|Municipality of Matalam, Cotabato|
Map of Cotabato showing the location of Matalam
|Region||SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)|
|Districts||2nd District of Cotabato|
|Incorporated (Town)||December 29, 1961|
|• District Representative||Nancy A. Catamco|
|• Mayor||VALDEVIESO, Oscar M. (2010-present)|
|• Vice Mayor||CATAMCO, Cheryl V. (2010-present)|
|• Municipal Council|
|• Total||476.00 km2 (183.78 sq mi)|
|Elevation||80 m (260 ft)|
|• Density||150/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|• Summer (DST)||+8 (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st Class|
Matalam is a palm shape municipality. It is centrally located right at the heart of the province of Cotabato. It is bounded on the east by the municipality of Kidapawan; on the west by Kabacan; on the south by M’lang and on the North bu Municipalities of President Roxas and Carmen. It lies along the Cotabato-Davao National Highway occupying the large portion of the famous Arakan Valley.
Matalam is politically subdivided into 34 barangays.
- New Alimodian
- Central Malamote
- Lower Malamote
- New Bugasong
- New Pandan
- Patadon West
- Santa Maria
- Tamped (Tampad)
- New Abra
|Population census of Matalam, Cotabato|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Matalam belongs to the 4th type of climate, which is characterized by a more or less even distribution of rainfall throughout the year. The municipality has an average rainfall of 13.63 inches (346 mm). The heaviest rainfall months of the year are May, June and July. The prevailing wind direction is from west to east. Matalam is geographically located outside typhoon belt. Normal condition temperature ranges from 28-38 degrees Celsius, the month of April being the hottest month, while the coldest month of the year is December.
Mineral resources is found on the mountainous portion with properties such as shale sandstone, conglomerate, limestone, igneous rock and other volcanic materials.
The development of Matalam as municipality is greatly associated with the history of Kabacan, its mother town. Matalam was a tiny community then.
Matalam was finally recognized as developing community when it was formally separated from Kabacan and was created into a municipality in 1958. From then on, economic activity progressed.
Matalam's market and other commercial establishments are the hub of activity in the said area. Commercial establishments in the town include the following: bakeries, gasoline dealers, copra dealers, sari-sari stores, beta houses, carenderias, hardwares, grains retailers, fish dealers, and many more.
Rice, corn and copra are commodities which are very much in demand in the local trade. Due to lack of supply, rice and corn grits are sometimes brought in from the mainland. These are retailed in the market for local consumption.
The municipality of Matalam before its creation into a regular municipality the (Poblacion) which is now the set of government is just a mere Sitio of Kilada called "Crossing M'lang" within the jurisdiction of the municipality of Kabacan. Because of its strategic location coupled with the strong desire of the people through the able leadership of both civic and religious leader, petitioned the provincial and national government for its creation into a regular municipality.
- "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.