What Is the Caraga Region?

The Caraga region is a section in the Philippines that was formed under the Republic Act No. 7901 on Feb. 25, 1995. It is the newest region to be created in the Philippines and it is situated in the northeast of Mindanao.

The Caraga region is also known as the Caraga Administrative Region, or Region XIII. The Caraga region derives its name from a Visayan word "kalagan". Kalag means people or soul.

The region consists of four provinces: Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur. It has six cities, with its regional city being Butuan City. The Caraga region occupies 18.5 percent of the island of Mindanao and 6.3 percent of the country's total surface area. The Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Sea border the region to the east, while the Bohol Sea is to the north of the Caraga region.