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Travel Warning WARNING: Most governments advise against all travel to SOCCKSARGEN after several terrorist bombing incidents throughout the region. In August 2018, two consecutive bombings occurred in a town festival in Isulan, killing dozens of civilians, and another bombing killed 2 outside a mall in Cotabato City (suspects remain at large, so another incident remains possible). The region has experienced spillovers of the ongoing insurgency in the adjacent Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; towns bordering the ARMM are high risk areas, but some areas, like General Santos and Lake Sebu are far less dangerous. The Philippine government insists that the region is safe for travel, yet the risk remains high; see the Mindanao page for further information.
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SOCCSKSARGEN (pronounced like socks-sarjen) is also officially known as Region XII and is in central Mindanao.

The name is an acronym for the region's four provinces and one of its cities: South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City. This region is often known by its older name Central Mindanao. The regional center is Koronadal City located in the province of South Cotabato. Cotabato City, although geographically within the boundaries of the province of Maguindanao, is part of SOCCSKSARGEN and is independent of Maguindanao province. (Maguindanao province is a part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which has its seat in Cotabato City. SOCCSKSARGEN and the province of Maguindanao were once part of the original Cotabato province.



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The region once formed Central Mindanao until the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao is transferred to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; Lanao del Norte is soon transferred to Northern Mindanao. Saranggani, South Cotabato and General Santos are moved to Central Mindanao to form the present region.

The oldest inhabitants in the region are the nature-worshipping Lumads; the arrival of Christian Cebuano, Hiligaynon and Ilocano migrants drove the Lumads into the mountains. Muslim Maguindanaoans also inhabit the region, at the area bordering Maguindanao.

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General Santos International Airport (GES IATA) is the main, and only airport with commercial flights. Despite its international designation, only domestic carriers fly here.

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See also: Mindanao#Understand

The region borders the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and there is high risk of possible attacks from Islamic militants. Areas near the regional border are the most prone to terrorist and insurgent attacks, but attacks can occur anywhere. See the warning on the top of the page for further information.

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