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Brief Introduction to Leyte Province

Leyte Province is the largest and oldest province in the Eastern Visayas Region. It is bounded on the north by the Province of Biliran, in the east by the San Juanico Strait and the island of Samar, the Visayan Sea and Ormoc Seas in the west and Southern Leyte to its south. With a total landmass of 5,712.8 square kilometers, it features many low mountains and volcanoes and its terrain is very rugged from the northwest to the southeast. In the east, there is a very pronounced rainfall from November to January, while in the west the rainfall is more or less distributed throughout the year.

It includes 2 cities, 41 municipalities and 1,641 barangays, with its capital named Tacloban. The province boasts a total population of 1.57 million(data of 2000), of which 91% is literate. The major languages are Waray and Cebuano, with such minor ones as English, Chinese and Tagalog.

Its major sectors are agriculture, industry and tourism. Abaca is planted on 37% of Leyte's total land area, and it ranks first in terms of area planted with coconut in the Eastern Visayas region. The industry mainly consists of the pulp processing and paper making in which abaca is the raw material used, coconut products processing, ore mining and processing, sugarcane processing and mineral water bottling, etc.. Leyte abounds with natural allures, rich culture and rare historical landmarks, which makes it an ideal travel destination for local and foreign tourists.


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