Kitaotao, Bukidnon

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Kitaotao
Municipality
Municipal hall
Municipal hall
Official seal of Kitaotao
Seal
Nickname(s): The Municipality at the hips of Bukidnon; Friendly Municipality in Province of Bukidnon; Mango Capital of Bukidnon
Map of Philippines with Kitaotao highlighted
Map of Philippines with Kitaotao highlighted
Kitaotao is located in Philippines
Kitaotao
Kitaotao
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°38′N 125°01′E / 7.63°N 125.02°E / 7.63; 125.02Coordinates: 7°38′N 125°01′E / 7.63°N 125.02°E / 7.63; 125.02
Country Philippines
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Bukidnon
District 3rd district of Bukidnon
Founded June 18, 1966
Barangays 35
Government[1]
 • Mayor Lorenzo A. Gawilan Jr.
Area[2]
 • Total 788.78 km2 (304.55 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 50,260
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8716
IDD:area code +63 (0)88
Income class 1st municipal income class
PSGC 101309000
Electorate 23,567 voters as of 2016
Website www.kitaotaobuk.gov.ph

Kitaotao is a first class municipality in the province of Bukidnon, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 50,260 people.[3]

History[edit]

Cultural[edit]

During the Spanish regime, a Manobo Tribe in Bukidnon, headed by Datu Tayaotao, was known among its neighboring settlements for his bravery and leadership. When the Spaniards invaded Cotabato, in one of their drives to expand their colonial control over the Philippines, Datu Tayaotao was called upon for help by one Datu Muslim. The combined forces of the Muslims and Manobo successfully repulsed the Spanish operation.

A feast was declared by the Muslim chief to honor and thank Datu Tayaotao and his men. During the feast, the Muslim chief offered his only daughter to Datu Tayaotao to be his wife, as reward and bond, to strengthen the relation of the two tribes.

The wedding took place at Datu Tayaotao’s enclave, followed by a three-day feast. The Muslim Datu, overwhelmed by the gaiety and lavishness of the celebration, proclaimed and called Datu Tayaotao as Datu Kitaotao, the chief of the land of wealth. After his death, the locality was named after Datu Kitaotao.

Political[edit]

Kitaotao was once part of the district of Maramag. The creation of Kibawe in 1956 as a new district reclassified Kitaotao as part of Kibawe. After the Second World War, municipalities were created from the existing district and some settlements. In 1961, President Carlos P. Garcia issued Executive Order No. 444 for the creation of the municipality.

Under the sponsorship of Bukidnon Congressman Benjamin Tabios, House Bill No. 1655 was passed by Congress and approved by President Ferdinand E. Marcos as Republic Act No. 4801 for the creation of Kitaotao into a municipality on June 16, 1966. Its first political election was held in November 1967, electing Eusebio B. Pabualan as Kitaotao’s first municipal mayor. At present, Kitaotao is composed of 35 barangays and 108 sitios, with an approximate area of 52, 512 hectares.

Geography[edit]

Kitaotao is situated in the southern part of Bukidnon. It lies in the 124°24’ east longitude and 7°40’ to 7°39 south longitude. It is bounded in the north by the municipalities of Don Carlos, Quezon and San Fernando; and the municipalities of Kadingilan, Dangcagan, and Kibawe in the west; and then the province of North Cotabato in the south and Davao City in the east.

Topography[edit]

The area along the Sayre Highway is a plateau while the eastern portion including the Upper Pulangi region is mostly rolling hills with varying mountain slopes.

There are several mountains along the North Cotabato-Davao del Norte Border. Foremost of them are Mt. Sinaka, Mt. Malambo, Mt. Molawit, Mt. Makaayat, Mt. Kibinaton, Mt. Mahanao, Mt. Sumalili, Mt. Zita, and Mt. Kibanda which serve as the sanctuaries of the rare Philippine wildlife. It featured also the numerous waterfalls such as Sumalili, Kinanoran, Matigol and Lalapoy Falls which can be found in the Upper Pulangi region.

Drainage is generally directed southwards where the principal rivers: Pulangi, Muleta, Kulaman, Rawari, Zita, and Salog River.

Barangays[edit]

Kitaotao is politically subdivided into 35 barangays.[2]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[4]
101309001 Balangigay 2.2% 1,088 989 +1.83%
101309002 Balukbukan 3.4% 1,717 1,592 +1.45%
101309003 Bershiba 1.9% 949 884 +1.36%
101309004 Bobong 1.3% 629 948 −7.51%
101309005 Bolocaon 1.6% 794 656 +3.70%
101309006 Cabalantian 1.6% 812 560 +7.33%
101309007 Calapaton 1.5% 731 776 −1.13%
101309009 Sinaysayan (Dalurong) 1.9% 941 785 +3.51%
101309010 Kahusayan 2.9% 1,436 1,415 +0.28%
101309011 Kalumihan 1.3% 656 474 +6.38%
101309012 Kauyonan 2.3% 1,167 1,118 +0.82%
101309013 Kimolong 2.0% 1,018 948 +1.37%
101309014 Kitaihon 1.1% 544 550 −0.21%
101309015 Kitobo 5.2% 2,601 2,371 +1.78%
101309019 Magsaysay 1.3% 660 499 +5.47%
101309020 Malobalo 1.3% 650 605 +1.38%
101309021 Metebagao 1.5% 747 788 −1.01%
101309022 Sagundanon 2.3% 1,171 1,262 −1.41%
101309023 Pagan 2.7% 1,333 1,274 +0.87%
101309025 Panganan 2.9% 1,457 1,216 +3.50%
101309026 Poblacion 10.4% 5,221 4,927 +1.11%
101309028 San Isidro 2.4% 1,210 1,064 +2.48%
101309029 San Lorenzo 1.6% 789 681 +2.84%
101309030 Santo Rosario 1.7% 878 703 +4.32%
101309031 Sinuda (Simod) 15.1% 7,580 8,725 −2.64%
101309032 Tandong 1.6% 806 864 −1.31%
101309033 Tawas 3.8% 1,896 2,274 −3.40%
101309034 White Kulaman 5.0% 2,532 2,260 +2.19%
101309035 Napalico 1.5% 765 587 +5.17%
101309037 Digongan 3.3% 1,680 1,505 +2.12%
101309038 Kiulom 1.7% 847 626 +5.93%
101309039 Binoongan 1.3% 640 506 +4.57%
101309040 Kipilas 1.9% 965 1,379 −6.57%
101309041 East Dalurong 2.7% 1,369 1,814 −5.22%
101309042 West Dalurong 3.9% 1,981 1,863 +1.18%
Total 50,260 49,488 +0.30%

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Kitaotao
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 34,472 —    
1995 38,404 +2.04%
2000 26,073 −7.97%
2007 42,212 +6.87%
2010 49,488 +5.96%
2015 50,260 +0.30%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5]


In the 2015 census, the population of Kitaotao was 50,260 people,[3] with a density of 64 inhabitants per square kilometre or 170 inhabitants per square mile.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: BUKIDNON". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 

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