Bicol Region – Region V

 

Bicol Region – Region V

Bicol Region, as Region V is more popularly known, is situated at the southernmost tip of the Luzon landmass. It is straddled between 11 – 30′ to 14 – 20′ North latitude and 122 – 20′ to 124 – 30′ East longitude.

Area : 17,632.5 square kilometers, 5.9 percent of the country’s total land area.

It is politically subdivided into six provinces, one chartered city, six component cities, 107 municipalities, and 3,471 barangays. At present, it has 14 congressional districts.

PROVINCE/CAPITAL/CITIES

  1. Albay/Legazpi City/Legazpi City, Ligao City, Tabaco City
  2. Camarines Norte/Daet
  3. Camarines Sur/Pili/Iriga City, Naga City
  4. Catanduanes/Virac
  5. Masbate/MasbateCity/MasbateCity
  6. Sorsogon/Sorsogon City/Sorsogon City

The population of the Bicol Region reached 5,109,798 as of August 1, 2007. A region rich in history and natural resources, Bicol is inhabited by hospitable, smiling and fun-loving people.

The province of Albay, which is strategically located in the center of the region, is home to the world famous Mount Mayon with its perfect cone shape. Legazpi City, also in Albay and is called the Gateway City of Bicol, is the regional center.On the northernmost part of the region is the province of Camarines Norte whose capital, Daet, holds the distinction of being the town to erect the first monument of the country’s national hero, Jose Rizal. Naga City in the province of Camarines Sur is host to Colegio de Sta. Isabel, the first known normal school for girls in the Orient. The province of Catanduanes boasts of white beaches and resorts is an island paradise in the Pacific. The province of Masbate, which lies exactly at the center of the Philippine archipelago, is known for its mining and cattle industry while Sorsogon, the province known for its historic and panoramic places, shelters the world’s largest fish – the whale shark locally known as Butanding.

With its strategic location in the Philippine archipelago, the region is accessible by land, air and sea transportation facilities.

The region’s economy is basically agricultural with close to 50 percent of its workforce dependent on the industry. Owing to its location, Region V is known for its natural resorts and white beaches and has thirteen major fishing grounds supplying fish markets in places as far as Metro Manila. Mining is also one of the contributors to the region’s economy. It is also the site of two major geothermal fields which contribute substantially to the Luzon Power Grid.


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