Sarangani is a province of the Philippines located int SOCCSKSARGEN region. Its capital is Alabel. With a 230 kilometers (140 mi) coastline along the Sarangani Bay and Celebes Sea, the province is at the southernmost tip of Mindanao Island, and borders South Cotabato and Davao del Sur to the north, and borders South Cotabato and Davao del Sur to the North, and Davao Occidental to the east. The island of Sarangani was named by Ruy Lopez de Villalobos in 1543 as Antonia, in honor of Antonio de Mendoza y Pacheco who commissioned Villalobos expedition to the Philippines. The early inhabitants who first inhabited Sarangani were the indigenous natives, called “MunaTo,” a nativer term for “first people.”
Major industries in the province are Aquaculture, Fishery, Agriculture Plantations and Tourism. All seven towns are now covered by the services of the cellular phone networks and wireless internet connection. A 145 Kms. World-class road network connects the seven municipalities and traversing through the city of General Santos, which maintains an international airport and a wharf. Commercial and rural banks provide business institution and populace easy and efficient access to financial services in each municipality.
Sarangani is part of the South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City (SOCCSKSARGEN) development cluster, and is linked by paved roads to the international airport and harbor of Gen. Santos City.
The province is divided into two parts, separated by the Sarangani Bay and General Santos City, and it used to be part of South Cotabato until it was made an independent province in 1992.
The island of Sarangani was named by Ruy Lopez de Villalobos in 1543 as Antonia, in honor of Antonio de Mendoza y Pacheco who commissioned Villalobos expedition to the Philippines. The early inhabitants who first inhabited Sarangani were the indigenous natives, called “MunaTo,” a native term for “first people.”
In 1942, the Japanese troops occupied Southern Cotabato(now Sarangani). 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 as the Third District of South Cotabato. The province was created by Republic Act No. 7228 on March 16, 1992, penned by Congressman James L. Chiongbian. His wife, Priscilla L. Chiongbian, was the first Governor of Sarangani. They are known as the Father and Mother of Sarangani Province.
|Total Land Area||410,042 hectares|
Flatlands, rolling hills, and mountains characterized Sarangani’s terrain. The coastal towns of Alabel, Glan, Maasim, Malapatan, Kiamba, and Maitum are made up of vast stretches of fertile flatlands with slope ranging from 0 to 8 percent.
Mountains and rolling hills dominate the landscape of Malungon and the eastern and souther fringes of Sarangani, which border Davao del Sur and South Cotabato.
The province’s topgraphic characteristics are attributed to the presence of Alip Range, Daguma Range, Mt. Parker and Mt. Matutum. Mt. Busa, the highest peak located within the province has an approximate elevation of 2,083m above sea level.
Sarangani is a typhoon-free province. Its climate belongs to Type IV of the country’s climate classification. This type is characterized by a rainfall that is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. Averatge annual rainfall in 1999 was registered at 79.6mm. Heavy rainfall occurs during the months of June to August.
Average annual air temperature is 27.1°C. The hottest month is April where the maximum temperature reached its highest at 33.7°C, while the coldest month is January which registered 21.5°C. Relative humidity reading ranges from 76% to 84%. Prevailing wind direction blow towards North to Northeast.
|Total Population||544,261(2015 PSA estimate)|
|No. of Household||108,622|
|Local Dialects||Cebuano, Hiligaynon, B’laan,Maguindanaoan, Filipino, English|
|Poverty Incidence||47.3% (2015 PSA estimate)|
|Magnitude of Poor||49,240 household (Families)|
|Annual per Capital Poverty Threshold (2015)||Php 20,753 poverty threshold|
|Land Area Devoted for Agriculture||229,909 hectares|
|Land Area Harvested, ha||Volume of production, mt||Land Area Devoted to SAAD|
|Volume of production, mt||No. of Heads provided by SAAD|
|Year||Intervention||Municipality||Number of Beneficiaries|
|2018||Upland rice production|
|Mascuve duck raising|