Midsayap is a home to 123, 324 individuals with 21,349 households that’s a 15% increase from year 2000 population. Population is expected to grow at a pace of 1.92 percent for the past five years, and expected to double its population within 36 years. It is populated by a multi-cultural aggrupations of peoples from the influx of migrants from Luzon and the Visayas brought about by the reputation of the island of Mindanao as a highly promising haven for settlers. In Midsayap, it is common for people speaking different dialects such as Cebuano (so far the largest single lingua franca among inhabitants), Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Maguindanaon, Manobo, among others. Midsayap is the center of trade for municipalities of Pikit, Aleosan, Libungan, Alamada, Pigkawayan, and Banisilan, it’s where people from these municipalities go to transact businesses, trade, buy and sell farm products and have fun, also the where public transport route from and to sorrounding municipalities are found.
The name Midsayap in North Cotabato, Philippines came from the words “Mid” which means “Center”; ”Sayap” which means “Hat”.
Mayor: Roming Araña
Vice Mayor: Abet Garduque
Map of Midsayap
Things to do in Midsayap:
*Halad sa Sto Niño -happens every third sunday of the month, which is also a weekend long activity. That weekend is usually full of events and fun. From Motocross, Games, Gaming activities, etc.
*Swimming Pools – there are currently 3 swimming pools in the communiy just ask the tricycle driver and they will bring you there.
*Eat Lechon Manok -Eat it from Tasty or from Right Choice. My favorite is from RC.
*Jerry’s Batchoy-an -cheap batchoy, balbacua and known in Midsayap.
*Bar-B-Q and Balut -usually sold at night in the plaza area.
*Kiwa Adventure: A resort where you need to be there for one day to relax unwind, appreciate nature, soak yourself in their swimming pool, do wall climbing and do rapelling and zip line back and forth if you want.
*Night Life at Hill Park
*others: to be added.
Midsayap is geographically located on the Southwestern portion of Cotabato Province. It lies on 124″32′ East longitude and 7″11.5′ North latitude (Midsayap Coordinates). It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of Libungan; on the South by the Rio Grande de Mindanao; on the East by the municipalities of Aleosan and Pikit; and on the West by the Municipality of Kabuntalan.
Midsayap is approximately 47 kilometers away from Cotabato City about 1 hour bus ride and some 174 kilometers from Davao City about 4-5 hours bus ride, two of the major urban centers in Mindanao. It is about 64 kilometers away from Kidapawan City about 2-3 hour bus ride from the seat of the Cotabato Provincial Government.
The province is situated between 5 and 8 degrees latitude thus Midsayap and all areas within its jurisdiction is less affected by typhoon. The municipality falls under the fourth type of climate which is characterized by more or less even distribution of rainfall throughout the year.
The highest portion of municipal land area (12,397.5 hectares) is classified as good land. These are the land centrally located in the municipality. These lands are nearly level lands and can be cultivate safely. However, protection from occasional overflow is required. The 10,651.2869 hectares which are Hydrosol type are wetlands and are suitable for fishpond or recreation purposes. Most of these lands are along the Rio Grande de Mindanao. The Center type of land are moderately good land, moderately sloping so that cultivation requires carefully planned erosion control measures. These lands are on the Northeastern barangays and a portion of Nabalawag and Kadingilan with an area of 8,010.0 hectares.
There are four (4) types of soil in this municipality. These are: Kabacan Clay, Kudarangan Clay, San Manuel Silty Clay Loam and Hydrosol. Kabacan Clay Loam is about 12,397.500 hectares or 37.52 % of the municipal land area.
This are the soils at the central portion or at the heart of the municipality. Kudarangan Clay Loam is found in slightly rolling to hilly terrain or at the northeastern barangays. This soil type occupies the 24.24 percent of the municipal area or 8,010.00 hectares. San Manuel Silty Clay Loam is located at barangays Upper Labas, Nalin and portions of barangay Villarica. This occupies an area of 1,980 hectares. Hydrosol type has an area of 10,651.2869 hectares or 33.24 percent of the municipal area.
Of the total land area of the municipality, 73.79 percent or 24,376.2869 hectares has a slope of 0-3 percent. These areas are located at the Western and Southern part of the municipality. These are mostly the irrigable rice lands.
The Northeastern barangays, a portion of Central Bulanan are hilly with slopes with 3-8% with a total area of 6,525.0 hectares. Highest slopes of 8-18% percent are situated at the boundary of barangays Nabalawag and Kadingilan and a portion of Central Bulanan. This has a total land area of 2,137.5 hectares.
Midsayap is characterized as plain to hilly terrain. Gently rolling to hilly areas are located on the Northeastern portion specifically at barangays – Kiwanan, Kimagango, Anonang, Malamote, Upper Bulanan and Milaya. A portion of Kadingilan and Nabalawag has a hilly portion at their boundaries. All barangays on the western portion which is cut by the National Highway from Poblacion to Dulawan is plain and is presently planted with irrigated rice and other crops. The southern most barangays are marshy being located along the Rio Grande de Mindanao.
Characterized to have a clay type of soil that is best suited for agricultural use, most (42.03 percent) of the town’s land area are devoted to agricultural production. The lowland areas were planted with rice and other seasonal crops while the upland areas were planted with permanent crops. Agricultural products of the town include rice, corn, mango, coffee, coconut, banana, vegetables and root crops.
Aside from the thriving agriculture industry, Midsayap also boasts of its other industries such as cut flowers and ornamental plants, livestock and poultry, furnitures and decorative crafts and telecommunications. It is also a potential area for putting up other industries such as fruit and meat processing as well as oil palm plantation and processing.
Strategically located, Midsayap serves as a major commercial and trading center of the province where farmers from neighboring municipalities bring their agricultural products to be sold/traded.
Banks servicing Midsayap are the following: PNB, Metrobank, Banco de Oro, Cotabato Rural Bank, Midsayap Rural Bank, LandBank, BPI-Family, and Network Bank. You may use Western Union to send money which is available at MLhuillier Pawnshop and other establishments.
Annually, the people of Midsayap prepares for the grand celebration of the town fiesta popularly known as “Halad sa Sto. Niño Festival” which is held every third Sunday of January. The Halad Festival, celebrated in honor of the town’s patron saint Sr. Sto. Niño, is highlighted by the colorful street dancing and parade competition.
Groups from various towns in Cotabato Province as well as from Cotabato City and neighboring towns of Maguindanao Province troop annually to Midsayap to participate in the contest and try their luck to win the top prize.
The festival gained national recognition when the 2003 Halad champions, all students of Alamada National High School, represented Region XII in the national street dancing competition and won the P1 million grand prize in the Aliwan Fiesta held in May 2003 in Intramuros, Manila. Inspired by their back-to-back wins, the group participated again in the Pamaskong Aliwan Festival in December of that same year and won the P1 million grand prize. Both festivals were part of the Visit Philippines 2003 program of the Department of Tourism.
Here are the list of Medical Facilities in Midsayap.
- Dela Cruz Medical Clinic
- Dr. Amado Diaz Memorial Provincial Foundation Hospita
- Midsayap Diagnostic Center & Hospital
- Jalandoni Medical Clinic
- Pesante Surgical, Emergency and Medical Hospital
- Sara Medical Clinic
- Tarongoy Medical Clinic
Midsayap is the centre of education in the first district of North Cotabato and nearby provinces. It is home to the first Notre Dame school in Asia and a Protestant school run by the largest Protestant church in the Philippines, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines called the Southern Christian College. Presently, a number of privately-owned tertiary schools sprouted in Midsayap, affirming the role it played as a well-preffere place for parents to send their children in pursuing higher education. It has also an extensive public school system (both elementary and secondary) where basic education is delivered in almost all barangays in the municipality. Furthermore, Midsayap has made it sure to operate a day-care center in all of its 57 barangays with majority 2 or more day-care centers available for pre-schoolers to begin early childe education.
Private Schools in Midsayap:
Tertiary Private Schools
- Coland Systems Technology
- Ernest Rutherford College of Business and Technology
- Our Lady of Wisdom Academy
- Midsayap Community College
- Cotabato Medical Foundation College
- Notre Dame of Midsayap College
- Southern Christian College
- Notre Dame of Midsayap College High School
- Notre Dame of Midsayap Night High School
- Southern Christian College High School
- Katingawan Adventist Academy
- Our Lady of Wisdom Academy
- Caxton College of Technology
- Saint Mary’s Academy of Midsayap
- Cedar Child Learning Center:
- Good Shepherd Learning Center
- Katingawan Adventist Academy
- Midsayap Montessori Center
- Our Lady of Wisdom Academy
- Notre Dame of Midsayap College Elementary Training Department
- Southern Christian College Elementary Training Department
Midsayap Central District
- Agriculture Elementary School under Mrs. Evangeline M. Tiwaquen
- Bagumba Elementary School under Mrs. Mariqueta P. Mentang
- Central Katingawan Elementary School under Daisy J. Fortinez
- Lagumbingan Elementary School under Lydia D. Jimenez
- Midsayap Central Pilot Elementary School under Gil F. Ferolin
- Miguel Intes Elementary School under Mrs. Edecita P. Ogatis
- Patindiguen Elementary School under Mr. Gil F. Ferolin
- Salunayan Elementary School under Mrs. Juliana A. Mentang
- San Isidro Elementary School under Mrs. Lydia D. Jimenez
- Simeon A. Datumanong Elementary School under Mrs. Leonor O. Mentang
- Vicente Rapacon Memorial Elementary School under Mr. Clenio C. Cayacap
Midsayap North District
- Anonang Elementary School under Mr. Leonardo A. Garcia
- Arizona Elementary School under Mr. Ceasar P. Bigwas
- Lt. Andres Calungsod Central Elementary School under Mr. Ceasar P. Bigwas
- Elesio Elementary School under Mrs. Virginia C. Domondon
- Ilbocean Elementary School under Mr. Salvador Q. Caballero
- Kimagango Central Elementary School under Mrs. Herminia O. Nisperos
- Kimagango Central Elementary School- Annex under Mrs. Marissa C. Cenar
- Madendog Primary School under Mrs. Noraina U. Madendog
- Malamote Elementary School under Mr. Edmundo E. Sianda
- Milaya Elementary School under Mr. Roy F. Bigwas
- Upper Bulanan Elementary School under Mr. Maximiano P. De Asis
- Upper Labas Elementary School under Mr. Ernesto F. Nisperos
- Villarica Elementary School under Mr. Elmer V. Castro
Midsayap South District
- Baliki Elementary School under Mrs. Nora M. Diolaso
- Bitoka Elementary School under
- Central Bulanan Elementary School under Mrs. Florida D. Ragasa
- Central Glad Elementary School under Mrs. Ma. Gina O. Pagasian
- Dilangalen Central Elementary School under Mrs. Elsa L. Lasapin
- Dr. C.H. Deles Elementary School under Mrs. Trinidad R. Liboon
- Flauta Elementary School under Mrs. Charlita R. Ragonton
- Lower Kiwanan Elementary School under Mrs. Vilma Esteban
- Rangeban Elementary School under Mr. Mongang Duloan
- Sadaan Elementary School under Mrs. Cicile D. Sembrano
- San Pedro Elementary School
- Santa Cruz Elementary School under Ms. Elsa L. Lasapin
- Upper Glad II Elementary School
- Upper Kiwanan Primary School under Mrs. Letty G. Hernandez
Midsayap West District
- Dabpil Sampulna Primary School under Mrs. Sandra Mentang Sugadol
- Damatulan Elementary School under Mr. Mak A. Palao
- Datu Dimaudtag Dialangalen Elementary School under Mrs. Dali S. Endaila
- Don Miguel Latada Elementary School (Tumbras) under Mrs. Pelagia S. Mentang
- Guntong Primary School
- Kadigasan Elementary School under Mr. Esmael G. Sapad
- Kadingilan Primary School ( Panago Primary School) under Mr. Abusama M. Pagao
- Kapinpilan-Endaila Silongan Central Elementary School under Mrs. Fatima P. Mentang
- Lower Olandang Elementary School under Mrs. Noria D. Mentang
- Kudarangan Elementary School under Mr. Kadil S. Mamasalido
- Lomopog Elementary School under Mrs. Tayan T. Mentang
- Macasendeg Elementary School under Mrs. Madsobia M. Tioma
- Malingao Elementary School under Mrs. Josefina F. Mentang
- Mudseng Elementary School under Mrs. Mila M. Tugan
- Nabalawag Elementary School under Mr. Mando B. Alamada
- Sambulawan Elementary School under Mr. Mentang S. Pangal
- Upper Olandang Elementary School under Mr. Datu Yahudza Alon Mentang
- Midsayap-Dilangalen National High School under Mrs. Oliva M. Armada
- Agriculture National High School under Mr. Felipe B. Marcos
- Agriculture National High School (Baliki Annex) under Mrs. Josette C. Cornelio
- Arizona National High School under Mr. Rosalio S. Ferolino
- Kimagango National High School under Mrs. Presciosa G. Caingcoy
- Kimagango National High School (Malamote Annex) under Mrs. Presciosa G. Caingcoy
- Olandang National High School under Mr. Tinto P. Pilas
- Patindiguen National High School under Mr. Herbert R. Eugenio
- Salunayan National High School under Mrs. Norma C. Flauta
- Salunayan National High School-Kapinpilan Annex under Mrs. Norma C. Flauta
- Villarica National High School under Mrs. Estelita O. Olivar
Latitude (lat): 7°11’27″N
Longitude (lon): 124°31’49″E
Elevation (approx.): 21m
Midsayap Area Code: (63) Philippines country code
+64 then the land line telephone number
0116364-(when calling from USA) then the land line telephone number
Midsayap Zip Code: 9410
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