Located on the northwestern coast of Western Samar, Calbayog City is bounded on the north by Lope De
Vega town of Northern Samar, on the east by the towns of Matuguinao, Gandara, and Sta. Margarita, on the south and
west by Samar Sea. It has a total land area of 880.7 square kilometers which is largest in terms of area among all cities
of Eastern Visayas Region and larger than at least 6 island provinces including Biliran Province. It is also larger than
Singapore which has only 683 square kilometers of land area. A little less than half of the city's land area or about 400
square kilometers are agricultural lands and more than half are forestlands. The city is accessible by land, air, and sea.
It has a port and a secondary airport.
The city celebrates the Hadang Festival on the first week of September with colorful street dancing imitating
the movement of a cock.
Aside from wholesale and retail trading which are mostly concentrated in the city center, agriculture
is the main economic activity in the rest of the city. Main farm products are coconut, abaca, rice, corn, rootcrops, vegetables,
livestock and poultry. Fishing is the source of livelihood for those living near the coastal areas. There is a ten hectare
mariculture park which is now a major employer and producer of fish products.
Just like many other cities of the Philippines, industrial development has lagged behind in Calbayog. Industrial
production is limited to coconut oil, ice, and noodle. Cottage industries though are thriving. They produce coconut by-products,
processed foods like tinapa, rattan furniture, and mat and hat weaving.
The city offers opportunities in agribusiness and food processing especially sweets, meat and fish processing. Producing items from abaca and coconut is a priority.
The manufacture of furniture, clothing and fashion accessories, jewelry, personal care and other consumer goods are
encouraged. The establishment of commercial complexes and tourist facilities are welcomed in this city.
Places of Interest/Tourist spots in Calbayog City
- Samar Archaeological Museum - houses some historical artifacts
- Bangon-Bugtong, Busay, and Darosdos Falls
- Lologayan, Pan-as, and Ton-ok Falls
- Tinaguan and Guinogo-an Cave
- Looc, Bagacay, Baot, Malajog, and Naga Beaches
- City Park
- Nijaga Park
- Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral
- City Forest and Marble Park
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