Aklan Profile: History, Geography, Economy, Government Officials

Aklan History
Aklan Provincial Capitol (Photo credit: Facebook Page)

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 northeast and broad lowland in the southeast
Industries –> Agriculture, Tourism, Mining
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Root crops, Coal
People/Language –> Aklanon, Ilonggo,Tagalog, English

Cities –> None
Municipalities (Towns) –> (17) Altavas, Balete, Banga, Batan, Buruanga, Ibajay, Kalibo, Lezo, Libacao, Madalag, Makato, Malay, Malinao, Nabas, New Washington, Numancia, Tangalan

Government Officials
Go here to see the elected provincial officials of Aklan.

Aklan History

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.

On September 24, 2018, the provinces was split into two legislative districts by virtue of Republic Act No. 11077 approved by President Rodrigo Duterte. The first district is now composed of the towns of Altavas, Balete, Banga, Batan, Kalibo, Libacao, Madalag, and New Washington while the second district covers the municipalities of Buruanga, Ibajay, Lezo, Makato, Malay, Malinao, Nabas, Numancia, and Tangalan. Carlito S. Marquez became the first elected congressman of the first district while Teodorico T. Haresco, Jr. was the first representative to be elected for the second district.

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

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

Read the history of Aklan Province in Tagalog here.

Economy of Aklan Province

Main economic activities in Aklan are farming and fishing. Rice, corn, fish, mango, banana, and root crops 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 attracts visitors from different provinces and cities all over the country.

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.

Go here to see the top ten tourist spots of Aklan Province.

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

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