Roxas, Oriental Mindoro

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Port of Roxas in Barangay Dangay
Port of Roxas in Barangay Dangay
Map of Oriental Mindoro with location of Roxas
Map of Oriental Mindoro with location of Roxas
Roxas is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°35′N 121°30′E / 12.583°N 121.500°E / 12.583; 121.500Coordinates: 12°35′N 121°30′E / 12.583°N 121.500°E / 12.583; 121.500
Country Philippines
Region MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
Province Oriental Mindoro
District 2nd district
Formed 1948
Barangays 20
 • Mayor Jackson Cinco Dy
 • Vice Mayor Violeta L. Dimapilis
 • Total 85.26 km2 (32.92 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 49,854
 • Density 580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5212
IDD:area code +63 (0)43

Roxas is a second class, partially urban municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 49,854 people.[3] There were 25,049 registered voters as of 2010.[2]

It is considered as the center of socio-cultural activities in the southern part of Oriental Mindoro. During Christmas season, the indigenous Mangyan people from the uplands go to this common destination to receive gifts from kindhearted lowlanders mostly in the form of old clothing, bread, rice and even money.


Located 126 kilometres (78 mi) from the main capital city of Calapan, Roxas is the smallest municipality of Oriental Mindoro, with a total land area of 8,526 hectares of up-land, lowland, and coastal areas.


Roxas is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.[2] Population count as per the 2010 census is 49,854.[3] Barangays Bagumbayan, Cantil, Odiong and Paclasan are considered as urban and the rest as rural areas.

  • Bagumbayan (Poblacion)
  • Cantil
  • Dangay
  • Happy Valley
  • Libertad
  • Libtong
  • Mabuhay
  • Maraska
  • Odiong
  • Paclasan (Poblacion)
  • San Aquilino
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Mariano
  • San Miguel
  • San Rafael
  • San Vicente
  • Uyao
  • Victoria
  • Little Tanauan


Founded by Andres Torrefiel on November 15, 1948, it was formerly known as Paclasan, originally a part of Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro, then a barrio of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. It was named after President Manuel A. Roxas, the first town to be named as such.


Population census of Roxas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1960 16,940 —    
1970 20,342 +1.84%
1975 24,273 +3.61%
1980 25,458 +0.96%
1990 33,178 +2.68%
1995 34,045 +0.48%
2000 41,265 +4.21%
2007 46,711 +1.72%
2010 49,854 +2.40%
2015 53,201 +1.24%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[4][5][6][7]

Local government[edit]

  • Municipal Mayor: Jackson Cinco Dy (suspended)[1]
  • Vice Mayor: Violeta L. Dimapilis (acting mayor)[1]
  • Councilors
    • Edward Soriano
    • Jun Siñel
    • Elsie Galaran
    • Toto magno
    • Jun Bacay
    • Den den Dela Cruz
    • Ramil Dimapilis
    • Johnny Advincula


In 2003, the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SNRH) was inaugurated, resulting in the opening of the Port of Roxas, located in Barangay Dangay. This former sleepy town then became a transit point to Boracay. Several shipping companies such as Starlite and Montenegro Shipping Lines serve this route.

The town is mostly agricultural, with palay, bananas, coconuts, rambutan, lansones, calamansi, and other fruits as primary agricultural crops. Barangays like Cantil, Victoria, Dangay, San Isidro, and Odiong are primarily planted with rice. Barangay Little Tanauan and San Miguel are noted for its fruit orchards and vegetables. Also, some upland barangays like Maraska, San Jose, and San Rafael have developed backyard goat raising.

Transportation and communication[edit]

The town can be reached through different modes of transportation. From Calapan, the town can be reached by public utility vans and buses. Roxas is the main port for vessels going to Caticlan, Malay, Aklan, which is approximately a 4-hour RORO ferry ride from the town. From Caticlan, it is just a short boat ride to the island of Boracay. Bus companies such as RORO Bus Transport and Dimple Star Bus Lines also serve the Manila-Roxas route.

Cellular phone signal from Globe and Smart is strong in the municipality. Terrestrial and cable television services are also available through CATSI, Dream Satellite TV, Cignal Digital TV, Tamaraw Vision Network of Calapan, and ROMICOM (a local CATV network). Radio programming is available via 93.3 BRIGADA NEWS FM and the DZRH affiliate 98.9 Hot FM Roxas.

Educational institutions[edit]

Tertiary schools

  • Clarendon College
  • John Paul College
  • Paradigm Colleges of Science and Technology
  • Roxas Institute of Science and Technology

Secondary Schools

  • Sto. Niño School of Roxas
  • Marcelo I. Cabrera Vocational National High School
  • San Mariano National High School
  • San Mariano Academy
  • Dangay National High School
  • Roxas Seventh-Day Adventist Academy
  • Gelacio I. Yason Foundation-Family Farm School Inc.


  1. ^ a b c "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: ORIENTAL MINDORO". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  4. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Province of Oriental Mindoro". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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