of South Cotabato are multilingual, able to communicate in Hiligaynon and/or Cebuano, as well as in both Tagalog and English. Other languages spoken are Ilocano and Maguindanao. The indigenous tribes, in addition, use their own tribal languages. A situation wherein several people, each speaking solely in his own language and are still able to communicate with the others, is not unheard of.

People[edit]

The people of South Cotabato have diverse heritages. Ilonggos from Panay and Negros in the Visayas settled the municipalities of Norala, Banga, Surallah, Sto. Niño and the province's capital, Koronadal, The province's major communication media is Filipino, English or Hiligaynon. On the other hand, people from the Ilocano speaking regions of Luzon settled in Tampakan, Tantangan and Tupi, and the Ilocano language may still be heard spoken in these towns. The Visayan language, Cebuano is also the main ethnic ethnolinguistic group of the municipality of Polomolok and is one of the main ethnolinguistic groups of Tupi (along with Ilonggo and Tagalog, which slightly differs from Manila Tagalog). Both towns are near to Cebuano-speaking General Santos City.

The Maguindanao tribe is the major Muslim Filipino tribe in the province. Although many of them still wear their traditional costumes and practice their native customs, others have come to adapt the more liberal practices of their Christian neighbors such as wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts, eschewing the use of the headscarf, and attending dances/mixed gatherings. Other indigenous Filipino tribes are the T'boli and B'laan tribes in Lake Sebu and T'boli municipalities, famous for their brassworks, beadwork and t'nalak weave. The people of these tribes wear colorful embroidered native costumes and beadwork accessories. The women of these tribes, particularly, wear heavy brass belts with brass 'tassels' ending in tiny brass bells that herald their approach even when they are a long way off.

The people of South Cotabato still retain many of the practices and traditions of their particular tribal heritages, although infused with a flavor that is distinctly Mindanaoan and the product of cultural interaction between the immigrants and the indigenous peoples of the area. One vivid example of this is the predominant use of the native 'malong', the colorful, tubelike garment used as a skirt by the indigenous tribes, in place of a blanket or sleeping bag.


Government[edit]

  • 1st District Representative: Pedro B. Acharon Jr.
  • 2nd District Representative: Ferdinand L. Hernandez
  • Governor: Daisy Avance-Fuentes
  • Vice Governor: Cecil Diel

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Southern part of the Island of Mindanao

Boundaries[edit]

Bounded by the province of Sultan Kudarat in the north and West, province of Sarangani in the east and south.

Topography[edit]

The place is generally flat dotted with some hills and mountains.

Climate[edit]

South Cotabato belongs to the fourth type of climate, that is rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. The average number of rainy days for the year 2004 is recorded between 122 to 180 days with the months of May, June, July, August and October having the most occurrence.

Air humidity generally follows closely the rainfall pattern. Humidity is highest during the period of June to October with 88% being recorded at the Tupi seed farm. The months of February and April have the lowest air humidity recorded at about 72%.

Maximum daytime temperature throughout the province is in the range of 36-38 degrees Celsius, falling to 23-32 degrees Celsius during the night depending on the elevation. The hottest period is January to April while July to December being the coolest.

South Cotabato enjoys a mild, pleasant climate with no pronounced dry or wet season, and is practically typhoon-free.

Strategic location[edit]

The province is a key player in the merging of South Cotabato, Sarangani and General Santos City into one of the country's fastest growing development clusters known as SOCSARGEN. SOCSARGEN serves as a gateway for the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). With its location, it is easily accessible from neighboring ASEAN countries via SOCSARGEN's entryway, General Santos City, with its International Standard Airport that puts key cities in Asia just three to four hours flying time away. There's a Fish Port Complex that serves the region's thriving fishing industry. The Makar Wharf is a major port-of-call in international shipping, and one of the most important ports in Mindanao . All have paved the way to make the constantly evolving SOCSARGEN the venue for a synergetic relationship. SOCSARGEN's gateway, General Santos City, is merely five minutes away from one of South Cotabato 's municipalities, Polomolok.

Land area[edit]

South Cotabato has a total Land area of 370,589 Hectares (3,706 km2).

Provincial capital[edit]

The Local Provincial Government holds its official functions in the City of Koronadal. The Provincial Capitol, Provincial Hospital, and all related offices are found in the city.

Territorial composition[edit]

Congressional Districts of South Cotabato
District City Municipality Population (2010)
1st General Santos City Polomolok, Tupi, Tampakan 538,086
2nd Koronadal City Banga, Lake Sebu, Norala, Sto. Niño, Surallah, T'Boli, Tantangan 169,074

Political Subdivisions[edit]

Upon its creation as a regular province, South Cotabato consisted of 11 municipalities, namely: Banga, General Santos (now a city), Glan, Kiamba, Koronadal, Maitum, Norala, Polomolok, Surallah, Tantangan and Tupi. These municipalities were established long before the creation of the province. Other component municipalities were constituted after it fully functioned as a province. A total of 18 municipalities have contributed much to the development of South Cotabato being one of the fast growing provinces in the country.

The birth of Sarangani Province, conceived from the municipalities of Malungon, Alabel, Malapatan, Glan, Maasim, Kiamba and Maitum has brought changes in the geography and political subdivisions of the province. That event left South Cotabato with 11 remaining municipalities.

Further, on August 16, 2000, Republic Act No. 8803 was approved. This marks another milestone in the history of South Cotabato . This is an act that converts the municipality of Koronadal into a component city of South Cotabato . Thus, at present the province is left with ten (10) progressing municipalities and the City of Koronadal remains as its Provincial Capital.

Moreover, South Cotabato has a total of 199 barangays and two (2) more are being proposed and still waiting for the approval of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). These proposed barangays are both under the municipality of T'boli .

The table below shows the total number of barangays in the different municipalities, including their respective land area. The distance of each municipality from the provincial capital, Koronadal is likewise shown on the succeeding table as well as the date of creation of each municipalities comprising the province of South Cotabato .

As the provincial capital and the center of development, Koronadal is situated at a distance of 58 kilometers from the city of General Santos . Banga poblacion which is 13 kilometers away from Koronadal City is the nearest among the 10 municipalities. The second and third nearest municipalities are Tampakan and Tantangan lying 14 and 18 kilometers away from the radius of the provincial center. The farthest municipality is Lake Sebu which is 47 kilometers away.

Last January 2011, South Cotabato officials are pushing for the separation of General Santos city into a separate legislative district before the May 2013 midterm national and local elections. The province's first district will be reshaped into the towns of Polomolok, Tupi, Tampakan and T’boli. Koronadal City and the six remaining towns will compose the province’s second district.[1]

Political[edit]

South Cotabato is subdivided into 10 municipalities, 1 Component City and 1 Highly Urbanized City.

City/Municipality No. of
Barangays
Area
(km²)
Population
(2010)
Pop. Ranking Pop. density
(per km²)
District Class Income Ave. Income in PHP (2010)[2] Urbanisation
Polomolok
23
339.97
138,273
2nd
406.72
1st
1st Class Municipality
249,811,802.61
Suburban
Tupi
15
228.0
61,843
7th
271.24
1st
1st Class Municipality
101,511,080.24
Rural
Koronadal
27
277.0
158,273
1st
571.38
2nd
3rd Class City
Urban
Banga
22
240.35
76,170
4th
317.63
2nd
1st Class Municipality
105,645,863.55
Rural
Lake Sebu
19
891.38
68,148
5th
85.45
2nd
1st Class Municipality
119,193,723.45
Rural
Norala
14
194.40
44,635
8th
229.60
2nd
3rd Class Municipality
68,899,293.19
Rural
Sto. Niño
10
109.4
39,738
10th
363.24
2nd
3rd Class Municipality
62,003,621.57
Rural
Surallah
17
241.00
76,035
6th
315.50
2nd
1st Class Municipality
147,499,170.72
Suburban
T'Boli
25
809.00
79,175
3rd
97.90
2nd
1st Class Municipality
148,405,500.10
Rural
Tampakan
14
242.50
36,254
11th
149.50
1st
2nd Class Municipality
92,436,615.18
Rural
Tantangan
13
126.00
40,461
9th
321.12
2nd
3rd Class Municipality
57,780,236.05
Rural

Musical heritage[edit]

The native Maguindanaon of South Cotabato have a fascinating culture that revolves around kulintang music, a specific type of gong music, found among both Muslim and non-Muslim groups of the Southern Philippines.

Sister Province[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House Bill 6038". Congress.gov.ph. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  2. ^ "2010 Annual Financial Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-26. 

External links[edit]

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