Guimaras is a small island province of the Philippines located in the
southern coast of Panay Island in Western Visayas Region. Negros
Island is located southeast of the province. It is accessible by air via airport of Iloilo City
and then using the Roll-on Roll-off service that ferry vehicles to Jordan, the capital town of Guimaras. It can also
be reached using pumpboat from Bacolod City of Negros Occidental.
Except for a few hills at the central part of the island, terrain is mostly flat. Climate is characterized by two pronounced seasons: dry from
November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Guimaras Provincial Capitol
Ilonggos are the majority of the people with some migrants from other provinces of Region 6.
Economic Profile, Products, and Industries
Economy of the province depends much on agriculture. Guimaras is famous for its sweet mangoes.
Agricultural production of Guimaras in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand metric tons, rank among 79 provinces)
Animal inventory of Guimaras in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand, rank among 79 provinces)
Other farm products are rootcrops, cashew, and citrus. In 2007, there were 5 banks operating in the province
with total deposits of 337 million pesos. Poverty
incidence stood at 39.6% in 2006, higher than the country's average at 32.9%.
Tourism-related ventures are the best investment to make in this part of the country. For agribusiness,
the production of high value commercial crops such as malunggay and herbal plants can also prove to be profitable. Small
scale food processing plants are also recommended. For technical help in setting up an science-based enterprise, visit
the University of the Philippines Marine Biological Center in Nueva Valencia town, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development
Center (SEAFDEC) in the same town or the National Mango Research and Development Center (NMRDC).