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Cagayan Valley
Region II
Island Group Luzon
Area 26,837.00 km²
Population
- Total 3,051,487
- Density/km² 113.70
Provinces 5
Cities 3
Municipalities 90
Barangays 2,311
Location in the Philippines:

Cagayan Valley

Region 2 or the Cagayan Valley Region is located on the northeastern part of mainland Luzon. It is the 4th largest region of the Philippines. The region is composed of 5 provinces, 3 cities, 90 municipalities and 2,311 barangays. It is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the east, the province of Nueva Ecija on the south, the province of Quezon on the southeast and the mountain ranges of Caraballo and Cordillera on the west.

The regional center is Tuguegarao City in Cagayan while the industrial center is Cauayan City in Isabela. The most dominant trait of the region is the Cagayan River which is the countryís longest river with a drainage area of approximately 27,000 square kilometers.

The major dialects spoken in the Cagayan Valley Region are Ilocano, Ybanag, Ytawes and Filipino but the people can understand and speak English. There are two pronounced weathers in the region, the dry which occurs from December to May and wet from June to November. Hot months are experienced from March to May and may sometimes extend up to August. Generally, the climate in the region is good.

The regionís means of livelihood is agriculture and fishing. The main crops in the region are rice and corn. Tobacco is also a major factor affecting the economy of Cagayan Valley Region. Fishing is prevalent in the coast of Cagayan, Isabela, Batanes and Magat Dam in Isabela. The region was hailed as the Tilapia Capital of the Philippines. Tilapia is a species of cichlid fishes from the tilapiine cichlid tribe. The Cagayan Valley is also involved in livestock production of cattle, hog, carabaos and poultry. Other livelihood of the region involves furniture making of rattan and other indigenous materials which are for export.

Transportation in the Cagayan Valley Region is not a problem. It has four domestic airports servicing the region and these are Tuguegarao City Domestic Airport, Cauayan City Domestic Airport, Basco Domestic Airport in Batanes and Bagabao Airport in Nueva Vizcaya which services charter planes. Transportation by land is also available in the region.

Cagayan has much to offer to tourist: beaches, swimming, snorkeling, fishing in the river and sea, mountain climbing, Callo Caves and archeological sites. With its intricate cave systems, rugged mountain peaks, remarkable museums and white and beautiful beaches, the region is indeed an adventurerís paradise.

The most populous cities and municipalities in Cagayan Valley are:

City/Municipality Province Area
in km²
Population
TotalDensity/km²
Ilagan Isabela 1,166.26 131,243 112.53
Tuguegarao City Cagayan 144.80 129,539 894.61
City Of Santiago Isabela 255.50 126,244 494.11
City Of Cauayan Isabela 336.40 114,254 339.64
Baggao Cagayan 920.60 73,048 79.35
Solana Cagayan 234.60 71,475 304.67
Echague Isabela 680.80 67,553 99.23
Alicia Isabela 154.10 61,447 398.75
Aparri Cagayan 286.64 61,024 212.89
San Mateo Isabela 120.60 57,885 479.98




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