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Mayor Herlo Guzman with kids in one of the villages in Kabacan.

NewsDesk: Kabacan’s thorny journey to competitiveness

THE town of Kabacan in North Cotabato is not used to hearing good news. Like many towns in Mindanao, it has an image problem. Usually, the town only attracts the attention of the media if a bomb explodes or if street killings and robberies happen like they are part of the daily grind. The town has gained notoriety as one […]


Kabacan caves eyed as eco-tourism sites in R12

Two caves in Kabacan have been listed as among the eco-tourism potentials in Region 12.  Online news service Mindanews reported that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 is pushing for the development of six caves in the region as alternative ecotourism sites. The reported quoted Datu Tungko Saikol, DENR Region 12 executive director, saying that […]


This is Kabacan

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Kabacan - Keith BacongcoKabacan got its name from the word “Ka-abacan” which means the source of abundance. People from far flung barangays used to come to the place and upon returning home they brought with them many commodities of their livelihood.

When the Second World War broke out and the Japanese Imperial Army occupies the country, the Rio Grande Rubber Estate was sold by the Filipino Incorporators to the Japanese Imperial Government. It became the site for the provisional municipal government with Cenon Doctolero as the appointed Mayor.

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Kabacan is centrally located in Cotabato Province and is bounded on the north by Pres. Roxas, on the east by the Mun. of Matalam, M’lang on the south and on the west by the municipalities of Carmen and Datu Montawal, Maguindanao. It is approximately 94 kilometers from Cotabato airport, 194 kilometers to Davao airport and 188 kilometers to General Santos International Airport.

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Photo by Keith Bacongco / www.northcotabato.netPrimarily agricultural crops include corn, rice, soybeans, peanut, mongo, cassava and other field crops. This town is popularly known as the “Rice Production Center”, the “Rice Granary of the Province of Cotabato”. Its populace has devoted most of its fertile domain to rice production. Corn is the secondary crop of this town.

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