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Surigao del Norte, The Philippines
This page will give you more information about the
environment, history, religion and culture of the people of Surigao.
Twenty seven municipalities and a city make up the
province of Surigao del Norte. These are scattered in the many islands
and islets of the province which is on the northeastern tip of Mindanao.
Surigao City, the provincial capital, has an airport
and a wharf, both servicing commercial passengers. Thus, the city is
as "Gateway to Mindanao". Aside from mainland Surigao, there are three
major islands to discover - Dinagat Island, Bucas Grande, and Siargao
Airport of Surigao City
The province of Surigao has a land area of 2,740.14
square km. It has vast reserves of nickel, gold, chromium, iron, gravel
and sand, limestone and silica. Its agricultural products include rice,
and root crops. The waters surrounding the province provide an enormous
supply of exotic fish, shellfish, and other marine products.
Surigao City is the place to enjoy the beauty that
abounds in Nature. Its natural scene, cool and peaceful atmosphere
truly provide a comfortable retreat from the hustle & bustle of big
Surigao City is located in the Northeastern position of
Mindanao, 9? to 10? North latitude and 125? to 126? East longitude. It
is bounded by Dinagat Island on the North; mainland of Surigao del
the South; Hinatuan passage on the East; Surigao strait and Southern
on the West.
Map of Surigao del Norte
The prevailing climate in the city falls under type II,
with no definite dry season but with a very pronounced maximum rainfall
from November to January. Its average annual rainfall is 3,673.8
based on 50 year period. The city is considered one of the "wettest" in
the country with an average of 216 rainy days per year. Humidity level
85% with an average temperature of 26.9? C.
Land area and Topography
The city has a total land area of 245.34 km? and a
jurisdictional area of 690.37 km?. It has 32 mainland and 21 island
barangays. The city proper is divided into three major barangays
namely; Brgys. Washington,
Taft, and San Juan. Its 21 island barangays are distributed among the
islands and islets within the city's jurisdictional area.
The city's physical make up is generally
characterized by an irregular or hilly topography and has an elevation
level of 65.5
feet above sea level.
Based on the National Statistics Office survey, the
population of Surigao City is 79,745 in 1980, 94,453 in 1985, and in
1990, 100,379. That means it has a growth rate of 1,22% from the year
1985 to 1990.
It is a predominantly young population, with a
age of 17. Its distribution is 50.45% urban and 49.53% rural.
density in 1990 is 409 persons per square km.
Picture taken near the harbor
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