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Tacurong, officially the City of Tacurong (Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa sang Tacurong; Maguindanaon: Ingud nu Takurong) and referred to as Tacurong City, is a 4th class city in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 98,316 people.[3]

City of Tacurong
Tacurong Road to Isulan
Tacurong Road to Isulan
Official seal of Tacurong
City of Goodwill
Uswag Tacurong! (Progress Tacurong!)
Map of Sultan Kudarat with Tacurong highlighted
Map of Sultan Kudarat with Tacurong highlighted
Tacurong is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°41′N 124°40′E / 6.68°N 124.67°E / 6.68; 124.67Coordinates: 6°41′N 124°40′E / 6.68°N 124.67°E / 6.68; 124.67
Country Philippines
RegionSoccsksargen (Region XII)
ProvinceSultan Kudarat
District1st District
FoundedAugust 3, 1951
CityhoodAugust 16, 2000
Barangays20 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
 • MayorAngelo O. Montilla
 • Vice MayorLino O. Montilla
 • CongresswomanBai Rihan M. Sakaluran
 • Electorate57,366 voters (2019)
 • Total153.40 km2 (59.23 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total98,316
 • Density640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)64
Climate typetropical climate
Income class4th city income class
Local income (₱)478,123,470.16 (2016) [4]

Tacurong has a total land area of 15,340 hectares, the smallest in land area among the province's 12 municipalities. Tacurong became a component city of Sultan Kudarat in 2000 by virtue of Republic Act No. 8805 in September 2000.[5]


Tacurong was originally a barangay of the Municipality of Buluan. On August 3, 1951, it was created into a municipality by Executive Order Number 462 signed by the President Elpidio Quirino.[6] At that time Tacurong had an estimated area of 40,000 hectares and 14 barangays. In 1961, the southern portion of Tacurong was separated to form the municipality of Tantangan, and in 1973, Tacurong lost some of its eastern portions when the municipality of President Quirino was created.[7]

Following the efforts of Angelo O. Montilla, the Congressman of the Legislative District of Sultan Kudarat, Tacurong was made the first component city in the Province of Sultan Kudarat in 2000 by virtue of House Bill No. 6497 and Republic Act 8805. This was confirmed by the “Tacurongnons” in a plebiscite held on September 18, 2000.[7][8]

Security incidentsEdit

Tacurong City has the most number of bombing incidents in Southern Philippines since 2000,[citation needed] as the city reportedly has the presence of different extortion and terrorist groups like Abu Sayaff, BIFF and NPA.

New Year's Eve Bombing December 31, 2017 11:05 PM, 2 casualties and 17 hurt during the Improvised Explosive Device blast in Villa Garde KTV Bar National Highway, Brgy. Buenaflor.[9]

April 3, 2017 bombing Eight persons, mostly workers of an electric cooperative, were injured after an improvised bomb went off along the national highway in Tacurong City on Monday morning (Apr. 3), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) is the suspected group who is responsible on the terrorist attack.[10]

Twin Bombing Seven people were hurt after two explosions rocked Tacurong City on April 17, 2017, the first explosion took place at 6:40 p.m. on the rooftop of Dragon Gas Station along National Highway in Barangay Isabela. Minutes later, or at 7:10 p.m., another explosion occurred, this time at the gas station's compound.[11]

February 2, 2016 bombing Improvise explosive device (IED) rocked Tacurong City two hours after the convoy of vice president Leni Robredo left the city on Tuesday afternoon. The bomb exploded around 2 p.m. near the national highway along Jose Abad Santos Street in Tacurong City. Three people were reportedly wounded. [12]

Yellow bus bombing attempt The powerful bomb fashioned from two 60 mm mortars as main charge and mobile phone as trigger mechanism was found at 10:50 a.m. April 2015 inside Yellow Bus Line unit with body number 9208 at a police checkpoint in Barangay Dos along the Tacurong-Isulan highway. The bus was heading toward Isulan from Tacurong City when subjected to inspection by police after Army and policemen received a report about the suspected bomb inside the bus.[13]


Tacurong is in South Central Mindanao and the only city in the province of Sultan Kudarat. It is 92 kilometres (57 mi) from General Santos City, 96 kilometres (60 mi) from Cotabato City and 178 kilometres (111 mi) from Davao City. It is situated at the crossroads of Davao-GenSan-Cotabato highways.[14]


The city is politically subdivided into twenty (20) barangays.

Baras 126511001
Buenaflor 126511002
Calean 126511003
Carmen 126511004
D'Ledesma 126511005
Gansing 126511006
Kalandagan 126511007
Lancheta 126511023
Lower Katungal 126511008
New Isabela 126511010
New Lagao 126511011
New Passi 126511012
Poblacion 126511013
Rajah Muda 126511014
San Antonio 126511015
San Emmanuel 126511016
San Pablo 126511019
San Rafael 126511022
Tina 126511021
Upper Katungal 126511020


YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 15,051—    
1970 29,796+7.06%
1975 37,255+4.58%
1980 45,908+4.26%
1990 58,785+2.50%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1995 69,822+3.28%
2000 76,354+1.94%
2007 82,546+1.08%
2010 89,188+2.86%
2015 98,316+1.87%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][15][16]


Tacurong City is the commercial hub of the province of Sultan Kudarat, catering the needs of nearby municipalities and the province of Maguindanao.



The city has an integrated terminal which vans and buses currently assigned on designated place. Tacurong to the far side places in their curriculums and places.

Bus companies operating in Tacurong City:

Health care facilitiesEdit

Tacurong serves as the premier Health Care Center in the province of Sultan Kudarat and nearby provinces.

St. Louis Hospital is a modern tertiary hospital in the city, equipped with modern facilities such as 16-Slices CT Scan and the first and only Gamma Camera in Region 12.

Other notable facilities include:

  • Tomboc - Salayog Hospital
  • Quijano Clinic and Hospital
  • Sandig Medical Clinic and Hospital
  • Sultan Kudarat Doctors Hospital
  • Medical Mission Group Hospital and Health Services Cooperative
  • Lu Clinic and Hospital


Private schoolsEdit


  • Good Shepherd's Vision for Excellent Education - Exit Road, New Carmen, Tacurong City
  • Notre Dame of Tacurong - Lapu-Lapu St., Poblacion
  • Quezon Colleges of Southern Phils. - National Highway, Tacurong City
  • Southern Mindanao Institute Technology - National Highway, Poblacion
  • Valdez Mother and Child City College - 28 National Highway, Poblacion
  • St. Francis Institute of Science and Technology, Inc. - National Highway, *Poblacion


  • Good Shepherd's Vision for Excellent Education - Exit Road, New Carmen, Tacurong City
  • Notre Dame of Tacurong for Girls - Lapu-Lapu St., Poblacion
  • St. John Learning Center - 8 Molave, New Isabela
  • St. Michael School of Tacurong City - 24 Gen. Lim, Poblacion
  • Tacurong Alliances Learning Center - Alunan Highway, Poblacion


  • Good Shepherd's Vision for Excellent Education - Exit Road, New Carmen, Tacurong City
  • Tacurong SDA Elem. School - Ledesma St., Poblacion
  • Tacurong Siloam ABC Learning Center - Sampaguita, New Isabela


  • Good Shepherd's Vision for Excellent Education - Exit Road, New Carmen, Tacurong City
  • Children's Grace of Mary Tutorial and Learning Center, Inc.
  • Good Shepherd’s Vision for Excellent Education, Inc- Exit Road, Brgy. New Carmen, Tacurong City
  • Rockford Preparatory School, Inc - Brgy. San Pablo, National Highway, Tacurong City
  • Cherubim Methodist Learning Center - Alunan Highway, Purok 9
  • Jean Piaget Center for Learning - Jose Abad Santos St., Tacurong City
  • Montesssori Learning Center-Tacurong - Del Corro Subd., Poblacion
  • Tacurong St. Benedict Learning Center & Values School - National Highway, Poblacion

Public schoolsEdit



  • A.S. Bernardo National High School - Baras
  • Rajah Muda National High School - Rajah Muda
  • San Emmanuel National High School - San Emmanuel
  • Tacurong National High School - New Isabela
  • V.F. Grino National High School - Grino


  • Dr.Manuel J Grino Memorial Central School
  • San Antonio Elementary School
  • Maria A Montilla Memorial Elementary Schools
  • Abang-Suizo Elementary School
  • New Lagao Elementary School
  • Buenaflor Elementary SChool
  • San Rafael Elementary School
  • Victorina P Dasmarinas Elementary School
  • Tacurong Pilot Elementary School
  • Tina Elementary School
  • Pedregosa-Acosta Elementary School
  • New Isabela Central Elementary School

Sister citiesEdit


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  6. ^ "Executive Order No. 462, s. 1951 - Creating the Municipalities of Tacurong and M'lang in the Province of Cotabato". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Tacurong City Profile" (PDF). Province of Sultan Kudarat. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Republic Act No. 8805 - An Act Converting the Municipality of Tacurong into a Component City of the Province of Sultan Kudarat, To Be Known as the City of Tacurong". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library > Philippine Laws, Statutes & Codes. August 16, 2000. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
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