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Regional Director's Corner
RD EDWIN MATEO P. QUIJANO
Welcome to the SOCCSKSARGEN Region (Region XII), home to 4,109,571 tri-people in Mindanao (2010). Our region is composed of 5 provinces and 4 cities. Cotabato Province, including Kidapawan City is the most populous comprising 29.85% of the total population (1,226,508 in 2010). South Cotabato including Koronadal City follow at 20.13% (827,200). Sultan Kudarat and Tacurong City is a close third at 18.18% (747,087) and Sarangani province ranks fourth at 12.14% (498,904). Among the chartered cities, General Santos City has the largest population at 538,086 (13.09%) while Cotabato City accounts for 6.61% share of the total population (271,786) of SOCCSKSARGEN.
The vibrant and fast changing population dynamics of the region plays a crucial role in socio-economic development of its inhabitants. Now, more than ever, every man, woman, couple, and family needs to make more responsible decisions to meet their expressed needs in the timing, spacing and number of their children, attain their sexual and reproductive health rights, access more economic opportunities and consequently secure a better future for the young generation of this region.
Forging a strong partnership with our dedicated and committed population program partners, especially in the Local Government Units, Regional Line Agencies, Non-Government Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Faith-based groups and International Aid Agencies, it is our hope that the Philippine Population Management Program in the region will be successfully implemented with tangible effects in the years to come.
Together, we will champion our well-being. Together, we will make a difference.
Kilos Abante, Rehiyon Dose!