|Province of Quirino|
Quirino Provincial Capitol
|Nickname(s): Forest Heartland of Cagayan Valley|
Location within the Philippines
|Region||Cagayan Valley (Region II)|
|Founded||June 18, 1966|
|• Type||Sangguniang Panlalawigan|
|• Governor||Junie E. Cua (LP)|
|• Vice Governor||May G. Calaunan (LP)|
|• Total||2,323.47 km2 (897.10 sq mi)|
|Area rank||54th out of 81|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Rank||73rd out of 81|
|• Density||81/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||72nd out of 81|
|• Independent cities||0|
|• Component cities||0|
|• Districts||Lone district of Quirino|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)78|
|ISO 3166 code||PH-QUI|
Long before its formal creation as an independent province, Quirino was the forest region of the province of Nueva Vizcaya, inhabited by tribal groups known as the Negritos. They roamed the hinterlands and built their huts at the heart of the jungle.
On June 18, 1966, Republic Act 4734 was enacted, constituting the municipalities of Diffun, Saguday, Aglipay, and Maddela (all of Nueva Vizcaya province) into a new sub-province to be known as "Quirino", named after the late Philippine president Elpidio Quirino.
On June 21, 1969, Republic Act 5554 was enacted, amending RA 4734 and creating the municipality of Cabarroguis (now the provincial capital town), which was taken from portions of Diffun, Saguday, and Aglipay.
Republic Act 6394, authored by former Congressman Leonardo B. Perez, was passed on September 10, 1971 further amending RA 5554 and separating the sub-province of Quirino from its mother province, Nueva Vizcaya, constituting it into a regular province.
The province of Quirino was formally established on February 10, 1972 upon the assumption to office of the first elected provincial and municipal officials headed by Dionisio A. Sarandi as Provincial Governor.
Quirino covers a total area of 2,323.47 square kilometres (897.10 sq mi)  occupying the southeastern section of the Cagayan Valley region. A landlocked province, it is situated within the upper portion of the Cagayan River basin and bounded by Isabela on the north, Aurora on the east and southeast, and Nueva Vizcaya on the west and southwest.
The Sierra Madre mountain range provides a natural barrier on the eastern and southern border of the province and the Mamparang Range on the western part. The province is generally mountainous, with about 80 percent of the total land area covered by mountains and highlands. A large portion of the province lies within the Quirino Protected Landscape.
The province has a mean annual temperature of 33.6 °C (92.5 °F). May is generally the warmest month and the wettest months are March to August, with the rest of the year being neither too dry nor too wet. Heavy, sustained rainfall occurs from September to November.
|Climate data for Quirino|
|Average high °C (°F)||27.4
|Average low °C (°F)||20.0
|Average rainy days||15||12||12||9||13||13||15||14||16||14||18||15||166|
|Source: Storm247 |
|Population census of
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
The population of Quirino in the 2015 census was 188,991 people, with a density of 81 inhabitants per square kilometre or 210 inhabitants per square mile.
Quirino is predominantly Roman Catholic with 70 percent adherence while Aglipayan serves as a significant minority religion. Some people still practice indigenous beliefs. Other Christians are also well represented.
Agriculture is the main industry in the province, with rice and corn as major crops. These supply the demand of neighboring provinces and the metropolis. It is the leading producer of banana in the Cagayan Valley region. Banana as well as banana chips are major products sold in Metro Manila and Pampanga. Small scale industries like furniture making, basketry, rattan craft, and dried flower production are prevalent.
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