According to a reliable information from prominent Datus and Sultans Banisilan accidentally acquired its name from fresh water shell called Banisil which are then abundant in the area.
Before Banisilan was created as separate municipality from Carmen, its mother town, the late President Ramon Magsaysay signed Proclamation No. 317 dated July 17, 1956 reserving an area of 100,018 hestares of land for resettlement project whish is under the general administration (NARRA), now know as the Department of Agrarian reform.
This resettlement project covers three (3) municipalities and part of these is the North Cotabato Resettlement Project No. 1. as years passed, hundreds of landless and qualified coming from almost all parts of the country were resettled in the area. On March 19, 1959 the first batch of settlers from Panay called SAKADA headed by the late Jesus T. Alisasis who become the first vice-mayor, set foot Banisilan and in the succeeding months, other tribes from Luzon followed.
Located at the Northern quadrant of Cotabato Province bounded on the north by the municipality of Wao, Lanao del Sur, on the east to northeast by the municipality of Carmen and Bukidnon, on the west by Alamada, On the South by the municipality of Pikit.
Predominantly an agricultural area devoted to agri-production like corn, palay, rubber sugar cane and fruit trees.
Date of Creation: December 11, 1981
Land Area (Has): 22,190 (NAMRIA)
Income Classification: 2nd Class
Population: 39,914 (2010 NSO Survey)
Population Density (2010): 179.87 (Persons/sq.km.)
Registered Voters (2010): 22,846
No. of Barangays: 20
Hon. Betty A. Allado
Hon. Jesus F. Alisasis
Hon. Abel M. Abas Hon. John Raymund P. Allado
Hon. Allan D. Macasarte Hon. Allan M. Falle
Hon. Julier D. Caranay Hon. Mary Ann G. Aniero
Hon. Aivy R. Lustan Hon. Adonis B. Palmes
|BARANGAY||BARANGAYÿCAPTAIN||NSO POPULATION (2010)|
|1. BUSAON||PANANTAON R. MANTITAYAN||2,312|
|2. CAPAYANGAN||EDWIN C. CHAVEZ||1,367|
|3. CARUGMANAN||NELLY B. MONTOYA||1,241|
|4. GASTAV||VIRGILIO C. CALVA||2,126|
|5. KALAWAIG||NIEL D. GATCHALIAN||594|
|6. KIARING||JEREMIAS G. QUIRITAN||1,528|
|7. MALAGAP||CARLOS B. BENEDICTO||2,347|
|8. MALINAO||MELVIN A. SALVADOR||4,180|
|9. MIGUEL MACASARTE||ROBERTO A. ASONG||1,194|
|10. PANTAR||SANNY M. KADIL||1,044|
|11. PARADISE||BILLY S. BALEROSO||2,007|
|12. PINAMULAAN||JOVANNY S. RICAZA||1,858|
|13. POBLACION I||AUDIE D. MACASARTE||4,785|
|14. POBLACION II||JOYCELYN P. ALLADO||2,671|
|15. PUTING BATO||BUENAVENTURA B. ENTERA||1,273|
|16. SALAMA||DATU TUNGCO T. SALAMA||3,583|
|17. THAILAND||VERGILIO B. JANCUA, JR.||1,733|
|18. TINIMBACAN||DATU ADREG S. TALIB||1,260|
|19. TUMBAO-CAMALIG||ARMANDO G. DELOS REYES||934|
|20. WADYA||REYNALDO G. PIONAN||1,877|