Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat
Kalamansig, officially the Municipality of Kalamansig, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 49,059 people.
|Municipality of Kalamansig|
Public Park with Communication Tower
Map of Sultan Kudarat with Kalamansig highlighted
|Region||Soccsksargen (Region XII)|
|Barangays||15 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Ronan Eugene C. Garcia|
|• Vice Mayor||Rolando P. Garcia|
|• Electorate||22,984 voters (2016)|
|• Total||699.20 km2 (269.96 sq mi)|
|• Density||70/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)64|
|Climate type||Tropical climate|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||176.5 million (2016)|
The main means of livelihood of the people is farming and fishing. The municipality's marine environment is home to various species of marine wildlife and plants, the most important of which is the giant tamilok, the largest shipworm species in the world. The species can only be found within the area, and no where else in the world, making Kalamansig an important biodiversity area. Formerly hunted by the locals, the giant tamiloks are now strictly protected by the municipality, specifically the former hunters of the species, after research confirmed the high importance of the species in the area's biodiversity.
The nearest point of entry is through Cotabato Airport, Cotabato City. The town can easily be reached by taking the fully cemented Upi-Lebak National Road. Convenient and safe public transport that plies directly to Kalamansig are also available at NCCC Mall Davao, General Santos City Public Terminal, Cotabato City Lebak-Kalamansig Terminal and Tacurong City Public Terminal.
It is politically subdivided into 15 Barangays:
- Datu Ito Andong
- Datu Wasay
- Dumangas Nuevo
- Pag-asa (Sultan Gunting Mopak)
- Santa Clara
The existing seat of government of Kalamansig was formerly the municipality of Lebak. The first attempt to separate was on Lebak (presently Kalamansig) was under the municipal district of Kiamba while Salaman(now Lebak) use under the district of Dinaig on August 18, 1947 under Executive order 82. and it was again reunited under one independent municipality of Lebak on December 31, 1948. The seat of government was transferred to Salaman on April 12, 1951.
Ten years later, the Municipality of Kalamansig formally created by the virtue of Executive Order 459 dated December 29, 1961 signed by Carlos P. Garcia, creating the municipality of Kalamansig from certain barangays of Lebak and Palimbang.
There are 20 barangay and sitio carve out from Lebak are Lun, Pitas, Dansalan, Pedtegenan, Madu, Port Lebak, Lenek, Sta. Clara, Sebayor, Nalilidan, Bosawon, Calubcub, Camp III, Poral, Limulan, Simsiman, Cadiz and Tipudos. The 8 barangays and sitios were taken from Palimbang are Sangay, Mat, Danawan, Paril, Babancao, Basiawan, Narra and North Kulaman.
The municipality of kalamansig was transferred from Cotabato Province to Province of Sultan Kudarat on November 22, l973 by presidential decree 341 by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Kalamansig lies the few miles from the epicenter of the devastating 1976 Moro Gulf earthquake.
In 2004, gigantic shipworms were discovered by the locals within the municipal waters. In 2017, the shipworms were formally researched on by local and international scientists. The research confirmed that the giant Kalamansig tamilok is kuphus polythalamia and is the largest species of its kind in the world. Due to the research, Kamalansig became the first and only known permanent natural habitat of the endangered species.
Like most municipalities in the Philippines, Kalamansig traces its name from various legendary origins. A popular folklore among the Manobos, a tribe of people who were among the earliest inhabitants of the place, explained that the name originated from a phrase “Kulaman-su-wayeg”, which literally translates as “Kulaman in the water”. Kulaman is said to be a famous Sultan of the Valley during the seventeenth century. According to the legend, a long famine came to the place and the Sultan, who was a loving father and provider to his family, ventured alone and gathered cassava, a staple food of the Manobos, for their consumption. Before returning home, the Sultan decided to wash the root crop in a river, but a sudden and strong river current arrived and swept the aging Sultan from his feet, carrying him downstream and was drowned in the process. His body was later found and recovered downriver, coining the word “Kulaman-sa-ig” (Kulaman in the water).
The name evolved into “Kalamansig” which later become the official name. In honor of this Manobo tribal leader, the river where he was found was named after him and later, the entire upper valley was called “Kulaman”. This barangay is now part of the Municipality of Sen. Ninoy Aquino.
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
- Datu Guiabar Pilot School/DGPS (Brgy. Poblacion), Kalamansig District I
- Ricardo Cabaluna Memorial Elementary School/ RCMES (Brgy. Sangay), Kalamansig District II
- R.D. Talapian Sr. Memorial Elementary School/ RDTSMES (Brgy. Paril), Kalamansig District II
- Teresita Patalinjug Elementary School/TPES (Brgy. Cadiz), Kalamansig District I
- Artemio L. Martin Elementary School/ALMES (Brgy. Obial), Kalamansig District I
- Sta. Clara Central Elementary School/ SCES (Brgy. Sta. Clara), Kalamansig District II
- Nalilidan Elementary School/NES (Brgy. Nalilidan), Kalamansig District II
- Don Modesto S. Buenaflor Sr. Elementary School (Brgy. Dumangas Nuevo), Kalamansig District I
- Sta. Maria Elementary School (Brgy. Sta Maria), Kalamansig District I
- Pag-asa Elementary School/PES (Brgy. Pag-Asa), Kalamansig District II
- Datu Etang Integrated School School/DEPS (Sitio Meles, Barangay Hinalaan), Kalamansig District II
- Datu Wasay Elementary School/DWES (Sitio Proper, Barangay Datu Wasay), Kalamansig District II
- Saint Andrew's Mission School-/SAMS (Sitio Tinandoc, Barangay Datu Wasay), Kalamansig District II
- Costa Rica Elementary School (Costa Rica, Barangay Datu Wasay), Kalamansig District II
- Limulan Elementary School LES (Barangay Limulan), Kalamansig District II
- F.B. Concha Primary School/FBCPS (Barangay Limulan), Kalamansig District II
- Datu Ito Andong Memorial Elementary School/DIAMES (Barangay Datu Ito Andong), Kalamansig District II
- Ma-at Primary School /MPS (Sitio Ma-at, Barangay Sangay), Kalamansig District II
- Kalamansig National High School-Main (Brgy. Poblacion)
- Kalamansig National High School-Datu Wasay HS (Brgy. Datu Wasay)
- Kalamansig National High School-Sabanal HS (Brgy. Sabanal)
- Sta. Clara National High School-(Brgy. Sta. Clara)
- Sangay National High School (Brgy. Sangay)
- Notre Dame of Kalamansig City (Brgy. Poblacion)
- Datu Etang Integrated School
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