The City of Butuan is the regional center of Caraga an administrative region of the Philippines. It is located at the northeastern part of Agusan Valley Mindanao, sprawling across the Agusan River. It is bounded to the north, west and south by Agusan del Norte, to the east by Agusan del Sur and to the northwest by Butuan Bay. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 298,378 people.
The name "Butuan" is believed to have originated from the sour fruit "Batuan"(Garcinia morella). Other etymology sources say that it comes from a certain "Datu Buntuan", a chieftain who once ruled over Butuan. More
Butuan City is the center of education in the Caraga region. There are now two universities in the city. The first home grown university of the region is the Father Saturnino Urios University. The second is the Caraga State University (CSU), which was formerly known as the Northern Mindanao Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST). There is also the Timber City Academy, the oldest Chinese school in the region. Other than the privately-run academic institutions that address the collegiate-level needs of the locals, most basic-level schools are publicly-run, notably the Butuan City SPED Center, Butuan Central Elementary School, and the Butuan city school of arts and trades(BCSAT), - both adjacent to the other and found at the old center of the city. Teachers from these two schools have significant exposure to complimentary seminars and workshops with partnership programs such as the Philippine-Australia Project on Basic Education (PROBE) - and have enabled these two, among other schools to maintain high rating National Achievement Test results. There are also religious schools in the city that are aimed at producing "God-loving, smart and trust-worthy students" like the Liberty Foundational Christian Academy(LFCA).More