Alamada, Cotabato

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Municipality of Alamada
Official seal of Alamada
Map of Cotabato with Alamada highlighted
Map of Cotabato with Alamada highlighted
Alamada is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°20′N 124°34′E / 7.33°N 124.57°E / 7.33; 124.57Coordinates: 7°20′N 124°34′E / 7.33°N 124.57°E / 7.33; 124.57
Country  Philippines
Region Soccsksargen (Region XII)
Province Cotabato
District 1st District
Founded May 20, 1969
Barangays 17 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Virginia C. Concepcion
 • Vice Mayor Samuel A. Alim
 • Electorate 31,061 voters (2016)
 • Total 787.50 km2 (304.06 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 64,596
 • Density 82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 9413
PSGC 124701000
IDD:area code +63 (0)64
Climate type Tropical rainforest climate
Income class 1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 204,850,680.57 (2016)

Alamada, officially the Municipality of Alamada, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 64,596 people.[3]

The town is named after the local chieftain Datu Alamada, and is famous for the Asik-asik Falls, one of the most expansive in the Philippines.


The Municipality of Alamada is bounded on the north by the Province of Lanao del Sur, on the south by the Municipality of Libungan, on the east by the Municipality of Banisilan and on the west by the Municipality of Pigcawayan and Buldon of Maguindanao Province. The 78,750 hectares of land area is distributed over 17 barangay. Generally, Alamada is highly elevated and its characterized by rolling, hilly and undulating terrain.


Alamada is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.[2]

  • Bao
  • Barangiran
  • Camansi
  • Dado
  • Guiling
  • Kitacubong (Poblacion)
  • Lower Dado
  • Macabasa
  • Malitubog
  • Mapurok
  • Mirasol
  • Pacao
  • Paruayan
  • Pigcawaran
  • Polayagan
  • Rangayen
  • Raradangan


The municipality belongs to the fourth type of climate. Rainfall is evenly throughout the year except on the months of May and September. Rainfall ranges from 73.63 to 96.88 inches (1,870 to 2,461 mm).


Its name was adopted in memory and in honor of the powerful ruler Datu Amaybulok Alamada.[4] He was the leader who fought against the foreign oppression and tyranny. The Datu was recognized as one of the fiery rulers by the Iranon and the Dalaman who were scattered throughout the northern part of the Municipalities of Pigcauayan, Libungan, Sultan Kudarat and in Kitacubong (now Poblacion) as the seat of his kingdom.

Prior to its creation as a municipality, it was a resettlement area for Hukbalahap (Hukbong Bayan Laban sa Hapon) surrenders. It was also a public land as declared by then President Elpidio Quirino on March 10, 1953. It was declared as resettlement site under Proclamation No. 376. After its declaration, President Quirino designated the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to implement the “Land for the Landless Program.”

On January 1, 1954, the area was named Genio Edcor, pursuant to section 3 of General Order No. 409 GHQ., AFP; the name was in honor of then M/SGT. Regino Genio who was ambushed in 1953 at Perido Edcor Farm in Angadanan, Isabela, by the “Hukbong Magpapalaya ng Bayan sa Hapon.” From January 1, 1954, to August 6, 1961, Genio Edcor was a political subdivision by the Municipality of Midsayap. Samson B. Buenafe, a bona fide settler of Genio Edcor, represented the area in the Municipal Council of Midsayap.

During the nationwide reorganization in 1986, the first mayor in the name of Wenceslao Tabar Dela Cerna was brought by the EDSA revolution. President Corazon C. Aquino on her first term, replaced the incumbent leaders, especially Marcos’ supporters by the Officer-in-Charge. From March 1986 to November 1987, Jesus N. Sacdalan served as the first OIC. Mayor Wenceslao Tabar Dela Cerna was brought back in the 1988 election and served until 1992.

Isolation Due To Future Establishment Of Bangsamoro[edit]

During the 2001 Referendum for inclusion to the Autonomous Region in Muslin Mindanao, two (2) out of twenty-eight (28) barangays of Carmen, Cotabato chose to be part of ARMM, but were excluded because they are not connected to the main region of ARMM. During 2010-2016 Administration, the Bangsamoro ideal sprouted and a newly proposed region was in the making. According to the agreements signed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Administration of Noynoy Aquino, Carmen will be included in Bangsamoro because of the two out of twenty-eight barangays that voted in favor of joining the Muslim region back in 2001. Unfortunately, Bangsamoro was not implemented before the term of Aquino ended. Despite this, the current administration aims to establish a Federal Government, where Bangamoro will be realized into a State of the Philippines wherein Carmen will be included in Bangsamoro.

Plans to establish a new municipality in the south of Carmen so that the indigenous and Christian central and northern part of Carmen will be retained in North Cotabato has yet to be confirmed. The idea arose because once the entire municipality of Carmen is included in Bangsamoro, the province of North Cotabato will be cut into half, leaving three towns (Banisilan, Alamada, and Libungan) at its west without connection to the center of North Cotabato, isolating these towns in the process.


Population census of Alamada
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1970 14,813 —    
1975 16,679 +2.41%
1980 20,205 +3.91%
1990 33,688 +5.25%
1995 38,949 +2.76%
2000 44,303 +2.80%
2007 52,165 +2.28%
2010 56,813 +3.15%
2015 64,596 +2.47%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Alamada, Cotabato, was 64,596 people,[3] with a density of 82 inhabitants per square kilometre or 210 inhabitants per square mile.


Alamada is basically agricultural as its land is cultivated for corn, upland rice, bananas, palm oil, and rubber. Thus its people activities are devoted to agriculture. A corn producing municipality. Livestock and poultry production is also another agricultural activities.

Natural resources[edit]

Its agricultural products are corn, coconuts, rice, banana, carrots, Irish potato, mango and other crops, minerals are also found in the areas such as manganese.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Asik-asik Falls, Upper Dado, Alamada
  • Asik-asik Falls is located at Sitio Dulao, Upper Dado, Alamada, Cotabato. The water comes from the rocks, instead of a stream.
  • Daday Falls, Upper Dado, Alamada, Cotabato. This is the highest and biggest waterfalls in the municipality, and it is located just few kilameters from the Asik-asik falls.
  • Kitub-Bao Cave located at Kitub-Bao, Alamada. It has one entrance but 3 exit points, underground water, swallow birds, bats and other unknown insects could be found inside the cave.
  • Mt. Opao located at Kitub-Bao, Alamada, specifically between the boundaries of Alamada and Banisilan. It is blessed with natural grown trees and source of cold spring water.
  • Shrine of the Holy Cross of Siya-siya located at Siya-siya, Bao,Alamada.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: North Cotabato". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
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  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO. 
  7. ^ "Province of North Cotabato". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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