Carmen derived its name from a certain Surveyor del Carmen, chief of the Cadastral Survey Party, who in 1924 conducted a survey in the area. During the American period, Carmen and Kabacan belonged to one municipal district under Pikit. It was by virtue of Presidential Proclamation NO. 46 and, was reinforced by Executive Order No. 214 issued by the then President Ramon Magsaysay last November 15, 1956 when Carmen was created as a separate and distinct town of Kabacan.
When created a municipality, it was composed of Thirty Eight (38) barangays. Ten barangays were either claimed or ceded to the two adjacent municipalities, Banisilan and President Roxas. Six by the municipality of Banisilan and four to the municipality of President Roxas. Now, only twenty eight (28) barangays remain in which are presently inhabited by the so called Tri-people composed of the Christians, the Muslims and Indigenous Peoples belonging to the Manobo-Aromanon ethnic group.
Before it was named Carmen, early inhabitants called this large tract of land “Kalalaw” a Muslim term meaning “jar of water”, because legend tells that there was once a big Balite tree with a continuous reservoir of water under its dense foliage, that even in long dry seasons, it had never dried up.
Later on, when early settlers came and cultivated large portions of land in what is now the Poblacion, the whole place was unofficially called “Landing” because of the Landing Field reservation of approximately two hundred (200) hectares. The name “Landing” later on changed to Carmen in honor of del Carmen.
The Municipality of Carmen is bounded by the Province of Bukidnon on the north, on the east by the municipalities of Pres. Roxas and Kabacan, on the south by the Province of Maguindanao, and on the west by the Municipality of Aleosan. It is embraced from the northeast, then east, then south by the Mulita and the Rio Grande rivers; from the northwest, then west, then southwest, by the Malitubog and Maridagao rivers. It is approximately 28 kilometers away from the capital town of Kidapawan.
The commonly known minerals present in the municipality are sand and gravel which volume and potential are good sources for quarrying but which up to the present are mostly untapped. Other metallic substance of high commercial value are known to be present but these are still unexplored.
Other resources present in the municipality are the large volume of limestone that can be processed into cement. Guano also abounds in numerous caves in the municipality such as in barangays Liliongan and Tonganon. Guano can be manufactured into fertilizers.
Since the municipality is an agricultural area, most of the industries are agri-based. Seven barangays have cono rice mills a barangay have kiskisan, 4 barangays have rubber roller mills. Total is 13 cono rice mill, 12 kiskisan and 5 rubber rollers. There is a bright prospect on cottage industries, which utilized raw materials like rattan and bamboo. Rattan craft in barangays Dado could possibly generate employment to its residents. The 40 hectares bamboo plantation at Barangay Guiling can provide fro raw materials to the bamboo craft at Kitacubong. This cottage industry is gaining support and acceptance from local residents considering the affordability and its unique qualities. Technology transfer and skills training have been conducted in the area. Its clients are the prospective entrepreneurs in rattan, bamboo and coconut crafts. Recipientss of the training and development seminars are: RIC Camansi, Lower Dado, Pacao, Raradangan the DTI-CARP has establish a Multi-Purpose Hot dryer at Barangay Pacao, the said project generate employment and income from drying service. Barangay Parauran and Pacao could possibly support a fruit juice making industry, the 500 mango trees could adequately supplies for this industry.
MUNICIPALITY OF CARMEN
Date of Creation: November 15, 1956
Land Area (Has): 71,300 (NAMRIA)
Population: 82,469 (2010 NSO Survey)
Population Density: 115.66 (Persons/sq.km.)
No. of Barangays: 28
Hon. Rogelio T. Taliño
Hon. Moises C. Arendain
Hon. Roger Ryan J. Taliño Hon. Alberto G. Rivera
Hon. Maximo R. Panzo Hon. Delfos A. Manampan
Hon. Justo B. Saberola, Jr. Hon. Benjamin A. Patricio, Jr.
|BARANGAY||BARANGAY CAPTAIN||POPULATION (2010 NSO SURVEY)|
|1. Aroman||Matildo C. Gerodias||2188|
|2. Bentangan||Carlito P. Manapos||3748|
|3. Cadiis||Allan P .Aliudin||2687|
|4. Gen. Luna||Renato C. Ortiz, Sr.||1679|
|5. Katanayanan||Elmer A. Badoy||1095|
|6. Kibayao||Abdulatip D. Kadingilan||5221|
|7. Kibenes||MohamadAli S. Palanggalan||2143|
|8. Kibudtungan||Rex G. Pentacase||3556|
|9. Kilala||Vicente C. Degala||825|
|10. Kimadzil||Celia F. Acedilla||1533|
|11. Kitulaan||Mohalidin A. Paidumama||3482|
|12. Langogan||Roger P. Alimanan||1503|
|13. Lanoon||Jerry E. Hadji Kamansa||1351|
|14. Liliongan||Salvador B. Saberola||6646|
|15. Macabenban||Winnie V. Mansabpar||2292|
|16. Malapag||Domingo V. Badoy||5539|
|17. Manarapan||Guinaid G. Dalid||2268|
|18. Manili||Rosco G. Enalang||2594|
|19. Nasapian||Baguinaid D. Ayob||2671|
|20. Palanggalan||Guiamilil M. Kalangkapan||1808|
|21. Pebpoloan||Delfos A. Manampan||1773|
|22. Poblacion||Benjamin A. Patricio, Jr.||11321|
|23. Ranzo||Rey M. Busayong||1963|
|24. Tacupan||Wenceslao C. Cantomayor||2189|
|25. Tambad||Veronica Q. Tenefrancia||1342|
|26.Tonganon||Ramon S. Sardon||3216|
|27. Tupig||Hadji Zainab A. Abas||2666|
|28. Ugalingan||Armando Y. Lu||3170|