“International Transport Hub of the Future”
Cavite City is a fourth class city in the province of Cavite. The city is a hook shaped peninsula jutting out into Manila Bay.
Cavite City was given royal encomienda or land grant on May 16, 1571 by the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi, which was named Cavite la Punta. Cavite la Punta was christened Cavite el Puerto also known as Cavite Nuevo, when the Spaniards discovered that Cavite la Punta was a suitable place for the repair and construction of their ships and galleons. Puerto de Cavite was linked to the history of world trade. Spanish galleons sailed every July to Acapulco, Mexico.
At the height of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade, which made Puerto de Cavite the point of entry and departure of Spanish galleons that brought many foreign travelers on its shores, Puerto de Cavite was fondly called “Ciudad de Oro Macizo” meaning the “City of Solid Gold”. The Chinese emperor at one time sent some of his men to this place to search for gold.
Population/ Language/ Area
Cavite City is located on the coastal area of Cavite Province fronting Manila Bay. Around 35 kilometers away from Manila, the city occupies a small peninsula that is shaped like a hand stretched out into Manila Bay. It is bounded on the north and west by Manila Bay, on the east by Bacoor and Canacao Bay, and on the south by the towns of Kawit and Noveleta. Including Corregidor Island, total land area is about 20 square kilometers.
Products and Services
Fishing is the most important source of income for most of the people. Farming is also a major economic activity. Products include rice, rootcrops and vegetables. As in many other small cities of the Philippines, manufacturing is limited to small shops producing dresses, bakery products, home decors, and handicrafts. Tourism is another important source of livelihood for the people. At the city center, wholesale and retail are the most prevalent business establishment.
The city aims to promote aquaculture in support of the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program of the national government. The production of mussels and oysters is recommended. Processing them into exportable items right in the city should be encouraged in order to have more value added. Other businesses to put up are hotels and resorts. Biotechnology ventures with a focus on the development of the marine resources of the province can be undertaken. The plan to convert Sangley poit into an international logistics hub presents opportunities for businesses to flourish in this city.