Alabel, Sarangani

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Municipality of Alabel
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
Official seal of Alabel
Map of Sarangani with Alabel highlighted
Map of Sarangani with Alabel highlighted
Alabel is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°08′N 125°17′E / 6.13°N 125.28°E / 6.13; 125.28Coordinates: 6°08′N 125°17′E / 6.13°N 125.28°E / 6.13; 125.28
Country  Philippines
Region Soccsksargen (Region XII)
Province Sarangani
District Lone District
Barangays 13 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Vic Paul Molina Salarda, MPA
 • Vice Mayor Ronnel Saldua Español, MPA
 • Congressman Rogelio D. Pacquiao
 • Electorate 45,780 voters (2016)
 • Total 510.98 km2 (197.29 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 80,359
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 9501
PSGC 128001000
IDD:area code +63 (0)83
Climate type Tropical rainforest climate
Income class 1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 219,384,734.41 (2016)
Major religions Roman Catholic
Feast date May 15
Patron saint San Isidro Labrador
Festival Kasadyaan Festival

Alabel, officially the Municipality of Alabel, is a 1st class municipality and capital of the province of Sarangani, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 80,359 people.[3]

Alabel is bounded on the west by General Santos City and Sarangani Bay, on the east by Davao Occidental, on the north by Malungon, and on the south by Malapatan.

The capital town's proximity to General Santos City makes it an ideal escape from the hectic and frenzied urban activities as well as the jump-off point to explore Sarangani. A quick tour around the Provincial Capitol complex will show tourists exactly how good governance is practiced in Sarangani Province.

In 2017, Alabel ranks no.41 of the top 50 ranking LGU's in the Philippines during the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Regional Awarding Ceremony held at Koronadal City.


In 1947, the families of Santiago Alaba and Tomas Beldad Sr. settled in Buayan. The place became a barrio of the Mun. of Dadiangas on Sept. 17, 1956, through Hadji Abdawa Mohamad and Marcos Malinao. The barrio was named "Alabel" in honor of Alaba and Beldad family.[4]

On September 10, 1971, Republic Act No. 6393 or An Act Creating the Municipality of Alabel in the Province of South Cotabato. Under the Section 01 of R.A. 6393 of 1971, the barrios of Dumolok(present-day Domolok), Alegria, Cawas (present-day Kawas), Alabel (now Poblacion), Bagakay (Bagacay), Pag-asa, Tocawal (Tokawal) and Maribulan, in the City of General Santos, are separated from the said city, and constituted into a distinct and independent municipality, to be known as the Municipality of Alabel, South Cotabato (in 1992, Sarangani Province was created). The seat of government of the new municipality shall be in the present site of Barrio Alabel (now Poblacion). R.A. 6393 formerly House Bill No. 3222 was an initiative of Hon. James L. Chongbian, the first congressman of Sarangani Province.[5]

Erwin Chiongbian

Spring, Baluntay, Datal Anggas, and Paraiso were created between 1986 to 1989, bringing to 12-barangays.[4]

The first set of elected officials were; Lucio J. Alaba as Mayor, Jose Orlino, Jr. as Vice Mayor, and Councilors; Dionisio Lim, Gregorio Lumanta, Hermogenes Pecolados, Ignacio Solis, Alfredo Radaza, Honorio Navarro, Teodolito Jabilles, and Exequil Tecson.[6]

The Province of Sarangani was created pursuant to Republic Act No. 7228 on March 16, 1992, composed of seven (7) municipalities, namely, Alabel, Glan, Maasim, Maitum, Malapatan, Malungon and Kiamba which were segregated from the Province of South Cotabato.[7] Under said Act, the Municipality of Alabel was made the capital of the new province where the capitol building and all other national and provincial offices shall be established.Finally, Alabel was chosen the capital town of the newly-created Sarangani Province through the representation of Hon. James L. Chiongbian.[8][9]

The former President Corazon Aquino landed in Barangay Spring in 1988 during her visit in South Cotabato. The President together with her team visited Mindanao to watch the solar eclipse. Astronomers and other tourists watched the said celestial phenomena.

Founders of Alabel

President Corazon Aquino and Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos were among the estimated 20,000 sight-seers and scientists who jammed the cities of Davao and General Santos for the event, seen as a total eclipse only in the nation's extreme southern tip and parts of Indonesia. It was the first total eclipse seen in the Philippines since 1955. Another is not expected until the year 2042.[10]

In 1996, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, General Santos City and Sarangani Province hosted the 42nd Palarong Pambansa where some sports events were held in Alabel[11] (specifically inside Provincial Capitol Complex). A grandstand, track and field and an Olympic size swimming pool were built for this event. The Palarong Pambansa metal-arc signboard was still intact but not so visible due to the leaves and tree branches that cover it.

Fr. Godofredo Maghanoy

SPAREGO is an anti-graft watchdog formed in 2003 following the discovery of alleged massive corruption in Sarangani. Sarangani People's Action for Reform and Good Governance (SPAREGO), then headed by the late Fr. Godofredo Maghanoy and Avelino Sichon, filed graft and corruption charges against nearly all Sarangani provincial officials and department heads, accusing them of fleecing the provincial coffers of some P43 million in less than 3 years. A peaceful rally has done by SPAREGO happened in Alabel, Sarangani.[12]

In 2014, SPAREGO filed before the Office of the Ombudsman a grave misconduct complaint against 4 Sarangani officials for the continued release of salaries and benefits to two local officials serving life terms in prison. The complaint was signed by Fr. Raul Vale, Fr. Antonio Chua, United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) pastors Reverend Avelino Sichon and Gil Almarez, and Felix Montallana. SPAREGO cited the continued release of salaries and benefits to provincial board members Eugene Alzate and Cornelio Martinez Jr even after the promulgation of their life sentence for malversation of public funds, handed down by the anti-graft court in 2014.[12]

Martial law[edit]

A battle between the Ilaga paramilitary groups and the indigenous community of the town, composed of Moros and Lumads, happened in Alabel during the Martial law era under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos in 1974. Civilian fled and evacuated in Dadiangas (now General Santos) in order to survive from brutalities in Alabel while some went home to their place of origin in Visayan Islands.

In 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, Mayor Lucio Alaba was replaced by Hernando L. Sibugan, the appointed OIC Mayor of Alabel in 1987 by then Ministry of Local Government. His accomplishments were not left unnoticed. He was elected as mayor and served for 10 years from 1988 to 1998. [4]


Students, government employees and officials, Philippine National Police and military personnel unfurled the largest Philippine flag in front of the Capitol building in February 26, 2009. The flag which measures two hectares symbolizes unity among Muslims, Christians and tribal groups as Filipinos, with one flag and one country.[13]

Largest Philippine flag in Sarangani

On November 10, 2009, Republic Act No. 9752 was approved also known as An act converting the Demoloc-Little Baguio-Alabel Road linking the Municipality of Malita, Province of Davao Del Sur and the Municipality of Alabel, Province of Sarangani into a National Road. This act which originated in the House of Representatives was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on August 12, 2008, and July 28, 2009, respectively. Former President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo approved the bill and enacted as law in 2009, The Demoloc-Little Baguio-Alabel Road linking the Municipality of Malita, Province of Davao del Sur and the Municipality of Alabel, Province of Sarangani is hereby converted into a national road.[14]

In 2007, President Arroyo distributed some 350 land patents covering a total of 3,210 hectares spread out in seven Sarangani municipalities. It was held at the provincial capitol in Alabel, PGMA handing out 50 patent certificates each to the mayors of the towns of Alabel, Glan, Kiamba, Maasim, Malapatan, Maitum, and Malungon.[15]

In 2013, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. XII (DOLE XII) opened its new field office at CAM building, CP Garcia St. Alabel, Sarangani Province. DOLE XII Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo cited immediate response and importance of accessibility to the customers as reasons for this new move. Mayor Corazon Grafilo of the Municipality of Alabel attended the inauguration and thanked the department for the initiative.[16]

Corazon Sunga Grafilo

In 2017, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 12 have declared the entire municipality of Alabel, Sarangani Province’s capital, as “drug-cleared.” The municipality’s 13 barangays are considered “cleared” of illegal drugs and related activities based on regulations set by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB). All barangays in Alabel underwent thorough evaluation as provided for in DDB Board Regulation No. 3, series of 2017 or “Strengthening the Implementation of Barangay Drug-Clearing Program.” Since July 2016, the Alabel municipal police station has launched 14 major anti-drug operations that resulted to the arrest of 14 suspects and the filing of 18 cases. Alabel is the fourth municipality in Sarangani that was declared as “drug-cleared” since May. The three others were the municipalities of Glan, Malungon and Malapatan.[17]

The municipality was in a preparation for conversion as a component city of Sarangani Province. An on-going construction of a Municipal Hall was initiated in Mayor Salarda's administration.


Alabel is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.

Political Map of Alabel
Urban/Rural Barangay Code



as of 2010

Rural Alegria 128001001 7,756
Rural Bagacay 128001002 3,036
Rural Baluntay 128001003 3,763
Rural Datal Anggas 128001004 8,982
Rural Domolok 128001005 4,021
Rural Kawas 128001006 5,779
Rural Maribulan 128001007 6,194
Rural Pag-asa 128001008 7,531
Rural Paraiso 128001009 1,586
Urban Poblacion (Alabel) 128001010 19,689
Rural Spring 128001011 3,734
Rural Tokawal 128001012 3,406
Urban Ladol 128001013 ________

Source: Philippine Standard Geographic Code (PSGC)[18][19]

Proposed Barangay[edit]

  • New Canaan


On October 12, 2016, a Memorandum of Agreement has approved the mandate of Zero Collection Policy in all Public elementary and Secondary schools in Alabel. This MOA was signed by Vic Paul Salarda, Alabel Municipal Mayor. Under the MOA, the LGU of Alabel will allot P200.00 subsidy to every student that were enrolled in all public schools in Alabel. “No Collection! But the schools are really in need of your donations,”.[20]

The MOA visioned to sove the increasing number of Out-of-School-Youth (OSY) in the municipality and minimize the burdensome of parent's financial expenses, allowing Alabelians to acquired free and quality education.

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Alabel Alliance School, Inc.
  • Alabel Central Integrated SPED Center (ACISC) formerly Alabel Central Elementary School (ACES). ACISC was a combination of two elementary schools ACES and Alabel Central SPED Center.
  • Alabel Johanna Montessori Elementary School
  • Bagacay Elementray School
  • Banlibato PS
  • Datal Anggas Elementary School
  • Famorcan Elementary School
  • Kawas Central Elementary School
  • Kiangkos PS
  • Kibak Primary School
  • King Nop Primary School located at Purok 8, Spring
  • Maribulan Elementary School
  • New Canaan Elementary School
  • Pag-Asa ES
  • Paraiso ES
  • Sarangani Adventist Academy for the Arts, Inc.
  • Spring Elementary School located at Purok 2, Spring, Alabel
  • Sofan PS
  • Upper Alabel Elementary School
  • Tokawal Elementary School

Secondary schools[edit]

  • Alabel National High School is one of many Tech-Voc High Schools in the province. It was established in the 1960s as a community high school, located at Poblacion, Alabel.[21]The current vice mayor of Alabel, Ronnel Saldua Espaňol, MPA is one of the alumni of ANHS in the year 1992.
Alabel National High School MOA signed for Abot Alam
  • Alabel National Science High School, the only regional science high school in SOCCSKSARGEN. ALSCI is located inside the Sarangani Provincial Capitol Complex, Maribulan, Alabel.[22]
  • Alabel Central Integrated SPED Center High School is a Public High School specifically located at Magsaysay St., Poblacion, Alabel.
  • Alegria National High School is a Public High School located at Alegria, Alabel.
  • Tokawal National High School is a Public High School located at Tokawal, Alabel.
  • Kawas National High School is a Public High School located at Kawas, Alabel.

Tertiary institutions and colleges[edit]

  • Primasia Foundation College, Inc. is a Private Schools located Pres. Quezon Street, Poblacion, Alabel.[23]
  • Sarangani Provincial Academy formerly Southern Philippine Academy is a tertiary school located in PBMA, Barangay Spring, Alabel.


Sarangani firemen get new trucks from the governor, Alabel mayor
Footbridge in Alabel

The Municipality of Alabel was governed by a local chief executive called as Mayor. Since then Alabel has six mayors and eight vice mayors. The seat of power of Alabel was located in Poblacion where different agencies and government offices were located.

  • The Local Government Unit of Alabel was a recipient of department's Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH). DILG awarded the municipality of Alabel, Sarangani P1 million as its Performance Challenge Fund for having also earned the seal.[24] PCF is a grant given to LGUs in recognition of their commendable performance in running and managing their respective governance affairs. To qualify for the PCF, an LGU should first pass the assessment and evaluation on good housekeeping that zeroes in the areas of good planning, sound fiscal management, transparency, and accountability, and valuing of performance monitoring.[25]

List of Mayors[edit]

Mayor Photograph Year Description
Lucio Jamero Alaba
Lucio Alaba.jpg
1971-1986 Founder; served as first Municipal Mayor of Alabel. He was born on March 04, 1914 in parents, Feliciano Paenmao Alaba and Juana Pagaran Jamero, a native of Antipolo, Medellin, Cebu.
Hernando Lalisan Sibugan
Popoy Sibugan.jpg
1987-1998 served as OIC Mayor of Alabel in 1987. He was elected Municipal Mayor from 1988 to 1998 and also served as Board Member of Sarangani Province from 1998 to 2003. He commits to “serve the public as long as he lives.” He was also known as "Popoy". He died in 2018.
Narciso Ra. Grafilo Jr.
Narciso Ra. Grafilo Jr. (1993-1998)
1998-2007 served as Vice Mayor from 1993-1998 under Hernando Sibugan's administration. He was elected and served as Municipal Mayor from 1998 to 2007. He is the husband of former Municipal Mayor Corazon S. Grafilo and father of Mun. Councilor Narciso IV.
Corazon Sunga Grafilo
Corazon S. Grafilo.jpg
2007-2016 served as Municipal Mayor from 2007 to 2016. She succeeded his husband's position after winning the election in 2007. Mayor Azon is the first woman local chief executive of Alabel. She popularized the town's tagline "Abante Alabel" (move forward Alabel)[26]
Vic Paul Molina Salarda
Hon. Vic Paul Molina Salarda, MPA
2016-present a teacher turns politician. He is the son of Mrs. Florentina Salarda, a politician and retired teacher. Mayor Noy served as a councilor in 2004 and elected Vice Mayor from 2007 to 2016. He won 2016 election against Elenito Senit, a former Local Civil Registrar of Alabel. Salarda's tagline was Serbisyong Matinud-anon Integridad Lauman Epektibo (Smile Alabel).[27]

List of Vice Mayors[edit]

Status: Active in Politics



Population census of Alabel
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 40,730—    
1995 46,527+2.52%
2000 60,779+5.90%
2007 71,872+2.34%
2010 75,477+1.80%
2015 80,359+1.20%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][19][29][30]


The Roman Catholic Church places the town under the jurisdiction of the San Isidro Labrador Parish. The parish church is situated in the town's Barangay Poblacion. The said parish was founded in 1988. Fr. Fortunato Ferolino was the first appointed Parish Priest of Alabel.

San Isidro Labrador of Alabel Statue

The patron saint of Alabel is San Isidro Labrador who is also the patron saint of farmers. His feast day is also celebrated in a town-wide fiesta every May.[31]

SILP Altar

Other denominations and Christian churches also have a presence in Alabel such as the

  • Alabel Alliance Evangelical Church
  • Alabel Centro Foursquare Gospel Church
  • Alabel General Baptist Church
  • Alabel Good News Church
  • Assembly of God Church
  • Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Iglesia ni Kristo (INC)
  • Lord Of Glory Life Church Inc. Kawas Church
  • Miracle Life Church
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church


A fiesta is held September 10 annually to commemorate the town's foundation. Another festival celebrated by the town is the Kasadyaan Festival. Kasadyaan means bliss.

Ethnic tribes[edit]

Cebuano, Hiligaynon, and B'laan were Alabel's primary ethnic tribes. They became part in Alabel's continuous peace and development for the four decades. Other tribes were business-minded Maranao or Meranaw, Tagakaolo of Datal Anggas, Badjao, and Maguindanaoan. Some Christian migrants from Luzon and the Visayas came in Alabel in the late 1950s, they were Tagalog, Ilocano, Batangueño, Boholano, Waray and Leyteño of Samar-Leyte.[32]


Alabel is largely based on agriculture with a high level production of dried coconut meat. Animal husbandry is the second biggest income earner, notably cattle farming. Other agricultural products are coconuts, maize, sugarcane, bananas, pineapples, cotton, mangoes; goat farming, pork, eggs, beef; fish; charcoal; coconut weaving. It is adjacent to the highly urbanized sea port city of General Santos.

Alsons Agri-Business Unit[edit]

Alsons Agri-Business Unit with operating companies of

  • Alsons Aquaculture Corporation (AAC)
  • Aquasur Resources Corporation (ARC)
  • Finfish Hatcheries Inc. (FHI)
  • Sarangani Agricultural Co., Inc.(SACI)

They were engaged in aquaculture, hatchery, processing, export, and agriculture. Our head office is based in Maribulan, Alabel, Sarangani Province.[33]

Manny Pacquiao and Alex Alcantara

Alabel is also home to Alson's Aquaculture Corporation, producer of the world-renowned Sarangani Bay Prime Bangus (milkfish).

Alsons Agribusiness Unit (ABU) is a proud member of the Alcantara Group of Companies. ABU has five (5) companies under its umbrella and is engaged in bangus fry production, bangus processing including fresh chilled and live fish products, Cavendish banana production, cattle breeding, land-based fish grow-out operations, sea cage fish production and diversified fruit crops production.[34]

ABU's member-companies mainly operates in Sarangani Province, General Santos, and Davao provinces. It also maintains its own feed mill and has fish processing plants in Alabel, Sarangani Province and in Roxas City, Panay Island. Its processing plant is FSSC 2200-certified, among others.[33]

Its products carry the Sarangani Bay brand and are marketed in the Philippines and abroad mainly the US, Canada, Australia and in some parts of the Middle East and Europe.[35]

Alsons Properties[edit]

Alsons Properties, the real estate arm of the Alcantara Group’s Alsons Development and Investment Corp. (Alsons Dev), has launched a socialized housing project in Sarangani, its first residential venture outside Davao City where it has mainly upmarket developments.

The eight-hectare Molave Homes, located in Alabel beside the Sarangani provincial capitol, “aims to address the need for decent, affordable housing in Alabel and General Santos City,” according to the project brief.[36]

Alsons Security Company, Inc.[edit]

A security company founded in 1994. Its main office is located in AAC Compound, Maribulan, Alabel, Sarangani Province.

RP Bahrain Harvest, Inc. (RPBH)[edit]

RPBH is a Cavendish banana production company, an initial 85-hectare banana plantation joint venture between the AMA Group of Companies and NEH Group of Companies in Barangay Domolok, Alabel. This plantation in Alabel with an initial investment of P85 million was eyeing to supply the banana to Asian and Middle East markets. RPBH plans to expand its banana plantation to 500 hectares.[37]

Other economic features[edit]

  • RD Prawn Farm in Brgy. Kawas[38]
  • San Andres Aquaculture Corp. (SANACOR)[38]
  • Mariculture Area in Brgy. Kawas and Ladol
  • One Town One Product (OT High-Value Fin Fishes (Pompano, trevally, groupers & Basses)

Investment opportunities[edit]

  • Mari-culture Parks & Inland Fisheries
  • Industrial and Tree plant
  • High-Value Crop production
  • Alternative Port Development
  • Industrial & Commercial Estates
  • Light Manufacturing Estates
  • Real Estate Projects
  • Tourism Development Project

Micro-finance program[edit]

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) formally launched the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso Program[39] or P3, a micro-financing program intended for small entrepreneurs in Alabel, Sarangani Province, to help eradicate poverty, and promote business and employment among Filipinos. Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to replace the “5-6” money lending system and provide an affordable micro-financing for the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the P3 funding program provides microenterprises an alternative source of financing that is easy to access and made available at a reasonable cost.[40]

Transportation and communication[edit]

The economy has accelerated in the past decade driven by advances in global communication technology and the finishing of a modern highway that tremendously improved trade and transport.

Republic Act No. 10828 is An act establishing a Regular District Office of the Land Transportation Office in the Province of Sarangani and appropriating funds therefor.[41] A Regular District Office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) was established in the Municipality of Alabel, Province of Sarangani. LTO District Office in Alabel be able to serve the people of the province more effectively and efficiently.[42]

Transport groups and association[edit]

  • Alsamco Transport Services Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Altransmulco)

Energy and power[edit]

Southern Philippines Power Corporation[edit]

The Southern Philippines Power Corporation (SPPC) 55 MW diesel-fired power plant in Alabel, Sarangani Province began operating in 1998. SPPC contributed to alleviating the power shortage in Mindanao.

Southern Philippines Power Corporation

SPPC supplied power to the Mindanao grid under an 18-year Energy Conversion Agreement (ECA) with the National Power Corporation (NPC).

In April of 2016, SPPC began operating as a merchant plant, directly supplying power to Davao City and Cotabato City.

SPPC is a member of Alsons Power Group Companies.[43]

SOCOTECO II Alabel Sub-Office[edit]

SOCOTECO II Alabel Sub-Office is located in Corner Palmera St., C. P. Garcia St, Poblacion, Alabel.The South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO II) is an active partner of the national government in the successful implementation of Rural Electrification Program. Alabel is one of the franchise area of SOCOTECO II.[44]

Gasoline stations[edit]

  • Petron Gas Station located at C. P. Garcia Street.
  • Phoenix Gasoline Station located at Dionisio P Lim Sr Street, Poblacion
  • Green Oil located at Poblacion
  • Flying V at Poblacion
  • Shell at Kawas

Health and sanitation[edit]

Alabel Municipal Health Office was headed by Dr. Honorato Fabio.

The Alabel Birthing Home was built to supplement the need for maternal health services.

Sarangani Medical Center

Septage Treatment Facility (STF)[edit]

Environment Secretary Jose L. Atienza leads the ceremonial cutting of ribbon for the Septage Treatment Facility (STF) in Alabel Wednesday, October 17, 2007. STF was funded by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.[45]

Ceremonial cutting of ribbon for the Septage Treatment Facility (STF)


  • The Red Orchid Awards is the DOH’s search among government hospitals, offices and Local Government Units (LGUs) for implementing the 100 percent Tobacco-Free Environment and meeting the quality standards on tobacco prevention and control set by the World Health Organization (WHO).[46] The Municipality of Alabel, Sarangani Province was one the awardee of DOH 12 Regional Red Orchid Awards 2016.[47]

Alabel Tourism[edit]

  • Its major tourist attractions are the annual festivities, the diverse culture of its people, its beaches, and inland

resorts, as well as industrial and support facilities like the bunker C-fired diesel fuel power plant and septage treatment facility. The area has an abundance of waterfalls, rivers, lakes, caves, valleys, mountains and forests that can be found in rural upland barangays. These nature-based tourism attractions, however, are yet to be developed and provided with suitable support services and infrastructure, as well as the introduction of tourism-related activities.

  • Beaches - Among the beaches in Alabel frequently visited by tourist are the Ladol Beach and the Half Moon Beach (also known as Kawas Beach).
  • Mater Dolorosa Passionist Novitiate- Mater Dolorosa Passionist Novitiate, the new novitiate house at Alabel, Sarangani, was dedicated and blessed on January 28, 2014. Fr. Pol Plaza, CP, the Passionist Provincial of the Philippines presided the event and ably assisted by Fr. Evan Esmade, CP, Director of Novices, and Fr. Meliton Aparece, CP, assistant Director.[48]
  • Lake Beto - Lake Beto, located in an 8-hectare area, is one of the potential natural attractions in the area which needs to be developed. The LGU of Alabel is offering the development of Lake Beto to interested investors, in coordination with the landowners, so as to maximize the economic potentials of the area for tourism. There is still no existing tourism infrastructure within the vicinity. Fish cages are present, built by the local community. The surrounding land is owned by private individuals while 25% is owned by Cong. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao . The attractions that can be developed in and around the lake include boating, game fishing & wakeboarding.[49]
  • 1st Goldenboy Herrera Kite Festival - The kite festival, held in an open field in Alabel, was competed by different kite flyers from Sarangani to Batangas with a total cash prize of P100,000 and trophies.[50]
  • Woodstock Sarangani- 100 bands to rock Alabel in from October 1 -31, 2014. Also, the Goldenboy Herrera Farm will be transformed into one mini Carnival with rides from Manila. A night market was also there.[51]
  • Summer Long Board Festival - a longboard competition brought by the Office of Municipal Mayor. It was held at Bagacay, Alabel.
  • Atnayan Falls- a falls discovered by Team Bundol Mountaineer in 2011 at Sitio New Canaan, Pag-asa, Alabel.[52]

Peace and order[edit]

Philippine National Police[edit]

Sarangani Provincial Police Office is located in Brgy Kawas, Alabel, while Alabel Municipal Police Station is located in Municipal Compound in Poblacion, Alabel.

Alabel Police Station
  • Alabel Municipal Police Station was awarded as Best Municipal Police Station during the 115th Police Service Anniversary of the Philippine National Police (PNP) held at the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12 at Tambler, General Santos City on August 17, 2016.[53]

Armed Forces of the Philippines[edit]

The 73rd Infantry (Neutralizer) Battalion, 10th Infantry (AGILA) Division, Philippine Army has included Alabel in its area of operations since 2009.[54]

Environment and natural resources[edit]


Climate data for Alabel, Philippines (2015 A.D.)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.0
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.0
Average low °C (°F) 22.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 556
Average precipitation days 29 21 25 22 28 29 29 30 27 30 27 27 324
Source: AccuWeather[55]


Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC)

Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) of Sarangani Province is located in Sarangani Provincial Complex in Alabel. The ECPC founded in 2003 has a mission to generation and utilization of scientific knowledge for the formulation of responsive environmental management policies and development of appropriate models to support the relevant need of the government, private sector and community for sustainable, integrated natural resources management.[56] The ECPC is a DOH accredited laboratory and DENR recognized laboratory. Environmental Research Studies, Laboratory Analysis, Environmental Education, Taxidermy, and Learning Tours were services offered by ECPC not only to Sarangani but to all of the Filipinos.[57]


Infrastructure is among the top priorities of this Administration with public spending on infrastructure projects targeted to reach 8-9 trillion pesos from 2017-2022.[58]

Alabel's New Municipal Hall[edit]

The Local Government Unit of Alabel, despite of the continuous rain, heartily and happily conducted the Ground Breaking Ceremony, right after the 119th Independence Day Celebration Program, of the soon rising 4-storey Municipal Hall Building. The ceremony was blessed by series of prayers led by the tri-people followed by site dedication. This blessing would not be possible without the help of the kind-hearted partners and stakeholders of the municipality.[59]

Inaugaration of new SB hall

Alabel's New Sangguniang Bayan Building[edit]

The new Sangguniang Bayan or town's legislative building served as official function hall of the town's legislature headed by a Municipal Vice Mayor. The current vice mayor of Alabel is Hon. Ronnel S. Español, MPA. Offices of the respective Municipal Councilors or kagawad held in the New SB Hall. A session hall located in the second floor of the building served as an official meeting quarter where municipal resolutions and ordinances are made.

Alabel Mega Public Market[edit]

Alabel Mega Public Market was opened on June 13, 2011. The public market was divided into two, the wet and dry good building.[60][61]

Dominguez, Pacquiao open Alabel mega market.jpg

Municipal gymnasium[edit]

The Alabel Municipal Gymnasium served as events and indoor sports venue in Alabel. Basketball and Volleyball tournaments were held in the gymnasium. Mutya ng Alabel, an annual beauty pageant was formerly held at the gymnasium before the said pageant's venue was transferred in the municipal plaza.[62]

House Bill No. 7418[edit]

  • House Bill No. 7418- An act converting the Municipality of Alabel in the Province of Sarangani into a component city to be known as the City of Alabel. The House Bill 7418 was introduced by Hon. Rogelio D. Pacquiao to the Seventeenth Congress, Second Regular Session of the House of Representative in Quezon City. An excerpt from the Explanatory Note of the bill said that conversion of the capital would usher in the new era of Alabel, increasing its financial capabilities and giving LGU more power. It would also speed up urbanization and benefits the rest of the province.



  • Abante Alabel - popularized by Corazon Grafilo's administration.
  • Smile Alabel - Salarda's administration Tagline.


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