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Butuan
Highly Urbanized city
Dakbayan hong Butuan
City of Butuan
Aerial view of Butuan City, 2013
Aerial view of Butuan City, 2013
Flag of Butuan
Flag
Official seal of Butuan
Seal
Nickname(s): Home of the Balangay Boat
Timber City of the South
Premier Forest City of 2020
Motto: "Historic Butuan: Ato ini, Kadyawon ta!"
Map of Agusan del Norte showing the location of Butuan City
Map of Agusan del Norte showing the location of Butuan City
Butuan is located in Philippines
Butuan
Butuan
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°57′N 125°32′E / 8.950°N 125.533°E / 8.950; 125.533Coordinates: 08°57′N 125°32′E / 8.950°N 125.533°E / 8.950; 125.533
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Agusan del Norte (geographically only)
District 1st District of Agusan del Norte
Municipality January 31, 1901
City August 2, 1950
Barangays 86[1]
Government[2]
 • Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. (LP)
 • Vice Mayor Angelo Victor S. Calo (LP)
 • Congressman Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun (LP)
Area[3]
 • Total 816.62 km2 (315.30 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Total 309,709
 • Density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8600
Dialing code 85
Income class 1st Class Highly Urbanized City
Languages Cebuano, Butuanon, Filipino, English
Website www.butuan.gov.ph

Butuan, officially the City of Butuan (Butuanon: Dakbayan hong Butuan) and often referred to as Butuan City, is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines. The city is the regional center of the Caraga Region. It is located at the northeastern part of the Agusan Valley, Mindanao, sprawling across the Agusan River. It is bounded to the north, west and south by Agusan del Norte, to the east by Agusan del Sur and to the northwest by Butuan Bay. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 309,709 people.[4]

Butuan City was the capital of the province of Agusan del Norte until 2000, when Republic Act 8811 transferred the capital to Cabadbaran City.

Etymology[edit]

The name “Butuan” is believed to have originated from the sour fruit locally called batuan. Other etymological sources say that it comes from a certain Datu Buntuan, a chieftain who once ruled over areas of the present-day city.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Old Butuan[edit]

A golden vestment worn by the Hindu Brahmin Caste, found in Butuan Archeological Digs.

Butuan, before its colonization, was known as the Kingdom of Butuan, an Indianized kingdom known for its metallurgic industry and sophisticated naval technology. The kingdom flourished at the 10th and 11th centuries CE, and had an extensive trade network with the Kingdom of Champa and the Srivijayan Empire.[5][6]

On 1001 CE, the kingdom had established contact with the Song Dynasty of China. The annual Song Shih recorded the appearance of a Butuan mission at the Chinese imperial court, and the kingdom was described as a small Hindu country with a Buddhist monarchy, which had a regular trade connection with Champa. The mission, under a rajah named Kiling, asked for equal status in court protocol with the Champa envoy, but ultimately was denied by the imperial court.[7][8] However, under the reign of Sri Bata Shaja, the diplomatic equality was eventually granted to the Kingdom, and as a result the diplomatic relations of the two nations reached its peak in the Yuan Dynasty.[9]

Evidence of these trading links are in the discovery of 11 balangay boats around Ambangan in barangay Libertad, which was described as the only concentration of archaeological, ancient, ocean-going boats in Southeast Asia. Other evidences of the post are the discovery of a village in Libertad that specializes in gold, deformed skulls similar to reports in Sulawesi, and the discovery of many artifacts by locals and treasure hunters.

Colonial period[edit]

In March 31, 1521, an Easter Sunday, Ferdinand Magellan ordered a mass to be celebrated. This was officiated by Friar Pedro Valderrama, the Andalusian chaplain of the fleet, the only priest then. Another priest, the French Bernard Calmette (Bernardo Calmeta) had been marooned at Patagonia with Juan de Cartagena for being implicated in the mutiny at Puerto San Julián. Conducted near the shores of the island, the Holy First Mass marked the birth of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines. Rajah Colambu and Siaiu were said to be among the first natives of the soon-to-be Spanish colony to attend the mass among other Mazaua inhabitants, together with visitors from Butuan who came with the entourage of Colambu, king of Butuan.[citation needed]

Controversy has been generated regarding the holding of the first mass—whether it was held in Limasawa, Leyte in Masao, Butuan City, in the hidden isle made up of barangays Pinamanculan and Bancasi inside Butuan, in the latest discovered site in between Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur, the small barangay of Barobo, or elsewhere. It is sure, however, that Ferdinand Magellan did not drop anchor by the mouth of Agusan River in 1521 and hold mass to commemorate the event which was held at Mazaua, an island separate from 1521 Butuan which, in the geographical conception of Europeans who wrote about it, was a larger entity than what it is now. Antonio Pigafetta who wrote an eyewitness account of Magellan's voyage described in text and in map a Butuan that stretched from today's Surigao up to the top edge of Zamboanga del Norte.[citation needed]

The first municipal election in Butuan took place in March 1902 in accordance with Public Law No. 82[10] which coincided with the American occupation of the place.[citation needed]

During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II, Butuan was razed to the ground when local guerrilla forces attacked the enemy garrison during the middle of 1943. In 1945, the Philippine Commonwealth troops in Butuan together with the recognized guerrillas attacked the Japanese forces during the Battle of Agusan. On October 20, 1948, still recovering from the war, the entire municipality was ruined by a fire.[citation needed]

Modern era[edit]

By the late 1940s to the 1970s, Butuan's industry specialized in timber, earning it the nickname, "Timber City of the South". The plentiful trees of the area invited many investors to the city, and inspired then-congressman Marcos M. Calo to file a bill elevating Butuan for cityhood. On August 2, 1950, this was passed converting Butuan into a city.[11]

However, by the early 1980s, the logging industry of the city began to decline, although the city was still an economic haven to many investors. The city's main income by that time frame and until this day depended on small and medium business, and large-scale projects by investors. In February 7, 1995, the city was reclassified from a chartered city to a Highly Urbanized city. 16 days later, on February 23, the region of Caraga was created by virtue of Republic Act 7901, with Butuan as its regional center, and the provincial capital of Agusan del Norte. In 2000, Republic Act 8811 formally transferred the capital of Agusan del Norte from Butuan to Cabadbaran, however most provincial offices are still located in the city.

Geography[edit]

Butuan City has a land area of 81,662 hectares (201,790 acres),[3] which is roughly 4.1% of the total area of the Caraga region.

The existing land use of the city consists of the following uses: agriculture areas (397.23 km2), forestland (268 km2), grass/shrub/pasture land (61.14 km2) and other uses (90.242 km2). Of the total forestland, 105 km2 is production forest areas while 167.5 km2 is protection forest areas.

The forestland, as mentioned earlier, comprised both the production and protection forest. The classified forest is further specified as production forest and protection forest. In the production forest industrial tree species are mostly grown in the area. The protection forest on the other hand, is preserved to support and sustain necessary ecological performance. Included in this are the watershed areas in Taguibo, which is the main source of water in the area,

The city is endowed with swamplands near its coastal area. These swamp areas are interconnected with the waterways joined by the Agusan River. Most of the swamplands are actually mangroves that served as habitat to different marine species.

Filling material needs of the city are extracted usually from the riverbank of Taguibo River. Others are sourced out from promontories with special features and for special purpose.

The fishing ground of Butuan is the Butuan Bay of which two coastal barangays are located. It extends some two kilometers to the sea and joins the Bohol Sea. These are the barangays of Lumbocan and Masao.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Butuan City
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(88)
33
(91)
33
(91)
33
(91)
32
(90)
33
(91)
33
(91)
32
(90)
32
(90)
31
(88)
32
(90)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
Precipitation mm (inches) 259
(10.2)
237
(9.33)
132
(5.2)
103
(4.06)
105
(4.13)
156
(6.14)
146
(5.75)
104
(4.09)
123
(4.84)
167
(6.57)
166
(6.54)
243
(9.57)
1,941
(76.42)
Source: worldweatheronline.com

Barangays[edit]

Butuan is subdivided into 86 barangays, of which 15 are urban[3] and 71 are rural.

  • Agao Pob. (Bgy. 3)
  • Agusan Pequeño
  • Ambago
  • Amparo
  • Ampayon
  • Anticala
  • Antongalon
  • Aupagan
  • Baan KM 3
  • Baan Riverside Pob. (Bgy. 20)
  • Babag
  • Bading Pob. (Bgy. 22)
  • Bancasi
  • Banza
  • Baobaoan
  • Basag
  • Bayanihan Pob. (Bgy. 27)
  • Bilay
  • Bit-os
  • Bitan-agan
  • Bobon
  • Bonbon
  • Bugabus
  • Bugsukan
  • Buhangin Pob. (Bgy. 19)
  • Cabcabon
  • Camayahan
  • Dagohoy Pob. (Bgy. 7)
  • Dankias
  • De Oro
  • Diego Silang Pob. (Bgy. 6)
  • Don Francisco
  • Doongan
  • Dulag
  • Dumalagan
  • Florida
  • Fort Poyohan (Bgy. 17)
  • Golden Ribbon Pob (Bgy. 2)
  • Imadejas Pob. (Bgy. 24)
  • Jose Rizal Pob. (Bgy. 25)
  • Holy Redeemer Pob. (Bgy. 23)
  • Humabon Pob. (Bgy. 11)
  • Kinamlutan
  • Lapu-lapu Pob. (Bgy. 8)
  • Lemon
  • Leon Kilat Pob. (Bgy. 13)
  • Libertad
  • Limaha Pob. (Bgy. 14)
  • Los Angeles
  • Lumbocan
  • Maguinda
  • Mahay
  • Mahogany Pob. (Bgy. 21)
  • Maibu
  • Mandamo
  • Manila de Bugabus
  • Maon Pob. (Bgy. 1)
  • Masao
  • Maug
  • New Society Village Pob. (Bgy. 26)
  • Nong-nong
  • Obrero Pob. (Bgy. 18)
  • Ong Yiu Pob. (Bgy. 16)
  • Pagatpatan
  • Pangabugan
  • Pianing
  • Pigdaulan
  • Pinamanculan
  • Rajah Soliman Pob. (Bgy. 4)
  • Salvación
  • San Ignacio Pob. (Bgy. 15)
  • San Mateo
  • San Vicente
  • Santo Niño
  • Sikatuna Pob. (Bgy. 10)
  • Silongan Pob. (Bgy. 5)
  • Sumile
  • Sumilihon
  • Tagabaca
  • Taguibo
  • Taligaman
  • Tandang Sora Pob. (Bgy. 12)
  • Tiniwisan
  • Tungao
  • Urduja Pob. (Bgy. 9)
  • Villa Kananga

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Butuan City
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 227,829 —    
1995 247,074 +1.64%
2000 267,279 +1.58%
2007 298,378 +1.58%
2010 309,709 +1.25%
Source: National Statistics Office[4]

With a total population of 309,709 in the census of May 1, 2010, it has an average density of 380 persons per km2, higher than the regional average density of 101 persons per km2.

Economy[edit]

Shopping[edit]

Major commercial centers:

  • Robinsons Place Butuan (J.C. Aquino Ave., Brgy. Bayanihan)
  • Puregold Price Club (M. Calo cor. San Jose Sts., Brgy. Urduja)
  • Gaisano Mall (J. Rosales Ave. cor. J.C. Aquino Ave., Brgy. Imadejas)


Precolonial economy[edit]

Butuan City is becoming one of the highlights of the tourism programs in the Philippines, as more and more people, both local and foreign, are discovering the wonders and secrets of this ancient and beautiful city. It is customary for any traveler to learn a little bit of history concerning the place that will be visited, and the history of Butuan City is one of the most fascinating. Unlike other lands whose development only began during the Spanish colonization, Butuan was already a progressive and full fledge city centuries before the arrival of the Spaniards. Historical records show that as early as the 10th century, the local people were already engaged in trade and commerce with other nations and cultures, like the Champa (now Vietnam) and the Srivajaya peoples of Java, Indonesia. This is confirmed by the unearthing of several artifacts such as boats used for plying their trade. During the Spanish and American occupation, Butuan conintued to make progress and the number of people who were settling increased steadily. A large number of its inhabitants were converted to Christianity, and in fact one of the issues is whether the first mass was actually held in the city.

Wood industry[edit]

World War II caused an almost complete destruction of the city. Devastated by bombings, the place was totally scorched in 1943 following the uprising by Filipino rebels against the occupying forces. By 1945, the city was liberated. The economic growth of Butuan City began during the early 1960s, mainly due to the production and shipping of wood to neighboring cities. This spurned on economic activity that today the city is recognized as one of the most urbanized places in Mindanao. As with other emerging cities in Mindanao, tourism plays an important role in the evolution and progress of Butuan City. One of the sights not to be missed is the Balangay Shrine Museum. The top attraction here are the nine wooden boats that have been recovered by archaeologists. These boats are said to be over a thousand years old. They are more than 30 ft in length and some 7 feet wide.

Tourism[edit]

Festivities and annual celebrations[edit]

Kahimunan Festival
The Kahimunan Festival is celebrated every third Sunday of January in celebration of the city patron Sr. Sto. Niño. This celebration is a Butuanon version of the Sinulog festival of Cebu City. Kahimunan is a Lumad term which means "gathering".
Balangay Festival
Butuan celebrates its annual fiesta, the Balangay Festival, for the celebration of the city patron St. Joseph every whole month of May, with the exact feast day of St. Joseph on May 19. The city holds many events such as summer league basketball championship games, thanksgiving mass, and more.
Cultural Festival
The Cultural festival/tourism consciousness week is a week long celebration that lasts from the last week of July up to August 2 in celebration of the Charter Day of Butuan.
Abayan Festival
The Abayan Festival, a part of the Cultural Festival, is held in celebration of St. Anne, patroness of Agusan River, which is celebrated every last Sunday of July.
Adlaw Hong Butuan
Adlaw Hong Butuan is the charter day celebration of Butuan, which includes a thanksgiving mass, motorcade, palagsing festival, street party recognitions of outstanding Butuanons and City Government Employees' Night.
Palagsing Festival
“Palagsing” is a local delicacy popularly made in Banza, one of the old poblacion of Butuan City. The popularity of making Palagsing in Banza is attributed to the abundance of Lumbiya (Metroxylon sagu Rottb.) where Unaw or lumbiya starch is harvested from the Palm Tree. Another popular ingredient is young coconut meat taken from coconut trees. The mixture of unaw, young coconut and brown sugar make palagsing moist and chewy. They are delicately wrapped by banana leaves and are boiled for 30 minutes to create the soft consistency of palagsing. The Palagsing Festival usually held on Adlaw Hong Butuan Celebration every 2nd day of August.
Unaw Festival
The number one ingredient of the local delicacy of Butuan called "Palagsing". Found in the "Baang/Lumbiya or Palm Trees (Metroxylon sagu Rottb.) .Baang or Lumbiya usually found at near on small river places like Barangay Baan,Barangay Banza,etc. The Unaw Festival usually held on Adlaw Hong Baan Tres Celebration every 3rd or 4th Week of June

Attractions[edit]

Natural wonders[edit]

Agusan River
The Agusan River is the widest and most navigable river in Mindanao. Natives who live on the banks of this river pay tribute to their Patroness, Senora Sta. Ana (Saint Anne) every last Sunday of July in the Abayan festival.
Mount Mayapay
Looming southwest of the Agusan Valley is this majestic mountain plateau. It rises to 2,214 feet (675 m) above sea level. Mount Mayapay got its name from the ancient Madjapahit Empire. The history behind the Sri-Vishaya period bears much meaning and influence of Butuan's pre-historic and archaeological discoveries.

Man-made[edit]

Ramon Magsaysay Bridge
The old Magsaysay Bridge in Butuan, an arched-type steel bridge built during the early sixties spans the mighty Agusan River. For years this bridge serve as a lone vital conduit of the city to the rest of Mindanao island until its new more modern pair came at the city’s southern side. The bridge links the main urban center to eastern suburbs of Baan and Ampayon.[12]
Balangay Boats
The Balangays (or Balanghai) are ancient boats that were found in Butuan. They were excavated in the Balangay Shrine, across the Masao River from Bood Promontory. They played a major role in Butuan because Butuan was, and still is, a port city. Since its discovery, the Balangays have become an icon of Butuan. The Kaya ng Pinoy, Inc. recreated the Balangay boats and have sailed it as part of their project, the Balangay Voyage. So far they have only sailed around Southeast Asia. They are planning to sail around the world.
Balangay Shrine Museum
The Balangay Shrine Museum, located in Brgy. Libertad, lays the graveyard of the Balangay 1 dated 320 A.D. or 1688 years old. The Balangay shrine museum is located at Balanghai, Libertad, Butuan City. This wooden plank-build and edge-pegged boats measured an average of 15 meters in length and 3 meters wide across the beam. To date, 9 Balangays have already been discovered in Ambangan, Libertad. Three have been excavated and others are still in Site.
National Museum (Butuan City Branch)
This museum is the repository of historical and cultural materials and artifacts that proves Butuan's prehistoric existence and rich cultural heritage. There are two exhibit galleries. The Archaeological Hall and Ethnological Hall specimens of stone crafts, metal crafts, woodcrafts, potteries, goldsmith, burial coffins, and other archaeological diggings are exhibited. At the Ethnological Hall are exhibits of contemporary cultural materials the Butuanon or every Filipino for matter used for a living.
Guingona Park
Guingona Park
Guingona Park is the native name used for that park. Due to changes of government, however, that resulted in change of name to Rizal Park. This came about because it was contended that Rizal went there and that they named the park after him. Recently, the government of Butuan City headed by Mayor Amante reconstructed the Park and put the name back to Guingona, as it was he who donated the said park some decades past.
Delta Discovery Park
Delta Discovery Park is a newly opened zip-line in Butuan. Delta Discovery Park is located at Brgy. Bonbon, Butuan City. A Hidden Paradise in the heart of the city. This is also known as the longest zip-line in Mindanao and in Asia as well with a length of 1.3 kilometers.
Bood Promontory Eco Park
This historic hill is believed to have been the site where Magellan and his men celebrated the first Catholic Mass on Philippine soil and erected a cross when he landed in Mazaua on March 31, 1521. The highest elevation nearest the seaside village of present day Masao, Bood is a wooded area located at a bend in the Masao River (El Rio de Butuan), overlooking Butuan Bay and ancient Butuan as well as the serpentine Masao River. Today, the indigenous Hadlayati tree still abound lording over a clonal nursery and tree park, amidst fishponds and archaeological treasures. According to the chronicles of Spanish historian Pigafetta, the event took place in the afternoon of March 31, 1521 after the Easter Mass was celebrated in the morning of the same date. Two Butuanon brother kings attended these Easter ceremonies. Pigafetta also noted the surrounding fields and balanghai boats on the bay that could be seen from the hill. The eco-park was established to provide the people of Butuan and its visitors a place to rekindle the past amidst a relaxing natural setting.

Local Government[edit]

City hall

The local government of Butuan City is headed by an elected City Mayor and is considered to be the local chief executive of the city. He exercises the general supervision and control over all programs, projects, services, and activities of the city government. [13] He is then accompanied by the law making body of the city which is called, The Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by the elected City Vice-Mayor as the presiding officer, together with ten (10) elected Sangguniang Panlungsod Members and the President of the Liga ng mga Barangay as an ex-officio member. [14]

City officials[edit]

Executive[edit]

Elected officials 2013–2016:[2]

  • Mayor: Dr. Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr.

Legislative[edit]

  • 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod:
    • Vice Mayor: Angelo Victor S. Calo - Presiding Officer
  • Sangguniang Panlungsod Members:
    • Sammuel Allan M. Amante
    • Rema E. Burdeos
    • Ramon P. Carampatana
    • Jaime M. Cembrano, Jr.
    • Ryan Anthony B. Culima
    • Erwin L. Dano
    • Ferdinand E. Nalcot
    • Virgilio G. Nery, Jr.
    • Sergio C. Pascual
    • Derrick A. Plaza
    • Nestor D. Amora (ABC Liga ng mga Barangay President)[1]

Barangay Council[edit]

Association of Barangay Captains (Liga ng mga Barangay):

  • President - Nestor D. Amora (Brgy. Banza)[1][2]
  • Vice President - Vacant position

Sangguniang Kabataan Federation

  • President - Empty Position
  • Vice President - Empty Position

Note: Due to the postponement of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections in 2013, there was no set of SK Chairperson for each barangay. Hence, there was no election of officers for the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation Butuan City Chapter. The positions, thus, will remain vacant until SK Elections will be held again.[15]

Education[edit]

Being the regional center of Caraga, Butuan is also the region's center of education. There are two universities in the city. The first, Father Saturnino Urios University, a privately run school founded by Fr. Urios on 1901, and the second, the Caraga State University Main Campus, formerly known as the Northern Mindanao Institute of Science and Technology, a state-run school founded in 1918. Both are among the top 2 performing universities in the region.

Butuan City is also famous for its educational competence. Proof of these are in awards earned. Teachers and school staff of the Butuan Central Elementary School, Butuan City SPED Center and Agusan National High School have large-scale exposure to specialization techniques, as well as seminars and workshops to complement, with partnerships like Philippine-Australia Project on Basic Education (PROBE), their abilities in teaching.

There are various Chinese schools in the city, like the Timber City Academy and Butuan Faith Christian School, various National High Schools like the Agusan NHS, Tungao NHS, San Vicente NHS, Libertad NHS, Ampayon ISS (Integrated Secondary School). The city is also home of the Butuan City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT), a specialization school in the fields of arts and in vocational courses.

As an educational hub, Butuan has various Colleges with a variety of courses. Examples are the Agusan College, Inc., AMA Computer Learning Center, Butuan Doctors College, St. Joseph Institute of Technology, Agusan Business and Arts Foundation Agusan Institute of Technology, Asian College Foundation, Balite Institute of Technology-Butuan, Butuan City Colleges, Butuan City Liga College, Corjesu Computer College, Elisa R. Ochoa Memorial Northern Mindanao School of Midwifery, Grand View College, Holy Child Colleges of Butuan City, Philippine Electronics and Communication Institute of Technology, Saint Peter College Seminary, and the Sunrise Christian College Foundation of The Philippines.

Big private universities like the Ateneo University and De La Salle University have expressed to put up local branches but only Iglesia Ni Cristo-owned New Era University (NEU) have confirmed that right after their Centennial Celebration in Bulacan, they will push through with their NEU branches nationwide including one in to be located in Purok 8, Brgy. Ampayon.

Other schools include the Ampayon Central Elementary School, Angelicum Montessori School, Butuan Christian Community School, Florencio R. Sibayan Central Elementary School, Libertad Central Elementary School, Obrero Elementary School, and the Ong Yiu Central Elementary School.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Air[edit]

The Butuan National Airport, called Bancasi Airport, serves the general area of Butuan City, located in the province of Agusan del Norte in the Philippines. It is the only airport in the province and largest in the Caraga region. The airport is classified as a trunkline airport, or a major commercial airport, by the Air Transportation Office, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports. It also serves more than 400,000 travelers yearly that includes 250,000 local and foreign tourists. Butuan National Airport can also accommodate 5 to 10 flights a day including large number of aircraft via Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines operated by PAL Express.

Sea[edit]

As a regional commercial and economic hub, the Port of Masao is Butuan's seaport. It was built to avoid having the city depend on the port of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.[citation needed] The said port will be having more expansion and development to become a seaport with international standards in the region and in Mindanao.

Land transportation[edit]

Butuan bus terminal

The main modes of transportation within the city proper is the "orange" tricycle which can accommodate up to 6 or 7 passengers. Another mode of transportation is the small-type jeepneys or multicab vehicles with a seating capacity of at least 15 passengers via fixed routes going to big barangays such as Bancasi, Libertad, Ampayon, Los Angeles and De Oro. Jeepneys, Vans and Buses is also available in Jeepney Terminal, New Integrated Van Terminal and City Integrated Bus Terminal respectively located Langihan Public Area. They also follow fixed routes to outlying barangays, neighboring towns, municipals, cities and provinces.

The Macapagal Bridge
Mayor Democrito O. Plaza II Avenue Circumferential Road and Diosdado Macapagal Bridge

The said circumferential is a 14 kilometer diversion road from Brgy. Bancasi to the southern part of the city proper crossing to a PP2.1 Billion Diosdado Macapagal Bridge to the main highway in Baan Km.3 and in Brgy. Antongalon. The Diosdado Macapagal Bridge is the longest bridge in Mindanao, which is 3 kilometers upstream of the old Magsaysay Bridge and provides an alternate route across the Agusan River to connect the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway (Surigao-Agusan-Davao road) and the Butuan City-Cagayan-Iligan road. The bridge is gaining popularity as the only cable stayed bridge with steel deck and single tower in Mindanao, and it has a total length of about 10.30 kilometers.

It was during the Presidency of Joseph Estrada that the project was approved which was lobbied by the city government way back President Fidel Ramos' time to decongest the traffic of the more than 50-year-old Magsaysay Bridge and create an alternate route. However, it was President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who approved and implemented the project. The bridge was funded through a Special Yen Loan Package from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). The project was started on May 6, 2004 and completed in May 2007.

New Circumferential Road and Four (4) New Bridges (Proposed)

The new circumferential road consists of 20 kilometer 2-lane road and four (4) new bridges that connects Brgy. Sumilihon to Brgy Banza which crosses 2 small rivers (Taguibo and Banza) before crossing to the Third Bridge in Agusan River and connects to Brgy. Pagatpatan to Brgy. Lumbocan then crosses again in Masao River to reach Brgy. Masao and Brgy. Pinamanculan before connecting to the National Highway in Brgy. Bancasi. The proposed circumferential road will be worth closed to PP2.9 Billion.

Butuan City Polysports Complex and Recreational Center[edit]

With new developments surrounding the old unfinished sports complex facility, the City Government has transferred the sports complex from the 8 hectare complex in Brgy. Libertad to the 38 hectare complex in Brgy. Tiniwisan/Ampayon. The said complex is worth P250 Million for Phase I will be one of the biggest international standard complex in the Philippines. Phase I consists of a 4,000 seater football main bleacher, a 4,000 seater basketball gymnasium, grass football field, and a rubberized track oval. Phase II will consist of a 2nd main bleacher, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and a baseball/softball field with bleachers.

Media[edit]

Communication system[edit]

Telephone:

Mobile communications:

Cable companies:

Radio and television[edit]

AM Stations:

Frequency Name Call Sign Owned Live Stream Website Address Covered Location
693 RMN Butuan DXBC Radio Mindanao Network [1] [2] South Exequiel V. Montilla Blvd. Butuan City
756 Radyo Asenso DXJM ThunderSouth Media None None J and M Building, Brgy. Villa Kananga Butuan City
792 Radyo ng Bayan DXBN Philippine Broadcasting Service [3] [4] City Hall Compound, Brgy. Doongan Butuan City
981 Bombo Radyo Butuan DXBR Consolidated Broadcasting System - Bombo Radyo Philippines [5] [6] Bombo Broadcast Center, Km.3 National Highway (West), Brgy. Libertad Butuan City
1323 Hope Radio DXHR Gateway UHF Broadcasting [7] [8] Km.3 National Highway (East), Brgy. Baan Km.3 Butuan City

FM Stations:

Frequency Name Call Sign Owned Live Stream Website Address Covered Location
88.7 Real Radio DXGL PEC Broadcasting Corporation None None Capitol-Bonbon Road, Imadejas Subd., Brgy. Imadejas Butuan City
90.1 KA 90 Lite & Easy DXKA Kaissar Broadcasting Network [9] [10] Hangos building, Jose C. Aquino Avenue, Libertad, Butuan City Butuan City
93.5 Hope FM DXIM Gateway UHF Broadcasting None None Butuan City
95.1 Love Radio Butuan DXMB Manila Broadcasting Company [11] [12] 2F Cesia Building, Exequiel V. Montilla Blvd. Butuan City
97.5 Magik FM DXMK Century Communications Company [13] [14] 5th Floor D&V Building, Jose C. Aquino Ave. Butuan City
98.5 Wild FM DXBB UM Broadcasting Network None None 5th Floor D&V Building, Jose C. Aquino Ave. Butuan City
100.7 I FM DXXX Radio Mindanao Network None [15] South Exequiel V. Montilla Blvd. Butuan City
102.3 Killerbee DXNS Northern Mindanao Broadcasting System None [16] North Exequiel V. Montilla Blvd. Butuan City
103.1 Sunny 103.1 DXAM Almont and Blue Waters Group of Companies [17] None Montalban Bldg., San Jose Street, Brgy. Urduja Butuan City
103.9 Radyo Trumpeta DXAP Norbert Pagaspas/Image Broadcasting Corporation [18] None Jose C. Aquino Ave. Butuan City
107.8 Power FM DXPF Philippine Information Agency [19] [20] Jose P. Rosales Ave. Butuan City

Television Channels & Stations:

Callsign Ch. # Location Owner
DXNS-TV TV-7 Butuan City Northern Mindanao Broadcasting System
Currently broadcasting: GMA Network
DXBN-TV TV-9 Butuan City People's Television Network
DXAJ-TV TV-11 Butuan City ABS-CBN Corporation
DXGL-TV TV-13 Butuan City PEC Broadcasting Corporation
Currently broadcasting: TV5
DXBU-TV TV-22 Butuan City ABS-CBN Corporation
Currently broadcasting: ABS-CBN Sports+Action
DXYK-TV TV-27 Butuan City GMA Network, Inc.
Currently broadcasting: GMA News TV
DXUQ-TV TV-39 Butuan City ACQ-Kingdom Broadcasting Network
Local Television Shows & Programs
Callsign Ch. # Location Local TV Program Owner
DXAJ-TV TV-11 Butuan City TV Patrol Caraga ABS-CBN Corporation

Notable People[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Local Sisterhood Pact[edit]

International Sisterhood Pact[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Brgy". Butuan.gov.ph. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.butuan.gov.ph/home/city-government/city-officials.html
  3. ^ a b c "Province: AGUSAN DEL NORTE". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities". 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.philippinealmanac.com/2010/07/528/the-cultural-influences-of-india-china-arabia-and-japan.html
  6. ^ UNESCO World Heritage Centre. "Butuan Archeological Sites - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Timeline of history". Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  8. ^ Scott, William Prehispanic Source Materials: For the Study of Philippine History, p. 66
  9. ^ Song Shih Chapter 7 to 8
  10. ^ "A general act for the organization of municipal governments in the Philippine Islands". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  11. ^ "R.A. No. 522, Butuan City Charter". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  12. ^ "Magsaysay Bridge". 
  13. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.dilg.gov.ph/PDF_File/resources/DILG-Resources-201162-99c00c33f8.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.lawphil.net/judjuris/juri1993/nov1993/gr_109455_1993.html
  15. ^ http://www.comelec.gov.ph/?r=Elections/2013BarangaySK/res/res9791

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