Oriental Mindoro History
Profile of Oriental Mindoro Province (Geography)
Location –> Eastern half of Mindoro Island in MiMaRoPa Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Province –> Occidental Mindoro
Capital –> Calapan City
Area –> 4,238.38 km2 (1,636.45 sq mi)
Population –> 844,059 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Mountainous on the western side of the province but lowland on the eastern part
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Fish
People/Language –> Tagalog, Mangyan, English
City –> Calapan
Municipalities (Towns) –> (14) Baco, Bansud, Bongabong, Bulalacao, Gloria, Mansalay, Naujan, Pinamalayan, Pola, Puerto Galera, Roxas, San Teodoro, Socorro, Victoria
Governor –> Humerlito “Bonz” Dolor
Predecessor –> Alfonso Umali, Jr.
Vice Governor –> Antonio Perez Jr.
Predecessor –> Humerlito “Bonz” Dolor
Representative (1st District) –> Paulino Salvador C. Leachon
Representative (2nd District) –> Alfonso Umali Jr.
Predecessor –> Reynaldo V. Umali
Oriental Mindoro History
On 13 June 1950, the island of Mindoro was split into two provinces: Oriental and Occidental. Due to its vast agricultural lands, Oriental Mindoro was subjected to agrarian reform initiatives since the 1950s.
The first congressman of the independent Oriental Mindoro was Raul T. Leuterio. He was succeeded by Conrado M. Morente. Under the 1987 Constitution, the province has two legislative districts. The first district is composed of Calapan City and the municipalities of Baco, Naujan, Pola, Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Socorro, and Victoria. On the other hand, the towns of Bansud, Bongabong, Bulalacao, Gloria, Mansalay, Pinamalayan, and Roxas comprised the second district.
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Economy of Oriental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro is primarily an agricultural province. Although it is rich in natural resources and endowed with many natural attractions, poverty among the residents is still prevalent. The construction of the Roll-on, Roll-off maritime highway with the province becoming the gateway to the Visayas and Mindanao Islands has brought tremendous benefit to the local people. Tourism, especially in the town of Puerto Galera, is an important source of livelihood.
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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region