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Barangays of Cotabato City. Geographically it is in the Maguindanao province. It was part of Region 12 in the Republic of The Philippines
But as of December 15, 2020 The City of Cotabato finally became part of BARMM
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Seal of Cotabato City

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Cotabato City, Within the province of Maguindanao. However, Cotabato City jurisdictionally, is not part of the province of Maguindanao.
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Cotabato City Hall "The People's Palace"

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Immaculate Conception of Tamontaka Church

Wars of ancient history were about possessions, territory, power, control, family, betrayal, lover's quarrel, politics and sometimes religion.

But we are in the Modern era and supposedly more educated and enlightened .

Think about this. Don't just brush off these questions.

  • Why is RELIGION still involved in WARS? Isn't religion supposed to be about PEACE?
  • Ask yourself; What religion always campaign to have its religious laws be accepted as government laws, always involved in wars and consistently causing WARS, yet insists that it's a religion of peace?


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  2. The victims who are waiting for the right moment to retaliate. They can’t win yet, so they tolerate.
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Bridge in Cotabato City
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Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid (Grand Mosque of Cotabato), Kalanganan
Provinces in Region 12
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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.
  • The people voted in a plebiscite in January 21, 2019 to have Cotabato City as part of BARMM.
  • 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

  • Population of CITY OF COTABATO, REGION XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) as of 2020 census: 325,079
  • Populaton of Cotabato City as of 2015 Census: 299,438
  • 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.

Budget of Municipalities and Cities: The Philippine budget formulation system is not centralized. It has been decentralized since 1991. It is the responsibility of each LGU to submit their budgetary needs for review. Failure to submit is the problem. "IMPERIAL MANILA IS A MYTH!".

Elected Government Officials of Cotabato City for the term of 2016-2019
  1. Graham Nazer Dumama
  2. Bruce Matabalao
  3. Eduardo Rabago
  4. Sukarno Sema
  5. Michael Datumanong
  6. Abdillah Lim
  7. Freddie Ridao
  8. Hassan Biruar
  9. Christina Chua
  10. Johari Abu

Elected Government Officials of Cotabato City for the term of 2013-2016
  • Mayor of Cotabato City: Japal "Jojo" J. Guiani Jr. (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN
  • City Councillors of Cotabato City:
  4. TAHA, KUS (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 2282 5.07%

Businesses in Cotabato City, Philippines

How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood

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  • DOST - Website
  • UPLiFT stands for Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training. - Website
  • DSWD Pro-poor and Livelihood Programs - Website

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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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    Freedom of religion, yes. Equality, yes. But no favoritism.

Schools in Cotabato City, Philippines

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Due to Covid19: Pursuant to the instructions of President Roa Duterte, and as recommended by the DepEd, classes for the year 2021-2022 will be opened but will be monitored.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Why pretend that the National language of the Philippines is Tagalog? It should be English. To be a Teacher, doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect, nurse, computer technician; what books do you learn from? English books of course. All your tests are in English. The constitution of the Philippines is written in English. All the laws and new laws introduced by congress are in English. For that matter, you can't be a teacher in a school system unless you know English. The "Licensure Exam for Teachers" is in ENGLISH! Who are these people forcing Tagalog down our throats? Tagalog is simply one of the many dialects of the Philippines. Keep your dialects but learn and be fluent and proficient in ENGLISH.

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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.


  • Secretary Roy Cimatu - since May 8, 2017
  • 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 and thermal energy conversion. 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

Updated: March 24, 2023

DA-11 warns rice dealers selling underweight bags.
DAVAO CITY – The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (DA-11) has warned rice dealers selling underweight bags of rice after a complaint was filed. Alexander Sibuan, DA-11's Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) officer, said they are currently monitoring and validating in the downtown, Talomo, and Toril areas for stores suspected of manipulating the weight of rice per sack. The DA-AMAD issued letters of inquiry on March 24 to store representatives who allegedly violated Republic Act No. 7581, otherwise known as the Price Act.


DSWD logs more women centenarians in Caraga
BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Caraga Region (DSWD-13) has recorded more women centenarians in the region since 2022. In the first three months of this year alone, the DSWD-13 said eight of nine centenarians who received benefits from the agency were women. The cash gifts for centenarians, amounting to PHP100,000 each, are implemented by the DSWD through a program anchored on Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarian Act of 2016.


Your Story about Cotabato City

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The oldest man or woman in Cotabato City, Philippines

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