Polomolok: 2016 8th Most Competitive Municipality in PH

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POLOMOLOK, South Cotabato –  For 3 consecutive years, Polomolok has been in the top 10 most competitive municipalities in the Philippines. It is an honor for us to be on those ranks and I personally think that we deserve that.

The cities and municipalities rankings are based on the 3 pillars as mandated by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency and Infrastructure. Furthermore, scores are determined by the values and the completeness of the data being submitted. Therefore, the higher the score of a city or a municipality, the more competitive it is.

The competitiveness are categorized into five (5):

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Competitiveness Ranking Categories

Without further ado, I will focus more on the 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities category. See all of the categories here.

“First Class Municipalities are municipalities which have an average income of PhP 55,000,000 or more during the previous four (4) calendar years while Second Class Municipalities have a latest income of PhP 45,000,000 to PhP 54,999,999 during the previous four (4) calendar years.”

Source: NCC Philippines

Now, let us see this town scores for this year’s ranking:

 Polomolok’s Score details
Pillars Score
Economic Dynamism 11.073725 (rank 12 of 490)
Government Efficiency 14.487295 (rank 6 of 490)
Infrastructure 10.947479 (rank 15 of 490)
OVERALL 36.508500 (rank 8 of 490)

There are a total of 490 first and second class municipalities in the Philippines as of 2016.

Aside from Polomolok, Isulan (Sultan Kudarat) and Midsayap (Cotabato province) topped this year’s index. In the Provincial category, South Cotabato (top 3), Cotabato province (top 5) and Sultan Kudarat (top 6) also topped this year’s index.

Photo credits to:
NCC Philippines
Omar S. Gallinero

MML Grill now OPEN in Polomolok!

POLOMOLOK – MML Grill, a local burger joint from General Santos City is now in Polomolok! The main branch just started September of 2015 and since then they have attracted satisfied customers. And now, with the success they have reached in the Poland’s (nickname of Polomolok as referred by the locals) soil.

The MML Grill’s Facade

This branch’s facade is wide compared to its main branch at Camias St., General Santos City. They have lots of comfortable benches and tables that can be used for dine-in or awaiting customers for their takeaway. Since we are in Polomolok and due to its cool climate, you can never be uncomfortable waiting fo your order.

MML Grill’s American Classic Burger

I ordered their famous American Classic Burger for PhP 100.00, and all I can say is delicioso! When you order at the counter, the crew asked me on how will it be done on my patty as they offer medium rare and well-done cook for their patties so I chose well-done as I do not eat yet medium rare meats.

The American Classic Burger with a glass of Red Iced Tea

The cheese, catsup, onion rings and tomatoes are superb! It compliments well with the patty and the bun. The chips is quite disappointing (on my personal opinion) because I was expecting more chips. But its not a big deal for me, I was there not only for the food but also for the place and people.

The Freedom Wall

As I went inside, I noticed this ‘Freedom Wall’ where the customers wrote randomly on it.

Here is the FULL MENU of MML Grill – Polomolok:

BURGERS

⭐Beef Bacon – PhP 130.00

⭐American Classic – PhP 100.00

⭐Classic – PhP 80.00

⭐St. Michael – PhP 100.00

🔥Korean – PhP 100.00

🔥Japanese – PhP 100.00

♨Shawarma – PhP 85.00

🔷Texas Coleslaw – PhP 90.00

🔵South Cotabato – PhP 100.00

🔴Cream N Cheese (w/ Jalapeño option) – PhP 90.00

*ADDITIONAL QUARTER-POUNDER PATTY plus PhP 50.00

TORTILLA

🌮Beef Tortilla – PhP 120.00

🌮Chicken Tortilla – PhP 120.00

KEBABS

🍡Beef Kebab – P 40.00/stick

🍡Chicken Kebab – PhP 35.00/stick

Chicken ala Pobre

🍗1 Piece – PhP 50.00

🍗2 Pieces – PhP 80.00

      PASTAS

      🍝Italian Pasta – PhP 90.00

      🍝Garlic Mushroom Pasta – PhP 75.00

      🍝Mac N Cheese – PhP 65.00

      DESSERTS

      🍰Sylvannas – PhP 40.00

      🍰Oreo Cheesecake – PhP 110.00

      🍰Crema de Fruta – PhP 95.00

      DRINKS

      🍷Regular/Bottled Soda – PhP 20.00

      🍹Red Iced Tea – PhP 35.00

      🍷Choco Banana – PhP 60.00

      🍷Coffee Choco – PhP 75.00

      🍷Banana – PhP 60.00

      MML Grill is located along Cannery Road cor. National Highway (beside Flying V), Poblacion Polomolok, South Cotabato.

      You can also visit their official Facebook page.

      iWanderlust: Glan

      GLAN, Sarangani – The coastal town of Glan is roughly 70 kilometers away from the city of General Santos. The town boasts its historical heritage and its beautiful beaches. It is one of the oldest towns in the Southern Mindanao.

      It is a first class Municipality with a population of 106,518 having 31 rural barangays.

      Let get to the point then, I went to Coco Beach Resort located at Barangay Gumasa. Since I was alone and I was not planning to get a cottage, so I did not brought my things out of my car. It was a super hot afternoon so I decided to daydream while waiting for the sun to be shrouded with the rainclouds.

      The Coco Beach Resort prices:

        • Entrance Fee – PhP 50.00* per person
        • Small Cottage – PhP 500.00
        • Big Cottage – PhP 1,000.00 up.to PhP 1,500.00

      *if you chose not to stay in a cottage an additional fee of PhP 100.00 on top of the Entrance Fee.

      They also offer private air-conditioned rooms for those who wants to stay overnight. (I wasn’t able to ask for the price)

      How to get there:

      • You can get there by a UV Epxress bound for Glan (Poblacion) from KCC Transport Terminal and on that point, you can hire a habal-habal on your way to Gumasa. The ETA from GenSan is around 60 to 90 minutes which depends from time to time.

      • You can also book a rent-a-car from General Santos and drive all the way to Gumasa. For more details visit their Facebook page or you can contact them at (+63) 0939 929 1067.

      There’s more to explore in Sox. Use #soxph on your journey to Region 12.

      AMCOOP Suites: The best thing happened yet in Polomolok

      The official logo of the AMCOOP Suites

      POLOMOLOK – The newly-opened AMCOOP Suites is located along Cannery Road in Polomolok, South Cotabato. It offers bed, breakfast and a cafe that will you feel like you’re at home.

      This is one of the projects of Adventurers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (abbrev. AMCOOP) together with its Value Store and the ongoing Auto-detailing shop.

      We visited the place last July 6, 2016 and I was like: “Looks like I was not in Polomolok”. The place is nice outside and so I went inside their café to try some of the food they are serving.

      I was greeted by the staff named Charlibrown (he was so warm and always happy to serve) and I ordered their clubhouse sandwich.

      The Clubhouse Sandwich

      The food looks and tastes delicious, by the way. The chips (aka fries) were overcooked so I wasn’t able to enjoy that much, but, the sandwich made my supper!

      They also offer all-day breakfast menus for PhP130.00, you can have a choice of main dish from: bacon, bangus (milkfish), beef tapa, chorizo, corned beef, pork tocino, sardines and Spam lite; it comes with 2 cooked eggs of your liking, a rice or a toasted bread.

      Aside from it, they also have short orders, soups, pastas, sides/beer matches, sandwiches, hot & cold drinks, beers, liquors and wines. The prices range from PhP 40.00 up to PhP 6,455.00 depending on your order.

      The suites have two types of room accomodation: the Deluxe and Premiere rooms.

      The Deluxe room
      Photo by: Batang Polomolok
      The Premiere Queen room
      Photo by: Batang Polomolok
      The Premiere Twin room
      Photo by: Batang Polomolok

      AMCOOP Suites has 12 exquisitely designed rooms of which you can stay and feel at home with. Each room has the following features:

      • Fully air-conditioned rooms
      • Has 32″ LED TV
      • Hot & Cold Shower
      • WiFi Access
      • Complimentary bottled water
      • Good morning kit with bedroom slippers
      • Quality linens and full-size towels
      • Mini Bar*
      • Electric Water Kettle*

      Room rates:
      Deluxe rooms- PhP 1,200.00
      Premiere rooms – PhP 1,500.00

      Both Deluxe and Premiere rooms comes with complimentary breakfast for two (2).

      *available for Premiere rooms only


      Good news for those who have work that can’t just leave it at home/workplace. AMCOOP Suites also has its Business and Internet lounge for all in-house guests available 24 by 7. Plus, it also offers printing services if there will be a necessity to have a printout.

      Alright! For inquiries and room reservations you can email them or you can call them at (083) 878-4564.

      With AMCOOP Suites, it feels good, to be home.