The municipality of Matalam before its creation into a regular municipality the (Poblacion) which is now the set of government is just a mere Sitio of Kilada called “Crossing M’lang” within the jurisdiction of the municipality of Kabacan. Because of its strategic location coupled with the strong desire of the people through the able leadership of both civic and religious leader, petitioned the provincial and national government for its creation into a regular municipality.
Matalam is a palm shape municipality. It is centrally located right at the heart of the province of Cotabato. It is bounded on the east by the municipality of Kidapawan; on the west by Kabacan; on the south by M’lang and on the North bu Municipalities of President Roxas and Carmen. It lies along the Cotabato-Davao National Highway occupying the large portion of the famous Arakan Valley.
Mineral resources is found on the mountainous portion with properties such as shale sandstone, conglomerate, limestone, igneous rock and other volcanic materials.
The development of Matalam as municipality is greatly associated with the history of Kabacan, its mother town. Matalam was a tiny community then.
Matalam was finally recognized as developing community when it was formally separated from Kabacan and was created into a municipality in 1958. From then on, economic activity progressed.
Matalam’s market and other commercial establishments are the hub of activity in the said area. Commercial establishments in the town include the following: bakeries, gasoline dealers, copra dealers, sari-sari stores, beta houses, carenderias, hardwares, grains retailers, fish dealers, and many more.
Rice, corn and copra are commodities which are very much in demand in the local trade. Due to lack of supply, rice and corn grits are sometimes brought in from the mainland. These are retailed in the market for local consumption.
MUNICIPALITY OF MATALAM
Date of Creation: December 29, 1961
Land Area (Has): 47,600 (NAMRIA)
Income Classification: 1st Class
Population: 74,034 (2010 NSO Survey)
Population Density (2010): 155.53 (Persons/sq.km.)
Registered Voters (2010): 38,224
No. of Barangays: 34
Hon. Oscar M. Valdevieso
Hon. Cheryl V. Catamco
Hon. Fredrick S. Macapas Hon. Rolando C. Nonesa, Sr.
Hon. Rolando M. Parreñas Hon. Rogelio M. Cristobal
Hon. Leocadia C. Valdez Hon. Christopher M. Barraca
Hon. Federico L. Dinsay Hon. Carmencita V. Martinez
|BARANGAY||BARANGAYÿCAPTAIN||NSO POPULATION (2010)|
|1. ARAKAN||HARON S. MANTAWIL||1,590|
|2. BANGBANG||ADRIANO S. NECOR||1,325|
|3. BATO||DANILO L. ANGCANAN, SR.||806|
|4. CENTRAL MALAMOTE||AMELODIN A. GANION||2,736|
|5. DALAPITAN||ANTONIO G. VILLAROSA||3,017|
|6. ESTADO||ERNESTO T. DOONG||1,705|
|7. ILIAN||KAMPAD S. PANDIAN||1,176|
|8. KABULACAN||DIOSDADO C. CAGUD||2,157|
|9. KIBIA||EBENEZER G. FEOLOG||4,274|
|10. KIBUDOC||EDUARDO A. ANCHETA, JR.||1,416|
|11. KIDAMA||FELIPE S. MALUENDA||1,672|
|12. KILADA||ROWENA A. DE LEON||4,301|
|13. LAMPAYAN||WOODROW B. QUIRANTE||3,057|
|14. LATAGAN||JESSIE C. HORBEDALLA||1,818|
|15. LINAO||NERIO J. CABUNDOCAN||4,302|
|16. LOWER MALAMOTE||ERICKSON P. JAYLON||1,073|
|17. MANUBUAN||MELECIO O. OPINALDO, JR.||2,610|
|18. MANUPAL||TEOFILA G. ENATE||1,096|
|19. MARBEL||ROXAS M. BALACANAN||3,671|
|20. MINAMAING||JULIUS S. CABILLAN||1,666|
|21. NATUTUNGAN||ESRAEL G. BALAH||1,167|
|22. NEW ABRA||SERGIO A. BULOSAN, SR.||1,312|
|23. NEW ALIMODIAN||GERONIMO A. CAPILITAN, SR.||2,171|
|24. NEW BUGASONG||RODOLFO S. BALDESTAMON, JR.||1,653|
|25. NEW PANDAN||ELADIO R. DIOCALES, JR.||1,673|
|26. PINAMATON||RALPY B. ROQUERO||1,002|
|27. POBLACION||ARIEL T. VALDEVIESO||6,033|
|28. SALVACION||FIDEL A. DURAN||1,532|
|29. STA. MARIA||JOSE C. NONESA, SR.||1,931|
|30. SARAYAN||ROGER N. ASENETA||791|
|31. TACULEN||LOLITA B. BERNARDINO||791|
|32. TAGURANAO||ROMEL C. DEOCAMPO||3,925|
|33. TAMPED||ZALDY S. ALMARINES||1,978|
|34. WEST PATADON||TINGKUA P. SALAPUDIN||755|