CHAPTER 1

Overview of the Province

     Romblon is a province consisting of three major islands (of which Romblon is the smallest) and several islets. The biggest island among the group is Tablas, wherein the provincial airport is located and the second biggest is Sibuyan. The province id completely surrounded by deep waters, and lies on the Sibuyan Sea between the islands of Masbate and Mindoro. Situated almost at the center of the Philippine Archipelago, the province has a land area of 1,533.45 square kilometers, comprising only 0.45 percent of the country’s total land area.

     In 1853, the Spanish colonial government organized Romblon into a politico-militar commandancia and made the province a dependency of Capiz. The island remained a subprovince of Capiz until 1917, when Romblon province was created.

     The earliest inhabitants of Romblon were said to be the Negritoes from Panay and the Mangyans of Mindoro.

     Marble deposits of commercial value, are mostly located in Romblon. In spite of this, the province still remains to be an agricultural region with rice as the primary staple crop although root crops are produced in great quantities.

     The people of Romblon are also engaged in cottage industries for domestic and commercial use. Among the traditional industries are basket weaving, marble curving, rope and fishnet making, and buri handicrafts.

 

List of municipalities with their corresponding land area, classification and number of barangays:

Municipality

Land Area (sq. km.)

Classification

Number of Barangays

Alcantara
Banton (Jones)
Cajidiocan
Calatrava
Concepcion
Corcuera
Ferrol
Looc
Magdiwang
Odiongan
Romblon
San Agustin
San Andres
San Fernando
San Jose
Santa Fe
Sta. Maria (Imelda)

60.12
32.48
201.85
86.70
19.82
28.53
26.72
132.82
100.75
185.67
86.87
140.48
112.00
196.87
22.05
63.52
36.20

-
5th
4th
5th
5th
5th
5th
4th
5th
3rd
5th
4th
5th
4th
-
5th
5th

12
17
14
7
9
15
6
12
9
25
31
15
13
12
5
11
6

Sources:  National Statistics Office, National Statistical Coordination Board, Department of Finance and Land Management Bureau,
              Department of Environment and Natural Resources.       

Notes: 1. Land area based on the 2007 Revised Masterlist certified by the Land Management Bureau (LMB).
          2. Classification and number of barangays based on NSCB Philippine Standard Geographic Classification (PSCG) as provided by the               Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF).

     

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