The Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi is composed of several islands located
southwest of Sulu Province. It is the province that
is nearest to Sabah of Malaysia in Borneo Island. The province can be reached via the airport or seaport of Zamboanga City
and then take a boat or fastcraft. The main island is Tawi-Tawi Island where the capital, Panglima Sugala, is
located. This island is mostly plain. Climate is characterized by rainfall which is evenly distributed throughout the year.
Tawi-Tawi Provincial Capitol
The Samal and Badjao tribes are the majority among the people of Tawi-tawi.
Although it has rich fishing grounds, the province has the highest poverty incidence at 78.2% in 2006.
Farm and fishery production of Tawi-Tawi in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand metric tons, rank among 79 provinces)
Animal inventory of Tawi-Tawi in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand, rank among 79 provinces)
Tawi-tawi is a major producer of seaweed.
In 2007, there were 3 banks operating in the province with total deposits of 628 million pesos.
The province of Tawi-Tawi is composed of 11 municipalities namely:
The marine resources of Tawi-Tawi can be the basis of developing manufacturing industries. Fish canning
or bottling as well as seaweed processing can thrive in the province. The province can also lead in processing halal foods