11 Facts About Butuan


Butuan, officially known as the City of Butuan, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the region of Caraga, Philippines.

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Butuan was the capital of the province of Agusan del Norte until 2000, when Republic Act 8811 transferred the capital to Cabadbaran.

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For statistical and geographical purposes, Butuan is grouped with Agusan del Norte but governed administratively independent from the province while legislatively administered by the province's 1st congressional district.

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Name "Butuan" is believed to have originated from the sour fruit locally called batuan.

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Antonio Pigafetta who wrote an eyewitness account of Magellan's voyage described in text and in map a Butuan that stretched from today's Surigao up to the top edge of Zamboanga del Norte.

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Butuan is bordered by the municipalities of Magallanes, Agusan del Norte and Remedios T Romualdez, Agusan del Norte to the north, municipality of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur to the northeast, east and southeast, municipality of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte to the south, municipality of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte to the west and Butuan Bay to the northwest.

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Butuan City is 29 kilometres away from the City of Cabadbaran, the Provincial Capital of Agusan del Norte to the north.

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Fishing ground of Butuan is the Butuan Bay of which two coastal barangays are located.

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Butuan is the commercial, industrial, and administrative center of Caraga region.

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Butuan has proven to be a haven for renewable energy with investments in solar and hydroelectric power generation pouring in the city.

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Butuan is subdivided into 86 barangays and group into 13 districts.

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