Makilala, Cotabato

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Map of Cotabato with Makilala highlighted
Map of Cotabato with Makilala highlighted
Makilala is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°58′N 125°05′E / 6.97°N 125.08°E / 6.97; 125.08Coordinates: 6°58′N 125°05′E / 6.97°N 125.08°E / 6.97; 125.08
Country Philippines
Province Cotabato
District 2nd District of Cotabato
Incorporated September 8, 1954
Barangays 38
 • Mayor Rudy S. Caoagdan
 • Vice Mayor Ricky A. Cua
Elevation 240 m (790 ft)
Population (2015 census)[2]
 • Total 83,851
Demonym(s) Makilaleños
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 9401
IDD:area code +63 (0)64
Income class 1st municipal income class
PSGC 124707000
Electorate 45,634 voters (2016)
Language(s) Manobo, English, Tagalog

Makilala is a first class municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 83,851 people.[2]


The Municipality of Makilala, formerly a baranggay with a name of “Lamitan”,[4] was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 63 issued on September 8, 1954, by then President of the Philippines, Ramon Magsaysay.

The name Makilala is a portmanteau of the names of the early barangays of the area, namely: Malasila, Kisante, and Lamitan. An additional "la" was added to match the Tagalog word which means "to be known".


The municipality of Makilala is located on the south-east portion of Cotabato Province and the last town going to Davao City. It is bounded by the City of Kidapawan in the north, Municipality of M’lang in the west, Province of Davao Del Sur in the south and the Municipality of Tulunan in the south-east.

It is 129 kilometres (80 mi) from Cotabato City, 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Davao City, and 114 kilometres (71 mi) from General Santos City.


Makilala's climatic condition is characterized by rainfall evenly distributed throughout the year, thus, the springs kept flowing, rivers are alive and farms are productive. The slopes of Mt. Apo, Mt. Libadan, Mt. Gap and Mt. Niponggis serve as rain generators that provide reliable rainfall pattern and cool climate.


Makilala is politically subdivided into 38 barangays.[3]

  • Batasan
  • Bato
  • Biangan
  • Buena Vida
  • Buhay
  • Bulakanon
  • Cabilao
  • Concepcion
  • Dagupan
  • Garsika
  • Guangan
  • Indangan
  • Jose Rizal
  • Katipunan II
  • Kawayanon
  • Kisante
  • Leboce
  • Libertad
  • Luayon
  • Luna Norte
  • Luna Sur
  • Malabuan
  • Malasila
  • Malungon
  • New Baguio
  • New Bulatukan
  • New Cebu
  • Old Bulatukan
  • Poblacion
  • Rodero
  • Saguing
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Felomina
  • Santo Niño
  • Sinkatulan
  • Taluntalunan
  • Villaflores
  • New Israel


Population census of Makilala
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 55,060 —    
1995 61,125 +1.98%
2000 63,039 +0.66%
2007 71,543 +1.76%
2010 77,508 +2.96%
2015 83,851 +1.51%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[2][5]

In the 2015 census, the population of Makilala, Cotabato, was 83,851 people,[2] with a density of 240 inhabitants per square kilometre or 620 inhabitants per square mile.


Industries in Makilala are Rubber Industry, Woodworks and Agri-industrial products.

Major firms are STANFILCO-DOLE, engaged in cavendish production and rubber processing companies like STANDECO, FARMA, MRDI, PIONEER, LASRI, MRI, and DAVCO. Major wood processing company is RNF Summit. Also Makilala has First Community Radio Fm station Freedom Radio Makilala 107.9 fm

Their agricultural land mostly planted with rubber, rice, coconut, coffee, bananan, vegetables and famous fruits such as durian, marang, rambutan and mangosteen.

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • The foothills of Mount Apo, especially the area of Mt. Apo National Park which falls within Barangay Batasan, also contain several waterfalls, most of them hidden away in the old-growth forest within the National Park, while two of the tallest falls, Matibago and Padalagi, are visible from the National Highway. As of now there are no tourist-friendly access to these waterfalls, with them being several hours of hard trekking from the Barangays.
  • The Barangay of New Israel is situated on the periphery of Mount Apo National Park at an elevation of 1,600 feet above sea level. New Israel was established by the Moncadistas, a religious sect. Aside from being a starting point for hikes up Mt. Apo, it is also home to a troop of monkeys, which are used to interact with humans, and New Israel Eco Park, with Asia's longest zip-line.
  • Sang'ngawan Falls is found in the neighboring Barangay of Batasan. It is a collection of cold & hot natural pools, found beside the Malasila river. Its hot sulfuric pools are reputed to have healing effects.
  • Le Reve Resort is located along National Highway, Makilala, Cotabato. It is an inland resort known for its use of unchlorinated spring water piped from the foothills of Mt. Apo
  • Don Bosco Youth Camp, also located in Batasan, is a favorite venue for events like seminars, conferences, & weddings.
  • Camps Cajelo and Aurora are found along the National Highway in Barangay Bulatukan. It is known as the venue for yearly Scouting events in the province.
  • The access roads to the many barangays of Makilala also make for good mountain biking, with varying degrees of difficulty.
  • Hot Spring in Batasan, Makilala.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Province: North Cotabato". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
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  5. ^ "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

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