Batanes Islands lies at the tip of the Philippines, where the Pacific ocean merge with the South China Sea. It is 270 km north of Aparri, the nearest point in Luzon, about 8000 km from Manila and 224 km from the southern tip if Taiwan. This province is bounded by the Bashi Channel on the south, the Philippine Sea/Pacific Ocean on the East and the South China Sea on the West.
Owing to its high potential for large-scale commercial production of fish and fishery products on top of its pristine beauty and unique cultural heritage, Batanes shall be the region’s “Marine Fishery and Eco-Tourism Core”.
Capital - Basco
Towns - Basco, Mahato, Ivana, Uyugan, Sabtang, Itbayat
Barangays - 29 Barangays
Classification - 4th Class
Land Area - 20,928 has.
Climate - Warm from March to May
Rainy from June to August
Windy from September to November; Cool from Dec. to Feb.
Population (Census 2007) - 15,974
Population Density (Census 2007) - 76 per sq. km.
Labor Force - 9,000
Employment Rate - 97.6%
Literacy Rate - 97.4 %
Language/Dialect - Ivatan, Filipino, English, Ichbayaten
PRIORITY INVESTMENT AREAS
A. Eco-Tourism Industry
• Batanes Ecological-Cultural Tourism Industry
• Development of Tourism Facilities (Accomodation Facilities, Restaurants and Creation)
B. Agri-Aqua-Marine Based Industries
• Agri-business (Organic Production)
• Batanes Garlic
• Deep Sea/ Commercial Fishing
• Inland Fish Production
• Livestock & Poultry Production
• Dairy Industry
C. Basic Infrastructure
• Construction of Inter-island Shelter port and allied facilities
• Construction of Basco All-Weather Ship Shelter Port
• Water System
• Drainage System - Batan Island
• Improvement of Water Works System - Batan, Sabtang & Itbayat
• Mini-hydro power plant - Batan Island
• Wind/Solar Power Plant
D. Health Facilities
F. Forest Resource Management Programs
G. Coastal Resource Management Programs
I. Solid Waste Management Programs