Land Area: 175, 973 ha (1, 759.73 km2)
Population: 2, 473,530(National Census, 2007)
- 4 Congressional Districts
- 6 Cities
- 23 Municipalities
- 674 Barangays
Predominant Language: Filipino and English
Climate: Relatively dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year
Laguna is part of the CALABARZON (Region IV-A), just thirty (30) kilometers south of Metro Manila. It is the third largest province in Region IV-A. The eastern portion of the province stands astride the southernmost portions of the Sierra Madre mountain range. It is surrounded by Laguna Lake, formerly called “La Laguna Encantada”, one of the only 18 living lakes in the world. Laguna Lake is the largest inland lake in the country. The Provincial Government of Laguna is located in the Municipality of Sta. Cruz.
Laguna is the first province south of Metro Manila providing business easy access to the biggest domestic market and to the most extensive transport mode to reach global clients. Connected by the expanded and modernized South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the country’s premier financial hub in Makati City and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are both mere 20-minute drive from the major business and Industrial districts of the Province.
Laguna’s natural resources are water with about 300 million gallons of underground water recharged by at least seven principal watersheds. It has Asia’s 3rd biggest lake-the Laguna de Bay- which ably supplies the Province’s fresh water resource requirements and form part of the people’s livelihood.
Laguna is nestled in the foothills of three mountains namely, Mount Makiling, Mount Banahaw, and the Sierra Madre Range that not only provide attraction for the tourism industry and sources of many forest-based products, but also serve as stewards for the clean air that Laguna generously share. The soil is heaven for those seeking opportunities in agriculture and horticulture given its richness and fertility.
Flowing water. Fertile soil. Favorable Climate.
Laguna has 60, 624 hectares of alienable and disposable agricultural land. Laguna is also well-known for its abundant supply of fruits such as lanzones, rambutan, papaya, mango, pineapple. Some large farms also cater to ornamental plants and cutflower production. About 41,253 ha or 23.44% of Laguna’s total land area is forest land which is ideal for growing coconuts, tropical fruits, and exotic plants. The forest of Mount Makiling and waters of Laguna de Bay have abundance of flora and fauna.
Laguna de Bay complements the vast agricultural and forest land of the Province. With a surface area of 900 km, it is the main fishing ground producing 410,000 mt of fish, providing two-thirds of the fresh water fish requirements of Metro Manila. Carp and tilapia fingerlings are also being grown in inland ponds and fresh water fish pens. Laguna is the center of agriculture, fisheries, and forest research in the country. The research institutions located in Los Baños are: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) and the Southeast Asian Regional center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA,) among others.
A place blessed with natural attractions, rich cultural heritage, and inspiring centuries-old churches. The comforting breeze and inspiring sceneries of Laguna set the perfect ambience for an exhilarating numerous tourist destinations of the Province. Laguna provides both the refreshing ingredients and spectacular setting for wellness and healing the body and mind. Tourists and investors can choose from a wide array of leisure and wellness activities, striking a harmonious balance and between an active lifestyle and healthy living.
Everything you would love to enjoy in life is in Laguna-the mountains, lakes, and rivers, waterfalls and hot springs, forests, old churches, heritage and culture, festivals and most important, the friendly Laguneños to tell you the story and show you around.
Laguna’s huge population, that is highly educated and conversant in the English Language, presents numerous opportunities to people or service-intensive enterprises to locate in Laguna. The over 800 educational, research, training institutions in Laguna alone ensures a steady supply of professional and technical skills. Add to the on-site labor market are those educated and trained by institutions in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces. Laguna’s tranquil and scenic environment inspires the work force to be creative, positive-thinkers and industrious.
Laguna is a bastion of responsible, talented, motivated, hardworking, and highly skilled work force. Laguna boasts of its industrious and professional work force that is readily available from its population of over 2.5 M (Philippine Census, 2007). If need be, migration of professional and skilled talents to nearby provinces and Metro Manila is easy to fully cover labor requirements. The Laguneños bring their positive and caring view of life in their work, a plus to any business endeavor.
Industry and Infrastructure
Laguna is one of the major economic hubs of the country with 18 industrial estates. Its proximity to Metro Manila makes it a strategic location for business and industries to quickly reach their markets here and abroad. The required elements for business growth like real estate, local and international banking, communication facilities, road networks, power and water, professional and technical skills, industrial peace, predictable business compliance systems, and a clean and safe environment readily exists in Laguna.
Laguna is labeled as the “Detroit of the Philippines” because of the presence of major vehicle manufacturers in the city of Sta. Rosa. It is also considered as the “Silicon Valley of the Philippines” because of the vast number of electronic and semi-conductor companies operating in the province. Laguna is also the “Resort Capital of the Philippines” for it houses more than 500 hot spring resorts in the areas of Calamba City and Los Baños.
In support of the growing number of industries and people relocating in Laguna, there is need for substantial investments in various infrastructures such as roads, water, power, communication, and residential development to ensure that Laguna remains as the preferred place to work and live.
Extensive Road Network
The entire Province enjoys an extensive and well-maintained road network that is steadily being expanded to accommodate future demands. The SLEX, Laguna’s main road artery to Metro Manila, has been widened to carry the growing traffic. Plans are nearing execution to extend SLEX deeper into Laguna. Also, the Public-Private Partnership initiative of the National Government include plans to build a circumferential road along Laguna de Bay shoreline from San Pedro to Siniloan as well as the Calamba-Bay bypass road.
State-of-the-art telecommunication and broadband services are widely available in Laguna. Six service providers offer local and international connection 24/7 in all parts of the Province.
Laguna has more than enough stable power supply to cover the requirements of businesses and industries. Three power generating plants currently operate – the Botocan hydro-electric plant (25MW), Caliraya hydro-electric plant (23.5 MW), and the Makban geothermal plan (20MW). Meralco, the main electricity istributor of Metro Manila, has also the franchise for most of Laguna.