Profile of Capiz Province (Geography)
Location –> Panay Island, Western Visayas Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Iloilo and Aklan
Capital –> Roxas City
Area –> 2,594.64 km2 (1,001.80 sq mi)
Population –> 761,384 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Flat (lowland)
Industries –> Agriculture
Major Products –> Rice, Fish, Crabs, Prawn, Cutflower
People/Language –> Capiznon, Hiligaynon, Aklanon, Kinaray-a
Cities –> Roxas
Municipalities (Towns) –> (16) Cuartero, Dao, Dumalag, Dumarao, Ivisan, Jamindan, Maayon, Mambusao, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, Pontevedra, Pres. Roxas, Sapi-an, Sigma, Tapaz
Governor –> Esteban Evan “Nonoy” B. Contreras
Predecessor –> Antonio del Rosario
Vice Governor –> James “Jaime” Mitang Magbanua
Predecessor –> Esteban Contreras
Representative (1st District) –> Emmanuel A. Billones
Representative (2nd District) –> Fredenil Castro
Provincial Board Members (Sangguniang Panlalawigan or SP)
Esteban Jose B. Contreras – 1st District
Jonathan B. Besa
Enrique V. Martin
Weldie C. Apolinario Jr.
Thea Faith T. Reyes
Victor L. Tanco Jr. – 2nd District
Mateo C. Hachuela
Elmer P. Arevalo
Eleuper M. Martinez
Karen A. Palomar
Provincial Councilors’ League President – Ferdinand A. Baguio
Liga ng mga Barangay President – Querubin P. Pamplona
Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President – Renzo B. Teves
The Spaniards arrived in the province in 1566. By 1570, a fort has been erected in the now municipality of Panay. In 1716, it was organized into a politico-military unit separate from Iloilo. The Americans established a civil government in Capiz on April 15, 1901 by virtue of Act 115.
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Economy of Capiz Province
Although Capiz is not the top producer of fish, it has earned the monicker “Seafood Capital of the Philippines” because of the abundance and varietry of fish and other seafoods in many of its municipalities. On its farmlands are planted rice and sugar. Cutflower is an emerging industry. Its cottage industries include food processing and the production of handicrafts items.
The province is well-known for its Capiz Shells used in making a great variety of household products such as lanterns, lamp shades, window pane, chandeliers, curtains, and other decorative items.
The develoment of the tourism industry is a priority of the government.
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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region