| "By 2020, Butuan City will be a model for a sustainable forest-based economy in the country with the highest per capita and growth rate in Mindanao."
"To be an agent of change for a sustainable , resilient and environmentally sound economic growth and development , providing the people of Butuan, its visitors and investors with a proactive, participative and empowering governance under a united leadership ."
“In the beginning, there was no Philippines but there was BUTUAN”
Located at the Northeastern part of Agusan Valley sprawling across the Agusan River is Butuan City, known for its colorful history and culture. BUTUAN is a term believed to have originated from the sour fruit “Batuan”. Others opined, it came from a certain “Datu Buntu-an”, a Tausug chieftain who once ruled Butuan and opted to return to Tawi-tawi than be christianized by the Spaniards. Scholars believed, it came from the word “But-an”, which literally means a person who has sound and discerning disposition. Whichever theories appear credible depends on the kind of people residing in Butuan, for whatever is said about them, Butuan continues to live on.
Butuan’s history, culture, arts and people date back to the 4th century as showcased in museums which makes Butuan an exciting source of cultural artifacts in Mindanao.
As early as the 10th century, according to the Chinese Song Shi (history), people from Butuan had already established trading relations with the kingdom of Champa in what is now South Vietnam.
Welcome to a City that has seen over 1,683 years of recorded history! The original site of the First Easter Mass in Philippine Soil, here, the present nurtures the past and vice-versa. While the future waits promisingly in the wings. Come up close!
Brief History (Geography)
Butuan City was originally located in Pinamanculan by the banks of the Masao River, a kilometer away from barrio of Libertad. Finding the Place less ideal because of the Flood, the people moved to Baug, now the municipality of Magallanes, at the mouth of the Agusan River. They again transferred to Lapaca, now known as Linungsuan in Barrio Banza about five kilometers inland of Agusan River. Still troubled by floods, the people once more settled, this time in the present site of the city proper.
A description of Butuan is not complete without infusing it with the significance of the Agusan River and its tributaries that provide the valley with rich soil from periodic floods. Its serpentine route through the city and two Agusan provinces provided the people with easy means of transportation for trade and commerce encouraged settlement along its banks. The Agusan River greatly helped the booming of the “Logging Industry” which earned Butuan the name “Timber City of the South.”
Butuan City sprawls across the Agusan River nine kilometers from its mount. Towards this, to the north and seaward, run fertile Ricelands. Halfway around the city to the southwest, roll the gently sloping hills over Mount Mayapay. To the east, the majestic Hilong-Hilong and Diwata mountain ranges protect the entire valley from fierce Pacific storms.
It is very difficult to pinpoint the exact time when the name Butuan first emerged. Certainly, the name Agusan came into being upon the creation of the province in 1914. Before this, the entire area had been known as BUTUAN, as can be born out by old historical records.
POPULATION: 319,568 per NSO records
REGISTERED VOTERS: 184,343 per COMELEC records
Based on the 2011 Report of the Commission on Audit (COA), Butuan City, the only highly urbanized city in the region since 1985, is the 5th richest city in Mindanao w ith an annual gross income of P1,238,717,499.75.
Local Holidays and major festivals
The Balangay FestivAL from May 1 to 31 in honor of the city's Patron Saint , St. Joseph
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Butuan City is the cultural and educational center of the region. Father Saturnino Urios University and Butuan Doctors College are producing topnotchers in nursing board exam while the Caraga State University ( formerly Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology ), is among the top performing universities in the country in geodetic, forestry and agricultural engineering producing topnotchers in its board exam. FSUU is listed as among the top 20 colleges/universities in the country by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) due to its exemplary performance in consistently producing passers in the licensure exams for CPA, lawyers, nurses , civil engineers and teachers . Recently, FSUU made it in the top 10 of the civil engineering board exam , CPA board exam and nursing board exam. It is also one of the top 200 universities in Asia, according to the 2011 QS Asia University rankings. St. Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) is also producing passers in nursing, engineering, LET and criminology exams. It is constructing a state of the art maritime school funded by Norway at the nearby municipality of Buenavista. Successful sailors and marine engineers are products of SJIT.
There are four tertiary hospitals in the city, 2 private hospitals, namely, the MJ Santos Hospital and Butuan Doctors Hospital, and 2 public hospitals, namely, Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital and Butuan Medical Center, capable of providing quality health service to the people of the city. Other private hospitals are the Caraga Hospital , the Holy Child Colleges of Butuan Hospital and the PNP Regional Hospital.
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