Profile of Aklan Province (Geography)
Location –> Northwestern Panay Island, Western Visayas Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Capiz, Iloilo, Antique
Capital –> Kalibo
Area –> 1,821.42 km2 (703.25 sq mi)
Population –> 574,823 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Mountainous in the west, rolling hills and coastal plains in the norhteast and broad lowland in the southeast
Industries –> Agriculture, Tourism, Mining
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Rootcrops, Coal
People/Language –> Aklanon, Ilonggo
Governor –> Florencio Miraflores
Vice Governor –> Reynaldo Quimpo
Representative (1st District) –> Carlito S. Marquez
Representative (2nd District) –> Teodorico Haresco Jr.
Cities –> None
Municipalities (Towns) –> (17) Altavas, Balete, Banga, Batan, Buruanga, Ibajay, Kalibo, Lezo, Libacao, Madalag, Makato, Malay, Malinao, Nabas, New Washington, Numancia, Tangalan
Aklan was created as a regular province on 25 April 1956 by virtue of Republic Act No. 1414 signed by Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay. José Raz Menez served as the first appointed governor while Godofredo P. Ramos became the first elected governor. Meanwhile, Jose B. Legaspi acted as the first congressman of the province.
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Economy of Aklan Province
Main economic activities in Aklan are farming and fishing. Rice, corn, fish, mango, banana, and rootcrops are the main products. With the presence of world-famous Boracay Beach, tourism has become the second most important source of livelihood among the residents. The Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo is one of the most popular in the country and is attended by visitors from different provinces and cities all over the country.
Aklan is one of the largest producers of coal in the Philippines. The island of Semirara in the northwest has one of the country’s largest coal reserves.
The province is home to two international airports namely: Kalibo International Airport and Godofredo Ramos International Airport which is located in Malay Town to serve visitors of Boracay.
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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region