Biliran Province History, Geography, Economy

Biliran Province History

Biliran Province History
Biliran Provincial Capitol (Phot Credit: Facebook Page)

Profile of Biliran Province (Geography)
Location –> Eastern Visayas Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Province –> Leyte
Capital –> Naval
Area –> 536.01 km2 (206.95 sq mi)
Population –> 171,612 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Mountainous with narrow coastal plains
Industries –> Agriculture
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Coconut, Fish
People/Language –> Waray, Bisaya
Governor –> Rogelio Espina
Predecessor –> Gerardo Espina, Jr
Vice Governor –> Brigido Caneja III
Predecessor –> Eriberto Tubis, Jr.
Representative (Lone District) –> Gerardo Espina, Jr
Predecessor –> Rogelio J. Espina

Cities –> None
Municipalities (Towns) –> (8) Almeria, Biliran,
Cabucgayan, Caibiran, Culaba, Kawayan, Maripipi, Naval

Biliran Province History

In 1712, the town (pueblo) of Biliran was created. In 1735, the whole island, together with Leyte and Samar, was separated from Cebu. By 1899, all the towns of Biliran had been established but all of them were under the jurisdiction of Leyte Province.

On April 8, 1959, Biliran was organized as a sub-province of Leyte by virtue of Republic Act No. 2141. It was upgraded as a regular province on May 11, 1992 through Republic Act No. 7160.

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

Economy of Biliran Province

Agriculture is the main economic activity in the province of Biliran where rice, corn, coconut, fish, rootcrops and vegetables are the main products. Manufacturing is limited to small and micro-scale industries producing furniture, processed food items and handicrafts. The hidden tourist spots in the island are yet to be discovered and access to them is high on the agenda of the government.

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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

Map of Biliran Province

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