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Region IV-B

Rehiyon IV-B Mimaropa.jpeg

Regional center Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
Population 1,543,817
– Density 122.9 per km²
Area 12,559.8 km²
Provinces 4
Cities 1
Municipalities 48
Barangays 1,025
Cong. districts 5
Languages Tagalog, Romblomanon, Asi, Onhan, and languages spoken by Mangyans

MIMAROPA is one of the two regions of the Philippines having no land border with another region, Eastern Visayas being the other, and is designated as Region IV-B. The name is an acronym that stands for its provinces, which are: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. There is only one city in the entire region: Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro.



Executive Order No. 103, dated May 17, 2002, divided Region IV (Southern Tagalog) into Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region IV-B (MIMAROPA). Later on May 23, 2005, through Executive Order No. 429, Palawan was moved to Region VI and Region IV-B began to be only called MIMARO.

However, Administrative Order No. 129 was issued on August 19, 2005 to address this backlash. This order directed the abeyance of Executive Order No. 429 pending the approval of an implementation plan for the orderly transfer of Palawan from MIMAROPA to Region VI. Thus, it is not yet clear if the transfer of Palawan to Region VI is already done and final creating confusion on whether to address the region as MIMARO or MIMAROPA.

The Moriones festival also plays a prominent role in Marinduque's culture. During the month of April, parades and celebrations can be seen on the streets. In Gasan, Boac, and Mogpog, a parade of people dressed as Moriones can be seen on the main road connecting the towns of the island. Boac shows a reenactment in the evening of the actual event when Longinus, a blind soldier, punctures Jesus with his spear and blood droplets from the wound restores Longinus' sight.

Economy Marinduque is an agricultural province, primarily growing rice and coconuts. Fishing is also an important part of the economy. Mining was once an important player in the economy until a mining accident (the Marcopper mining incident) occurred, bringing the industry to a standstill on the island. The provincial government has just recently sued Marcopper's parent company, Placer Dome, for $100 million in damages. It includes Marinduque Island and 24 other islands. Iron, gold, silver, and copper are mined there. There is also a lumbering industry and subsistence farming.

Political divisions

Province Capital Population
Pop. density
(per km²)
Ph seal marinduque.png Marinduque Boac 217,392 959.3 226.6
Ph seal occidental mindoro.png Occidental Mindoro Mamburao 380,250 5,879.9 64.7
Ph seal oriental mindoro.png Oriental Mindoro Calapan City 681,818 4,364.7 156.2
Ph seal romblon.png Romblon Romblon 264,357 1,355.9 195.0

Component city


Tagalog is spoken in the province of Marinduque as well as the northeastern and southwestern coasts of Mindoro.

In the interior of Mindoro, various languages are spoken by Mangyans. They are Iraya, Alangan, Tawbuid, Hanunoo, Tadyawan, Buhid, and Ratagnon. The later is a Visayan language with less than three speakers.

In Romblon, there are three main languages: Romblomanon, Asi, and Onhan. These languages belong to the Visayan language family.

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