|Nickname(s): The Economic Center of Arakan Valley Complex|
Map of Cotabato with Antipas highlighted
|Region||SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)|
|Congr. district||2nd District of Cotabato|
|Incorporated||March 7, 1981|
|• District Representative||Nancy A. Catamco|
|• Mayor||Egidio D. Cadungon Jr.|
|• Vice Mayor||Rodrigo L. Pedregosa|
|• Municipality||552.50 km2 (213.32 sq mi)|
|Elevation||320 m (1,050 ft)|
|• Density||46/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Language(s)||Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Ilocano, Manobo, Tagalog|
|Income class||2nd Class|
Antipas is a second class municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines and is partially urban. As of the 2010 census, it has a population of 25,242 people, making it the least populous municipality in the province.
Antipas is centrally located at the heart of Arakan Valley. It is bounded on the southeast by the Municipality of Magpet, on the northeast by the Municipality of Arakan, on the north by the Municipality of President Roxas and Arakan River, on the west by its mother municipality, Matalam and on the south by President Roxas.
(May 1, 2010)
Antipas belongs to the "4" type of climate characterized by a distribution of rainfall throughout the year, with an average rainfall of 267 mm. The heaviest rainfalls frequently occur during the months of May, June, July and August. Antipas being centrally located at the heart of Arakan Valley is protected by the majestic Mount Apo from typhoons and other climatic disturbances. Prevailing wind directions are the Northeast and Southwest monsoon.
Temperature ranges from 23 to 32 degrees Celsius, because of its topographic elevation of 320 meters above sea level and proximity to mountainous Bukidnon province, making it one of the cool places in SOCCSKSARGEN. The highest temperature is felt during the months of March and April while the lowest is in December. The long dry season usually lasts from January to April, during which months there is also a marked decrease in water supply for agricultural purposes when some water sources dry up, affecting agricultural productivity. During the peak rainy season, some rivers/creeks overflow, causing low-lying areas to flood.
The Municipality of Antipas long before its creation into a regular municipality was just a mere sitio called Buru-Buruan of Barangay Kiyaab of the Municipality of Matalam which is inhabited mostly by Manobos. Due to continuous influx of Christian settlers in the area, the Municipal Council of Matalam passed a resolution in 1963, approved by the defunct Provincial Board of Cotabato and then was consequently recognized as one of the regular barangays of Matalam, Cotabato bearing the name of ANTIPAS.
The name ANTIPAS was derived from ANTI from the word ANTIQUE and PAS from PASSI, two places found in Panay Island. The enthusiasm of the natives and their determination to run their own affairs coupled with the fertility of the soil and a promise of a brighter future of the area brought forth the unified will of the people when they petitioned the National Government through the Provincial Government headed by Governor Carlos B. Cajelo and represented by Assemblyman Jesus Amparo of the Batasang Pambansa. On October 14, 1980 by virtue of Batas Pambansa Bilang 88, approved by President Ferdinand E. Marcos, ratified by the people of the Municipality of Matalam on December 6, 1980 and ultimately inaugurated on March 7, 1981, Antipas was created as the 15th municipality of Cotabato.
|Population census of Antipas|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
As of 2011 according to LGPMS, Antipas has a population of 26,948 people. There are 1,706 people (6.76%) difference from the previous census of 2010. Compared to the census of 1995 the number of people increased by 7,777 (40.56%) in span of 16 years. The average annual growth of the town is 3.31% which is higher than the national annual average (1.90%).
The population density of Antipas with 26,948 inhabitants in 199.98 km2 land area is 135 per km2.
Antipas was classified as a 2nd class municipality by the DILG-LGMPS in 2011 . It yielded an income of Php 87,510,519.00 , where Php 80,567,780.00 is from IRA and Php 6,942,739.00 from Local-Sourced Revenues. The Municipality is considered as the Economic Center of Arakan Valley Complex. It plays a pivotal role in the economic development on its neighboring towns. It is the commercial, industrial and trading hub of four neighboring municipalities.
Rubber and cavendish banana production are the major crops. A major company engaged in Cavendish production in the area is AJMR/SUMIFRU Philippines. Other industries present in the area deal with agriculture support facilities such as Rice mill, corn mills, corn sheller and drier. Some furniture making, tailoring and welding are also present within the locality. The Palm Oil Industry is now also in the rise as Businessmen and Farmers venture further in finding ways on how to utilize their lands effectively.
Antipas is predominantly an agriculture area. Antipas is identified as a major banana, corn and rubber producing area in relation to soil type and soil capability dominant in the area. Coupled with these is the potential of the area for agri-based industries like cassava, coconut and rubber, rice, coffee and cacao.
Local means of transportation is served by tricycles known locally as just "motor". Transportations to its barangays and adjacent municipalities are served by Motorcycles, Jeepneys, and L300 Vans. Mini-Buses serves the Arakan—Kidapawan City Route which passes the municipalities of Antipas and President Roxas. Public Utility Vans also served routes to and from the municipalities of Arakan, President Roxas, Barangay Linao and Kiyaab of Antipas and Kidapawan City.
- Antipas Medical Specialist Center Hospital, Inc.
- Arakan Valley District Hospital
- Clinica Catotal
- Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST)- Antipas Annex
- St. Uriel School, Inc.
- Untalan Institute of Technology
- Antipas National High School - Main Campus
- Antipas National High School - Malire Annex
- Antipas Educational Learning Center
- Camutan High School
- Malatab High School
- SBC Learning Center
- St. Uriel School, INC.
- Antipas Central Elementary School
- B. Cadungon Elementary School
- Camutan Elementary School
- Cana-an Elementary School
- Datu Agod Elementary School
- Datu Embangan Public School
- Dolores Elementary School
- Kiyaab Elementary School
- Luhong Elementary School
- Magsaysay Elementary School
- Malangag Elementary School
- Malatab Elementary School
- Malire Elementary School
- New Pontevedra Elementary School
- SBC Learning Center
- St. Uriel School, Inc.
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- "Accuweather: Antipas, Cotabato Philippines Records and Averages". Accuweather. Retrieved 22 Nov 2011.
||Carmen||Pres. Roxas (north part)|
|Matalam / Pres. Roxas (south part)||Magpet|