Cotabato City is one of the cities of the PhilippinesÂ located in Mindanao. Cotabato City is an exclave of the SOCCSKSARGENÂ region found within the boundaries of MaguindanaoÂ province, but is independent of that province. Cotabato City is distinct from and should not be confused with the province of Cotabato.
Cotabato City is the regional center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao but the city is actually part of the SOCCSKSARGEN region and does not belong to the ARMM.Cotabato is approximately 698.9 nautical miles (1294 km) from Manila, the country’s capital, and is bounded by the municipalities of Sultan Kudarat to the north—with Rio Grande de Mindanao separating the two—Kabuntalan to the east, and Datu Odin Sinsuat to the south. The city faces Illana Bay, part of the Moro Gulf, to the west. Cotabato City has a total land area of 176.0 square kilometers.