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, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Corn
People/Language –> Tagalog, Mangyan
Governor –> Alfonso Umali, Jr.
Vice Governor –> Humerlito “Bonz” Dolor
Representative (1st District) –> Paulino Salvador C. Leachon
Representative (2nd District) –> Reynaldo V. Umali
City –> Calapan City
Municipalities (Towns) –> (14) Baco, Bansud, Bongabong, Bulalacao, Gloria, Mansalay, Naujan, Pinmalayan, Pola, Puerto Galera, Roxas, San Teodoro, Socorro, Victoria

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.

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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.

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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