Region IV-B is otherwise known as MIMAROPA. The name is the acronym of the five provinces comprising the region which are: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan. MIMAROPA is originally part of Region IV (Southern Tagalog Region) but due to Executive Order No. 103 dated May 17, 2002, Region IV was divided into
Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region IV-B (MIMAROPA).
On May 23, 2005, Palawan was moved to Region VI by Executive Order No. 429. After this move, Region IV-B was called MIMARO instead of MIMAROPA. However, Palaweños criticized the move and they prefer to stay with Region IV-B. As a result, Administrative Order No. 129 was issued. Executive Order No. 429 was held in abeyance pending the approval of the implementation plan. The region is composed of 2 cities and 71 municipalities.
MIMAROPA region lies along the southern portion of Luzon. The region is archipelagic, having no land border with another region. It is bounded in the north by CALABARZON and the Verde Island; in the southeast by Bicol region and the Pacific Ocean; in the south lies Panay Islands and on the west of the region is the South China Sea. Of the five provinces comprising the region, the province of Palawan is the biggest and the province of Marinduque is the smallest island province.
The region’s economy relies mostly on agriculture, fishing and ecotourism. It is one of the country’s top producers of rice, banana, coconut, mango, cashew, papaya and cassava, which are among the country’s top export products. Since the region is composed of island provinces, fishing is a major source of income for the inhabitants of the region. It is the second top fish producer in the country and also ranks as the second top producer of seaweeds, representing about 21% of the country’s total output.
MIMAROPA’s tourism industry is one of the busiest in the country. The region is home to Palawan’s serene tropical beauty. Some of them are Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and El Nido Marine Reserve Park. Marinduque, the country’s Lenten capital, is famous for their Moriones Festival held every year. Tourists who are looking for a rich dose of natural wonders can go to Puerto Galera and experience its beautiful sunset and vibrant party scene. Divers can also seek the marine wonders of Occidental Mindoro’s Apo Reef.
MIMAROPA is indeed one of the country’s most famous and profitable regions because of its abundance of environmental beauty and natural products.
The most populous cities and municipalities in MIMAROPA are:
|Puerto Princesa City
|City Of Calapan
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