Ligao City is in the province of Albay in the Philippines.
Legaspi City Domestic Airport is an hour away from the city, Philippine Airlines flies daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa, Cebu Pacific flies daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa.
Philippine National Railways is currently unavailable for use, Most of the trains are dilapidated.
From Manila it takes 10 hours by car. The Philippine National Highway stretches from Metro Manila passing different provinces and finally Ligao City.
Buses operate daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa. Philtranco, Cagsawa Tours, Penafrancia Tours, RSL Tours, And many more bus companies.
By bicycle,car,tricycle and many more vehicles roam the city.
Ligao City is one of the gateway to the Mayon National Park where the majestic Mayon Volcano is located. Local and foreign tourists who visit Mayon Volcano spills over to the city which itself is endowed with natural scenery that nature lovers find interesting. It has natural springs, caves, hills, lakes and a good panoramic view of Mayon Volcano.
Areas identified as recreation and tourist destinations are Divinaflor Hidden Spring Resort and Rendezvous Spring Resort, both located at Barangay Herrera, Kawakawa Hills at Barangay Paulog, Mabigao Lake and underground caves at Barangays Allang and Tula-Tula Pequeno, Bolinao Falls at Barangay Ranao-Ranao, Malison Lake at Barangays Pandan and Bonga, Mount Masaraga and Busay Lake at Barangay Busay, Cabrera Resort at Barangay Bay and Asistio Spring at Barangay Basag.
Ligao City has a special charm distinct within the locality. It has blend of relaxed atmosphere and a scenic view that soothes the tired mind, mesmerizes the body and delights one’s soul. For adventurous people the mystique of Mt. Mayon and Mount Masaraga, the twin peaks, offers an exhilarating experience for mountain climbing and trekking and the thrill of scaling great heights and descending in deep ravines.
The unspoiled beaches along the coastal barangays of Catburawan, Cabarian and Maonon offers an alternative to the highly commercialized beaches of Boracay and Palawan. These areas offers business opportunities for possible investors and entrepreneurs for further development.
All these places are accessible to all types of vehicles from the City center because all barangays can be reached through all – weather concrete roads. There are many types of vehicles that can be hired to take to these places from the vans to the tricycles and even single motorcycles.
One can sample the hospitality of the place when he takes lodging with any of the houses of the inhabitants.There are also 3 lodging houses located in the City with air-conditioned rooms and other amenities. One can also savor the food cooked rich in spices and coconut milk and hot chili dishes inherent in the locality.
Ligao National High School, Ligao Community College, St.Mary Elementary School Aletheia Christian Academy Friendly Library Training School
The prevalence of pre – schools attests to the fact that in Ligao City the parents are concerned with the education of their children at a very early age. There are 13 private pre – schools located in the urban barangays. This is not to mention the pre – schools integrated in the public school system in the elementary schools located in Ligao West Central School in barangay Binatagan, in Ligao East Central School in Barangay Tuburan and in Pandan Elementary School in barangay Pandan. These 3 elementary schools are under the Model of Excellence Program prescribed by the Harrington Foundation. Pre – school education is also being taught in 74 day care centers situated in 55 barangays citywide by day care volunteers hired by the City Government. All the teaching materials in the day care centers are provided free by the local government.
For the private pre – schools there are 300 males and 248 females with the total of 548 enrollees for the school year 2002 – 2003 handled by 33 teachers. The teacher to pupil is ratio is 16 pupils per teacher. Collectively there are a total of 33 classrooms for the private pre – schools.
In the public pre – school the total enrollment is 150 enrollees broken down to 77 males and 73 female pupils. The public schools hold morning and afternoon sessions to maximize the enrollment handled by 3 teachers. The teacher to pupil ratio is 25 pupils per teacher.
The day care program caters to the 3 – 6 years old age bracket. Some of the day care centers hold morning and afternoon sessions. The total enrollees for the day care program are 2,407 pupils broken down to 1,175 males and 1,232 females. It is handled by 74 qualified volunteer workers hired by the City Government. The pupil to teacher ratio is 20 pupils to each teacher / volunteer.
The elementary public school of the City of Ligao is divided into two school districts – the West and East District. The West District covers 20 schools with a total enrollment of 8,163 pupils, broken down into 4,242 males and 3,921 females for the school year 2002 - 2003. There are 202 teachers with 209 classrooms. The teacher to pupil ratio is an average of 40 pupils per teacher. The average pupil per classroom is 39.
The East District is composed of 27 schools having a total enrollment of 8,899 pupils. The male pupils are 4,604 while the female is 4,295. There are 228 teachers with 228 classrooms. The pupil to teacher ratio is 39, same with the classroom to pupil ratio.
For the school year 2002 – 2003 there are 47 elementary schools city wide. The City Government is not lacking in classrooms. There are even barangays where school rooms are in excess. It can be noted that the pupil population exceeds the school age population. This is due to the fact that some school age children from the neighboring towns enroll in the city schools because of transportation accessibility and convenience.
There are 4 private elementary schools in the City. The total enrollment is 382 pupils. Collectively the total number of teachers is 22 and the total classrooms are 24. The teacher to pupil ratio is 17 pupils per teacher and the pupil to room ratio is 16 pupils per classroom.
Ligao City is the seat of the Bicol Regional Science High School. Its students numbering about 274 come from the different municipalities of the Bicol Region. Other public high schools are the Ligao National High School with a total enrolment of 3,168 located in the heart of the urban center and a number of barangay high schools located in the different barangays of Ligao with a total of 3,629.
The same Table shows that in SY 2002-2003, there were a total enrollees of 835 from the two privately-run high schools, St. Mary’s Academy of Ligao and Mayon Institute of Science and Technology.
It can be noted that in the school year 2002-2003 there is a remarkable increase in the enrollment in the barangay high schools. This is to due to the initiative of the City Government to improve the educational facilities and to modernize the teaching methods even in the remote barangays. Overall, there is a sharp increase in the in the enrollment in all public high school for the present school year. The City is operating and maintaining a community college, the Ligao Community College. It does not own its school facilities, but is using the school facilities of the Ligao National High School. Its total enrollment during the SY 2002-2003 was 786. Courses offered are: BS Ed major in PHEM, English, Math, Economics, Political Science and Associate in Arts. There is also an increase in the enrollment from last year. Two privately-run technical schools, the Albay Institute of Technology and the Mayon Institute of Science and Technology are offering computer courses such as computer secretarial and computer technician/mechanic. The Information Technology Center located in the Ligao National High School compound already in operation for the year 2003 has opened its enrollment from the elementary level, especially in the Grade 6 level to the college level and to the professional level. Many of the constituents has availed of the program for free and at present has already opened its enrollment to neighboring towns. The curriculum is Tesda accredited and the graduates are presented with Tesda certificates.
In sitio Tobgon in barangay Batang about 3 kilometers from the city center, a school that caters to the underprivileged especially to the hearing impaired is located. The mission of the Fishermen of Christ Learning Center endeavors to reach the Filipino Hearing Impaired in the province of Albay to reach their full potential; prepare them for further training and employment as respected citizens. Its goal is to provide a strong and functional education through the implementation of DepEd thrust and adapted programs.
The school offers free education from pre-school to elementary up to high school. Its operations is supported through foreign funded organizations such as the World Opportunities International, the Deaf Evangelistic Alliance Foundation ( DEAF ), and other religious organizations.
The school was granted government recognition for their curriculum. For the present school year there are 16 enrollees for the pre-school, 50 for the elementary and 100 for the high school level. They maintain a multi-purpose Hall, 6 classrooms, an Administration Building, a Dormitory with 2 big rooms for male and female residents, a library and a Mess Hall / kitchen.
The school does not depend solely on foreign funding for their operation. They maintain local Income Generating projects for their counterpart funding. They have a small rice farm, a piggery and a rice mill. They employ working students in their projects and these students are given free accommodations. The students which come from faraway places and stay in their dorms are charged 20 pesos per meal but their rooms are free. They also accommodate their graduates to work with the school for their livelihood. For promising graduates they send them to0 their mother organization, the DEAF school in Cavinti, Laguna for college and they are trained for evangelistic work after graduation. At present they also maintain an extension school in barangay Bariw, Malinao, Albay that caters to the same underprivileged children.
Handicrafts and other hand made items are sold along the city sidewalks and in the market as well as souvenir items. The city’s industry is basically agro – industrial since the economy is agriculture – based. An offshoot are projects as piggery, poultry and comprada – warehousing especially in the rural areas. The manufacture and processing of agricultural products also exist through ricemill, oilmill, feedmill and the like. Other industries include ice plant, coco manufacturing, pansit ( noodles ) manufacturing, pilinut and storage warehousiung.
* Coconut * Corn * Palay * Rootcrops * Vegetables * Banana * Pili * Ginger
* Fresh Fish * Dried Fish * Processed Fish * Tilapia Fingerlings
* Hogs * Poultry * Cattle Fattening * Breeding of Exotic Animals
* Processed Foods * Furnitures * Pansit ( Noodles ) * Organic Fertilizer * Concrete Products * Handicrafts
* Tilapia Fingerlings * Copra * Corn * Livestock ( Hogs and Poultry )
There are few fastfood chains in the city. Jollibee, Kuyang's Grill, Mexita Pizza Parlor, and many more food chains.
City Mayor-0528371400, Site Administrator- 09152397426
There are two police substations in the city. The city is a safe place at night.
By Philippine National Highway