Chico River (Philippines)
|Rio Chico de Cagayan|
The river along Bontoc
|Regions||Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley|
|- left||Mabaca River, Saltan River, Pasil River|
|- right||Bunog River, Tanudan River, Biga River|
|- location||Mount Data,|
|- elevation||2,079 m (6,821 ft)|
|- location||Santo Niño, Cagayan, Cagayan Valley|
|- elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|Length||174.67 km (109 mi)|
|Basin||5,850 km2 (2,260 sq mi)|
|Discharge||for Cagayan River|
|- average||410 m3/s (14,000 cu ft/s)|
The Chico River (Spanish: Rio Chico de Cagayan), is a river system in the Philippines in the island of Luzon, encompassing the regions of Cordillera and Cagayan Valley. It is the longest tributary of Cagayan River.
The most extensive river in the Cordillera region, it covers the provinces of Mountain Province, Kalinga and Cagayan. It is referred to as a "river of life" for the Kalinga people who live on its banks, and is well known among development workers because of the Chico River Dam Project, an electric power generation project which local residents resisted for three decades before it was finally shelved in the 1980s - a landmark case study concerning ancestral domain issues in the Philippines.
Source and course
The highest headwaters begin along the slopes of Mount Data in the Cordillera mountains at Bauko, Mountain Province. It then flows northeastward through Bontoc, Sabangan, Sadanga, Tinglayan, Lubuagan, Tabuk City, Pinukpuk, Tuao, Piat, Rizal, and finally at Santo Niño, where it merges with the Cagayan River.
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