Samar Province History or Western Samar History
Profile of Samar (Western) Province (Geography)
Location –> Eastern Visayas Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte
Capital –> Catbalogan City
Area –> 6,048.03 km2 (2,335.16 sq mi)
Population –> 780,481 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Mountainous and hilly with narrow coastal plains
Industries –> Agriculture
Major Products –> Rice, Coconut, Fish, Corn, Abaca, Banana
People/Language –> Waray
Governor –> Milagrosa Tan
Predecessor –> Sharee Ann Tan
Vice Governor –> Reynolds Michael Tan
Predecessor –> Stephen James Tan
Representative (1st District) –> Edgar Mary Sarmiento
Representative (2nd District) –> Sharee Ann Tan
Predecessor –> Milagrosa Tan
Cities –> Calbayog, Catbalogan
Municipalities (Towns) –> Almagro, Basey, Calbiga, Daram, Gandara, Hinabangan, Jiabong, Marabut, Matuguinao, Motiong, Pagsanghan, Paranas, Pinabacdao, San Jorge, San Jose de Buan, San Sebastian, Santa Margarita, Santa Rita, Santo Nino, Tagapul-an, Talalora, Tarangnan, Villareal, Zumarraga
Samar province History (Western Samar History)
The earliest human settlements in Samar Province is believed to be more than 10,000 years ago as shown by stone tools found in the Sohoton Caves in Basey Municipality.
During the early part of Spanish rule in the country, Samar was under the jurisdiction of Cebu. In 1735, the politico-military district of Samar-Leyte was formed. Twelve years later, Samar and Leyte were split into two distinct provinces.
In 1965, the island province of Samar was split into three separate provinces namely: Northern, Eastern, and Western Samar by virtue of Republic Act No. 4221. Four years later, Western Samar was renamed Samar under Republic Act No. 5650.
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Economy of Samar Province
The economy of Samar is chiefly agricultural where most of the people are engaged either in farming or fishing or both. Rice, fish, coconut, and abaca are the main products. Mat weaving is an important cottage industry. Tourism is still undeveloped although the province is gifted with many natural attractions.
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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region
Map of Province