I.    Basic City Profile

Tuguegarao City is the main entry to the Province of Cagayan. It has a total area of 144.8 sq. km and lies at north eastern part of the Philippines. It is approximately 483 kilometers north of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and about 45 minute travel by air.


Tuguegarao City is the capital of the Cagayan Valley Region. Founded on May 9, 1604, the 400-year-old center is the hub of socio-economic development in the region and the oldest major trade, education and government center in the North East Philippines.


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II.     ICT Advantage of Tuguegarao City

A. Business Environment conducive for IT-BPO Operations

  • Center of Trade and Commerce in Region 02
  • Peace and Order conducive to business
  • Competitive Cost of Doing Business
  • Strong Industry-Government-Academe partnership

o   Cagayan Development Foundation for Information Technology (CADF-IT)

o   Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)

o   Philippine Exporters Association of Region 02 (PHILEXPORT)

o   Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Commerce of Tuguegarao, Inc. (FCCCTI)

o   Rotary Club of the Philippines

  • Presence of support institutions such as Investment Promotion Center and Business Assistance Center
  • Low vulnerability to weather disturbances / natural disasters
  • Regional Support Service Center for Tourism


B. Talent Availability

  • Center of Education in Region 02
  • English proficient and highly trainable graduates from the city’s universities, colleges and training institutions
  • Highly-skilled IT Practitioners / Teachers
  • High standard & competent schools offering  Specialized Courses
  • 11 Higher Educational Institutions within the City
  • 15 Training Institutions offering Technical-Vocational Education Training (TVET) within the City


C.  Expanding Infrastructure

  • Presence of major TELCOs with Fiber Optic Lines
  • Presence of Infrastructure support (Airport, Power Plant, Transportation, Banks & Trade Centers)
  • Identified potential IT Buildings
  • On-going development of the Mall of the Valley for BPO operations
  • Proposed construction of a 5-hectare IT park


D.  Awards Received

  • LCP Best Practices Award
  • National Literacy Award
  • Most Outstanding City Peace and Order Council
  • Most Outstanding TLDC
  • Most Child-Friendly Component City of the Philippines
  • Most Child-Friendly Hall of Fame Award
  • Regional Outstanding City Award
  • National Kabalikat Award
  • Most Competitive City (Small Scale) – Conferred by Asian Institute of Management


E.  Tuguegarao City ICT Scorecard