The Province of Camarines Norte serves as the gateway to the Bicol Region from the rest of Luzon. It is bounded by Quezon Province on the southwest and Camarines Sur on the south. Along its coastlines, the province faces Basiad Bay on the west, the Pacific Ocean on the north, and the San Miguel Bay on the east.

Camarines Norte is composed of 12 municipalities, 282 barangays and one congressional district spread over a land area of 2,112,5 square kilometers. It had a population of 458,840 as of May 1, 2000 with the slowest population growth rate, among the Bicol provinces, of 0.94 percent the from 1995 to 2000.

The topography of the province is generally mountainous prominently straddled by the Bacacay and Colase mountains. Coconut and abaca are its traditional agricultural crops. The province is the largest producer of pineapple (Formosa variety) in the region. It has abundant reserves of gold, iron, copper, uranium, lead and zinc. With its long coastline, a thriving fishery industry has gained importance among the seacoast towns.



The capital town of Daet boasts of being the first municipality in the entire Philippines to erect a public statue of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
The tourist attractions in the province are the Shrine of the Black Nazarene in Capalonga, the Bicol National Park in Basud and Daet, the San Miguel and Lamon Bays, the Apuao Island in the north and the Daet Pineapple Festival held on June 15 - 21 every year.

Where to go and What to see in Cam. Norte

Source: NSCB-Regional Unit V, Legazpi City, Philippines

PROVINCE OF CAMARINES NORTE AT A GLANCE

Income Class:  3rd City: 0 Municipality: 12 Barangay: 282 District: 1

As of March 2001
City/Municipality Income Class District

BASUD

4th Class lone

CAPALONGA

4th Class lone

DAET (Capital)

1st Class lone

SAN LORENZO RUIZ (IMELDA)

5th Class lone

JOSE PANGANIBAN

3rd Class lone

LABO

1st Class lone

MERCEDES

4th Class lone

PARACALE

4th Class lone

SAN VICENTE

5th Class lone

SANTA ELENA

4th Class lone

TALISAY

5th Class lone

VINZONS

5th Class lone

TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL FEATURES

Camarines Norte protrudes towards the North. It is bounded by the province of Camarines Sur on the south. It part ways from the province of Quezon through Lamon Bay in the west.

It is roughly about 37 kms. from the northwest to southwest in length and approximately 27 kms. at ist widest.

Generally hilly and mountainous except at the coastal areas where fertile plain and valleys abound. Like this twin, Camarines Sur, it is endowed with rich and fertile soil.

The numerous coastal indentation offer safe anchorage for fishing vessels. Four of the twelve municipalities are sufficiently protected by offshore promontories which maakes them very ideal for different vessel to dock safely.

LAND AREA (hectares) 211,249
Certified Alienable & Disposable land 140,030 (7.94 % of the region's land area) or (66.28 % of the province' land area)
 Forest land 71,219 (4.03% of the region's land area) or (33.71 % of the province' land area)
POPULATION (2002)
Male
 Female
524,811
268,480
256,331
NO. OF FAMILIES ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURE (1999) 28,936
CLIMATE Camarines Norte has no pronounced dry and wet season. The month of December have the most number of rainy days with 24 days while April had the least with an average of nine rainy days.

For more information: http://www.camarinesnorte.gov.ph/

 


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