Location in the Philippines
|Regional center||Cagayan de Oro|
|• Total||20,496.02 km2 (7,913.56 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||230/km2 (590/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|ISO 3166 code||PH-10|
Northern Mindanao (Filipino: Hilagang Kamindanawan, Cebuano: Amihanang Mindanao) is an administrative region in the Philippines, designated as Region X. It comprises five provinces: Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental and two cities classified as highly urbanized, all occupying the north-central part of Mindanao island, and the island-province of Camiguin. The regional center is Cagayan de Oro. Lanao del Norte was transferred to Northern Mindanao from Region XII (then called Central Mindanao) by virtue of Executive Order No. 36 in September 2001.
The current name of the region was derived from its position on Mindanao island. The term was officially coined by the Americans after the establishment of American colonial rule in the Philippines due to the defeat of Filipino revolutionaries. There have been proposals to rename the current Northern Mindanao region, which is dominated by the Sebwano ethnic group, into the Amihan region. Amihan literally translates to 'northern area' from the Sebwano language, which is the lingua franca of the region. Another proposed name is Calaminon, which is a combination of the names of the region's provinces.
Northern Mindanao has a total land area of 2,049,602 hectares (5,064,680 acres). More than 60% of Northern Mindanao's total land area are classified as forest land. Its seas abound with fish and other marine products.
Rainfall in Northern Mindanao is evenly distributed throughout the year. Its abundant vegetation, natural springs and high elevation contribute to the region's cool, mild and invigorating climate.
|Population census of Northern Mindanao|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Northern Mindanao is the 8th most populous region in the Philippines and 2nd in Mindanao (after Davao Region) according to the 2015 Philippine Statistics Authority Census. The major urban area of Region X is Metro Cagayan de Oro which includes Cagayan de Oro and some municipalities and cities of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.
The vast majority of the region's inhabitants are migrants from Cebu and Bohol. Some other inhabitants are of Waray, Ilonggo, Zamboangueño, Maranao and Tausug descent, while the autochthonous Bukidnons and Manobos populate the inner highlands.
The predominate Religion is Roman Catholicism that forms 72% of the population while Protestants form a significant minority forming 14% of the population. The largest Non Christian religion is Islam forming 8% of the Population
The economy of Northern Mindanao is the largest regional economy in the island of Mindanao. The economy in Northern Mindanao is mainly agricultural. But there is also a booming growth of industries particularly in Cagayan de Oro and in Iligan. The famous Del Monte Philippines located in the Province of Bukidnon and its processing plant is located in Cagayan de Oro, which shipped to the entire Philippines and Asia-Pacific region. The Agus-IV to VII Hydroelectric Plants in Iligan and Balo-i, Lanao del Norte supplies most of its electrical power in Mindanao.
The region is composed of five provinces: Bukidnon, the island province of Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental. It has 2 highly urbanized cities, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, that are administered independently from any province. The provinces are further subdivided into seven component cities and 84 municipalities, with a total of 2,022 barangays. The regional center is Cagayan de Oro.
|Province or HUC||Provincial Capital||Population (2015)||Area||Density||Cities||Muni.||Bgy.|
|km2||sq mi||/km2||/sq mi|
|Lanao del Norte||Tubod||14.4%||676,395||3,346.57||1,292.12||200||520||0||22||462|
|Misamis Oriental||Cagayan de Oro||18.9%||888,509||3,131.52||1,209.09||280||730||2||23||424|
|Cagayan de Oro||†||—||14.4%||675,950||412.80||159.38||1,600||4,100||—||—||80|