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BATANGAS

It is located southwest of Luzon, flanked on the north by Cavite, on the south by the Verde Island Passage which separates the province from the northern tip of Mindoro. It has a land area of 3,165.8 square kilometers and a population of 1,700,000. It is comprised of three cities and 32 municipalities.                                           About half of the province’s terrain is generally rolling, while the rest is mountainous and hilly. The irregular coastline is dotted with coves, peninsulas and bays. It has two distinct seasons: dry from November to April and wet the rest of the year. Agriculture is the main economic activity and the major crops are palay, sugarcane, coconut and coffee. Its forest area is 113,526 hectares with 35.86% considered productive. Its total forest reserve is 1,998 hectares, the largest of which is found in Mt. Malarayat. Metallic and non-metallic deposit such as limestone, gypsum, clay, bauxite, copper and gold are also considerably abundant here. It is a major supplier of cattle to Metro Manila and the main sources of fish for the province are Taal Lake and the nearby coast.