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Ilagan
Component City
City of Ilagan
Ilagan City 2.JPG
Official seal of Ilagan
Seal
Nickname(s): The Center of Eco-Tourism Adventure in Region 2; Home of the World's Largest Armchair; Corn Capital of the Philippines; Primary Growth Center of Region 2; Isabela Provincial Capital
Motto: Sulong Pa! City of Ilagan
(More Progress! City of Ilagan)
Map of Isabela showing the location of Ilagan
Map of Isabela showing the location of Ilagan
Ilagan is located in Philippines
Ilagan
Ilagan
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°08′N 121°53′E / 17.133°N 121.883°E / 17.133; 121.883Coordinates: 17°08′N 121°53′E / 17.133°N 121.883°E / 17.133; 121.883
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Isabela
District 1st District of Isabela
Incorporated May 4, 1686
Cityhood August 11, 2012
Barangays 91
Government[1]
 • Mayor Josemarie "Jay" L. Diaz, DMD
 • Vice Mayor Vedasto D. Villanueva
Area[2]
 • Total 1,166.26 km2 (450.30 sq mi)
Elevation 110 m (360 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 135,174
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Demonym Ilagueño (m) / Ilagueña (f)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3300
Dialing code 78
Income class 3rd class, partially urban

Ilagan, officially the City of Ilagan (Filipino: Lungsod ng Ilagan) (PSGC: 023114000), is a component city in the province of Isabela, Philippines.[4] It is the provincial capital, the most populous city in the province, and with a total land area of 116,626 hectares (288,190 acres), the largest city in the island of Luzon and the fourth largest city (in terms of land area) in the Philippines, after Davao City, Puerto Princesa and Zamboanga City.[5] Ilagan City has a population of 135,174 according to 2010 census.[3]

In the recent elections, Ilagan City has a voting population of 90,250 as revealed by Commission on Elections but only 67% participated in the Midterm Election. Ilagan City still holds the title as the most number of voters in the province.

Ilagan City was a first class municipality before becoming a city.[6]

History[edit]

The town was then called by its native Gaddang settlers as “Bolo” during the pre-Spanish conquest era. It is one of the populous settlement during that period and site of the vast tobacco plantation in the region making it one of the most important economic areas in northern Luzon. Shortly after Juan de Salcedo conquered Northern Luzon in 1587, Gov. Rodrigo de Penalosa sent Capt. Pablo de Carreon to explore Cagayan Valley as well as to establish missions in towns. Among the Spanish Missionaries who penetrated deeply into the region was P. Pedro Jimenez, who founded Ilagan.

The town of Bolo was founded by the Dominicans in 1619 in honor of St. Ferdinand. The old Bolo was situated in the western side of Cagayan river in what is known today as barangay Naguilian-Baculod. The cultural shock brought by the dominating social and economic regulations introduced by the Spanish authorities propelled the natives to dissent in the Mallig and Ilagan-Tumauini territories in what was known as the Gaddang Revolution. The natives abandoned their settlement after burning their church and houses until 1622 when the Spanish government pardoned and exempted them from paying tribute within three years. After the Gaddang revolt, the natives reestablished their settlement upon the efforts of Fr. Pedro Jimenez in 1678 on the east side of the river thereby giving the legendary name for Ilagan which is the reverse of the word “Nagali” meaning “transfer”. The Dominicans accepted the settlement as an ecclesiastical mission given the name San Fernando de Ilagan in honor of its Patron St. Ferdinand.

In May 4, 1686, Ilagan was founded and missionaries converted the natives to Christianity. Ilagan was made the Capital of Cagayan Valley when Brig. Manuel Sanchez Mira was governor of the whole territory. Ilagan was the scene of the 1763 revolt in Isabela led by Dabo and Marayag against the collection of tribute, the enforcement of tobacco monopoly committed by the friars during the Spanish occupation. Upon the separation of Isabela in May 1, 1856, Ilagan became the capital of the province.

On August 4, 1901 the American occupation under the United States Philippine Commission has enacted the Provincial Government Act 210 that has reestablished Isabela and other provinces in the Philippines. Rafael Maramag, a former Municipal President (Mayor) of Ilagan was appointed first Governor. The act then re-established Ilagan as the provincial capital.

In November 13, 1925, Gaffud has approved a Resolution filed by all "Municipal Presidents of the Isabela" (the counterpart of the present-day Mayors' League) following a four-day convention. The resolution called for the erection of a monument in honor of National Hero José Rizal in the old Ilagan public plaza in barangay Bagumbayan. By the turn of the 1950s the new Poblacion was located uphill from the old St. Ferdinand Church (in Barangay Bagumbayan) to barangay San Vicente; site of the current Municipal town hall.[7]

Incorporation as a City[edit]

Ilagan has attempted to gain cityhood status at least five (5) times in its history:

  • During the Spanish colonization period, Ilagan applied to gain cityhood status from the Spanish Government but was unsuccessful. Ilagan could have been the second city of the Philippines after Nueva Segovia City, now Lal-Lo, Cagayan.
  • During the administration of Mayor Paguirigan, but was shelved during the American occupation.
  • In February 2, 1998, congress passed Republic Act No. 8474 which sought to convert Ilagan into a city. But the plebiscite held on March 14, 1999 turned down its bid for cityhood under the Administration of former Mayor Mercedes P. Uy. The majority of the people voted no in that event.[8]
  • During the administration of the late Hon. Delfinito "Jojo" C. Albano, Ilagan's cityhood status did not push through when the mayor was gunned down by three unidentified men in the night of June 27, 2006 in Quezon City.[9] Mayor Jojo used the term C-U-DAD Ilagan for campaigning the cityhood status of Ilagan.
  • In 2012, the leaders of Ilagan, led by Isabela first district Rep. Rodolfo Albano, renewed its bid for its cityhood. Vice Gov. Rodito Albano said that, "the provincial government fully supports Ilagan’s renewed cityhood bid, considering that such goal is already long overdue". Former Department of Justice Secretary Silvestre Bello III expressed support to the renewed move of the local officials of Ilagan, Isabela, headed by Mayor Josemarie L. Diaz, for the town’s conversion into a city.[10] On May 22, 2012, the congress approved the cityhood bill of Ilagan on its House Resolution No. 144.[11] Plebiscite was held on August 11, 2012, with a majority of votes voting "yes". By virtue of Republic Act 10169, Ilagan was then proclaimed a new city on the same day by COMELEC Commissioner Armando Velasco.[12]

Geography[edit]

Ilagan City is located on the central portion of the Province of Isabela. It is bounded by nine (9) municipalities: on the north by the municipalities of Divilacan, Tumauini, and Delfin Albano; on the west by the municipality of Quirino; on the east by the municipalities of Divilacan, Palanan, and the Pacific Ocean; and on the south by the municipalities of Gamu, Naguilian, Benito Soliven and San Mariano. Ilagan City is approximately 96 kilometres (60 mi) from Tuguegarao City and 397 kilometres (247 mi) from Metro Manila (linked by a national highway via Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya).

Land[edit]

Of the total 1,166.26 km2 land area of Ilagan; 31% are agricultural, 36% are forest areas and the remaining 33% are build-up areas and open grassland areas that are available for industrial, commercial and residential uses.[13] As an agriculture-based city, Ilagan City produces ample supply of corn, rice, vegetables and legumes. Fruits like the banana are year-round products especially in the mountainous areas of the city. Ilagan City also produces seasonal fruits such as mangoes and pomelo. Ilagan City has rich forest resources. Hectares of forest land are strictly protected by authorities like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), several NGOs and the Local Government Unit.

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Ilagan
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 99,120 —    
1995 106,912 +1.43%
2000 119,990 +2.50%
2007 131,243 +1.24%
2010 135,174 +1.08%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][14]

The rapid increase of population in Ilagan City is attributed to the current growth of economic activities specially in the sectors of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Housing. Ilagan City is one of the 147 emerging cities in the Philippines with more than 100,000 residents.[15] Statistics from the National Statistics Office show that Ilagan City had a population 131,243 in 2007, which increased to 135,174 people in the 2010 census making Ilagan as the most populous city in the Province of Isabela and the second in the region after Tuguegarao City.

Religion[edit]

Ilagan City's population is pre-dominantly Roman Catholic. The Diocese of Ilagan has 39 catholic churches all over the province of Isabela. There are also Protestants, Baptists, Church of Christ, Adventists, Born Again groups, Latter Day Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, Islam, and Philippine-based groups like Iglesia Ni Cristo and Ang Dating Daan that accounts to the city's population. These religious organizations have their own temples and churches sparsely located in the city. Some Ilagueños were converted to Islam where their mosque is found in Brgy. Baligatan.

Economy[edit]

Commerce and trade[edit]

Ilagan City is one of the fastest-growing economy in the province of Isabela as well as in the whole Cagayan Valley. The city is considered to be the primary growth center and investment hub of the Cagayan Valley region due to the presence of different emerging businesses, stabilization, standardization and mobilization of the different sectors involved in the city's economy. The city has two major public markets which is the old Pamilihang Bayan ng Ilagan located in Centro Poblacion and the multi-million pesos New Ilagan Public Market Complex in Barangay Baligatan. The Pamilihang Bayan ng Ilagan (now called Xentro Market) moved to Barangay San Vicente to give way for the construction of Xentro Mall. The increasing number of market goers coming from the different regions of the city and adjacent municipalities, prompted city officials to facilitate the construction of the modern market.

Financial Institutions[edit]

Ilagan is the location to almost 20 banking institutions which is composed of commercial, savings and rural banks. There are also dozens of pawnshops, lending companies and cooperatives all over the city.

Furniture making[edit]

One major industry in Ilagan City is furniture making. Several furniture shops, located along the National Highway in Barangays Alinguigan 2nd & Alinguigan 3rd, manufacture and sell furnitures made of quality narra wood. These barangays were dubbed as "Butaka City" of Ilagan,[16][17] where the Guinness Book of Records' entry for the biggest armchair in the world, the Butaka, was manufactured.[18]

Food and beverage[edit]

There are several food and beverage companies in the City. The largest of which is the Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI),[19] which operates a softdrink bottling plant in Barangay Guinatan. Another, is a vinegar and soy sauce fermentation company locally known as 'Best Choice', which is operated and owned by Robelly's Food Products and also the Jack Confectionery, which operates a wine fermentation plant. There are 15 bakeries/bakeshops and 1 ice cream/ice drop company. Aside from the increasing number of local cafés, restaurants and several multi-national fastfood companies such as Red Ribbon, Goldilocks, Jollibee, McDonalds, Mang Inasal and Yang Chow opened their respective branch(es) in Ilagan City.

Tobacco Industry[edit]

Ilagan became one of the largest producers of tobacco during the Spanish time. The Tobacco Monopoly have caused the valley to languish in poverty from 1785 to 1797. The lifting of the monopoly was caused by the heavy loss incurred by the government. A Royal Decree released in 1882 totally abolished the monopoly and attracted foreign capitalist to invest in the country. In Ilagan, the Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas or the Tabacalera was established in 1881 and produced the famous La FLor de Isabela which was the largest company of its kind in the world at that time. The Tabacalera acquired two haciendas in Ilagan: the Hacienda San Antonio and Hacienda Sta. Isabela.

Agri-support activities[edit]

At present, most of the industries in the city are agri-based. For the past ten years, there has been a great number of local investment in poultry and hog raising. At present, there are seven poultry contract growers and 33 small and medium scale hog raisers in Ilagan City. Other support facilities, warehouses and small rice mills, strategically located in different barangays of Ilagan City address the storage needs of farmers during the harvest season.

Jeep and tricycle body building[edit]

There are 9 motor vehicle assembly shops in Ilagan City; 5 jeepney assembly shops and 4 tricycle side-car makers. These motor vehicle assembly shops respond to the increasing need for transportation service in the City.

Shopping Malls[edit]

Major malls in Ilagan are the the following:

Real estate[edit]

Real estate developers include Northstar Resources Group of Companies, Inc., a subsidiary of AM City Realty & Development Corp., and Brent-Nathan Realty and Development Corporation.

There are several subdivisions located in the city namely:

  • Francisca Village
  • South Francisca Village
  • Lily Amurao Homes
  • Green Heights Subdivision
  • New Villa Jesusa Subdivision
  • California Homes Subdivision
  • City Homes Subdivision
  • Capitol Hills Subdivision

Culture[edit]

The Isabela Museum and Library (former location of the Isabela Provincial Capitol) houses a collection of artifacts, literature, and other historical elements that best describe the culture of the people of Isabela. While the City Government of Ilagan is on the process of collecting antique items to be placed on its own City Library.

Festivals and Events[edit]

  • Balai na Ilagan - Aside from the traditional furniture industry, Balai na Ilagan has been set up to give a communal space of Ilagueños with the aim to nurture artistic talents of residents and to provide a multipurpose hall within the diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.[21] Balai na Ilagan is intended to celebrate arts and culture in the province of Isabela.
  • Binallay - Every year on 30 May, the City of Ilagan celebrates the Binallay Festival.[22] Binallay is a native rice cake prepared year-round in Ilagan.
  • Cityhood Anniversary - In 2013, the City Government Unit celebrated the first anniversary of Ilagan's cityhood. Highlighting the city's achievements for whole year. Activities were conducted with basketball games with local celebrities following a night concert on August 11, 2013.[23]

Recently, on the celebration of its 2nd Cityhood Anniversary last August 11, 2014, the city government unit inaugurated new government facilities and structures which are vital in the delivery of basic services to the people such as the newly constructed city general services building, legislative building, business permits and licensing office, youth reformation center for children in conflict with the law, Philippine National Police (PNP) building, diagnostic center in San Antonio City Hospital and the foot bridge in Barangay Baligatan which is said to be the first in the valley. There were different activities made possible by the city government such as the basketball games and a concert held in the evening at the Ilagan City Community Center featuring local celebrities which was attended by thousands of Ilagueños. The event which is considered to be successful ended up with a colorful fireworks display.

  • Mammangui Festival - Ilagan also celebrates the Mammangui Festival.[24] Celebrated during the last week of May; an Ybanag word meaning the harvest or planting of corn. It honors the farmers who are the real foundation of Ilagan’s economy and is celebrated as a thanksgiving activity for a good harvest. Mammangui came from the ybanag word mangui or corn. In the year 2011, General Ordinance No. 33 promulgated during the administration of Mayor Josemarie L. Diaz, DMD ordained Mammangui Festival as the official festivity of Ilagan to be celebrated on the month of May.
  • City and Patronal Fiestas - Fiestas are common celebrations in the city. Traditionally, people are celebrating the feast days of the respective patron saints of each barangays annually. While the city celebrates the feast day its patron, Saint Ferdinand every 30th of May.

Aggaw na Ilagan[edit]

The Aggaw na Ilagan is celebrated annually every May 4. It was the date when Ilagan was founded as a town.

  • During the 317th year celebration, Ilagan unveiled the World's Largest Armchair (Butaka) in 2003 and was recorded in Guinness World Record.[25]
  • The year 2012 gave way to the inauguration and blessings of the zipline inside the Ilagan Sanctuary as the first in Cagayan Valley during the celebration of 326th Aggaw na Ilagan. Another is the inauguration of the newly constructed boundary marker in Alibagu, Ilagan and Upi, Gamu featuring the local heroes and warriors Marayag and Dabo.
  • In the celebration of the 328th founding anniversary of Ilagan, the City Government inaugurated the latest added attractions in Ilagan Sanctuary which are the cable car, tree-top adventure, large lagoon for fishing, boating area and the large wave pool to attract more foreign and local tourists throughout the valley and as well as in the whole country.

Places of Interest[edit]

Natural Attractions

  • Ilagan Sanctuary - Ilagan City's major tourist attraction is the Ilagan Sanctuary also known as the Fuyot Springs National Park located in Brgy. Santa Victoria. It is popular for hikers, mountaineers, spelunkers and birdwatchers who come to explore its mountain trails, caves, odd rock formations and aviary. Established in 1938 with an area of 819 hectares (2,020 acres).
  • Sta. Victoria Caves - The Santa Victoria Caves are more than 12 Philippine limestone caves that are found in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges. The caves are known for their beautiful and unusual rock formations, sparkling rocks, and subterranean waterfalls. It is believed to have been occupied by the nomadic Agta or Dumagat people in the past. The caves are located within the Ilagan Sanctuary, which is part of the Fuyot Springs National Park (FSNP) in the eastern region of Ilagan City. This area is included in the Palanan Wilderness Area or Northern Sierra Madre National Park in the province of Isabela in Cagayan Valley.
  • Pinzal Falls - Another major attraction located within Ilagan Sanctuary. Tourists visiting Pinzal falls will enjoy the relaxation it offers.
  • Abuan River - Abuan River is the Philippines’ Next Big Whitewater Destination. The sixty-five kilometres (65 km.) Abuan River is the main river channels inside the 50,625 hectares Abuan Watershed located in the City. The headwater of the said river is located inside the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park which is one of the richest and remaining virgin forest in the country and from within it is a verdant vision of plant and animal life – where Philippine eagles (Pithecophaga jefferyi) soar.

Man-Made Attractions

  • World's Largest Butaka - The Butaka (Armchair) was built in 29 days at the cost of 175,000with a total of 1,762 board feet of seasoned narra, 1,740 foot-1 inch diameter of rattan; it is 11.4 feet tall, 9.70 feet wide and 20.8 feet long and weighs 2,368 kilos, now on display along Maharlika highway beside Bonifacio park.[26]
  • Balay na Maguili or Balai na Ilagan and Friendship Hall located beside the Rizal’s Park and serves as a multipurpose space to nurture the artistic talents of locals. It is the headquarters of Stewards and Friends of Ilagan Incorporated, an NGO assisting the city government in its socio-tourism efforts. The Balay na Maguili is an arts hall where music lessons are taught to children. The Chapel inside the compound is a well-preserved 18th century structure.
  • Saint Ferdinand Parish Church is known to house one of the oldest bells in the region. The church is dedicated to the Patron Saint, San Fernando. The church is located in the heart of the city and stands beside the St. Ferdinand College.
  • Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Plant is one of the industrial complexes in the region frequented by excursionists to learn about the mechanized processing of one of the country’s favorite soft drinks.
  • Old Capitol Building was once the seat of Power in the Province of Isabela. It is now being used to showcase the history of Isabela in a mini museum and library.
  • Isabela Provincial Capitol in Barangay Alibagu is the seat of power of the present day Isabela. It houses the offices of various national line agencies. Infront of the capitol is an open air amphitheater recommended for evening activities.
  • Isabela Museum and Library was inaugurated last May 11, 1999 and is housed at the old capitol building in Barangay Calamagui 2nd. It is the repository and custodian of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Isabelinos. It features a gallery exhibit-collection of artifacts, fossils, heirloom pieces, visual arts, dioramas and other historical documents. It is open on weekdays.

Monuments & Parks

  • Rizal Park - a replica of the original Rizal Monument in Luneta. At the back of the park is an open-air mini concert ground for small and minor events. It is strategically located infront of the Saint Ferdinand Parish Church and Balai na Ilagan in Centro Poblacion.
  • Elpidio Quirino Park - located infront of the Ilagan City Hall in San Vicente.
  • Bonifacio Park or Butaka Shrine is located along the Maharlika Highway, is also known as the Freedom Park where various groups exercise their Freedom of Expression. It also houses the world’s biggest Butaka which was brought to Intramuros, Manila during the first WOW Philippines exhibit. Located infront of Talavera Square Mall in Baligatan.
  • Queen Isabela II Monument & Park - the newest and the biggest park/monument found within the city that features a world class ambience and one of a kind architectural design of a great monument in honor of Queen Isabela II of Spain. Located infront of the Isabela Provincial Capitol in Alibagu along Maharlika Highway.

Catholic Churches & Chapels

  • Saint Ferdinand Parish Church (Barangay Bagumbayan)
  • Saint Ferdinand PNP Chapel (Barangay Baligatan)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel (Barangay Calamagui 1st)
  • San Antonio de Padua Church (San Antonio)
  • Saint Elizabeth of Portugal Church (Sta. Isabel)

Resorts

  • Rainbow Resort located in barangay Baligatan
  • Mills and Rains Valley Inn Resort located in barangay Alibagu
  • Ilagan Sanctuary's pools and water amenities - several pools of different sizes, boating area, fishing ponds and the latest attraction is the large wave swimming pool located inside the Ilagan Sanctuary.

Hotels

There are several hotels located in Ilagan City. These hotels are mostly located in barangay Centro Poblacion. These are:

  • D'Infinity Hotel
  • San Antonio Hotel
  • Hotel Romansville
  • Marjs Hotel
  • Valley Inn (Baligatan)
  • Andy's Drive-in Microtel (Baligatan)
  • Fleur-de-Liz Lodge, Clubhouse and Music Lounge (Baligatan)
  • Limah Joy Hotel and Convention Center (Baligatan)
  • Dream Wave Hotel (Alibagu)
  • Premium Lodge and Drive-in Hotel (Alibagu)
  • Empress Garden Hotel (with 120 rooms and a convention center) is currently under construction.

Sports[edit]

In 1993, Ilagan hosted the Palarong Pambansa (National Games) and in 2011 the SCUAA National Olympics.[27] It was held at the Isabela Sports Complex[28] in barangay Alibagu. The sports complex was constructed during the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos and the able leadership of the Late Provincial Governor Benjamin G. Dy. The complex is equipped with a Basketball court, Volleyball courts, a Swimming pool, Badminton courts, a Sepak Takraw court, an Oval and a Baseball field. The Ilagan City Community Center was recently inaugurated after its renovation to accommodate major sports events and celebrations such as basketball games, badminton tournaments, cheerdance competitions, concerts, city's fiesta and other important events. The structure is now fully airconditioned. Paguirigan Memorial Athletic Stadium in Barangay San Vicente is currently under renovation to be able to host big sports/athletic events in the future such as the Cagayan Valley Region Athletic Association Meet (CAVRAA). It will be equipped with new modern rubber track and a new swimming pool. The place will soon be called International Standard Stadium after its completion.

Table Tennis is also a popular sport in the City. It is played regularly at Ping-Pong Central at Francisca Village, Barangay Baligatan and hosted by Table Tennis Association in the City of Ilagan (TATAC-Ilagan).[29] Regular ranking tournament is held monthly among residents of Ilagan. Open tournament is held annually. The only Golf course[30] in Isabela is located in Ilagan. This Golf course has produced several World Junior Golf Champions.

The SK Federation in Ilagan City has a yearly basketball tournament for the youth of Ilagan City.

Local government[edit]

Ilagan City, belonging to the 1st District of Isabela, is governed by a City Mayor designated as its Local Chief Executive and by a City Council as its Legislative body in accordance with the Local Government Code. Both the Mayor and the City Councilors are elected directly by the people through an election which is being held every three (3) years.

As component City from the province of Isabela, government officials are voted by the residents of the city. The provincial government still have political jurisdiction over local transactions of the city government.

Members of the Ilagan City Council (2013-2016)
Position Name of City Official
District Representative (1st Legislative District of Isabela) Rep. Rodolfo Taguinod Albano III
Chief Executive of the City of Ilagan Mayor Josemarie Laggui Diaz, DMD
Presiding Officer of the City Council of Ilagan Vice Mayor Vedasto Domingo Villanueva
Councilors of the City of Ilagan Councilor Evelyn Catolico-Diaz
Councilor Delfinito Emmanuel Lagao Albano
Councilor Antonio Jimenez Uy
Councilor Emmanuel Joselito Bucag Añes, MD
Councilor Samuel Alcaraz Maddara
Councilor Perlita Gañgan-Gaoiran
Councilor Antonio Tan Manaligod Jr.
Councilor Ma. Josephine Baggao-Borromeo
Councilor Margarette Uy-Chin
Councilor Hilario Edmund Villanueva Birung
President of the League of Barangays
- Ilagan Chapter
Barangay Captain Gaylor Martinez Malunay
President of the Youth Council Federation
- Ilagan Chapter
(position vacant)

Former Mayors[edit]

There were 28 municipal mayors during its municipal period since 1904. Its first city mayor is currently Hon. Josemarie L. Diaz, DMD since 2012.

Barangays[edit]

Ilagan City is politically subdivided into 91 barangays, the most number of barangays in the province.[2] Each barangay consist of seven (7) puroks and some have sitios. Currently, there are twelve (12) barangays in the city that are considered urban.

Barangays in Ilagan City are grouped into four (4) clusters, namely:

  • Centro Poblacion Cluster
  • Northeastern Cluster
  • San Antonio Cluster
  • Western Cluster
Barangay Population
(2010)[3]
Economic
Class[31]
Land Area

(In sqm.)

Punong Barangay
(Term 2010-2013)[32]
Aggasian 3,436 Rural 264 Noli B. Bolar
Alibagu 6,524 Urban 7,214 Alfred J. Alluad
Alinguigan 1st 1,796 Rural 459 Elpidio N. Manaligod
Alinguigan 2nd 3,050 Rural 7,015 Antonio B. Gangan
Alinguigan 3rd 1,181 Rural 1,765 Felipe B. Manaligod
Arusip 786 Rural 209 Fernando F. Domingo
Baculud 4,348 Urban 3,214 Remigio D. Balisi
Bagong Silang 542 Rural 258 Herson W. Tolentino
Bagumbayan 2,274 Urban 4,317 Danilo M. Toribio
Baligatan 2,016 Urban 6,815 Roger B. Ramos
Ballacong 763 Rural 135 Roberto S. Bernardo
Bangag 1,221 Rural 112 Sofronio F. Laggui
Batong-Labang 2,259 Rural 135 Florante E. Baysa
Bigao 1,387 Rural 225 Daniel V. Cristobal
Cabannungan 1st 749 Rural 715 Joefry M. Tabug
Cabannungan 2nd 1,486 Rural 715 Joey L. Ramos
Cabeseria 2 (Dappat) 1,115 Rural 135 Reynaldo C. Edrada
Cabeseria 3 (San Fernando) 785 Rural 135 Leandro P. Castillo
Cabeseria 4 (San Manuel) 545 Rural 135 Joseph A. Mata
Cabeseria 5 (Baribad) 808 Rural 135 Precila M. Domingo
Cabeseria 6 & 24 (Villa Marcos) 1,166 Rural 135 Virgilio R. Aunzo
Cabeseria 7 (Nangalisan) 802 Rural 215 Eligio B. Salvador
Cabeseria 8 (Sta. Maria) 1,159 Rural 135 Felix P. Maltu
Cabeseria 9 & 11 (Capogotan) 1,464 Rural 235 Tito B. Curampez
Cabeseria 10 (Lupigui) 1,751 Rural 235 Charlito C. Servilla
Cabeseria 14 & 16 (Casilagan) 2,303 Rural 182 Franklin G. Cortez
Cabeseria 17 & 21 (San Rafael) 1,188 Rural 235 Robinson V. Ilayat
Cabeseria 19 (Villa Suerte) 826 Rural 135 Maximiano N. Benedicto
Cabeseria 22 (Sablang) 875 Rural 225 Bernard G. Villanueva
Cabeseria 23 (San Francisco) 887 Rural 135 Antony F. Bernabe
Cabeseria 25 (Sta. Lucia) 788 Rural 112 Marcos J. Agcaoili
Cabeseria 27 (Abuan) 857 Rural 165 Domingo B. Quitola
Cadu 576 Rural 112 Leopoldo A. Ancheta
Calamagui 1st 3,450 Urban 290 Hilario Edmund V. Birung
Calamagui 2nd 2,944 Urban 5,315 Alex F. Agor
Carikkikan Norte 424 Rural 235 Eduardo B. Borillo
Carikkikan Sur 170 Rural 235 Arnold G. Apalla
Camunatan 2,771 Rural 9,415 Samuel G. Mamuri
Capellan 2,771 Rural 210 Edilberto G. Delos Santos
Capo 836 Rural 235 Carlito E. Esteban
Centro-San Antonio 3,739 Rural 290 Dante D. Cayapan
Centro Poblacion 663 Urban 8,315 Eufacio Paguirigan
Fugu 1,557 Rural 245 Rosemarie G. Apolonio
Fuyo 929 Rural 825 Santos C. Cabanilla III
Gayong-gayong Norte 721 Rural 245 Francisco R. Cristobal
Gayong-gayong Sur 1,006 Rural 245 Danilo R. Macugay
Guinatan 1,654 Urban 9,015 Mario Bong T. Cabildo
Imelda Bliss Village 5,130 Urban 815 Cecilio G. Jacinto
Lullutan 1,665 Rural 715 Esmeraldo M. Malana
Malalam 1,697 Rural 11,015 Melchor B. Asuncion
Malasin (Angeles) 1,058 Rural 112 Francisco R. Justo
Manaring 1,868 Rural 5,815 Bernardo C. Bulauan
Mangcuram 820 Rural 1,215 Roldan P. Lodivico
Marana 1st 1,408 Urban 9,515 Gregorio S. Ballesteros
Marana 2nd 571 Rural 2,230 Juanito A. Prudencio
Marana 3rd 650 Urban 10,215 Rowena M. Gomez
Minabang 1,403 Rural 215 Jaime T. Santos
Morado 829 Rural 225 Teresa A. Gangan
Naguilian Norte 2,604 Rural 765 Francisco A. Cascue
Naguilian Sur 1,103 Rural 765 Ferdinand C. Salvador
Namnama 1,532 Rural 235 Roldan P. Simon
Nanaguan 482 Rural 235 Milagros T. Fabros
Osmeña (Sinippil) 2,762 Urban 7,815 June T. Yadao
Paliueg 1,380 Rural 135 Nelson B. Layugan
Pasa 845 Rural 125 Rogelio G. Aquino
Pilar 794 Rural 125 Ferdinand T. Tabliago
Quimalabasa 315 Rural 215 Rogelio S. Agamata
Rang-ayan (Bintacan) 1,266 Rural 235 Juanito V. Gonzales
Rugao 1,067 Rural 11,315 Diosdado M. Bermudez
Salindingan 1,119 Rural 175 Danny T. Adorable
San Andres (Angarilla) 966 Rural 1,862 Venturito C. Marayag
San Felipe 991 Rural 8,815 Ferdinand P. Bielgo
San Ignacio (Canapi) 2,496 Rural 192 Artemoio M. Baymosa
San Isidro 1,312 Rural 9,815 John C. Almazan
San Juan 1,669 Rural 5,515 Rodolfo M. Bermudez
San Lorenzo 1,043 Rural 235 Agustin C. Agamata
San Pablo 322 Rural 235 Eugene S. Resureccion
San Rodrigo 1,105 Rural 235 Benito G. Bernardez
San Vicente 2,509 Urban 8,515 Victor C. Somera
Sta. Barbara 1,357 Urban 4,615 Raymund A. Gangan
Sta. Catalina 880 Rural 390 Jimmy C. Peralta
Sta. Isabel Norte 2,203 Rural 190 Franklin P. Bolibol
Sta. Isabel Sur 4,331 Rural 190 Joseph D. Uy
Sta. Victoria 1,265 Rural 135 Jose M. Ido
Sto. Tomas 884 Rural 190 Randyson R. Castillo
Siffu 1,317 Rural 135 Ismael G. Jimenez
Sindon Bayabo 2,010 Rural 135 Carlina R. Gabriel
Sindon Maride 635 Rural 135 George A. De Guzman
Sipay 517 Rural 112 Charles C. Cabanilla
Tangcul 1,120 Rural 290 Fernando C. Cabangan
Villa Imelda (Maplas) 959 Rural 135 Cesar E. Aban

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Ilagan City is linked by a national highway called Maharlika Highway (designated as Asian Highway 26, AH26 by Asian Highway Network). On-going road constructions are the Ilagan-Divilacan road and the Ilagan-Delfin Albano-Mallig Road[33] which are expected to be completed in five years and the former later this year 2013. Ilagan City's longest bridge is the Malalam Bridge in Brgy. Malalam going north. In the year 2014, the City Government Unit inaugurated the Baculud overflow bridge that connects the poblacion region to the northeastern barangays going to Tuguegarao City. At present, the Lullutan Bridge is currently under construction and is expected to serve the western region barangays. The bridge in Sta. Maria (Cabiseria 8) will begin its construction by the last quarter of 2014 and is expected to be finished by 2015.

There are 29.313 kilometers of concrete road out of 24.56 kilometers of national road that passes through the City. Other road networks are 33,005 km provincial roads, 8,909 City streets and 269,713 km of barangay roads. Ilagan City is accessible by all means of land transportation. From the Poblacion to the 91 barangays and five adjacent municipalities. Regular jeepney trips are from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. Tricycles are available 24 hours a day.

Public transportation[edit]

Ilagan City is the only place in the region that currently uses jeeneys as its primary means of public transportation within its vicinity. There are 432 Jeepneys used as the major public transportation in Ilagan route from (Centro-Calamagui-Alibagu-Upi junction-Guibang vice versa) (Centro-Calamagui-Bliss Village-Salindingan vice versa) (Centro-San Antonio region vice versa) (Centro-Bintacan vice versa) and neighboring towns, 4,000 tricycle units and a dozen of bus companies within the city's vicinity. Each company operates a fleet of air conditioned buses with daily trips to Manila through their respective terminals. Several bus companies also use the Ilagan route from Cagayan and Northern Isabela to Manila, Dagupan, Baguio City and other destinations.

The Local Government Unit (LGU) inaugurated the Ilagan City Central Transport Terminal beside the Northstar Mall in Alibagu on November 28, 2011.

Bus Companies[edit]

(with integrated terminals located within the city)

  • Victory Liner (Ilagan-Manila vice versa), (Ilagan-Dagupan vice versa)
  • Dalin Liner (Ilagan-Manila vice versa), (Ilagan-Baguio vice versa)

Telecommunications[edit]

PLDT and Digitel are the main Telecommunications service providers in Ilagan City. They operate and maintain several telecommunications facilities and offices within the city. They offer various services such as telephony and broadband internet (DSL). Mobile network operators in Ilagan include Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Sun Cellular, Talk 'N Text, Touch Mobile, and Red Mobile. Other companies providing various telecommunications services such as telegraph and fax services are PT&T, and RCPI now Universal Storefront Services Corporation.

Internet Connectivity[edit]

The city has a growing number of internet cafés which enables the public to surf, chat, and play online games. The majority of the country's Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are available in Ilagan City such as Smart Broadband, Globe Tattoo, Sun Broadband, PLDT myDSL and Digitel. There are also wi-fi equipped establishments located in the city proper. Recently, cable TV provider Polaris Cable Vision is now offering broadband.

Postal and courier services[edit]

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPOst)[34] is the major postal service provider in Ilagan City. Express delivery services are provided by LBC, FedEx (Air21),JRS Express[35]), and EMS (through PhilPost).

Power[edit]

Residences and establishments are able to get their energy needs through the service provided by the Isabela Electric Cooperative II, Inc. (ISELCO II). Its main office is located at Barangay Alibagu. Based on MPDO record, 63 out of 91 barangays are energized.[36] As of 2011, Ilagan is now 100% energized. Also, a sub-station of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is located at Brgy. Baligatan of this city.

Medical & Healthcare Services[edit]

Facilities in health services are distributed in the city. There are two rural health units located in certain barangays servicing the Ilagueños. There are hospitals like the :

  • Governor Faustino N. Dy Sr. Memorial Hospital (Public)
  • San Antonio City Hospital (Public)
  • Isabela Doctors General Hospital (Private)
  • Dr. Victor S. Villaroman Memorial Hospital (Private)

The city has its own health center located in Brgy. San Vicente. There are also dozens of dental clinics, pharmacies, and drug stores around the city. Recently, the City Government inaugurated a diagnostic center in San Antonio City Hospital last August 11, 2014.

Overall, the city has two public and two private hospitals, 15 clinics and two RHUs.

Education[edit]

Educational Institutions
Tertiary


Secondary Schools

Private

  • Casa del Niño Montessori School of Ilagan
  • Central Isabela Christian Academy
  • Miracle Light Christian Academy
  • Saint Ferdinand College - High School Department

Public

  • Ilagan Sports High School
  • Ilagan West National High School
  • Isabela National High School
  • Isabela School Arts and Trades Cabanungan Annex
  • Isabela School of Arts and Trades
  • Rang-Ayan National High School
  • San Antonio National Agro- Industrial and Vocational High School
  • San Rafael National and Vocational High School
  • Santa Isabel National High School


Integrated Schools

  • Dappat Integrated School
  • Gayong–Gayong Integrated High School
  • Lupigue Integrated School
  • Manaring Integrated School
  • San Lorenzo Integrated School
  • San Pedro Integrated School


Elementary Schools

  • Bagumbayan Elementary School
  • Casa del Niño Montessori School of Ilagan
  • Chung Hua Institute
  • Ilagan East Central School
  • Ilagan South Central School
  • Ilagan West Central School
  • Isabela Unified School
  • Leap Ahead School of Learning
  • Montessori Education Center of Asia Pacific at Ilagan
  • Saint Ferdinand College - Elementary Department
  • The United Methodist Church - Pre-school & Elementary
  • The Wesleyan Church

Ilagan City is the center of education in Isabela especially for neighboring municipalities of Tumauini, Gamu, Roxas, Quirino, Naguilian, Benito Soliven, San Mariano and Delfin Albano. There are ten (10) Secondary Public Schools around the city and three (3) other Private Secondary Schools. There are also numerous elementary schools around Ilagan, while the most populated are located in the poblacion.[37] The Government also supports scholarship grants to deserving students for college degree programs.

Provincial offices of the different government agencies like the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Education (DepEd) are all located in Ilagan City. Ilagan City has formerly three (3) districts namely: Ilagan East District, Ilagan West District and Ilagan South District when Ilagan was under the Division of Isabela, the mother school division. These districts has clusters of schools geographically located.

On January 21, 2013, the city created its own school division which is now called DepEd Division of the City of Ilagan with the newly installed head Dr. Denizon P. Domingo, the city school division superintendent.[38] The city now has its own school divisions following the success of its cityhood bid in 2012. On June 17, 2013 the school division established six (6) school districts in the city as follows:

  • Ilagan North District
  • Ilagan Northwest District
  • Ilagan East District
  • Ilagan South District
  • Ilagan West District
  • San Antonio District

Casilagan Elementary School in Barangay Casilagan (Cabeseria 14 and 16) is geographically located within the San Antonio region of Ilagan City but the school is grouped under Ilagan South District instead of Ilagan San Antonio District. Other schools who belong to Ilagan South District are Cabeseria 25 Elementary School and Cabeseria 27 Elementary School.

Ilagan North Central School officials as well as barangay officials in Barangay Bagumbayan, Ilagan City is on their move to rename the school from its present name to Bagumbayan Elementary School.

The city has a total of 88 elementary schools, 10 secondary high schools, six (6) integrated high schools and almost a dozen private schools from all levels.

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

Cable television providers:

  • Polaris Cable Vision - provides cable TV channels in Centro Poblacion barangay clusters in the City of Ilagan.[39]
  • 1888 Cable Network - provides cable TV channels in the eastern areas of Ilagan City including parts of San Antonio.[40]

TV stations:

Radio[edit]

AM Radio station:

  • 711 kHz DZYI Sunshine Radio

FM Radio station:

  • 89.7 mHz HotFM Ilagan (now defunct)
  • 91.3 City-FM Ilagan - Unified Airwaves Network[citation needed]
  • 92.9 Valley-FM Ilagan - Valley Broadcasting System[citation needed]
  • 93.7 Flazh-FM Ilagan - Countryside Radio Group[citation needed]

Print Media[edit]

  • The Luzonwide News Correspondent. It is a weekly newspaper (named after the person who brings the news[citation needed])edited and published by journalist Villamor Visaya Jr. based in Ilagan City, Isabela[42]
  • The New Valley Times Press[43]

See also[edit]

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