2010 DOST-MIMAROPA Annual Report
Excerpts from the case study
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.
The acronym MIMAROPA stands for the provinces of the region, namely, Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. There are two cities in this region, Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro and Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Among the region’s provinces, Palawan is the biggest, accounting for almost 54.7 percent of the regions’ total land area while Marinduque is the smallest with an area of only 934.7 square kilometers or barely 3.4 percent of the total land area of the region.
MIMAROPA’s strongest potentials are on agriculture and ecotourism. Forty percent of the Gross Regional Domestic Product comes from Agriculture and Fishery. It also intensifies food production not just for the region but for the CALABARZON and Metro Manila areas as well.