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CARAGA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION XIII has the Philippines largest gold deposits. But Caraga's people, farm, seas, and inland waters are more precious than gold. Go for the gold. Invest in CARAGA.





Caraga Adminstrative Region XIII was created in pursuance of Republic Act No.7901 on February 23, 1995 by President by President Fidel V. Ramos. This new born region we now call Caraga was named after the historic Caraga: an extensive land mass covering some provinces in the Northeastern seaboard of island of Mindanao , Philippines . It was an existing Lumad territory even before the arrival of the Spaniards in the country as chronicled by Antonio Pigafetta, this was located in the Pacific Coast between Butuan or Benaiam in the Southeast somewhere in the vicinity of the province of Davao Oriental.

In 1538 the Eastern cost of Mindanao which include the present province of Surigao was visited by a Portuguese explorer Francisco de Castro, who found the place inhabited by the Caraga tribe who were believed to be of Visayan origin.

Five years later, a Spaniard Ruy Lopez de Villalobos landed in the same region. His navigator, Bernardo de la Torre, named it "Cesaria caroli" in honor of the reigning Spanish Monarch, Carlos V. The name however never persisted since the Spaniards preferred to name the area " Caraga after its inhabitants.

The Jesuits Missionaries in 1597 tried to evangelize the people of Butuan (Agusan) and Caraga (Surigao ), with much difficulty and intermittent success, there followed in 1622 by the Augustinians Recollects ,who establishes parishes in Tandag and Bislig in 1642. The Recollects stayed until 1875 , then secular priests took over, followed by the Benedictine Monks from 1893 to1908.

The ancient District of Caraga, which was established in 1609 comprised all of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, the Northern part of Davao Oriental and Eastern Misamis Oriental.

Caraga comes from the word Calagan which means "Land of the Brave" or "fierce people". The Italian adventurer Francisco Giovani Careri, who published a book of travel in the country, cited Francisco Combes, S.J. as a source in saying that Calagan is derived from the two Visayan words: kalag or calag which means soul or people and an for land

Caraga Admistrative Region 13 is located in the eastern part of Mindanao Island, Philippines. It is bounded on the north by the Pacific Ocean, on the South by the province of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, on the East by the province of Davao del Norte , and on the West by the Mindanao Sea.

The Region covers four provinces and two cities. These include the Cities of Butuan (as the Regional Center) and Surigao, and the provinces of Agusan del Norte , Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur.

The four provinces of Caraga are composed of seventy-three (73) municipalities with a total of 1,309 barangays.

Caraga's Economy. The region has strong wood-, mineral-, and fishery-based industries. Rice, corn, palm oil, banana, coconut, abaca, rubber, fruits, and root crops are its major agricultural products.

Human Resources . Well organized farmer cooperatives, English speaking managers, training systems, and schools support enterprises in the region.

Minerals . Caraga sits on 3.5 billion metric tons of of metallic and non-metallic reserves the largest concentration of which is found in Surigao . Mineralogist consider NOnoc Island as having the largest nickel deposits in Asia, Surigao del Sur has one of the largest iron deposits in the world. Large reserves of limestone for cement manufacture are found in Surigao City.

Marine & Acquaculture. Caraga's long coastline and inland waters, which include Lake Mainit, the country's third largest, hold enormous fishery resources. Over 930,000 hectares produce prawn for export, and milkfish, crab, shrimp and tilapia for domestic consumption.

Agribusiness & Exports. Wood-based products, prawn, and banana chips comprise the region's major exports. Marine exports include tuna, skipjack and Atlantic bonito which are shipped from Surigao City. Corporate palntations covering thousands of hectares are planted with oil palm and timber trees.

Infrastructure & Facilities.


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