Pagalungan, Maguindanao

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Map of Maguindanao showing the location of Pagalungan
Map of Maguindanao showing the location of Pagalungan
Pagalungan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°3′25.2″N 124°42′3.6″E / 7.057000°N 124.701000°E / 7.057000; 124.701000Coordinates: 7°3′25.2″N 124°42′3.6″E / 7.057000°N 124.701000°E / 7.057000; 124.701000
Country  Philippines
Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Province Maguindanao
Founded August 18, 1947
Capital of then-undivided Cotabato Province 1967 to 1973
Barangays 12
 • Mayor Salik P.Mamasabulod
 • Total 898.76 km2 (347.01 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 31,891
 • Density 35/km2 (92/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 9610
Dialing code 64
Income class 1st

Pagalungan is a 1st class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 31,891 people in 10,401 households.


“Pagalungan” is a Maguindanao word for “mirror”. During the Spanish time, Pagalungan was a mere sitio. There was a small creek in it running towards a small pond called "Migkawa" by the natives of the place. The pond was deep and clear of which the women of the place used it as mirror. Today, the place and the entire municipality are known by the name of “Pagalungan”.


Pagalungan was part of Midsayap municipality before it became a regular municipality on August 18, 1947 by virtue of Executive Order No. 41 issued during the administration of the late President Manuel A. Roxas. The first appointed and elected mayor was the late Gorgonio P. Initan, a former public school teacher. The succeeding mayors were Datu Tumindig Sultan, 1950-1953; Hadji Abubacar Pendatun, 1954-1962; Bai Tonina P. Matalam Adil, 1963-1971, Datu Malunsing Matalam, 1972-1975; Datu Balumol P. Mama, 1975-1977; Bai Chito Matalam, 1973-1986, Datu Norodin M. Matalam, 1986-1988, Datu Udtog P. Matalam, Jr., 1988- December 16, 1995; Datu Macabangen K. Montawal,Dec.1995-June 2007; Datu Norodin M. Matalam, 2007-2013, and from the later date to present is Datu Salik P. Mamasabulod.

The municipality was the capital of the province of Cotabato, during the time which it encompasses the present-day provinces of Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat, from 1967 to 1973. During that time, at an estimated population of 30,000-40,000 in 1960, it was also the most populous municipality in the province, almost to be converted into a city during the decade, but internal conflicts and sporadic rebellions in its vicinity especially during 1970s and 1980s resulted in the somewhat stagnant population growth of the town until the foundation of ARMM in 1990 as some of its inhabitants fled towards parts of what was now the SOCCSKSARGEN region, particularly in what is now the present-day Cotabato province to avoid strife. The municipality ceased to be the capital of Cotabato province in 1973 as it was included as an integral part of the newly created province of Maguindanao, where it currently belongs today.

The municipality of Pagagawan was carved out from Pagalungan town under Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 95 on July 18, 2000.


Pagalungan is politically subdivided into 12 barangays.

  • Bagoenged
  • Buliok
  • Damalasak
  • Galakit
  • Inug-ug
  • Kalbugan
  • Kilangan
  • Kudal
  • Layog
  • Linandangan
  • Poblacion
  • Dalgan


Population census of Pagalungan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 42,495 —    
1995 22,439 −11.28%
2000 25,908 +3.13%
2007 31,052 +2.53%
2010 31,891 +0.97%
Source: National Statistics Office[2]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 

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