Tawi-Tawi Province, Philippines
List of Municipalities in the Tawi-Tawi province within Region XV - ARMM in the Republic of The Philippines
Bongao (Capital) | Languyan | Mapun | Panglima Sugala | Sapa-Sapa | Sibutu | Simunul | Sitangkai | South Ubian | Tandubas | Turtle Islands
Cities in the Province of Tawi-Tawi: NONE
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Seal of the Province Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Location of Tawi Tawi
Provincial Capitol of Tawi-Tawi, Bongao
Tawi-tawi provincial capitol, Bongao
Tawi Tawi Provincial Capitol Upclose, Bongao
Gov. Sadikul A. Sahali
Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi Airport
Church of Notre Dame in Batu-Batu Tawi-Tawi
Tawi-Tawi Vice Governor Ruby Sahali-Tan and Mayor Nickerson Tan of Mapun
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Sheik Makdum Mosque Tubig Indangan Simunul Island Tawi Tawi
Province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- The province of Tawi-Tawi is within Region XV-ARMM
- Bongao is the capital municipality of the province of Tawi-Tawi.
- Tawi-Tawi has 11 municipalities and 203 baranagays.
- 1 Geography and Location of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 2 History of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 3 People of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 4 Elected Government Officials of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 5 Businesses in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 6 Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Tawi Tawi, Philippines
- 7 Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 8 Religions in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 9 Schools in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 10 Economy of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 11 Natural Resources of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 12 Tourists Attractions of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 13 Fiestas and Traditions of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 14 Philippine News
- 15 Tawi-Tawi Zip Codes
- 16 Tawi-Tawi, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
- 17 The oldest living man or woman in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 18 Your story about Tawi Tawi, Philippines
- 19 Tawi-Tawi, Philippines Photo Gallery
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Geography and Location of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- 5.2000° N, 120.2500° E - Tawi-Tawi, Coordinates
The province has two seasons: dry and wet The climate is generally moderate. The wettest months are from August to November. The other months of the year are generally dry with occasional rain showers.
The Tawi-Tawi group of islands is located at the southwestern tip of the Philippine archipelago. It lies along the earth’s equatorial zone and is composed of 307 islands and islets, 88 of which are characterized by extensive reefs. The total land area is 114.9 square kilometers with terrain ranging from level to steep. The province has a population of 250,718 distributed in 10 municipalities. The general climate is cool and breezy along the coastal areas and hot and humid within the island. The rainy season begins in August and ends in November. Much of Tawi-Tawi’s resources come from the sea; from the rich fishing grounds to spectacular sceneries of white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs.
History of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Tawi-Tawi was previously part of the province of Sulu. On September 11, 1973, pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 302, the new province of Tawi-Tawi was officially created, separate from Sulu. The seat of the provincial government was established in Bongao.
The name of Tawi-Tawi is a projection of the Malay word "jaui" meaning "far." Prehistoric travelers from the Asian mainland would repeat the word as "jaui-jaui" to mean "far away" because of the distance of the islands from the continent of Asia. The word "Tawi-Tawi" was picked up to later become the official name of the province.
- Below is an article about the history of Tawi-Tawi from the Government of Tawi-Tawi
The folklore of the Tawi-Tawi Samals holds that the seafaring people came from the Malay Peninsula. The links with the rest of Southeast Asia are very strong and these contacts have helped shape the culture and the history of the islands.
Tawi-Tawi claims the distinction of being the earliest home of Islam in the country. In 1380, Sheik Karim ul-Makhdum established the first mosque on Philippine territory, in Simunul. Makhdum’s tomb in Sibutu continues to be revered by Philippine Muslims. From the time of the Sulu Sultanate’s inception in the 14th century, Tawi-Tawi had traditionally been part of its realm.
During most of the Spanish period in the Philippines, Tawi-Tawi remained free of western intervention. In 1882, the Spaniards made their first attempt to control the island group by establishing a garrison on the island. They withdrew from the islands at the close of the century as a result of the Philippine Revolution.
The Americans established control over the islands and incorporated Tawi-tawi into the province of Sulu in 1914. Parts of the Tawi-Tawi islands were repurchased from Spain as a consequence of omissions in the Treaty of Paris. Sibutu and Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi were bought for an additional $100,000.
In 1948, when the Turtle Islands were returned to the Philippines by Great Britain, they were constituted as part of the island group. The islands remained part of Sulu until 1973 when the province of Tawi-Tawi was created through Presidential Decree No. 302.
Tawi-Tawi was incorporated into an autonomous regional government for Western Mindanao in 1979 following agreements with the Moro secessionist movement. In 1989, the province voted overwhelmingly to become part of an Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
People of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
- For 2015 Tawi-Tawi Population = 390,715
- For 2007 Tawi-Tawi Population = 450,346
Indeginous People: Samal, Badjaos, Tausugs
- Below is an article about the people of Tawi-Tawi from the Government of Tawi-Tawi
This remote province of Tawi-tawi is called the southernmost pearl of the Philippines. This undiscovered beauty is a cluster of 300 islands scattered southwards off the Zamboanga Peninsula and derived it’s name from the Malay word jaui. It is the home of the Samals and Badjaos (commonly known as "Sea Gypsies" among the Western peoples ). They are part of the Sama ethnic group whose culture is closely linked to the sea.
Samals typically live in compact communities. Their houses are usually on stilts over shallow seas, linked by catwalks. The interiors of their houses are not partitioned and often displays a hanayan-- an ornate shelving. Their culture traits are very similar to the mainstream of Southeast Asia especially with similar groups with marine orientations. Their sustenance is largely associated with marine resources with cassava as the staple. The Samals are also known for their beautifully carved grave markers that are left on their burial plots on small, sandy islands. Traditionally a very peaceful Muslim group, they claim to have no weaponry. When confronted with aggression, the reaction of the Samal is generally to take flight.
The Badjaos are born and live on their houseboats-- the lepa. The lepa is one of the most beautiful of traditional boats, possessing an ancient type of boat architecture with a uniquely designed sail with a "mouth" which enables the boat to go almost directly into the eye of the wind. They are a non-aggressive people, and for centuries have lived on the perimeters of stronger societies, trying to avoid discord.
Tauti is Tawi-Tawi’s occupational dance, which vividly portrays the labors of catching tauti, or catfish. The first version is performed solo and depicts the trials of a lone fisherman attempting to catch the tauti. The second version has a principal dancer with two accompanying performers who assist in paddling the canoe and baiting. In both cases, the fishermen wrestle with the tauti en masse and ultimately get pricked by their poisonous spines. They ultimately catch a few fish, but not without suffering major pain.
Although Tawi-Tawi is not a popular destination, it has been a known trading center of Southern and Muslim Traders for centuries. It’s potential for eco-tourism remains untapped. Bongao, with its horseshoe shaped port is said to be the busiest in the Sulu archipelago. At the Turtle Islands, one can explore the sea and watch how turtles mate underwater and lay eggs in the sand. Sitangkai is said to be the "Venice of the Far East", with no roads and boats as the standard means of transportation.
The pride of Sibutu Island is the gayang—a long ,slender, single-edged blade with a wooden cylinder handle wrapped with cord, but at the butt end is a small jut carved with images of fish, frog, dog, or goat. The hardwood scabbard is carved in okir.
The marshland vegetation of Tawi-tawi produce pandan leaves and rattan needed for mat making. The mat makers of Ungus Matata, Tandubas although weaving only for home-use, produce mats that are considered to be superior in quality. The Tandubas weavers make their work tighter and softer with more intricate and varied designs.
Provincial Capitol, 7500 Bongao, Tawi-Tawi
- Elected officials of Tawi-Tawi for the term of 2016-2019
- Provincial Governor of Tawi-Tawi: Rashidin "Rash" H. Matba
- Provincial Vice-Governor of Tawi-Tawi: Michail "Tati" Kong Ahaja
- House Representative (congress) of Tawi-Tawi: Ruby Maquiso Sahali
- Assemblyman of tawi tawi: Romel Matba
- Board Member (Sangguniang Panlalawigan) In The 1st District Of Tawi-Tawi:
- Allan Ahamad
- Sabuddin Abdurahim
- Mohammad Yusof Tidal
- Edzfar Ladjahali
- Board Member (Sangguniang Panlalawigan) In The 2nd District Of Tawi-Tawi:
- Sukarno Asri
- Nasser Habe
- Habib Ismael Masdal
- Elmasia Madjilon
- Elected officials of Tawi-Tawi for the term of 2013-2016
- Provincial Governor of Tawi-Tawi: Sahali, Nurbert Maquiso Toto Lp
- Provincial Vice-Governor of Tawi-Tawi: Michail "Tati" Kong Ahaja Lp
- House Representative of Tawi-Tawi: Congresswoman Ruby Maquiso Sahali - LIBERAL PARTY
- Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Tamburani, Abdulwahab Moluhasim Abdul Lp
- Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Jaani, Ganda Aleo Ghan Lp
- Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Ladjahali, Edzfar Sali Papay Lp
- Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Jaji, Abdulajid Jaddi Lajid Npc
- Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Abdulmunap, Al-Khalid Abdulhan Nongs Lp
- Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Habe, Nasser Muhajil Nhas Lp
- Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Madjilon, Elmasia Lipae Emang Ind
- Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Masdal, Ismael Amil Habib Lp
- Assemblyman Ajihil, Myrna Chiong Mheng Lp
- Assemblyman Halipa, Sulay Hassan Lay Lp
- Assemblyman Bawasanta, Rodolfo Antoyan Rudy Lp
- Elected officials of Tawi-Tawi for the term of 2010-2013
- Provincial Governor of Tawi-Tawi: Sadikul Adalla Sahali
- Provincial Vice-Governor of Tawi-Tawi: Ruby Maquiso Sahali
- House Representative of Tawi-Tawi: Congressman Nur Gaspar Jaafar
- Provincial Board Members:
- Elected officials of Tawi-Tawi for the term of 2007-2010
- Governor of Tawi-Tawi for the term of 2007-2010
- Member(s) of the House of Representatives of Tawi-Tawi for the term of 2007-2010
Elected Barangay Officials within the Tawi-Tawi Province
Businesses in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Agriculture, fishing, and agar-agar farming are the leading source of livelihood of the people of Tawi-Tawi, with quite a number engaged in the barter trade business. Copra is the top agricultural produce, followed by root crops, fruits, and vegetables.
Tawi-Tawi has an airport, a commercial seaport and a road network of 334 kilometers long. Electricity comes from the National Power Corporation through a local electric cooperative. The water supply comes from communal faucets, from deep wells and spring waterworks system. Taw-Tawi has 2 radio stations, a television station, 2 telegraph stations, 2 telex stations, a post office and a telephone system.
The trade and investment opportunities in Tawi-Tawi are in tourism and aquaculture. Tawi-Tawi can boast of unique tourist attractions peculiar to its location. Its white sand beaches are certified to have pristine waters while the coral reefs are guaranteed to be world class. Nature lovers and environmentalists would have a grand time in the bird sanctuary in Sibutu as well as in the protected areas of Turtle Islands. Tourist accommodation facilities would complement the splendid sites in the islands. Production and processing of marine products are also potential business ventures in Tawi-Tawi
- How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood
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- Gas Stations, Water Stations, Propane Stations
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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
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Religions in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Majority of the people are Muslims.
Schools in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
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Public High Schools In Tawi-Tawi
- Balimbing National High School : Balimbing, Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Balimbing NHS: Abdulwahab M. Sangkula
- Banaran National High School : Tonggusong, Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Banaran NHS: Aminkandra U. Lajarani
- Batu-Batu National High School : Batu-Batu, Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Batu-Batu NHS: Juana M. Sahali
- Bintawlan National High School : Bintawlan, South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Bintawlan NHS: Mohammad Nur A. Tidal
- Ligayan National High School : Ungus-Ungus, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Ligayan NHS: Amparo C. Usman
- Mantabuan National High School : Mantabuan, Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Mantabuan NHS: Elmah A. Ballabato
- Manukmangkaw National High School : Manukmangkaw, Simunul, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Manukmangkaw NHS: Jaafar Ali Y. Usman
- Sanga-Sanga National High School : Sanga-Sanga, Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Sanga-Sanga NHS: Hadji Saberin J. Ulama
- Sipangkot National High School : Sipangkot, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Sipangkot NHS: Nurpatta M. Basa
- Sitangkai National High School : Ungus-Ungus, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Sitangkai NHS: Rustam A. Mohammad
- South Ubian National High School : East Talisay, South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The South Ubian NHS: Hja. Juihaida N. Kayting
- Tandubanak National High School : Tandubanak, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Tandubanak NHS: Idris J. Asakil
- Tandubas School Of Fisheries : Sallangan Hiya, Tandubas, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Tandubas NHS: Abdulhamid A. Napii
- Tawi Tawi Pilot. Opp. SOF : Bongao Poblacion, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The School: Abdulmuin T. Annuddin
- Tawi Tawi Sat : Pag-asa, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The School: Mohammad Nur A. Tidal
- Tawi Tawi West Coast Agricultural High School : Jakarta, Mapun, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The School: Hja. Massaat P. Sangogot
- Tubig Indangan National High School : Tubig Indangan, Simunul, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Tubig Indangan NHS: Rosalinda A. Montes
- Turtle Island High School : Poblacion, Turtle Islands, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Turtle Island NHS: Ryan H. Satal
- Ummat National High School : Mongkay, Simunul, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Ummat NHS: Abduraja S. Jahama, Al. Haj.
- Ungus Matata National High School : Ungus Matata, Tandubas, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Principal Of The Ungus Matata NHS: Wahed K. Ladja-Kahal
- Abubakar Learning Center Foundation College (ACLC)
- Mahardika Institute of Technology (MITI)
- Mindanao State University-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography
- Tubig Sallang, Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi
- Tawi-Tawi State Agricultural College (TSAC)
- Tawi-Tawi School of Midwifery
- PC Compound, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi
- Tawi-tawi Regional Agricultural College
- Bongao, Tawi-Tawi
USAID Activities in Tawi-Tawi Province as of March 2009:
- Under the Computer Literacy and Internet Connection Program (CLIC), which was launched on July 11, 2003, in Bongao, Tawi-tawi, GEM has provided the Mindanao State University (MSU) Preparatory High School with five computers, basic software and peripherals, and installed a local area network server. The computers are connected to the Internet service at the college department. The turnover was witnessed by US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone and Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin AA/ANE, USAID.
- GEM has provided Internet access to 18 schools in the Province. GEM has also provided computers and printers to 15 of these schools. These CLIC packages benefit around 9,600 students:
- One (1) elementary school has been connected to the internet. This Teacher CLIC package benefits about 524 students and 18 teachers.
- GEM-CLIC also provides training for Parent-Teacher-Community Association (PTCA) presidents, teachers and principals of CLIC recipient schools. Training courses attended by PTCA members of CLIC schools in Tawi-tawi Province are the STI’s Training on Basic Computer and Internet Literacy, MS Office Specialist (MOS) ICT Literacy Training, Training on Basic PC and Internet Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair, and IBM E-Mentorship Program. A total of 92 teachers from the Province participated in these training sessions.
- Under the Education Awareness Support Effort (EASE), GEM has provided 44 matching grants to 38 schools in Tawi-tawi Province. These grants benefit 20,000 students.
- To date, there are twelve (12) grants for various schools in the province are underway.
- In addition, GEM-EASE organized a training program on the use of IBM KidSmart software, conducted in partnership with EduQuest, Inc. participated by a teacher from Panglima Annao Elem. School, an EASE-MGP school recipient in the Province.
- Under the Congressional Internship Program for Young Muslim Leaders (CIPYML),GEM, in partnership with the Philippine House of Representatives and the Mindanao State University (MSU), provides a 4-month internship program and introductory Governance course to qualified young professionals from ARMM and other conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. Nineteen graduates of this Program are from Tawi-tawi Province.
Economy of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
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Possible Tawi-Tawi oil field to propel economy
By NONOY E. LACSON
January 26, 2010, 3:40pm
BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi – The possible oil find in Mapun, Tawi-Tawi will bail out from poverty the people of the province and eventually give the provincial government here the needed socio-economic and infrastructure development in the coming months.
This was the statement issued by Tawi-Tawi Gov. Sadikul Sahali after visiting the Exxon Mobile oilrig site off Mapun municipal group of islands in Tawi-Tawi on Monday.
Exxon Mobil chief executive officer Ian Fischer and other top executives invited Sahali to an inspection tour at the oilrig site off Mapun town Monday.
The Exxon Mobil oilrig site is located southeast of Mapun – northeast of Taganak and southwest of Turtle Island, employs about 165 highly technical and trained personnel composed of Filipinos, Indonesians, Malaysians and even American.
The oil exploration company, Fisher said, had just closed the first oilrig drilling site and recently opened a new site in the area for another possible oil deposits.
“I am convinced they found oil deposits in their first oilrig site in Mapun but not of commercial quantity, though they have not told me that they found such during their oilrig activities in the area,” the governor said.
“What I am hoping now is for the company to find the oil deposits in the area in order for the province to also benefit from their finds in term of employment, infrastructure development and most importantly for needed socio and economic development for the province,” Sahali disclosed.
He also described the Exxon Mobil oilrig activities in Mapun as using the most “sophisticated state-of-the-art facilities and guided by Global Positioning System or GPS.”
GPS is a navigational system involving satellites and computers that can determine the latitude and longitude of a receiver on Earth by computing the time difference for signals from different satellites to reach the receiver.
Arroyo vows to spark Tawi-Tawi revival
Thursday, 19 June 2008 22:27
President Arroyo has vowed to spark a revival of Tawi-Tawi, the country’s poorest province, as the national government has started to increase its investments in the province and in the region.
It was the President’s sixth visit to Tawi-Tawi and this time around she brought her husband Jose Miguel Arroyo and her daughter Evangeline Lourdes with her as well as some "blessings" for the poor families in the province.
The President spearheaded the launch of a modified mariculture development project in Sibutu, the sprucing up of the madrasah or Islamic school in Bongao, the groundbreaking of the P324-million Tawi-Tawi Bridge road partnership project in Bongao, the distribution of conditional cash transfer certificates to 3,000 of the poorest families in the province, and the repacking of National Food Authority rice for the government’s food-for-school program.
"These investments in people and in physical infrastructure will in turn attract more private investment and create more jobs, ultimately improving the lives of the people of Tawi-Tawi," the President said.
"Rep. (Nur) Jaafar has already mentioned the 2006 figures that say that Tawi-Tawi is the poorest province in the country. It has a poverty incidence of 7.89 percent and we must do something together to bring that percentage down," she added.
The President acknowledged that she is aware that the benefits of the growing economy have yet to fully reach a lot of people in Tawi-Tawi and that they are "struggling mightily."
Apart from the investments coming from the national government, the President said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also been supportive of efforts to bring development to Mindanao.
The President said Saudi Arabia has provided a $20-million loan for this purpose and that the Philippine government is already implementing projects funded by it.
On her way to Bongao, the President said Saudi Arabian Ambassador Mohammed Ameen Wali has informed her that his country has committed another $80-million loan to finance priority projects in Mindanao.
To ensure that the Saudi-funded projects are implemented efficiently, the President said only those with feasibility studies and are already in the pipeline should be considered.
The President directed Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap to submit his department’s projects for Saudi funding, including the four phases of the mariculture project in Tawi-Tawi.
She also directed the Commission on Higher Education to conduct a full-blown feasibility study and come up with a proposal to use the Saudi fund to double the number of enrollees in agriculture and fishery schools in Muslim Mindanao.
The President has asked her daughter to help Tawi-Tawi and the rest of Mindanao come up with project proposals on sustainable fisheries to be financed by Saudi Arabia.
According to the President, her daughter is an environmentalist and is the policy officer of the Coral Triangle for the World Wildlife Fund.
"Investing in the vital infrastructure also includes building up our environment as a reflection of our commitment to our quality of life," she said.
"To all of you, congratulations. Ngayon ang simula ng pagbangon ng Tawi-Tawi (This is the start of the revival of Tawi-Tawi)," she added.
Local, foreign investments boost Tawi-Tawi economy
By NONOY E. LACSON
September 29, 2009, 4:02pm
BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi – Economic activities continued to flourish in the entire province after local and foreign investments, including funding support from donor countries, kept pouring in, Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali said during his State-of-the-Province Address (SoPA) over the other day.
Sahali said the province is fast- moving forward to attain the needed socio-economic development as infrastructure activities can also be found in almost all the 11 towns of the province.
“Signs of economic growth and development are evident in all the other municipalities of Tawi-Tawi,” he said. He cited the newly renovated and expanded Sanga-Sanga Airport and some major infrastructure activities here as good proof that the province is moving forward to achieve socio-economic development.
The improved airport can now accommodate bigger aircrafts, like the 737 airbuses, Sahali said.
“This is good and promising for local travel and tourism. We are fully aware that without an airport, tourism is merely a dream. We are now effectively linked with the country’s major cities, and those of neighboring countries,” he said.
He also thanked the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program for helping in the construction of roads, boat landings and footbridges in many villages of Tawi-Tawi.
The chief executive also guaranteed the people here that their living condition will soon be uplifted as a result of the province’s gains in economic and infrastructure activities.
He proudly reported during his SoPA that the recent global economic downtrend that have hit the Philippines have not disrupted the economy of Tawi-Tawi.
“As your governor, I was jubilantly surprised to know that the global crisis had not affected our people, neither has it dramatically disrupted our local economy,” he said.
He also praised and thanked the seaweed farmers here for their role in keeping the province economy afloat.
“Tawi-Tawi continues to be the leading seaweeds producer of the country and it has tremendously helped our economy to stay afloat. I wish to extend our deepest thanks and admiration to our seaweeds farmers and entrepreneurs,” the governor said during his speech.
The phase of economic activities in Sitangkai, known as the Venice of the South, can be considered very bullish and stable due to its being the biggest producer and exporter of seaweed and other marine products in the country,” the governor told the provincial and local government officials in attendance at the SoPA
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Natural Resources of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Tawi-Tawi aims for environmental sustainability
(The Philippine Star) Updated May 10, 2009 12:00 AM
Tawi-tawi Vice Governor Ruby Sahali-Tan and Mayor Nickerson Tan of Mapun have launched a movement to achieve environmental sustainability through education.
“We aim to strengthen our leadership role in education for environmental sustainability by promoting local system-wide change through greater coordination and collaboration with territory and local governments,” said the vice governor who is an exponent of environment.
The two will be also focusing on achieving a culture of sustainability in which teaching and learning for sustainability are reinforced by continuous improvement in the sustainability of local management.
“We will be fostering sustainability in business and industry and will build capacity in business and industry to plan for sustainability, adopt appropriate frameworks and tools, and harness incentives for change such as improved efficiencies, cost savings, governance reputation, and staff morale and retention,” said Mayor Tan of Mapun Island.
The aim of these moves is to make Tawi-Tawi a major destination for tourists. They have noted that many travelers now ignore the most popular destinations and continue to search for new ones.
This opens up potentials for Tawi-Tawi which, unknown to many, offers beautiful white sand beaches, majestic limetone cliffs and clear turquoise waters surrounding hundreds of islands belonging to the Tawi-Tawi archipelago.
The two officials are hoping to make Tawi-Tawi as the next great beach destination in the Philippines. It will take about one hour to get to Bongao, Tawi-Tawi from Zamboanga City while the flight from Manila To Zamboanga takes about an hour and 20 minutes
Hydrocarbon deposit found in Tawi-Tawi:
- Scott Spradlin, operations manager of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Philippines, said in a briefing here Thursday 1/21/10, that they found deposits of either oil or gas some 16,000 meters deep in the waters of Tawi-Tawi. With the discovery, ExxonMobil sought a partnership with the Department of Energy to ensure the protection of its exploration in the area.
- “This is a good discovery for the Philippines and with it, more people will be interested in the area,” he said.
- To address the security aspect, Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Ben Dolorfino said the Department of Energy had requested the defense department to provide security in the exploration area.
- On Thursday morning, Dolorfino and Naval Forces Western Mindanao Commander Rear Admiral Alexander Pama signed a memorandum of understanding with ExxonMobil to secure the exploration site.
- Protect the environment
It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Roy Cimatu - since May 8, 2017
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power and thermal energy conversion. We have too many black outs.
Tourists Attractions of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
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- Seaweed Festival from Sept. 27 to Oct. 7
Tawi-Tawi readies tourism master dev’t plan
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 by (Bong Garcia)
BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi -- Governor Sadikul Sahali said they are readying a tourism master development plan to lure domestic and foreign tourists to visit this southern tip province.
Sahali said the tourism master development plan is being prepared by a committee he created comprising of all department heads and representatives from the private sector. Sahali is optimistic that Tawi-Tawi will become one of the country’s tourist destinations, citing the province has a great potential in as far as eco-tourism is concerned.
The province of Tawi-Tawi, which comprises of 11 towns, has more than 300 islands and islets within its political jurisdiction. It boasts pristine beaches that are ideal spots for scuba diving.
Sahali said traveling to Tawi-Tawi would soon be easier, citing plans are afoot by the two giant airline firms to open routes from and to the province following the upgrading and improvement of the Sanga-Sanga airport.
At present, the province is being served by an airline that operates a 19-seater plane.
Ambassador Kristie Kenney inaugurated Monday the just completed upgrading and improvement projects of Sanga-Sanga airport.
The two officials also foresee that there would be an increase in business activity with the completion of the project.
Fiestas and Traditions of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
Since the majority of the people in Tawi-Tawi are muslims, fiestas are not celebrated in the barangays. The muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice (Hari Raya), Muslims worldwide sacrifice sheep, goats, cows or camels for the sake of religion and community. It is done in remembrance of the sacrifice undertaken by Prophet Ibrahim, who was ready to sacrifice his son Ismail, but a ram appeared in his place at the last moment.
- 6% growth target stays
- Monday, Septembe 16, 2019
- The Department of Finance (DOF) said the government is maintaining its growth target of six percent or higher this year, even as the economy settled at only 5.5 percent growth in the first semester given the delay in the enactment of the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
- Carlos Dominguez, finance secretary, also said to avoid a repeat of the 2019 budget delay, leaders of both the Senate and the House of Representatives are meeting every month to monitor the progress on the budget and the 25 priority bills enumerated in the 4th State-of-the-Nation Address ........... Full Story»
- Stocks up, peso stronger
- Thursday, August 15, 2019
- Share prices ended higher yesterday as investors tracked overseas leads to trade the market.
- The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) was up 70.20 points to 7,858.65, a 0.9 percent hike ........... Full Story»
- Inaugural triathlon at New Clark City set
- Monday, August 16, 2019 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines — All is set for the New Clark City Triathlon which is the first triathlon event to be held at the New Clark City Sports Complex in Capas, Tarlac on Oct. 19-20.
- GoClark Sports and Events has partnered with presenting sponsor Robinsons Land Corp. in this triathlon featuring the swim event at the Aquatics Center, the 20km bike in the newly built New Clark City-SCTex connecting road and the run course in the sports complex, including the warm-up athletic track, the river park and a finish lap around the 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium ............................... Full Story»
Tawi-Tawi Zip Codes
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Tawi-Tawi, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
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- ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
- CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
- Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>
The oldest living man or woman in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
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