Tuguegarao City is a peninsula nestled in the
verdant Cagayan Valley. It is protected by the
Madres in the east, the Cordilleras
in the west and by the far-off Caraballo Mountain in the south. It grew on the banks of the mighty Cagayan River and swift Pinacanauan River.
Founded on May 9, 1604,
the 4 century-old center is now the hub of socio-economic growth in
Region 02 and the oldest major trade, education and government center in Northeast Luzon. Tuguegarao
City is the capital of the Province
of Cagayan and the Regional Center of the Cagayan Valley Region.
As a Primary Growth Center of the Region, Tuguegarao's capabilities include higher-level facilities, services,
and amenities. It is an emerging metropolis, the Regional Trading Center, and the Regional support Service Center for Tourism and Industrial Development and Agricultural Modernization. It is also
a backbone support to the Cauayan
Regional Agro-Industrial Center in Isabela
and the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Free Port in Santa Ana, Cagayan.
its 11,395 hectares, Tuguegarao uses 1,320 as residential areas for its 120,645 population in 22,311
households (2000 Census). Some 170 hectares
are utilized for institutions, less than 160 for utilities, 120
for commercial activities, 30 for industries
and 4,520 hectares for agriculture. About 80 hectares for
light industries and 6 hectares for
agro-industry are reserved in the 3,980 hectares of development-opportunity lands.
(View Tuguegarao City Land Use Map).
and private investments collaborate and
induce massive and rapid modernization
in Tuguegarao, making it a responsive service center for the vast production areas and a support center to
the secondary and tertiary growth centers
of the Region. Tuguegarao's service
area includes the Provinces of Kalinga and Apayao of the Cordilleras.