Cotabato City Investment Profile

Cotabato City Investment Profile


Official Name of the City


Official Logo/Brand Name

“Sigay Ka Cotabato City”

Income Class

1st Class City

Total Land Area

17,599 Hectares

Population (2007 Census)

257,821 (Household)



Estimated Value

Major Industries

1.  Aquaculture/Fisheries

P     56    Million

2.  Crafts/Tourism

P     1.3 Million

3.  ICT / BPO (emerging)

Investment Opportunities


Details (location/land area)

1.  Crab Industry

Barangay Kalanganan

(approx. 1,700 hectares) 

2.  Bangus

Barangay Kalanganan

3.  Crafts (Inaul Malong, Water Hyacinth Products)

Barangays Tamontaka & Poblacion

4.  Pangasius Fish Propagation

Barangay Kalanganan, Barangay Tamontaka

5.  Halal Industry

6.  Manufacturing

Barangays Poblacion, Kalanganan & Tamontaka

Human Resource

1.  Labor Force (2010)


2.  Educational Institutions:

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3.  No. of Graduates per Discipline

3.1  Information Technology

3.2  Medicine & Allied Courses

3.3  Engineering & Technology

3.4  Business Mngt. & Related

3.5  Law & Jurisprudence






Support Facilities:


Airport -  Awang Airport  - 7.5 kilometers from the city proper

(approx. 15 mins)

(it can accommodate planes up to B-737 Class)

Seaport – Polloc Port (Municipality of Parang) 22 kms. from city

proper (approx. travel time is 40 minutes)

- caters domestic passengers and general cargo

Vessels routing Zamboanga, Ilo-Ilo & Manila

- Superferry 5 has 1 trip/week plying this route

City Port – located within the city’s business district, along Rio

Grande de Mindanao. Both passenger & general

cargo vessels are plying Cotabato City-Pagadian-

Kalamansig-Lebak-Sultan Kudarat routes.

Bus Terminals:

Weena Express/NCTC – located in the heart of the business

district with aircon & non-aircon buses plying the

route Cotabato City-Davao City in 30 mins. Interval.

Husky Terminal – located a city block away from the New City

Hall with aircon & non-aircon buses plying the route

Cotabato City – General Santos City.

* L-300 vans that ply the route from Cotabato City to Davao City and to General Santos and Cagayan de Oro are also available.


Aircrafts Servicing Cotabato-Manila Route: (Travel Time:  1 hour, 30 minutes)

Philippine Airlines

3 times /week (1 flight/day)

Cebu Pacific Air

1 flight daily

Air Philippines

1 flight  daily


Alternative routes from Manila to Cotabato:


Est. Travel Time

Bus (Via RORO – Surigao)

48 hours

Private Car (via RORO – Surigao)

36 hours

No. of  Freight  Forwarders  

No. of  Licensed Vehicles for Hire  




Banking Institution: 15 Private Commercial Banks

1 Central Bank

4 Government Banks

1 Islamic Bank

1 Rural Bank




Power is handled by Cotabato Light and Power Co. – a private firm who gets power resources from the  Nat’l. Grid Corp. of the Phils. (NGCP). It also operates a bunker fuel-fired stand-by power engines to address emergency situations like power failures, trip-offs and fluctuations.


Unlike other cities in the region that are beset by power interruption problems, Cotabato City has never experienced brownouts longer than 30 minutes, which luckily, rarely happens.


Total No. of  Active Power Connection  


Commercial / Industrial  



Water System is handled by Metro Cotabato Water District – a quasi-gov’t. institution.

No. of  Active Connection  


Average Water Supply Demand / Day  

27,100 cu.m./day  



Telephone – Main service provider is the PLDT Co.

Mobile Services – Globe Telecom,Smart Communications  and Sun Cellular

Internet Providers – PLDT-DSL, Globe, SUN Cellular

TV Cable Operators – Cotabato Cable Television Network & Skycable

Radio Stations - 4 AM and 3 FM Stations


For more information please visit our website:

Contact Details:  Aniceto V. Rasalan - Secretary to the City Mayor

Telefax:  (064)421-8969

Roseller A. Papa – City Planning & Dev’t. Coordinator/

Chairman, TWG-Cot. City Investment Board

Telefax:  (064)421-8198


Prepared by:   Office of the City Mayor-Tourism, Trade & Industry Division/

Local Economic & Investment Promotion Office


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