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Cauayan, Isabela

Component City
City of Cauayan
Official seal of Cauayan
Nickname(s): Mushroom City of the North, Bamboo City of Isabela; Agro-Industrial Capital of Cagayan Valley; Central Business District of Region 2
Cauayan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Isabela
District 3rd district of Isabela
Founded 1852
Cityhood March 30, 2001
Barangays 65
 • Mayor Bernard F. La Madrid Dy
 • Total 336.40 km2 (129.88 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 122,335
 • Density 360/km2 (940/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
Income class 3rd Class, partially urban[2]

Cauayan, officially the City of Cauayan or simply Cauayan City, is a component city in the province of Isabela, Philippines. Cauayan City is the Agro-Industrial Capital of Cagayan Valley and the Central Business District of Region 2. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 122,335 people.[3]


Cauayan have its name from the word Kawayan meaning bulo in the Ilocano language, the early settlers of the place. How it got its name is vaguely told by the natives. In the tale, early Spaniards reached the place found abundant bamboo trees along creeks that circled the town site of Bulod, Sipat, Bungkol, and Marabulig creeks where few families lived. It was also a common to see crocodiles basking under the cluster of bamboo along the creeks in the early morning sun.

Another version of how the town was named is this way: One day the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary disappeared. For many weeks, a tireless search was undertaken but it was nowhere to be found. Then one day in October the image was found among the bamboo groves. Not a single sign of mishandling or scratch was detected on the image.

Cauayan used to be a big municipality in terms of land area. With the creation of the neighboring municipalities of Luna (Antatet) Cabatuan, Reina Mercedes (Callering), Aurora and San Mateo, however, the land area was reduced to about 336.40 square kilometers.

Cauayan town was once a part of the province of Cagayan. When Nueva Vizcaya was created as a province in 1839, Cauayan was transferred to it. On May 1, 1856, the province of Isabela was created by a Royal Decree, Cauayan was again administratively transferred, this time to Isabela. Founded in 1740, Cauayan antedates the establishment of Isabela by 116 years. The town site was first located in a place called Calanusian along the Cagayan River. After a series of disastrous floods, the town site was moved to its present location.[4]

Vague and little information gathered from living descendants of the early inhabitants tell that few families lived in the place and three of the early natives were Enrique Baligod, Sebastian Canciller and Salvador Macaballug. Enrique Baligod was the head of the group of the early settlers. Sebastian Canciller who served for two terms as “Gobernadorcillo” succeeded him.

In 1866, a friar, Father Paulino, became the curate of the town. He put up “quita” or chapel, preached God’s words and baptized the people. He put semblance of government by appointing Fructuoso Gannaban as Gobernadorcillo. Sparse settlements are found along the Cagayan River and these barrios were Turayong, Labinab, Duminit, Baringin and Culalabat, believed to be the first barrios of Cauayan. Father Miguel Bonnet replaced Fr. Paulino who left for Manila. He proved to be a good missionary of God and leader. It was during his leadership that a big adobe and stone church was constructed. As the years passed, the town became well known for its tobacco industry luring other inhabitants from as far as Ilocos and Pangasinan to work on vast tobacco farmlands of the Tabacalera’s Hacienda de San Luis.

Historical structures still visible to this day are the big adobe stone church located at the Poblacion and the Tabacalera warehouse and La Insular bodegas found at barangay Turayong that date their construction during the Spanish rule.

With the establishment of the government under the United States of America, Don Domingo Damatan was appointed as the first “presidente municipal.” During American Commonwealth the town had the following elected municipal mayors: Guillermo Blas and Federico Acio. The first elected municipal mayor after the inauguration of the Republic of the Philippine was Mayor Jose Africano. Mayor Tranquilino Dalupang 1956 to 1963.

Conversion into a City

It was during the administration of Mayor Faustino N. Dy, from 1964 to 1972, that the municipality started to come alive from a rather slow development. The town’s development continued at an even faster pace under Mayor Benjamin G. Dy, (1983–1992), who envisioned the municipality to become a city. This vision became a reality under Mayor Faustino G. Dy, III who saw through the introduction of House Bill No. 3163 to Congress resulting in the passage of Republic Act No. 9017 and which was signed by Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 28, 2001. Cauayan became a component city of the Province of Isabela after it was ratified in a plebiscite by a majority vote on March 30, 2001. Thus, Mayor Faustino G. Dy, III was the last municipal mayor and the first to sit as City Mayor of the City of Cauayan, Isabela in hold over capacity while Mayor Caesar G. Dy was the first-ever elected City Mayor of Cauayan.


Cauayan City is politically subdivided into 65 barangays.[2]

  • Alicaocao
  • Alinam
  • Amobocan
  • Andarayan
  • Bacolod
  • Baringin Norte
  • Baringin Sur
  • Buena Suerte
  • Bugallon
  • Buyon
  • Cabaruan
  • Cabugao
  • Carabatan Chica
  • Carabatan Grande
  • Carabatan Punta
  • Carabatan Bacareno
  • Casalatan
  • San Pablo
  • Cassap Fuera
  • Catalina
  • Culalabat
  • Dabburab
  • De Vera
  • Dianao
  • Dissimuray
  • District I (Pob.)
  • District II (Pob.)
  • District III (Pob.)
  • Duminit
  • Faustino (Sipay)
  • Gagabutan
  • Gappal
  • Guayabal
  • Labinab
  • Linglingay
  • Mabantad
  • Maligaya
  • Manaoag
  • Marabulig I
  • Marabulig II
  • Minante I
  • Minante II
  • Nagcampegan
  • Naganacan
  • Nagrumbuan
  • Nungnungan I
  • Nungnungan II
  • Pinoma
  • Rizaluna
  • Rogus
  • San Antonio
  • San Fermin (Pob.)
  • San Francisco
  • San Isidro
  • San Luis
  • Santa Luciana (Daburab 2)
  • Santa Maria
  • Sillawit
  • Sinippil
  • Tagaran
  • Turayong
  • Union
  • Villa Luna
  • Villa Concepcion
  • Villaflor


Isabela 3rd District Representative
Napoleon S. Dy
City Mayor
Bernard Faustino L. Dy
City Vice Mayor
Bartolome A. Mallillin
City Councilors
Edgar M. De Luna
Francisco N. Mallillin
Alejandro Q. Uy III
Marco Paolo A. Meris
Salcedo T. Foronda
Eugenio B. Asirit Jr.
Bagnos A. Maximo
Edwin G. Lucas
Gil A. Guzman
Danilo B. Asirit



Cauayan is a third class city in the province of Isabela.[2] Cauayan City has been selected to host the Proposed Isabela Special Economic Zone and the Regional Agro-Industrial Growth Center. It is the location of 34 banks, 21 lending institutions, 44 insurance agencies, 89 real estate businesses and 35 pawnshops. There are over 4,442 commercial establishments that include distributors, wholesalers and retailers. Puregold, a large retail chain in the Philippines, is currently operating two supermarkets in Cauayan. Recently,[6] SM Prime opened a new mall in Cauayan City, the SM City Cauayan is situated in District II, National highway, Cauayan City, the former site of Isabela Colleges. SM City Cauayan is the first SM Supermall in Region II which caters at least 1 million residents of the province and neighboring states.[7][8] SM City Cauayan is the first non-premier SM Supermall to offer Al-fresco malling experience, tapping the clean and fresh air that the city has to offer.

SM City Cauayan also delivers new stores, national and international brands, giving Cauayan City and other neighboring towns and cities the opportunity to experience high-end shopping on a vibrant and elegant environment—and most notably is the Japanese clothing line Uniqlo.[9] The Cauayan, Isabela branch of UniQlo is the first in Northern Luzon. KFC is also expected to open a branch in SM City Cauayan, the company's first store in Cagayan Valley.

The construction of the The Greenway Market with Savemore and McDonald's is scheduled to start this year according to Mayor Bernard Dy's latest SOCA (State of The City Address). The new city mayor also confirmed the investment of Robinsons Land Corporation in the city. Construction of Robinsons Place Cauayan will start soon and will be closely monitored by the city government, the mayor added.[10]

Philippine coffee shop/restaurant YAH! Coffee originated in Cauayan City, Isabela. Its first store is located along Barangay Cabaruan, Cauayan City. The emerging business opened a new store in Santiago City last February 9, and its second store in the City of Cauayan at SM City Cauayan. YAH! Coffee will also open new stores in Tuguegarao, Cagayan and Quezon City later this year.[11]

Small Restaurants also made their part to the industry like Kinomo Restaurant, Hap Chan, and is located at San Fermin, Cauayan City.

Big real estate developers like Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc. also entered the city with the opening of Camella Cauayan.


Cauayan city is a surplus producer of rice and corn. A total of 24,004 hectares or 69.9% hectares is utilized for palay production and corn production. Average yield per hectare per cropping is 4.5 MT for rice and corn. Other products include livestock and poultry, fruits and vegetables, and fishery products such as hito (cat fish) and tilapia.


Gawagaway-yan Festival of Cauayan City is a celebration of the city’s bountiful livelihood and merriment for the ethno-linguistic groups residing in Cauayan. It also traces and gives due recognition to the ancestry of Cauayenos from the ethno linguistic group called Gaddang and recognizes the diversity of the cultural groups residing in Cauayan City through streetdancing, float parade and other indigenous activities.

Cauayan traces its roots to the people of Gaddang, who the city celebrates during the annual festival of Gawagaway-yan. This celebration features a street dance competition, a float parade and assorted activities that different ethno-linguistic groups participate in.

Its ease at growing mushrooms has established Cauayan as the “Mushroom City of the North.” Do not leave the city without visiting the Mushroom Center and trying the delicious local mushrooms cooked in a delightfully unfamiliar way, like tempura, sisig and lumpia.

The city was once tobacco land, and there are still reminders of this past at the Old Tabacalera Warehouse, known as Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas during the Spanish period. This local tobacco industry was a massive enterprise going all the way back to 1881, when it first started supplying the Tobacco Monopoly of the Spanish government.


In Cauayan City, there is a difference in the adequacy of infrastructure facilities in urban and rural areas. Generally, the closer the area is to the main service center of the city, i.e. the Poblacion, the better are the facilities for production and distribution of goods and services. The analysis in this sector is based on the existing infrastructure facilities and those considered in the pipeline for 2002–2006 implementation. No projects are as yet programmed beyond 2006 in higher levels of government.

Public Transport

The existing infrastructure Provision for Transport of Cauayan City is shown in Table 41. The city has a total of 512.27 kilometers of roads. Roads are classified into national, provincial, municipal/city and barangay roads including NIA access roads. All of the 18.16 kilometers of national roads are concrete roads while more than two-thirds of the 42.904 kilometers of Provincial roads are graveled and 17.86 kilometers of city roads are concrete roads, about 97.40% or 340.16 kilometers of barangay roads are gravel roads while the 56.40 kilometers of NIA access road is only 2.22% concrete. By type of pavement, the total of 512.27 kilometers of roads in the city, only 12.37% or 63.322 kilometers is concrete and 87.68% is graveled accounting to 448.948 kilometers. However, all settlement areas are provided with roads.


The national roads allow the operation of various bus and jeepney operators in the City of Cauayan and neighboring towns and areas to transport passengers and cargo to any point of Luzon, making the City of Cauayan one of the transport pivotal points in the Cagayan Valley.

The 18.16 kilometers of national roads in the City of Cauayan provide mobility and access to the neighboring towns, provinces and regions. This road is the Cagayan Valley Road (CVR). The CVR is the Cagayan Valley section of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway, also known as the Maharlika Highway.

The CVR from Alinam to Tagaran is the city’s longest stretch of concrete road. This road links the City of Cauayan to the rest of the region, to Region 03 and National Capital Region in the south and to Region 01 in the north.

The proposed Cauayan City Diversion Roads include the Minante I- Marabulig-I – Dadap (Mun. of Luna) - San Fermin - Tagaran with an approximate length of 12..5 kilometers; the Alicaocao - Turayong – District II – Labinab – District I – Minante I Diversion Road (4.8 km); and the San Fermin – Tagaran via CRAIGC (4.2 km) These Diversion Roads when constructed will improve the settlements, the movement of goods and services and even the flow of traffic in the city. The estimated construction cost for these tree (3) projects will reach PhP 119.5 million including drainage and 4 bridges.

Of the 59.66 kilometers of provincial roads, only 28.09% or 16.756 kilometers are concrete and the rest are all gravel roads constituting 42.904 kilometers accounting to about 71.91%.

Approximately 61.3% of city streets or 17.860 kilometers are concrete while 38.70% or 10.950 kilometers are gravel roads. In order for business to flourish in the poblacion, all city streets need to be concreted within the plan period.

Of the total 512.27 kilometers of roads within Cauayan, about 11.01% or an aggregate length of 56.40 kilometers is NIA access roads constructed and maintained by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). However, in 1997, NIA turned over these roads to the city government for maintenance.

The barangay roads are important as they provide mobility and access in the settlement areas. With each new settlement area, barangay roads are initiated with private homeowners’ efforts, provided the road is donated to the government, for concreting and maintenance. The government later on augments the private road development.

Barangay roads totals 349.24 kilometers or 68.17% of the total 512.27 kilometers of roads in the city. Of this length, 97.40% or 340.16 kilometers are graveled. Only about 9.080 kilometers or 2.60% are concrete.

The provision of heavy equipment necessary in the construction and maintenance of roads and other infrastructure facilities and utilities is of high importance in order for the city government to enhance mobility thereby increasing productivity.

Road Density

The standards for road provision are 2.40 kilometers for every 1,000 urban population and 1.50 kilometers for every 100 hectares of arable land in the rural areas. Presently, the rural road density (km/km²) is placed at 1.52 topping the list in the entire province in terms of rural road density. With 35.575 kilometers of roads in the 5 barangays with a CY 2000 population of 31,037, the city of Cauayan has an urban road density of only 0.872 kilometers per 1,000 urban populations. Additional roads must be constructed in the poblacion to hasten development. On the other hand, it has 313.665 kilometers in the 60 rural barangays with 23,501.21 hectares of arable land. This means a road density of only 1.33 kilometers for every 100 hectares of arable lands in the rural barangays. This implies that more roads have to be constructed in the rural barangays to fully support socio-economic development.


The city’s road network includes 20 permanent bridges, 6 of which are reinforced concrete deck girder (RCDG) bridges. Thirteen concrete overflow bridges and one steel bridge account for a total aggregate length of 431.5 lineal meters. Two RCDG bridges along the Maharlika highway have recently been replaced under the Tulay ng Pangulo Program of former President Fidel Ramos and were inaugurated in 1999 by no less than President Joseph Estrada. However, The Alicaocao Overflow Bridge spanning 66 meters was hit by disastrous flood in 1998 causing the bridge to collapse particularly at the Carabbatan Chica portion. Replacement of the said bridge is crucial to the development of the other side of the Cagayan River since this is the only route going to that place except when you take Naguilian Bridge via Minanga in the municipality of Naguilian, which is a tormentous stretch aside from causing delay. Several overflow bridges within the city also needs immediate replacement and around 16 bridges and 18 RCCP culverts more need to be constructed/replaced in order to make the city road network system efficient.


Cauayan road network is supported with privately owned terminals for jeeps and buses located at Barangay San Fermin.

Bus Companies

An inter-provincial bus terminal with an estimated cost of PHP 70.00 million needs to be constructed in this rapidly urbanizing city to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the city’s transportation system and to provide additional prime commercial area and needed tourism support services.


Cauayan Airport

The Cauayan City Domestic Airport located at Barangay San Fermin completes the infrastructure provision for transport for the city of Cauayan with provincial and regional impact. It is a secondary airport as per BAT classification. The airport runway has a total length of 2,500 meters and 30 meters wide capable of accommodating Boeing 737s. It is equipped with VHF Omni Range Transmitter, VHF Air/Ground single band radio and provided with fire-fighting equipment and facilities. It is likewise provided with facilities for arriving and departing passengers. The entire airport facility is provided with a perimeter fence.

At present, the facility is undergoing upgrading of facilities intended to accommodate international cargo flights. When completed, it is also expected that normal operations of the Philippine Airlines will resume which is very crucial in the commerce and industry sector of the city. This is very timely since Cauayan City has been selected to host the Proposed Isabela Special Economic Zone and the Regional Agro-Industrial Growth Center.

Cebu Pacific Air fly in Cauayan three times weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays effective July 26, 2012) utilizing an ATR aircraft.


Communications facilities include PLDT, DIGITEL, PILTEL, BAYANTEL, RCPI, PT&T, BUTEL, Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular Communications. Philpost, LBC, JRS Express, FedEx, DCI Express, and EXL Express move mails. Broadcast media is provided by 5 FM and 2 AM station, a cable TV facility while a number of Internet Café have established their operations in the city. Nowadays, the most important means of communication with relatives and friends is thru internet. This was being provided by the NSCV internet connections plus the MYDSL and SmartBro broadband. The LGU likewise is utilizing handheld radio transceivers covering all barangays in city and the province as well with bases at the city hall, city police and fire protection offices.

Health Facilities

The health needs of the city is served by a district hospital and 5 private hospitals; RHU-1 & RHU-2, 22 BHS, a puericulture Center, 13 private medical clinics, 11 private dental clinics, a rehabilitation center for the disabled, and the Cauayan Microscopy Center. These medical facilities has a total of 255 beds. Health personnel includes 41 medical doctors, 16 dentist, 74 nurses, 84 midwives, 10 medical technicians, 7 sanitary inspectors, 7 paramedics, 250 Brgy. Health Workers and 148 Community Volunteer Health Workers both in the public and private sector.


The City Schools Division of Cauayan has a total 64 public and 14 private elementary schools, eight public and seven private secondary schools, two universities and four private colleges.[12]


High schools:

  • Cauayan City National High School
  • Isabela Colleges Foundation
  • Metropolitan Bible Baptist Learning Center
  • Centro De Cultura School
  • Merry Sunshine Montessori School
  • St. Clare Elementary School - Cauayan
  • St. Xavier Montessori School
  • Our Lady of the Pillar College - Cauayan
  • Nansing School
  • University of Perpetual Help System
  • United Shepherd Integrated School
  • Christian Learning Center
  • Children of Lourdes Academy
  • Cauayan City National High School Annex
  • Pinoma National High School
  • San Antonio National High School
  • Villa Luna National High School
  • Villa Conception National High School
  • West Tabacal Region National High School
  • Sillawit National High School
  • Gappal National High School
  • Linglingay High School

Elementary schools:

  • Cauayan North Central School (District
  • Cauayan Northeast Central School (District)
  • Cauayan East Central School (District)
  • Cauayan West Central School (District)
  • Cauayan South Central School (District) (with SPED and Science Section)
  • Bible Baptist Learning Center
  • Blessed Faustina MS
  • Centro De Cultura School
  • Epiphaneia Private School
  • Merry Sunshine Montessori School
  • Nansing School
  • North-East Horizon Institute
  • Pilgrims Evangelistic Academy of Christian Academy
  • St. Clare Elementary School - Cauayan
  • St. Xavier Montessori School
  • Children of Lourdes Academy
  • Metropolitan Bible Baptist Learning Center
  • Cauayan City School of Excellence
  • Our Lady of the Pillar College - Cauayan
  • Nansing School
  • University of Perpetual Help System
  • United Shepherds Integrated Schhol
  • Christian Learning Center
  • Cauayan Messiah United Methodist School
  • Alicaocao Elementary School
  • Alinam Elementary School
  • Amobocan Elementary School
  • Andarayan Elementary School
  • Bacolod Elementary School
  • Baringin Elementary School
  • Buena Suerte Elementary School
  • Bugallon Elementary School
  • Buyon Elementary School
  • Cabugao Elementary School
  • Casalatan Elementary School
  • San Pablo Elementary School
  • Cassap Fuera Elementary School
  • Catalina Elementary School
  • Culalabat Elementary School
  • Dabburab Elementary School
  • De Vera Elementary School
  • Dianao Elementary School
  • Dissimuray Elementary School
  • Duminit Elementary School
  • Faustino Elementary School
  • Gagabutan Elementary School
  • Gappal Elementary School
  • Guayabal Elementary School
  • Labinab Elementary School
  • Linglingay Elementary School
  • Mabantad North Elementary School
  • Mabantad South Elementary School
  • Maligaya Elementary School
  • Manaoag Elementary School
  • Marabulig I Elementary School
  • Marabulig II Elementary School
  • Minante Research Elementary School
  • Naganacan Elementary School
  • Nagrumbuan Elementary School
  • Nungnungan Elementary School
  • Pinoma Elementary School
  • Rizal Elementary School
  • Rogus Elementary School
  • San Antonio Elementary School
  • San Fermin Elementary School
  • San Francisco Elementary School
  • San Isidro Elementary School
  • San Luis Elementary School
  • Santa Luciana Elementary School
  • Santa Maria Elementary School
  • Sillawit Elementary School
  • Sinippil Elementary School
  • Tagaran Elementary School
  • Union Elementary School
  • Villa Concepcion Elementary School
  • Villa Luna Elementary School
  • Villaflor Elementary School


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  6. ^ VG Cabuag, February 19, 2013 "SM Prime profits hit P10.5B in 2012". SM PRIME. SM PRIME
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  8. ^ November 8, 2012 "SM Investments set P65B capex for '13".
  9. ^ November 30, 2013 "SM CITY Cauayan GF Floor Plan".
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  11. ^ "YAH! Coffee Branches". Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Education in Cauayan City.

13. Retrieved October 4, 2014

14. Retrieved October 4, 2014

External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • City Classification
  • Philippine Census Information
  • Cauayan City official site
  • Local Governance Performance Management System
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