Kalinga Province History, Geography, Economy

Kalinga Province History

Kalinga Province History
Kalinga Provincial Capitol (Credit: PNA )

Profile of Kalinga Province (Geography)
Location –> Cordillera Region in Northern Luzon, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Apayao, Cagayan, Isabela, Mountain Province, and Abra
Capital –> Tabuk City
Area –> 3,231.25 km2 (1,247.59 sq mi)
Population –> 212,680 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Mountainous in the west, Rolling hills, River valleys and Lowland in the east
Industries –> Agriculture, Cottage Industries
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Root Crops, Coffee
People/Language –> Kalinga, Ilocano, Ibanag, Gaddang

Government Officials
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City –> Tabuk
Municipalities (Towns) –> Balbalan, Lubuagan, Pasil, Pinukpuk, Rizal (Liwan), Tanudan, Tinglayan


Kalinga-Apayao was formerly a sub-province of Mountain Province. On June 18, 1966, Mountain Province was divided into four provinces and Kalinga-Apayao acquired the status of a separate province by virtue of Republic Act 4695. Kalinga-Apayao province was split into two provinces (Kalinga and Apayao) with the enactment of Republic Act No. 7878 on February 14, 1995.

During the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos, Kalinga-Apayao was included in Region II or the Cagayan valley Region. On July 15, 1987, President Corazon Aquino signed Executive Order No. 220 creating the Cordillera Autonomous Region to which Kalinga-Apayao belonged.

Laurence B. Wacnang was the representative of Kalinga after its separation from Apayao. He was elected in 1998 and was succeeded by Manuel S. Agyao.

Go here to see all the famous people from Kalinga Province.

Go here to see all the candidates and results of the 2019 election in Kalinga Province.

Read the history of Kalinga Province in Tagalog here.


Kalinga province is an agricultural area where rice and corn are the primary products. The government is actively promoting the production of organic coffee not only for domestic comsumption but also for export.

Many Kalinga families are engaged in cottage industries such as the production of furniture, rattan crafts and other handicraft items.

The government is also promoting the natural as well as man-made attractions in order to lure tourists to visit the province.

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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

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