Oriental Mindoro History, Geography and Economy

Oriental Mindoro History

Oriental Mindoro History
Oriental Mindoro Provincial Capitol

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

Government Officials
Governor –> Humerlito “Bonz” Dolor
Predecessor –> Alfonso Umali, Jr.
Vice Governor –> Edward Jake “Ejay” Lasap Falcon
Predecessors –> Antonio Perez Jr., Humerlito “Bonz” Dolor
Representative (1st District) –> Arnan Panaligan
Representative (2nd District) –> Alfonso Umali Jr.
Predecessor –> Reynaldo V. Umali

Provincial Board Members (Sanguniang Panlalawigan):
First District:
Voltaire Brucal
Edilberto Ilano Jr.
Aexandra Casubuan
Rafael Infantado
Michael Leachon
Second District:
Carlito Camo
Judy Ann Servando
Emmanuel Buenaventura
Ramil Dimapilis
Mae Arlene Talens

ABC – Dennis Brondial
PCL – Marion Francis Marcos
SK – JoeniƱa Aguilon

Oriental Mindoro Map showing the different towns
(credit: Roel Balingit from wiki commons)

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

Read the history of Oriental Mindoro in Tagalog here.

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.

The Northernmost part of Mindoro Island is characterized by high mountains. This photo was taken from a boat approaching the resort town of Puerto Galera.

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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

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