Antipas, Cotabato

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Municipality of Antipas
Economic Center of Arakan Valley
Map of Cotabato with Antipas highlighted
Map of Cotabato with Antipas highlighted
Antipas is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°14′37″N 125°03′10″E / 7.243519°N 125.052908°E / 7.243519; 125.052908Coordinates: 7°14′37″N 125°03′10″E / 7.243519°N 125.052908°E / 7.243519; 125.052908
Country Philippines
RegionSoccsksargen (Region XII)
District2nd District
FoundedMarch 7, 1981
Barangays13 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorEgidio D. Cadungon Jr.
 • Vice MayorCristobal D. Cadungon
 • CongressmanRudy S. Caoagdan
 • Electorate17,751 voters (2019)
 • Total552.50 km2 (213.32 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total25,304
 • Density46/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Income class2nd municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence30.49% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)134,267,314.73 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)64
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Native languagesHiligaynon
Maguindanao language
Ilianen language

Antipas, officially the Municipality of Antipas, is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 25,304 people.[3]


Antipas is centrally located at the heart of Arakan Valley. It is bounded on the southeast by the Municipality of Magpet, on the north-east by the Municipality of Arakan, on the north by the Municipality of President Roxas (north) and Arakan River, on the west by its mother municipality, Matalam and on the south by President Roxas (south).


Antipas is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[2]

Barangay Urban/Rural Population
(May 1, 2010)[5]
Camutan Rural 1848
Canaan Rural 846
Dolores Rural 1018
Kiyaab Rural 2320
Luhong Rural 1255
Magsaysay Rural 1946
Malangag Rural 1072
Malatab[6] Rural 3228
Malire Rural 1635
New Pontevedra Rural 1457
Poblacion Urban 6682
B. Cadungon Rural 941
Datu Agod Rural 994


Mainit ang Antipas. Antipas belongs to the "4" type of climate characterized by a distribution of rainfall throughout the year, with an average rainfall of 267 mm. The heaviest rainfalls frequently occur during the months of May, June, July and August. Antipas being centrally located at the heart of Arakan Valley is protected by the majestic Mount Apo from typhoons and other climatic disturbances. Prevailing wind directions are the Northeast and Southwest monsoon.

Temperature ranges from 23 to 32 degrees Celsius,[7] because of its topographic elevation of 320 meters above sea level and proximity to mountainous Bukidnon province, making it one of the cool places in Soccsksargen. The highest temperature is felt during the months of March and April, while the lowest is in December. The long dry season usually lasts from January to April, during which months there is also a marked decrease in water supply for agricultural purposes when some water sources dry up, affecting agricultural productivity. During the peak rainy season, some rivers/creeks overflow, causing low-lying areas to flood.

Climate data for Antipas, Cotabato
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 19
Average precipitation mm (inches) 46
Average rainy days 11.4 9.7 12.3 14.1 22.1 23.7 22.7 21.8 19.2 21.8 20.2 14.8 213.8
Source: Meteoblue [8]


The Municipality of Antipas long before its creation into a regular municipality was just a mere sitio called Buru-Buruan of Barangay Kiyaab of the Municipality of Matalam which is inhabited mostly by Manobos. Due to continuous influx of Christian settlers in the area, the Municipal Council of Matalam passed a resolution in 1963, approved by the defunct Provincial Board of Cotabato and then was consequently recognized as one of the regular barangays of Matalam, Cotabato bearing the name of ANTIPAS.

The name Antipas was derived from "anti" from the word antique and "pas" from Passi, two places found in Panay Island. The enthusiasm of the natives and their determination to run their own affairs coupled with the fertility of the soil and a promise of a brighter future of the area brought forth the unified will of the people when they petitioned the National Government through the Provincial Government headed by Governor Carlos B. Cajelo and represented by Assemblyman Jesus Amparo of the Batasang Pambansa. On October 14, 1980 by virtue of Batas Pambansa Bilang 88,[9] approved by President Ferdinand E. Marcos, ratified by the people of the Municipality of Matalam on December 6, 1980 and ultimately inaugurated on March 7, 1981, Antipas was created as the 15th municipality of Cotabato.


Population census of Antipas
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 17,800—    
1995 19,171+1.40%
2000 19,810+0.71%
2007 22,892+2.01%
2010 25,242+3.62%
2015 25,304+0.05%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][10][11]

In the 2015 census, the population of Antipas, Cotabato, was 25,304 people,[3] with a density of 46 inhabitants per square kilometre or 120 inhabitants per square mile.


The major dialects spoken is Hiligaynon o Ilonggo which comprises the 74% of the population. Second to this is Cebuano, 12% and Ilocano, 7.9%. Ethnic tribes account for the 6.1% of the population.


Antipas was classified as a 2nd class municipality by the DILG-LGMPS in 2011. It yielded an income of Php 87,510,519.00, where Php 80,567,780.00 is from IRA and Php 6,942,739.00 from Local-Sourced Revenues. The municipality is considered the economic center of Arakan Valley Complex. It plays a pivotal role in the economic development on its neighboring towns. It is the commercial, industrial and trading hub of four neighboring municipalities.

Rubber and cavendish banana production are the major crops. A major company engaged in Cavendish production in the area is AJMR/SUMIFRU Philippines. Other industries present in the area deal with agriculture support facilities such as rice mill, corn mills, corn sheller and drier. Some furniture making, tailoring and welding are also present within the locality. The palm oil industry is now also in the rise as businessmen and farmers venture further in finding ways on how to utilize their lands effectively.

Natural resources[edit]

Antipas is predominantly an agriculture area. Antipas is identified as a major banana-, corn- and rubber-producing area in relation to soil type and soil capability dominant in the area. Coupled with these is the potential of the area for agri-based industries like cassava, coconut and rubber, rice, coffee and cacao.


Local means of transportation is served by tricycles known locally as just "motor". Transportation to its barangays and adjacent municipalities is served by motorcycles, Jeepneys, and L300 Vans. Mini-Buses serves the Arakan—Kidapawan City Route which passes the municipalities of Antipas and President Roxas. Public Utility Vans also served routes to and from the municipalities of Arakan, President Roxas, Barangay Linao and Kiyaab of Antipas and Kidapawan City.

Medical facilities[edit]

  • Antipas Medical Specialist Center Hospital, Inc.
  • Arakan Valley District Hospital
  • Clinica Catotal

Educational institutions[edit]


  • Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST)- Antipas Annex
  • St. Uriel School, Inc.
  • Untalan Institute of Technology

High schools[edit]

Public schools:

  • Antipas National High School - Main Campus
  • Antipas National High School - Malire Annex
  • Antipas Educational Learning Center
  • Camutan High School
  • Malatab High School

Private schools:

  • SBC Learning Center
  • St. Uriel School, INC.
  • Untalan Institute of Technology


Public schools:

  • Antipas Central Elementary School
  • B. Cadungon Elementary School
  • Camutan Elementary School
  • Cana-an Elementary School
  • Datu Agod Elementary School
  • Datu Embangan Public School
  • Dolores Elementary School
  • Kiyaab Elementary School
  • Luhong Elementary School
  • Magsaysay Elementary School
  • Malangag Elementary School
  • Malatab Elementary School
  • Malire Elementary School
  • New Pontevedra Elementary School

Private schools:

  • SBC Learning Center
  • St. Uriel School, Inc.
  • Montessori


  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. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2011-04-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ "Antipas, Cotabato: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-19. Retrieved 2011-12-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  11. ^ "Province of North Cotabato". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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