Regional Center: Baguio City
Land Area: 18,293.7 sq. km
Population (2015): 1,722,006
Other Indicators (M&E)
- POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT (POPDEV)
- REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD, FAMILY PLANNING
- ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is the landlocked, mountainous region of Northern Luzon. It consists of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, with Baguio City as administrative, service and trade center. The region’s total land area is 18,293.7 sq. km., or about 6.1 percent of the country’s total land area. CAR consists of six provinces, one chartered city, one component city, 75 municipalities and 1,176 barangays as of 31 March 2013. The population of CAR as of May 1, 2010 was 1,616,867 or about 1.8 percent of the country’s total. CAR’s population grew at the average annual rate of 2.3 percent during the period 2007-2010.
The region is the gateway to the natural wonders of Northern Luzon. These include the famous Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, which is considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Other natural attractions of the region are the splendid Sumaguing Cave in Sagada and the mummy caves of Benguet and Mt. Province. Meanwhile, the province of Kalinga is emerging as the “Ecotourism Discovery of the Cordilleras.” The distinct culture and colorful traditions of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera likewise make the region unique.
CAR is the “Watershed Cradle of Northern Luzon,” and features 13 major watersheds or river basins that supply water not only to the region but to the adjacent lowland areas in Regions I, II and III as well. This critical water resource has the potential of meeting the demand for energy and irrigation of CAR and the rest of Northern Luzon. These watersheds also feature other vital natural resources such as forest, biodiversity and minerals
Source: 2015 Regional Socio-Economic Trends (RSET, PSA)