[Location]

Naga City is centrally located in the Bicol region, a peninsula found on the southeastern tip of the Philippine island of Luzon.  It is 377 kilometers south of Manila, the nation’s capital, and about 380 kilometers north of Cebu.

The city is at the core of Metro Naga, a fast-growing area formally comprised of 15 municipalities belonging to the Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC).  All in all, the MNDC covers the entire 2nd district of the province of Camarines Sur and part of the 1st and 4th districts.

 

Naga is easily accessible using air and land transport.  Air access is through a 45 to 60-minute trip from the international airports of Manila and Cebu.  By land, the city is a 7 to 8-hour ride from Manila; and approximately 22 hours from Cebu with ferry transfers in Sorsogon, the southernmost province of Bicol.  Daily rail services to and from Manila are provided by the Philippine National Railways.

 

 


DESTINATION MODE DISTANCE (KM) TRAVEL TIME

PHILIPPINE CITIES

 

Manila

Land

Rail

Air

377

7 – 8 hrs.

8 –10 hrs

45 – 60 min.

Cebu

Air

380

45-60 min.

Cagayan de Oro

Air – via Manila

Air – via Cebu

380
781

45-60 min.
1 hr 30 min.

      Davao

Air – via Manila

Air – via Cebu

969
398

1 hr 45 min.

40 min.

KEY PORTS

 

Manila

Land

 

 

Batangas

Land

 

 

Lucena

Land

 

 

Pasacao (Camarines Sur)

Land

 

 

Nato (Camarines Sur)

Land

 

 

Legazpi (Albay)

Land

 

 

Tabaco (Albay)

Land

 

 

BICOL CITIES | TOWNS

 

Daet (Camarines Norte)

Land

 

2 hrs.

Legazpi City (Albay)

Land

 

2 hrs.

Sorsogon City (Sorsogon)

Land

 

 

Masbate City (Masbate)

Land with ferry transfer

 

 

Virac (Catanduanes)

Land with ferry transfer

 

 

CAMARINES SUR GROWTH AREAS

 

Sipocot (1st district)

Land

 

 

Goa (2nd district)

Land

 

 

Iriga City (3rd district)

Land

 

 

METRO NAGA TOWNS

 

Bombon

Land

 

20 min.

Bula

Land

25

35 min.

Calabanga

Land

13

25 min.

Camaligan

Land

1

5 min.

Canaman

Land

 

15  min.

Gainza

Land

6

10 min.

Magarao

Land

6

10 min.

Milaor

Land

3

5 min.

Minalabac

Land

 

20 min.

Ocampo

Land

27

1 hour

Pamplona

Land

21

30 min.

Pasacao

Land

26

45 min.

Pili

Land

15

20 min.

San Fernando

Land

8

25 min.

 

AREA AND LAND USE

Nestling at the foot of Mt. Isarog, Naga has a total land area of 8,448 hectares distributed among 27 barangays.  The Bicol and Naga Rivers trisect the city’s urban area.  

LAND USE

Total  Area

(Has.)

% Distribution

Agro-Industrial

340.70

4.03%

Industrial

115.38

1.36%

Commercial

325.52

3.85%

Eco-Tourism

1,231.29

14.57%

Agricultural

3,553.16

42.06%

Transportation Utilities

24.45

0.29%

Residential

1,669.03

19.77%

Institutional/Public and Private Service Facilities

182.60

2.16%

Forest Parks and Reserves

611.14

7.23%

Parks/Plaza/Open Space

15.00

0.18%

Dumpsite

5.25

0.06%

Cemetery

33.95

0.40%

Water Bodies

43.72

0.52%

Transition Areas

296.81

3.52%

TOTAL

8,448.00

100.00%

Source: City Planning & Development Office, 2000

 

Of the city’s total land area, 24.10% is allocated for commercial, industrial/agro-industrial and tourism purposes. 19.77%  is for residential use.  42.06% is reserved for agriculture.

 

Among the features of Naga’s current land use plan are:

  • Expansion of the agro-industrial/industrial and commercial areas.  Primary among these are the growth zones identified by the Naga City Investment Board.

  • Designation of a tourism/eco-tourism zone to pave the way for development of the city’s upland areas while preserving ecological balance. Referred to as the East Highland Tourism Zone, it covers barangays— Pacol, Carolina and Panicuason-- leading to Mt. Isarog and the city’s water shed area, forest parks and preserves.

  • Designation of the upland/non-flooding barangays of San Felipe and Pacol as residential expansion areas to accommodate the housing needs of the city for the next 5 years.

  • Provision for flexibility in the future use of transition areas.  These are areas that were formerly agricultural but were later reclassified by the City, before the current land use plan, for non-agricultural uses.  No specific use has been identified for these areas. Innovative techniques or new strategies for development of planned areas can be employed in these zones as long as they are not incompatible with those of adjacent/neighboring zones.  

Additional land resources may be developed within the Metro Naga area.  Each of the towns comprising this metropolitan area have their specific roles in development.

CITY/TOWN DEVELOPMENT ROLE

Bombon

Primary food bowl; water resource development

Bula

Primary food bowl

Calabanga

Primary food bowl; fishing industry development

Camaligan

Expansion area for middle-class housing; fish processing industry development

Canaman

Expansion area for middle-class housing

Gainza

Auxiliary food crop supplier; gifts and housewares industry development

Magarao

Primary food bowl

Milaor

Warehousing and bulk storage facilities

Minalabac

Auxiliary food crop supplier

Naga

Business, education and cultural center

Ocampo

 

Pamplona

Industrial estate development; cattle and dairy industry development

Pasacao

Gateway to major markets through the Pasacao Port; cattle and dairy industry development; fishing industry development

Pili

Secondary trading center and agro-industrial development

San Fernando

Water resource development; cattle and dairy industry development