A tropical haven of natural beauty, scenic Agusan del Norte cast an enigmatic charm drawn from the many archaic mementos spread throughout the province. Yes, the place is rich in history and culture, but nature’s drama prevails most completely over the imagination.
Agusan del Norte is a third class province and the second smallest in the Caraga Region. It is mountainous along its northeastern and western parts. In between are flat, rolling lands particularly where the Agusan River cuts through as it empties into Butuan Bay. Its crystal –clear waters that sparkle with the bright reflection of the sun and verdant landscapes, enchanting caves, pear-shaped lake, multi-tiered waterfalls are great gateaways that await you.
Agusan del Norte is one of the five provinces comprising the CARAGA Region located in the northeastern part of Mindanao Island. It is divided into 11 municipalities and 2 cities: the highly-urbanized and independent city of Butuan located at the heart of the province and Cabadbaran City which is the officially designated capital of the province per Republic Act 8811.
The province is bounded on the north by Bohol Sea and Surigao del Norte, on the east by Surigao del Sur, on the south by Agusan del Sur, and on the west by Misamis Oriental. The province is surrounded by mountains and the highest point is Mt. Hilong-Hilong which is 2,012 meters above sea level. Nine rivers crisscross the entire province with the 350-kilometer-long Agusan River as the longest. It starts from Davao, cuts through Agusan del Sur and empties into Butuan Bay.
Agusan del Norte has no definite dry season with very pronounced maximum rainfall from November to January. The temperature in the province ranges from 66oF as the minimum temperature and 85oF as the maximum temperature. It is outside the typhoon belt of the country.
Most of the Agusanons use Cebuano and Butuanon as their primary language. However a good portion of the population can understand and communicate in Tagalog and English. An overwhelming 89.9% of the populations are Roman Catholics. Other religions in the province include Protestant, Philippine Independent Church, Iglesia ni Cristo and Mormons.
The major industries in Agusan del Norte are logging, fishing and farming. It is one of the country’s leading producers of rice. Other agricultural products of the province are corn, banana, mango, coconut, palm oil, tubers and vegetables. Its forests can be source of raw materials for industries such as furniture and other wood-based industries. It has rivers that can be tapped for power generation and irrigation.
Aside from its colorful history, Agusan del Norte has excellent tourist spot destinations. Its wonderful geographical setting and physical features make it best for adventurers like mountain climbers, bikers and trekkers. It has ten mountains with lushful green forest, seven beautiful springs and 18 waterfalls to venture.
The province also has three lakes and one of which is Lake Mainit, the 4th largest lake in the Philippines. The place is best for fishing enthusiasts, windsurfing, leisure boating, and all water sports activities. Another must see in the province is the beautiful sunset along its fine sandy beaches. It’s one way to calm the nerves and feel refresh after a tiresome and straining day.