AMPATUAN MUNICIPALITY

Ampatuan was created out of 23 barrios of Datu Piang on June 21, 1959 by Republic Act No. 2509. On November 22, 1973, the municipality of Esperanza was carved out of its territory and was made part of the province of Sultan Kudarat, while Ampatuan itself was made part of Maguindanao, when the old Cotabato province was divided into three provinces on the same date. It further lost territory, when its electorate ratified on January 3, 2004, the separation of ten of its barangays to form the municipality of Datu Abdullah Sangki.

The town was the site of the Maguindanao Massacre on November 23, 2009. The victims were about to file a certificate of candidacy for Esmael Mangudadatu, vice mayor of Buluan town for the province’s gubernatorial election. Mangudadatu was challenging Andal S. Ampatuan, Jr. (son of the incumbent Maguindanao governor Datu Andal Ampatuan, Sr., the mayor of Datu Unsay, and accused of leading the massacre) in the election. Currently, the elected Municipal Officials are headed by Datu Rasul M. Sangki-Mayor and Datu Samnon M. Sangki-Vice Mayor.

Land Area: 255.40 km2 (98.61 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 11

List of Barangays:
Dicalongan (Pob.)
Kakal
Kamasi
Kapilpilaan
Kauran
Malatimon
Matagabong
Saniag
Tomicor
Tubak
Salman

Population: 24,801 (2015)

Major Industries: Farming, Livestock
Major Products: Rice, Corn, Banana

Current Officials:
Mayor Datu Rasul Sangki
Vice Mayor

BARIRA MUNICIPALITY

Barira is a 4th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 30,004 people.

The town was part of the province of Shariff Kabunsuan from October 2006 until its nullification by the Supreme Court in July 2008.

Land Area: 392.61 km2 (151.59 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 14

List of Barangays:
• Lipawan
• Marang
• Nabalawag
• Panggao
• Rominimbang
• T ogaig
• Minabay
• Barira (Pob.)
• Bualan
• Gadung
• Korosoyan
• Lamin
• Liong
• Lipa
• Lipawan
• Marang
• Nabalawag
• Panggao
• Rominimbang
• Togaig
• Minabay

Population: 30,004 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor Abdulradzak Tomawis
Vice Mayor

BULDON MUNICIPALITY

Buldon is a 4th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 35,282 people.

The town was part of the province of Shariff Kabunsuan from October 2006 until its nullification by the Supreme Court in July 2008.

Land Area: 429.40 km2 (165.79 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 15

List of Barangays:
• Kulimpang
• Mataya
• Minabay
• Nuyo
• Oring
• Pantawan
• Piers
• Rumidas
• Ampuan
• Aratuc
• Cabayuan
• Calaan (Pob.)
• Karim
• Dinganen
• Edcor (Gallego Edcor)

Population: 24,801 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor Mayor Abolais A. Manalao
Vice Mayor

BULUAN MUNICIPALITY

Buluan is a 4th class municipality and the provincial capital in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

The town was recognized by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Maguindanao as the new (de jure) provincial capital in 2014, a move seen as the solution to the decades-old issue of Maguindanao’s lack of a permanent provincial capitol due to local clan politics.

Buluan used to comprise a vast area surrounding Lake Buluan when it was created as one of the municipalities of Cotabato on August 8, 1947 by Executive Order No. 82 of Pres. Manuel Roxas. On August 3, 1951, the municipality of Tacurong was created out of its south-western portion. In 1961, its south-eastern portion was separated to form the municipality of Cotabato on, six years later its southern portion was made into the municipality of Lutayan. It was made part of the province of Maguindanao on November 22, 1973, at the same time ceding its western coast of Lake Buluan to create the municipality of President Quirino, which was made part of Sultan Kudarat province. Its northern portion was made into the municipality of Gen. S. K. Pendatun on April 7, 1991. Its area was further divided on December 30, 2006, when two more municipalities were created out of its territory namely: Mangudadatu and Pandag, losing 8 barangays to each of the two new towns.

Land Area: 699.50 km2 (270.08 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 7

List of Barangays:
• Digal
• Lower Siling
• Maslabeng
• Poblacion
• Popol
• T alitay
• Upper Siling

Population: 50,008 (2015)
Major Industries: Agriculture, Aquaculture
Major Products: African Oil Palm, Corn, Rice, Coconut, Tilapia

Current Officials:
Mayor Lorena D. Mangudadatu
Vice Mayor

DATU ABDULLAH SANGKI MUNICIPALITY

Datu Abdullah Sangki is a 6th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

The municipality was created under Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 153, passed by the Regional Legislative Assembly on August 15, 2003 and approved on August 20, 2003, ratified in the plebiscite held on January 3, 2004.[4] It was carved out from its mother town, Ampatuan.

Land Area: 220.00 km2 (84.94 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 10

List of Barangays:
• Banaba
• Dimampao
• Guinibon
• Kaya-kaya
• Mao
• Maranding
• Old Maganoy
• Sugadol
• Talisawa
• Tukanalugong

Population: 23,878 (2015)
Major Industries: Agriculture, Aquaculture
Major Products: African Oil Palm, Corn, Rice, Coconut, Tilapia

Current Officials:
Mayor Mariam Sangki Mangudadatu
Vice Mayor

DATU ANGGAL MIDTIMBANG MUNICIPALITY

Datu Anggal Midtimbang is a 5th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

Datu Anggal Midtimbang was created out of three barangays of Talayan and four from Talitay, by virtue of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 206, which was subsequently ratified in a plebiscite held on December 30, 2006.

The name originated from the complete name of the most respected man of Talayan, DATU ANGNGAL MIDTIMBANG. He is the father of Datu Midpantao Sr., the former mayor of the municipality of Guindulungan, and Datu Ali Midtimbang Sr., the former mayor of Talayan Maguindanao.

Land Area: 85.43 km2 (32.98 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 7

List of Barangays:
• Adaon
• Brar
• Mapayag
• Midtimbang (Poblacion)
• Nunangan (Nunangen)
• Tugal
• Tulunan

Population: 25,016 (2015)
Major Industries: Agriculture, Aquaculture
Major Products: African Oil Palm, Corn, Rice, Coconut, Tilapia

Current Officials:
Mayor Nathaneil S. Midtimbang
Vice Mayor

DATU BLAH SINSUAT MUNICIPALITY

Datu Blah T. Sinsuat is a 1st class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 25,024 people.

Formerly a part of the town of Upi, Datu Blah T. Sinsuat became another municipality after a plebiscite on September 16, 2006 and pursuant to the Muslim Mindanao Act No. 198 of the ARMM. On October 28, it became a new municipality of the newly created Shariff Kabunsuan province until its nullification by the Supreme Court in July 2008. The orphaned municipality was absorbed by the province of Maguindanao.

This municipality is named after Datu Blah T. Sinsuat, Maguindanao’s delegate to the 1935 Constitutional Convention and Cotabato’s Lone District Representative to the 2nd Congress of the Philippines.

Land Area: 147.21 km2 (56.84 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 13

List of Barangays:
• Kinimi
• Laguitan
• Lapaken
• Matuber
• Meti
• Nalkan
• Penansaran
• Pura
• Resa
• Sedem
• Sinipak
• Tambak
• Tubuan

Population: 25,024 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor Hadja Bai Raida Tomawis- Sinsuat
Vice Mayor

Datu Hoffer Ampatuan Municipality

Datu Hoffer Ampatuan is a 6th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

It was created out of 9 barangays from the municipality of Shariff Aguak, and portions of 2 barangays from Datu Unsay, by virtue of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 220, which was subsequently ratified in a plebiscite held on July 30, 2009.

Land Area: 461.10 km2 (178.03 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 11

List of Barangays:
• Kubentong
• Labu-labu I
• Labu-labu II
• Limpongo
• Macalag
• Sayap
• Taib
• Talibadok
• Tuayan
• Tuayan I
• Tuntungan

Population: 25,012 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor Bongbong M. Ampatuan
Vice Mayor

Datu Montawal Municipality

Datu Montawal (formerly Pagagawan) is a 5th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

The municipality, then known as Pagagawan, was created under Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 95 on July 18, 2000, carved out of the municipality of Pagalungan. It was renamed to Datu Montawal under Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 152 on January 7, 2002.

Land Area: 34,820 (2015)
No. of Barangays: 11

List of Barangays:
• Balatungkayo (Batungkayo)
• Bulit
• Bulod
• Dungguan
• Katitisan
• Limbalud
• Maridagao
• Nabundas
• Pagagawan
• Talapas
• Talitay
• Tunggol

Population: 25,012 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor Dragon Montawal
Vice Mayor

Datu Odin Sinsuat Municipality

Datu Odin Sinsuat (formerly Dinaig) is a 1st class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

In 1955, the barrio of Upi was separated from Datu Odin Sinsuat to become the town of Upi.

The town’s name Dinaig, was changed into Datu Odin Sinsuat in 1994, by virtue of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 29.

The town was part of the province of Shariff Kabunsuan and served as its capital from October 2006 until its nullification by the Supreme Court in July 2008.

Land Area: 461.80 km2 (178.30 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 34

List of Barangays:
• Ambolodto
• Awang
• Badak
• Bagoenged
• Baka
• Benolen
• Bitu
• Bongued
• Bugawas
• Capiton
• Dados
• Dalican Poblacion
• Dinaig Proper
• Dulangan
• Kakar
• Kenebeka
• Kurintem
• Kusiong
• Labungan
• Linek
• Makir
• Margues
• Mompong
• Nekitan
• Sapalan
• Semba
• Sibuto
• Sifaren (Sifaran)
• Tambak
• Tamontaka
• Tanuel
• Tapian
• Taviran
• Tenonggos

Population: 99,210 (2015)
Major Industries: Farming
Major Products: Coconut

Current Officials:
Mayor Datu Ombra Q. Sinsuat
Vice Mayor

Datu Paglas Municipality

Datu Paglas is a 4th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

Datu Paglas was created out of 7 northern barangays of the municipality of Columbio on November 22, 1973, by Presidential Decree No. 340.[4] While Columbio was made part of the province of Sultan Kudarat, Datu Paglas was made part of the province of Maguindanao.

Land Area: 132.10 km2 (51.00 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 23

List of Barangays:
• Alip (Pob.)
• Bonawan
• Bulod
• Damalusay
• Damawato
• Datang
• Elbebe
• Kalumenga (Kalumanga)
• Katil
• Lipao
• Lomoyon
• Madidis
• Makat
• Malala
• Mangadeg
• Manindolo
• Mao
• Napok
• Palao sa Buto
• Poblacion
• Puya
• Salendab
• Sepaka

Population: 28,387 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor Mohamad P. Paglas
Vice Mayor

Datu Piang Municipality

Datu Piang (formerly Dulawan) is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

Created as Dulawan on November 25, 1936 by Executive Order No. 66 of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon, the municipality covered a large area of what is now mostly central Maguindanao and northern Sultan Kudarat. It is among the first municipalities of the old Cotabato province. Republic Act No. 1035, enacted on June 12, 1954 renamed the town to Datu Piang, after an influential Muslim leader from the region during the American colonial period.

In 1959, a large southern territory was made into the municipality of Ampatuan. Four years later the municipality of Maganoy was carved out its territory, which later on became the capital of Maguindanao, of which it was made part of on November 22, 1973.[8] Its remaining south-western barangays were merged with other barangays of Dinaig to form the municipality of Talayan in 1976.[9] Its area was reduced again on July 1, 2003, when 14 of its south-eastern barangays were separated to form the municipality of Datu Saudi-Ampatuan.

On July 30, 2009, upon the ratification of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Acts No. 225 (as amended by MMAA 252) and MMAA 222 (as amended by MMAA 253), the municipalities of Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Datu Salibo, respectively, were created from a total of 5 entire barangays and
portions of 10 barangays from Datu Piang, in addition to other barangays from Datu Saudi- Ampatuan, Datu Unsay, Mamasapano and Shariff Nopak.

Land Area: 302.97 km2 (116.98 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 16

List of Barangays:
• Alonganan
• Ambadao
• Balanakan
• Balong
• Buayan
• Dado
• Damabalas
• Duaminanga
• Kalipapa
• Kanguan
• Liong
• Magaslong
• Masigay
• Montay
• Poblacion (Dulawan)
• Reina Regente

Population: 25,600 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor Genuine Piang Kamaong
Vice Mayor

Datu Salibo Municipality

Datu Salibo is a 6th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

Muslim Mindanao Act No. 222 was enacted by the ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly and subsequently amended by MMA No. 253, creating the municipality of Salibo out 17 barangays. The ARMM act was ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on July 30, 2009.

It included 4 entire barangays and portions of 10 barangays from Datu Piang (Dulawan), and 2 entire barangays and a portion of one barangay from the municipality of Datu Saudi-Ampatuan.

Land Area: 22.56 km2 (8.71 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 17

List of Barangays:
• Alonganan
• Andavit
• Balanakan
• Buayan
• Butilen
• Dado
• Damabalas
• Duaminanga
• Kalipapa
• Liong
• Magaslong
• Masigay
• Pagatin
• Pandi
• Penditen
• Sambulawan
• Tee

Population: 14,947 (2015)
Major Industries:
Major Products:

Current Officials:
Mayor Norodin S. Salasal
Vice Mayor

Datu Saudi-Ampatuan Municipality

Datu Saudi-Ampatuan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

Datu Saudi-Ampatuan was created under Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 151 on July 1, 2003, carved out of the municipality of Datu Piang.

On July 30, 2009, upon the ratification of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Acts No. 225 (as amended by MMAA 252) and MMAA 222 (as amended by MMAA 253), the municipalities of Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Datu Salibo, respectively, were created from a total of 5 entire barangays and a portion of one barangay from Datu Saudi-Ampatuan, in addition to other barangays from Datu Piang, Datu Unsay, Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak.

Datu Saudi-Ampatuan mayor Samsudin Dimaukom, publicly accused by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of involvement in the illegal drug trade, was killed on October 28, 2016, along with nine others, by Philippine police at a highway checkpoint in what police describe as an anti-drug operation.

Land Area: 60.16 km2 (23.23 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 8

List of Barangays:
• Dapiawan
• Elian
• Gawang
• Kabengi
• Kitango
• Kitapok
• Madia
• Salbu

Population: 26,427 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor: Vacant
Vice Mayor:

Datu Unsay Municipality

Datu Unsay is a 5th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

Datu Unsay was created under Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 150 on July 1, 2003,[3][4] carved out of the municipality of Shariff Aguak.

On July 30, 2009, upon the ratification of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Acts No. 225 (as amended by MMAA 252) and MMAA 220, the municipalities of Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Datu Hoffer Ampatuan, respectively, were created from a total of 2 entire barangays and portions of 2 barangays from Datu Unsay, in addition to other barangays from Datu Piang, Datu Saudi- Ampatuan, Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak.

Land Area: 95.39 km2 (36.83 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 8

List of Barangays:
• Bulayan
• Iganagampong
• Macalag
• Maitumaig
• Malangog
• Meta
• Panangeti
• Tuntungan

Population: 11,813 (2015)
Major Industries:
Major Products:

Current Officials:
Mayor: Reshal S. Ampatuan
Vice Mayor:

General Salipada K. Pendatun Municipality

General Salipada K. Pendatun is a 4th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao in the Philippines. It is named for General Salipada K. Pendatun (1912 – 1985), who is a forerunner Mindanaoan Legislator and General during the Second World War.

On April 7, 1991, Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 3 created the Municipality of General S. K. Pendatun out of the municipality of Buluan, making it the first local government unit created by the ARMM Regional Assembly.[6] The municipality of Paglat was created out of four of its barangays on September 29, 2001.

Land Area: 189.37 km2 (73.12 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 19

List of Barangays:
• Badak
• Bulod
• Kaladturan
• Kulasi
• Lao-lao
• Lasangan
• Lower Idtig
• Lumabao
• Makainis
• Midconding
• Midpandacan
• Panosolen
• Pidtiguian
• Quipolot
• Ramcor
• Sadangin
• Sumakubay
• Tonggol
• Upper Lasangan

Population: 28,103 (2015)
Major Industries:
Major Products:

Current Officials:
Mayor: Shajid Khan P. Pendatun
Vice Mayor:

Guindulungan Municipality

Guindulungan is a 6th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

It was created under Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 139 on March 31, 2003, carved out of the municipality of Talayan.

The first appointed mayor during its creation as a new municipality was Hadji Datu Antao Midtimbang, Sr., a well known religious leader who also served as mayor of Talayan and as vice governor of Maguindanao Province. The municipality is inhabited by 99% Maguindanaons.

Land Area: 130.68 km2 (50.46 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 11

List of Barangays:
• Ahan
• Bagan
• Datalpandan
• Kalumamis
• Kateman
• Lambayao
• Macasampen
• Muslim
• Muti
• Sampao
• Tambunan II

Population: 19,911 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor: Datu Midpantao M. Midtimbang
Vice Mayor:

Kabuntalan Municipality

Kabuntalan (formerly Tumbao) is a 6th class municipality of Maguindanao, Philippines.

The town was part of the province of Shariff Kabunsuan from October 2006 until its nullification by the Supreme Court in July 2008.

Land Area: 371.08 km2 (143.27 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 17

List of Barangays:
• Bagumbayan
• Buterin
• Dadtumog (Dadtumeg)
• Gambar
• Ganta
• Katidtuan
• Langeban
• Liong
• Lower Taviran
• Maitong
• Matilak
• Pagalungan
• Payan
• Pedtad
• Pened
• Poblacion
• Upper Taviran

Population: 17,276 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor: Bai Lannie D. Diocolano
Vice Mayor:

Mamasapano Municipality

Mamasapano is a 5th class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines.

This municipality before was only a mere barangay of the town of Shariff Aguak. However, by virtue of Republic Acts No. 6646/7160 and Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 54 dated April 27, 1997 issued on December 2, 1998, COMELEC Resolution No. 3051/3052 and Plebiscite conducted on October 31, 1998, the Municipality of Mamasapano then became the 11th municipality in the 2nd District of Maguindanao. The newly created municipality has eighteen (18) barangays taken from its mother Municipality of Shariff Aguak.

On July 30, 2009, upon the ratification of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 225 (as amended by MMAA 252), the municipality of Shariff Saydona Mustapha was created from 4 barangays and a portion of one barangay (Libutan East) from Mamasapano, in addition to other barangays from Datu Piang, Datu Unsay, Datu Saudi-Ampatuan and Shariff Aguak.

Land Area: 85.31 km2 (32.94 sq mi)
No. of Barangays: 15

List of Barangays:
• Bagumbong
• Dabenayan
• Daladap
• Dasikil
• Liab
• Libutan
• Lusay
• Mamasapano
• Manongkaling
• Matias
• Pidsandawan
• Pimbalakan
• Sapakan
• Tuka
• Tukanalipao

Population: 24,800 (2015)
Major Industries:
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Current Officials:
Mayor: Tahirodin Benzar A. Ampatuan
Vice Mayor: