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Brief Introduction to Cebu Province
2006-07-03

Cebu Province is situated in the central Visayas region of the Philippines, consisted of 167 islands. It boasts a total landmass of 5,088 square kilometers, facing the Visayan Sea in the north, the Camotes Sea in the northeast, Mindanao Sea in the south and Bohol Strait in the southeast. It enjoys subtropical climate and a monthly average temperature of 22.6-33.1 degrees centigrade, while its monthly mean rainfall stands at 132 mm and November is endowed with the most rainfall. The main mineral resources in Cebu are gold, copper and limestone, etc..

Cebu is divided into 6 cities, 47 municipalities and 1202 brangays. Cebu City, the capital of the province, is a city under the direct jurisdiction of the Philippine central government, which is nicknamed as "the Queen City of the Southern Philippines", with a landmass of 340 square kilometers and a population of 800,000. The city, its neighboring city of Mandaue and Lapulapu City on Mactan Island form the Metro Cebu with 1.9 million people. Metro Cebu is the second largest city of the country and the southern economy, trade and banking center, with over 150 national commercial banks and 2 foreign banks. The 3 cities are connected by 2 cross-sea bridges and thus have a convenient transport system. The province has a population of 3.7 million. Cebuano is the major language spoken in Cebu Province and Tagalog is also the common language.

The major sectors are agriculture, fishery, industry and tourism. The main agricultural products are corn, rice, mango, coconut, banana and peanut. The main marine products are tuna, lapulapu(grouper), sardine, flying fish, prawn and crab. The industry includes not only traditional furniture and handcrafts manufacturing, and advanced hi-tech sector, with such major export products as watch, semi-conductor, camera and electrical equipment, etc.. In order to attract foreign investment and encourage export, special economic zones have been established in Cebu.

 

For more information, please log on www.cebu.gov.ph.

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