Midsayap, Cotabato

Midsayap, Cotabato
—  Municipality  —
Municipality of Midsayap, Cotabato
Map of Cotabato showing the location of Midsayap
Midsayap is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°11.5′N 124°32′E / 7.1917°N 124.533°E / 7.1917; 124.533Coordinates: 7°11.5′N 124°32′E / 7.1917°N 124.533°E / 7.1917; 124.533
Country Philippines
Province Cotabato
Districts 1st District of Cotabato
Barangays 57
Incorporated (Town) November 25, 1936
 – Type Mayor-Council
 – District Representative Jesus N. Sacdalan
 – Mayor RABARA, Manuel M. (2010-present)
 – Vice Mayor DEOMAMPO, Vivencio Jr. V. (2010-present)
 – Municipal Council
 – Total 394.758 km2 (152.4 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 – Total 144,715
 – Density 366.6/km2 (949.5/sq mi)
Demonym Cotabateños
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
 – Summer (DST) +8 (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 9410
Language(s) Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, Maguindanaon, Manobo, Waray
Income class 1st Class[1]

Midsayap is a 1st class municipality in the province of North Cotabato, Philippines. According to LGPMS[2] (as of 2009), it has a population of 144,715 with in 28,153 households. It has recorded 57,618 registered voters (based on 2004 records) It is populated by a multi-cultural aggrupations of peoples from the influx of migrants from Luzon and the Visayas brought about by the reputation of the island of Mindanao as a highly promising haven for settlers. In Midsayap, it is common for people speaking different dialects such as Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Maguindanaon, Manobo, Waray, among others.



Midsayap is geographically located on the Southwestern portion of Cotabato Province. It lies on 124"32' East longitude and 7"11.5' North latitude.

It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of Libungan; on the South by the Rio Grande de Mindanao; on the East by the municipalities of Aleosan and Pikit; and on the West by the Municipality of Kabuntalan.

Midsayap is approximately 47 kilometers away from Cotabato City and some 174 kilometers from Davao City, two of the major urban centers in Mindanao. It is about 64 kilometers away from Kidapawan City, the seat of the Provincial Government.


It is politically subdivided into 57 barangays.

  1. Agriculture
  2. Anonang
  3. Arizona
  4. Bagumba
  5. Baliki
  6. Bitoka
  7. Bual Norte
  8. Bual Sur
  9. Central Bulanan
  10. Central Glad
  11. Damatulan
  12. Ilbocean
  13. Kadigasan
  14. Kadingilan
  15. Kapinpilan
  16. Central Katingawan
  17. Kimagango
  18. Kiwanan
  19. Kudarangan
  20. Central Labas
  1. Lagumbingan
  2. Lomopog
  3. Lower Glad
  4. Lower Katingawan
  5. Macasendeg
  6. Malamote
  7. Malingao
  8. Milaya
  9. Mudseng
  10. Nabalawag
  11. Nalin
  12. Nes
  13. Olandang
  14. Patindeguen
  15. Palongoguen
  16. Barangay Poblacion 1
  17. Barangay Poblacion 2
  18. Barangay Poblacion 3
  19. Barangay Poblacion 4
  20. Barangay Poblacion 5
  1. Barangay Poblacion 6
  2. Barangay Poblacion 7
  3. Barangay Poblacion 8
  4. Rangeban
  5. Sadaan
  6. Salunayan
  7. Sambulawan
  8. San Isidro
  9. San Pedro
  10. Santa Cruz
  11. Tugal
  12. Tumbras
  13. Upper Bulanan
  14. Upper Glad I
  15. Upper Glad II
  16. Upper Labas
  17. Villarica


The province is situated between 5 and 8 degrees latitude[3] thus Midsayap and all areas within its jurisdiction is less affected by typhoon. The municipality falls under the fourth type of climate which is characterized by more or less even distribution of rainfall throughout the year.

Land Capablity

The highest portion of municipal land area (12,397.5 hectares) is classified as good land. These are the land centrally located in the municipality. These lands are nearly level lands and can be cultivate safely. However, protection from occasional overflow is required. The 10,651.2869 hectares which are Hydrosol type are wetlands and are suitable for fishpond or recreation purposes. Most of these lands are along the Rio Grande de Mindanao. The Center type of land are moderately good land, moderately sloping so that cultivation requires carefully planned erosion control measures. These lands are on the Northeastern barangays and a portion of Nabalawag and Kadingilan with an area of 8,010.0 hectares.

Soil Type

There are four (4) types of soil in this municipality. These are: Kabacan Clay, Kudarangan Clay, San Manuel Silty Clay Loam and Hydrosol. Kabacan Clay Loam is about 12,397.500 hectares or 37.52 % of the municipal land area.

This are the soils at the central portion or at the heart of the municipality. Kudarangan Clay Loam is found in slightly rolling to hilly terrain or at the northeastern barangays. This soil type occupies the 24.24 percent of the municipal area or 8,010.00 hectares. San Manuel Silty Clay Loam is located at barangays Upper Labas, Nalin and portions of barangay Villarica. This occupies an area of 1,980 hectares. Hydrosol type has an area of 10,651.2869 hectares or 33.24 percent of the municipal area.


Of the total land area of the municipality, 73.79 percent or 24,376.2869 hectares has a slope of 0-3 percent. These areas are located at the Western and Southern part of the municipality. These are mostly the irrigable rice lands.

The Northeastern barangays, a portion of Central Bulanan are hilly with slopes with 3-8% with a total area of 6,525.0 hectares. Highest slopes of 8-18% percent are situated at the boundary of barangays Nabalawag and Kadingilan and a portion of Central Bulanan. This has a total land area of 2,137.5 hectares.


Midsayap is characterized as plain to hilly terrain. Gently rolling to hilly areas are located on the Northeastern portion specifically at barangays - Kiwanan, Kimagango, Anonang, Malamote, Upper Bulanan and Milaya. A portion of Kadingilan and Nabalawag has a hilly portion at their boundaries. All barangays on the western portion which is cut by the National Highway from Poblacion to Dulawan is plain and is presently planted with irrigated rice and other crops. The southern most barangays are marshy being located along the Rio Grande de Mindanao.


The 2000 Census of Population and Housing of the National Statistics Office recorded the population of Midsayap at 105,760 with 21,349 households. It is the most populous among the municipalities of the province with a density of 453 persons per square kilometer.

Growing at the pace of 1.92 percent for the past five years, the town is expected to double its population within 36 years.


Characterized to have a clay type of soil that is best suited for agricultural use, most (42.03 percent) of the town's land area are devoted to agricultural production. The lowland areas were planted with rice and other seasonal crops while the upland areas were planted with permanent crops. Agricultural products of the town include rice, corn, mango, coffee, coconut, banana, vegetables and root crops.

Aside from the thriving agriculture industry, Midsayap also boasts of its other industries such as cut flowers and ornamental plants, livestock and poultry, furnitures and decorative crafts and telecommunications. It is also a potential area for putting up other industries such as fruit and meat processing as well as oil palm plantation and processing.

Strategically located, Midsayap serves as a major commercial and trading center of the province where farmers from neighboring municipalities bring their agricultural products to be sold/traded


Annually, the people of Midsayap prepares for the grand celebration of the town fiesta popularly known as Halad sa Sto. Niño Festival which is held every third Sunday of January. The Halad Festival, celebrated in honor of the town's patron saint Sr. Sto. Niño, is highlighted by the colorful street dancing and parade competition.

Groups from various towns in Cotabato Province as well as from Cotabato City and neighboring towns of Maguindanao Province troop annually to Midsayap to participate in the contest and try their luck to win the top prize.

The festival gained national recognition when the 2003 Halad champions, all students of Alamada National High School, represented Region XII in the national street dancing competition and won the P1 million grand prize in the Aliwan Fiesta held in May 2003 in Intramuros, Manila. Inspired by their back-to-back wins, the group participated again in the Pamaskong Aliwan Festival in December of that same year and won the P1 million grand prize. Both festivals were part of the Visit Philippines 2003 program of the Department of Tourism.

Proposed Creation of new Municipality out of Midsayap

A proposal of creating a new municipality to be carved out of Midsayap has been officially filed to the House of Representatives by the Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman of the Party-list ANAK MINDANAO (AMIN). It bears the name of House Bill No. 5752 otherwise known as "AN ACT CREATING THE MUNICIPALITY OF SULTAN TAMBILAWAN BAYAO IN THE PROVINCE OF NORTH COTABATO". Records showed it was filed last September 5, 2006.

The said proposal is, according to the bill, manifested by the significant desire of barangay officials in those area through Resolutions of their respective Sangguniang Barangays. The name of the proposed municipality will be Sultan Tambilawan Bayao,"as tribute to the legacy of the Sultan of Rajah Buayan sa Kudarangan covering the so-called empire province of Cotabato where he reigned as a SULTAN.

The proposed Municipality will be composed of seventeen (17) Muslim Barangays from the Municipality of Midsayap, namely; DAMATULAN, KADINGILAN, KADIGASAN, KAPINPILAN, KUDARANGAN, CENTRAL LABAS, UPPER LABAS, LOMOPOG, MACASENDEG, MALINGAO, MUDSENG, NABALAWAG, OLANDANG, RANGABAN, SAMBULAWAN, TUGAL AND TUMBRAS. The seventeen (17) barangays of 5,586 household, and a population of 28,164 has an annual income of P10,611,214.53 and P11,180,639.23 in 2004 and 2005.

The integrated income, population, and land area of the said barangays constituting the Municipality of Sultan Tambilawan Bayao conform to the minimum requirements set under the Local Government Code for the creation of a Municipality. Further, the creation of said Municipality does not reduce the income, population, and land area of the Municipality of Midsayap to less than the prescribed minimum requirements provided by law.

The seat of government of the new Municipality of Sultan Tambilawan Bayao shall be in barangay Nabalawag.

The creation of said Municipality will afford additional government machinery which could certainly facilitate the economic development of the seventeen (17) barangays and will uplift the lives of the people in North Cotabato. Its creation will allow the subject barangays to enjoy the blessings of self-governance, empowerment and better delivery of basic services to their people."

However, the said proposal has never been progressing since majority of the people are not willing to the idea of dividing Midsayap into two. As a requirement a plebiscite shall be called once this could be approved in Congress. As an expected result, many Midsayapenos believed this will come into a failure as people here, despite that different tribal origins consider themselves as one, strong and united inhabitant of the great boom town of North Cotabato.


MIDSAYAP was derived from a Maguindanaon term which means "person wearing a hat". From 1912 to 1926, Midsayap was then a district of Dulawan and Pikit. Originally, Midsayap was inhabited by Muslims from the descendants of Sultan Ali Bayao from the lineage of the great Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat I. The seat of their Sultanate was established at Libungan Torreta (now part of Pigcawayan).

In 1927, a Philippine Constabulary (PC) Commander assigned in the area, Ist Lt. Catalino Javier, initiated the development of some portions of the municipality. Seeing the natural bounty of the area, he invited settlers from Luzon and Visayas to migrate in the area. The first wave of settlers who dared develop the wilderness was the late Antonio Labasan from Zambales. Among his companions were 23 interrelated families, the Dumlaos, Flautas, Fernandezes, QuiÑones,Fermils, Fantones and Documos who settled at Sitio Salunayan and Bual . Visayan settlers from Pikit also came to settle at Bual - the place of Datu Guiambangan Dilangalen. The Visayan migrants were headed by Gregorio Bingil, Julio Anito and Tomas Cantoy. The idea of making Midsayap as a separate political district from the mother municipalities of Dulawan and Pikit was envisioned in 1930 by a group of Christian PC enlisted men who were assigned at Camp Ward. Their efforts, through the support of the Deputy Governor and Military Governor was realized in 1936.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 66 dated November 25, 1936, Midsayap was created as a separate municipality. On January 1, 1937, it was inaugurated with the late Lorenzo Gonzales as the first appointed Municipal Mayor. Midsayap started with seventy-one (71) barangays. Later, it was trimmed down to 42 when Libungan was separated from Midsayap in 1936. At present, Midsayap has 57 barangays. Population settlements were concentrated on the barangays of Sinawingan, Salunayan, Bual, Kapayawi, Barongis, Kimagango, Kiwanan, Katingawan, Ulamian, Baguer, Kapinpilan, Olandang, San Mateo, and Baliki. The following years showed the growth of the newly formed town. Gradually, new towns has been created. These are Pigcawayan or Pigkawayan, Libungan,Alamada,and lastly in 1982 Aleosan.

Midsayap is the largest municipality in the province of North Cotabato.This fast-growing town is one of the oldest settlements of migrants from Luzon and the Visayas thereby giving its reputation as the highly heterogeneous society in this once Muslims-dominated place of Mindanaon. This 14th Congress of the Philippines, Rep. Emmylou 'Lala' J.Taliño-Mendoza filed last February 7, 2008 the House Bill 3539 in the House of Representatives which will create the Municipality of Midsayap as CITY OF MIDSAYAP; as the second component city of the Province of Cotabato.This bill is currently pending on the Committee of Local Government since February 19, 2008.


Midsayap is the centre of education in the first district of North Cotabato and nearby provinces. It is home to the first Notre Dame school in Asia and a Protestant school run by the largest Protestant church in the Philippines, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines called the Southern Christian College. Presently, a number of privately-owned tertiary schools sprouted in Midsayap, affirming the role it played as a well-preffere place for parents to send their children in pursuing higher education. It has also an extensive public school system (both elementary and secondary) where basic education is delivered in almost all barangays in the municipality. Furthermore, Midsayap has made it sure to operate a day-care center in all of its 57 barangays with majority 2 or more day-care centers available for pre-schoolers to begin early childe education.



Midsayap Central District

  • Agriculture Elementary School under Mrs. Evangeline M. Tiwaquen
  • Bagumba Elementary School under Mrs. Mariqueta P. Mentang
  • Central Katingawan Elementary School under Daisy J. Fortinez
  • Lagumbingan Elementary School under Lydia D. Jimenez
  • Midsayap Central Pilot Elementary School under Gil F. Ferolin
  • Miguel Intes Elementary School under Mrs. Edecita P. Ogatis
  • Patindiguen Elementary School under Mr. Gil F. Ferolin
  • Salunayan Elementary School under Mrs. Juliana A. Mentang
  • San Isidro Elementary School under Mrs. Lydia D. Jimenez
  • Simeon A. Datumanong Elementary School under Mrs. Leonor O. Mentang
  • Vicente Rapacon Memorial Elementary School under Mr. Clenio C. Cayacap

Midsayap North District

  • Anonang Elementary School under Mr. Leonardo A. Garcia
  • Arizona Elementary School under Mr. Ceasar P. Bigwas
  • Lt. Andres Calungsod Central Elementary School under Mr. Ceasar P. Bigwas
  • Elesio Elementary School under Mrs. Virginia C. Domondon
  • Ilbocean Elementary School under Mr. Salvador Q. Caballero
  • Kimagango Central Elementary School under Mrs. Herminia O. Nisperos
  • Kimagango Central Elementary School- Annex under Mrs. Marissa C. Cenar
  • Madendog Primary School under Mrs. Noraina U. Madendog
  • Malamote Elementary School under Mr. Edmundo E. Sianda
  • Milaya Elementary School under Mr. Roy F. Bigwas
  • Upper Bulanan Elementary School under Mr. Maximiano P. De Asis
  • Upper Labas Elementary School under Mr. Ernesto F. Nisperos
  • Villarica Elementary School under Mr. Elmer V. Castro

Midsayap South District

  • Baliki Elementary School under Mrs. Nora M. Diolaso
  • Bitoka Elementary School under
  • Central Bulanan Elementary School under Mrs. Florida D. Ragasa
  • Central Glad Elementary School under Mrs. Ma. Gina O. Pagasian
  • Dilangalen Central Elementary School under Mrs. Elsa L. Lasapin
  • Dr. C.H. Deles Elementary School under Mrs. Trinidad R. Liboon
  • Flauta Elementary School under Mrs. Charlita R. Ragonton
  • Lower Kiwanan Elementary School under Mrs. Vilma Esteban
  • Rangeban Elementary School under Mr. Mongang Duloan
  • Sadaan Elementary School under Mrs. Cicile D. Sembrano
  • San Pedro Elementary School
  • Santa Cruz Elementary School under Ms. Elsa L. Lasapin
  • Upper Glad II Elementary School
  • Upper Kiwanan Primary School under Mrs. Letty G. Hernandez

Midsayap West District

  • Dabpil Sampulna Primary School under Mrs. Sandra Mentang Sugadol
  • Damatulan Elementary School under Mr. Mak A. Palao
  • Datu Dimaudtag Dialangalen Elementary School under Mrs. Dali S. Endaila
  • Don Miguel Latada Elementary School (Tumbras) under Mrs. Pelagia S. Mentang
  • Guntong Primary School
  • Kadigasan Elementary School under Mr. Esmael G. Sapad
  • Kadingilan Primary School ( Panago Primary School) under Mr. Abusama M. Pagao
  • Kapinpilan-Endaila Silongan Central Elementary School under Mrs. Fatima P. Mentang
  • Lower Olandang Elementary School under Mrs. Noria D. Mentang
  • Kudarangan Elementary School under Mr. Kadil S. Mamasalido
  • Lomopog Elementary School under Mrs. Tayan T. Mentang
  • Macasendeg Elementary School under Mrs. Madsobia M. Tioma
  • Malingao Elementary School under Mrs. Josefina F. Mentang
  • Mudseng Elementary School under Mrs. Mila M. Tugan
  • Nabalawag Elementary School under Mr. Mando B. Alamada
  • Sambulawan Elementary School under Mr. Mentang S. Pangal
  • Upper Olandang Elementary School under Mr. Datu Yahudza Alon Mentang


  • Cedar Child Learning Center:
  • Good Shepherd Learning Center
  • Katingawan Adventist Academy
  • Midsayap Montessori Center
  • Our Lady of Wisdom Academy
  • Notre Dame of Midsayap College Elementary Training Department
  • Southern Christian College Elementary Training Department



  • Midsayap-Dilangalen National High School under Mrs. Oliva M. Armada
  • Agriculture National High School under Mr. Felipe B. Marcos
  • Agriculture National High School (Baliki Annex) under Mrs. Josette C. Cornelio
  • Arizona National High School under Mr. Rosalio S. Ferolino
  • Kimagango National High School under Mrs. Presciosa G. Caingcoy
  • Kimagango National High School (Malamote Annex) under Mrs. Presciosa G. Caingcoy
  • Olandang National High School under Mr. Tinto P. Pilas
  • Patindiguen National High School under Mr. Herbert R. Eugenio
  • Salunayan National High School under Mrs. Norma C. Flauta
  • Salunayan National High School-Kapinpilan Annex under Mrs. Norma C. Flauta
  • Villarica National High School under Mrs. Estelita O. Olivar


  • Notre Dame of Midsayap College High School
  • Notre Dame of Midsayap Night High School
  • Southern Christian College High School
  • Katingawan Adventist Academy
  • Our Lady of Wisdom Academy
  • Caxton College of Technology
  • Saint Mary's Academy of Midsayap


  • Coland Systems Technology
  • Ernest Rutherford College of Business and Technology
  • Our Lady of Wisdom Academy
  • Midsayap Community College
  • Cotabato Medical Foundation College
  • Notre Dame of Midsayap College[1]
  • Southern Christian College [2]

Agencies based in Midsayap

Midsayap is host to many government agencies. Some are regional offices, while others are specially assigned to serve the vast areas of the island of Mindanao due io its strategic location. Among these are:

Health and medical institutions

Midsayap is also very accessible to health facilities thereby a reliable place to go. Medical facilities in the town are:

  • Dela Cruz Medical Clinic
  • Dr. Amado Diaz Memorial Provincial Foundation Hospital
  • MDC Hospital
  • Jalandoni Medical Clinic
  • Pesante Surgical, Emergency and Medical Hospital
  • Sara Medical Clinic
  • Tarongoy Medical Clinic


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