Lanao Del Norte History
Profile of Lanao Del Norte Province (Geography)
Location –> Northern Mindanao Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao Del Sur, Zamboanga Del Sur, and Misamis Occidental across the Panguil Bay
Capital –> Tubod
Area –> 3,346.57 km2 (1,292.12 sq mi)
Population –> 676,395 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Mountainous with narrow coastal areas and broad lowland in the western part of the province
Industries –> Agriculture, Manufacturing, Power Generation
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Coconut, Fish, Electricity, Chemical, Flour
People/Language –> Bisaya, Maranao
Governor –> Imelda “Angging” Q. Dimaporo
Vice Governor –> Maria Cristina “Cristy” Atay
Representative (1st District) –> Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo
Representative (2nd District) –> Abdullah D. Dimaporo
City –> Iligan
Municipalities (Towns) –> (22) Bacolod, Baloi, Baroy,
Kapatagan, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Kauswagan, Kolambugan, Lala, Linamon, Magsaysay, Maigo, Matungao, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Pantao Ragai, Poona, Salvador, Sapad, Tagaloan, Tangcal, Tubod
Lanao Del Norte History
The word Lanao is believed to have derived from the Maranao word “Ranao” meaning a body of water referring to the lake within the locality. This lake is also called Lanao.
The province of Lanao was created in 1914 under the jurisdiction of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu. When this department was abolished in 1920, Lanao Province existed until July 4, 1959 when it was split into Del Norte and Del Sur pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No. 2228. Iligan City was made the capital of Lanao Del Norte until 1977 when it was moved to Tubod by virtue of Presidential Decree 181 issued by then President Ferdinand Marcos.
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Economy of Lanao Del Norte
Outside Iligan City, Lanao del Norte is primarily agricultural where rice, corn, coconut and fish are the main products. The province is home to hydroelectric plants located near the waterfalls particularly Maria Cristina Falls. Within Iligan are several large manufacturing plants that take advantage of the nearby supply of electricity. Manufactured products from these factories include fertilizer, flour, animal feeds, and chemicals. The city used to be the location of the biggest steel mill in the country but the plant ceased operation many years ago.
The presence of the many waterfalls attract many visitors although a lot of improvements are still needed to fully tap the tourism potential of the province.
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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region
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