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Santo Niño, South Cotabato

Santo Niño
District 2nd district of South Cotabato
Established April 7, 1981
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Antonio F. Damandaman
 • Total 86.20 km2 (33.28 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 39,738
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Income class 3rd

Santo Niño is a third class municipality in the province of South Cotabato, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 39,738 people.[3]


  • Geography 1
    • Climate 1.1
    • Barangays 1.2
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Economy 4
  • Places of interest 5
  • Transportation 6
  • Health services 7
  • Education 8
  • Notable citizens 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Situated in the fertile Allah Valley, it is the smallest municipality by land area in the province.

It is bounded by the Municipality of Norala (its mother-town) in the north, the Municipality of Surallah in the east, Allah River and the Municipality of Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat in the south, and the Municipality of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat in the west.


Average temperature in the municipality ranges from a low of 23 °C (73 °F) to a high of 32 °C (90 °F) throughout the year.

Precipitation can be low during the dry season (March to April) at about 40 millimetres (1.6 in) while it can be high especially during the wetter months (May to July) at 100 millimetres (3.9 in).


Sto. Niño is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.[2]

  • Ambalgan
  • Guinsang-an (Bo.4)
  • Katipunan (Bo.11)
  • Manuel Roxas (Bo.10)
  • New Panay (Bo.9)
  • Poblacion (Bo. 13)
  • San Isidro (Bo. 12)
  • San Vicente (Bo. 5)
  • Teresita
  • Sajaneba


The municipality's name was derived from its patron saint, the “Sto. Niño”, or the Holy Child. It was formerly called Barrio Trece (13) (although many still called the town proper this name) of the Norala Settlement District of then National Land Settlement Administration.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Council) of South Cotabato passed a resolution in 1980 requesting then Assemblyman Jose T. Sison to file a bill at the Philippine Parliament to create Sto. Niño a municipality. Parliament Bill No. 1220 was finally passed and approved on December 23, 1980, when Ferdinand Marcos signed it into law as Batas Pambansa Bilang 90.[4] In a plebiscite held on April 7, 1981, the law was ratified.

Municipal mayors:

  • Dr. Norberto Oliveros (1981-1986)
  • Dr. Geronimo Dabalus, appointed by the Aquino Government after the 1986 EDSA Revolution (1986-1988)
  • Antonio F. Damandaman, Sr. (1988-1998)
  • Dr. Ervin B. Luntao (1998-2007)
  • Antonio F. Damandaman, Sr. (2007–present)


The population is highly literate.

While the most spoken dialect is Ilonggo, everyone can speak Tagalog, some Visayan, and conversational, basic English.

Barangay Ambalgan is predominantly Maguindanaoan Muslims and are considered the ethnic inhabitants of the municipality. The rest of the barangays are predominantly Christian settlers who first arrived in the area in the 1940s.

The municipality is generally peaceful with relatively low crime incident.


Rice production is the primary industry. The well-irrigated rice-lands of the municipality are possible due to the presence of a river irrigation system which is provided by a dam at Allah River at Barangay M. Roxas.

Corn (maize) is the secondary product. Copra is also produced.

Small businesses which provide basic necessities thrive.

Places of interest

  • Bugtong Bukid, a hill along the national highway west to Isulan at Barangay M. Roxas. The municipal government had invested in a swimming pool project in this area sometime in the 1990s but was closed due to mismanagement and lack of maintenance. Nonetheless, this hill is a geological wonder in itself being the only hill of its kind in the area. Folklore also has it that the huge acacia tree near the hill is home to a kapre.
  • The steel bridge that traversed Allah River and connects the municipality to nearby barangays of Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat. The bridge is an excellent location for an afternoon stroll. Carabaos take their baths in late afternoon at the river; time your visit during these hours.


The Sto. Nino Public Terminal is a hub for public utility buses and vans that travel to Koronadal City via Surallah and Banga. Travel time from Sto. Nino to Koronadal City is around 30 minutes.

General Santos City, where the General Santos International Airport is located, is accessible by public buses and vans from Koronadal City. Travel time from Koronadal City to General Santos City is about one hour.

Travel within the municipality is through public utility tricycles and motorcycles.

Health services

The Municipal Health Office at the Municipal Hall Compound provides services for consultations.

Private clinics include:

  • Dr. Ervin B. Luntao Family Clinic and Hospital
  • Dr. Zenaida Maglaya Clinic

There are a number of small pharmacies at the municipality.


The municipality has a number of public and private schools. These are:

High Schools

  • Sto. Nino National School of Arts and Trades (public), at Barangay San Isidro
  • Sto. Nino National High School (public), at Poblacion
  • Notre Dame of Sto. Nino (private, a diocesan school), at Poblacion
  • Public high schools in (New) Panay, Katipunan, and Guinsang-an

Elementary Schools

  • Sto. Nino Central Elementary School (public elementary school), at Poblacion
  • Public elementary schools at other nine barangays
  • Notre Dame of Sto. Nino (private, a diocesan school), at Poblacion
  • Montessori Casa Precious Jewels (private elementary school), at Poblacion

Notable citizens


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: South Cotabato". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 20 May 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 20 May 2014. 
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External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
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