Lanao del Norte Profile
The Province of Lanao del Norte is divided into twenty two municipalities, namely: Bacolod, Baloi, Baroy, Kapatagan, Kauswagan, Kolambugan, Lala, Linamon, Maigo, Magsaysay, Matungao, Munai, Nunungan, Pantao Ragat, Pantar, Poona Piagapo, Sapad,Salvador, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Tagoloan, Tangkal and Tubod, the capital town of the Province.
Lanao del Norte is a small growing province in terms of its population. In the CY 2000 census, the province registered a total of 473,062 with an annual growth rate of 2.01. Lala is the most populated municipality accounting for 11.93% of the total population of the province..
Literacy Rate: 88.11 %
Ethnic and Culture
The province is composed of different settlers from Visayas and Luzon and the indigenous Maranaos. From this mixture of different ethnic origins, emerged a population that is unique.
Cebuano is the most widely used dialect in the area. About 63.8 percent of its people speak Cebuano. Maranao followed next with 33.4 percent of the total household population of 440.419. Most of the people are either Roman Catholics or Muslim.
As of 2000, the province has a total road network of 1,603.53 kilometers with a road density of 0.518 kilometer for every square km. About 56.05 percent of national road kilometerage are concrete while 29.08 are unpaved gravel.
An airport is located at Baloi, Lanao del Norte which is about 76 kilometers from the provincial capital and 20 kilometers from Iligan City. It is classified as a secondary airport with a concrete/asphalt runway of 30 lineal meters. This was closed to traffic in 1992 to undergo major rehabilitation work. It was officially opened for operation in May 1997 however, no commercial flights are using the airport since its navigational facilities are yet to be installed.
- Sea Ports
The province has ten ports, four of which are no longer operational. Ports considered non-operational are occasionally used as fish landing ports. Major ports such as Ports of Tubod, Tabigue and Mukas serve as ports of call for cargo vessels and barges. These have provided mobility of people and goods to Cebu as well as to and from the Zamboanga peninsula.
The province is served by three regional telecommunications exchanges: Telecommunications Office (TELOF), PT&T and RCPI. The TELOF which is under the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) , operates 22 telegraph stations spread in 22 municipalities. Eight more telegraph stations are operated by PT&T and RCPI. Cable TV facilities are available in five municipalities: Lala, Maigo, Bacolod, Kapatagan and Tubod.
Power and Electrification
The province’s power requirement is supplied by the National Power Corporation- Mindanao Grid. The existing backbone provided by NPC is sufficient enough and capable of energizing all the municipalities of the province. The Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LANECO) provides electric services through three load-end substations: two plants with a 5 mega volt ampere (MVA) located in Curvada, Kapatagan and Overton, Iligan City; and a 10 MVA plant located in Kauswagan. LANECO was connected to NPC on December 31, 1974. The 69 KV line operationalized in 1996 provided a reliable power supply to the province. At present there are four municipalities of the province without electricity: Munai, Nunungan, Pantao Ragat, and Tagoloan while part of Baloi and the entire municipality of Pantar is being served by Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO).
About 41.13 per cent of the province's total land area is devoted to agricultural activities and 21.07 per cent is classified as forestland. The province is suitable for all kinds of crops. Its major agricultural products are rice, corn, coconut, banana, coffee, ginger, cacao, legumes, vegetables, livestock and poultry, rootcrops, exotic fruits and nuts.
Lanao del Norte contributes a substantial share in the region’s production of major crops such as palay, corn, coconut and banana. Corn registered a production of 236,484 metric tons which is 5.82 percent lower than last year's production of 251, 105 metric tons. Palay production on the other hand, increased by 16.14 percent than last year's production of 112, 709 metric tons.
The municipality of Lala is the major palay producer of the province while Tubod is the a corn producer. For other crops, banana produced bigger fruits this year, recording a production of 304,194,615 kilogram. Coconut production as well, registered a tremendous increase .
Livestock and Poultry Production
Population of major livestock, commercial and backyard farms combined, was registered at 930,702 heads. Chicken represented the biggest number with 723,454 heads followed by swine with 76,200 heads.
Fish production comes mainly from aquaculture followed by from marine water which is either of commercial or municipal scale of operation. Aquaculture is the biggest source of fish production contributing 51.09% of the province’s total output. Species include: bangus (milkfish), sugpo (tiger prawn), prawn and tilapia (carp).
The province abounds with scenic spots which are potential tourist destinations. This includes historical sites, man-made and natural attractions, such as waterfalls, natural springs with warm and cold water and beach resorts. Tourists and visitors coming in the province are enticed with genuine attractions and various tourism activities. These attractions were improved and maintained with the support and assistance from the Local Government Units, the private sector, Philippine Tourism Authority and the Department of Tourism.
- Natural Tourist Attractions
The province is endowed with rich natural resources, which have great potentials for tourism. This consists of nine beautiful falls, nine beaches, four lakes and nine springs.
At least ten (10) festivals are celebrated annually in the province, which typify the life and culture of the people of Lanao del Norte, their religious beliefs and aspirations in life. These festivals usually draw people from other places and celebration of such are spearheaded by the Local Government Units and the Department of Tourism that promotes and provides assistance in the festivity.