Ternate is a coastal town of Cavite located on the southwestern part of the province. It is approximately 19 kilometers (kms) from the provincial capital, 56 kms from Metro Manila. It is bounded on the north by Naic, on the south by Nasugbu, Batangas, on the east by Maragondon, and on the west by Manila Bay. With its ten (10) barangays, its area comprises 4.7% or 5,993 hectares (has) of the provincial land area.
The topography of Ternate is generally rugged. The terrain is predominantly mountainous with 70% of the area having a slope of 18-30%. The slope of the area is generally characterized as rolling to moderately sloping and in some portions, steep to generally steep. The vegetative cover of the area is predominantly forest.
Ternate has a total population of 19,297 and a household population of 4,044 as per NSO 2010 official survey. It is 0.62% of Cavite’s total population and distributed within an area of 5,993 hectares and ten (10) barangays. The urban population is 4,373 while the rural population is 14,924. The municipality has a gross density of 3.22 persons per hectare making it low density community. Its annual growth rate of 1.169% based from the NSO population census of 2000 and 2010, that will project the present population of 19,297 (2010) to 21,676 in 2020.
Ternate is known for its tourism facilities and amenities. Ternate was included in the declaration of First Tourism Zone in the Philippines as per Presidential Proclamation No. 1520 dated November 28, 1975.
Municipality of Ternate is initially identified and included in the Special Economic Zone under RA 7916 dated February 21, 1995 to actively encourage, promote, accelerate sound and balanced industrial, economic, social development in order to provide jobs to the people especially to the rural areas, increase their productivity, and their individual and family income and thereby improve the level and quality of their living condition as stated in The Special Economic Zone Act of 1995.
The municipality has eight (8) beaches/resorts at present. All of these are privately owned. Aside from beaches/resorts, Ternate has also historical landmark, the Rock Island commonly known as “El Fraile” or sometimes called as the Fort Drum. To give assistance to incoming visitors, foreign and local tourists, several tourisms related establishment could be found in the municipality. Its proximity to Metro Manila and the presence of World-class resorts further enhance its potentials for ecological tourism.
Prospectively, Ternate is considered to be a part of the Metro Tagaytay. The coastal areas of Ternate are envisioned to be one of the prime tourism areas in Cavite which are famous for its beaches and water sports.
Ternate was also considered one of the three (3) model tourism points of Cavite. It is within the Ternate-Corregidor-Naic area characterized by the presence of beaches, water sports, pristine forest and historical sites.
After considering its role in the province, the municipality will be considering also the coastal development because of its sizeable area of municipal and inland water and the presence of extensive coastline. Development strategies must be prepared well to ensure the compatibility of land uses within the Coastal and Sea Use Plan which are to be prepared.