Oriental Mindoro’s plentiful assets easily make it one of the most promising sites for economic development in the Philippines. To fully utilize its distinct qualities and maximize its potentials, substantial investments in agri-business, tourism, power and energy, BPO, Information Technology (I.T.) and other potentials of growth will jumpstart the province’s journey to prosperity and progress. But even if investments pour in, it is equally important that these are managed well to ensure sustainability of the province’s economic growth.
ORMINVEST is tasked to generate investments in agri-business, tourism and power and energy BPO, Information Technology (I.T.) as well as poverty alleviation programs to maximize Oriental Mindoro’s resources, infuse the province with much needed economic activities, generate livelihood and employment opportunities and find a sustainable solution to poverty.
Oriental and Occidental Mindoro can make Mindoro island as Food Basket in the Philippines.
1. Preservation and Conservation of Natural Resources
The cancellation of Timber License Agreement (TLA) 376 by then President Corazon C. Aquino in 1987, through the efforts of Congressman RGV, covering more than 50,000 hectares of Mindoro’s watershed, the Province today is one of the THREE (3) MOST GREEN PROVINCES, enjoying strong free flowing water, abundant mineral water with high potentials for hydro power development
2. Power and Energy Development
Oriental Mindoro abounds with renewable energy resources, natural gas and bio fuel that could generate some 300 to 500 MW. Today, the Province’s power requirement is supplied by hydro and diesel bunker plants. Soon enough, the province could tap up to 1,000 MW from the coal power plant via submarine cable from Semirara Island to Bulalacan.
Food security and agro-industrialization turned the province into one of the country’s top agricultural and economic zones. It has emerged as the Food Basket of the Philippines upon winning the Gawad Sapat Ani 2000 Award meant for top food producers in rice, corn and fishery. The agri-business potentials of the province are bolstered by its promising future as a hub for regional trade as well as its growing domestic consumer base.
Infrastructure is the cornerstone of any growing economy. Oriental Mindoro has become a realization of growth and development in infrastructure and public works with its concrete-paved national and provincial highways including farm-to-market roads, and bridges.
5. Transportation and Communications
The dismantling of the shipping monopoly, paving the way for the entry of independent shipping companies resulted in a healthy sea transport system in Oriental Mindoro, on a 24-7 daily round-the-clock trips of “Ro-RO” and fast-craft vessels. On the other hand, the entry of telecommunication companies contributed significantly to the Province’s convergence to the global village.
Mindoro’s youth can avail of free elementary, secondary and tertiary education in public schools and colleges. Programs are being strengthened to address the continuing need for school buildings and facilities particularly in far-flung areas. Scholarship program is made available as well to deserving students.
Oriental Mindoro is a tourism-paradise, having been declared as the 9th Top Tourist Destination of the Philippines with Puerto Galera Bay officially admitted to the Paris-based “Most Beautitul Bays in the World Club” in 2005 for its serene beauty, rich marine life and significant contribution to the economy.
Other tourism in Oriental Mindoro are Puerto Galera, Mt. Halcon, Naujan Lake and Bulalacao.
Sustained program on health care and rehabilitation services, improvement in the capabilities of public hospitals, rural health units and barangay center. Furthermore clean and no population, abundant mineral water and free flowing mineral spring water.
9. Youth, Women and Senior Citizens
Continuous credible and reliable programs to address major concerns of the youth, women and senior citizens that involves sports, livelihood, health, social, cultural and other developmental activities.
10. Home for the Homeless, Land for the Landless
Development of housing communities for low-income families and relocation sites for the informal settlers.
Dr. Bernie Villegas
Dean, University of Asia and the Pacific (UAP)
Engr. Roberto P. Reyes
DCCD Engineering Corporation
Design Coordinates, Inc.
Hor. William Dar
Former Secretary of Department of Agriculture
Power & Energy
Hon. Alfonso G. Cusi
Secretary of Department of Energy
Gordon Dario Reyes Law Firm
Atty. Francis S. Serrano
Atty. Marita Mina
Hon. Mina T. Gabor
Former Secretary of Department of Tourism