Location –> Tawi-Tawi Province is composed of many islands located west of Sulu Province and Basilan. The province belongs to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Philippines (See map below)
Nearest Province –> Sulu
Capital –> Bongao
Area –> 1,087.40 km2 (419.85 sq mi)
Population –> 390,715 (2015 census)
Industry –> Fishing
Major Products –> Fish and Seaweed
People/Language –> Тausug, Sama
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Cities –> None
Municipalities (Towns) –> (11) Bongao, Languyan, Mapun, Panglima Sugala, Sapa-sapa, Sibutu, Simunul, Sitangkai, South Ubian, Tandubas, Turtle Islands
Previously part of the province of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi was converted into a province on September 11, 1973, pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 302 and erstwhile Commodore Romulo Espaldon was appointed as its first governor earned the moniker “Father of Tawi-Tawi.”.
During the first 730 days of Tawi-Tawi as a province, Espaldon spearheaded over 100 civilian infrastructure projects, including the construction of the provincial capitol, provincial hospital, public market, 50 mosques, school houses, radio station, airstrips, piers, houses, bridges, roads and water system.
The seat of the provincial government was initially designated as Bato-Bato in the municipality of Balimbing (now Panglima Sugala) but was moved to Bongao on April 4, 1979, by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 24.
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Read the history of Tawi-Tawi in Tagalog here.
Economy of Tawi-Tawi Province
RELATED: Profile of Palawan Province
See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region
Map of Province