Agusan Del Sur History
Profile Agusan Del Sur Province (Geography)
Location –> Caraga Region in northeastern Mindanao, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Agusan Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, Davao De Oro (Formerly Compostela valley), Davao Del Norte, and Bukidnon
Capital –> Prosperidad
Area –> 9,989.52 km2 (3,856.98 sq mi)
Population –> 700,653 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Mountainous on the southeastern and western part with broad lowland and marshland on the central part of the province.
Industries –> Agriculture
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, coconut, and rubber
People/Language –> Bisaya (Cebuano), Surigaonon, Butuanon, Higaonon
Governor –> Santiago B. Cane Jr.
Predecessor –> Adolph Edward Plaza
Vice Governor –> Samuel Tortor
Predecessor –> Santiago B. Cane Jr.
Representative (1st District covering the city of Bayugan and the municipalities of Esperanza, Prosperidad, San Luis, Sibagat, and Talacogon) –> Alfelito Bascug
Predecessor –> Ma. Valentina G. Plaza-Cornelio
Representative (2nd District that includes the towns of Bunawan, La Paz, Loreto, Rosario, San Francisco, Santa Josefa, Trento, and Veruela) –> Adolph Edward Plaza
Predecessor –> Evelyn G. Plaza-Mellana
City –> Bayugan
Municipalities (Towns) –> (13) Bunawan, Ezperanza, La Paz, Loreto, Prosperidad, Rosario, San Francisco, San Luis, Santa Josefa, Talacogon, Trento, Veruela, Sibagat
Agusan Del Sur History
Long before the coming of the Spaniards, the area covered by the present Agusan del Sur was inhabited by various tribes such as the Manobos, Mamanwas and Higaonons. They were pushed to the mountains when migrants from the Visayas region, together with the coming of the Spanish colonizers, settled in the valley.
The province was part of the huge district of Surigao during the Spanish regime. When the Americans came, Agusan was separated from Surigao. On June 17, 1967, Agusan Del Sur came into being after the enactment of Republic Act No. 4969 providing for the division of the province of Agusan into two. Rufino C. Otero was elected as the first Provincial Governor and Democrito O. Plaza the first Congressman in the election of November, 1969
On October 20, 2008, the province was divided into two legislative districts. The first district is composed of the city of Bayugan and the municipalities of Esperanza, Prosperidad, San Luis, Sibagat, and Talacogon. On the other hand, the second district covers the municipalities of Bunawan, La Paz, Loreto, Rosario, San Francisco, Santa Josefa, Trento, and Veruela.
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Economy of Agusan Del Sur Province
Agusan del Sur is primarily an agricultural province where rice, corn, coconut, banana and rubber are the chief products. Manufacturing is limited to small and family-owned shops where furniture, tricycle, bread and pastries, and handicraft items are produced. The tourism industry is still in its infancy.
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Map of Province