Brief Overview of Koronadal City

Historical Background

     The settlement of Koronadal and its creation as a municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 82 dated August 18, 1947 was marked by a rapid initial development.  So that when the province of South Cotabato was created under Republic Act No. 4849 on July 18, 1966, it easily became the capital town.

In the past, the place was populated by B'laans and Maguindanaos. The word Koronadal is believed to have been derived from two Maguindanaoan word - Koron or Kolon meaning cogon grass and nadal or dalal meaning plain which aptly described the place to the natives.  On the other hand, Marbel, which is another term for the poblacion, is a B'laan term Marb-El which means "murky waters".  It is possible that the name was first used to refer to a river, now called Marbel River.

Koronadal used to comprise the area extending from the bank of Buluan Lake to the north to Barangay Polonoling in the municipality of Tupi to the south.; from Quezon mountain range to the northeast to the municipality of T'boli to the southeast.

Because the areas were unsettled, landless farmers from Luzon and Visayas were recruited by the government when the National Land Settlement Administration was created under Commonwealth Act No. 141. When the Marbel Settlement District was crated on January 10, 1940, Jesus Larrabaster was the appointed overseer of the area.  The first settlers were distributed with either eight (8) or twelve (12) hectare lots.

The settlers who had increased in number because of the arrival of more settlers from Luzon and Visayas provinces cleared the area, built bunkhouses, and constructed roads.  Before the break of World War II, Marbel Settlement District had a total of 846 settlers with their families and dependents.

Geography/Area and Location

Koronadal is situated in the north-eastern part of the province of South Cotabato lying between 6 degrees 24 minutes to 6 degrees and 34 minutes north and longitude 124 degrees and 47 minutes to 124 degrees and 58 minutes east.  The city is bounded in the northwest by the municipality of Tantangan, South Cotabato and the municipality of Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat in the northeast; on the southwest, by the municipality of Banga and on the southeast, by the municipality of Tupi and Tampakan, South Cotabato.

Koronadal is a fertile valley bounded by the Roxas Mountain Range on the southwest and Quezon Mountain Range on the northeast.  Roxas Mountain Range extends from as far as Barangay Saravia on the southeast to Barangay Morales on the north, cutting through the Barangays of Carpenter Hill, San Isidro, Sta. Cruz, Mambucal and the Poblacion.  Quezon Mountain Range, on the other side, extends along the Barangays of San Jose, Mabini, Esperanza, Cacub and Zulueta.

The City of Koronadal covers a total land area of 27,700 has.  It constitutes 8.41 percent of the total land area of the province

Climate

Records from PAG-ASA in General Santos City show that the average annual temperature of Koronadal for the past five years is 27.07 degrees centigrade.  Warmest temperature in the city occur during the months of April and October while the coolest in December to January.  Temperatures below the annual average are felt in the upland areas of Barangay Assumption, Paraiso, and Sta. Cruz.  The average relative humidity in Koronadal varies.  As of 1976, it was registered at 28.36 degrees centigrade. Rainfall distribution in the city is more or less even throughout the year. Because of the mountain ranges, tropical depressions rarely affect the city.


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