region 12

Topics: SOCCSKSARGEN, Provinces of the Philippines, Regions of the Philippines Pages: 8 (4674 words) Published: October 9, 2014

SOCCSKSARGEN[2] (pronounced [sokˈsardʒɛn]) is a region of the Philippines, located in central Mindanao, and is officially designated as Region XII. The name is an acronym that stands for the region's four provinces and one of its cities: South Cotabato,Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City. The region is more formally known by its older name Central Mindanao. The regional center is Koronadal City located in the province of South Cotabato.[3] Cotabato City, though geographically within the boundaries of the province of Maguindanao, itself is part of SOCCSKSARGEN, and is independent of that province. Maguindanao province is, in fact, a part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which has its seat in Cotabato City. SOCCSKSARGEN and the province of Maguindanao were once part of the original Cotabato province, hence it is also known as the Cotabato region. Country

Island group
Regional center
Koronadal City
 • Total
22,466 km2 (8,674 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total
 • Density
180/km2 (470/sq mi)
The region has extensive coastlines, valleys and mountain ranges. Known for its river system, the region is the catch basin ofMindanao. The system is a rich source of food, potable water and energy production. Cotabato contains the Rio Grande de Mindanao, which is the longest river in Mindanao and the second longest in the Philippines. The region used to be named kudaan. Prior to the creation of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, these provinces comprised the region: Maguindanao

North Cotabato
Sultan Kudarat
With the creation of ARMM, Lanao del Sur (excluding Marawi City) and Maguindanao (excluding Cotabato City) were removed from the region, leaving Lanao del Norte, Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat, and Marawi City and Cotabato City as constituent provinces and cities. Lanao del Norte was later transferred to Northern Mindanao, while Marawi City became part of the ARMM. With the addition of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat or the (SocSarGen Province), transferred from Southern Mindanao, the region was renamed as SOCCSKSARGEN. The "Central Mindanao" name lives on as a description to the provinces populated by 65% Christians and 30% Muslim and 5% other Filipinos. Component Cities[edit]

Cotabato City - is the regional center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao but the city is actually part of the SOCCSKSARGEN region and does not belong to the ARMM. Kidapawan City - Kidapawan, the city hailed as “A Spring in the Highland”, comes from the words “TIDA” which means spring and “PAWAN” meaning highland. The city is found at the bottom of the majestic Mt. Apo, the country’s tallest mountain making it a great spot and first-rate tourist attraction. Kidapawan is situated at the southeastern section of Cotabato province, placed in the middle of three other major cities of Davao, Cotabato, General Santos and Koronadal Koronadal City - a.k.a. Marbel is dubbed as the "Sports Mecca of the South" because of hosting 2 Palarong Pambansa, National Schools' Press Conference and the Mindanao Business Conference, It is the Political Regional Center of SOCCSKSARGEN Tacurong City - is the only city of Sultan Kudarat and it is famous for its Bird Sanctuary.

Highly-urbanized City[edit]
General Santos City - dubbed as the "Tuna Capital of the Philippines" because of the bountiful existence of Yellow fin Tuna in Sarangani Bay, and as the Highly Urbanized City it serves as the center of the Metropolitan and Regional Center of trade and industry of SOCCSKARGEN.

Cotabato (also North Cotabato; Filipino: Hilagang Kotabato) is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in theSOCCSKSARGEN region in Mindanao. Its capital is Kidapawan City. Country
September 1, 1914
Kidapawan City (present)

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