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Pangasinan has export earnings of around $5.5 million. The 1200 megawatt Sual
Coal-Fired Power Plant, 345 megawatt San Roque Multi-Purpose Dam, the Northern
Cement Corporation, are located in Pangasinan. The province is a major producer of
salt in the Philippines and has extensive fishponds, mostly for raising bangus or
"milkfish," along the coasts of Lingayen Gulf and South China Sea. It is also a major
producer of rice, mangoes and bamboo crafts.
The Department of Trade and Industry in the Philippines has identified the following
potential investment areas in Pangasinan:
Maguey production and handicraft center
Santiago Island Marine Park
Oyster processing facility
Bagoong technology and processing center
Tannery and leather production center
Oyster and aquaculture farming
Seaweed farming
Bamboo production
Handicraft and furniture making
Manufacture of construction bricks
Tourism development

It has some of the best bamboo forests in the Philippines. There is a pulp and paper
mill, a large fertilizer plant, and an oil refinery. Subsistence farming is carried on.

Industries. The province of Bulacan is steadily becoming industrialized due to its
proximity to Metro Manila. Many corporations put up industrial plants and site in
Bulacan. Some of the businesses and industries include Agribusiness; Aquaculture;
Banking; Cement Bag Making Ceramics; Construction; Courier; Education; Food/
Food Processing; Furniture; Garments; Gifts, Houseware & Decors; Hospitals; Hotels,
Resorts & Restaurants; Information and Communications Technology; Insurance;
Jewelry; leather & leather tanning; Manpower; Manufacturing; Marble; Printing
Press; Pyrotechnics & Fireworks Manufacturing; Realty/ Real Property Development;
Shoe Manufacturing; Textile; Trade; Transport Services; Travel & Tours; Other
Agribusiness & Aquaculture. The rural areas still mostly depend on agriculture (in
the plains) and fisheries (in the coastal areas) as a source of income. Some of the
major crops are rice, corn, vegetables, and fruits such as mangoes; and various
kinds of fishes and seafoods.
Banking and Finance. Bulacan ia served by all major banks with more than 200
banks doing business in the province.The entrepreneureal culture is supported by
the strong cooperative movement with total assest of over PhP 2 Billion.
Transportation and Road Networks. Bulacan is dubbed as " The Gateway to the
Northern Philippines ". The province is linked with Metro Manila primarily through
the North Luzon Expressway and Manila North Road (well known as the MacArthur
Highway) which crosses the province into Pampanga and western part of Northern
Luzon (western Central Luzon, Ilocos and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)).
While taking the Cagayan Valley Road in Guiguinto, it leads you to Nueva Ecija and
to the eastern part of Northern Luzon (eastern Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley
The MacArthur Highway traverses the province from north to south. Most major
towns can be reached through the North Luzon Expressway. A good number of
motor vehicles owned largely by private individuals provide mobility to Bulacan’s
populace. Aside from five main highways that traverse the province, all roads are
widely dispersed throughout Bulacan.
Bus terminals of Baliuag Transit, California Bus Line, Sampaguita Liner and Royal
Eagle are in Baliuag, Balagtas and Hagonoy. The main bus lines of Philippine Rabbit,
Victory Liner, Aladdin Transit that originate from their main terminals in Manila,
Pasay and Quezon City and travel northward to cities and towns in Pampanga,
Tarlac and Zambales, pass through Bulacan via the Tabang exit.
Public transportation within the province, like in most of the urban areas in the
Philippines, is facilitated mostly using inexpensive jeepneys and buses. Tricycles are
used for short distances.
Industrial Estate and Parks. This is a partial list of Industrial sites in the Province.
First Bulacan Industrial City - Malolos City
Intercity Industrial Estate - Wakas, Bocaue
Bulacan Agro-Industrial Subdivision - Calumpit
Bulacan Metro Warehouse (BMW) Center - Guiguinto
Meycauayan Industrial Subd. I, II, III & IV - Meycauayan
Meridian Industrial Compound - Meycauayan
Muralla Industrial Project - Meycauayan
First Velenzuela Industrial Compound - Meycauayan
Sterling Industrial Park Phase I, II, III & IV - Meycauayan
Grand Industrial Estate - Plaridel
Sapang Palay Industrial Estates - San Jose del Monte City
Agus Development Corporation - Sta. Maria
Bulacan ICT Park - Marilao
Tatak Bulakenyo Products
Beverages Breads, Sweets and Fish and Seafoods Relish, Condiments
Apple Juice w/ Pastries Bagoong Alamang and Dips
Menthol Chocolate Coated Bagoong Isda Atsarang Ampalaya
Fruit Juice Drink Polvoron Bottled Sardines Atsarang Dampalit
Gingerale (Salabat Enseimada/Ensayma Burong Isda Atsarang Indian
in Filipino) da Sausage Relyeno Mango
Kapeng Tagalog Inipit Tahong Chips Atsarang Kangkong
(Coffee) Lengua de Gato Tinapang Tilapya Atsarang Papaya
Native Chocolate Minasa Meats Lechon Sarsa
Drink Otap Bread Chicharon Pickled Fish
Desserts Pandesal de Baliuag Longganisa Pickled Jerkins
Bibingkang Pastillas Mushroom Meat Pickled Vegetables
Lamoteng Kahoy Polvoron de Pinipig Products Sukang Bulacan
Custard Cake Puto Pao Ortega's Best (Paombong)
Pinipig de Leche Yema TET Sarsa
Special Cassava Jams Tuba nd Sasa
Cake Honey Bee Products
Sweet Preserves - Tomato Jam
Sweet Preserves -
Sweet Preserves -

Farming and fishing are the two main industries of the province. Major products
include rice, corn, sugar cane, and tilapia. In addition to farming and fishing, the
province also supports thriving cottage industries that specialize in wood carving,
furniture-making, guitars, and handicrafts. Every year during the Christmas season,
the province of Pampanga becomes the center of a thriving industry centered on
handcrafted lighted lanterns called “parols” that displays a kaleidoscope of light
and color. Other industries include its casket industry and the manufacturing of all
Purpose Vehicles present in the Municipality of Sto. Tomas.
The province is famous for its culinary industry. Kapampangans are well known for
their culinary expertise. Well known food products range from the ordinary to the
exotic. Pampanga's Best and Mekeni Food are among the better known meat brands
of the country producing Kapampangan favorites such as pork and chicken tocinos,
beef tapa, hot dogs, and longanizas (Philippines-style sausages and cured meats.)
Speciality foods such as the murcon (ground meat stuffed in fish), embutido (ground
pork roll), kare-kare (pork or beef cooked in peanut butter), sisig baboy (a spicy
pork dish best served with beer), lechon (roasted pig) and its sarsa (sauce), are
popular speciality foods in the region. The more exotic betute tugak (stuffed frog),
kamaru (mole crickets) cooked ala adobo, bulanglang (pork cooked in guava juice),
lechon kawali, and bringhe (a green sticky rice dish like paella) are a mainstay in
Kapampangan feasts. Native sweets and delicacies like pastillas, turonnes de casoy,
buro, are the most sought after by Filipinos including a growing number of tourists
who enjoy authentic Kapampangan cuisine.
Tourism is a growing industry in the province of Pampanga. Clark Field, in Angeles
City, is home to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Luzon's second International
Airport and designated as the Philippines future premier gateway site. Within the
Clark Special Economic Zone are well established hotels and resorts. Popular tourist
destinations in the province include: St. Peter Shrine in Apalit, Mt. Arayat National
Park in San Juan Bano, Arayat, the Paskuhan Village in the City of San Fernando, and
the Casino Filipino in Angeles City. Well known annual events include the Giant Lantern
Festival in December, the annual hot air balloon festival in Clarkfield during the
month of February, the San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites celebrated two days before Easter
and the Aguman Sanduk in Minalin celebrated on the afternoon of new year's day.
Other developing economies include a semiconductor industry involved in the
manufacturing of electronics and computers mostly located within the Clark Special
Economic Zone in Angeles City

The economy of Tarlac is dominantly agricultural. Principal crops are rice and
sugarcane. Other major crops are corn and coconut; vegetables such as eggplant,
garlic, and onion; and fruit trees like mango, banana, and calamansi.
Because the province is landlocked, its fish production is limited to fishponds. On
the boundary with Zambales in the west, forestlands provide timber for the logging
industry. Mineral reserves such as manganese and iron can also be found along the
western section.
Tarlac has its own rice and corn mills as well as sawmills and logging outfits. It has
three sugar centrals. Other firms service agricultural needs such as fertilizer. Among
its cottage industries, ceramics making has become important because of the
abundant supply of clay.

Zambales is a rich source of Nickel & Chromite.

Batangas also has other industries that makes it famous not only in the country but
also in the world. More than anything else, Batangas is known for its fan knife,
called balisong by the natives. This industry has become so famous that an urban
legend exists about every Batangueño carrying a balisong everywhere they go.
This is also the reason why most Filipinos would warn never to mess with a
Pineapples are also common in the province. Aside from the fruit, the leaves are
also useful that it becomes an industry of its own. In the Municipality of Taal,
pineapple leaves are being processed to be a kind of cloth known as the gusi . This
is further processed to become the Barong Tagalog, the National Costume of the
Philippines. In fact, the Barong Tagalog that was used by the heads of states in the
last Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation in 1995 was from Batangas. Princess Diana
Spencer was also known to possess a scarf made of gusi.
Batangas is also known for its livestock industry. Cattle from Batangas is widely
sought throughout the country. In fact, the term Bakang Batangas (Batangas Cow)
is actually synonymous to the country's best species of cattle. Indeed, the cattle
industry in Batangas is so famous, that every Saturday is an auction day in the
Municipalities of San Juan, Bauan and widely-known and famous Padre Garcia every
Thursday and Friday.
Being near the sea, it is only expected that fishing plays a very important part of
the Batangan Economy. Although the tuna industry in the country is mainly centred
in General Santos City, Batangas is also known for the smaller species of the said
fish. The locals even have their own names for the said fish. Some of them include
the term, Tambakol,yellow-finned Berberabe, tambakulis, Tulingan, Bonito and
another species also called Bonito but actually the Gymnosarda unicolor. There is
also an important industry for the Tanigue.
Aside from the South China Sea, Taal Lake also provides a source of fresh water
fishes to the country. The lake is home to Sardinella tawilis or simply tawilis, a
species of freshwater sardine that is endemic to the lake. Taal Lake also provides
farmed Chanos chanos or bangus . There is also a good volume of Oreochromis
niloticus niloticus and Oreochromis aureus, both locally called tilapia . It is
ecologically important to note that neither bangus nor tilapia are native to the
lake. Thus they are considered invasive species to the lake.
As mentioned in the section of culture, Batangueños are indeed fond of drinking.
This is of no surprise as it lies in what is called the coconut belt that is the raw
material for the local liqueurs, the lambanog (with 90% proof) and the tuba (which
is mae of 5.68% alcohol and 13% sugar).
Sugar is also a major industry. As a matter of fact, after the Hacienda Luisita, the
country's former largest sugar producer, was broken-up for land reform, the
Municipality of Nasugbu has been the home of the current largest sugar producing
company, the Central Azucarera Don Pedro. This also means that Batangas is also a
home for a wide industry of sweets. Rice cakes are also a strong industry.
Although Batangas has already lost its distinction as Asia's largest producer of
coffee, this industry is still thriving, especially with the boost of coffee shops all over
the country.
Blankets and mosquito nets are also widely available anywhere in the province. If
you are lucky enough, you can buy it from peddlers.
Saplot Batangenyo,Batangas novelty shirts, “For the first time, the Batangueños
had something they can wear and show off a shirt that they can show the world who
they are, that they are Batangueños through and through, and they are proud of it,
That’s because we define the message ourselves. The goal was to have religious,
intelligent ridiculous, and gross message presented with class and style.(likhang
sining ng Emmanuel's tatakan @ibp.)
And as the mythology of the Philippines say that from the bamboo came men and
women, Batangueños learned to make a living out of it. Some towns (those that are
adjacent to Laguna) have a very prosperous bamboo based industry. Here, you can
see houses that are made of bamboo, furnitures made of bamboo, and even food
cooked in bamboo. Natives say that food cooked in bamboo has an added scent and
But if the locals cook in bamboos, some also eat bamboos. Baby bamboos to be
exact. In these towns also, labong or the baby bamboo is cooked with coconut milk
or even with other ingredients to make a truly Batangas delicacy.
One must also remember that the Capital City of Batangas hosts the second most
important international seaport in the Island of Luzon. Next only to that of Manila
International Port, Batangas International Port is a primary entry point of goods not
only coming from the Southern part of the country but from everywhere in the
Marinduque is an agricultural province, primarily growing rice and coconuts. It is
also a place for handicrafts that is now being exported to dıfferent parts of the
world. Fishing is also an important part of the economy. Mining was once an
important player in the economy until a mining accident (the Marcopper Mining
Incident) occurred, bringing the industry to a standstill on the island and causing
countless amounts of damage to the people and the island. The provincial
government has just recently sued Marcopper's parent company, Placer Dome, for
$100 million in damages. Placer Dome was purchased in 2006 by Barrick, who has
now been joined in the lawsuit.
Tourism also plays a major role in the economy especially during the lenten season.
Whilst not a major source of economy for the island, it has shown great growth.

Palawan's economy is basically agricultural. The three major crops are palay,
corn and coconut. Mineral resources include nickel, copper, manganese, and
chromite. Logging is also a major industry. Palawan has one of the richest fishing
grounds in the country. About 45% of Manila's supply of fish comes from here.
Having natural gas reserves of approximately 30,000 trillion cubic feet, the province
is the only oil-producing province in the country. In addition, tourism is also a
thriving sector.
The economic and agricultural business growth of province is at 20% per annum.
Coconut, sugar, rice, lumber, and livestock are produced here.
The province of Romblon is designated as a third class province.
Situated at the center of the archipelego, Romblon links the supply areas of Luzon,
Visayas and Mindanao. Tugdan Airport in Tablas Island is only 45 minutes away by
light aircraft from Metro Manila's Financial districts. Direct ship routes from Manila
as well as the southern Luzon ports of Batangas and Lucena intensify its linkages
with industrial CALABARZON region, making the province an ideal location for
supply distribution and light manufacturing ventures. The Capital town of Romblon
and the port town of Odiongan are the province's trade and commercial centers.
Romblon is endowed with lush vegetation and mineral resources. Aside from
marble, the islands are rich in granite, nickel, silica, mercury, zinc, copper, silver,
limestone, sulfide, ores, kaolin, clay, magnesium and quartz. Gold panning sites
have sprouted in some of the mountain stream areas in Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island.
The fertile soil nurtures varied agricultural crops--like coconut, rice, corn, bananas,
rootcrops, fruit trees, vines and many others. Offshore, Romblon is a rich fishing
ground. The islands lie on the migratory path of fishes from the Sulu and Visayan
Seas, passing the Tablas Strait, Sibuyan Sea and Romblon Pass.

Traditional industries Agriculture is the main industry in Albay, which produces such
crops as coconut, rice, sugar, and abacá. Handicrafts is the major source of rural
income. It continuous to provide fairly large share in the small-scale industries of
the province. Forestry and papermaking are another source of livelihood. The
manufacture of abacá products such as Manila hemp, hats, bags, mats, and slippers
is one of the main sources of income in the rural areas. Fishing is also done along
both shores of the province. Tourism, primarily because of Mayon Volcano, also
draws income for Albay.
Heavy manufacturing industries Of the total 6,369 manufacturing establishments of
varied sizes in the Bicol Region, 48.6% are located in Albay. Bicol's largest industrial
sites are in Albay: Tiwi and Manito boast geothermal energy plants, Camalig has the
Goodfound Cement Factory, Daraga has its Isarog Pulp and Paper Company, Legazpi
City has Bicol Hair, and Legaspi Oil Company and two other large coconut oil milling
plants, making Albay top foreign currency earner this part of Luzon.

Camarines Norte
The four major manufacturing and processing industries in the province are jewelry
craft, gifts/toys/housewares, pineapple and coconut industry. Sagana din ang
Camarines norte, specially Daet, sa JURETZ services.

Camarines Sur
Agri-based, producing rice, corn, feedmeal, freshwater fish, livestock. Entrepreneurs
engage in trading, often branching out towards neighboring provinces in the south
as local demand might be limited, indicated by its mostly 3rd-5th income class

Abra (province)
As of 1990, there were 743 cottage industries in Abra, of which 208 are registered
with the Department of Trade and Industry. 59% are engaged in bamboo and rattan craft
making, both leading industries in the area.
In 1992, the natural dye industry, together with loom weaving and embroidery, was
revived by former Governor Ma. Zita Claustro-Valera, the first woman governor of Abra.
Abra's economy is agriculture-based. Its major crops are rice, corn, and root crops;
and commercial produce are coffee, tobacco, and coconut. Extensive grassland and
pasture areas are used for livestock production.

Rice culture
Ifugao culture revolves around the rice which is considered a prestige crop. Thus, it
is not surprising that there is an elaborate and complex array of rice culture feasts
inextricably linked with taboos and intricate agricultural rites from rice cultivation to
rice consumption. Harvest season certainly calls for grandiose thanksgiving feasts
while the concluding harvest rites ‘tungo or tungul’ (the day of rest) entail a strict
taboo of any agricultural work. Partaking of the rice beer (bayah), rice cakes, and
betel nut is an indelible practice during the festivities and ritual activities.
Rightly known as the unrivaled rice terrace builders, the Ifugao people practice
swidden farming expending most of their energy working at their terraces and
forest lands while occasionally tending to swidden/shifting root crop cultivation as a
complementary form of agriculture. This diversification in agriculture, that is to say,
rice growing while cultivating indigenous edible shells, fruit trees, and root crops,
has been exhibited among Ifugaos for generations which reflects their awareness in
diversified but sustainable farming. Even the building of the rice terraces, which is a
painstaking and backbreaking work of blanketing walls with stones and earth and
effectively drawing water from a main irrigation canal above the terrace clusters,
clearly manifests the importance Ifugao people put on their rice terraces.
Indigenous rice terracing technologies are in fact identified with the Ifugao rice
terraces such as their hydraulic knowledge (use of water as a construction tool),
stonework and earthwork (the knowledge of utilizing various types of soil and rocks
to form stable terrace walls), terrace design (maximizing the terrace area and
building them into an agriculturally-productive area) and lastly, terrace
maintenance (traditional irrigation and drainage management systems). As their
source of life and art, the rice terraces have sustained and shaped the lives of the
community members.