From October 1-13, 2020 alone, Ilagan has seen 155 cases. Photo from Ilagan, Isabela's Facebook account

Isabela's Ilagan City posts a surprising 155 cases on the first 13 days of October alone

To date it has a total of 264 cases and 2 deaths
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 14 2020

Disclosure: All data provided are from the Department of Health’s various information sites including their data drop. Where appropriate, other graphs, illustrations, tables and data are appropriately referenced. 

October 14, 2020 (updated)

Less cases today (by 1 percent) with NCR keeping one-third of the total cases reported. Among the newly announced cases, 85.8 percent are recent. It’s painful to see that we’re still counting cases all the way back to March, particularly in the NCR. The region that saw the most number of backlogs was CALABARZON. 

NCR, Region IVA, VI and III are consistently in the top five. These four regions are more or less predictable. Other regions like CAR, Davao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao – have number of cases that come in erratically.


While we remain 18th in the world ranking, Indonesia will most likely overtake us soon, if and when this trend remains constant. With cases rising in Italy, it will (hopefully) be awhile, before we catch up with them.

Yesterday’s data breakdown 


  • Four of five provinces in the CALABARZON region remained in the top ten.
  • Misamis Oriental was fifth, while Isabela was tenth in yesterday’s tally. 
  • Ten of the cities in NCR dominated the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases. 
  • Cities outside of the NCR that were in the top 20 list were:
    • Luzon: Baguio City (Benguet), Calamba (Laguna), Antipolo and Taytay (Rizal), and Ilagan City (Isabela)
    • Visayas: Iloilo City (Iloilo), and Bacolod City (Negros Occidental)
    • Mindanao: Davao City (Davao del Sur), Cagayan de Oro City (Misamis Oriental) and Zamboanga City (Zamboanga del Sur)


  • Global case fatality rate: 2.84 percent
  • The global 7-day average of cases is more than 330,000 cases/day (or approximately 1,000,000 cases almost every 3 days). 
  • India continued to lead in both cases in the world. But they are seeing a decline in both cases and death. 
  • The US reported the most deaths in a day in the world yesterday. 
  • Brazil is seeing lower cases and deaths as well. 
  • The UK was third in most number of cases for the second consecutive day. 
  • Five countries in Europe land in the top 10 – UK, France, Czechia, Netherlands and Spain.

Feature story 

Ilagan City, Isabela

The capital of Isabela on the northernmost region of the Philippines is Ilagan City. 

With a population of close to 150,000 people (as of 2015 census), Ilagan City is the most populous city in the province of Isabela. With a land mass area of over 1,160 sq km, it is almost twice the size of the National Capital Region, with a density of 120 inhabitants/sq km. It is the largest city in the island of Luzon.

Ilagan City holds the title of the most number of registered voters in the country with more than 100,000 voters from the population. 

From its geographical location, agriculture and fishery are its main economic resources, followed by commerce and trade. Currently, Ilagan City has one of the fastest growing economy in the Cagayan Valley.

Unfortunately, the geographical nature of Ilagan City makes this the punching bag during the typhoon season as it is hardest hit when tropical cyclones cross the Pacific Ocean and slam into the country.

Ilagan City reported its first three cases of coronavirus on June 26 (swabbed June 20). The month of June ended with 4 cases reported. 

There were 11 cases in July, 53 in August and 41 in September. 

The surprise? From October 1-13, 2020 alone, Ilagan has seen 155 cases. 

To date it has a total of 264 cases and 2 deaths.