Misamis Oriental

Misamis Oriental
Misamis Oriental
—  Province  —

Map of the Philippines with Misamis Oriental highlighted
Coordinates: 8°45′N 125°00′E / 8.75°N 125°E / 8.75; 125Coordinates: 8°45′N 125°00′E / 8.75°N 125°E / 8.75; 125
Country  Philippines
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Founded 1939
Capital Cagayan de Oro City
 - Governor Oscar S. Moreno (Lakas-Kampi-CMD/PaDayon Pilipino)
 - Vice Governor Norris C. Babiera
 - Total 3,102.9 km2 (1,198 sq mi)
Area rank 46th out of 80
Population (2007)
 - Total 748,791
 - Rank 38th out of 80
 - Density 241.3/km2 (625/sq mi)
 - Density rank 31st out of 80
 - Independent cities 1
 - Component cities 2
 - Municipalities 23
 - Barangays 424
including independent cities: 504
 - Districts 1st and 2nd Districts of Misamis Oriental
including independent cities: 1st and 2nd Districts of Cagayan de Oro City
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code
Spoken languages Cebuano (Majority), Filipino (Tagalog), English, Spanish, Ilonggo, Boholano, Waray, Higaonon
Website [1]

Misamis Oriental (Filipino:Silangang Misamis, abbreviated Mis. Or.) is a province of the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region. Its capital and provincial center is Cagayan de Oro City. The province borders Iligan City and Bukidnon to the south, the Agusan del Norte to the east, and to the north is Bohol Sea with the island-province of Camiguin just off its northern shore.



Legislative Act. No. 3537, approved on November 2, 1929, divided the province of Misamis into two provinces due to the lack of geographical contiguity: Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental. However, it was not until ten years later that the division was implemented by an amendment, Act. No. 3777, adopted on November 28, 1939. When Misamis Oriental became a separate province, Don Gregorio Pelaez was its first governor. Since then, there have been fourteen past governors who were elected and appointed by operation of law.

In 1942, the occupation by the Japanese soldiers landed in Misamis Oriental.

In 1945, combined United States and Philippine Commonwealth forces liberated in the province of Misamis Oriental with the recognized guerrilla fighters against the Japanese Imperial forces during the World War II.

The earliest known settlers of the territory were the Negritos. Centuries later, Austronesian colonists fought the natives for the control of the rich Cagayan River coastal plains. The struggle for possession has finally won the native Visayans over the Bukidnons. In the 16th century most of the Mindanao area came under the control of Muslims and the inhabitants were converted into Islam. As part of Mindanao, the people of the territory were obliged to pay tribute to the Muslim rulers.


Located in Northern Mindanao, it is bordered by the provinces of Bukidnon to the south, Agusan del Norte to the east and Lanao del Norte to the west. On the north lies Camiguin Island in the Bohol Sea.


Del Monte Philippines, Pineapple plantation in Bukidnon.

The province is host to industries such as agricultural, forest, steel, metal, chemical, mineral, rubber and food processing. It is home to the 30 square kilometre PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate and the Mindanao International Container Port, all in Tagoloan. Del Monte Philippines, which exports pineapples all over the Asia-Pacific region, has a processing plant in Cagayan de Oro.

$2 billion shipyard

Cagayan de Oro Port.One of the modern seaport in the Philippines.

On January 10, 2008, Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Company of South Korea inked a contract to build a $2 billion shipyard building complex at Villanueva, Misamis Oriental with the PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority. It is bigger than Hanjin's $1 billion shipyard complex in Subic, Olongapo City which will hire 20,000 Filipinos to manufacture ship parts. The Philippine government declared the 441.8-hectare project site an economic zone (part of 3,000-hectare industrial estate managed by PHIVIDEC).[1]


Misamis Oriental is subdivided into 22 municipalities and 2 component cities. Cagayan de Oro City, the capital, is a highly-urbanized city that governs itself independently from the province.



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