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Brief Introduction to Misamis Occidental Province
2008-10-29

Misamis Occidental is a province of the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region with a population of 500,000 and 1,939.3 km2 area. It's subdivided into 14 municipalities and 3 cities, the capital is Oroquieta City. The province borders Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur to the west and is separated from Lanao del Norte by Iligan Bay.

The dense population along the coast consists mainly of migrants from Cebu and Bohol, thus the major dialects are Cebuano and Boholano. The native Subanons live in the interior uplands.

The economy depends firstly on fishing, secondly on coconuts, thirdly on rice. The province has 169 km of coastline fronting the rich fishing grounds of Panguil and Iligan bays. It also has the biggest area of brackish-water fishponds in the region. Tangub is a fishing port on Panguil Bay famous for seafood. Coconut is the chief crop. This is processed into oil, desiccated coconut, and coir, most of which are shipped to Cebu. Coconut processing is the main industry in Oroquieta. Other crops grown are rice, corn, abaca, coffee, cacao and rubber.

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