At the heart of South Central Mindanao lies Tacurong—the only city in the province of Sultan Kudarat in Region XII SOCCSKSARGEN. It is 92 kilometers from General Santos City, 96 kilometers from Cotabato City and 178 kilometers from Davao City. It is situated at the crossroads of Davao-GenSan-Cotabato highways.
It was proclaimed as a chartered city on September 18, 2000.
This young and vibrant city was once a barangay of the Municipality of Buluan of the former empire Province of Cotabato. It was separated from its mother town Buluan and was created a municipality on August 3, 1951.
Tacurong then had an estimated land area of 40,000 hectares. When Tantangan, a barangay of Tacurong, was created as municipality in 1961, the southern portion of Tacurong was separated. The area was further reduced when President Quirino, also a barangay of Tacurong, became a municipality in 1973. Tacurong now has a total land area of 15,340 hectares, the smallest in Sultan Kudarat. Tacurong’s land area comprises 2.64% of the total land area of the Province.
68.58% or 10,520.17 hectares of Tacurong’s total land area is arable while 20.67% or 3,170.77 hectares are used for permanent crops. It has a total of 4,997 hectares of irrigated land.
After 49 years of existing as municipality, Tacurong was converted into a city on September 18, 2000 through Republic Act No. 8805.
Tacurong was originally called Pamasang, a name of a creek that flowed from the south to the north of the area. Later, Pamasang was changed to Talakudong, a Maguindanao term meaning head-covering material worn by early settlers. Eventually, the name was changed/shortened to Tacurong.
As of 2015 census, Tacurong has a total population of 98,316. Of the 11 municipalities and a city in Sultan Kudarat, Tacurong is the largest in terms of population size comprising 13.4% of the total population. In 2020, the projected population is 107,509.
Tacurong’s labor force is 34, 416 as of 2010. Majority or 15.86% of which is in the agriculture sector.
Tacurong boasts of its multicultural identity as it is home to migrants from Panay and Iloilo, Ilocos, Cebu, and also of Moro tribes such as Maranao, Maguindanao, and Tausug. Hiligaynon is the most dominant language in the city. In terms of religion, Roman Catholics make up 83.6% of the population; 5.18% are Islam believers; and 11.22% belong to other denominations.
City of Tacurong is presently composed of 20 Barangays most of which are agricultural-based. The city’s major agricultural products are rice and corn. Its major industry is rice milling. Barangay Poblacion is the seat of the city government and center of most of the economic, cultural, and political activities of the city. Although most of the barangays are agricultural-based, some barangays that are adjacent to Barangay Poblacion are already becoming commercial and industrial centers.
According to National Statistical Coordination Board’s poverty statistics survey in 2009, Tacurong has the least poverty incidence among cities and municipalities in Region XII with 18.5%. This means that out of 100 individuals in the city, only 18.5 are poor.