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Barangays of Cotabato City within REGION XII (Soccsksargen) in the Republic of The Philippines
Bagua | Bagua I | Bagua II | Bagua III | Kalanganan | Kalanganan I | Kalanganan II | Poblacion | Poblacion I | Poblacion II | Poblacion III | Poblacion IV | Poblacion V | Poblacion VI | Poblacion VII | Poblacion VIII | Poblacion IX | Rosary Heights | Rosary Heights I | Rosary Heights II | Rosary Heights III | Rosary Heights IV | Rosary Heights V | Rosary Heights VI | Rosary Heights VII | Rosary Heights VIII | Rosary Heights IX | Rosary Heights X | Rosary Heights XI | Rosary Heights XII | Rosary Heights XIII | Tamontaka | Tamontaka I | Tamontaka II | Tamontaka III | Tamontaka IV | Tamontaka V
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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

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Geography of Cotabato City, Philippines

Geography of Cotabato City

Location of Cotabato City, Philippines

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

Article below verbatim from: www.cotabatocity.net.ph/

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

Total Population of Cotabato City

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
  • Mayor of Cotabato City: GUIANI, JAPAL JR. (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN
  • Vice-Mayor of Cotabato City: ANDANG, ABDULLAH (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN
  • City Councillors of Cotabato City:
  1. DUMAMA, GRAHAM NAZER (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN 3791 8.42%
  2. DATUMANONG, DICK (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 2636 5.85%
  3. MELENDREZ, FROI (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 2498 5.55%
  4. TAHA, KUS (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 2282 5.07%
  5. RIDAO, FRED (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN 2273 5.05%
  6. PALACALA, MUARIF (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN 2237 4.97%
  7. SEMA, SUKARNO (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 2228 4.95%
  8. CORTEZ, JONATHAN (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN 2099 4.66%
  9. BIRUAR, HASSAN (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN 1995 4.43%
  10. FORMENTO, FLORANTE (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 1965 4.36%

Barangays Elected Officials of Cotabato City for the term of 2010 - 2013

Businesses 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 2014-2015 starts June 2, 2014 and ends March 27, 2015, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.


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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.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!


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.

Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More


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.

Contact:

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

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.
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Featured News of The Philippines

  • WB lends $508 M to Phl for rural infra
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - The World Bank is extending a $508.25-million loan and grant package to the Philippines for rural infrastructure aimed at improving the productivity of small farmers and fisherfolk, raising rural incomes and reducing poverty in the country.
The six-year Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) also aims to facilitate easier access of farmers’ produce to the markets. The Department of Agriculture (DA) will implement the project ........................ Full Story»

  • PH ranked 5th biggest in Asean as of end-2013
  • Saturday, August 30, 2014 6:45 am
The Philippines emerged as the fifth biggest economy among the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Nations in 2013, based on the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) at current prices which stood at $269 billion, data from the Asean showed.
In terms of international merchandise trade and foreign direct investment inflow, the Philippines ranked sixth in Asean neighbors, after generating a total trade of $119.1 billion and attracting $3.86 billion worth of investments last year, statistics further disclosed ........................ Full Story»

  • Carabao Festival
Date: May 14 - Location: Angono, Rizal
Farmers pay tribute to their patron saints; a procession of carabao carts bearing a myriad local produce is held; prizes are awarded to the strongest and most beautifully decorated carabaos.
Date: May 14 Location: Pulilan, Bulacan
Hundreds of festively adorned carabaos are paraded by their farmer-owners on the street leading to the church; there the carabaos are made to kneel down as a homage to San Isidro de Labrado, the patron saint of farmers.

  • POC bids to host next Asian Games
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:01 am
Present day Filipinos will have the chance to witness the spectacle and glitter of the Asian Games which their forefathers experienced more than half-a-century ago when the country hosted the quadrennial conclave for the first and only time 60 years ago.
This if if the Philippine Olympic Committee, headed by its president Jose “Peping” succeeds in bringing back this shore the biggest, in terms of participation, and the second oldest, outside of the Olympic Games gathering of the world’s finest athletes ............................. Full Story»

Cotabato City News

ARMM's regional assemblymen to hold maiden session on Monday

By (PNA)

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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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