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Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat

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Dec 15, 2021

Esperanza, officially the Municipality of Esperanza (Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Esperanza; Tagalog: Bayan ng Esperanza), is a 1st classmunicipality in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 74,696 people.[3]

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Municipality in Soccsksargen, Philippines
Esperanza
Municipality of Esperanza

Seal

Map of Sultan Kudarat with Esperanza highlighted
OpenStreetMap

Esperanza
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates:

6°43′00″N124°31′00″E

Country Philippines
Region Soccsksargen
Province Sultan Kudarat
District 2nd district
Founded June 21, 1959
Barangays 19 (see Barangays)
Government

[1]
  Type Sangguniang Bayan
  Mayor Charles Federic R. Ploteña
  Vice Mayor Basilio D. San Miguel Jr.
  Representative Horacio P. Suansing Jr.
  Electorate 37,770 voters (2019)
Area

[2]
  Total 324.29 km2 (125.21 sq mi)
Elevation

54 m (177 ft)
Highest elevation

237 m (778 ft)
Lowest elevation

31 m (102 ft)
Population

 (2020 census)[3]
  Total 74,696
  Density 230/km2 (600/sq mi)
  Households

15,756
Economy

  Income class 1st municipal income class
  Poverty incidence 33.37% (2015)[4]
  Revenue ₱245,352,429.68 (2020)
  Assets ₱598,940,523.49 (2020)
  Expenditure ₱179,752,729.71 (2020)
  Liabilities ₱139,919,373.73 (2020)
Service provider

  Electricity Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative (SUKELCO)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
9806
PSGC
IDD:area code +63(0)64
Native languages Hiligaynon
Maguindanao
Tagalog
Website www.lgu-esperanza.gov.ph

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“Esperanza” is a Spanish word meaning “hope”. It is believed that the first baby born in the first settled area in the wildness of Dulawan was a baby girl whom the early settlers called Esperanza, with the anticipation that with the birth of child, the name alone could inspire the coming in of peace, unity and prosperity to the settlers.

In 1952, a group of Christian settlers established a settlement in Villamor within the then municipal district of Dulawan (presently known as barangay Villamor).

In 1953, motivated by the primary concern for the education of their children, the settlers petitioned the school authorities for a school at Barrio Villamor. And on the opening of that school year, the Villamor Primary School started. In the same year, purok leader Silverio Africa of Purok Esperanza initiated and requested a government survey for the proposed bario site of Esperanza with the expressed approval of Datu Into Saliao. The survey was officially known and identified as TS–310.

When the Cotabato–General Santos City National Highway was constructed. Esperanza became an independent barrio of Dulawan, Cotabato with Silverio Africa as the first “Barrio Lieutenant”.

In 1956, Datu Into Saliao, a prominent Datu of the place has distributed lands to the people either by lease, share system and even donation to those close to him. By this philanthropic benevolence, people from all walks of life flocked to his barrio. Residential houses mushroomed around and that was the beginning of the programs of Esperanza.

Upon written petition of the residents, the municipality of Ampatuan was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 2509 which was enacted and approved into law without executive approval on June 21, 1959. Esperanza was created by virtue of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The place progressed rapidly because of its location and philanthropic act of prominent leader of the place named Datu Into Saliao who welcomed the immigrants to the area.

In 1995, Esperanza suffered losses in agricultural crops, implements, farm animals and houses other properties when Lake Maughan overflowed due to heavy rains.

The municipality of Esperanza was transferred from Cotabato Province to Province of Sultan Kudarat on November 22, 1973, by presidential decree 341 of President Ferdinand E. Marcos.[5]

Esperanza is politically subdivided into 19 barangays.

  • Ala
  • Daladap
  • Dukay
  • Guiamalia
  • Ilian
  • Kangkong
  • Laguinding
  • Magsaysay
  • Margues
  • New Panay
  • Numo
  • Paitan
  • Pamantingan
  • Poblacion
  • Sagasa
  • Salabaca
  • Saliao
  • Salumping
  • Villamor
Climate data for Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
(88)
31
(88)
32
(90)
32
(90)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(87)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
24
(74)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 64
(2.5)
45
(1.8)
59
(2.3)
71
(2.8)
140
(5.5)
179
(7.0)
192
(7.6)
198
(7.8)
163
(6.4)
147
(5.8)
113
(4.4)
66
(2.6)
1,437
(56.5)
Average rainy days 12.2 10.3 12.7 15.7 26.0 27.4 28.1 28.2 26.0 26.7 22.9 16.6 252.8
Source: Meteoblue [6]

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