FACTS & FIGURES
The City of General Santos (abbreviated G.S.C. or Gensan. ; Filipino: Lungsod ng Heneral Santos) is a city in the Philippines. Situated in the southern part of the country, in the province of South Cotabato. It is nicknamed as the "Tuna Capital of the Philippines".GEOGRAPHY
General Santos City lies at the southern part of the Philippines. It is located at 6'7'N 125'°10'E. The city is southeast of Manila, southeast of Cebu and southwest of Davao. The municipalities of Alabel, Malungon and Maasim of Sarangani Province and the municipalities of Polomolok and T'boli of South Cotabato surround the city. Fertile agricultural lands at 17,489 hectares are 32.63% of the city's total land area.POPULATION
The city has a population of 411,822 as of the 2000 census, making it one of the populous cities in the Philippines.CLIMATE
Climate is favorable. It is outside of the typhoon belt. Dominated by low plain areas and with evenly distributed rainfall, it is suitable for agricultural-based industries.CURRENCY
Philippine Peso (Php) in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1 in pesos and. 25, 10, 5 and 1 in centavos.ECONOMY There are 59 banks operating in the city composed of 46 commercial banks, 5 savings banks, 1 cooperative and 7 rural banks in 2000. Aside from this, there are 49 pawnshops providing emergency loan assistance and 48 lending institutions.
General Santos City registered 1,505 new medium to large enterprises in 2000. Aggregate investment involved is estimated to be around P 1.899 billion, generating 4,361 new employees. Of the total investments, 76.03% were for social and personal services, 9.77% in wholesale/retail trade business, 4.38% were in manufacturing while the least at 0.02% were invested in mining & quarrying.__________________________________
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