Being a landlocked province in Mindanao’s Caraga region, Agusan del Sur is an oblong basin formation. It has mountain ranges along its western and eastern sides that form a valley. With its total land area of about 8,970 square kilometers, this province is the fourth biggest in the country, following Palawan, Isabela, and Cagayan Valley.
Agriculture is the main industry as Agusan del Sur is blessed by nature with a fertile and productive soil. Varied crops are grown with rice and corn as among the most cultivated. Other crops and agricultural plants that are abundant in the province are banana, oil palm, and coconut trees. Agusan del Sur also processes its own crude oil, particularly in the towns of Trento and Rosario. The province is producing poultry and other livestock as well as fresh water fishes like catfish, mudfish, and tilapia.
About Agusan del Sur
The geographic location makes Agusan del Sur rarely visited by destructive typhoons. However, it is often affected by other weather disturbances like tropical depressions that occasionally forms over the Visayas and the nearby province of Surigao del Norte. The prevailing climate is Type II, meaning, there is no dry season while there is a pronounced wet season. Rainfall is heaviest at the months of December and January.
There are several tourism spots that put Agusan del Sur right into the map of promising vacation destinations in the Philippines. Gibong River is among those highlights. It is a stretch of freshwater running across unharmed vegetation along its banks. The river is important to livelihood as it is the main supplier of water to irrigation requirements of up to three towns.
Many falls are found in Agusan del Sur. There are about 34 all in all, excluding 4 hot springs, 34 lakes, 14 caves, and numerous lagoons and cascades. Bega Falls is considered a hidden treasure. Its three-tiered falls and turquoise green waters could surely calm every soul that beholds it. Binaba is located at the center of a jungle-like mountain foot, with clear waters coming from natural springs. Tugonan Falls is a natural wonder that never fails to mesmerize tourists. It is simply described as a paradise especially as towering trees frame its vicinity along with other ornamental plants and orchids.
Agusan Marsh has about 15% of the country’s freshwater resources in swamp forests. It is considered as among the most ecological wetlands in the Philippines. Ducks come to the marsh to nest during the rainy season. In summer, thousands of migratory birds all the way from Japan, Russia, and China flock here. All in all, there are about 200 different species of wild animals and migratory birds that spend some months in the marsh all year round. Thus, Agusan Marsh is one of the Asian continent’s most significant transit points specifically for wild birds.
Of course, festivals are also additional tourism attractions in Agusan del Sur. Naliyagan festival is staged every June 17 to commemorate the foundation anniversary of the province. Santikan is another festival that highlights the rich Agusanon heritage and culture. These festivals are usually staged at the provincial capital of Prosperidad.
How to get there
Agusan del Sur could be reached only through land transportation. Major entry point is Butuan City, where flights and ferry rides are linked to Cebu, Manila, and other areas in the country. From there, take the Davao-Butuan National Highway. There are major roads linked to Tandag, Barobo, Lianga, and Bislig (Surigao del Sur).