Aklan is a broad lowland area flanked on its western and southern
sides by continuous mountain ranges. This broad area extends inward
until it nestles at the foot of Panays western mountain highlands.
The province has 17 municipalities and 327 barangays with a total
land area of 1,817.9 sq. km. This represents approximately nine
percent of the regions land area. It is the center of Ati-atihan
festival, countrys most unique festivity; home to Boracay
Island, the worlds finest white beach located in Malay, Aklan;
land of hand-woven piña cloth billed as Queen of Philippine
Aklan has a total population of 387,041 (as of January 1992) Kalibo
is the economic, educational and political center of the province.
Farming is the main source of livelihood of most Aklanons. Rice
and corn are principal food crops while coconut and abaca are the
leading commercial crops. Off-shore fishing and inland fishing are
also significant sources of livelihood. Cottage industries also
support a large number of families.
Currently, four shipping firms serve the province: Gothong Lines,
William Lines, Aboitiz and Moreta Shipping Lines. Based on the latest
data gathered from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), there are
thirty two vessels that entered and cleared at the ports of Batan,
Dumaguit, and New Washington. Aklan, Air transportation is provided
by the Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific with
regular daily flights to the town capital of Kalibo. Chartered flights
by Pacific Air, Air Ads, Asian Spirit and private charters can also
be availed using the Caticlan Airfield in Caticlan, Malay the gateway
to the world renowned Boracay Island. Telecommunications services
are provided by RCPI, PT & T, BUTEL, BAYANTEL, PLDT, PANTELCO
and CRUZTELCO, Postal and courier services are provided by the Phil.
Postal Corp. CCS, JRS, Haribon, LIBCAP and LBC
Thirty financial institutions operate in the Province of Aklan
which include four government banks, seven private commercial banks
one private development bank and at least one operating rural bank
in every municipality. One hundred seventeen confirmed/registered
cooperatives are operating in the province with Kalibo having the
most number of cooperatives.
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Opportunities: Aklan Province Islands Philippines
List of some manufacturers
in the province...