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Cotabato City, Philippines
The City of Cotabato is within the boundaries of Maguindanao province, but it is independent of that province. It is politically autonomous from the province of Maguindanao.

  • Cotabato City is designated as the seat of the ARMM regional government, but the independent chartered City of Cotabato itself is part of Region XII and not part of the ARMM.
  • June 20, 1959, Cotabato City by virtue of Republic Act No. 2364, became a chartered City.
  • Land Area 17, 599 Hectares or 176 square kilometers


Geography of Cotabato City, Philippines

Geography of Cotabato City

Location of Cotabato City, Philippines

  • 7.2167° N, 124.2500° E - Cotabato City, Coordinates

Cotabato City is located in the island of Mindanao and within the province of Maguindanao but independent from the provincial administration.

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Cotabato City is a chartered City geographically surrounded by the Province of Maguindanao that belongs to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Yet the City is considered part of Region XII, not of ARMM. Based on the 2001 Plebiscite, ARMM would also include the provinces of Lanao del Sur (located north of Maguindanao), Tawi Tawi, Sulu and Basilan, with Marawi as the lone City of the Region. On the other hand, Region XII, as provided under Executive Order No. 36 issued on September 2001, includes the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato Saranggani, Sultan Kudarat and the cities of Cotabato, General Santos, Kidapawan, Koronadal, and Tacurong.

This unusual situation makes local governance a bit tricky and complicated because of the influences of these two inherent administrative and political bodies on the social, economic, and political aspects of Cotabato City. The City has physical and economic linkages with the surrounding towns of the Maguindanao Province. These connections are further enhanced by the transport links primarily through the port and the airport, which are both located outside the City. In terms of planning procedures mandated by the Local Government Code, the City's development plans would have to be integrated with that of Region XII, not of ARMM. Already, there have been issues, like waste disposal and water resource development, whose resolutions have been constrained by territorial and jurisdictional difficulties.

Other issues impact on the conduct of commerce. Businessmen could not expect direct action by City officials on the alleged high fees and double charges at the port, simply because it is beyond the jurisdiction of the City. The same goes to securing LTO permits and franchises on public transportation, which the traders have to do twice – one with the City and one with the Maguindanao province – in order to bring their goods to and from Cotabato City.

The local government's efforts on peace and order are also affected. Although many would say that there has been a decrease in the frequency of crime and violence in the City, these are not appreciated by outsiders who still equate the City with the untoward incidents in the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and South Cotabato, or even in other parts of Mindanao. Thus, investors and travelers alike shy away from the City because of this image problem. Efforts should be exerted by all sectors in Cotabato City to mitigate this negative image. This will be a key and a part of the development proposals for this sector.

History of Cotabato City, Philippines

Cotabato City, the ancient capital town of Mindanao words "Kuta" for fort and "wato" for stone. The place basically spreads around what is known as P.C. Hill..

Settlements in Cotabato City started as early as 1475. The place developed as the capital town of Mindanao in the seventeenth centry under Sultan Dipatwan Qudarat, (reigned during this time).

In the nineteenth century when Sultan Makakua ruled, roads and wharves were constructed which gave rise to the birth of modern day Cotabato. That kind of development enticed the inhabitants from Zamboanga and the Visayas to migrate and settle here. The Chinese nationals who have long settled in Cotabato were assimilated into the population by intermarriages with the native Maguindanaons.

At the turn of the twentieth century, when the Americans started to rule the Philippines, Cotabato became the capital town of Cotabato province. It remained as its capital until 1959, the time which Cotabato became a chartered city pursuant to Republic Act No. 2364.

People of Cotabato City, Philippines

  • Populaton of Cotabato City as of 2010 Census: 271,786

  • Registered voters of cotabato city as of 2010 per Comelec: 117,025

Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Cotabato (North Cotabato) posted a total population of 1,226,508 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 267,865 persons compared to its total population of 958,643 persons counted in the 2000 CPH. The increase in the population count from 2000 to 2010 translated to an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 2.49 percent.

Local Government Unit LGU of Cotabato City, Philippines

  • Philippine Veterans Office
    • Don Teodoro V Juliano Avenue, Cotabato City, Philippines
  • NDEA Office
    • Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City, Philippines
  • Office on Muslim Affairs
    • Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City, Philippines

The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.

They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.

Elected Government Officials of Cotabato City for the term of 2013-2016
  • City Councillors of Cotabato City:
  4. TAHA, KUS (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 2282 5.07%

Barangays Elected Officials of Cotabato City

Businesses in Cotabato City, Philippines

How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood

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  • Convenient Stores, Hardware and Supplies, General Stores, Sari-Sari Stores, Internet-Cafes
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  • Supermarket, wet market, Fish Markets
  • Hotels, Motels, Pension Houses, Boarding houses and Resorts
  • Repair Shops: Shoe repair, Cellphone, Bikes (bicycles), motorcycles etc...
  • Restaurants, Carenderias, Coffee Shops, and Bakeries (Bakeshops)
  • Salons, Spas, Beauty Shops and Barber Shops
  • Gas Stations, Water Stations, Propane Stations

Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Cotabato City, Philippines

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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Cotabato City, Philippines

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Schools in Cotabato City, Philippines

School year 2015-2016 starts Monday, June 1, 2015 and ends Friday, April 1, 2016, for public elementary and secondary schools. The SY will consist of 201 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET) break. The different school events and activities, including the number of school days per quarter, are contained in Enclosure No. 1. Source: Department of Education

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Economy of Cotabato City, Philippines

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Jobs in Cotabato City

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Natural Resources of Cotabato City, Philippines

Protect the environment

It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.

Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
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Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.

The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

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We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.


  • Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626

We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.

Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.

Tourists Attractions of Cotabato City, Philippines

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Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Cotabato City, Philippines

  • SHARIFF KABUNSUAN FESTIVAL (December 15 to 19) - An annual festival commemorating the arrival of Shariff Muhammad Kabunsuan from Johore (Malay Peninsula) who successfully propagated Islam in Mainland Mindanao.
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Cotabato City supports Philippine Cycling

Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
Cycling Activity to Participate In

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  • ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
  • CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
  • Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>

Featured News of The Philippines

  • PSEi seen targeting 6,800
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016 12:05 am
The local stock barometer is seen attempting to breach the 6,800 mark this week, the start of trading in the new Lunar Year of the Fire Monkey.
Last week, the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) gained 1.16 percent to close on Friday at 6,765.13. Trading resumes today after the long weekend break ........ Full Story»

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MANILA, Philippines - Investors are bullish on the country’s economic prospects over the next five years, according to a survey conducted by Standard Chartered Bank.
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  • Festivals and Events in May

Pattaraday Festival-May 1–5(Santiago city) ★ Katagman Festival - May 3(Oton,Iloilo) ★ Panagat Festival-May 2–8 (Buruanga, Aklan) ★ Binatbatan Festival of the Arts - First week of May, Vigan City ★ Obando Fertility Rites - May 17, 18 & 19 Obando, Bulacan ★ Domorokdok Festival-May 4 Botolan Zambales ★ Bariw Festival- May 14–15 Nabas, Aklan ★ Pahiyas Festival - May 15, Lucban, Quezon ★ Agawan Festival - May 15, Sariaya, Quezon ★ Araquio Festival - May, Gen.Tinio, Nueva Ecija ★ Pasayahan sa Lucena (St. Ferdinand) -May 30, Lucena, Philippines ★ Samahang Bulaklakan Festival - Last Sunday of May, Siniloan, Laguna ★ Tapusan Float Parade Festival - May 31, Alitagtag, Batangas ★ Festivity of Saint Michael - May 7–8 San Miguel, Panganiban, Catanduanes [Louie B. dela Cruz] ★ Binirayan Festival - May 1, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique ★ Araña`t Baluarte Festival- May 15 Gumaca, Quezon ★ Pista ng Banal na Krus- Every 2nd Saturday of May, Tanza, Navotas City ★ Pangisraan Festival- May 1–10 Calatrava, Romblon ★ Ati-atihan Festival - Last Saturday of May - Brgy. 7, Fermont Village, Victorias City, Neg. Occ. ★ Pastulan Festival- Every 2nd Saturday of May. San Pascual, Batangas

  • Padit, pals top ABC team tilt
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016 12:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - Manny Padit of Philflex Wires, Jerry Canuday Cham of Boysen Paints, Randy Poon of American Wires and Bert Magsakay of Boysen Paints combined for a 2806 to clinch the Architects Bowling Club’s four-man team event at the E-Lanes Center in Ortigas Ave. last week.
Toto Abear of Emerald Pipes, Jerry Canuday Cham of Boysen Paints, Rudy Serrano of DN Steel and Jayson Basye of Boysen Healthyhomes pooled a 2774 for second while Eugene Panaguiton of Boysen Paints, Benny Tan of Atlanta Pipes, Violy Magsakay of Boysen Paints and Boy Roldan of Philflex Wires and Cables assembled a 2,764 for third ................................ Full Story»

Cotabato City News

ARMM's regional assemblymen to hold maiden session on Monday

By (PNA)


COTABATO CITY, May 12 (PNA) – Regional Governor Mujib Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) assured his constituents on Saturday that the newly- appointed members of the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) are reform-oriented.

Hataman made the statement two days before the 27-member RLA convenes for its maiden session and to elect its Speaker on Monday. Of the 27 assemblymen, six are in hold-over capacity and eight are women.

ARMM-RLA information officer Sammy Peralta said of the 27 appointed regional lawmakers, only 26 have taken their oath of office before President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacanang.

Due to prior commitments, Nedra Burahan failed to show up in the Palace oath-taking.

Hataman also brushed aside reports that there were switching of names of nominees in the selection of regional lawmakers who will help the regional executive in instituting reforms in the graft-ridden yet resource-rich region.

ARMM is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Hataman said the new assemblymen will begin performing there mandated tasks on Monday, May 14, at 4 p.m.

In his "Ulat sa Bayan," Hataman said reforms in the regional bureaucracy has reached about 90 percent.

"May pagbabago na sa ARMM, kung may political will, kaya naman pala ang pagbabago tungo sa matuwid na daan (Reforms are taking place in ARMM, if there's political will, we can do it and take the straight path)," he told his ARMM constituents as he reported on what had been done in his first 100 days in office.

Hataman, hand-picked by President Aquino to perform cleansing process in the graft-ridden regional government, said he has the full backing of the Chief Executive and that he succeeded in cleaning the Department of Education with ghost teachers, ghost schools and ghost students that led the ARMM to save about P162 million.

Since he assumed office, the regional government had been stripped of ghost employees who reported for work on paydays and never performed anything for the regional government.

Hataman also succeeded in putting up an open government where several civil society organizations have been closely watching how the regional government is being run.

"We are open, we are transparent and every transaction like bidding and others are done with the presence of CSOs," he said.

"I would like to lay down the foundation of a new ARMM, I know we will succeed with all your support," he told ARMM employees and constituents.

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