Located on the western foothills of Mount Apo in North Cotabato
Province at the heart of Mindanao Island, Kidapawan is only two hours by bus from Davao City
in the east and around two and a half hours from Cotabato City in the west. It is
bounded on the north by the town of Magpet, on the east by Davao Del Sur, on the south by
Makilala town, and on the west by the towns of M'lang and Matalam. Also known as the city of fruits and highland
springs, Kidapawan has a cool and refreshing climate and is a favorite destination during summer.
The city covers a total land area of 358.5 square kilometers and is composed of 40 barangays most of
which are rural areas.
The city is the cultural center of the province particularly of the Manobo tribe. The Kalibongan Festival is held in August every year. Colorful parades and
cultural presentations are featured.
Economic Profile, Products, and Industries
Although Kidapawan is considered the commercial and trading hub of central Mindanao, agriculture is still the
chief economic activity. Fruits like banana, durian, lanzones, marang, mangosteen, and rambutan are grown abundantly within
the city. Other farm products are rice, corn, coconut, vegetables, rubber, and abaca. The city has a thriving cutflower and
ornamental plants industry.
Strategically located in the heart of Mindanao, the city is a good location for businesses wishing
to tap the market of the neighboring towns. On the other hand, the city is also an ideal site for agro-industrial enterprises
using the products of the neighboring towns as raw materials. Hence, it is advisable to put up businesses related to agriculture
such as food processing, feed milling and fertilizer production, corn starch production, and processing of fruits and vegetables A modern
cold storage facility is needed.
Tourism-related ventures are most welcome. Hotels and recreational facilities are recommended considering
that the city is the gateway to Mount Apo.
Places of Interest / Tourist Attractions in Kidapawan City
- Mount Apo
- Marbel and Mawig Falls
- Lake Venado
- Lake Agko
- City nursery
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