Isabela Province Profile: History, Geography, Economy, Officials

Isabela is a province in northeast Luzon Island, Philippines.

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) *The 2nd largest among 81 provinces
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
Cities –> Cauayan, Ilagan, Santiago
Municipalities (Towns) –> (34) Alicia, Angadanan, Aurora, Benito Soliven, Burgos, Cabagan, Cabatuan, Cordon, Delfin Albano, Dinapigue, Divilican, Echague, Gamu, Jones, Luna, Maconacon, 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, Santo Tomas, Tumauini

Government Officials
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
Provincial Board Members (Sangguniang Panlalawigan or SP Members):
Delfinito Emmanuel Albano – 1st District
Emmanuel Joselito Anes
Ed Christian Go – 2nd District
Edgar Capuchino
Ramon Juan Reyes – 3rd District
Randolph Joseph Arreola
Clifford Raspado – 4th District
Abegail Sable
Faustino “Dondon” U. Dy IV – 5th District
Edward Isidro
Marco Paolo Meris – 6th District
Alfredo Alili
Dax Paolo Binag – President, Sangguniang Kabataan Federation (SK Fed)
Antonio Hui – President, Provincial Councilors’ League (PCL)
Dante Halaman – President, Liga ng mga Barangay (LNB)
SP Secretary –> Atty. Francis James Meer

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.

In 1901, then President Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the Americans in the municipality of Palanan.

Don Francisco Dichoso became the first elected governor of Isabela when it was reconstituted as a province during the American Period. In 1907 when the First Philippine Assembly was opened, Nicasio Claravall represented the province. 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 soft drinks bottling, manufacturing is still undeveloped 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.

RELATED: Batanes Province
See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

Related: Isabela Province News Portal

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