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Banisilan, Cotabato

Official seal of Banisilan
Banisilan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Congr. district 1st District of Cotabato
Barangays 20
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • District Representative Jesus N. Sacdalan
 • Mayor Betty A. Allado
 • Vice Mayor Jesus F. Alisasis
 • Total 577.22 km2 (222.87 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 39,914
 • Density 69/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Language(s) Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Ilocano, Maguindanaon, Iranon
Income class 2nd Class[2]

Banisilan is a second class municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 39,914 people.[3]


  • Geography 1
    • Barangays 1.1
    • Climate 1.2
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Natural Resources 4
  • Tourist attractions 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Located at the northern quadrant of Cotabato Province bounded on the north by the municipality of Wao, Lanao del Sur, on the east to northeast by the municipality of Carmen and Bukidnon, on the west by Alamada, on the south by the municipality of Pikit.


Banisilan is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.[2]

  • Busaon
  • Capayangan
  • Carugmanan
  • Gastav
  • Kalawaig
  • Kiaring
  • Malagap
  • Malinao
  • Miguel Macasarte
  • Pantar
  • Paradise
  • Pinamulaan
  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion II
  • Puting-bato
  • Salama
  • Thailand
  • Tinimbacan
  • Tumbao-Camalig
  • Wadya


Banisilan has wet and dry seasons, a general characteristic of the Philippian climate.[4]


Banisilan accidentally acquired its name from a type of fresh water shell called the Banisil[5] which were then abundant in the area.

Before Banisilan was created as a separate municipality from Carmen, its mother town, President Ramon Magsaysay signed Proclamation No. 317 dated July 17, 1956 reserving an area of 100,018 hectares of land for a resettlement project which was under the general administration (NARRA) now known as the Department of Agrarian Reform. This resettlement project covers three (3) municipalities and part of these is the North Cotabato Resettlement Project No. 1. As years passed, hundreds of landless and qualified citizens coming from almost all parts of the country were resettled in the area. On March 19, 1959 the first batch of settlers from Panay called SAKADA, headed by Jesus T. Alisasis who become the first vice-mayor, set foot in Banisilan and in the succeeding months, other tribes from Luzon followed.


Natural Resources

A large agricultural area is devoted to agri-production, producing resources like corn, palay, rubber, sugar cane and fruit trees.

Tourist attractions

  • Mount Opao - This mountain is located between the boundaries of Banisilan and Alamada. It has natural grown trees and a cold spring.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: COTABATO (NORTH COTABATO)". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
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External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
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