Maguindanao del Sur, officially the Province of Maguindanao del Sur (Maguindanaon: Dairat nu Salatan Magindanaw, Jawi:دايرت نو سلاتان مڬیندانو ), is a landlocked province in the Philippines located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in Mindanao. Its capital is the municipality of Buluan near the city of Tacurong in the neighboring province of Sultan Kudarat. It borders Cotabato province to the east, Maguindanao del Norte to the west, and Sultan Kudarat to the south.

Maguindanao del Sur
Salatan Magindanaw
سلاتان مڬیندانو
Province of Maguindanao del Sur
Provincial capitol at Buluan
Provincial capitol at Buluan
Official seal of Maguindanao del Sur
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 06°55′N 124°34′E / 6.917°N 124.567°E / 6.917; 124.567
Country Philippines
Region Bangsamoro
PlebisciteSeptember 17, 2022
Transition periodSeptember 18, 2022 – January 9, 2023
and largest municipality
 • GovernorBai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu
 • Vice GovernorDatu Nathaniel S. Midtimbang
 • RepresentativeMohamad P. Paglas Sr.
 • Total4,973.48 km2 (1,920.27 sq mi)
 • Total741,221
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
 • Independent cities0
 • Component cities0
 • Municipalities
 • DistrictsLegislative districts of Maguindanao del Sur
Time zoneUTC+8 (PHT)
Spoken languages
Income classification2nd class

History edit

Historical affiliations

  Spain 1521–1898
  United States of America 1898–1942
  Japan 1942–1945
  Philippines 1946–present

Foundation edit

Maguindanao del Sur was formed when Maguindanao province was split into two provinces; the other province being Maguindanao del Norte. The division occurred following a plebiscite on September 17, 2022 which ratified Republic Act 11550 which proposed the partitioning of the province. As per law former Maguindanao Governor Mariam Mangudadatu was expected to become the governor of the newly formed Maguindanao del Sur province.[1][2] However an issue arose since the determination of the first set of officials of the province presumes that the plebiscite was held prior to the 2022 national and local elections. However the plebiscite was postponed to a date after the elections.[3] This led to the Commission on Elections to come up with a legal opinion.[4][5] The position was issued on September 28, 2022, where the election body conclude that only the Department of the Interior and Local Government could appoint the first officials of the province.[3]

Mangudadatu would assume the position and take oath as governor of the new province in October 13, 2022. Nathaniel Midtimbang, board member of Maguindanao's Provincial Board, became her vice governor.[6] A transition period would take place until January 9, 2023.[7]

Geography edit

Map of Maguindanao del Sur

Maguindanao del Sur is composed of 24 municipalities and 1 legislative district.

  •  †  Capital municipality
  •   Municipality

Demographics edit

Population Census of Maguindanao del Sur
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 87—    
1918 49,868+52.72%
1939 83,968+2.51%
1948 139,403+5.79%
1960 214,514+3.66%
1970 190,151−1.20%
1975 162,626−3.09%
1980 198,079+4.02%
1990 280,161+3.53%
1995 337,730+3.56%
2000 365,081+1.68%
2007 710,829+9.63%
2010 520,882−10.70%
2015 637,033+3.91%
2020 723,758+2.54%
Sources: Philippine Statistics Authority[10]

References edit

  1. ^ "With Maguindanao split into 2, Mindanao now has 28 provinces and BARMM has 6". MindaNews. September 18, 2022. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  2. ^ "Re: September 17, 2022 Plebiscite to Ratify the Division of the Province of Maguindanao into 2 Districts and Independent Provinces , to be knows as the Provinces of Maguindanao del Norte and Maguindanao del Sur (RA11550; May 27, 2021)". Commission on Elections. September 18, 2022. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Villegas, Gab Humilde (September 27, 2022). "DILG urged: Appoint Maguindanao official". Daily Tribune.
  4. ^ Patinio, Ferdinand (September 19, 2022). "Comelec legal opinion on Maguindanao leadership 'row' out soon". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  5. ^ "Who will lead two Maguindanao provinces? Comelec to issue legal opinion soon". CNN Philippines. September 19, 2022. Archived from the original on September 19, 2022. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  6. ^ "Governors, vice govs of split Maguindanao provinces assume posts". ABS-CBN News. October 22, 2022. Retrieved October 23, 2022.
  7. ^ "End of an era: Maguindanao holds final flag-raising ceremony". Rappler. January 10, 2023. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  8. ^ Census of Population (2015). Highlights of the Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population. Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities (PDF). National Statistics Office. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Census of Population (2020). Table B - Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City, and Municipality - By Region. Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved July 8, 2021.