Isabela Province History, Geography, Economy

Isabela Province History

Isabela Province History
Isabela Provincial Capitol (Credit: Wiki Commons)

Profile of Isabela Province (Geography)
Location –> Cagayan Valley Region, Northeastern Luzon Island, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Cagayan, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga
Capital –> Ilagan City
Area –> 12,414.93 km2 (4,793.43 sq mi) (2nd largest)
Population –> 1,593,566 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Mountainous in the east, broad valley in the west
Industries –> Agriculture, Manufacturing
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Sugarcane, Peanut, Livestock
People/Language –> Ilocano, Ibanag, Gaddang, Tagalog, Ifugao
Governor –> Rodolfo “Rodito” T. Albano III
Predecessor –> Faustino “Bojie” G. Dy III
Vice Governor –> Faustino “Bojie” G. Dy III
Predecessor –> Antonio T. Albano
Representative (1st District) –> Antonio “Tonypet” T. Albano
Predecessor –> Rodolfo T. Albano III
Representative (2nd District) –> Ed Christopher Go
Predecessor –> Ana Cristina S. Go
Representative (3rd District) –> Ian Paul Dy
Predecessor –> Napoleon S. Dy
Representative (4th District) –> Sheena Alyssa P. Tan
Predecessor –> Ma. Lourdes R. Aggabao
Representative (5th District) –> Faustino Michael Carlos T. Dy III
Representative (6th District) –> Faustino “Inno” A. Dy V
Cities –> Cauayan, Ilagan, Santiago
Municipalities (Towns) –> (34) Alicia, Angadanan, Aurora, Benito Soliven, Burgos, Cabagan, Cabatuan, Cordon, Dinapigue, Divilican, Echague, Gamu, Jones, Luna, Maconacon, Delfin Albano, Mallig, Naguilian, Palanan, Quezon, Quirino, Ramon, Reina Mercedes, Roxas, San Agustin, San Guillermo, San Isidro, San Manuel, San Mariano, San Mateo, San Pablo, Santa Maria, San Tomas, Tumauini

Isabela Province History

The province of Isabela was created out of some towns from southern Cagayan and some towns from northeastern Nueva Vizcaya through a Spanish royal decree issued on May 1, 1856. It was named after Queen Isabella II of Spain.

Palanan Municipality was where President Aguinaldo was captured by the Americans during the Philippine-American War.

Don Francisco Dichoso was the first elected governor of Isabela when it was reconstituted as a province during the American Period. (See anghistorya). Nicasio Claravall represented the province when the First Philippine Assembly was opened in 1907. In 1987, the province was divided into four legislative districts. On September 27, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11080 reapportioning the cities and towns into six districts.

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Economy of Isabela Province

Isabela is largely an agricultural area where rice, corn, peanut, and sugarcane are the main products. It is the top producer of corn and peanut in the Philippines and the second top producer of rice.

Although there are a few large manufacturers such as softdrinks bottling, manufacturing is still undevelop in the province. Small-scale production of food items, furniture, handicrafts, hollow blocks, jeepneys, and tricycles are prevalent.

Tourism is slowly picking up. With the opening of the eastern corridor when the construction of a new road leading to the town of Divilacan is finished, the tourism potential of the province is expected to be fully developed.

Isabela is home to Magat Dam, the second largest in the Philippines. With its three fast growing cities, it has attracted many Metro Manila-based chain of shopping centers and real estate companies.

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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

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