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Brief Introduction to Sultan Kudarat Province

Sultan Kudarat is a province of the Philippines located in the SOCCSKSARGEN region in Mindanao. It’s subdivided into 11 municipalities and 1 city, the provincial capital is Isulan and borders Maguindanao and Cotabato to the north, South Cotabato and Sarangani to the east. To the southwest lies the Celebes Sea.

The province has a population of 586,505 and the area is 4,715 km²,that is 124/km² density.

The province formerly had a Muslim majority, but Christian migrants now outnumber Muslims and highlanders.

Maguindanaons live in the coastal towns of the province. Tribal groups with settlements in the province include the Iranons, Tirurays and Manobo.

The census showed that 84 dialects are spoken in the province. The most dominant language is Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), though Ilocano and Cebuano are spoken in some municipalities. Maguindanao is the local language of the Muslim population.

The economy of Sultan Kudarat is predominantly agricultural. With vast agricultural potential, the output consists of practically all types of crops grown in the country, including rice, corn, beef, coffee, and vegetables. The province is self-sufficient in poultry, swine, and root crops. The province is one of the few producers of Irish potatoes in the Philippines. The southern Philippines Grain Complex in Tacurong is the largest grains-processing complex in the country. There are more than 200 ricemills in the province.

Fishing is a fast growing industry. Tuna caught along the coasts along the Celebes Sea are of high quality, and are exported to Japan and Europe.

Another significant economic activities include the cottage industry, which includes crafts made of rattan and other types of wood.

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