Tupi, South Cotabato
Map of South Cotabato showing the location of Tupi
|Region||SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)|
|• Mayor||Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr.|
|• Total||228.00 km2 (88.03 sq mi)|
|• Density||270/km2 (700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Population census of Tupi, South Cotabato|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Nestling at the foot of a dormant volcano, Mount Matutum, Tupi is considered as the fruit, vegetable and flower basket of South Cotabato.
Tupi is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.
- Crossing Rubber
Tupi derived from the word "Tufi" which a vine chewed by native B'laan tribes who first inhabited the land. Tufi is abundant in vast forest with a refreshing taste.
As it lies in the dormant foot of Mt. Matutum, the fertile soil of volcanic ash offered the offered a great enticement to speculators and investors particularly in the field of agriculture.
In 1936 during the commonwealth government President, Manuel L. Quezon appointed Major General Paulino Santos as General Manager for the development of Koronadal and the vast land in the Allah Valey. Settlers from Luzon and Visayas starting to arrive transforming the once a forest into a flourishing area of agriculture.
The Bario of Tupi was later created into a municipality of Tupi by virtue of executive order 612 of President Elpidio Quirino on September 11, 1953. First set of appointed officials inducted on October 2 of the same year.
Tupi's climate and soil type makes it suitable to all types of crop and livestock production. Presently, Tupi aside from pineapple, tropical fruits and vegetables is identified as suited for high-value commercial crops (HVCC) like asparagus and papaya. Cutflower production is one crop that is presently putting Tupi in the Regional Map. In the case of poultry production, Tupi is likewise identified as one of the areas in the province as suited for said venture. To date, there are around 34 major poultry raisers scattered in the municipality with minimum of 10,000 heads capacity. Tupi had been identified in the SOCCSKSARGEN Growth Plan as one of the areas where a satellite Food Terminal shall be located. To date, a private organization, the DARBCI initiated the establishment of an initial 70 hectare Economic Zone within the Municipality of Tupi. One of the future investment eyed as an economic booster is the establishment of an Integrated Food Terminal. On this aspect, private investors are welcome to finance major economic endeavors within the economic zone.
As manifestation of the LGU's continuing quest for excellence in agricultural endeavors, individual fa Primarily on agricultural area: major crops are pineapple, papaya, asparagus, fruits, vegetables, corn, coffee, bananas, cut-flowers other High Value Commercial crops.
Tupi, which is basically an agricultural municipality, devotes 19% of its total land area to agricultural production. The major products are pineapple, papaya, asparagus, fruits, vegetables, corn, coffee, bananas, cutflowers, other High Value Commercial Crops, Wood products and processed Food.
The exports products are pineapple, asparagus, bottled fruit preserves and Bongolan Banana.
The existing major business establishments are Progressive Farms, Kablon Farms, Stanfilco of Dole Philippines, Blooming Petals, Inc., Central Universal Corporation and other Large Scale Livestock and Poultry Raisers distributed all over the Municipality.
Arts and Culture
- Kasadyahan Festival, "Sagana Sayaw sa Kadalanan-Kasadyahan"
Celebration featuring street dancing competition coined from Visayan word "Kasadya". It is a convergence of various ethnic and cultural dances featuring Tupi as the province's flower, fruit and vegetable basket and a town where various cultures abode. Held every September 11 in celebration of the town's foundation anniversary.
- Linggo ng Matutum.
A weeklong festivity every March 13–20 of each year in celebration of the declaration of Mt. Matutum as protected Landscape: highlighting "Amyak Maleh", a climb and plant mountaineering activities and the Mindanao wide "Amyak Maleh Mt Matutum Bike Challenge".
- Kariton Festival
Annual parade of animal-drawn carts (kariton) bedecked with vegetables, fruits and flowers. Held every October and is being sponsored by the barangay Poblacion.
- Ati-Atihan - A yearly festival of Barangay Crossing Rubber same with that of Kalibo, Aklan.
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "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.
- Official Website of the Local Government of Tupi
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information