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|City of Tacurong|
The City Hall of Tacurong City
|Nickname(s): The City of Goodwill|
|Motto: "Uswag Tacurong!"|
Map of Sultan Kudarat with Tacurong City highlighted
|Region||Soccsksargen (Region XII)|
|District||1st District of Sultan Kudarat|
|Founded||August 3, 1951|
|Cityhood||August 16, 2000|
|• Mayor||Lina O. Montilla (NPC)|
|• Total||153.40 km2 (59.23 sq mi)|
|Elevation||200 m (700 ft)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)64|
|Income class||4th city income class|
|Electorate||49,306 voters as of 2016|
|Languages||Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Filipino, English|
Tacurong, officially the City of Tacurong (/, /,Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa/Syudad sang Tacurong; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Tacurong; Filipino: Lungsod ng Tacurong), is a third class city in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 98,316 people. Tacurong has a total land area of 15,340 hectares, the smallest in land area among the province's 12 municipalities. Tacurong became a component city of Sultan Kudarat in 2000 by virtue of Republic Act 8805 in September 2000.
Tacurong is located at the center of SOCCSKSARGEN. It is 92 kilometres (57 mi) from General Santos City, 96 kilometres (60 mi) from Cotabato City and 178 kilometres (111 mi) from Davao City. It is situated at the crossroads of the Davao-General Santos-Cotabato highways, and is the financial, commercial, education, and recreation center of the area. It services the needs of 15 neighboring municipalities. People from these areas go to Tacurong to sell their products, purchase their needs, pursue education, avail of medical and health services, and seek recreation. As an important hub of the Mindanao transport grid, Tacurong is visited by numerous passengers and transients on their way to the cities of Davao, Cotabato, General Santos and even Cagayan de Oro.
The place which later became the City of Tacurong was once a barangay of the municipality of Buluan of the then province of Cotabato. The place was originally called “Pamansang”, after a creek that flows from south to north of the area. In the 1940s, the place became the way station of the 19-C Survey Team due to its strategic location and suitability for the purposes of the survey team. During those years, the place also became a stopover point for travelers and the Oblate missionaries on their way to the different points of Cotabato Province.[when?]
The name “Pamansang” was changed to “Talakudong”, the Maguindanao term for head covering which was worn by most of the early settlers and people in the area. How the place came to be associated with head covering cannot be ascertained. Eventually, the name was later shortened/changed to Tacurong. It can only be deduced that the present name Tacurong must have originated from the word “talakudong”
Tacurong was separated from its mother town of Buluan and was created a municipality by Executive Order Number 462 signed by then President Elpidio Quirino on August 3, 1951. The city is composed of mostly Hiligaynon settlers from the Visayas.
Tacurong then had an estimated area of 40,000 hectares comprising 14 barangays. When Tantangan, a barangay of Tacurong was created into a municipality in 1961, the southern portions of Tacurong were separated. The area was further reduced when Pres. Quirino was created into a municipality on November 22, 1973 taking with it some of the eastern portions. Tacurong now has a total land area of 15,340 hectares, the smallest in land area among the 12 municipalities. The municipality of Senator Ninoy Aquino was transferred from Cotabato Province to Province of Sultan Kudarat on November 22, l973 by presidential decree 341 of President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
After 49 years of existence as a municipality, Tacurong became the first component city of the Province of Sultan Kudarat through the effort, of Angelo O. Montilla, the Congressman of the Lone District of Sultan Kudarat by virtue of House Bill No. 6497 duly approved and signed by President Joseph E. Estrada through Republic Act 8805 “An Act Converting the Municipality of Tacurong into a Component City of the Province of Sultan Kudarat to be known as the “City of Tacurong” on August 16, 2000 and duly confirmed by the “Takurs” on a plebiscite held on September 18, 2000. Tacurong city has a total household of 19,541 based on Community Based Monitoring System.
The city is politically subdivided into twenty (20) barangays, listed here with 2015 populations.
- Baras - 3,135
- Buenaflor - 6,006
- Calean - 2,498
- Carmen - 3,377
- D'Ledesma - 1,356
- EJC Montilla - 6,537
- Kalandagan - 2,439
- Lancheta - 1,243
- Lower Katungal - 6,264
- New Isabela - 11,711
- New Lagao - 2,795
- New Passi - 2,963
- Poblacion - 16,199
- Rajah Nuda - 3,868
- San Antonio - 1,306
- San Emmanuel - 6,472
- San Pablo - 12,722
- San Rafael - 1,113
- Tina - 2,576
- Upper Katungal - 3,736
|Population census of Tacurong City|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
The city has an integrated terminal which vans and buses currently assigned on designated place. Tacurong to the far side places in their curriculums and places.
Bus companies operating in Tacurong City:
- Yellow Bus Line, Inc. (General Santos City/Koronadal City)
- Mindanao Star (General Santos City)
- Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. (General Santos City/Cagayan de Oro City)
- Husky Bus (Cotabato City)
- Tacurong Express (Davao City/Kidapawan City)
Health services include the Sultan Kudarat Doctors Hospital and the Tacurong Medical Center.
The city has 9 private schools, 48 public schools, and 1 university— Sultan Kudarat State University
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