Camarines Norte

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Camarines Norte
Flag of Camarines Norte
Official seal of Camarines Norte
Motto: Sulong Camarines Norte
Map of the Philippines with Camarines Norte highlighted
Map of the Philippines with Camarines Norte highlighted
Coordinates: 14°10′N 122°45′E / 14.167°N 122.750°E / 14.167; 122.750Coordinates: 14°10′N 122°45′E / 14.167°N 122.750°E / 14.167; 122.750
Country  Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Founded 1829
Capital Daet
 • Governor Edgardo Tallado (Liberal)
 • Vice Governor Jonah Pimentel (Liberal)
 • Total 2,320.07 km2 (895.78 sq mi)
Area rank 57th out of 80
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 542,915
 • Rank 51st out of 80
 • Density 230/km2 (610/sq mi)
 • Density rank 33rd out of 80
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 0
 • Municipalities 12
 • Barangays 282
 • Districts 1st and 2nd Districts of Camarines Norte
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 4600-4612
Dialing code 54
Spoken languages Bikol, Tagalog

Camarines Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol region in Luzon. Its capital is Daet and the province borders Quezon to the west and Camarines Sur to the south.


The province of Camarines Norte is found in the northwestern coast of the Bicol Peninsula, which form the southeastern section of Luzon, the largest island in the Philippine archipelago.

One of the six provinces that make up Region V (Bicol), it is bounded on the north by the Pacific Ocean, in the east by the Pacific Ocean and San Miguel Bay, in the west of Lamon Bay, and in the south by Quezon province and the adjoining province of Camarines Sur.

Its capital town, Daet, is 342 kilometres (213 mi) southeast of Metro Manila, an 8 to 10 hour drive by bus, 6 to 7 hour by private car or a 45-minute trip by plane.


Bicol province was founded in 1573. The province of Camarines was created from Bicol in 1636. That province was divided in 1829, creating Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur. They were briefly merged from 1854 to 1857 to make Ambos Camarines (ambos is Spanish for "both"). They were merged into Ambos Camarines once again in 1893. The province was divided into Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur once again in 1917.


Camarines Norte is subdivided into 12 municipalities.

Municipality No. of
29 260.28 36,763 38,176
22 290.00 29,683 31,299
Daet (capital town)
25 46.00 94,184 95,572
Jose Panganiban
27 214.44 49,028 55,557
52 589.36 88,087 92,041
26 173.69 44,375 47,674
27 197.90 46,856 53,243
San Lorenzo Ruiz
12 119.37 12,299 12,592
San Vicente
9 57.49 9,615 10,114
Santa Elena
19 199.35 40,300 40,828
15 30.76 22,942 23,904
19 141.43 39,653 41,915


Population census of Camarines Norte
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 390,982 —    
1995 439,151 +2.20%
2000 470,654 +1.50%
2007 513,785 +1.22%
2010 542,915 +2.03%
Source: National Statistics Office[1]

Camarines Norte had a population of 513,785 in the 2007 census, which grew to 542,915 in the 2010 census, constituting roughly 10% of the region's population of 5,420,411 people. Bikol is the major language spoken, together with Tagalog and English as second or third languages.


The province’s economy largely depends on agriculture, with grain crops, vegetables, coconuts, rootcrops and fruits as its main products.

The four major manufacturing and processing industries in the province are mining (particularly gold and iron ore), jewelry craft, pineapple and coconut industry.


The province has an international seaport located at Barangay Osmeña, Jose Panganiban town servicing one of its major industries, Pan Century Surfactants. The seaport is approximately five kilometers from the town proper and an hour ride to the capital town of Daet.

The province also has 13 fishing ports in the coastal municipalities and one feeder airport in Bagasbas, Daet.


  1. ^ a b "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 2012-12-24. 
  2. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 

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