Region Description

MIMAROPA is the youngest among the 17 administrative regions of the country. It was created as a separate region through Executive Order 103 issued on May 17, 2003 to accelerate the social and economic development and improve the delivery of public services.

MIMAROPA Derivation

The acronym MIMAROPA stands for the provinces of the region, namely, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. The region is bounded by the West Philippine Sea, Tayabas Bay (to the North), Sibuyan Sea (to the East), and Sulu Sea (to the South). The region is also strategically within the radius of urban and industrial influence of the Luzon and Central Philippines super regions.

Land Area and Political Subdivisions

MIMAROPA has an aggregate land area of 2,745,601 hectares or 27,456.01 square kilometers representing about nine (9) percent of the country’s total land area. Of the five provinces of the Region, Palawan is the largest, accounting for more than half of the Region’s total land area (54.26 percent) with 1,489,626 hectares. Marinduque has the smallest area, representing only 3.49 percent with 95,925 hectares. Occidental Mindoro, which is the second largest province in terms of land area, has 587,985 hectares comprising 21.42 percent of the Region’s land area. Oriental Mindoro has a land area of 436,472 hectares, roughly 15.90 percent, while Romblon with 135,593 hectares comprises 4.94 percent of the Region’s total land area. The Region has seventy (70) municipalities and two (2) cities: Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, and Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro.

MIMAROPA’s total land covers 2,644,412 hectares composed of forest (63 percent), non-forest (31.8 percent) and marine (5.2 percent). Of its total forest cover, 29 percent or 474,821 hectares is old growth forest, 37 percent or 609,356 hectares is residual forest, 1.1 percent or 29,419 hectares is mossy, 0.6 percent or 14,976 hectares is sub-marginal and 32 percent or 536,947 hectares is brush land. Its non-forestland consists of coconut plantations (14 percent), grasslands (55 percent), other agricultural crop lands (23 percent), built-up areas (1 percent) and bare rocky land and water bodies (7 percent). The remaining marine cover includes mangroves, fishpond areas and shallow coasts.

The Province of Palawan accounts for more than half of the total forest cover. Occidental Mindoro has more than one-fifth, while Oriental Mindoro has less than one-fifth. Romblon and Marinduque share the remaining five percent.

A brief profile of MIMAROPA
CapitalDOST Complex, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City 1631
Population2,744,671 (as of 2010)
Area27,239.6 sq. km.
Provinces5
Cities2
Municipalities71
Barangays1458
Congressional Districts8
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Province

Land Area
(sq. km.)1
No. of Districts
No. of Municipalities
No. of Cities

Marinduque

952.6
1
6
0

Occidental Mindoro

5,866
1
11
0

Oriental Mindoro

4,238
2
14
1

Palawan

14,650
3
23
1

Romblon

1,533
1
17
0
MIMAROPA
27239.6
8
71
2

Sources

1.) http://countrystat.bas.gov.ph/?cont=16&r=17