In part one, we learned about the history of Apayao, where it is located, and a gist of what to expect of the local climate. In this part two, we will feature one of the most important assets of Apayao: its land.
Overview of the Land
Apayao is located within the Cordillera mountains of Northern Luzon. This mountain range forms a natural boundary between the Ilocos Region in the west and the Cagayan Valley in the east. Apayao is the largest province in CAR in terms of land area, with 4,502 sq kms (23 percent of the region’s total land area). Plains and valleys are used for farming, as Apayao is basically composed of farmlands.
The Apayao River
Apayao River is a Philippine river found along the Cordillera Mountain Range. It passes through two regions: The Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) and the Cagayan Valley Region. Most of it, however, is in its namesake province of Apayao within CAR. The powerful river originates from a vast natural watershed located at the western side of the Cordillera Mountain Range and travels through the center of Apayao, passing through the towns of Calanasan, Kabugao, Luna, Pudiol, Flora, and Coner until it reaches the coastal town of Abulug in Cagayan. At that point, the river meets the Pacific Ocean.
As one of the largest rivers in the country, it is also dubbed as one of the cleanest and a suitable sanctuary to various wildlife. You will be able to see a lot of waterfalls and other features of the river as it runs through Apayao.
The Cordillera region, which Apayao is a part of, is very rich in natural resources. It is especially famed for its huge gold deposits, pure stands of pine forest, and rich soils and water sources that have enabled its people to sustain agriculture on mountainside rice terraces, with produce ranging from rice, corn and coffee to lanzones, bananas and coconut. The lands are also capable of raising livestock and poultry, from hogs to chicken.
Knowing that Apayao has been continuously capable of providing food crops and livestock, and the availability of water for farming, it is well positioned to be the country’s top cacao producing province as envisioned by the founders of Good Harvest.
Good Harvest aims to provide the best cacao in the country, and in the region, by ensuring productivity and involving the community with respect to the environment.
Sources: Philippine Statistics Authority
Department of Interior and Local Government – Cordillera Autonomous Region
Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism