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The Municipal Profile

Geographical Location

The municipality of Malapatan is located in the southernmost part of the island of the Philippines and Mindanao between latitudes 05°58.22’ North and longitudes 125°17.31’ east.It is one of the seven (7) municipalities of the Province of Sarangani, Region XII, lies in between Municipality of Alabel the Capital Town of Sarangani Province and Municipality of Glan the Tourism Capital of Sarangani Province. It is bounded on the north by municipality of Alabel, south by municipality of Glan, east by the province of Davao del Sur and west by the Sarangani Bay. Malapatan is approximately 31 kilometers from General Santos City and 16 kilometers from Sarangani Provincial Capitol, 28.5 kilometers from the Municipality of Glan and 17.5 kilometers from the Municipality of Alabel.


Territorial Jurisdiction

Its territorial jurisdiction is based on House Bill Number 18291 and Republic Act Number 5823 dated June 21, 1969 stipulate that the boundary of the Municipality of Malapatan shall be:

“On the North by Lun Padidu River following its main course starting at the sea and the course of its northern branch and up to Mount Latian; on the South by Sapu Padidu River; on the East by the Davao Del Sur and on to the West by Sarangani Bay”


Land Area

The 1970-1990 land area by barangay shown in table 2 is based on the approved 1980-1990 Municipal Development Plan (MDP). The 1991-1997 land area based on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region XI and the 1998 municipal total land area is based on Land Management Bureau (LMB)-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Based on Global Information System (GIS) generated the total land area of 64,565.67 hectares which is 16.20 percent of the total land area of Sarangani Province. However, barangay Kinam had the largest land area of 17,142.08 hectares which is 26.54 percent of the total land area while barangay Sapu Padidu holds the least land area of 1,546 hectares equivalent to 2.39 percent of the total land area (see table 1).



Malapatan’s topography is generally rolling and its physiologic characteristics are better described in terms of its elevation and slope. Malapatan’s physiography is characterized into five (5) geographical features of elevation. E-1, or 0 to 100 meters of elevation above sea level (ASL) composed of barangay Lun Padidu, Lun Masla, Patag, Libi, Tuyan, Poblacion, Sapu Masla, and Sapu Padidu. E-2, elevation ranges from 100 to 300 meters ASL apparently include barangay Daan Suyan, Kihan and some sitios/purok of barangay Lun Padidu, Lun Masla, Patag, Libi, Tuyan, Poblacion, Daan Suyan, Sapu Masla, Sapu Padidu, Kihan and Kinam. Barangay Upper Suyan’s elevation belong to E-3 which is 300 to 500 meters elevation ASL also covered are portion of barangay Lun Padidu, Lun Masla, Patag, Libi, Tuyan, Poblacion, Sapu Masla, Sapu Padidu, Kihan, Kinam, and Upper Suyan. The E4, identified elevation from 500 to 1000 meters ASL includes the portion of barangay Patag, Lun Masla, Libi, Tuyan, Poblacion, Sapu Masla, Sapu Padidu, Daan Suyan, Kihan, KInam and Upper Suyan, while E-5 or 1000 meters and above elevation ASL encompasses some portion of barangay Kihan, Upper Suyan and Kinam (see table 2).



Table 4 show slope ranges from 0 to 3 percent has a total area of 5,183.85 hectares or 8.03% of the total area. The 3 to 8 percent comprise the total area of 7,682.09 hectares or 11.89%, the 8 to 18 percent with total area of 6,495.42 hectares or 10.06% of the total. The 18 to 30 percent slope has a total hectares of 20,922.76 hectares or 32.41% , the 30 to 50 percent which is best suited for forest purposes has a total area of 14,239.97 hectares or 22.06% of the total while the 50 percent above which is protection forest has an area of 10,041.58 hectares or 15.55% (see table 3 & Slope Map).



Municipality of Malapatan has two (2) known season; wet season occurs from May to October and dry season which occurs from November to April. The amount of rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. This type resembles type 2 since it has no dry season with the occurrence of heavy rainfall during the month of June to August. The prevailing wind direction blows toward northeast monsoon occurs during the month of December to April and towards southwest monsoon during the months of May to November. Typhoon-free municipality generally characterized by a Type IV climate. Average annual air temperature in the area is 27.1ºC. The hottest month is April (highest air temperature at 33.7ºC); the coldest month is January (lowest air temperature at 21.5ºC). The relative humidity reading ranges from 76% to 84%. Data on rainfall intensity in the municipality ranges from 16.8 mm to 17.8 mm throughout the years.



The locality’s age sex ratio of population between male and female is 105.8 on which male are dominant compared to female. The table 4 and table 5 reflect the age sex distribution of the municipality. The school going population reaches to 35,624 (49% of the total population) which cover ages 3-21 years. Working and labor population from ages 15-64 reaches to 39,560 (54.65% of the total population) on which 52% are males and 48% are females. The dependent population reaches to 32,827 (45.35% of the total population). Based on the NSO 2010 age group of population data, the computed total dependency ratio is approximated to 104%, while the young dependency ratio is 85% and the elderly dependency ratio is 4% which means the necessity of providing job opportunities to 39,560 labor age population is a priority for the municipality to address the plight for poverty.

About Malapatan

Malapatan is a first class municipality in the province of Sarangani, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 72,386 people. As of 2010, it has a total voting population of 35,569 voters.

Malapatan is bounded on the west by Sarangani Bay, on the east by Davao del Sur, on the north by Alabel, and on the south by Glan.