M'lang, Cotabato

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Municipality of M'lang
Map of Cotabato with M'lang highlighted
Map of Cotabato with M'lang highlighted
M'lang is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°57′N 124°53′E / 6.95°N 124.88°E / 6.95; 124.88Coordinates: 6°57′N 124°53′E / 6.95°N 124.88°E / 6.95; 124.88
Country Philippines
RegionSoccsksargen (Region XII)
District3rd District
FoundedAugust 3, 1951
Barangays37 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorRussel M. Abonado
 • Vice MayorJoselito F. Piñol
 • CongressmanJose I. Tejada
 • Electorate56,532 voters (Philippine general election, 2019)
 • Total312.13 km2 (120.51 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total95,070
 • Density300/km2 (790/sq mi)
 • Income class1st municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence31.62% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)209,327,651.28 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)64
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Native languagesMaguindanao language
Ilianen language

M'lang, officially the Municipality of M'lang, (Hiligaynon: Banwa sang M'lang; Maguindanao: Ingud nu M'lang), is a 1st class municipality of the Philippines|municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 95,070 people.[3]


M'lang is politically subdivided into 37 Barangays.[2]

  • Bagontapay
  • Bialong
  • Buayan
  • Calunasan
  • Dalipe
  • Dugong
  • Dungo-an
  • Gaunan
  • Inas
  • Katipunan
  • La Fortuna
  • La Suerte
  • Langkong
  • Lepaga
  • Liboo
  • Lika
  • Luz Village
  • Magallon
  • Malayan
  • New Antique
  • New Barbaza
  • New Kalibo
  • New Consolacion
  • New Esperanza
  • New Janiuay
  • New Lawa-an
  • New Rizal
  • Nueva Vida
  • Pag-asa
  • Poblacion A
  • Poblacion B
  • Pulang-lupa
  • Sangat
  • Tawantawan
  • Tibao
  • Ugpay
  • Palma-Perez


The Name M'lang was derived from a Maguindanaoan word Tamlang which means "bamboo".

In 1930s, migrants mostly from the islands of Panay and Negros in Western Visayas and some parts of Luzon settled in M'lang. Jacinto Paclibar, who was in search for more fertile lands and vast settlement was the first christian who settled in M'lang. In the Second World War, he was appointed Chairman of the Civil Emergency Administration under the 118th Infantry Regiment of Wendell Fertig's 10th Military Division, assuming his position in M'lang. After the war ended, he was appointed as Deputy Governor of the undivided Empire Province of Cotabato until 1949. He had in mind a government assisted subdivision project so that landless settlers may have their share to utilize fertile lands for farming and settlement.

M'lang became a regular municipality on August 3, 1951, by virtue of Executive Order No. 462 of the President of the Philippines by the then President Elpidio Quirino, with territories taken from the adjacent towns of Kidapawan (its mother municipality) and Buluan (now part of Maguindanao).



Population census of M'lang
YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 42,085—    
1970 44,844+0.64%
1975 51,596+2.85%
1980 57,059+2.03%
1990 68,971+1.91%
1995 71,846+0.77%
2000 78,170+1.82%
2007 86,321+1.38%
2010 87,749+0.60%
2015 95,070+1.54%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

In the 2015 census, the population of M'lang was 95,070 people,[3] with a density of 300 inhabitants per square kilometre or 780 inhabitants per square mile.


The Central Mindanao Airport, in barangay of Tawan-tawan, is intended to serve as the primary air transport hub for agricultural produce of Cotabato and those coming from central Mindanao. It has a 1.2 kilometer runway with a capability for commercial flights, but there are no scheduled flights. Central Mindanao project is designed to provide capacity of 3.5 million passengers p/a.[9]


  • Notre Dame of M'lang
  • Bialong Elementary School
  • Mlang Pilot Elementary School
  • Mlang National High School
  • Southern Baptist College
  • Mariano Untal Memorial High School
  • Bagontapay Central Elementary School
  • Buayan Elementary School
  • New Barbaza Elementary School
  • Magallon Elementary School
  • Lepaga Elementary School
  • La Fortuna Elementary School
  • Dugong Elementary School


  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.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ http://www.facebook.com/kidapawanofthepast
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of North Cotabato". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ Arguillas, Carolyn O. (February 20, 2016). "M'lang airport's first use: to fly a plane seeding clouds". www.mindanews.com. Mindanews. Retrieved 9 January 2017.

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