Magpet, Cotabato

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Municipality of Magpet
Map of Cotabato with Magpet highlighted
Map of Cotabato with Magpet highlighted
Magpet is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°07′N 125°07′E / 7.12°N 125.12°E / 7.12; 125.12Coordinates: 7°07′N 125°07′E / 7.12°N 125.12°E / 7.12; 125.12
Country Philippines
RegionSoccsksargen (Region XII)
District2nd District
FoundedJune 22, 1963
Barangays32 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorFlorenito T. Gonzaga
 • Vice MayorRogelio L. Marañon
 • CongressmanRudy S. Caoagdan
 • Electorate34,943 voters (2019)
 • Total755.36 km2 (291.65 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total49,201
 • Density65/km2 (170/sq mi)
 • Income class1st municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence42.23% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)187,881,953.91 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)64
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Native languagesHiligaynon
Ilianen language
Obo language

Magpet, officially the [1]Municipality of Magpet, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 49,201 people.[3]


Magpet derived its name from the word “malotpot” which means “a place where people gather in fellowship to partake of their packed lunch wrapped in banana leaves”.[5]

An anonymous lexicographer inadvertently shortened the word “Linoppot” to “Maupot”. Much later and further spelled into “MAGPET” by a certain forester in his survey report. Consequently, the word “Magpet” stuck not only to mean the place but also the stream of the cool, fresh and clean water. By the present connotation, Magpet means “the verdant lands of countless waters”.

The life of the early year’s settlers and inhabitants of Magpet was a tale of survival and fortitude. Their lives were always in danger. Bloodthirsty malarial mosquito’s attacked them. Grandparents often told their grandchildren the stories “about eating their meals inside the mosquito nets” because “mosquitoes were as big as bees”.

Yet, all the hardships and suffering, and even death of the early settlers only served to strengthen their decision to stay and utilize the vast natural resources of Magpet. The land was very fertile and varieties of fishes were found in the rivers and streams, and on the woodlands, wild pigs, deer and birds are plentiful. Food was not a problem during that period, but rather, marketing of production surplus and purchase of basic commodities. They traveled for days and weeks in order to sell their crops to the nearest trading centers and they needed salt, sugar, matches and soap for daily needs.

Magpet was created through Republic Act 3721, which was signed by then President Diosdado Macapagal on June 22, 1963. First local officials was sworn into office on August 13, 1963 with Froiland Matas as first Mayor.

Municipal Mayors ( 1963 to Present)[6][edit]


1. Froilan M. Matas Aug. 13, 1963 – Dec. 31, 1963 Appointed

2. Jesus L. Apostol Jan. 1, 1964 – Dec. 31, 1967 Elected

3. Froilan M. Matas Jan. 1, 1968 – Dec. 31, 1971 Elected

4. Dominador L. Apostol, Sr. Jan. 1, 1972 – May 2, 1974 Elected

5. Carlos P. Lebrillo, Sr. May 3, 1974 – May 31, 1986 Appointed & then Elected

6. Nasario Omandac, Sr. June 1, 1986 – Oct. 7, 1987 Appointed

7. Eufronio P. Zamoras Oct. 8, 1987 – Dec. 31, 1987 Appointed

8. Nicolas Y. Josue Jan 1, 1988 – Jan. 31, 1988 Appointed

9. Erlinda A. Lebrillo Feb. 1, 1988 – March 23, 1992 Elected

10. Federico B. Marañon March 24, 1992 – June 30, 1992 Appointed

11. Rolando M. Pelonio, Sr. July 1, 1992 – June 30, 2001 Elected

12. Angelita P. Pelonio June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2004 Elected

13. Efren F. Piñol June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013 Elected

14. Florenito T. Gonzaga June 30, 2013 – Present Elected


The municipality of Magpet is located in the eastern part of Cotabato Province and at the foothills of Mt. Apo with generally a sloping to mountainous terrain. Furthermore, it is a landlocked municipality located at the boundary of the provinces of Cotabato and Davao del Sur. It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of Arakan; on the East by Davao City, on the West by President Roxas and Antipas and 9.0 km on the South by Kidapawan City of Cotabato Province. The municipality lies between the latitude 7º 6.178’ N and longitude 125º 7.461’ E.

Physical and Geo-Physical Features[edit]

Magpet has a total land area of 75,536 hectares agricultural and forestlands. It has 32 barangays of which only Barangay Poblacion is considered an urban barangay. Barangays with biggest land area are Libertad (8% of total land area), Manobo (7.3%), Mahongkong (6.7%) and Imamaling (6.1%). Those with smallest land area, on the other hand, are Barangays Bagumbayan (0.5% of total land area), Alibayon (0.36%), Del Pilar (0.25%) and Kauswagan (0.17%).


The geographic feature of Magpet is characterized by marked landscape of plains, scattered small hills, rugged slopes and mountains. Magpet is situated between 100 to 2,000 meters above sea level. The municipality’s area of 75,536 hectares is broadly categorized into 50.81% alienable and disposable lands while the remaining 49.19% or around 37,156 hectares are forests and unclassified public lands. Approximately 34.76% or 26,256 hectares are considered areas with very steep to strongly hilly slopes. Around 6,381 hectares of slopes 0 – 3% are very good lands for intensive agricultural production.

The soils found in Magpet are quilada sandy loam (9,846 hectares); aroman clay loam (24,345 hectares) and bolinao clay loam (41,345 hectares). Generally, these lands are classified as No. 45 or mountainous. Magpet’s soil is suitable for crops like rubber, coconut, coffee, cacao, black pepper, banana, fruit trees and vegetables. Land capability further rates the soil in the municipality as CE and U classification. Clay loam soils. However, are also found in various barangays.

Dominant soil types in the area have high and medium water holding capacity. About 22% of the land area has no apparent erosion problem while 30,194.70 hectares or 31% have been considered to be under slightly eroded condition. Those classified with moderate erosion potential total to 10,382.20 hectares while 24% or 18,382.20 hectares are already susceptible with severe erosion.

Climate and Rainfall[edit]

The municipality falls under the fourth type of climate per Philippine classification which is characterized by a more or less even distribution of rainfall throughout the year thus providing sufficient soil moisture for the growing of agricultural crops. Dry spells usually occur from November to April while May to October is wet season.

No strong or other devastating climatic disturbances have been recorded in Magpet. This is mainly due to the Mahuson, Tuael, and other mountain ranges as well as the Mt. Apo, which serve as windbreakers or typhoon shields of the municipality. However, floods do occur during heavy rain down pour.

Land Area[edit]

The municipality has an area of approximately 75,536 hectares, 0.98% (744 hectares) of which covers the urban area, while 99.02% (74,792 hectares) of land is for rural area. Based on the Municipality Socio-Economic Profile the municipality has 35 barangays, classified into 1 urban area; the Poblacion and rest (34) are rural area.

Topography & Soil

The geographic feature of Magpet reveals a marked landscape of plains, scattered small hills, rugged slopes and mountains. The municipality’s area of 75,536 hectares is broadly categorized into 50.81% alienable and disposable, while the remaining 49.19% or around 37,156 hectares are forests and unclassified public lands. Magpet is located far from seas but it is gifted with numerous inland water bodies such as Lake Maraum, the Mab’bu, Bongolanon and Tagibaka Waterfalls, Boay-Boay spring, marshlands and four (4) big rivers such as Kabacan, Magpet, Marble and Mabato Rivers. These rivers also serve as the natural drainage flow of the municipality’s wastes aside from being a source of water for agricultural and domestic needs. These rivers could provide sufficient water for irrigation purposes. Also, it could be tapped to provide hydroelectric power.

Magpet is situated between 100 and 2,000 meters above sea level. The municipality is nestled at the foothills of the majestic Mount Apo. Barangay Imamaling has the highest elevation of 1,100 meters above sea level (masl).

Income and Poverty Incidence[edit]

The municipality has a huge area for agricultural and mostly the people are farmers and their income derived from farming activities. The average annual family income is Php 83,053 or an average monthly income of Php 6,921. Wages and salaries as well as entrepreneurial is also as their main income for workers, individual or self-employed income earners has been noted also in the municipality like skylab or single motorcycle driver, tricycle drivers, market and ambulant vendors and among others. The data of poverty incidence of the municipality from the Philippine Statistic Authority, 2012 show that poverty incidence of Magpet is 43.9% in 2006, 36.7% in 2009 and 48.9% in 2012.

Roads and Bridges[edit]

Magpet has a total road length of 310.91 kilometers of which 38.30 kilometers National Road,25.30 kilometers Provincial Road, 8.073 kilometers Municipal Road and 239.237 Barangay road.

These roads are categorized into: Concrete (84.37 km), Asphalt (1.05 km), Gravel (116.17 km), and Earth/ unpaved (109.30 km). There are 6 bridges and 2 double barrel box culvert along the national highway of Kidapawan-Magpet-Pangao-an Road (KMP) which include 2 FVR type steel bridge and 4 RCDG bridge and 3 bridges and 2 double barrel box culvert along Magpet- Binay- Basak-Temporan Road which include 3 RCDG bridges, in the provincial road along Kisandal-Bongolanon-Magcaalam-Bangkal-Manobo there are 3 bridges, 1 double barrel box culvert and 1 overflow bridge, these 2 bridges are RCDG type of bridges and 1 bailey bridge in Manobo that need immediate repair. Generally the bridges along these national and provincial roads are in good condition but it need maintenance and rehabilitation to make it sure to sustain durability of the structure. It needs to construct new RCDG bridge in Tagibaka river, Bongolanon.

In other hand, in the barangay roads almost all rivers and creeks has an existing bridges and overflow bridges, like the 21 lm bailey bridge in Brgy. Ilian, 18 lm bailey bridge in Bangkal, and RCDG bridge in Sitio Namuwaran in Manobisa, RCDG bridge in Tagibaka, Magcaalam. So far all this existing bridges and overflow bridges are in good conditions.

Currently, people who would like to travel to Cagayan de Oro City may now take the route Magpet- Binay- Basak-Temporan - Arakan - Bukidnon highway.


Most areas in the municipality can be reached by any type of transportation especially in the major road networks, but the people prefer to used skylab or single motorcycle type of transportation for the fast transportation especially in the rural barangays. Tricycle is the mode of transportation in going to nearby city of Kidapawan. There are also jeepneys plying in the northern part of the municipality.


Almost all of the the municipality has already power energy service by Cotabato Electric Cooperative (COTELCO) but this can be found near the electric transmission line and the center of the brgy., but in the sitio power services is still need to be implemented.

Major Economic Activity[edit]

Magpet primary income is coming from agriculture, this is because of huge potential area for agriculture development, and the major agricultural product produce are rubber, banana both lacatan and cardava, coconuts, coffee and frits. While the minor products, rice and corn, root crops,Tahiti and vegetables,etc. The municipality is not so much a meat and poultry producing municipality, but mostly a small or a backyard poultry and hog raising only.

Rice production in Magpet is only 1.16% or 1,028 hectares of the total land area with another 1.50% or 1,115 hectares as potential area due to its land topography, which is mostly hilly or mountainous.

Magpet is the No. 1 Banana producing municipality in the Province of North Cotabato. Knowing Magpet has a cool climate and high elevation, favourable in growing large and sweet variety of highland lacatan banana.

Of all the commodity crops planted, Lacatan banana is the no. 1 income generating in the municipality. It covers the entire barangays in Magpet, while some areas identified as rice and corn commodity were subsequently converted into banana plantation areas. About 25% or a total of 171 hectares were converted into banana production.

Banana covers the largest plantation area in the municipality with a total of 2,123.30 hectares and has a total of 940,531,500.00 metric tons per year as of December 31, 2013 data. This Lacatan banana variety is being sold to the local market and transported to Cities like Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro via Davao City.

For now, only DOLE Stanfilco grow Cavendish bananas in the southwest portion of the municipality. This banana variety is exported to Middle East countries and Central Asia countries like China, Singapore and others. It provides employment to local farmers who do not have a farm of their own to till.

Businesses in the municipality are dominated by small to medium-scale establishments engaged mostly in the distribution of finished products. As of 2018, number of registered business establishments totaled to 326 (New – 93; Renewal – 233).

Tourism industry is also a very potential entrepreneur in the municipality, this give income to the LGU. Mostly tourist spot was developed by the LGU like in Tausuvan water falls and Kirongdong water falls in Kinarum. There are also private operated resort in the municipality, like Sitio Maupot Family Resort in Pangao-an, Lighthouse Resort and Kalaw Resort both located in barangay Bantac.

Municipal Officials (June 30, 2019 - June 30, 2022)[edit]

Mayor: Florenito T. Gonzaga

Vice Mayor: Rogelio L. Marañon


           1. Godfrey Acupan
           2. Vicenta Yunting
           3. Rodolfo Anib
           4. Manuel Aboy, Jr.
           5. Florentino Villasor
           6. Hermana Talotalo
           7. Rofel Pelonio
           8. Charel Lupase


Magpet is politically subdivided into 32 barangays.[2]

  • Alibayon
  • Bagumbayan
  • Bangkal
  • Bantac
  • Basak
  • Binay
  • Bongolanon
  • Datu Celo
  • Del Pilar
  • Doles
  • Gubatan
  • Ilian
  • Inac
  • Kamada
  • Kauswagan
  • Kisandal
  • Magcaalam
  • Mahongcog
  • Manobo
  • Noa
  • Owas
  • Pangao-an
  • Poblacion
  • Sallab
  • Tagbac
  • Temporan
  • Amabel
  • Balete
  • Don Panaca
  • Imamaling
  • Kinarum
  • Manobisa


Population census of Magpet
YearPop.±% p.a.
1970 30,869—    
1975 43,983+7.36%
1980 47,286+1.46%
1990 55,399+1.60%
1995 35,256−8.12%
2000 38,973+2.17%
2007 44,114+1.72%
2010 45,183+0.88%
2015 49,201+1.64%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, the population of Magpet, Cotabato, was 49,201 people,[3] with a density of 65 inhabitants per square kilometre or 170 inhabitants per square mile.

Natural resources[edit]


Several rivers located in Magpet are being tapped for irrigation development and potential for hydro power plants. Others are the major tributaries to Kabacan River, which flows to many barangays of Magpet, to the Municipalities of Pres. Roxas, Matalam, Kabacan, Carmen and connects with Pulangi River. As a major source of water supply, it served for irrigation purposes, servicing thousands of hectares of rice fields not only in the Municipality of Magpet, but also in the various areas of the Province as well. Magpet is serviced by two public water system (Level III) by the Metro Kidapawan Water District(MKWD) servicing to barangays Bongolanon, Kisandal, Tagbak, Poblacion and Gubatan. While Magpet Water Works Services (MWWS), a water system owned an managed by the Local Government Unit extend its services to barangyas Magkaalam, Tagbak, Poblacion, Owas, Kamada, Gubatan, Kauswagan, Alibayon, Del Pilar, Inac, Doles, Binay, Bantac and Pangao-an . Other barangays have their own system, the Barangay Water Sanitation (BAWASA), a level III and level II water system.


Mineral products found in the municipality of Magpet include non-metallic like limestone, sand and gravel which are the basic good materials for constructions while the red and white clay, considered as among the best in the country, are good materials for ceramic production. These can be found particularly in the barangays of Doles, Inca and Noa. Metallic minerals include gold, nickel and silver.

Tourist Attractions[edit]

  • Towsuvan Falls located at the foothills of Mount Apo in the town of Magpet. Crystal-clear water that offer a cool respite to a trek through lush forests, with a 20–30 metres (66–98 ft) drop of water with a natural pool. Its temperature may drop to 6 °C (43 °F) at night.
  • Kirongdong Falls and Rainforests located at Kinarum, Magpet, with a drop of water between 70 to 80 metres (230 to 260 ft) surrounded by mountain ranges and cliffs.
  • Mabu Falls and Rainforest located at Manobo, Magpet. About 120 metres (390 ft) high waterfalls and blessed with bed of flowers and century Cinnamon and Almaciga trees in the surroundings.
  • Lighthouse Resort located in barangay Bantac. A garden and swimming pool resort.
  • Kalaw Resort located in barangay Bantac.
  • Manobo Tribal Village located at Manobo, Magpet. It is one of the entry point to Mt. Apo via Lake Venado.
  • Sitio Dallag Tribal Village located at Manobo, Magpet. It has an area of 400 hectares (990 acres) and nestled at about 400 metres (1,300 ft) above sea level and it is inhabited with indigenous Obo Manobo tribes.It has 7 large Bunk houses built by Barangay Manobo leader Rolando P. Pelonio together with the people of this area.
  • Sitio Maupot Family Resort located at Crossing Kamatis, barangay Pangao-an, Magpet. The scenic venue for all occasions. A Bali inspired resort facing the Majestic Mt. Apo.


  • 2011 Seal of Good Housekeeping (Department of the Interior and Local Government)
  • 2015 Seal of Good Local Governance (Department of the Interior and Local Government)
  • 2018 Seal of Good Local Governance (Department of the Interior and Local Government)
  • 2018 Red Orchid Award (Department of Health)
  • 2018 National Anti-Drug Abuse Council Performance Award (Department of the Interior and Local Government)
  • 2019 Red Orchid Award (Department of Health)
Magpet Red Orchid Award 2018


Magpet is a major water resource provider and the eco-tourism capital of the Province of Cotabato in an agri-industrial town of well-managed natural resources in an ecologically balanced environment inhabited by productive, healthy and empowered cultural sensitive people enjoying accessible facilities and services governed by transparent, accountable leadership working towards a dynamic economy and sustainable development.


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