THE PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLAND is located northeast of Mindanao in the Philippines. The Island is known for its rock climbing sites, white sand beaches and one of the archipelago's holiest sites in the Pre-Christian native religion.
This is the 81st and newest province in the Caraga Region. The province is also the famous site of the historic Battle of Surigao Strait during World War II and the entry point of the American Liberation forces before the return of General Douglas MacArthur in Leyte.
The predominant language used by the people of Dinagat Island is Surigaonon, Cebuano, Boholano, Tagalog and English dialects and languages.
In terms of climate the province has no pronounced dry season but with a very pronounced maximum rainy season from November to January. Temperature ranges from a low of 21.1 ºC to 35ºC.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY IN DINAGAT ISLAND
Dinagat Island economy is based in agricultural production, agro-marine, agro-forest and agro-livestock industries. Agro-industrial development is the main project of the local government at present, and opening up new industries that caters to fish processing and canning for additional province revenue. However improvements of wharves, ports and roads that would link all municipalities in Dinagat are also essential.
ART AND CULTURAL HERITAGE IN DINAGAT ISLAND
YEARLY SPECIAL EVENTS
This is celebrated in Siargao Island every June 8 to 12 featuring four-day adventure race such as trekking, trail running, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming, rappelling, orienting, land navigation, among others.
Siargao Int’l. Human Body Boarding Challenge This is celebrated every October 7 to 20 in General Luna, featuring water sports event.
MUNICIPALITIES OF DINAGAT ISLAND
Dinagat Islands is divided into 7 municipalities:
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
Governor Generoso Lupon
This is the most visited tourist spot located at barangay white beach, ideal for picnicking and swimming.
This is a unique ironwood forest of Dinagat Island and is one of the watershed’s most productive resources.
These saltwater-loving trees form interminable marine forests covering an area of 17,473 hectares along the coasts of the mainland and the islands of Siargao and Dinagat.
Metallic and Non-Metallic Deposits
The province is endowed with an abundance of natural resources with metallic reserves such as nickeleferous laterite ore, gold, chromite, lode ore, and laterite ore and non-metallic reserves such as limestone, silica deposits, guano, rock phosphate, sand, and gravel. Dinagat Island also has major reserves of chromate.
Sea Air flies every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday from Cebu City to Siargao Island and vice versa.