Siquijor Province History, Geography, Economy

Siquijor province History

Siquijor Provincial Capitol
Siquijor Provincial Capitol (Photo Credit: Facebook Page)

Profile of Siquijor Province (Geography)
Location –> Central Visayas Region, Philippines (See map below)
Nearest Provinces –> Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cebu
Capital –> Siquijor
Area –> 337.49 km2 (130.31 sq mi)
Population –> 95,984 (2015 census) 3rd smallest
Terrain –> Hilly at the middle and lowland at the coast
Highest Mountain –> Mount Malabahoc (also known as Mount Bandila‑an) with a height of 628 metres (2,060 ft).
Industries –> Agriculture,
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Fish, Home Furnishing, Processed Food Items
People/Language –> Bisaya
Governor –> Zaldy Villa
Vice Governor –> Mei Ling Quezon
Representative (Lone District) –> Jake Vincent Villa
Predecessor –> Ramon Vicente Rocamora

Cities –> None
Municipalities (Towns) –> (6) E. Vilanueva, Larena, Lazi, Maria, San Juan, Siquijor

Siquijor Province History

Siquijor has been settled before the coming of the Spaniards. In 1783, the parish of Siquijor was established and administered fro Cebu. Later, it became a sub-province of Negros Oriental.

On September 17, 1971, Siquijor was created as a province by RA 6396 with Larena as the capital. In 1975, the capital was moved to the town of Siquijor.

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

Read the history of Siquijor Province in Tagalog here.

Economy of Siquijor

Majority of the people in the island province of Siquijor are engaged either in farming or in fishing. Trading is mostly done in the poblacion (town center) of each municipality. The traders get most of their supplies from Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.

Tourism is yet to be developed in the province.

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

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