Misamis Occidental History, Geography, Economy

Misamis Occidental History

Misamis Occidental History
Misamis Occidental Provincial Capitol (Photo Credit: Ivan Henares)

Profile of Misamis Occidental Province (Geography)
Location –> Northern Mindanao Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Lanao Del Norte across Panguil Bay, Zamboanga Del Sur, and Zamboanga Del Norte
Capital –> Oroquieta City
Area –> 2,055.22 km2 (793.52 sq mi)
Population –> 602,126 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Mountainous and hilly with coastal plains
Industries –> Agriculture
Major Products –> Rice, Coconut, Corn, Fish
People/Language –> Bisaya, Subanen
Governor –> Philip Tan
Predecessor –> Herminia M. Ramiro
Vice Governor –> Aurora Virginia M. Almonte
Representative (1st District) –> Diego Ty
Predecessor –> Jorge T. Almonte
Representative (2nd District) –> Henry S. Oaminal
Cities –> Oroquieta, Ozamiz, Tangub
Municipalities (Towns) –> (14) Aloran, Baliangao, Bonifacio, Calamba, Clarin, Concepion, Jimenez, Lopez Jaena, Panaon, Plaridel, Sapang Dalaga, Sinacaban, Tuleda, Don V. Chiongbian

Misamis Occidental History

The original inhabitants of the province were the Subanen tribe. Later, people from the Visayas region arrived and settled in the coastal areas. The place was constantly attacked by Moro pirates even during the Spanish regime. In 1756, the Spaniards built a fort called “Fuerte de la Concepción y del Triunfo” to serve as protection from these pirates.

In 1818, the area covered by the present province was part of the political-military district called Segundo Distrito de Misamis, the largest of five such districts in Mindanao. On November 2, 1929, Misamis province was divided into Occidental and Oriental by virtue of Act No. 3537. Don Jose Fortich Ozamiz became the first governor of Misamis Occidental.

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Economy of Misamis Occidental

The economy of Misamis Occidental is primarily based on agriculture where rice, coconut, fish, corn, and rootcrops are produced. Manufacturing is limited to micro and small shops producing or repairing furniture, tricycle, and clothes. Tourism is still undeveloped in the province.

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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

Map of Province

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