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Mayor Bernard Faustino La Madrid Dy was born on May 30, 1979 and was raised from a family of public servants well-known in the whole province of Isabela, Philippines whose lives are marked by sympathy and dedication to the service of humanity. He finished B.S. Business Administration Major in International Business at University of California Riverside and obtained a master’s degree in Organization Development from Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute.

Since becoming Mayor in 2013, he has transformed Cauayan City from once a neglected city into a bustling and first ever Smarter City in the Philippines by actively incorporating the use of science, technology and innovation in planning, regulations, service delivery and citizen participation. His relentless efforts have qualified him to be recognized as a Hall of Fame Awardee being one of the Most Outstanding Mayors all-over the Philippines; named as the Best City Manager by the Europe Business Assembly; Most Outstanding Public Servant; Ambassador for Peace; one of the newest Science Ambassadors; and a recipient of the most prestigious ‘The Outstanding Young Men Award.’

His active advocacy on Smarter City initiatives and the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals has also enabled him to represent not only Cauayan City but the entire Philippines on international speaking engagements on Smart and Sustainable Cities like the The IoT Show held at Suntec City, Singapore; Future Cities Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals Statistics; 9th Urban Forum on Resilience and Adaptation at Bonn, Germany and the 6th Annual Urban Renewal Forum at Fort Canning, Singapore, and the Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge Expo in Washington, D.C. Last January, his city had successfully hosted the First Smarter Cities Readiness Challenge Workshop participated by different local chief executives of the Philippines, and at present, he led the creation of the Philippines Smarter and Sustainable Cities (SSC) Taskforce to promote a national movement for smarter and sustainable cities.

At present, he continues to strive to bring Cauayan City at the forefront of progress and technological innovation, with the end view of making Cauayan City truly the Ideal City of the North and a promising Smarter and Sustainable City.

Brief History

Cauayan City was founded on September 8, 1739 with Calanusian as the first townsite. Originally, it was part of Cagayan then ceded to Isabela by virtue of a royal decree issued on May 1, 1856 creating the Province of Isabela. Cauayan got its name from the Gaddang word “kawayan” which means bamboo because it was found along a plantation of bamboos. In another version, the name Cauayan refers to the bamboo groves where the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was found.

Cauayan City is known for its historical grandeur being the location of one of the Philippines' major industries of tobacco as far back as the Spanish period, the Compaña General de Tabacos de Filipinas, commonly known as Tabacalera, with its flagship brand, La Flor de la Isabela. The industry was a massive enterprise dating back in 1881 when it first started supplying the tobacco monopoly of the Spanish government.

Geographic Location

The City of Cauayan is one of the two cities and 35 municipalities of the Province of Isabela.  It is situated in Central Isabela and is centrally located in the entire Cagavan Valley region.  It is bounded by eight municipalities, on the north by Reina Mercedes; on the northeast by Naguilian; on the east by Benito Soliven; on the Southeast by San Guillermo; on the south by Angadanan; on the southwest by Alicia; and on the northwest by Luna and Cabatuan.  It is located at 16° 56.080'N, Longitude and 121° 46.463'E, Latitude.

Cauayan is directly accessible to all of its neighboring municipalities. From Naguilian and Reina Mercedes, 15.04 and 11.24 kilometers respectively on the concrete-paved Maharlika Highway; from Luna, Cabatuan, and San Mateo, 7.19, 11.7, and 23.50 kilometers respectively.  It is 34.5 kilometers south of Ilagan, the capital town of Isabela, about 117 kilometers away from Tuguegarao City, and approximately 375 kilometers to Manila or about 8 hours trip by land and less than an hour flight by plane.

Land Area

Cauayan comprises an aggregate area of 343.358799 square kilometers representing 3.15% of the total land area of the province which is 10,664.56 sq. kilometers. It ranks tenth highest in terms of land area among the 37 Local Government Units of the province of Isabela.

Political Subdivision and Physical Boundaries

The total land area of the city of Cauayan is divided among its 65 component barangays as listed in Table No. 1 and shown in Map 1. It is bounded on the north by the vast plains of Reina Mercedes; on the east and northeast by Caonayan creek; on the south by the hills of forest region; on the southwest by Alinam creek; and on the northwest by Marabulig creek.



We will be the Ideal City of the North by living up the following:

  • Greenest most eco-friendly prestige city
  • Being the melting pot of rich and diverse cultures
  • Center of economic progress and sustainable development
  • Active, innovative, eco-friendly, caring and God-centered community

• Honest and competent government equally collaborating with the empowered people and the private sectors