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(From top, left to right) Romblon Bay with the capital town of Romblon in the foreground, Fort San Andres, the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, marble wares in Romblon town, Mainit Falls in Odiongan, Macat-ang Beach in Banton, and Binucot Beach in Odiongan.
Flag of Romblon
Official seal of Romblon
Nickname(s): Marble Capital of the Philippines, Centro de las Islas Filipinas
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°33′N 122°17′E / 12.55°N 122.28°E / 12.55; 122.28Coordinates: 12°33′N 122°17′E / 12.55°N 122.28°E / 12.55; 122.28
Country Philippines
Region Mimaropa (Region IV-B)
Founded March 16, 1901
Capital Romblon
 • Type Province of the Philippines
 • Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo (Liberal)[1]
 • Vice Governor Jose Riano (Liberal)[1]
 • Representative Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona (Nacionalista)[2]
Lone District
 • Total 1,533.45 km2 (592.07 sq mi)
Area rank 68th out of 81
Highest elevation (Mount Guiting-Guiting) 2,058 m (6,752 ft)
Population (2010 census)[4]
 • Total 283,930
 • Rank 66th out of 81
 • Density 190/km2 (480/sq mi)
 • Density rank 46th out of 81
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 0
 • Municipalities 17
 • Barangays 219
 • Districts Lone district of Romblon
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 5500 to 5515
Dialing code +63 (0)42
ISO 3166 code PH-ROM
Spoken languages Romblomanon, Onhan, Asi, Tagalog, English

Romblon (/rɒmˈbln/ rom-BLOHN) is an archipelago province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region. Its main islands include the largest, Tablas which covers nine municipalities, Sibuyan with its three towns, as well as the smaller island municipalities of Corcuera, Banton, Concepcion, San Jose, and Romblon, the provincial capital. The province lies south of Marinduque and Quezon, east of Mindoro, north of Aklan and Capiz, and west of Masbate. According to the May 2010 Philippine census, it has a total population of 283,930 people.[4]


According to legend, the name Romblon was derived from the Romblomanon word "Nagalumyom", which pertains to a chicken in the act of sitting on its eggs on a nest.[5] This eventually evolved to Lomlom, and later on to Donblon, the name reported by chronicler Miguel de Loarca in his book Relacion de las Islas Filipinas in 1582, before finally evolving to Romblon.[6]

Meanwhile, local historians Roland Madeja and Evelyn Reyes relates the origin of the name Romblon to the shape of Romblon Island. Madeja claims that the name was derived from the Spanish word ronblon, another term for tornillo, meaning "screw." According to him, the Spanish claimed to have observed the screw-like shape of Romblon Island.[7] Meanwhile, Reyes claims Romblon originated from "doubloon", which refers to the Spanish coin used by Moro pirates in paying dowries for their brides-to-be. The Spanish might have named the island after the shape of the coin.[8]


Ipot Cave in Banton, Romblon, where the oldest burial cloth or ikat in Southeast Asia was found in 1936.
Fort San Andres in Romblon, Romblon, built during the Spanish colonial period to defend the town against Muslim pirates.
Romblon, Romblon in the early 1900s

Early history[edit]

Romblon's aboriginal inhabitants were the Negritos from Panay and Mangyans from Mindoro who have settled in the islands during the precolonial period.[9] Ancient wooden coffins discovered in the Guyangan Cave System of Banton Island in 1936 signify a rich ancient civilization and culture in the province before the arrival of the Spaniards. These artifacts are currently in display at the National Museum in Manila.[10] Remnants of these aborigines now live in the mountains of Tablas and Sibuyan after they were displaced by the influx of Hiligaynon, Bicolano, and Tagalog migrants as early as 1870.[9]

Spanish period[edit]

According to Blair and Robertson, the Spanish arrived in Romblon in 1569 led by conquistador Martin de Goiti who was dispatched by Miguel López de Legazpi to explore the western and northern portion of the Visayas region including Romblon and Mindoro. The islands were later organized into three encomiendas and were administered from Arevalo. Spanish chronicler Miguel de Loarca visited Romblon in 1582 and conducted the first census of the islands.[6]

In 1635, Recollect missionaries arrived in Romblon to establish Catholic missions and settlements. They helped the Spanish authorities establish peace and order in the islands. In 1637, they sestablished seven missionary centers at Romblon, Badajoz (San Agustin), Cajidiocan, Banton, Looc, Odiongan and Magallanes (Magdiwang). They also built massive forts, churches and watchtowers in the province, such as Fort San Jose in Banton and Fort San Andres in Romblon, following a Dutch attack in 1646 which destroyed the capital town and to repulse recurring Moro raids.[11][12]

Romblon was separated from the jurisdiction of Arevalo and annexed to Capiz, when the province was created in 1716. More than a century later in 1850, the inhabitants of the province began using Spanish family names after governor-general Narciso Clavería decreed on 21 November 1849 the use of surnames from the Catálogo alfabético de apellidos. Asi-speaking natives were assigned the letter F, Romblomanon speakers were assigned the letter M, speakers of the Sibuyanon style of Romblomanon were assigned the letter R, while Onhan-speaking natives were assigned the letter G.[13]

In 1853, the islands were organized into a politico-military commandancia or sub-province administered from Capiz and continued to be so until the end of the Spanish rule in 1898.[14] As a sub-province, Romblon was under an army officer with the rank of captain. The town of Romblon was its capital and the other municipalities were Azagra, Badajos (now San Agustin), Banton, Cajidiocan, Corcuera, Looc, Magallanes (now Magdiwang), Odiongan, Despujols (now San Andres) and Santa Fe.[12]

Revolutionary period[edit]

The Japanese battleship Musashi under fire during the Battle of Sibuyan Sea in 1944.
A plaque in Brgy. Sawang, Romblon, Romblon, commemorating the liberation of the province from the Japanese during World War II.

In 1898, in the midst of Philippine Revolution, Emilio Aguinaldo sent his generals to several provinces in the Visayas to expand the recognition of his revolutionary government in the central and southern Philippines. The Caviteño Mariano Riego de Dios and his forces liberated Romblon, while Ananias Diocno and Leandro Fullon proceeded to Panay. On July 25 of the same year, Riego de Dios took the Romblon capital and captured Spanish officials.[15] Four days later, the Spanish politico-military governor Don Carlos Mendoza formally signed the surrender of Romblon’s district government, ending more than three hundred years of Spanish rule in the archipelagic province.[16]

Later, Don Wenceslao Molo, a local from Romblon town, was appointed governor and became responsible for the collection of a total amount of P22,765.21, Romblon’s share to the war expenditures of the Revolutionary Government from 31 May 1898 to 28 February 1899. A local election was also held in Romblon town for its ministers of justice and barrio officials.[17] However, Molo’s term was a brief transition to another era as the Americans arrived in the province a few months later.

American period[edit]

Upon the restoration of peace and order in the province following the Philippine-American War, the Americans established civilian government in the islands on 16 March 1901. Romblon was created as a regular province in the same year but due to insufficient income, it became a sub-province of Capiz again in 1907 until 7 December 1917 when Act No. 2724 reestablished the province.[18] Under Commonwealth Act No. 581, enacted without executive approval on June 8, 1940, the province was reorganized with four towns or municipalities, namely: Tablas (embracing Odiongan as the seat and center of the special municipality during which the municipalities of Ferrol and San Andres (Despujol) were still part of; Looc during which Santa Fe, San Jose and Alcantara were still part of; and Badajos during which Calatrava and Santa Maria were still part of), Romblon (comprising Logbon, Cobrador and Alad), Banton (involving Banton, Simara, and Maestre de Campo also known as Sibale), and Sibuyan (with the towns of Cajidiocan, Magdiwang and San Fernando).[12][19]

Japanese period[edit]

During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Forces established a garrison in Romblon on 21 March 1942 which they maintained until the end of the war. The islands became one of the centers of resistance movement of the Free Panay Guerilla Forces composed of members from the 6th Military District under the direction of Col. Macario Peralta, Jr.[12][20] One of the major naval engagements during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Battle of Sibuyan Sea, happened off the waters of Romblon on 23–24 October 1944 between Japanese Admiral Kurita’s fleet from Singapore and Admiral Halsey's carrier planes from the US Third Fleet then stationed east of the Philippines.[21] Units from Company C of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division landed on Sawang, Romblon on the night 11 March 1945. By 18 March, the province was liberated from Japanase forces.[22][23]

Modern period[edit]

On 1 October 1946, Romblon regained her provincial status through the passage of Republic Act No. 38, sponsored by Cong. Modesto Formilleza.[24][12] In the decades that followed, the province saw new municipalities created, such as Alcantara (1961) from Looc, Calatrava (1969) from San Agustin, Ferrol (1978) from Odiongan, and Santa Maria (1984) from San Agustin.[25]


Macat-ang Beach in Banton, Romblon.

Romblon is strategically situated at the center of the Philippine archipelago. It is composed of three major islands (Tablas, Sibuyan and Romblon) and 17 minor and small islands. It is surrounded by deep waters, and is bounded by Masbate in the east, Mindoro in the west, Marinduque in the north and Panay in the south. It is approximately 187 nautical miles (346 km) and 169 miles (272 km) south of Manila. The islands are dispersed and accessible only via sea transportation except for Tablas Island where a domestic airport is located in the municipality of Alcantara.[12][26]


The province has a total land area of approximately 1,533.45 square kilometres (153,345 ha) representing about 5.30% of the total land area of Region IV-B (MIMAROPA). It is generally mountainous with about 40% of its land area having slopes greater than 50%. Only 4% of the total area has 3 to 8% slopes while a sparse 10% has 0-3% inclination. Narrow strips of coastal lowlands, low hills and plains typify the topography of some of the islands.[9][12][27]

Romblon Island is hilly with a maximum elevation of about 400 meters (1,312 feet) above sea level. Tablas Island shows varied relief characteristics. The western coastal areas are level to undulating while the eastern coastal areas are rough to rugged. The southern section covering Santa Fe and the mid-western portion maybe described as having rolling to rough terrain. Extremely rugged areas can be found in the central section of the island. The highest elevation is almost 500 meters (1,640) feet) above sea level. Sibuyan Island is a thickly forested mountain mass. The western portion of the island maybe characterized as extensively rugged, having ascents of 60% or more while the eastern section is relatively undulating to rolling. The highest elevation, the peak of Mt. Guiting-Guiting, reaches about 2,058 meters (6,750 feet) above sea level.[9][12][27][28]

The major locations of areas that are highly productive and buildable are basically in Tablas and Sibuyan. These maybe found in Odiongan, San Andres, Looc and Santa Fe in Tablas Island. All three municipalities in Sibuyan Island, on the other hand, have substantial level to gently sloping lands. Overall, good developable lands represent about 13% of the province’s total area.[9][12][27]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Romblon is subdivided into 17 municipalities. Of these, nine are located in Tablas Island (San Agustin, Calatrava, San Andres, Odiongan, Ferrol, Santa Fe, Looc, Alcantara and Santa Maria), three in Sibuyan Island (Magdiwang, Cajidiocan and San Fernando) and five (Romblon, San Jose, Banton, Concepcion and Corcuera) are island municipalities.[9][12][27]

Municipality Area
(per km²)
No. of

Alcantara 60.12 15,428 256.6 12 5509 5th 12°15′32″N 122°03′12″E / 12.2589°N 122.0534°E / 12.2589; 122.0534 (Alcantara)
Banton (Jones) 32.48 5,963 183.6 17 5515 5th 12°56′47″N 122°05′40″E / 12.9464°N 122.0945°E / 12.9464; 122.0945 (Banton)
Cajidiocan 201.85 21,198 105 14 5512 4th 12°22′09″N 122°41′10″E / 12.3693°N 122.6862°E / 12.3693; 122.6862 (Cajidiocan)
Calatrava 86.7 9,776 112.8 7 5503 5th 12°37′10″N 122°04′13″E / 12.6194°N 122.0703°E / 12.6194; 122.0703 (Calatrava)
Concepcion 19.82 4,445 224.3 9 5516 6th 12°54′46″N 121°43′15″E / 12.9127°N 121.7207°E / 12.9127; 121.7207 (Concepcion)
Corcuera 28.53 9,935 348.2 15 5514 5th 12°47′01″N 122°02′53″E / 12.7835°N 122.0480°E / 12.7835; 122.0480 (Corcuera)
Ferrol 26.72 6,802 254.6 6 5506 6th 12°20′16″N 121°56′21″E / 12.3379°N 121.9392°E / 12.3379; 121.9392 (Ferrol)
Looc 132.82 21,841 164.4 12 5507 4th 12°15′36″N 121°59′38″E / 12.2601°N 121.9938°E / 12.2601; 121.9938 (Looc)
Magdiwang 100.75 13,584 134.8 9 5511 5th 12°29′31″N 122°30′48″E / 12.4919°N 122.5133°E / 12.4919; 122.5133 (Magdiwang)
Odiongan 185.67 43,676 235.2 25 5505 2nd[29][31] 12°24′00″N 121°58′57″E / 12.4000°N 121.9825°E / 12.4000; 121.9825 (Odiongan)
Romblon 86.87 37,995 437.4 31 5500 3rd 12°34′40″N 122°16′10″E / 12.5777°N 122.2695°E / 12.5777; 122.2695 (Romblon)
San Agustin 140.48 22,116 157.4 15 5501 4th 12°34′06″N 122°08′02″E / 12.5682°N 122.1339°E / 12.5682; 122.1339 (San Agustin)
San Andres 112 15,028 134.2 13 5504 5th 12°31′13″N 122°00′42″E / 12.5203°N 122.0116°E / 12.5203; 122.0116 (San Andres)
San Fernando 196.87 22,466 114.1 12 5513 4th 12°18′13″N 122°35′59″E / 12.3037°N 122.5998°E / 12.3037; 122.5998 (San Fernando)
San Jose 22.05 10,294 466.8 5 5510 5th 12°03′40″N 121°57′34″E / 12.0610°N 121.9594°E / 12.0610; 121.9594 (San Jose)
Santa Fe 63.52 15,700 247.2 11 5508 5th 12°09′19″N 121°59′39″E / 12.1552°N 121.9943°E / 12.1552; 121.9943 (Santa Fe)
Santa Maria (Imelda) 36.2 7,683 212.2 6 5502 5th 12°23′38″N 122°05′38″E / 12.3938°N 122.0938°E / 12.3938; 122.0938 (Santa Maria)
 †  Provincial capital
  • Coordinates mark the town center vicinity, and are sorted according to latitude.
  • Italicized names are former names.
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Romblon falls under Type III of the Corona’s climatic classification system. It is characterized by no pronounced wet and dry seasons. Generally, the wet season is from June to November and sometimes extends up to December when the southwest monsoon is predominant. The dry season is from January to May but is sometimes interrupted by erratic rainfall. The annual mean temperature is 27 °C (81 °F), with February as the coldest month with temperatures dropping to 20 °C (68 °F), and May as the warmest month with temperatures reaching up to 35 °C (95 °F). Habagat monsoon winds pass through the province from June to October while northeasterly winds or Amihan blows through the islands from December to February.[9][12][27]

Climate data for Romblon, Romblon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28.5
Average low °C (°F) 23.6
Average rainfall mm (inches) 95
Average relative humidity (%) 79 77 73 72 75 80 83 83 84 83 82 81 79.3


Population census of
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 52,848 —    
1918 64,610 +1.35%
1939 99,367 +2.07%
1948 108,817 +1.01%
1960 131,658 +1.60%
1970 167,082 +2.41%
1975 182,209 +1.75%
1980 193,174 +1.18%
1990 227,621 +1.65%
1995 244,654 +1.36%
2000 264,357 +1.67%
2007 279,774 +0.78%
2010 283,930 +0.54%
Source: National Statistics Office[4]
Languages Spoken (2002)[33]
Language Population

Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing, Romblon has a total population of 283,930 persons.[4] It ranks 4th among the five provinces of MIMAROPA region in terms of population and represents 10.34 percent of the region’s population.[12]

The province has a population density of 209.4.[12] On the average, there are almost 210 persons living per square kilometer of the province’s land area. Corcuera and San Jose are the two most-densely populated municipalities in the province at 424.6 and 356.2, respectively. Calatrava and San Fernando are the two least densely populated municipalities at 112.8 and 118.2, respectively.[9][12][27]

Males outnumber females in the province with a sex ratio of 102:100 according to the 2010 census. Of the province’s 283,482 household population, males accounted for 144,091 or 50.8 percent while females comprised 139,391 or 49.2 percent. The voting-age population (18 years old and over) accounted for 56.6 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 52.7 percent in 2000. There were more females (50.2 percent) than males (49.8 percent) among the voting age population.[12][27]


The people of the province are predominantly Roman Catholic. In 2013, 75% of the population adhere to Roman Catholicism. The remaining 25% belong to other Christian denominations such as the Assemblies of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, Philippine Independent Church (Iglesia Filipina Independiente), Iglesia ni Cristo, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Baptist churches, and Church of the Foursquare Gospel in the Philippines.[34]


Abaca weaving in Banton, Romblon


Agriculture is the main industry in the province. Coconut is the number one crop with a total planted area of 58,270.44 hectares. San Agustin has the most extensive area with coconut plants followed by Romblon and Cajidiocan. Rice is the next crop being produced particularly in Odiongan, Looc, Cajidiocan and Santa Fe. Other crops grown include root crops, vegetables and fruits. Odiongan, Banton and Magdiwang have the greatest areas planted with root crops and correspondingly, with the highest volume of production. Vegetable production is mostly for home consumption and grown in small scale.[12][27]

Livestock development and poultry production is a viable small scale enterprise for farmers in the province. The provincial government maintains breeding facilities in strategic locations province-wide to encourage farmers to engage in livestock and poultry production to augment their income. Livestock and poultry management training and seminars is provided to interested clients.[12][27]

Due to the geographical condition of the province, crops and livestock production is generally deficient as compared to the food requirements of Romblon population. To meet the rice requirements, Romblon relies on imports from the neighboring provinces while vegetables, poultry meat, vegetables and fruits are supplied mostly by Luzon.[12][27]

Fisherfolk in Romblon unload the day's catch from their nets.

Marine resources[edit]

Fishing industry is a major enterprise as Romblon is surrounded by bodies of water. The fishing grounds of Romblon are a migratory path of fish from Sulu and Visayan Seas passing Tablas Strait, Sibuyan Sea and Romblon Pass. The waters also abound with demersal fish due to the coral reefs surrounding the islands.[12][27]

Because the province has a great potential for aqua-marine development, the province implemented a coastal and resource management program. Each municipality established a fish sanctuary and passed laws on fishery. The use of air compressors in the municipal waters was regulated and banned altogether in some municipalities.[12][27]

Marble wares from Romblon

Mineral resources[edit]

Marble is the most significant mineral deposit of Romblon and is the most renowned product of the province. Based on statistics, Romblon is the second biggest provincial marble producer of the country next to Bulacan. Romblon marble is of very high quality and comes in shades of white, green, pink, red and black. The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has estimated that Romblon is endowed with about 150 million metric tons of marble. At current rates of extraction, the supply may last for three more centuries. Tablas Island is also believed to have vast reserves of marble.[12][27]

Marble quarrying and processing are major activities in Romblon. Among the most common marble products are categorized into the following: novelty items (gifts, ashtray, table bars), furniture (dining tables, baptismal fonts) and construction materials (tiles, balusters, marble chips). Other mineral resources with considerable quantity include nickel ore and gold mostly to be found in Sibuyan Island. Gold panning and small-scale mining is a lucrative undertaking in Magdiwang.[12][27]



Main article: Governor of Romblon
Provincial Government of Romblon
Leandro Jesus Madrona
(Nacionalista Party)
Eduardo Firmalo
(Liberal Party)
Vice Governor
Jose Riano
(Liberal Party)
Provincial Board Members
First District Second District
Samuel Romero Felix Ylagan
Anthony Rugas Juliet Fiel
Abner Perez Venizar Maravilla
Nelson Lim Andres Fondevilla

Just like any other province in the Philippines, Romblon’s chief executive and head is the provincial governor.[35] Elected to a term of three years and limited to three consecutive terms, he or she appoints the directors of each provincial department, which include the office of administration, engineering office, information office, legal office, and treasury office.[35] The incumbent governor of Romblon is Eduardo C. Firmalo, from the Liberal Party. He first assumed office on 30 June 2010, following his victory in the May 2010 gubernatorial elections. He was reelected in 2013 for a second term which will expire in 2016.[1]

The provincial vice governor performs duties as acting governor in the absence of the provincial governor.[35] He or she also automatically succeeds as governor upon the death of the provincial governor.[35] The provincial vice governor also convenes the Provincial Board or Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the provincial legislative body.[35] The incumbent provincial vice governor of Romblon is Jose Riano from the Liberal Party. He first assumed office on 30 June 2013 after defeating former vice governor Manuel Madrid.[1]


The province, which is a lone congressional district, is represented in the Philippine House of Representatives by longtime congressman Eleandro Jesus "Budoy" Madrona from the Nacionalista Party.[2] He first assumed office from 1992 to 2001, serving three terms. Following two terms wherein Perpetuo Ylagan and Eduardo Firmalo respectively represented the district in Congress, Madrona ran and won again in 2007. His third and last term will expire in 2016.[2]

Within the province, the Provincial Board or Sangguniang Panlalawigan crafts all provincial ordinances, performs appropriation of provincial funds, issues franchises and permits, impose fees on provincial services, and exercise other duties and powers as stipulated by the Local Government Code of 1991.[35] Romblon, being a third-class province in terms of income, is entitled to a Provincial Board composed of eight members, four each from the province’s two board districts.[35] As of 2013, the incumbent board members from the province’s two districts are: (First District) Samuel Romero, Anthony Rugas, Abner Perez, Nelson Lim ; (Second District) Felix Ylagan, Juliet Fiel, Venizar Maravilla, and Andres Fondevilla.[1]


Poctoy Pier in Odiongan, the largest port in Romblon.
A Spanish-era well in Banton, Romblon.


Romblon province is connected by a network of national and provincial roads. National roads form much of this network, with a total length of 311.046 kilometers. Provincial roads, meanwhile, total 239.005 kilomters in length. Municipal and barangay roads in far-flung villages and island municipalities are not part of these figures. The primary modes of land transportation in the province are jeepneys, passenger motorcycles, minibuses and tricycles that serve inter-municipal movements and linkages.[12][27]

Sea transportation is the primary mode of transportation linking Romblon with Luzon and islands in the Visayas. Inter-island ferries, RORO, and cargo ships from Manila, the southern Luzon ports of Batangas City, Lucena City in Quezon province, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, and Roxas City in Capiz province are the primary modes of transportation linking the province to the rest of the country. Montenegro Lines, 2GO, and Romblon Shipping Lines all have ferry service from Manila to the main ports of entry of Odiongan and the capital town of Romblon and vice versa. From Romblon, Montenegro also serves Magdiwang in Sibuyan, while Romblon Shipping Lines also serves Cajidiocan.[36][37] Pump boats and wooden launches also link the province to the towns of Buenavista, Marinduque and Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro. These pump boats are also used in going around island where there are no existing road networks or between municipalities in the province that do not have existing ferry service.[12][27]

Tugdan Airport in Alcantara, Tablas Island, is the only airport in the province and is less than an hour away from Metro Manila via flights thrice a week (Sunday, Wednesday and Friday as of December 2015 on PR2077/2078[38]) by PAL Express.[12][39][40] There is also a small airstrip in Barangay Azagra, San Fernando, Sibuyan Island that caters to tourism and general aviation.[41]


Power supply in Romblon is generated by the National Power Corporation (NPC) and serviced by two electric cooperatives. Tablas Island Electric Cooperatives (TIELCO) serves the power needs of Tablas Island including San Jose. It operates a 5.070 MW diesel power plant in Odiongan and 1.740 MW power barge in San Agustin.[42] The electric cooperative serves a total of 21,097 house connections.[12][27] Romblon Electric Cooperative (ROMELCO) supplies the capital town of Romblon through a 1.720 MW diesel power plant and a 1.30 MW power barge. It also serves Sibuyan Island using a 3.006 MW diesel power plant in San Fernando.[42] ROMELCO has 5,288 house connections in Romblon and 5,150 house connections in the three municipalities located in Sibuyan Island or a total of 10,438 house connections in their franchise area. Additionally, ROMELCO installed in 2010 a mini hydro power plant in Cantigas, San Fernando, producing 900 kW of power.[43][44][45] Meanwhile, Banton, Concepcion and Corcuera are attended to by the National Power Corporation (NPC) thru their municipal governments.[12][27]

Water supply[edit]

Out of 17 municipalities, 14 have Level III water supply systems serving 18,590 households or about 32.57% of the total provincial households. Level III has a reservoir with house-to-house connections. 5,252 households were serviced by Level II water systems and 24,700 households by Level I water system. Level I category is a common facility where the community members get their water supply from deep wells and shallow wells, while Level II has a reservoir with communal faucet. Based on the report from the Provincial Health Office in 2007, a total of 48,542 households out of the 57,079 or 85.04% have access to safe drinking water.[12][27]


The province has several operating telecommunication exchanges, namely Kayumanggi, Romblontel, Odiongan Telephone Corporation (OTELCO), the Telecommunication Office (TELOF), telegram system, Liberty Telecom, public calling stations under the DOTC and the Provincial Communication System (PCS) radio transceivers and receivers. Smart Communications, Sun Cellular and Globe Telecom already have relay stations in Romblon, Odiongan and Cajidiocan, enabling most areas province-wide connected through cellphones, except on some area where the signal is weak or non-existent because of mountains that block the signal. The Triple Peak in Santa Maria has a relay station for PLDT and Liberty Telecom.[12][27]


There are three radio stations in the province, two of which are operated by the Radyo Natin Network and the other, Charm FM 100.5 MHz, by the Polytechnic Foundation of Cotabato and Asia. Radyo Natin Network operates the call sign DZRH at 91.3 MHz on AM radio from Looc, as well as the call sign DZVG 101.3 MHz on FM radio from Odiongan.[46][47] As for print media, Romblon Text and Romblon Sun are the two major newspapers circulating in the province, aside from broadsheet and tabloid newspapers from Manila.[12] Romblon News, meanwhile, provides provincial and national news and information via the web and social media.[48]

A relay station for GMA Network in Santa Maria allows the province to access television shows broadcast by the network from Manila. There are also existing cable providers and local cable stations operating in several municipalities in the province, namely Romblon Cable Corporation (Romblon), Accutronics System Inc. (Odiongan), San Agustin Cable Antenna Corp. (San Agustin), Countryside Satellite Television System Inc. (Looc), Gateway Cable TV Network (Calatrava), San Andres CATV Service Coop. (San Andres), Josefa J. Martinez CATV Services (Alcantara), Magdiwang Cable Television (Magdiwang), and Sibuyan Cable TV (San Fernando and Cajidiocan). Aside from these cable stations, there are also distributors of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV such as Cignal Digital TV, Dream Satellite TV, and G Sat who provide television services for its subscribers.[12][27]

Notable people[edit]


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