North Cotabato: Exceptional Growth Potential in Agriculture and More
North Cotabato province, known as the “Food Basket of Mindanao”, offers exceptional growth potential in eco-tourism, agriculture and other sectors. Local agricultural operations produce palm oil, rubber, coconuts, sugarcane, coffee, bananas and other tropical fruits, rice, cereals, freshwater fish and livestock. In fact, North Cotabato is one of the country’s top 10 producers of rice and corn. The province is free from typhoon risks and is strategically located in the center of Mindanao.
Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza, Governor, has had a distinguished political career and has a very modern, international perspective on government. She participated in the US Department of State’s “International Visitor Leadership Program” in 2009 and is well known for promoting transparency and efficiency in all government operations.
Wide range of investment attractions
North Cotabato, with a land area of around 650,000 hectares, has a varied geography that includes Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, as well as the fertile Pulangi River basin and plains suitable for intensive agricultural production of crops like rice and corn. The province is crisscrossed by a number of rivers and has adequate rainfall for agriculture year-round. Its capital is Kidapawan City and it has 17 municipalities and 543 official communities.
The province is actively developing its agriculture sector and has attracted significant investment, particularly in banana production, including from major players like Dole-Stanfilco, Lapanday Global Fruits and AJMR. North Cotabato has also attracted investment in agricultural technology, agricultural tissue culture and other cutting-edge activities. In addition to agriculture, investors are targeting the province’s minerals, tourism and energy sectors.
To support the province’s growing economy, the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) is developing the Mt. Apo Geothermal Project and has financed extensive infrastructure upgrades. Now ranked one of the most successful, dynamic provinces in the Philippines, North Cotabato welcomes more international investment and partnerships.