South Cotabato History, Geography, Economy

South Cotabato History

South Cotabato History
South Cotabato Provincial Capitol (Photo Credit: Facebook Page)

Profile of South Cotabato Province (Geography)
Location –> South Mindanao (SoCCSKSargen) Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Cotabato (North), Davao Del Sur, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat
Capital –> Koronadal City
Area –> 4,428.81 km2 (including General Santos City)
Population –> 1,509,735 (2015 census including General Santos City)
Terrain –> Mountainous on the western side, broad lowland at the center, and hilly on the northeastern section
Industries –> Agriculture
Major Products –> Fish (tuna), Pineapple, Banana, Papaya, Rice, Corn
People/Language –> Bisaya (Cebuano), Ilonggo, Ilocano
Governor –> Reynaldo Tamayo Jr.
Predecessor –> Daisy Avance-Fuentes
Vice Governor –> Vicente De Jesus
Representative (1st District) –> Shirlyn BaƱas-Nograles
Predecessor –> Pedro B. Acharon Jr.
Representative (2nd District) –> Ferdinand L. Hernandez
Cities –> General Santos, Koronadal
Municipalities (Towns) –> (10) Banga, Lake Sebu, Norala, Polomolok, Santo Nino, Surallah, Tampakan, Tantangan, T’boli, Tupi

South Cotabato History

The present province of South Cotabato was formerly part of the huge Davao province until 1914. During the commonwealth era, thousands of people from the Visayas Region were encouraged to migrate to Cotabato. One of the earlier settlers was General Paulino Santos from whom General Santos City was named after. On July 18, 1966, South Cotabato was separated from Cotabato to become another province by virtue of Republic Act No. 4849. The new province then held a special election in 1967 where James L. Chiongbian was elected to become the first congressman of South Cotabato.

In 1992, the province of Sarangani was formed out of seven coastal towns of South Cotabato.

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Economy of South Cotabato

South Cotabato, together with Bukidnon province, is the major producer of fresh and canned pineapples which are sold not only locally but also internationally. Other fruits produce in the province are banana and papaya. General Santos City has been the traditional landing center for tuna caught in the high seas. The city is home to several tuna canneries.

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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

Map of Province

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