|Municipality of Banisilan, Cotabato|
Map of Cotabato showing the location of Banisilan
|Region||SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)|
|Districts||1st District of Cotabato|
|Incorporated (Town)||February 8, 1982|
|• District Representative||Jesus N. Sacdalan|
|• Mayor||ALLADO, Betty A. (2010-present)|
|• Vice Mayor||PAREDES, Augustus Ceasar C. (2010-present)|
|• Municipal Council|
|• Total||577.20 km2 (222.86 sq mi)|
|• Density||74/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|• Summer (DST)||+8 (UTC+8)|
|Language(s)||Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Ilocano, Maguindanaon, Iranon|
|Income class||2nd Class|
|Population census of Banisilan, Cotabato|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Located at the Northern quadrant of Cotabato Province bounded on the north by the municipality of Wao, Lanao del Sur, on the east to northeast by the municipality of Carmen and Bukidnon, on the west by Alamada, On the South by the municipality of Pikit.
Barangays Banisilan is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.
Banisilan has wet and dry seasons, characterized by even distribution of rain fall, year round.
Predominantly an agricultural area devoted to agri-production like corn, palay, rubber sugar cane and fruit trees.
- Mt. Opao - This majestic mountain is located between the boundaries of Banisilan and Alamada. It has natural grown trees and a cold spring.
According to a reliable information from prominent Datus and Sultans Banisilan accidentally acquired its name from fresh water shell called Banisil which are then abundant in the area.
Before Banisilan was created as separate municipality from Carmen, its mother town, President Ramon Magsaysay signed Proclamation No. 317 dated July 17, 1956 reserving an area of 100,018 hectares of land for resettlement project which is under the general administration (NARRA) now known as the Department of Agrarian reform. This resettlement project covers three (3) municipalities and part of these is the North Cotabato Resettlement Project No. 1. as years passed, hundreds of landless and qualified coming from almost all parts of the country were resettled in the area. On March 19, 1959 the first batch of settlers from Panay called SAKADA headed by Jesus T. Alisasis who become the first vice-mayor, set foot Banisilan and in the succeeding months, other tribes from Luzon followed.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 6 October 2013.