Located at the
northern tip of the Philippines, it is
composed of five provinces: Batanes,
Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and
Quirino. It also includes the ten
volcanic islands of Batanes and the five
coral atolls of the Babuyan Island
Its boundaries are Bashi Channel on the
north, the Pacific Ocean on the east,
the Cordillera Administrative Region on
the west and the provinces of Aurora and
Nueva Ecija on the south.
Cagayan River Basin, the longest and the
largest river in the country, is the
main waterway, flowing towards the north
from the southern end of the valley and
emptying into the Babuyan Channel in
Aparri. It has a drainage area of about
27,300 sq. kms. and a groundwater
reserve of 47,895 mcm. Its main
tributaries are the Chico, Magat and
Ilagan Rivers. The regionís
groundwater storage capacity is
estimated at 11,850 mcm. The mountain
ranges make access to
the region difficult.
Its land area is approximately 26,838 sq.
- Cagayan Valley, located at the northern part of the
country, is surrounded by mountain ranges (Caraballo
Mountain Range in the south; Cordillera Mountain Range
in the west; Sierra Madre Range in the east).
- Its proximity to East Asia and the southern growth
corridors of the country makes it the natural
"Gateway to East Asia" for trade and
- The region is composed of five provinces (Cagayan,
Isabela, Batanes, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya).
- The region is 483 kilometers from Metro Manila.
- Travel time from Metro Manila to Cagayan Valley
Region is 1 hour by air and 10 hours by land.
The original inhabitants of Region II are the ethnic
tribes of Ibanags, Gaddangs, ltawis, Yogads and Isnegs.
The provinces of the region have two seasons: dry from
December to May and wet the rest of the year. Average
annual rainfall is 2,500 millimeters. Due to the
regionís high altitude and the interior position of its
valleys, it has greater seasonal changes compared with
other regions of the country .