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Brief Introduction to Southern Cotabato Province

South Cotabato is a province of the Philippines located in the SOCCSKSARGEN region in Mindanao. It’s subdivided into 10 municipalities and 2 cities. The provincial capital is Koronadal City and borders Sultan Kudarat to the north and west, Sarangani to the south and east, and Davao del Sur to the east. To the southeast lies Sarangani Bay.

The province has a population of 1,102,550 and the area is 4,489 km²,that is 246/km² density.

General Santos City, on the shores of Sarangani Bay, is the largest and most important city of South Cotabato, and is a major seaport. The province of Sarangani used to be part of South Cotabato until it was made an independent province in 1992.

The people of South Cotabato are multilingual, able to communicate in Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Tagalog and English. The indigenous tribes, in addition, use their own tribal dialects. A situation wherein several people, each speaking solely in his own dialect and are still able to communicate with the others, is not unheard of.

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