REGION V (BICOL REGION) > Camarines Norte

BRIEF DESCRIPTION
The province of Camarines Norte is found in the northern coast of the Bicol peninsula, which forms the southeastern section of Luzon, the largest island in the Philippine archipelago.

One of the six provinces that make up Region V, it is bounded on the north by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by San Miguel Bay, on the west by Lamon Bay, and on the south by Quezon province and the adjoining province of Camarines Sur.

It is characterized by rolling hills and mountains in the interior, and the fertile plains and valleys along the coast. The land of the province is largely within the 0-8% slope, with 72,483 hectares or 32.95% of the total land area.
 
 
GEOGRAPHY
The province is bounded on the north by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by San Miguel Bay, on the west by Lamon Bay, and on the south by Quezon province and the adjoining province of Camarines Sur. It has a total land area of 220,012 hectares or 2,200 square kilometers, which is 12.4 % of the total Bicol area and 0.73% of the total Philippine area.
 
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION
Camarines Norte is composed of twelve municipalities, namely: Basud, Capalonga, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente, Sta. Elena, Talisay, and Vinzons. It has a total of 282 barangays. Labo has the biggest land area and the most number of barangays; Talisay is the smallest town; and San Vicente has the least number of barangays.
 
POPULATION
The population of the province in 2000 was 458,840, roughly 10% of the region’s population.
 
LANGUAGE
Bicol is the major dialect spoken, along with Tagalog and English.
 
CLIMATE
Camarines Norte belongs to the second type of climate with no dry season and with a very pronounced maximum rain period from November to January. Average annual rainfall in 2000 was 389.58 millimeters. Average temperature is 27.3 degree Celcius. The coolest months are January and February and the warmest is May.
 
MAJOR INDUSTRIES
There are four major manufacturing and processing industries in the province, which are given priority in terms of promotion and development. These are jewelry craft, gifts/toys/housewares, pineapple and coconut industry.


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