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Municipality of Pigkawayan
Pigcawayan Municipal hall
Pigcawayan Municipal hall
Map of Cotabato with Pigcawayan highlighted
Map of Cotabato with Pigcawayan highlighted
Pigcawayan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°17′N 124°26′E / 7.28°N 124.43°E / 7.28; 124.43Coordinates: 7°17′N 124°26′E / 7.28°N 124.43°E / 7.28; 124.43
Country Philippines
RegionSoccsksargen (Region XII)
District1st District
FoundedSeptember 30, 1953
Barangays40 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorJean Dino D. Roquero
 • Vice MayorShadria A. Tejada
 • Electorate31,575 voters (2016)
 • Total340.11 km2 (131.32 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total66,796
 • Density200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)64
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)159.8 million  (2016)
Native languagesMaguindanao language

Pigcawayan, officially the Municipality of Pigkawayan, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 66,796 people.[3]

It is sometimes spelled Pigkawayan.


Pigcawayan is the last municipality of Cotabato Province coming from Davao City to Cotabato City.[4] It is 26 kilometres (16 mi) from Cotabato City, 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Awang Airport and 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the nearest seaport which is the Polloc Port of Parang, Maguindanao.


Pigcawayan is politically subdivided into 40 barangays.[2]

  • Anick (Upper Balogo)
  • Upper Baguer (Baguer)
  • Balacayon
  • Balogo
  • Banucagon
  • Bulucaon
  • Buluan
  • Buricain
  • Capayuran
  • Central Panatan
  • Datu Binasing
  • Datu Mantil
  • Kadingilan
  • Kimarayag
  • Libungan Torreta
  • Lower Baguer
  • Lower Pangangkalan
  • Malagakit
  • Maluao
  • North Manuangan
  • Matilac
  • Midpapan I
  • Mulok
  • New Culasi
  • New Igbaras
  • New Panay
  • Upper Pangangkalan
  • Patot
  • Payong-payong
  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion II
  • Poblacion III
  • Presbitero
  • Renibon
  • Simsiman
  • South Manuangan
  • Tigbawan
  • Tubon
  • Midpapan II
  • Cabpangi


Before its creation as a separate and independent Political Unit, Pigcawayan together with Alamada and Libungan were component barangays of Midsayap. Pigcawayan, however at that time was more progressive than the two mentioned.

How Pigcawayan got its name remains undocumented, however two version had been given by the early settlers which was passed on from one generation to another. The first version was that, the place now known as Pigcawayan was considered as a battle ground for the Iranons and the Maguindanaoans. Due to this fighting the inhabitants would abandon the place to be occupied by the victors. From this evolved the Muslim word "Pighawaan" which meant an abandoned place.

The second version, refers to an incident when an American School Superintendent visited the place. By coincidence it was also the time when folks were roasting a pig with the use of bamboo pole rotated over live charcoal. The word pig bamboo as said by the superintendent was translated into the local dialect Pigcawayan the present name of the municipality.


Population census of Pigcawayan
YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 22,412—    
1970 26,845+1.82%
1975 24,273−2.00%
1980 26,475+1.75%
1990 42,475+4.84%
1995 46,788+1.83%
2000 51,008+1.87%
2007 59,395+2.12%
2010 59,975+0.35%
2015 66,796+2.07%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Pigcawayan was 66,796 people,[3] with a density of 200 inhabitants per square kilometre or 520 inhabitants per square mile.


The Municipality of Pigcawayan is purely an agricultural area. Common Industrial activities are rice and corn mills. There are (11) Ricemills (electric operated) found in Poblacion (2), Tubon (4), North and South Manuangan (2), Upper Baguer (10), Balogo (1), and Capayuran (1). Aside from these, there are also Twenty (20) Baby Cono/Kiskisan that can be found in (13) barangays.

Processed milled rice by Rice Mills are usually brought/sold to Cotabato City, Davao City and in some parts of South Cotabato. Milled rice produced by "Kiskisan/Baby Cono" were usually for households consumption by residents of barangays.

There are three (3) cottage industries such as furniture shops using wood, bamboo and rattan. Other industries are Rice grinder, mini sawmill and machine shops.

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • Spanish Tower located at Libungan-Torreta, Pigcawayan. It is a historical place.
  • Saljay Integrated Farm located at Presbitero, Pigcawayan. Farming and it is good for agricultural trips.
  • The Shrine of Virgin Mary, located at Rogona, New Panay, Pigcawayan. The grotto was placed near the spring with cold and crystal water. Even summer time you can feel the freshness and coldness of air due to the presence of trees and green watersheds and a sanctuary of wild animals.
  • Payong-Payong Cave, located at Payong-Payong, Pigcawayan. Nice place for caving.
  • Bual Spring, located at Kimarayag, Pigcawayan. Swimming.
  • Payong-Payong Falls located at Auxiliary, Payong-Payong, Pigcawayan. The waterfalls drops on a 8–12 meters high with its source coming from a wide river.
  • Agustin Swimming Pool Resort located at Tigbawan, Pigcawayan. Nice place for camping, swimming and picnic.
  • Kagiringan Falls located at Kimarayag, Pigcawayan. Camping and trekking.
  • Rapu-Rapu Falls located at Anick, Pigcawayan. The falls drops into a natural round pool called "kawa-kawa" with an estimated 3 meters in diameter.
  • Malagakit Lake Resort Malagakit, Pigcawayan. The lake was judged as the cleanest and greenest inland body of water in the Philippines in 1995.
  • Lampaki Cave located at Kimarayag, Pigcawayan. The entrance is 3 meters in height with beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites inside and scattered thick guano can be found. There is a small hole on the top wherein the rays of the sun passes.
  • Kimarayag Cave located at Campo 1, Kimarayag, Pigcawayan. The cave has stalactites and stalagmites formed like a teeth of a whale.


  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. ^ http://www.cotabatoprov.gov.ph/lgus/pigcawayan
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of North Cotabato". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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