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PROFILE OF REGION 2

Region II or the Cagayan Valley Region is strategically located on the northeastern part of mainland Luzon. Its proximity to the East Asian countries is a given endowment that makes it not only a natural gateway for trade and investments but also a virtual link to other growth corridors. 

The region abounds with natural resources and development potentials that consist of rich agriculture areas, forest lands and grass lands, minerals and marine resources. It is the fourth (4th) largest region of the country accounting for about 9% of national land area.

REGIONAL VISION (2001-2025)

“A Region of world class, empowered and productive citizenry with competitive agri - industrial economy, modern infrastructure, responsive basic services and well-managed eco-system in peaceful and orderly communities at one with God, among themselves and with the rest of the world.”

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ROLE

“Open growth area and international trade and industrial partner of the East Asian Global Economy.”

QUICK FACTS

Provinces: Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino
 
Land Area: 2,683,758 hectares
 
City/Towns/Barangays:

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Cauayan City, Isabela
Santiago City, Isabela
90 Municipalities
2,317 Barangays
 
Population (Census 2007): 3,051,487
Population Density (Census 2007): 114/sq. km.

Labor Force: 1,429,000
 
Employment Rate: 93.7%

Literacy Rate: 92.54%
 
Language/Dialect: English, Filipino, Ilocano, Ybanag, Itawes, Malaweg, Gaddang, Isinay, Ivatan, Visaya
 
Consumer Price Index (Ave. 2011): 172.00
 
Inflation Rate (Ave. 2011): 5.26

PROVINCIAL PROFILE

BATANES

Batanes Islands lies at the tip of the Philippines, where the Pacific ocean merge with the South China Sea. It is 270 km north of Aparri, the nearest point in Luzon, about 8000 km from Manila and 224 km from the southern tip if Taiwan. This province is bounded by the Bashi Channel on the south, the Philippine Sea/Pacific Ocean on the East and the South China Sea on the West.

Owing to its high potential for large-scale commercial production of fish and fishery products on top of its pristine beauty and unique cultural heritage, Batanes shall be the region’s “Marine Fishery and Eco-Tourism Core”. 

Salient Features

• Haven of lush green, clear and clean blue waters, verdant rolling hills and unique culture
• Managed Pastureland and Natural Grasslands
• Untapped mineral resources
• 4,500 sq. kms. of territorial  waters rich in pelagic fishes and other marine products.
• 12,909.1 has. for vegetation, pastureland and woodland.
• Develop Organic Produce agri-products
• Rich in mineral resources

Basic Facts

Capital: Basco
 
Towns: Basco, Mahato, Ivana,  Uyugan, Sabtang, Itbayat
 
Barangays: 29 Barangays
 
Classification: 4th Class
 
Land Area: 20,928 has. 
 
Climate: Warm from March to May, Rainy from June to August, Windy from September to November; Cool from December to February
Population (Census 2007): 15,974

Population Density (Census 2007): 76  per sq. km.

Labor Force: 9,000

Employment Rate: 97.6%

Literacy Rate: 97.4 %

Language/Dialect: Ivatan, Filipino, English, Ichbayaten

Priority Investment Areas

A. Eco-Tourism Industry

• Batanes Ecological-Cultural Tourism Industry
• Development of Tourism Facilities (Accomodation Facilities, Restaurants and Creation)
 
B. Agri-Aqua-Marine Based Industries
• Agri-business (Organic Production)
○ Vegetables
○ Batanes Garlic
○ Turmeric
○ Ginger
• Deep Sea/ Commercial Fishing
• Inland Fish Production
• Livestock & Poultry Production
• Dairy Industry
 
C. Basic Infrastructure
• Ports
○ Construction of Inter-island Shelter port and allied facilities
○ Construction of Basco All-Weather Ship Shelter Port
• Water System
○ Drainage System - Batan Island
○ Improvement of Water Works System - Batan, Sabtang & Itbayat
• Power
• Mini-hydro power plant - Batan Island
• Wind/Solar Power Plant
 
D. Health  Facilities

E. Education

F. Forest Resource Management Programs

CAGAYAN

Cagayan straddles the top northeastern portion of the Philippine archipelago. Sea waters bound its northern side (Babuyan Channel) and eastern flank (Pacific Ocean). To its south lies Isabela province, continuing its flat profile. On the west are the Cordillera mountains and the provinces of Kalinga and Apayao. Cagayan  has the longest coastline in the country with 12 of its 29 municipalities located along the coast. 

Cagayan province is the “Institutional, Trade and Industrial Center” in the region in view of its proximity to the Southeast Asia and being seat of industry, trade and commerce, government and educational institutions.

Salient Features

• Endowed with rich natural resources in which 384,788 hectares of its land area are alienable and disposable lands, 515,482 has.  are forestlands. The province is crisscrossed by creeks and rivers and has the longest coastline in the country.
• It has nationally proclaimed protected areas that include landscape, seascape, watershed, game refuge and bird sanctuaries.
• Convergence point for commerce, education, and services in Northern Philippines
• Home to the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport.
• Presence of complete facilities - communication, accommodation, banking, education, healthcare, transportation, water, electricity, roads and bridges.

Basic Facts

Capital: Tuguegarao City
 
City/Towns: 1 City (Tuguegarao City), 28 Municipalities
 
Barangays: 822 Barangays
 
Classification: 1st Class
 
Land Area: 900,270 has.
 
Climate: Relatively dry from March to June, Rainy from July to October, Relatively cold from November to February
Population (Census 2007 ): 1,072,571 (Provincial), 129,539 (Tuguegarao City)
 
Population Density (Census 2007): 119 per sq. km.
 
Labor Force: 493,500
 
Employment Rate: 97%
 
Literacy Rate: 86.72%
 
Language/Dialect: English, Filipino, Ilocano, Ybanag, Itawes

Priority Investment Areas

A. Agri-Aqua-Marine Based Industries
• Aqua-culture
• Grains and Cereal Production and Processing
• Mushroom Production
• Vegetable Production
• Citrus Production and Processing
• Mango Production and Processing
• Banana Production and Processing
• Feeds Manufacturing
• Dairy Industry
• Livestock Production
 
B. Forest-Based Industries
• Wood Processing (Furniture & Furnishings)
• Bamboocraft
• Rattancraft
 
C. Eco-Adventure Tourism Facilities and Services
• Development of Resorts/ Hotels and Convention Centers
• Callao Caves Resort Development
• Seaside Resorts Development in Coastal Municipalities
 
D. Development of Infrastructure Utilities
• Establishment of mini-hydro power plant
• Upgrading and expansion of water utilities
• Establishment of Geothermal power plant
 
E. Development of Transport Facilites and Services
• Aparri Port Development
• Development of Fishports and landings
• RORO (Calayan, Sta. Ana and Aurora)
• Establishment of International Airport at Lallo
 
F. Mining
• Guano Extraction
• Quarrying
• Magnetite Extraction
• Gold and Copper Production
 
G. IT-BPO Industry
• Development of IT Building/Park
• Development of ICT Facilities
• Establishment of IT-BPO Centers (Contact Center, Animation, Software Development, Medical Transcription)

ISABELA

Isabela is the second largest province in the country. Its vast tract of forest land can be tapped as an agro-forestry industrial area to produce at sustained level the wood requirements of prospective wood-based industries.

Considering its strategic location in the center of the region and its demonstrated strength in trade and commerce, Isabela is dubbed as the region’s “Regional Trade and Industrial Center”.

Salient Features

• Second largest province in the Philippines
• Strategic location between the  port  of Cagayan Economic Zone and the national capital center of the country-Metro Manila
• Productive Forest Land and Watershed Areas
• “Hybrid Corn & Rice Champion of the Philippines”
• It boasts of its lengthy range of seacoasts  in Palanan, Maconacon, Dinapigue and Divilacan Bays that are rich in fisheries and  aquatic resources 
• Home of Magat Dam, a major source of power and water supply of Northern Luzon

Basic Facts

Capital : Ilagan 
 
City/Towns: Cauayan City, Santiago City, 35 Municipalities
 
Barangays: 1,057 Barangays
 
Classification: 1st Class
 
Land Areal: ,066,456 has.
 
Climate: Relatively wet from May to October, Relatively dry from November to April
Population (Census 2007): 1,401,495 (Provincial), 114,254 (Cauayan City), 26,244 (Santiago City)
 
Population Density (Census 2007): 131 per sq. km.
 
Labor Force: 561,000
 
Employment Rate: 84.70%
 
Literacy Rate: 95.98%
 
Language/Dialect: Ilocano, Ybanag, Tagalog, Palanan, Yogad, Gaddang

Priority Investment Areas

A. Agri-Aqua Based Industries
• Miki Production
• Banana Production and Processing
• Coconut Production and Processing
• Bio-Organic Fertilizer Production
• Cassava Production and Processing
• White Corn Production and Processing
• Bio-Ethanol/Jatropha Production
• Mushroom Production and Processing
• Pineapple Production and Processing
• Sugarcane Production and Processing
• Calamansi/Citrus Production
• Mango Production and Processing
• Tomato Production and Processing
• Ampalaya (Pinakbet) Production
• Livestock/ Poultry Production and Processing
• Tilapia and Prawn Production and Processing
 
B. Forest-Based Industries
• Wood Processing (Furniture & Furnishings, Plywood, Wood Tiles, Fiber Board and Lumber Production
• Industrial Tree and Orchard Plantation
• Medicinal Herbs Production
 
C. Eco-Tourism Industry
• Magat Dam Complex, Waterworld Resort
• Butterfly Garden
• Punta Amelita Resort
• Sta. Victoria Caves
• Crocodile Farm
• Agro-Ecological Destination
• Batintokatok
• Dancing Dolphins, Eagle Sighting
• Honeymoon Island, Flying Fox
• Bird Watching
• Bellfry Tower - Saint Mathias Church
• Miraculous Guibang Shrine
• Memorial Shrine of General Aguinaldo
 
D. Mining Industry
 
E. IT-BPO Industry

NUEVA VIZCAYA

In view of its location within the watersheds of the Caraballo and Cordillera mountain ranges and its distinction as the major source of fruits and vegetable in the region, Nueva Vizcaya is hailed as a “Watershed and Agro - Forestry Haven”.

Located about 268 km north of Metro Manila, the province is tagged to be the new alternative destination for outdoor and environment enthusiasts.

Salient Features

• Recognized as the Citrus Capital  of the Philippines
• Salad Bowl of Region 02, having the highest production of vegetables in the region
• Agro-Forestry hub of Cagayan Valley
• Watershed haven of Region 02
• Soil characteristics and climate are conducive to the production of high value crops
• Supportive & Innovative Local Government
• Recipient of National and International Awards for Excellence and Innovative  Local Governance
• Rich in mineral resources

Quick Facts

Capital: Bayombong
 
Towns: 15 Municipalities 
 
Barangays: 277 Barangays
 
Classification: 2nd Class
 
Land Area: 390,387 has. 

Climate: Relatively wet from May to October, Relatively dry from November to April
Population (Census 2007): 397,837
 
Population Density (Census 2007): 102  per sq. km.
 
Labor Force: 239,000
 
Employment Rate: 94%
 
Literacy Rate: 91.07%
 
Language/Dialect: Ilocano, Filipino, English, Ifugao, Kalanguya, Isinai, Bugkalot, Kankanaey, Gaddang, Ibaloi
 
Priority Investment Areas
 
A. Agri-Aqua Based Industry
• Fishponds and Hatchery
• Food Production and Processing (Fruits and Fruit Trees, Organic Rice and Vegetable, Spices, Legumes, Yacon, Coconut and Mushroom)
• Cutflower Production
• Industrial/ Commercial Tree Plantation
• Wood Processing
• Organic Medicinal Herbs and Essential Oil Plantation and Processing
• Livestock Production and Processing (Cattle, Swine, Small Ruminants, Poultry and Game Fowl)
• Quality Seeds and Seedling ProductionJatropha Plantation (Renewable Energy)
 
B. Forest-based  and GHD 
• Wood Processing
• Industrial Tree and Orchard Plantation
• Seed and Seedling Production
• Bamboocraft
• Rattancraft
• Tiger Grass Processing
• Pottery and Ceramics Production
 
C. Eco-cultural Tourism Industry
• Eco-Tourism Destinations Development
• Tourist Accomodation and Facilities (Hotels, Resorts, Appartelles, Pension Houses and Tourist Inns)
• Convention/ Training Centers
• Historico-Cultural Heritage Sites Development
 
D. Support Industries
• Cold Storage Facilities
• Packing Materials Production
• Concrete Products Processing
• Pharmaceuticals (Herbal Medicine)
• Organic Fertilizer Production
• Common Carriers (Land and Air Transport Facilities)
• Hydro Power Development
• Water Supply Facilities waterways and sewerage systems
• Buses/cargo Trucks
• Piped Irrigation Facilities
• Ecological Solid Waste Management Facilities (Recycling and Sanitary Landfill Facility)
• Public Markets
• Sports Complex Facilities
• Public Passenger Terminal
• Industrial Estates (Light to Medium Industries)
• Commercial Estates (Shopping Malls)

QUIRINO

Quirino’s varied and extensive territory, which lies in the headwater region of Cagayan Valley is virtually untapped and unexplored.

Located within the Sierra Madre Mountains with croplands suitable for industrial crops , Quirino is hailed as the region’s “Industrial Crops Producer and Agri-Tourism Destination”.

Salient Features

• The province protects 116,938 hectares of timber land and confines forest resource extraction to 50,900 hectares
• Available forest-based raw materials
• Leading producer of banana in Region 02
• Total of 14,782 hectares is utilized for rice production
• 21,335 hectares is devoted to corn production
• Rich in Mineral resources

Basic Facts

Capital: Cabarroguis
 
Towns: 6 Municipalities
 
Barangays: 132 Barangays
 
Classification: 3rd Class
 
Land Area: 305,720 hectares 
 
Climate: Relatively dry from January to April, Relatively wet from May to December.
Population (Census 2007): 163,610
 
Population Density (Census 2007): 54  per sq. km.
 
Labor Force: 48,600
 
Employment Rate: 93.17%
 
Literacy Rate: 91.51%
 
Language/Dialect: Ilocanos, Tagalog, Ifugaos, Ibaloi, Kankanai, Aklanos, Bontoc and Bicol, Pangasinense, Bugkalot

Priority Investment Areas

A. Agri-based Industry
• Rice and Corn Production and Processing
• Fruit and Vegetable Production, Processing and Trading
• Food Production, Processing and Trading
• Wine and Juice Production
• Corn Flour/ Starch Production
• Tobacco Production, Processing and Trading
• Cereal Production, Processing and Trading
• Legumes Production, Processing and Trading
• Livestock Production, Processing and Trading
• Dairy Industry
• Fishery-related Industry
 
B. Forestry-based & GHD
• Tree Plantation
• Seeds and Seedling Production
• Lumber Production and Trading
• Furniture Making (Wood and Rattan Products)
• Plywood/Fiberboard/Wood Tiles Production/Trading
• Charcoal Briquette Production and Trading
• Gifts and House Decors
• Fossilized Flower Making
• Native Beads Production
 
C. Tourism Industry
• Recreation Amenities (Hotels, Resorts & Sports Facilities)
• Pasalubong Centers/ Souvenir Shops
• Sports and Amusement Center
 
D. Infrastructure and Utilities
• Feed Mill
• Corn and Cassava Starch Mill
• Mini Dam/Mini Hydro Power Plant
• Cold Storage
• Potable Water System
• Telecommunications
 
E. Mining Industry
• Sand and Gravel Quarrying
• Gold, Copper, Lime and other Minerals (Extraction and Processing)
• Coal

INDUSTRIAL PROFILE
 
1. Dairy 
2. Wood
3. Bamboo
4. Rubber
5. Banana
6. Pangasius
7. Poultry 
8. Cacao 
9. Coconut
10. Organic Fertilizer
11. GHD (Bayong, Water Hyacinth, Pottery, Loom Weaving, Basketry, etc.)
12. Furniture
13. Coffee
14. Processed Food
15. Veggie Noodles
16. Citrus
17. Pineapple
18. Mango
19. Muscovado
20. Cassava
21. Metals/Metalworks
22. Ginger
23. Vegetables
24. Apiculture
25. Eco-Tourism 
26. ICT 
27. Education

PRODUCT PROFILE

• Apiculture
• Bamboo
• Banana
• Dairy
• Eco-Tourism
• Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
• Pangasius

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