Occidental Mindoro History Geography Economy

Occidental Mindoro History

Occidental Mindoro History
Occidental Mindoro Provincial Seal (photo credit: Facebook Page)

Profile of Occidental Mindoro Province (Geography)
Location –> Western part of Mindoro Island in the MiMaRoPa Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Province –> Oriental Mindoro
Capital –> Mamburao
Area –> 5,865.71 km2
Population –> 487,414 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Mountainous with broad caoastal plains
Industries –> Agriculture
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Fish
People/Language –> Tagalog, Mangyan

Cities –> None
Municipalities (Towns) –> (11) Abra de Ilog, Calintaan, Looc, Lubang, Magsaysay, Mamburao, Paluan, Rizal, Sablayan, San Jose, Santa Cruz

Government Officials
Representative (Lone District) –> Leody F. Tarriela
Predecessors –> Josephine Ramirez-Sato, Ma. Amelita A. Calimbas-Villarosa
Governor –> Eduardo Gadiano
Predecessor –> Mario Gene Mendiola
Vice Governor –> Diana Apigo-Tayag
Predecessor –> Peter de Jesus Alfaro

Occidental Mindoro History

The province of Occidental Mindoro was created on November 15, 1950 when Republic Act No. 505 enacted splitting the island into two province. Federico Castillo became the first governor.

Initially, the capital was San Jose but it was moved to Mamburao on January 1, 1951.

Former Governors of Occidental Mindoro
Federico Castillo (1951–1956)
Mariano Tajonera (1956–1959)
Arsenio Villaroza (1960–1986)
Peter Medalla Jr. (1988-1992)
Josephine Sato (1992–2001, 2004–2013)
Jose T. Villarosa (2001–2004)
Mario Gene Mendiola (2013–2019)

Go here to see all the famous people from Occidental Mindoro Province.

Go here to see the candidates and results of the 2019 election in Occidental Mindoro.

Read the history of Occidental Mindoro in Tagalog here.

Economy of Occidental Mindoro

Occidental Mindoro is considered the food basket of the MiMaRoPa Region. It is a major producer of rice supplying other provinces including Metro Manila. Tourism is the second most important industry with thousands of visitors arriving each year to see its natural beauty and its many attractions.

RELATED: Profile of Quezon Province
See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

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