PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012
MIMAROPA aims to perform better in the next 5 yearsJanuary 12 (PIA) -- REGION IV-B, also known as MIMAROPA, has made a good showing in the area of employment scoring an almost perfect percentage, records at the National Economic Development Authority showed.
MIMAROPA, which is composed of the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan, is aiming to make the provinces a place to rest, live, retire and adventure while at the same time offering its people a peaceful, self-sustaining, progressive and a safe environment and be the destination of choice by 2016.
In order to achieve and execute such visions, the region made a list of goals that should be done by 2015: eradicating hunger and poverty, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender and equality and empowerment of women.
Also included are reduction of children mortality, improvement of maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development.
While the region scored well in some aspects it needs however to improve in such areas as infrastructure and environmentally sound socio-economic activities.
MIMAROPA’s highest gross regional domestic product (GRDP) was at 9.8 percent in 2007. The average GDRP is 4.4 percent. The GDRP for 2008 and 2009 fell due to the negative growth and poor agriculture performance and deceleration of activities, the Economic Brief presented by NEDA Regional Director Oskar D. Balbastro during the last meeting of the Regional Development Council showed.
Palawan is the top producer in the Philippines of cashew securing 90 percent of total national output, while 59 percent of calamansi is produced in Oriental Mindoro. The region is third after Central Luzon and Ilocos region as top producer of onions.
Though the performance of the agricultural, industrial and service sectors are falling from 2008-2009, the region has showed good statistics in employment. It has an almost perfect percentage of employment and a very low percentage of unemployment.
MIMAROPA’s near-term prospects include activating the role of Palawan in the development of agri-potentials to provide processed products and a developed tourism industry for the south and making north Palawan as a part of tourism circuit, transport network development, completion of circumferential roads and upgrading of ports and airports all over the region.
The region’s mid-term prospects includes ecozone/ processing center development and sustained power supply. The GRDP target for the year 2010-2016 is seven percent. (Camille N. Serrano/PIA-IVB)