REGION XIII (CARAGA) > Surigao City

BRIEF DESCRIPTION
Surigao City is the capital of the province of Surigao del Norte, located at Northeastern Mindanao and serving as the gateway by land from the country’s largest island to the rest of the Philippines.

Surigao City is blessed with abundant natural scenic spots consisting of various arrays of beaches and island hopping destinations that can cater to different types of adventures, from swimming to snorkeling and scuba diving. Other natural attractions in the locality consist of mangrove forests, caves for spelunking, lagoons, waterfalls, rock and coral formations, and many more.

Another distinct advantage of Surigao City is its unmatched and untarnished socio-political stability. The city’s crime index measures less than one to two crimes reported per 100,000 population. It is very significant to note that the city is relatively free from the cudgels of organized crime syndicates and distinctly devoid of secessionists’ movements and clan violence commonly occurring in other areas of Central and Southern Mindanao.

In this dynamic and vibrant city at Northeastern Mindanao, expect only to find an excellent travel destination and potentially the next stop for doing business.
 
GEOGRAPHY
Surigao City is located in the northern tip of Mindanao. It is blessed with abundant mineral reserves, fisheries, and aquatic resources as well as tracts of fertile arable lands, which are the prime sources of its people’s livelihood. Its location along the coast offers a wide array of white sand or black pebbled beaches. It also boasts of beautiful islands.
 
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION
Surigao City is the capital of the province of Surigao del Norte. It has 54 Barangays, 21 of which are in the islands and 33 in the mainland.
 
POPULATION
Surigao City’s population as of the year 2000 census was 118,534, growing at a rate of 2.56%.
 
LANGUAGE/DIALECTS
Surigaonon, Cebuano, Boholano, Tagalog, and English are the major languages and dialects spoken in the city.
 
CLIMATE
The prevailing climate in the city falls under climate type II with no definite dry season but with a very pronounced maximum rainfall from November to January. Its average annual rainfall is 3,673.8 millimeters (144.72 inches) based on a 50-year average. There are 216 rainy days within the year in the area, making the city one of the “wettest” in the country. Its average temperature stands at a convenient 26.9 degrees centigrade with an average humidity of 85 percent (85%).

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