Midsayap, Cotabato

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Municipality of Midsayap
Downtown of Midsayap
Downtown of Midsayap
Official seal of Midsayap
Onward Midsayap
Map of Cotabato with Midsayap highlighted
Map of Cotabato with Midsayap highlighted
Midsayap is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°11′N 124°32′E / 7.19°N 124.53°E / 7.19; 124.53Coordinates: 7°11′N 124°32′E / 7.19°N 124.53°E / 7.19; 124.53
Country Philippines
RegionSoccsksargen (Region XII)
District1st District
FoundedNovember 25, 1936
Barangays57 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorRomeo D. Araña
 • Vice MayorManuel M. Rabara
 • CongressmanJoselito S. Sacdalan
 • Electorate82,442 voters (2019)
 • Total290.42 km2 (112.13 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total151,684
 • Density520/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)64
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)279,542,303.38 (2016)
Native languagesMaguindanao, Iranun, Hiligaynon, Ilianen

Midsayap, officially the Municipality of Midsayap, (Maguindanaon: Ingud nu Midsayap; Iranun: Inged a Midsayap) is a 1st class municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 151,684 people.[3]


Midsayap is geographically located at the Southwestern portion of North Cotabato Province. It is bounded on the north by the Municipality of Libungan; on the south by the Rio Grande de Mindanao; on the east by the municipalities of Aleosan and Pikit; and on the west by the Municipality of Kabuntalan.

Midsayap is approximately 47 kilometres (29 mi) away from Cotabato City and some 174 kilometres (108 mi) from Davao City, two of the major urban centers in Mindanao. It is about 64 kilometres (40 mi) away from Kidapawan City, the seat of the Provincial Government.

Midsayap has a total land area of 29,042 hectares comprising 57 barangays which is 5.03% of the total land area of Cotabato province. Some of the barangays (Southern and Western part) are along the big bodies of water, thus making it accessible by water transportation. However, due to the construction of a concrete bridge at Dulawan towards the province of Sultan Kudarat and some municipalities of Maguindanao Province, land transportation is now feasible. The town is traversed by the Davao-Cotabato and the Midsayap-Makar national highways (Gen. Santos City).[4]


It is politically subdivided into 57 barangays.[5]

  1. Agriculture
  2. Anonang
  3. Arizona
  4. Bagumba
  5. Baliki
  6. Bitoka
  7. Bual Norte
  8. Bual Sur
  9. Central Bulanan
  10. Central Glad
  11. Damatulan*
  12. Ilbocean
  13. Kadigasan*
  14. Kadingilan*
  15. Kapinpilan*
  16. Central Katingawan
  17. Kimagango
  18. Kiwanan
  19. Kudarangan*
  20. Central Labas*
  21. Lagumbingan
  22. Lomopog
  23. Lower Glad
  24. Lower Katingawan
  25. Macasendeg
  26. Malamote
  27. Malingao*
  28. Milaya
  29. Mudseng*
  30. Nabalawag*
  31. Nalin
  32. Nes
  33. Olandang*
  34. Patindeguen
  35. Palongoguen
  36. Barangay Poblacion 1
  37. Barangay Poblacion 2
  38. Barangay Poblacion 3
  39. Barangay Poblacion 4
  40. Barangay Poblacion 5
  41. Barangay Poblacion 6
  42. Barangay Poblacion 7
  43. Barangay Poblacion 8
  44. Rangeban
  45. Sadaan
  46. Salunayan
  47. Sambulawan*
  48. San Isidro
  49. San Pedro
  50. Santa Cruz
  51. Tugal*
  52. Tumbras*
  53. Upper Bulanan
  54. Upper Glad I
  55. Upper Glad II
  56. Upper Labas
  57. Villarica

* - 13 barangays in Midsayap also are part of Bangsamoro despite North Cotabato and Midsayap are not under the administrative jurisdiction of the autonomous region.[6]


The province is situated between 5 and 8 degrees latitude thus Midsayap and all areas within its jurisdiction is less affected by typhoon. The municipality falls under the fourth type of climate which is characterized by more or less even distribution of rainfall throughout the year.

Land capability[edit]

The highest portion of municipal land area – 12,397.5 hectares (30,635 acres) – is classified as good land. These are the land centrally located in the municipality. These lands are nearly level lands and can be cultivate safely. However, protection from occasional overflow is required. The 10,651.2869 hectares which are Hydrosol type are wetlands and are suitable for fishpond or recreation purposes. Most of these lands are along the Rio Grande de Mindanao. The Center type of land are moderately good land, moderately sloping so that cultivation requires carefully planned erosion control measures. These lands are on the Northeastern barangays and a portion of Nabalawag and Kadingilan with an area of 8,010.0 hectares.

Soil type[edit]

There are four (4) types of soil in this municipality. These are: Kabacan Clay, Kudarangan Clay, San Manuel Silty Clay Loam and Hydrosol. Kabacan Clay Loam is about 12,397.500 hectares or 37.52% of the municipal land area.

These are the soils at the central portion or at the heart of the municipality. Kudarangan Clay Loam is found in slightly rolling to hilly terrain or at the north-eastern barangays. This soil type occupies the 24.24 percent of the municipal area or 8,010.00 hectares. San Manuel Silty Clay Loam is located at barangays Upper Labas, Nalin and portions of barangay Villarica. This occupies an area of 1,980 hectares. Hydrosol type has an area of 10,651.2869 hectares or 33.24 percent of the municipal area.


Of the total land area of the municipality, 73.79 percent or 24,376.2869 hectares has a slope of 0–3 percent. These areas are located at the western and southern part of the municipality. These are mostly the irrigable rice lands.

The Northeastern barangays, a portion of Central Bulanan are hilly with slopes with 3-8% with a total area of 6,525.0 hectares. Highest slopes of 8–18% percent are situated at the boundary of barangays Nabalawag and Kadingilan and a portion of Central Bulanan. This has a total land area of 2,137.5 hectares.


Midsayap is characterized as plain to hilly terrain. Gently rolling to hilly areas are located on the Northeastern portion specifically at barangays - Kiwanan, Kimagango, Anonang, Malamote, Upper Bulanan and Milaya. A portion of Kadingilan and Nabalawag has a hilly portion at their boundaries. All barangays on the western portion which is cut by the National Highway from Poblacion to Dulawan is plain and is presently planted with irrigated rice and other crops. The southern most barangays are marshy being located along the Rio Grande de Mindanao.


Midsayap was derived from a native term which means (Mid) Center and (Sayap) Hat. Midsayap means a hat at the center – just like a hill centrally located at the Municipality which slopes through the plains in a shape of a hat. Other version relates that Midsayap came from a Muslim term which means “person wearing a hat”. From 1912 to 1926, Midsayap was then a district of Dulawan and Pikit. Originally, Midsayap was inhabited by Muslims from the descendants of Sultan Ali Bayao from the lineage of the great Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat I. The seat of their Sultanate was established at Libungan Torreta (now part of Pigcawayan).

In 1927, a Philippine Constabulary (PC) Commander assigned in the area, Ist Lt. Catalino Javier, initiated the development of some portions of the municipality. Seeing the natural bounty of the area, he invited settlers from Luzon and Visayas to migrate in the area. The first wave of settlers who dared develop the wilderness was the late Antonio Labasan from Zambales. Among his companions were 23 interrelated families, the Rosete, Almazan, Dumlaos, Flautas, Fernandezes, QuiÑones,Fermils, Fantones and Documos who settled at Sitio Salunayan and Bual . Visayan settlers from Pikit also came to settle at Bual - the place of Datu Guiambangan Dilangalen. The Visayan migrants were headed by Gregorio Bingil, Julio Anito and Tomas Cantoy. The idea of making Midsayap as a separate political district from the mother municipalities of Dulawan and Pikit was envisioned in 1930 by a group of Christian PC enlisted men who were assigned at Camp Ward. Their efforts, through the support of the deputy governor and military governor was realized in 1936.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 66 dated November 25, 1936, Midsayap was created as a separate municipality. On January 1, 1937, it was inaugurated with the late Lorenzo Gonzales as the first appointed municipal mayor. In 1939, Juan Jaranilla became the first elected Mayor of the Municipality. Mayor Jaranilla served until 1941.[7]

Midsayap started with 71 barangays. Later, it was trimmed down to 42 when Libungan was separated from Midsayap in 1936. At present, Midsayap has 57 barangays. Population settlements were concentrated on the barangays of Sinawingan, Salunayan, Bual, Kapayawi, Barongis, Kimagango, Kiwanan, Katingawan, Ulamian, Baguer, Kapinpilan, Olandang, San Mateo, and Baliki. The following years showed the growth of the newly formed town. Gradually, new towns has been created. These are Pigcawayan or Pigkawayan, Libungan, Alamada, and lastly in 1982 Aleosan.

Midsayap is the largest municipality in the province of North Cotabato. This fast-growing town is one of the oldest settlements of migrants from Luzon and the Visayas, thereby giving its reputation as the highly heterogeneous society in this once Muslim-dominated place of Mindanaon.

This 14th Congress of the Philippines, Rep. Emmylou 'Lala' J.Taliño-Mendoza filed last February 7, 2008 the House Bill 3539 in the House of Representatives which will create the Municipality of Midsayap as CITY OF MIDSAYAP; as the second component city of the Province of Cotabato. This bill is currently pending on the Committee of Local Government since February 19, 2008.


Population census of Midsayap
YearPop.±% p.a.
1939 23,033—    
1948 42,473+7.04%
1960 46,169+0.70%
1970 47,093+0.20%
1975 52,142+2.06%
1980 66,952+5.13%
1990 84,041+2.30%
1995 96,771+2.68%
2000 105,760+1.92%
2007 123,324+2.14%
2010 134,170+3.12%
2015 151,684+2.36%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8][9][10]

In the 2015 census, the population of Midsayap, Cotabato, was 151,684 people,[3] with a density of 520 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,300 inhabitants per square mile.

The 2010 Census of Population and Housing of the Philippine Statistics Authority recorded the population of Midsayap at 134,170. It is the most populous among the municipalities of the province.[11]

Growing at the pace of 1.92 percent for the past five years, the town is expected to double its population within 36 years.

Midsayap is populated mainly by Maguindanaos and as well as multi-cultural mix of peoples from the influx of migrants from Luzon and the Visayas, drawn to Mindanao's reputation as a promising haven for settlers.


Maguindanaon is the widely spoken language. It is also common for people speaking different languages such as Iranun, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Manobo, Waray, among others.


Characterized to have a clay type of soil that is best suited for agricultural use, most (42.03 percent) of the town's land area are devoted to agricultural production. The lowland areas were planted with rice and other seasonal crops while the upland areas were planted with permanent crops. Agricultural products of the town include rice, corn, mango, coffee, coconut, banana, vegetables and root crops.

Aside from the thriving agriculture industry, Midsayap also boasts of its other industries such as cut flowers and ornamental plants, livestock and poultry, furnitures and decorative crafts and telecommunications. It is also a potential area for putting up other industries such as fruit and meat processing as well as oil palm plantation and processing.

Strategically located, Midsayap serves as a major commercial and trading center of the province where farmers from neighboring municipalities bring their agricultural products to be sold/traded.Recently, Midsayap evolved into an industrial place in the first district of North Cotabato especially in PPALMA area (Pigcawayan, Pikit, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan) and vying to be the 2nd-tier City in the province. The prolific growth of business establishments made the town as a unique Municipality since a lot of city-based companies has already entered the town. The town is also adjudged as the 5th most competitive Municipality in the Philippines and Rank 1 in entire Mindanao in the year 2016.[12][13]


Halad sa Sto. Niño Festival

Annually, the townsfolk of Midsayap prepares for its colorful street dancing and parade competition popularly known as the "Halad sa Sto. Niño Festival"[14] as part of its grand fiesta celebration, which is held every third Sunday of January. The Halad Festival is celebrated in honor of the town's patron saint Señor Sto. Niño.

Groups from various towns in Cotabato Province as well as neighboring towns of the Maguindanao Province troop annually to Midsayap to participate in the much celebrated contest, which is recognized by the Department of Tourism as a major festival.[15]

This widely popular event started in 1988 through the efforts of REACT Philippines Midsayap Chapter in coordination with the Sto. Niño Parish Pastoral Council and was so successful that it became a yearly event until today.

The festival first gained national recognition when the 1997 Halad champions, Eramis Clan, flew to Manila to compete in the National Finals and bested champions of other major festivals such as the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo.

The Halad festival re-established its status as a major festival when the 2003 Halad champions, the Dado Alamada National High School, represented Region XII in the national street dancing competition and won the P1 million grand prize in the Aliwan Fiesta held in May 2003 in Manila. Inspired by their back-to-back wins, the group participated again in the Pamaskong Aliwan Festival[16] in December of that same year and also won the grand prize. Both festivals were part of the Visit Philippines 2003 program of the Department of Tourism.



Midsayap is served by almost 2,000 tricycles, either traversing through the main highways or within barangays, which are known locally as "tri-sikad".

Transportation to its barangays and adjacent municipalities are also served by Multicabs, Jeepneys, and L300 Vans.

The public bus transport system, maintained by the Mindanao Star Bus Company (formerly Weena Express Bus Company), serves the Davao CityCotabato City Route which passes through the cities of Kidapawan and Digos.

Public Utility Vans also serve routes to and from the cities of Davao City, Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Tacurong-Isulan, Koronadal and General Santos.

Agencies based in Midsayap[edit]

The following are the list of the National Agencies Regional Branch Office on this Municipality:

Health and medical institutions[edit]

Midsayap is also very accessible to health facilities thereby a reliable place to go. Medical and diagnostic facilities in the town are:[21]

  • A&F Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (Poblacion 5, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • ALAMed Clinical Laboratory (Poblacion 2, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Anecito T. Pesante Sr. Memorial Hospital Co. (Cor. Pioneer & Tiza St., Poblacion 1, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Dr. Amado B. Diaz Provincial Foundation Hospital, Inc. (Roosevelt St., Poblacion 4, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Dr. Roland P. Dela Cruz Memorial Hospital, Inc. (managed by Midsayap Medical Specialist, Inc.) (Poblacion 8, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • E-Lab Polyclinic and Laboratory (Lapu-Lapu St., Poblacion 3, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Guinmapang Medical Clinic and Laboratory (Quezon Ave., Poblacion 6, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Holy Child Medical City, Inc. (managed by Midsayap United Medical Doctors Hospital, Inc.) (Poblacion 8, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • i-Care Medical Imaging and Diagnostic Center (i-Link CST Bldg., National Highway, Poblacion 8, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Midsayap Community Doctors Hospital, Inc. (managed by Community Health Service Cooperative - COHESCO) (Poblacion 8, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Midsayap Diagnostic Center and Hospital, Inc. (National Highway, Poblacion 8, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Midsayap Neuro Imaging Center, Inc. (Poblacion 8, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Partners Ultrasound and X-ray Clinic (Madonna Plaza Bldg., Quezon Ave., Poblacion 5, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • PPALMA Cardiovascular Center Inc. (Sol Haus Bldg., Poblacion 6, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Redoble Obgyne Clinic and Ultrasound (Redoble Bldg., Quezon Ave., Poblacion 6, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Specialists Clinic & Diagnostic Laboratory (Martin Bldg., Sto. Niño St., Poblacion 8, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • St. Rita of Cascia Clinic (Poblacion 4, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Tarongoy Medical Clinic (Quezon Avenue, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Rural Health Unit (RHU − Midsayap) (Poblacion 5, Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Barangay Health Stations and Birthing Homes across the municipality


Colleges in Midsayap

It is home to two major college campuses, namely Notre Dame of Midsayap College, the first school in Asia of the Notre Dame educational system, and Southern Christian College of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines as well as a host of privately owned tertiary schools offering business, technical, and allied health courses.

It also has an extensive public and private school system (both elementary and secondary) where basic education is delivered in almost all of its barangays.

Furthermore, Midsayap operates day-care centers in all of its 57 barangays for pre-schoolers to begin their early child education.



  • Midsayap-Dilangalen Integrated Public National High School**
  • Agriculture High School
  • Agriculture High School (Baliki Annex)
  • Arizona High School**
  • Elpidio Singco (Kiwanan) High School
  • Juan Dillo (Anonang) High School
  • Kimagango National High School**
  • Malamote National High School
  • Olandang National High School**
  • Patindeguen High School**
  • Salunayan High School**
  • Salunayan High School (Kapinpilan Annex)
  • Salunayan High School (Dabpil Sampulna Olandang Annex)
  • Tukuran T. Kendenga High School
  • Villarica National High School**

** Schools with Senior High School Curriculum

  • I-link College of Science and Technology**
  • Katingawan Adventist Academy
  • Midsayap Community College**
  • Notre Dame of Midsayap College High School**
  • Our Lady of Wisdom Academy
  • Saint Mary's Academy of Midsayap**
  • Southern Christian College High School**
  • St. Jude College of Science and Technology**

** Schools with Senior High School Curriculum



Midsayap Central:

  • Central Katingawan Elementary School
  • Midsayap Pilot Elementary School
  • Miguel Intes (Katingawan) Elementary School
  • Patindeguen Elementary School
  • S. Panganiban (Bual) Elementary School
  • San Isidro Elementary School

Midsayap North:

  • Anonang Elementary School
  • Arizona Elementary School
  • Elesio (Nalin) Elementary School
  • Ilbocean Elementary School
  • Kimagango Central Elementary School
  • Kimagango Elementary School - Annex
  • Lt. Andres Calungsod Elementary School
  • Madendog Primary School
  • Malamote Elementary School
  • Milaya Elementary School
  • Upper Bulanan Elementary School
  • Upper Labas Elementary School
  • Villarica Elementary School

Midsayap South:

  • Bitoka Elementary School
  • Central Bulanan Elementary School
  • Central Glad Elementary School
  • Dilangalen Central Elementary School
  • Dr. C.H. Deles (Upper Glad) Elementary School
  • Elpidio Singco (Kiwanan) Elementary School
  • Lower Kiwanan Elementary School
  • Sadaan Elementary School
  • San Pedro Elementary School
  • Santa Cruz Elementary School

Midsayap South-West:

  • Agriculture Central Elementary School
  • Baliki Elementary School
  • Don Miguel Latada (Tumbras) Elementary School
  • Flauta (Lower Glad) Elementary School
  • Joaquin P. Mostrales (Lagumbingan) Elementary School
  • Lt. Jesus Yermo (Bagumba) Elementary School
  • Malingao Elementary School
  • Nes Elementary School
  • Rangeban Elementary School
  • Salunayan Elementary School
  • Vicente Rapacon Memorial (Palongoguen) Elementary School

Midsayap West:

  • D.D. Dilangalen (Tugal) Elementary School
  • Dabpil Sampulna (Olandang) Primary School
  • Damatulan Elementary School
  • Datu Guilem Piang (Upper Olandang) Elementary School
  • Guntong Primary School
  • Hadji Ungkakay (Lower Olandang) Elementary School
  • Kadigasan Elementary School
  • Kadingilan (Pagao Memorial) Primary School
  • Kapinpilan Endaila Silongan Central Elementary
  • Kudarangan Elementary School
  • Lomopog Elementary School
  • Macasendeg Elementary School
  • Mudseng Elementary School
  • Nabalawag Elementary School
  • Sambulawan Elementary School
  • Cedar School of Arts and Technology
  • Great & Mighty Learning Center of Midsayap, Inc.
  • Katingawan Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School
  • Midsayap Baptist Elementary School
  • Midsayap Good Shepherd Learning Center
  • Midsayap Montessori Centre
  • Notre Dame of Midsayap College - Elementary Training Department
  • Our Lady of Wisdom Academy
  • Rufino Redoble Sr. Memorial Learning Center, Inc.
  • Southern Christian College - Elementary Training Department
  • Sunbeam Midsayap Alliance Learning Centre, Inc.


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