The Sarangani Provincial Capitol is located at the Capitol Compound in the town of Alabel, Sarangani. It stands at the center of this 26-hectare compound lot, which also serves as the grounds of several buildings housing the other government agencies, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and a tourism village.
Sarangani was officially created as a province in 1992, by virtue of Republic Act 7228 authored by Rep. James L. Chiongbian. It is named after the Sarangani bay and has then become the country’s 75th. It used to be listed as among the poorest provinces in the Philippines, but has continued to rise and eventually becoming cited as one of the country’s most competitive provinces in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index.
Nearby General Santos City (which is part of the SOCCSKSARGEN or South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-Gen. Santos City region cluster) is home to the country’s most celebrated athlete, boxer Manny Pacquiao. He is currently a Senator and has filed a Senate Bill (SB 1712) to establish the Philippine Sports Training Center in Sarangani Province. This has then been approved by President Rodrigo Duterte via Republic Act 11224.
The state-of-the-art sports center will be constructed on an eight-hectare government property in Alabel town, and will feature indoor and outdoor training facilities, Olympic-standard rubberized track oval, swimming pool, basketball court, and even dormitories for both male and female athletes.