Abra (province)

Abra, officially the Province of Abra (Ilocano: Probinsia ti Abra; Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Abra), is a province in the Cordillera Administrative Region of the Philippines. Its capital is the municipality of Bangued. It is bordered by Ilocos Norte on the northwest, Apayao on the northeast, Kalinga on the mid-east, Mountain Province on the southeast, and Ilocos Sur on the southwest.

Abra
Province of Abra
Abra Provincial Capitol
Abra Provincial Capitol
Flag of Abra
Flag
Official seal of Abra
Seal
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°35′N 120°45′E / 17.58°N 120.75°E / 17.58; 120.75Coordinates: 17°35′N 120°45′E / 17.58°N 120.75°E / 17.58; 120.75
RegionCordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Founded10 March 1917
CapitalBangued
Government
 • TypeSangguniang Panlalawigan
 • GovernorMaria Jocelyn Acosta Valera-Bernos (NUP/HNP)
 • Vice GovernorRonald Stimson Balao-as (NUP)
 • Electorate177,058 voters (2019)
Area
 • Total4,165.25 km2 (1,608.21 sq mi)
Area rank29th out of 81
Highest elevation2,394 m (7,854 ft)
Population
 (2015 census) [2]
 • Total241,160
 • Rank68th out of 81
 • Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)
 • Density rank80th out of 81
Divisions
 • Independent cities0
 • Component cities0
 • Municipalities
 • Barangays303
 • DistrictsLone District
Time zoneUTC+8 (PHT)
ZIP code
2800–2826
IDD:area code+63 (0)74
ISO 3166 codePH-ABR
Spoken languages
Websitewww.abra.gov.ph

Official SealEdit

Twin peaks on both sides of a river: Denotes the region above the Banaoang Gap where the Abra River exits into the China Sea.

Paddied fields: Signifies that the main occupation and means of livelihood of the province is farming.

Prancing Stallion: Means that the province was once famous for its horses - noted for their strength, speed and endurance.

EtymologyEdit

Abra is from the Spanish word abre meaning gorge, pass, breach or opening. It was first used by the Spaniards to denote the region above the Banaoang Gap where the Abra River exits into the China Sea, thus the Rio Grande de Abra.

HistoryEdit

Pre-colonial periodEdit

The first inhabitants of Abra were the ancestors of the Bontocs and the Ifugaos. These inhabitants eventually left to settle in the old Mountain Province. Other early inhabitants were the Tingguians, or Itnegs, as they are also known.

Spanish eraEdit

In 1585, the Tingguians were mentioned for the first time in a letter of Father Domingo de Salazar to the King of Spain.

In 1598, Bangued is occupied by Spanish-Iloko forces. They established a Spanish garrison to protect the Spanish missionaries from the head hunters, to Christianize the Tingguians, and to locate gold mines.

At first no missionary center was established in Bangued. Bangued then was under the care of the missionaries stationed in Vigan or Bantay. However, the Augustinian fathers Martin and Minon were able to penetrate the valley and found a "mission" in Bangued in 1598.

Originally the area was called El Abra de Vigan ("The Opening of Vigan"). During the British Occupation of the Philippines, Gabriela Silang and her army fled to Abra from Ilocos and continued the revolt begun by her slain husband, Diego Silang. She was captured and hanged by the Spanish in 1763.

In 1818, the Ilocos region, including Abra, was divided into Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. On October 9, 1846, Abra became an independent province with the capital and the residence of the provincial governor at Bucay. In 1863, the capital was transferred to Bangued, the province's oldest town. It remained so until the arrival of the Americans in 1899.

American periodEdit

In 1908, the Philippine Commission again annexed Abra to Ilocos Sur in an attempt to resolve Abra's financial difficulties. On March 9, 1917, the Philippine Assembly re-established Abra as a province under Act 2711.[3]

World War IIEdit

In 1942, the Japanese forces occupied the Philippines and entered Abra.[further explanation needed]

Abra was liberated by the Philippine Commonwealth forces and local Cordilleran guerrillas during the Battle of Abra in 1945, at the end of the Second World War.[further explanation needed]

Modern historyEdit

The revolutionary Marxist priest, Conrado Balweg, who fought for the rights of the Cordillera tribes, began his crusade in Abra. After successfully negotiating a peace accord with Balweg's group in 1987, the Philippine government created the Cordillera Administrative Region, which includes Abra.[4]

GeographyEdit

Abra is situated in the mid-western section of the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. It is bordered by the provinces of Ilocos Norte on the northwest, Apayao on the northeast, Kalinga on the mid-east, Mountain Province on the southeast, and Ilocos Sur on the southwest. Abra has a total land area of 4,165.25 square kilometres or 1,608.21 square miles[5].

The province is hemmed in by the towering mountain ranges of the Ilocos in the west and the Cordillera Central in the east. The Abra River runs from the south in Benguet to the west and central areas, bisecting the whole Abra Valley. It is joined by the Tineg River originating from the eastern uplands at a point near the municipality of Dolores.

Administrative divisionsEdit

Abra comprises 27 municipalities, all encompassed by a single legislative district.[5]

Municipality[i][ii] Population ±% p.a. Area[5] Density(2015) Barangay
(2015)[2] (2010)[6] km2 sqmi /km2 /sqmi
17°35′47″N 120°37′04″E / 17.5965°N 120.6179°E / 17.5965; 120.6179 (Bangued) Bangued 20.0% 48,163 43,936 +1.76% 105.70 40.81 460 1,200 31
17°22′44″N 120°49′11″E / 17.3790°N 120.8198°E / 17.3790; 120.8198 (Boliney) Boliney 1.5% 3,573 4,063 −2.42% 216.92 83.75 16 41 8
17°32′20″N 120°43′00″E / 17.5388°N 120.7167°E / 17.5388; 120.7167 (Bucay) Bucay 7.1% 17,115 17,126 −0.01% 107.17 41.38 160 410 21
17°26′27″N 120°51′26″E / 17.4409°N 120.8572°E / 17.4409; 120.8572 (Bucloc) Bucloc 1.0% 2,501 2,176 +2.69% 63.77 24.62 39 100 4
17°27′30″N 120°55′31″E / 17.4584°N 120.9254°E / 17.4584; 120.9254 (Daguioman) Daguioman 0.9% 2,088 1,715 +3.82% 114.37 44.16 18 47 4
17°41′03″N 120°39′35″E / 17.6841°N 120.6597°E / 17.6841; 120.6597 (Danglas) Danglas 1.7% 4,192 4,734 −2.29% 156.02 60.24 27 70 7
17°38′56″N 120°42′37″E / 17.6490°N 120.7103°E / 17.6490; 120.7103 (Dolores) Dolores 4.7% 11,315 11,499 −0.31% 47.45 18.32 240 620 15
17°40′35″N 120°41′07″E / 17.6763°N 120.6853°E / 17.6763; 120.6853 (La Paz) La Paz 6.4% 15,437 14,882 +0.70% 51.41 19.85 300 780 12
17°39′48″N 120°56′51″E / 17.6634°N 120.9474°E / 17.6634; 120.9474 (Lacub) Lacub 1.4% 3,403 2,977 +2.58% 295.30 114.02 12 31 6
17°36′37″N 120°44′04″E / 17.6103°N 120.7344°E / 17.6103; 120.7344 (Lagangilang) Lagangilang 5.9% 14,255 13,824 +0.59% 101.44 39.17 140 360 17
17°43′15″N 120°42′21″E / 17.7207°N 120.7058°E / 17.7207; 120.7058 (Lagayan) Lagayan 1.9% 4,499 4,477 +0.09% 215.97 83.39 21 54 5
17°34′37″N 120°33′50″E / 17.5769°N 120.5638°E / 17.5769; 120.5638 (Langiden) Langiden 1.3% 3,198 3,170 +0.17% 116.29 44.90 28 73 6
17°36′22″N 120°53′36″E / 17.6061°N 120.8932°E / 17.6061; 120.8932 (Licuan-Baay) Licuan-Baay (Licuan) 1.9% 4,689 4,864 −0.70% 256.42 99.00 18 47 11
17°19′05″N 120°41′43″E / 17.3181°N 120.6952°E / 17.3181; 120.6952 (Luba) Luba 2.6% 6,339 6,391 −0.16% 148.27 57.25 43 110 8
17°33′49″N 120°59′24″E / 17.5636°N 120.9899°E / 17.5636; 120.9899 (Malibcong) Malibcong 1.4% 3,428 3,807 −1.98% 283.17 109.33 12 31 12
17°25′59″N 120°42′17″E / 17.4331°N 120.7048°E / 17.4331; 120.7048 (Manabo) Manabo 4.5% 10,761 10,756 +0.01% 110.95 42.84 97 250 11
17°33′51″N 120°39′08″E / 17.5642°N 120.6522°E / 17.5642; 120.6522 (Peñarrubia) Peñarrubia 2.8% 6,640 6,544 +0.28% 38.29 14.78 170 440 9
17°34′13″N 120°35′21″E / 17.5703°N 120.5893°E / 17.5703; 120.5893 (Pidigan) Pidigan 5.1% 12,185 11,528 +1.06% 49.15 18.98 250 650 15
17°25′00″N 120°35′43″E / 17.4168°N 120.5954°E / 17.4168; 120.5954 (Pilar) Pilar 4.2% 10,223 9,908 +0.60% 66.10 25.52 150 390 19
17°27′18″N 120°45′36″E / 17.4551°N 120.7599°E / 17.4551; 120.7599 (Sallapadan) Sallapadan 2.7% 6,622 5,985 +1.94% 128.62 49.66 51 130 9
17°27′56″N 120°36′06″E / 17.4656°N 120.6017°E / 17.4656; 120.6017 (San Isidro) San Isidro 1.9% 4,574 4,888 −1.26% 48.07 18.56 95 250 9
17°41′00″N 120°43′55″E / 17.6834°N 120.7320°E / 17.6834; 120.7320 (San Juan) San Juan 4.1% 9,867 10,546 −1.26% 64.08 24.74 150 390 19
17°32′34″N 120°31′13″E / 17.5427°N 120.5203°E / 17.5427; 120.5203 (San Quintin) San Quintin 2.3% 5,438 5,233 +0.73% 66.59 25.71 82 210 6
17°36′59″N 120°39′19″E / 17.6165°N 120.6553°E / 17.6165; 120.6553 (Tayum) Tayum 6.0% 14,467 13,940 +0.71% 61.14 23.61 240 620 11
17°46′58″N 120°56′38″E / 17.7828°N 120.9439°E / 17.7828; 120.9439 (Tineg) Tineg 2.1% 5,097 4,668 +1.69% 744.80 287.57 6.8 18 10
17°15′24″N 120°43′32″E / 17.2567°N 120.7256°E / 17.2567; 120.7256 (Tubo) Tubo 2.4% 5,699 5,719 −0.07% 409.87 158.25 14 36 10
17°26′16″N 120°37′31″E / 17.4379°N 120.6253°E / 17.4379; 120.6253 (Villaviciosa) Villaviciosa 2.2% 5,392 5,377 +0.05% 102.93 39.74 52 130 8
Total 241,160 234,733 +0.52% 4,165.25 1,608.21 56 150 303
 † Provincial capital  Municipality
  1. ^ Former names are italicized.
  2. ^ The globe   icon marks the town center.

BarangaysEdit

The 27 municipalities of the province comprise a total of 303 barangays, with Poblacion in La Paz as the most populous in 2010, and Pattaoig in San Juan as the least. [6][5]

DemographicsEdit

The population of Abra in the 2015 census was 241,160 people, [2] with a density of 58 inhabitants per square kilometre or 150 inhabitants per square mile.

Abra's inhabitants are mostly descendants of Ilocano settlers and members of the Tingguian tribe. Based on the 2000 census survey, Ilocanos comprised 71.94% (150,457) of the total provincial population of 209,146. Tingguians came in second at 18.7% (39,115), while other ethnic groups in the province were the Ibanag at 4.46% (9,334), Itneg at 3.17% (6,624), and Tagalog at 0.42% (869).[7]

The predominant languages are Ilocano[8] and Itneg.[9]

Population census of Abra
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 51,860—    
1918 72,731+2.28%
1939 87,780+0.90%
1948 86,600−0.15%
1960 115,193+2.41%
1970 145,508+2.36%
1975 147,010+0.21%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 160,198+1.73%
1990 184,743+1.44%
1995 195,964+1.11%
2000 209,491+1.44%
2007 230,953+1.35%
2010 234,733+0.59%
2015 241,160+0.52%
Source: PSA[2][6][10]
Population by ethnicity (2000)[7]
Ethnicity Number
Ilocano
150,457 (71.94%)
Tingguian
39,115 (18.70%)
Ibanag
9,334 (4.46%)
Itneg
6,624 (3.17%)
Tagalog
869 (0.42%)

Others
2,175 (1.04%)
Other foreign ethnicity
16 (0.01%)
Not Reported
556 (0.27%)

EconomyEdit

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.

Abra's economy is agriculture-based. Its major crops are rice, corn, and vegetables, root crops; commercial products include coffee, tobacco, and coconut. Extensive grassland and pasture areas are used for livestock production.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Provinces". PSGC Interactive. Makati, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on April 19, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Act No. 2683; An Act to Authorize the Segregation of the Subprovince of Abra from the Province of Ilocos Sur and the Reestablishment of the Former Province of Abra, and for Other Purposes". Supreme Court E-Library. March 9, 1917. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Executive Order No. 220; Creating a Cordillera Administrative Region, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes". The LawPhil Project. Manila, Philippines. July 15, 1987. Retrieved July 29, 2016. Sec. 2. Territorial Coverage. For purposes of the CAR, the region shall consist of the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga-Apayao and Mt. Province and the chartered city of Baguio. Until otherwise provided by the Cordillera Executive Board (CEB), the seat of the CAR shall be Baguio City.
  5. ^ a b c d "Province: Abra (province)". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Abra: Housing Unit Occupancy Rate Nears 100%; Table 5. Household Population by Ethnicity and Sex: Abra, 2000". Philippine Statistics Authority. April 3, 2002. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
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  11. ^ "Poverty incidence (PI):". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  12. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/NSCB_LocalPovertyPhilippines_0.pdf; publication date: 29 November 2005; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  13. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2009%20Poverty%20Statistics.pdf; publication date: 8 February 2011; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  14. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/Table%202.%20%20Annual%20Per%20Capita%20Poverty%20Threshold%2C%20Poverty%20Incidence%20and%20Magnitude%20of%20Poor%20Population%2C%20by%20Region%20and%20Province%20%20-%202006%2C%202009%2C%202012%20and%202015.xlsx; publication date: 27 August 2016; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
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