Province of South Cotabato
The first class province of South Cotabato is located in one of the growth areas of the country south of Mindanao nicknamed SOCKSARGEN or the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City. General Santos is governed independently of the province of South Cotabato but has been grouped together for geographic and statistical purposes as it was originally a part of the province. Hon. Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes who currently serves as the Province’s Chief Executive is her first term of office.
The main industry in the province is agriculture. The major agricultural products include coconut, rice, corn, pineapples, mangoes, root crops, coffee, abaca, fishing, livestock and poultry. The area is also rich in mineral resources namely silver, bronze and gold as well as quarrying, except that due to past experience with mining, the local community has become averse of it and advocated environmental management and preservation without compromise. Today, what is being aggressively developed is the tourism industry consistent with the commitment to preserve the environment as the province boasts of picturesque places like Lake Sebu.
Ms. Jen Bretana