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Agusan del Norte

 

Agusan del Norte

Agusan del Norte
Province
Official seal of Agusan del Norte
Seal
Coordinates:
Country
Region (Region XIII)
Founded June 17, 1967
Capital Cabadbaran City
Seat of government:
Butuan City
Government
 • Type Province of the Philippines
 • Governor Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba (Liberal)
 • Vice Governor Ramon AG Bungabong (Liberal)
Area[1]
 • Total 2,730.24 km2 (1,054.15 sq mi)
Area rank 48th out of 81
  Excluding Butuan City
 • Rank 63rd out of 81
 • Density rank 63rd out of 81
  Excluding Butuan City
Divisions
 • Independent cities 1
 • Component cities 1
 • Municipalities 10
 • Barangays 166
including independent cities: 252
 • Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Agusan del Norte (shared with Butuan City)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8600 to 8611
Spoken languages Cebuano, Tagalog, English, Surigaonon
Website
‡ As per RA 8811, Cabadbaran is the officially-designated capital of the province. However, the provincial government still holds office in Butuan City, pending the actual transfer of provincial offices to the new capital.

Agusan del Norte (Tagalog: Hilagang Agusan, Cebuano: Amihanang Agusan) is a province of the Philippines located in the Caraga, a region in Mindanao. Its capital is Cabadbaran City and it borders Surigao del Norte to the north, Surigao del Sur to the east, Agusan del Sur to the south, and Misamis Oriental to the west. It faces Butuan Bay, part of the Bohol Sea, to the northwest.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Physical 2.1
    • Political 2.2
  • Demographics 3
    • Religion 3.1
  • Economy 4
  • Tourism 5
  • Education 6
    • Elementary 6.1
    • Secondary 6.2
    • Tertiary 6.3
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces landed in Northern Agusan.

In 1945, Filipino soldiers of the 6th, 10th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 107th and 110th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and the 10th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary together with the recognized Agusan guerrilla fighter units against the Japanese forces beginning the liberation in Northern Agusan during World War II.

During World War II, a unit of the joint Philippine-American defense force were located at Manot, Talacogon, in the interior of the Agusan Valley.

Created by Republic Act 4979 from Agusan province.

On August 16, 2000, the seat of provincial government was transferred from Butuan City to Cabadbaran by virtue of Republic Act 8811, although the province is yet to complete the transfer of provincial services and functions to the new capital.

Geography

Physical

Located in the northeastern part of Mindanao, it is bounded on the north by Butuan Bay and Surigao del Norte; east by Surigao del Sur; west by Misamis Oriental; and south and southeast by Agusan del Sur. Agusan del Norte occupies a total land area of 2,730.24 square kilometres (1,054.15 sq mi). When Butuan City is included for geographical purposes, the province's land area is 3,546.86 square kilometres (1,369.45 sq mi).[1]

Political

Agusan del Norte is divided into 10 municipalities and 1 component city. The highly urbanized city of Butuan, being geographically located in Agusan del Norte, is traditionally grouped with the province, although it is governed independently from it. Cabadbaran City is the officially-designated capital of the province per Republic Act 8811, which has a total of 31 barangays, an area of 21,444 hectares (52,990 acres), population of 69,241, and population density of 323 per km².

City/Municipality Type No. of
barangays
Area (km²)[2] Population
(2010)[3]
Pop. density
(per km²)
Butuan City Highly urbanized city
(only geographically within province)
86
816.62
309,709
379.3
Cabadbaran City Component city
31
214.44
69,241
322.9
Buenavista Municipality
25
475.61
56,139
118
Carmen Municipality
8
311.02
19,781
63.6
Jabonga Municipality
15
293.00
23,833
81.3
Kitcharao Municipality
11
171.92
17,377
101.1
Las Nieves Municipality
20
582.69
26,856
46.1
Magallanes Municipality
8
44.31
21,481
484.8
Nasipit Municipality
19
144.40
40,663
281.6
Remedios T. Romualdez Municipality
8
79.15
15,735
198.8
Santiago Municipality
8
275.61
20,955
76
Tubay Municipality
13
138.09
20,426
147.9

Demographics

The population of Agusan del Norte (excluding Butuan City) was 314,027 at the 2007 census, and 332,487 in the 2010 census, making it the country's 63rd most populous province. The population density is 120 inhabitants per square kilometre (310/sq mi).

When Butuan City is included for geographical purposes, the province's population is 642,196 people, with a density of 181 inhabitants per square kilometre (470/sq mi).

Religion

In 2013, the Butuan (Diocese) [Catholic-Hierarchy] reported that Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion of the province comprising roughly 79% of the population. The remaining beliefs usually belong to other Christian denominations as well as Islam.

Economy

The economy of Agusan del Norte is dominantly agricultural, and it is one of the nation's leading producers of rice.

Tourism

The province of Agusan del Norte has many beautiful beaches in Cabdbaran City and the towns of Carmen, Buenavista, and Nasipit. It also has Mount Hilong-Hilong in Cabadbaran, one of the tallest in Agusan del Norte.

From the top of Prayer Mountain (Mount Pongkay), visitors can see the beautiful places of Cabadbaran like the buildings, churches, sea, rivers, etc. The longest river in Mindanao and third longest in the Philippines, the Agusan River, is in Butuan City. Mount Mayapay looming southwest of the Agusan Valley is a majestic mountain plateau. The ancient Balangay boats were found in Butuan. They were excavated in the Balangay Shrine, across the Masao River from Bood Promontory. They played a major role because Butuan was, and is, a port city. Since its discovery, the Balangays have become an icon of Butuan. The Kaya ng Pinoy, Inc. recreated the Balangay boats and have sailed it as part of their project, the Balangay Voyage. So far they have sailed around Southeast Asia. They are planning to sail around the world.

Education

Elementary

  • Carmen Central Elementary School
  • Nasipit Central Elementary School - (West Nasipit District)
  • North Cabadbaran Central Elem. School
  • Cabadbaran South Central Elem. School
  • Buenavista Special Education Integrated School(SPED-IS)
  • Buenavista Central Elem. School
  • Butuan Central Elem. School
  • Butuan City Special Education Center (BC-SPED)
  • Matabao Elementary School
  • Magallanes Central Elem. School
  • Agay Central Elem. School
  • Jaliobong Elementary School
  • Del Pilar Integrated School (North Cabadbaran District)
  • Tolosa Central Elementary School
  • Kitcharao Central Elementary School

Secondary

  • Father Saturnino Urios University - Morelos Campus
  • Father Urios Institute of Technology of Ampayon, Inc.
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy-Kitcharao INC.
  • Carmen Academy
  • Candelaria Institute
  • Saint Michael College of Caraga
  • Saint James High School
  • Caraga State University Cabadbaran- Laboratory High School
  • Nasipit National Vocational School
  • Mindanao Institute
  • Buenavista Institute
  • Magallanes National High School
  • Buenavista National High School
  • Agay National High School
  • Jaliobong National High School
  • Agusan National High School
  • Manoligao National High School
  • Kitcharao National High School
  • Fr. Urios Academy of Magallanes, Inc.

Tertiary

References

  1. ^ a b "List of Provinces". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Province: AGUSAN DEL NORTE". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  4. ^

External links

  • Official website of the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte
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