There are almost 2 million residents in Batangas today. It is generally believed as one of the most serene places in the Philippines. The province has the lowest industrial turmoil, transgression rate, and no peace and order problem. Literacy rate is 95 % high and labor force totals 1.35 million, more than half are employed, with the woman gaining almost 60% labor force contribution.
The Batangas Provincial Government or Governors Office supervises 31 municipal governments and 3 constituent cities. Governor Vilma Santos Recto elected by the people as chief executive, and a 14-man junta for local legislation. Four deputies in the National Legislature and several Batangas-born key officials in the Central National Government also represent the province of Batangas.
Batangas has a total land area of 316,581 hectares. Rich fertile land, good weather and assorted landscape justify for the huge agricultural base. The province produces a broad kind of traditional crops such as sugarcane, rice, corn, vegetable, fruits, and root crops. The topography is nearly all-high lands, rolling terrain, small low flat lands and several mountains.
A Sweet Grass – The Sugarcane
Taal Volcano and the lake is the famous natural and perfect attraction of Batangas. The submerged slump in the inner portion of the province, with an entire area of 26,750 hectares from which water flows down to Balayan Bay through Pansipit River.
Taal Volcano, what made this volcano and the freshwater lake unique?
Batangas forestland area is 113,526 hectares, and 35.86% is considered useful. 1,998 hectares of forest reserves, the largest found in Mount Malarayat in Lipa City. 180 hectares of leased areas for tree plantation found in the town of Laurel.
The province is also rich in metallic and non-metallic deposits such as gold, copper, limestone, clay, gypsum and barite.
Large-Scale and Small-Scale Industries
Members of the family generally do most of the small-scale industries in the backyard. The most popular products of the small industries are balisong making, handmade embroidery, tuba (palm wine) making, and bagoong (anchovy) making.
What is Balisong?
Barong Tagalog & Hand Made Embroidery of Taal Batangas
Bagoong Making in the Town of Balayan
Tuba or Palm Wine
The large-scale industries can be found in the towns of Batangas City, Bauan, Lipa City, Nasugbu, Sto. Tomas and Taysan. The popular large-scale industries in Batangas are Chevron, Calaca Coal Plant, Central Azucarera de Don Pedro, and other big companies.
White sand beaches and rolling terrain in the towns of Calatagan, Nasugbu, Lian, Mabini, and San Juan makes these towns ideal for foreign and local investment in the tourism development. Agri-based tourism is also directed towards the lakeshore municipalities, especially along Taal Lake.
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