South Cotabato will have two component cities in all once Polomolok cityhood is approved. Presently, there are ten municipalities and one component city, Koronadal.
First class municipality Polomolok in South Cotabato seeks cityhood as the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved E.O. 02 Series of 2017, the creation of Technical Working Group assigned to facilitate the bid for the cityhood of the municipality. The Executive Order was signed by Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti, last March 2017.
Based on the Section 450 of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, municipality or a cluster of barangays may be converted into a component city if it has a locally generated average annual income, as certified by the Department of Finance, of at least One hundred million pesos (P100,000,000.00) for the last two (2) consecutive years based on 2000 constant prices.
This first class municipality considered not only the richest town in the province of South Cotabato but also in the entire Mindanao based on collected income, garnered a total income of P327.1 million in 2014 and P368.8 million in 2015.
The population is also a requisite for cityhood where the city is required to have not less than one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) inhabitants, as certified by the National Statistics Office. Based on 2015 census, Polokmok’s population is 152,589. Other requisites for the cityhood also include a contiguous territory of at least one hundred (100) square kilometers, as certified by the Land Management Bureau.
South Cotabato will have two component cities in all once its bid for a cityhood is approved. Presently, there are ten municipalities and one component city, Koronadal.
There are different well-known commercial establishments in Polomolok that serves as evidence to the booming commercial sector of the municipality. These are Gaisano Grand Mall Polomolok and Friendly Mart (Formerly FitMart – Polomolok), etc.