Named after former President Elpidio Quirino, The province of Quirino used to be a part of Nueva Vizcaya.
It is located south of Isabela, east of Nueva Vizcaya, and northwest of
Aurora. Its topography is dominated by the rugged and thickly forested Sierra Madre. A small
patch of flat lands which is actrually an extension
of the Isabela plain is found in the northern side of the province. It is in this area where most of the people live and
most of the farmlands are located. The Main Cagayan River originates in the southern part of the province where the secluded
town of Nagtipunan is located. Seasons are not very pronounced; the province is relatively dry from November to April
and wet during the rest of the year. Coming from Manila, the province is accessible by land through the provincial road
from Cordon town of Isabela. It can also be reached by air via Cauayan or
Quirino provincial Capitol is located away from the town center of Cabarroguis.
People and Culture
Although most of the people in the province are Ilocanos, a large number of them are migrants from
Ifugao. Members of the Bungkalot tribe are also found.
Kankanaeys from Benguet, Gaddangs, and Ibanags make up the minority. The province celebrates the Panagdadapun Festival on the second week of September
to showcase the province's tribal culture.
Noted Personalities from Quirino
Cua Family - members are prominent politicians
Bacani family - members are prominent politicians
Economic Profile, Products and Industries
Farming is the main source of employment in this landlocked province. Agricultural production in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand metric tons, rank among 79 provinces)
Animal inventory are as follows (figure in thousand, rank among 79 provinces)
Other products are beans, coffee, and rootcrops. Cottage industries include the production of furniture
and handicrafts made of wood, rattan, and nito. Dried flower is being promoted as an alternative industry. As of 2007,
there were 11 banks operating in Quirino with total deposits of 460 million pesos.
The production of high value cash crops such as cacao, coffee, mushroom, pineapple, and peanut and their
processing into manufactured food items are sustainable endeavors which can thrive in the province. The furniture and handicraft
industry with the help of designers and modern technology can produce exportable products. Cattle raising can be further
expanded so that it will lead to the development of a dairy industry. The rivers can be harnessed to produce electricity. Tourism-related
ventures can be established to draw tourists to the province.