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City ISABELA
Official Website elgu.ncc.gov.ph/ecommunity/isabelabasilan
Island Grouping Mindanao
Region Region IX
General Information

Facts & Figures

Land Area

223.73 km²

Location

The city is located on the northern shore of the Province of Basilan, in the Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX). Across the Basilan Strait to the north is Zamboanga City.

Population

Isabela City has a population of 73,032 people in 13,753 households. It has a population density of 326.4/km².

Language/Dialect

Approximately 55% of the people speak Chavacano; 20% Samal; Joloano, Yakan, and Maranao; 10% Visayan; 10% Tagalog, 5% llocano and other dialects.

Climate

Basilan, as part of Mindanao, is outside the typhoon belt. The annual average rainfall is 1,100 millimeters and mean annual temperature is 26.6° C. Source of rainfall is the southwest monsoon and intertropical convergence zone (mc). Prevailing winds are from the southwest with a speed of 4 knots.

Economy

Agriculture is the major industry of the people of Isabela. The province boasts of vast agricultural lands and quality rice and crops which are being exported as most of these lands are irrigated and farming is highly mechanized. With the presence of the Isabela State University, joint ventures and other foreign assisted projects are viable while the Magat Dam Tourism Complex contributes to the high productivity in agriculture.

Isabela is acknowledged as the hub of trade and commercial activities in the region due to its central location in the region. Furniture making using narra and other indigenous forest materials/ products like Gmelina continue to exist. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the people of lsabela, in particular. There are a few industries operating here and all are agro-based. Copra trading is the leading commercial activity while coconuts are planted almost throughout the year. Rubber-sapping and logging complement the people's major occupations.

Mineral deposits of gold, manganese, iron, ore, copper, and coal are also found in Basilan.

Potential investments are in fisheries and tourism. The reservoir of the Magat Dam is utilized for fishcage operations, particularly tilapia production. Tourism is relatively a new industry being developed in the province especially in the coastal areas. Support services and accommodation facilities are likewise being developed.

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Date  Title  Action
Article 
08 Mar 2008  Hospitals & Health Centers Directory  View
08 Mar 2008  Business Sector Profile  View
08 Mar 2008  ISABELA'S TOURIST ATTRACTIONS  View
08 Mar 2008  ACCESS BY SEA AND LAND  View
05 Mar 2008  Historical Background of the City of Isabela  View
05 Mar 2008  Product History of Isabela Rubber  View
04 Nov 2007  Major Product of Isabela City  View
02 Nov 2007  Commodity Profile of Basilan  View
02 Nov 2007  Market Profile of Region IX  View
02 Nov 2007  Major Products of Isabela  View
02 Nov 2007  Opportunities for Investments in Basilan  View
02 Nov 2007  DOT National and Regional Offices  View
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17 Sep 2010  Isabela Corn Facility  View
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