Sarangani — Province —
Coordinates: Coordinates: Country Philippines Region SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII) Founded March 16, 1992 Capital Alabel Government - Type Province of the Philippines - Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) - Vice Governor Steve Solon (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) Area - Total 3,601.3 km2 (1,390.5 sq mi) Area rank 37th out of 80 Population (2007) - Total 475,514 - Rank 56th out of 80 - Density 132/km2 (342/sq mi) - Density rank 54th out of 80 Divisions - Independent cities 0 - Component cities 0 - Municipalities 7 - Barangays 140 - Districts Lone district of Sarangani Time zone PHT (UTC+8) ZIP Code Spoken languages English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon B'laan
Sarangani is part of the South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-Gen. Santos City (Soccsksargen) development cluster, and is linked by paved roads to the international airport and world-class fish port of Gen. Santos City. Good roads and regular flights through Gen. Santos City allow the province easy access to Manila, Cebu, Davao City, as well as the rest of the Soccsksargen areas. Gen. Santos City’s airport has one of the country’s longest runways.
The province is situated as the country’s major gateway to the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines - East Asean Growth Area. With its proximity to its regional counterparts, Sarangani is in a unique position to marshal its resources, entice tourists and investors, and compete in an international market under a borderless trade regime.
Strategically located at the southernmost tip of Mindanao, the province is protected by the resource-rich Sarangani Bay. Beyond this is the Celebes Sea, which is the province’s access to the rest of the world.
Bordered by over 230 km of unspoiled coastline, Sarangani offers more than 4,400 sq. km. of typhoon-free land and marine resources, largely untapped tourism potentials, and vast investment possibilities.
In 1942, the Japanese troops occupied Southern Cotabato (now. Sarangani).
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
In 1945, Filipino troops of the 6th, 10th, 101st and 102nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and 10th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary entered and liberated in Southern Cotabato (now. Sarangani) and fought against the Japanese Imperial Army forces during the Battle of Cotabato at the end of World War II under the Japanese Occupation.
Before its inception in 1992, Sarangani was part of South Cotabato and held its title as the Third District of South Cotabato. The province was created by Republic Act No. 7228 on March 16, 1992, penned by the late Congressman, James L. Chiongbian. His wife, Priscilla L. Chiongbian is the first Governor of Sarangani. They are known as the Father and Mother of Sarangani Province.
Sarangani celebrates its foundation anniversary every month of November, named as "MunaTo Festival."
The famous Maitum white water tubing is also located in Sarangani, 1.6 km. of wild water tube ride in Pangi River at barangay New La Union, Maitum Sarangani Province. Pangi River was 2nd Runner Up in 2003's national search for the cleanest river in the Philippines. Here you can also enjoy day-trekking or horseback riding and commune with nature along the way.
Sarangani also has, as treasure, its ancient burial jars, discovered by archaeologists from the National Museum in Ayub Cave, Maitum, in 1991 and in 2008, at Sagel Cave, Maitum (now declared by National Historical Institute as a national historical sites). Amid Mindanao's armed conflicts, artifacts found thereat prove settlements of pre-historic civilization in Maitum.
Sarangani is subdivided into 7 municipalities grouped into two parts, separated by the Sarangani Bay. The western part consists of Kiamba, Maasim, and Maitum, while the eastern part is composed of Alabel, Glan, Malapatan, and Malungon.
Sarangani is subdivided into 7 municipalities.
Municipality No. of
District Class Income Alabel 12 495.70 71,872 145 Lone 1st (Town) Glan 31 697.6 102,676 147.18 Lone 1st (Town) Kiamba 19 418.28 56,916 136.07 Lone 3rd (Town) Maasim 16 500.43 52,983 105.9 Lone 3rd (Town) Maitum 19 324.35 37,736 116.3 Lone 2nd (Town) Malapatan 12 624.56 65,605 105.04 Lone 3rd (Town) Malungon 31 896.63 95,993 107.05 Lone 1st (Town)
Elected Officials 2010-2013
- Rep. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao
- Gov. Miguel Rene A. Dominguez
- Vice Gov. Steve C. Solon
Elected Officials from 2007-2010:
- Rep. Erwin Chiongbian
- Gov. Miguel Dominguez
- Vice Gov. Steve Solon
Elected Officials 2004-2007
- Rep. Erwin Chiongbian
- Gov. Miguel Dominguez
- Vice Gov. Bridget Chiongbian-Huang
Coconut, corn, rice, banana, mango, durian, rubber, and sugarcane are just some of the major crops now being planted by the Sarangans. Other possibilities lie in a wide range of commercial choices: industrial plantations (mango, abaca, coffee, rubber, and rattan), agro-forestry (high-value crops), light manufacturing and processing facilities, real estate and housing, tourism, beach resorts, hotels and restaurants, recreational facilities, port zone development, milling plants, fruit production, processing of canned fruits and vegetables, production of ornamental plants, furniture, trading, telecommunications, mining, and aquaculture.
Sarangani’s favorable investment climate is manifested by the large plantations (mango, banana, pineapple, asparagus), cattle ranches, and commercial fishponds that have been operating in the area, some of which having existed as far back as 40 years.
Businesses locating in the province are assured of stable power and water supply. Electricity comes from the National Power Corporation, and augmented by a 50 mw power plant in Alabel, the province’s capital. Water is provided for by sustainable spring development projects.
- Official Website of the Provincial Government of Sarangani
- Sarangani Province Photo News
- gmanews.tv, Born to be Wild: Sarangani, 06/12/2008
- Maitum Information Office
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