Title 30 – Tourism, Culture and the Arts


Chapter I

Accreditation of Tourism-Oriented Establishment

Section 1. Every person, individual, firm or corporation directly or indirectly engaged in tourism oriented activities shall apply for accreditation to the City Tourism Operations Office.

Section 2. Tourism-oriented establishments shall include bars, cocktail lounges, restaurants, cafes, hotels, inns, lodging houses, souvenir shops, resorts, travel agencies, boutiques, private airline companies, bus companies and other establishments which the Tourism Operations Office may deem to be of effect to the tourism industry and in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Department of Tourism.

Section 3. There shall be a payment of, for each accreditation granted, a fixed annual fee of One Hundred Pesos (P100.00).

Section 4. Any person, individual, firm or corporation who fails to comply within thirty (30) days upon approval shall be punished by a fine of not more than ONE THOUSAND (P1,000.00) PESOS.


Chapter II

Establishment of General Santos City Museum

Section 1. The Old City Hall, formerly known as the Municipal Hall of Buayan, Cotabato, situated within Lot No. 7009 or the Government Center of the City of General Santos, is hereby designated as the General Santos City Museum.

Section 2. The designation of the Old City Hall which will pave way for the establishment of the city museum, anchors on the following:

  1. To provide a venue that will showcase the history, culture and myth and evolution of the southern frontier people, both first inhabitants or indigenous individuals, and migrant settlers, including their artifacts, tools, and infrastructures;
  2. To provide a repository of the vanishing antiquated treasures consisting of heirlooms and arts/crafts of the early dominant indigenous people such as the Maguindanao Sultanate, Buayan Sultanate, Koronadal Sultanate, the B’laan Tribe, and other cultural communities’ first dwellers of General Santos City;
  3. To provide a place for cultural observation and fora, and facilitate its dissemination to the city populace;
  4. To showcase through pictures and replica or images, the heritage sites of General Santos City which include the significant landmarks as well as the natural and created sites or structures;
  5. To provide a display of the old materials, equipment and other proofs of the evolution of the city’s industries such as tuna, etc., memorabilia of the founder, General Paulino T. Santos, Sr. and pioneering settlers and other well known personalities in the city;
  6. To respond to the expectation that highly developed cities shall have a sensitive character reflective of its high level of culture;
  7. To assume the responsibility of identification, documentation, and publication of current and future cultural events of the city; and
  8. To provide a venue for the exhibit of art works/creations of local artists.


Chapter III

Singing/Playing of General Santos City Hymn

Section 1. Consistent with Section 16, Title I, Book I of Republic Act Numbered Seventy-One Hundred and Sixty (RA 7160), which declares, viz.:

“Section 16. General Welfare. Every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare. Within their respective territorial jurisdiction, local government units shall ensure and support, among other things, the preservation and enrichment of culture, promote health and safety, enhance the right of the people to a balanced ecology, encourage and support the development of appropriate and self-reliant scientific and technological capabilities, improve public morals, enhance economic prosperity and social justice, promote full employment among their residents, maintain peace and order, and preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants.”

this Sanggunian hereby declares as necessary and appropriate local government policy in the pursuit of full development and towards the enhancement of culture, patriotism, and nationalism, among other things, the regular singing/playing of the “Gensan Hymn” to be included, forthwith, in every flag ceremony or any similar patriotic or nationalistic programs to be conducted anywhere within the city’s territorial jurisdiction.

Section 2. General Provision. – Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1 hereof, all public and private schools, colleges and universities, local and national government agencies/offices and instrumentalities, public and private banking institutions, security agencies, and other concerned establishments located within General Santos City, which conduct flag ceremony, are hereby enjoined to regularly include in their respective programs the singing/playing of the “GensanHymn.”

Section 3. Standard Lyrics and Tempo of the “Gensan Hymn.” – All concerned institutions hereby enjoined shall adopt the following stanzas as the correct lyrics of the “Gensan Hymn,” as accentuated by its standard musical tempo, to wit:

“Gensan Hymn”

Ating ipagdiwang ng buong galang si Heneral Paulino Santos;
Kanyang talino, lakas, at buhay, dito niya ibinuhos;
Upang lahat nang naninirahan;
Panauhin man ay masisiyahan;
Sa ating Lungsod na kung tawagin ay General Santos City.
Mag-aliw tayo sa liwasan ay magsaya;
Maraming tao mula pa nga sa umaga;
Sa abot ng tingin mga bundok ay nakikita;
Sa taas kay ganda Matutum ang syang nangunguna;
Dito sa Timog Cotabato.
Naku! Kay inam ng mga tanawin;
Kay lapad ng mga bukirin;
Nangaghilerang tanim ng puno ng pinya at mga saging;
Ngayong lahat ay may unawaan;
Kristiano’t Muslim, T’boli at B’laan;
Sa ating Lungsod na kung tawagin ay General Santos City.
(Repeat 2nd Stanza)


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