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Ecological Profile

Geographic and Resource Endowment

            The Province of Nueva Vizcaya is located in the heart of Northern Luzon, about 268 kilometers north of Manila and 118 kilometers south of Tuguegarao City. It is geographically located at the southernmost part of Region 02 and often referred to as the gateway to vast Cagayan Valley Region. It is bounded on the north by Ifugao, in the northeast by Isabela, east by Quirino, west by Benguet and south by Nueva Ecija. Its coordinates range between 1.5 degrees, 45 minutes and 30 seconds and 16 degree, 41 minutes and 20 seconds and 121 degree, 27 minutes and 6 seconds east longitude.

               Approximately 60.21% of the province is mountainous characterized by very steep to steep landform. About 25.41% is rolling to moderately steep and 14.38% is gently sloping to undulating and flat to near flat. Most of the latter are agricultural areas concentrated in the North Sector. Only the Municipality of Ambaguio and some parts of Quezon and Bayombong are considered mountainous in the North. Most of the mountainous areas are found in the South Sector.

Geography

            In view of its location within the watersheds of the Caraballo and Cordillera mountain ranges and its distinction as the major source of fruits and vegetables in the region, Nueva Vizcaya is hailed as a "Watershed Haven and Agro-Forestry of the Valley".

            The province has a total land area of 4,378.80 square kilometers or 409,000 hectares, which accounts for 16.30% of the total land area of Region II. It is composed of 15 municipalities and 275 barangays, with Bayombong as the Provincial Capital and major educational center, Kayapa as the “Summer Capital” and “Vegetable Bowl”, and Bambang and Solano as the major commercial centers of the province.

            Nueva Vizcaya could be reached by at least four regular entry points, aside from reaching it by air travel. These are through the historic Dalton Pass reaching the first town of Santa Fe; through the  Daang  Maharlika,  entering  the  town  of  Diadi;  through  the  Vizcaya- Banaue Road entering the town of Bagabag and through the Vizcaya-Benguet Road, entering the town of Kayapa. Terrain is mountainous with a river valley drained by Magat River, a major tributary of the Cagayan River.  

The province is within the influence of the typhoon belt in Northern Luzon. However, it is not in the direct path of cyclones that visit the region. Climate falls under the third type in which seasons are not very pronounced, characterized by rainfall pattern that is relatively wet from May to October and gradually becomes dry during November to February. March and April are considered dry. December and January are considered as the coldest months while March and April are the hottest. 

Municipal Profile

              Aritao is a second class municipality specifically located in the southeaster portion of the province of Nueva Vizcaya and lies within the geographical coordinates of 16–10 to 160-20 North Latitude and East Longhitude 120o-55’ to 121o – 06 of the earth's surface.

         It is bounded on the North by Bambang and Kayapa; East by Dupax del Sur, South by Caranglan, Nueva Ecija and West by Santa Fe. 

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Transportation and Communication

The town proper is accessible through the Manila – Cagayan Valley and Baguio-Aritao National Roads.  It is about thirty km south of the provincial capital town of Bayombong.  Heading for Tuguegarao City requires traveling about  240 km while going to Manila is 235 km and to Baguio City via Kayapa is 107 km.


Land Area

The Municipality covers a total land area of 40,415 hectares spread out in 22 barangays, three of which are considered urban barangays namely Poblacion, Kirang, Banganan.  The municipal area is classified into alienable and disposable lands and forestlands with total area of 33,777 hectares.

The total land area of agriculture is 7,155.28 hectares representing 17.70% of the total land area of the municipality.

Land Area Distribution per Barangay

Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya

 

LIST OF BARANGAYS

LAND AREA

(Ha)

PERCENT

A.  URBAN AREA

   

1.  Banganan

622.64

1.54

2.  Kirang

3,174.75

7.86

3.  Poblacion

583.24

1.44

Sub-Total

4,380.63

10.84

B.  RURAL AREA

   

1.  Anayo

1,534.01

3.80

2.  Baan

8,878.24

21.97

3.  Balite

2,531.43

6.26

4.  Beti

1,210.08

2.99

5.  Bone North

807.47

2.00

6.  Bone South

1,233.61

3.05

7.  Calitlitan

2,345.58

5.83

8.  Canabuan

5,500.15

13.61

9.  Canarem

1,503.95

3.72

10.  Comon

1,232.96

3.05

11.  Cutar

452.54

1.12

12.  Darapidap

1,388.40

3.44

13.  latar

1,167.71

2.89

14.  Nagcuartelan

490.97

1.22

15.  Ocao-Capiniaan

2,140.82

5.30

16.  Santa Clara

1,012.35

2.51

17.  Tabueng

637.07

1.58

18.  Tucanon

884.38

2.19

19.  Yaway

1,073.65

2.66

Sub-Total

36,034.37

89.16

TOTAL

40,415.00

100.00

 

Administrative Map

area of Aritao

 

Area of Aritao by Land Classification

Land Classification

without Claims

with claims

TOTAL AREA

Percent

Forest and Forestlands

28,002.63

      5,774.37

33,777.00

80.84

Alienable and Disposable (A&D)

6,638.00

                -  

6,638.00

19.16

TOTAL

34,640.63

      5,774.37

40,415.00

100

Source: DENR Land Classification Data, 2004

              FLUP 2009-2014

     

 

Present Landuse Map

Present land use map


Terrain

       Flat terrain found in the central part of Aritao with its lowest elevation of 350 meters above sea level. Hilly to rolling terrain in the north & east of Aritao. Steeply mountainous in the west and south of Aritao with its highest elevation of 1,575 meters above sea level.

 Elevation Map

Elevation Category

TOTAL

% of Total

 Below 500 masl

9,386.97

26.89

 500-1,000 masl

20,015.94

57.35

 1,000 masl & above

5,499.52

15.76

 TOTAL

 34,902.43

100.00

 

Proposed General Landuse Map

Proposed general land use map

 

Seasons

            Aritao belongs to the to the 3rd type of climate

  1. Dry season – November to mid May
  2. Wet season  - mid May to October

Climatic factors affecting Aritao

  1. Southwest monsoon
  2. South Pacific Traders

            Rainy days experienced during the months of December, January, February are influenced by the Northwest Monsoon that passes through the province. The average rainfall from the monitoring station is 196.10 millimeters per year.


 Natural Resources

             Marang River (Caraballo Mt.) and Sta. Fe River (Sierra Madre Mt.) are the head waters of Magat River.

River

Certificate of Ancestral Domain Claim (CADC) 

        = 8,900.00 hectares

Now Indigenous Peoples’ Project Act (IPRA) –Ikalahans & Ibalois

Barangays Covered

 
 

1.  Anayo

 

2.  Balite

 

3.  Calitlitan

 

4.  Canabuan

 

5.  Canarem

 

6.  Sta. Clara

 

7.  Ocao-Capiniaan

 

8.  Bone South

 

9.  Yaway

 

10. Beti

 

 

Protected Area Coverage

Subwatershed

PROTECTION AREAS

PROTECTION AREAS

PRODUCTION AREA

TOTAL

Old Growth Forest

A & D

within Forestland

1000 masl

Flood Prone Areas

 

50-100% slope

   

Erosion Prone areas

   

Imugan

                     2,067.5

225

                     4,037.5

     6,330

Sta. fe

1180

900

                        7,515

     9,595

Marang

                     2,682.5

510

                     8,167.5

    11,360

TOTAL

                        5,930

                        1,635

                      19,720

    27,285

 

Population

The population of Aritao from the last survey by the National Statistics Office (NSO) on 2010 is 37, 115 with an annual population growth rate of 1.05%.  Majority of the population speaks Ilocano with 84.11% of the population followed by Ikalahan/Kalanguya which composed of 6.53% and thirdly Tagalog 3.56%.  The participation rate with that of the labor force are 62.51% and those not in labor force is 23.61%.

  • Population Density

               Urban Area- 10.06 persons/hectare

               Rural Area –0.80 person/hectare

population

 

Financial Institution

          Banks

5 Banking Institutions (Rural Bank of Aritao; Cordillera Savings & Loan Bank; Agri-Business Bank; Rural Bank of Bayombong, Inc. & Producer Bank)

bank

 

Pawnshops/Money Changer

   Navarro’s pawnshop, MLhuilleir, Cebuano Lhuilleir

 

Power Supply and Electrification

        All barangays had already been energized however, with the topography of the municipality as mostly hilly to mountainous and the sporadic clustering of houses, there are still sitios that are not served with electricity. Power supply comes from Luzon Grid of TRANSCO which is being distributed by Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative Inc. (NUVELCO).


Telecommunication/Telephone Services

      Telegraphic Services such as Telegraph/Telex/Telegraphic Transfer under the Bureau of Telecommunications (BuTel) is located along the Mabini Street.

      Land Line Telephone systems serviced by DIGITEL with its coverage area of 2 barangays; Poblacion and Banganan represent only about 21% of the total barangays of Aritao with 153 households installed with telephones.

      Telepono sa barangays (TSB) were installed in Rural Barangays of the Municipality granted by DOTC but are no longer functioning.

      SMART, Globe & Sun Cellular Telecom have put up their relay stations utilized by the people with cellular phones.

Sit

      

      Aritao PNP-PNP Radio Base Station

      DENR-CENRO- DENR Radio Base Station

Radio

      TV Stations

            Serviced and operated by MTCable TV (CAT-V)

tv

 

Dining Facilities

ESTABLISHMENT

LOCATION

REMARKS

1.  CCQ Restaurant 

Darapidap

Bus-Stop over

2.  Kainan sa  Aritao

Nagcuartelan

Private & public vehicles

3.  Mother Loly’s Restaurant

Calitlitan

Bus-Stop over

4.  Baliwag Bus Station

Calitlitan

Bus-Stop over

5.  Lomihan sa Aritao

Poblacion

Private & public vehicles

6.  Kainan sa Highway

Poblacion

Private & public vehicles

7. Golden Rose Restaurant

Poblacion

Private & public vehicles

8. Lourdes Grill

Poblacion

Private & public vehicles

 

ESTABLISHMENT

NUMBER

REMARKS

1.  Food Market Shops

54

Public Market, Calitlitan

2.  Restaurants & Eateries

35

Municipal Wide

 

Sports and Recreatioanl Facilities    

FACILITIES

NUMBER

LOCATION

1.  Basketball Courts

32

22  Barangays

2.  Volleyball Courts (also the basketball courts)

32

22 Barangays

3.  Gymnasium

 2

ACS (Poblacion) & Mun. Plaza

4.  Billiards

5

Poblacion, Darapidap, Bone South

5.  Playground

23

22 Barangays

 

Educational Institution

TERTIARY SCHOOLS

NAME OF SCHOOLS

NUMBER

I. PRIVATE SCHOOL

   1. Colegio de Aritao

1

HIGH SCHOOLS

NAME OF SCHOOLS

& Location

SERVICED BARANGAY

A.  Public Schools

 

     1.  Aritao High School Barangay Poblacion

Whole Municipality

     2.  Sta. Clara High  School   Sta. Clara  

Sta. Clara, Canarem, Canabuan, Anayo, Yaway, Beti

B.  Private Schools

 

       1. St. Teresita’s Academy, Barangay Poblacion

Whole Municipality

      2. Nueva Vizcaya Institute, Barangay Poblacion

Whole Municipality

     3.  Immaculate Concepcion Academy, Brgy. Bone South

Bone South, Bone North, Calitlitan, Ocao, Balite

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

NAME OF SCHOOLS

NUMBER

I.  PUBLIC SCHOOLS   

 

    A.  Preparatory Schools

28

    B.  Primary Schools

4

   C.  Elementary Schools

20

II.  PRIVATE SCHOOL

 

    A.  Preparatory Schools

3

    B.  Elementary Schools

1

SPED SCHOOL

1

School


 

Fire Stations

             Fire Department Office located at Municipal Hall Compound.

PERSONNEL

FACILITIES

TYPE

No.

TYPE

No

*Mun. Fire Marshal

1

*Fire Truck

1

*Firemen

7

*Handheld radio

0

 

Gasoline Station

NAME OF STATION

LOCATION

1.  Aritao Petron

Banganan

2.  Aritao Shell

Banganan

3. Save Oil

Banganan

Gas

 

Medical Institution    

  • Public Clinics

  23 Barangay Rural Health Units

              3 units Ambulance

  • Private  Clinics

9medical/dental clinics

 

Water    

The Local Water Works System (Level III Water System) of the municipality had been servicing the municipality specifically the urban barangays - Poblacion and Banganan and Cutar:

  • ARWASA – Banganan, Poblacion, Cutar
  • BALIBAGO – Población
  • BONE SOUTH – Bone South
  • BETI Waterworks - Beti

 

Police & Law Enforcement Agencies  

         Aritao Police Station located at Poblacion, Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.

         Crime Rate  =47.74%

POLICE FORCE 2012

FACILITIES

Type

No.

Type

No.

* Police Commissioned Officer (PCO)

 

2

*  Patrol Car

2

* Police Non- Commissioned Officer (PCO)

 

21

*Motor Cycle

*Handheld Radios

*Tel. Landline

1

4

1

 

Tourism Culture

  • Environment & Cleanliness
  1. Solid Waste Management

Equipment

No.

Areas Served

Garbage Compactor

2

Poblacion, Cutar, Banganan, Kirang, Calitlitan

 

Operational Sanitary Landfill at Ecopark, Kirang, Aritao,Nueva Vizcaya

     II.     Cemeteries & Burial Grounds

 

No.

Serviced Area

A Urban Area

2

Poblacion, Kirang,Cutar Banganan, Darapidap

b.  Rural Area

5

Beti, Canarem, Anayo, Sta. Clara, Bone South, Calitlitan, Comon, Tabueng, Bone North

 

Trade and Investment

  • Product

-Palay (Premium Rice Produce) = 22, 824 MT

-Onion (Red Creole) = 3,600 MT

-Tomato =2,466 MT

-Mango (Fruit Bearing) Carabao = 6, 000 MT

-Cut flowers

  • Potential Products for Export

- Carabao Mango

  • Investment Proposals
  • Pottery (for export to other countries)

The spatial development strategy:

  “Towards the Development of commercial industry leading to becoming the tertiary commercial center of the southern portion of the province”. 

-Large commercial area allocated along Maharlika Highway.

-Become a melting pot since the construction of Aritao-Baguio Road is on-going and Eastern Alternate Route (Aritao-Caranglaan Road is constructed).

-construction of hotels and more restaurants, filling stations, centralized bus stop over and travelers stop over.

-major entry point coming from Manila and Baguio

-producing a lot of agricultural commodities.

Tour


Historical and Tourist Spots 

  • Highway Based Tourist
  1. Lopez’ Farm (Host of Agri-Masa 2001)
  2. Comon Rock (Big Stones with Diorite & Granite)
  3. Peros Park (Big Stones with Granite and Mango Trees)
  4. Noc-Noc Dam (abundant of water and fish cages)
  • Eco-Tourist Spots
  1. Kirang-Saddle (Defense Force of Japanese Regime)
  2. Canabuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  3. Mt. Enordenan Eco-Tourism Site

 

Sister City

            Marikina City is the sister city of Aritao

 

Barangay Development Strategies

Programs:

  • Construction of Farm to Market Road
  • Provisions of Post Harvest Facilities
  • Provision of Basic Health Services
  • Development of Potential Eco-Tourism
  • Restoration/Reforestation of Denuded Forests
  • Adoption of Modern Sustainable Agricultural Farming Technology.
  • Fish Production Development
  • Support to Economic/Market Development
  • Agricultural Infrastructure Facilities

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