The City of Cabanatuan (Filipino: Lungsod ng Kabanatuan)is a highly urbanized city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. It is the largest city in Nueva Ecija, and 5th in Central Luzon with a population of 272,676 in 2010.
The city is popular for being home to more than 30,000 tricycles. It prides itself as the "Tricycle Capital of the Philippines" and its strategic location along the Cagayan Valley Road has made the city a major economic, educational, medical, entertainment and transportation center in Nueva Ecija and nearby provinces in the region such as Aurora and Bulacan and has earned the moniker "Gateway to the North". More
Cabanatuan City is credited for its good access to commercial banks making the city ranked as one of the most livable cities in the Philippines together with Makati City in terms of banking. There are 60 commercial banks in the city, including the major players and their multiple branches citywide. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has a branch in the city's business district. Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular also have their business offices located in the city. The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) have their business office at General Tinio St., while Digitel is in Mabini Extension. TV and Radio Stations are also present in the city.
Besides being the trading center of agricultural products from the surrounding farming communities, there are other markedly vibrant economic potentials for Cabanatuan City. It is building a reputation of becoming the IT hub of Central Luzon by using the thousands-strong InfoTech workforce in and around the city. The first call center in Nueva Ecija was established in the city in 2008. The provincial government has plans of converting the 15-hectare old capitol site into an IT-BPO zone complete with office buildings and green spaces. It is also fast-becoming a major investment hub and considered as one of the most competitive cities for doing business in the country. The city is the headquarters of the homegrown NE Group of Companies, a relatively large retail and land development company. The Cabanatuan Electric Corporation (CELCOR) is 814th in the list of the top 1000 largest corporations in the Philippines.More
The city is a major hub of transportation services within the province and the region. Cabanatuan City has a large number of bus companies operating provincial and regional routes, with the Cabanatuan Central Transport Terminal serving as the terminus. Jeepney operators serve routes within the province with some reaching as far to Dingalan, Aurora and Tarlac City, Tarlac. Much of the city's population rely on public transportation such as tricycles and jeeps to get around the city.
Maharlika Highway (or Pan-Philippine Highway) is the main highway traversing the city where most vehicles going to Cagayan Valley pass through, another major highway is the Nueva Ecija - Aurora Road which links Cabanatuan to Baler, Aurora passing through rural towns in Nueva Ecija. Burgos Avenue and Del Pilar Street serve as the city's main thoroughfare inside the downtown area. Other major roads include the General Tinio and Rizal Streets which runs through the city proper in an east-west direction, Mabini Street where two of the city's universities are situated and the Circumferential Road that connects the downtown area to the Kapitan Pepe residential district.More