DepED Division of General Santos City has pursued active and practical programs and projects in order to achieve improvement in the delivery of basic education in this part of the region. Moreover, in its endeavor to contribute substantially to the government’s vision, the Division of City Schools of General Santos City embarks into programs geared towards the realization of that end. Focus on aligning the total performance of the division in the Charted “Schools First Initiative,” this division endeavors to increase learning performances of learners, improve efficiency and effectiveness of the system through personnel support, maximum facilities and financial utilization. Moreover, this division continued the program geared towards making each pupil/student a reader.
Charting proactively into the accomplishments are the 15 districts, composed of 68 schools, 1 SPED Center, and 26 secondary schools. As a first class city, General Santos City was declared “Most Competitive Mid-sized City” in 1999 and 2002 and has earned the moniker “Boom City of the South” with its fundamental edge of having world-class infrastructures, wide and well designed road networks, fast growing economy, continued local government dynamism and civil society support. On July 4, 2008, in a simple ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City, Mayor Pedro B. Acharon, Jr. received the award for General Santos City, for the third time, as the “Most Competitive Mid-Sized City” awarded by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center. The city had also been declared by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) as the “Most Livable Medium-sized City” in the Philippines. It was also awarded the Grand Prize – Highly Urbanized City Category for 2004 (Kaunlaran ng mga Pamahalaang Lokal sa Kalinisan at Kapaligirang Luntian) by the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran (GPK).
General Santos City was created on July 8, 1968, pursuant to Republic Act No. 5412, with its local government unit (LGU) classified as highly urbanized. The City is composed of 26 barangays with a total population of over 550,000 to date. General Santos City lies at the southern part of the Philippines, surrounded by the Municipalities of Alabel, Malungon and Maasim of Sarangani Province and the Municipalities of Polomolok and T’boli of South Cotabato, and became a part of Region XII by virtue of Executive Order No. 36, s. 2002.