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List of Municipalities in the Romblon Province within Region IV-B in the Republic of The Philippines
Alcantara | Banton | Cajidiocan | Calatrava | Concepcion | Corcuera | Ferrol | Looc | Magdiwang | Odiongan | Romblon (Capital) | San Agustin | San Andres | San Fernando | San Jose | Santa Fe | Santa Maria
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Province of Romblon, Philippines
The province of Romblon is within Region IV-B. It is a 3rd Class province with 17 Municipalities, 219 Barangays.


Location of Romblon, Philippines

  • 12.5500° N, 122.2833° E - Romblon, Coordinates

Romblon province could be found at the center of the Philippine Archipelago. It is a cluster of 20 islands and islets (3 major and 17 small islands). It is surrounded by deep waters and lies on the Sibuyan Sea, north of Panay Island, southeast of Mindoro and west of Masbate. It is approximately 187 nautical miles and 169 air miles from Manila.

History of Romblon, Philippines


(by Soledad Montiel)

The negritoes were the aborigines of the island comprising the province of Romblon. The Mangyans were among the first settlers. Today, these groups of inhabitants are almost extinct with only a few scattered remnants of their descendants living in the mountains of Tabls and in the interiour of Sibuyan Island. A great portion of the present population descend from the Nayons and the Onhans who immigrated to the islands from Panay and the Bicols and Tagalogs who came from Luzon as early as 1870.

In his accounts of his visit to the Philippines in 1582, Loarca made mention of the islands of Donblon (Romblon), Simara, Banton and Osingan (Tablas). It was during this visit when the miraculius image of the Patron Saint Sto. Nino was left in Romblon after Loarca's ship failed seven times in its attempt to sail out of Romblon Bay.

From the beginning of the Spanish sovereignty up to 1635, the islands were administered by the secular clergy. When the Recollect Fathers arrived in Romblon they found some of the inhabitants already converted to Christianity. In 1637, the Recollects established seven missionary centers at Romblon, Badajos, Cajidiocan, Banton, Looc, Odiongan and Magallanes (Magdiwang).

In 1646, the Dutch attacked the town of Romblon and inflicted considerable damage. This was, however, insignificant compared with the injuries the town of Romblon and other towns in the province sustained in the hands of the Moros, as the Moslems of Mindanao were then called, during the Moro depredation when a good numver of the inhabitants were held captives.

In 1818 Romblon was incorporated into the province of Capiz. In 1853, the islands were organied into a politico-military commandancia administered from Capiz and continued to be so until the end of the Spanish rule in 1898.

When the revolutionary government took control of Romblon in 1898, Colonel Diego de Dias, then commander of the revolutionary forces, ruled the province embracing the municipalities of Azagra, Badajos, Banton, Cajidiocan, Corcuera, Looc, Magallanes, Odiongan, Despujols and Sta. Fe. On March 16, 1901, the American civil government was established and in 1907 Romblon became a sub-province of Capiz. In February 1918, it was again organized as a regular province and it remained so until 1940 when it was organized into four special municipalities under the direct control of the Department of the Interior by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 581, sponsored by the Assemblyman Leonardo Festin.

Romblon was occupied by the Japanese forces on March 21, 1942. The islands became the center of considerable rsistance movement under the direction of General Macario Peralta, Jr., from his Panay headquarters. One of the most exciting incidents of the Pacific War took place in the waters of Romblon - the naval-air battles between Japanese Admiral Kurita's Fleet from Singapore and Admiral Halsey's carrier planes from the American Third Fleet then stationed east of the ÄPhilippines.

Romlon was liberated on March 12, 1945 under the command of Colonel Clifford and on January 1, 1947, about a year and a half after the liberation, Romblon was again reconstituted into a regular province by virtue of Republic Act No. 38 which was authored and sponsored by Hon. Modesto Formilleza, then Congressman for the only Congressional district of Romblon.

HOW ROMBLON GOT ITS NAME? A legendary tale tells of how Romblon Island got its name. When Loarca's expidition touched sand in Romblon, one of the soldiers rambled along the beach. Tired of strolling, he felt thirsty; went up a house and asked for a drink. The low-built hut where he went up was a primitive one-room shelter. Inside it was a hen's nest somewhere in the top of a post near the window. A hen was hatching eggs therein.

The Castillan soldier inquired if he could get the chicken for free. The house occupant, a young woman, did not comprehend what the visitor said so she answered in the dialect "Nagalomlom", meaning the chicken was brooding. Perplexed, the Spanish soldier left the house muttering in disgust the word "Nagalomlom".

Then when he returned to the ship he was asked where he had been and he answered mockingly - "Nagalomlom". When the Iberians left, they named the island "Nagalomlom", meaning where the chicken was brooding, until it was corrupted to "Domblon", and later on modified to ROMBLON. Since then, the group of islands scattered in the sorrounding water area were named ROMBLON.

Of the three main islands, Romblon, Tablas and Sibuyan, Romblon is the smallest one with 32 square miles. The provincial capital is located here and new beach resorts have sprung up. The port town, a quaint mixture of colonial-style architecture and nipa-roofed houses, is surrounded by steep bluffs and noted as one of the safest natural harbors in the Philippines. During typhoon season, it serves as a haven for ships crossing the busy Sibuyan Sea. Romblon town, with its population of about 30,000, does not take long to explore. Major points of interest include a lively market, the 1726 cathedral with its fine interior and the hilltop Fort San Andres.

Built by a Spanish friar as a watchtower against pirates, it is now a navigational station for the Weather Bureau Strolling through town you may see people polishing and laminating their marble products. Browse through the many workshops and stores and check out the various souvenirs crafted from marble. A 25-mile road circles the island. However, a good part of it requires hiking, unless you manage to secure a tricycle or jeepney. Romblon’s pristine state is its primary attraction. Visitors to the island are ill-advised if they expect to find grand resorts and deluxe transportation. The seasons are not strongly pronounced here and the months between January to May are supposed to be relatively dry. ical Paradise.

Romblon, which is the name of the island and the town, is one of three main islands in this group located in the Sibuyan Sea and Tablas Strait. Its strategic position made it an important way station on the sailing lanes between Manila and the Visayas. The Spaniards visited Romblon as early as 1582. The ruins of Spanish watchtowers and forts testify to the islands’ vulnerability to the raids of slave-seeking Moro pirates. Dutch warships also attacked the islands during the early Spanish era. Much later, Romblon became a separate province. Amid beautiful landscapes and seascapes, the island offers beaches, snorkeling and hiking. It is often called Marble Island; the marble deposits form the basis of Romblon’s local industry. In fact, the Philippines is the only country in Southeast Asia with commercially viable marble deposits; most of these are in Romblon.

People of Romblon, Philippines

Total Population of Romblon as of 2010 census is 283,930

  • Registered voters per comelec of 2010: 143,510

Elected Government Officials of Romblon, Philippines

Elected officials of Romblon for the term of 2013-2016
  • Provincial Governor of Romblon: Eduardo Chang Firmalo - LIBERAL PARTY
  • Provincial Vice-Governor of Romblon: Riano, Jose Ruado - LIBERAL PARTY
  • House Representative of Romblon:Eleandro Jesus Fabic Madrona - NACIONALISTA PARTY
  • First District Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board Members):
  1. Romero, Samuel Rey
  2. Rugas, Anthony Gaa
  3. Perez, Abner Ri
  4. Lim, Nelson Recaredo
  • Second District Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board Members):
  1. Ylagan, Felix Fondevilla
  2. Fiel, Juliet Ngo
  3. Maravilla, Venizar Festin
  4. Fondevilla, Andres Festin

Elected officials of Romblon for the term of 2010-2013

Elected officials of Romblon for the term of 2007-2010

Barangays Elected Officials of Romblon, Philippines

Businesses in Romblon, Philippines

How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood

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Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Romblon, Philippines

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Schools in Romblon, Philippines

School year 2015-2016 starts Monday, June 1, 2015 and ends Friday, April 1, 2016, for public elementary and secondary schools. The SY will consist of 201 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET) break. The different school events and activities, including the number of school days per quarter, are contained in Enclosure No. 1. Source: Department of Education

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Economy of Romblon, Philippines

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Jobs in Romblon Philippines

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Natural Resources of Romblon, Philippines

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It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.

Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!

Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.

The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More

We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.


  • Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626

We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.

Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.

Tourists Attractions of Romblon, Philippines

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Romblon Lifestyles Romblon Lifestyles - LIVE - RETIRE - INVEST - VACATION

Tablas Fun Resort / Extreme Sports Resort Tablas Fun Resort

Underwater world of Romblon Province Romblon Scuba Paradise

Spice Of Life - Restaurant, Delicatessen, Steve's Music Lounge, Bar and Grill Tablas Spice Of Life

Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Romblon, Philippines

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Philippine News

  • Low costs in PH seen luring more investors
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016 1:00 am
Amid low labor and production costs, the Philippines is seen attracting more foreign investments in industries that employ skilled workers, such as banking and finance, business process outsourcing (BPO) as well as manufacturing, according to the Department of Finance’s chief economist.
In an economic bulletin, Finance Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran noted that the latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data showed that the sectors that attracted the most foreign direct investment (FDI) as of end-October last year were manufacturing as well as financial and insurance activities ........ Full Story»

  • Moody’s bullish on PH, sees 6% growth in ’16
  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016 12:01 am
THE PHILIPPINES’ “strong” economic expansion last year despite a slower global economy was credit positive, debt watcher Moody’s Investor Service said Monday, with the upcoming elections seen speeding up growth this year.
Separately, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. said in a text message to reporters also Monday that monetary policy settings remained appropriate despite the easing in a number of advanced economies ........ Full Story»

  • PSC okays P4M budget for hosting taekwondo Olympic qualifier
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:00 am
MANILA, Philippines – The country is pulling out all stops in qualifying more athletes to this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
This after the Philippine Sports Commission recently approved the Php4 million budget the country will use in hosting the Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualifier this April with hopes of advancing a maximum of four local jins to Rio ................................ Full Story»

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Romblon Province Zip Codes

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5500 Romblon Romblon Province
5501 San Agustin Romblon Province
5502 Imelda Romblon Province
5503 Calatrava Romblon Province
5504 San Andres Romblon Province
5505 Odiongan Romblon Province
5506 Ferrol Romblon Province
5507 Looc Romblon Province
5508 Sta. Fe Romblon Province
5509 Alcantara Romblon Province
5510 San Jose Romblon Province
5511 Magdiwang Romblon Province
5512 Cajidiocan Romblon Province
5513 San Fernando Romblon Province
5514 Corcuera Romblon Province
5515 Banton (Jones) Romblon Province
5516 Concepcion Romblon Province

Romblon News

TESDA continue to grant eligibility to skilled workers

by (TBO/DM/Contributed by Armando Aquino-PIA4B Romblon)

ODIONGAN, Romblon, May 12 (PIA) -- The Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) continues to grant eligibility to skilled workers in the province.

The Competency Assessment and Certification Program (CACP) of TESDA still grants National Certificates on the level of qualification of skilled workers applying for this program.

Romblon TESDA provincial director Armando Aquino said TESDA offices are continuously accepting applicants and candidates for this program.

According to Aquino, CACP is a process of collecting evidence and making judgments on whether competency has been achieved. The skilled worker shall be assessed based on competency through actual demonstrations with questioning and/or written examinations.

After competency evaluation, the skilled worker will be awarded a National Certificate on the level of qualification he has achieved. This process is only carried out in accredited TESDA centers with the presence of a TESDA Accredited Competency Assessor.

Aquino added that some National Certificates could be converted to Civil Service Sub-Professional Eligibility.

Under the Skills Certification and Equivalency Program (SCEP) of TESDA and Civil Service Commission (CSC), competent and skilled government employees who have no eligibility and those seeking entrance into the service for Category I positions may be granted CSC Sub-Prof Eligibility using their National Certificates from TESDA.

The Category I positions in the government with qualification standard (QS) requiring eligibility thru TESDA-issued National Certificate (NC) are Carpentry NC II, Masonry NC II, RAC Servicing NC II, Heavy Equipment Servicing NC II, Building Wiring NC II, Machining NC 1 to III, Plumbing NC II to NC III, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC I to IV.

The Competency Assessment of TESDA shall charge a minimal cost ranging from P200 to P1,000, Aquino said.

Romblon, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling

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  • ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
  • CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
  • Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>

The oldest living man or woman in Romblon, Philippines

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