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LAND CLASSIFICATION Of the province’s total land area of 656,590 hectares, 149,972 hectares or 22.84% are classified as alienable and disposable while the remaining 506,618 hectares or 77.16% are forest lands. Of the total forest lands, 3,825 hectares or 0.76% are unclassified public forests while 502,793 hectares or 99.24% are classified public forest. Forestlands are preserved for timber production, grazing and marshes, national parks and bird sanctuaries.  Forest reserves and timberlands take the biggest share of the total classified forestlands. The alienable and disposable land of the province has a smaller area than that of the forestlands. LAND USE OPPORTUNITY…

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Geography

LOCATION The Province of (North) Cotabato lies on the eastern part of Region XII and is strategically located in the central part of Mindanao.  It is bounded on the North by the Province of Bukidnon, on the northwest by Lanao del Sur, on the East by Davao City, on the Southeast by Davao del Sur, on the West by Maguindanao Province and on the southwest by Sultan Kudarat Province. Mountains to the east peak at Mount Apo, a volcanic cone that is the highest mountain in the Philippines.  In the west, the Piapungan Range separates it from Lanao del Sur. …

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History

OVERVIEW OF ITS PAST, PEOPLE AND RESOURCES Before the coming of the Christian migrants from Luzon and the Visayas which  had  accelerated the growth of settlements and subsequently gave rise to bustling municipalities, this area named Cotabato was inhabited by various ethnic groups namely:  the Manobos, the Bagobos and the Muslims sometime in 1500 A.D.  These various tribes are believed to be descendants of Indonesian immigrants owing to their similarity in physical structure and language. According to a Manobo creation myth, the fertile flood plain between the Kulaman and the Pulangi Rivers was the birthplace of life on earth.  Soil…

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