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Located in the Southeastern Asia and in the archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, the Philippines has a georgraphic coordinates of 13 00 North and 122 00 East. With the Southeast Asia map reference, its land description is comprised of 298,170 square kilometers, 1,830 square kilometers of water, and 36,289 kilometers of coastline with a described overall comparison of slightly larger than the State of Arizona.

Map of Mindanao - Philippines

Legally known as the Republic of the Philippines, this country has seven thousand one hundred seven (7,107) islands which extends the equatorial direction of more than 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles) area. The Philippines are divided into three: 1) Luzon - the first largest island; 2) Visayas - clustered in different islands with tropical white sandy beaches; and, 3) Mindanao - the second largest island where diversed topography is layered from a greenery of beautiful coconut mountains to densed forests and swamps.

Map of the Philippines

Mindanao - the Philippines' second largest island consists of the southern and northern territories. While the Southern Mindanao is predominantly inhabitated by the Muslim population, the Northern Mindanao comprised largely of Christian communities. With Region 10 as the largest georgraphic component of the northern region, the Province of Misamis Occidental falls under this component with Oroquieta City serving in the same functionality. The statistics below show a relative description of the country's population components. As a traditional practice, Filipino families work so hard toward their children's educational attainment. Because of that, literacy rate is gaining strength, the labor force increased and thus, improving employment rate. However, the ratio of job and professionals does not equate to show the overall picture of the country's unemployment. The influx of professional immigrants to the western and other industrialized countries, such as the United States, European countries and the Middle East depicts the true picture of the Philippine workforce.

Today, the Philippines is a country of productive citizens where 85% of a household earn a undergraduate college degrees and approximately more than 50% earn graduate/post-graduate degrees. Professional majors range from medical sciences, other health-related sciences, computer sciences, and education.

Census Comparison

Oroquieta City

Land Area
194.90 square kilometers
26,393.4664 hectares

Total Population Year 2001 = 60,640
Male = 30,593
Female = 30,047

Population Density
308 per square kilometer

Rank in Population

Annual Population Growth Rate = 1%
1980 Census = 47,328
2000 Census = 59,843


Misamis Occidental Province

Land Area
1,939.3 square kilometers

Total Population Year 2000 = 489,000

Population Density
252 per square kilometer

Employment Rate Year 2001
92.82 (in 1,351 labor force)

Labor Force Year 2001
1,759 (in 15 years old and over)

Literacy Rate Year 1994
93.10 (per 91,410 number of households)


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