General Santos City is situated at the southern part of the
Philippines, it is bounded by three municipalities of Sarangani
Province and two municipalities of South Cotabato, namely, Alabel,
Malungon, Maasim, Polomolok and T'boli.
It has a total land area of 53,606-hectare, which is 1.7% of Region
XI's entire area. 35% or 19,040 hectares of the whole area are
suitable for urban uses. Around 23,000 hectares can be used for
intensive and specialized agriculture while 11,564 hectares of
higher slopes are available for reforestation and grazing purposes.
The city has six rivers, three of which, namely, Silway, Siguel and
Buayan rivers, are rich sand and gravel quarry sites.
The urban population of 259,975 represents 80.2% of the city's
entire population of 327,173. At 5.15%, General Santos City has the
highest annual population growth rate in Region XI.
The city's population density has increased from 610 persons per sq.
km. in 1995 to 637 persons per sq. km. in 1996.
economy is basically agro-industrial. As a component of the South
Cotabato/Sultan Kudarat/Sarangani/General Santos City (SOCSKSARGEN)
growth area, it has contributed much to the area's emergence as
the country's leading producer of at least eight major
Due to its rich soil, good rainfall and typhoon-free climate, the
area is the largest producer of corn, coconuts and copra,
pineapples, asparagus and rice. The area also produces other high
value crops such as exotic fruits, potatoes, vegetables,
cutflowers and okra.
SOCSKSARGEN is the second largest livestock producer in the
country. Live swine shipment to Manila is about 19,936 heads/month
and ships about 11,528 cattle/month to Manila.
City accounts for the second largest total daily fish landings in
the country. It lands about 300 m.t. of fish everyday, second only
to Navotas, Metro Manila's 500 m.t. It is, however, the leading
producer of sashimi grade tuna, landing an 8,548 m.t. of this high
In 1998, a total of 387,000 m.t. of fish was landed in the city.
Approximately 9% were municipal catch while 91% represents the
commercial catch. The opening of the new GSC Fish Port Complex
brings about the increase in catch and the foreign fish catch
landed in GenSan.
registered business establishments in 1998 totaled 2,302 while
capital infusion of newly registered business establishments
reached PhP 11.5 billion.
The banking industry also mushroomed in the city, gaining 20% of
the total investment of previous year.
Total value of investment reached P 18.44 billion.
City's 1998 foreign exports to its major markets in the USA,
Japan, Europe, Asia and Australia represent 505,950,651 m.t. of
fresh and processed agricultural products amounted to $
Total 1998 imports valued at US$ 135,489,254.10.
Total trade for 1998 amounted to US$ 470,795,437.10 while balance
of trade is pegged at US$ 199,816,928.90.
The city has
one of the highest concentrations of banking establishments in the
region. From only 22 in 1988, the number of banks has increased to
50 in 1997 posting a share of 59% over the entire SOCSKSARGEN's
total of 120 banks.
In 1997, preliminary figures show that total asset of banks in
SOCSKSARGEN sums up to 12.539 billion.
As part of
SOCSKSARGEN that offers an enthralling trip to nature, General
Santos City serves as the jump-off point to South Cotabato, Sultan
Kudarat and Sarangani Provinces.
Watching the picturesque coastlines; swimming at unspoiled white
sand beaches; scuba diving or snorkeling at yet little explored
but pristine and marine life-rich coral reefs; trekking and
camping at South Cotabato's verdant mountains and inactive
volcanoes; nature tripping at cool mountain lakes, waterfalls,
springs and caves.
One can also get acquainted with the cultural heritage, colorful
arts and crafts of the provinces' native communities.
The city's restaurants and eateries offer not only native
Mindanaoan and Filipino but Asian and Western cuisine as well.
Fish and seafood probably do not come any fresher than in General
Santos. Tuna "kinilaw" and "sinugba" is a must-eat in the place.
Food prices are also unbelievably lower in this city.
LTO records of
1998 show that there are total of 18,796 registered vehicles. At
least five taxis and Rent-A-Car companies are operating in the
The city's 434.118-km. total road network is consists of 12.9%
national roads, 42.8% city roads and 44.3% barangay roads. Of this
entire road network, 108.956 kms. or 25.1% is made of concrete and
asphalt while 325.162 kms. or 74.9% are gravel roads.
In 1998, total
sea passenger traffic increased to 181,323 from 158,424 in 1997.
Volume cargo throughput totaled 1,444,574.81 m.t. Four luxury
liners provide the city's passenger shipping services at the
city’s premier port, the expanded Makar Wharf.
The Manila-Iloilo-Zamboanga-GSC route has a total navigation time
of approximately 56 hours.
The completed US$ 23.6 Million Makar Wharf expansion project which
includes a 152 meter wharf extension, 3-hectare container storage
yard, 1-hectare livestock holding terminal, modern navigational
aids and modern container handling facilities will increase
shipping traffic at the port.
The city can be
reached by air via 1 hour and 45 minutes direct flight from Manila
to General Santos or an hour flight from Manila to Cebu with
another 1 hour 20 minute connecting flight to the new GSC
International Standard Airport. Also, an hour and a half PAL,
Grand Air, Cebu Air Pacific, Air Philippines flight to Davao
completed by a three-hour overland trip. Mindanao Express,
operated by Corporate Air, is serving direct flights to key cities
in Mindanao. Soon, Mindanao Express will also be catering direct
flights to Manado, Indonesia and other areas of the BIMP-EAGA
In 1998, an increase of passenger traffic at 168,618 and 6,350,101
m.t. of cargo passed through the new GSC International Standard
Power and Water
majority of the city's water system is classified as level 1 with
the rest evaluated as levels 2 and 3. An ongoing five-year P 374 M
project funded by the ADB aims to tap new water sources and
develop a modern centralized water supply system.
Power is sourced from the NPC Mindanao Grid and is locally
distributed by the South Cotabato Electric Cooperatives (SOCOTECO)
I and II.
In 1998, SOCOTECO II served a total of 64,002 consumers with a
total consumption of 273,658,571 kilowatts.
City is only a phone call, fax or e-mail away from the rest of the
country and of the world. The city's modern telecommunications
facilities include IDD/NDD telephone service, public call offices
and telegram systems (PLDT, PILTEL, PT&T, RCPI, BAYANTEL),
facsimile service, cellular phones (SMART, MOBILINE, GLOBE,
ISLACOM), pager systems (Easy Call, Pocketbell and Mobiline Beeper
150) and VHF radio systems.
Fish Port Complex
operational, the New GSC Fishport Complex is jointly funded by the
OECF and the Philippine Government. This US$ 33.3 Million project
located in Barangay Tambler includes 758 meters of
landing/preparation area, 383 meters of wharf, preparation
facilities which include cold storage, brine freezer, air blast
and contact freezer with 1,500-ton capacity and 60-ton/day ice
plant. It also includes over 4,000 square meters of market halls,
fishing gear maintenance sheds, fish container storage yard,
maintenance shops, power and water utilities system, roads and
parking areas, drainage and waste water treatment plants and fuel
The city has a
lot of construction activities going on, specially during the last
five years. In 1998, 539 building permits were issued which
include the construction of 260 residential, 129 commercial, 32
industrial structures, 28 for institutional, 2 for agricultural
and 72 for fencing.
The city has 19
private pre-schools, 53 public and 21 private elementary schools.
In addition, there are 15 public/state secondary schools, 10
private secondary, 6 colleges and 14 technical/vocational schools.
Based on the GSC National Statistics Office, urban literacy rate
is at 96.3% while the rural rate is at 78.10%.
There are 5
primary and 4 tertiary hospitals in General Santos City equipped
with modern health facilities and medical personnel. Each hospital
has at least a 100-bed capacity while the 62 clinics complementing
them have at least 10-bed capacity.
total housing demand for 1997 came up to 19,844 leaving an
estimated total housing backlog of 3,969.
existing land use classification shows 38.8% grazing land, 37.5%
cropland, 7.9% agro-forest and 5.4% protection forest. Of the rest,
0.18% are classified as commercial, 1.2% industrial, 0.34%
institutional and 3.9% residential.
Internal Revenue Collection sums up to PhP 414,497,550.30 while city
income for the same year amounted to PhP 530,242,143.69 a 5%
increase from 1997 income of 505,446,461.96. IRA posted PhP
City government expenditures came up to PhP 453,534,165.15. The
government's per capita income in 1998 registered at PhP 1,620.68.
Aggregate real property taxes were valued at PhP 22,735,297.00 while
properties were assessed at a total value of PhP 4,142,311.31.
INVESTMENT PRIORITY AREAS
- Given the
city's competitive advantages, a number of industries were
identified as potential investment areas. The selection of these
industries were based on the following
- Employment and
income generation - socioeconomic impact focused on the
alleviation of poverty, which is the city's primary concern.
- c) Investment
feasibility - to ensure that the project is implementable.
Suitability - to assure that the project can thrive well
in the area, thereby realizing possible advantages in terms of
yield, product quality, affordability, marketability and other